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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  6,306 ratings  ·  548 reviews
What if you can leap tall buildings and defeat alien monsters with your bare hands, but you buy your capes at secondhand stores, and have a weakness for kittens, and a snarky comment from Skeptical Guy can ruin a whole afternoon? Cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks brings her skills in character design and sharp, charming humor to the trials and tribulations of a young, superhero ...more
Hardcover, First edition, 112 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Dark Horse Books
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Nat
Jul 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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The Adventures of Superhero Girl is a superhero story. Superhero Girl is looking to fight crime and do good, but in a city where there's little to no villains to defeat, it can be hard. She also suffers the challenges of being 20-ish and looking to find her place in life.

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Also, can we take a second to admire the art and color palletes?

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But when Superhero Girl ends up with no money (or jobs), her mother decides to send over Kevin, Superhero Girl’s annoying perfect older brother, to
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Jan Philipzig
Emerging Adulthood With a Cape

Ever since the first appearance of Superduperman in 1953's Mad #4, countless superhero parodies have appeared in countless comic books, targeting the genre's bizarre origin stories, colorful costumes, childish concepts of good and evil, etc. At this point, I am not really all that keen on reading yet another superhero parody, and Faith Erin Hicks' The Adventures of Superhero Girl thus - despite generally enthusiastic reviews - ended up at the very bottom of my libra
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Calista
This was really good. There is a lot of mundanity in being a superhero as our girl finds out. She has a roommate and she needs a job to pay rent. Her superhero brother is flashy and has more superpowers than her and she is tired of being in his shadow. You also have to remember to take your mask off after work.

This is so down to Earth. It was completely enjoyable and fun to read. I am entertained.
Lauren
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
New review - I am currently going through a lot of the books I read and reassessing their ratings as I feel I was far too generous with my 5 star ratings previously. This was a well-drawn collection of silly and cute occurrences but it wasn't anything more than that sadly.
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Hahahahahahahaha! *wipes tears from eyes*

What a glorious graphic novel this is! If you're like me, and you love anything pretty silly and whimsical, and a little bit childish, you
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David Schaafsma
Everything about this makes me smile. First, you have the really nice (yes, nice) and insightful introduction by long time superhero author Kurt Busiek, who got to know the work of Hicks through looking for comics for his daughters. He thought this might be a superhero parody, which he thought would be cool. I did, too; though of Jeffery Brown Bots and Bighead work, which is hilarious. So I was excited to finally read (I know, it was online, too, but I hadn't seen it there, sorry!) it here. Tho ...more
Licha
Aug 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This is now my third Faith Erin Hicks book and this one was a 2.5 star book for me. This one felt a little more juvenile although the characters were college-aged. It was also a little more all over the place. I didn't find myself falling in love with the characters like in the other two books I read. They weren't dislikable characters, it's just I never felt like I got to know them deep down. The book felt like a compilation of weekly panels, rather than one cohesive story. For anyone wanting t ...more
Sam Quixote
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Superheroes are easy targets to make fun of, from the outfits, to the fantastical powers, to the melodramatic storylines, and when you frame them as ordinary people dealing with the banalities of real life, comedy ensues. Like Superhero Girl who’s in her early 20s and has super-powers like super strength and can leap tall buildings in a single bound (kinda like Golden Age Superman). But she does her superhero outfit shopping in discount stores and rents a room in a shared flat because heroism do ...more
Amber
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: librarybooks
This was a pretty good and funny Superhero graphic novel. If you like funny Superhero stories, definitely check this book out at your local library and wherever books are sold.
Sesana
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
I was surprised at how much I liked Hicks's Friends with Boys, so it doesn't surprise me that The Adventures of Superhero Girl is every bit as good. Acting as a deeply affectionate parody of superhero comics, Superhero Girl makes her mark mostly by her ordinariness. Green Lantern would never forget to wear sunscreen and end up with mask-shaped tan lines, after all.

The book is a mix of entirely parodic stripes like that one, and more cohesive storylines that still lean towards comedy. Superhero
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Chad
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think I'm late to the Superhero Girl party. Superhero Girl is a slacker superhero in a Canadian city with very little crime, overshadowed by her Superman like brother Kevin.

The Good: Skewers superhero comics in a fun way. The concept of Spectacle is hilarious.

The Bad: Those Canadian ninjas are badasses.

The Ugly: Like a lot of collections of one page comics, the book can feel somewhat clunky from page to page.

Received an advance copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest revie
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Jim
Ohmigosh. So. Freakin. Hilarious.

I know that everyone at Schlotzsky's wondered what the hell I was laughing at today.

Originally a webcomic, pick this one up because it's fantastic.

And I knew it! Hoodies are totally evil.

(And I didn't realize this author wrote the amazing Friends With Boys .)
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Divine Anas
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This was super easy to read and I find this so cute hahahhaha. I don't really have the words to properly review this one but I liked the preface for this book. It encapsulated what I felt about this.
"Superhero Girl is about life. It's about being a younger sister, about being a broke roommate, about needing a job, being underappreciated, getting sick, feeling out of place at parties, being annoyed be people carping when you're doing your best--all wrapped up in the package of being a young su
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Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {comatose with common sense}



A cute Canadian twentysomething with aspirations only to be a superhero stumbles through life; sometimes she's aimless, sometimes she's hapless, and sometimes she's courageous.

