Jeffery Moulton's Reviews > The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines

The Supergirls by Mike Madrid
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Mar 12, 11

bookshelves: superheroes, nonfiction, 2011-books
Read from December 29, 2010 to February 26, 2011

I read The Supergirls as part of my research into how 9/11 changed superheroes. The book was interesting and very informative. Mike Madrid obviously did a lot of research and had a passion for the topic.

That being said, it wasn't exactly what I was expecting or hoping for. It spent almost all its time on the history of superheroines. I had been hoping for more analysis. It did some pretty decent analysis in the last couple of chapters, but the rest of the book implied ideas, but didn't delve into them at the level I'd hoped for.

Additionally, the book focused solely on the comic book versions of the characters and all but ignored other genres, like television (Buffy, anyone?) or movies.

But other than that, the book was very interesting and provided a great history of these oft-forgotten characters. I recommend it for any comic book fan.
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