There’s nothing like a graphic novel to get you off to a quick start in a Challenge like this. But for me the real appeal was reading anything by Faith Erin Hicks. And Superhero Girl did not disappoint. Who knew that being a superhero was so challenging? She still has to find time to earn a living, deal with her roommate, and maybe even attend a party. This was a fun look at the serious side of growing up. When was the last time you saw a superhero have an existential crisis?
I wish I could say the same for Nate. I really never connected with him as a character. Nobody is that naive! And what’s with portraying Pittsburgh as a hick backwater? Pittsburgh’s a pretty happening city. The story itself was appealing, if a bit unrealistic. I’m not quite sure for what audience this book is intended. It’s an odd mix of mature ideas with some juvenile plot elements. It wasn’t bad. But it didn’t work for me.
Two down, 23 to go. Two categories down, 11 more to go. (I’m not counting the Nonfiction and Morris Awards since I read those for the Winter Challenge.)