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The Supergirls by Mike Madrid
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Dec 08, 2009

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Read in December, 2009

I enjoyed the first half of the book. After that it seemed to get repetitive, or maybe you need to be really into comic books to appreciate the minutia. A chapter would follow an idea through several decades, then the next chapter would back up and go through all those years again to illustrate a slightly different point. Some heroines would be reintroduced as though we hadn't already read their origin story 30 pages ago. Still, it was worth reading to see our changing society reflected in the story lines and characters, and for the humorous descriptions of ever-shrinking costumes and so forth. The author writes as though the characters are real and they get frustrated when their personality and backstory are tweaked to sell more copies. Those parts were a lot of fun.

I'd recommend looking for it at your local library rather than buying, unless you're a real comic book fan.

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