"You SUPER GLUED your mask to your FACE??"
"It was the only way I could get it to stay on..."


But mostly she's just hapless.

Superhero Girl is a quirky Ramona Flowers type forever with a smile and a perky outlook on life. She may not be MY cup of superhero tea- I prefer tragic figures with rage issues- but she'll be a great
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John Cann
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Adventures of Superhero Girl is a 2013 graphic novel written and drawn by author Faith Erin Hicks. It does follow many of the conventions brought to light by having read American Born Chinese earlier this year for my Young Adult Literature class at Stony Brook University. The novel follows its protagonist, named Superhero Girl, through her bouts with crime. These bouts coincide with her struggles in daily life as a 20-something living in a small Canadian town with her roommate. From fending ...more
Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
I've only had time to read a few pages but my daughter, age 8, who usually takes a while to warm up to a new book, instantly stopped the craft she was working on when presented with it and read it cover to cover then started again at the beginning. So, I will call this a win!

It contains some mild exclamations, such as "oh crap" and "holy crap on a stick", FYI.

UPDATE: I read the whole thing myself. So good! Light fare. The collection ends a little abruptly and I hope there is more of it. There is
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Maggie
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
#SuperheroProblems:

You accidentally shrink your cape in the wash.
You forget to take off your mask thus compromising your secret identity!
Your town doesn't have decent super villains.

This book is so funny and endearing and further cements Faith Erin Hicks' position as my favorite graphic artist.
Emily
So funny. I loved this one. Another reason to read web comics, if only I can get my act together.
Tamahome
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Funny and charming. I just wish it was longer. The whole thing is online, but in black and white. I'm a sucker for pseudo-four coloring, so I sprang for the wide format 100 page hardcover. They don't seem to stock it in stores, but they should.

Dan
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cute and silly comic about a Canadian superhero. Reads a lot like a newspaper comic than a monthly. Fun read like Lumberjanes. Not suitable for all but older kids might like it.
Laura
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it

3.5 Stars

The Adventures of Superhero Girl. I have to confess--I can’t help saying this title without superhero theme songs going through my head. I pause and emphasize each word with an echo like vibration and a dramatic sweep of my cape! :D

Faith Erin Hicks wrote one of my favorite graphic novels, Friends with Boys. So I was thrilled to bump into this book. I literally bumped right into it actually. I’m just lucky the whole shelf didn’t topple over! Ignoring the bruised hip and embarrassment fa
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K.
Well this was glorious. It was part of a delivery at work this afternoon, and I flipped through it before adding it to the system. Except then I read one page. And that turned into ten pages. And then I gave up and just brought it home so that I could actually get some work done this afternoon.

I ploughed through it in about half an hour as soon as I got home, and it was fabulous from start to finish. I giggled time and time again, because it's surprisingly relateable for something about a super
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Michael
Sure she can leap tall buildings in a single bound and defeat deadly ninjas, but what about things like accidentally shrinking your cape in the wash or leaving your mask on and accidentally revealing your secret identity by the tanlines it leaves? Or how about trying to find the money for rent or sitting in the shadow of your big brother, Kevin, who also has superpowers?

These are just some of the dilemmas facing Katie aka Superhero Girl.

This collection of comics following her adventures is a pur
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Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
These comics are wonderfully clever and fun! They are set up almost like daily comic strips with little punchlines, but with a longer story line too.
Superhero Girl has some awesome superpowers, but struggles to pay her rent, buys capes at secondhand thrift stores, and suffers from insecurity because her brother is a cooler, more popular superhero. When she has to put up with snarky comments from Skeptical Guy AND battle an alien monster, Superhero Girl has to call up all her patience and superhe
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Kayt O'Bibliophile
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Superhero Girl doesn't have a Fortress of Solitude, but she does have a roommate. She does have a mask, but it's super-glued on because it kept falling off. She's pretty good at defending her small Canadian city, but Canada's super-villain deficiency can make for a slow day.

The Adventures of Superhero Girl are available to read free online, but this book improves by turning Faith Erin Hicks' wonderful black-and-white strips into gorgeous color spreads.

This is a book I'd feel comfortable giving t
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Mefab✨
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it

The very-contemporary superhero problems with comic art-style.
Stewart Tame
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fun fun fun! (Until her daddy took the T-bird away ...) This book makes me smile. It's good, silly, goofy fun that communicates that giddy anxiety you feel living on your own for the first time. Superhero Girl juggles her job, fighting crime, love life, and hanging out with her friends. It's all very nice and polite and Canadian. None of that grim and gritty stuff here, no sir. This book is suitable for all ages without being condescending toward any of them.
Barb Middleton
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fairy tale twists are gobs of fun. Like the fractured fairy tale, this is the fractured superhero tale. You've seen them before in "A Heroes Guide to Saving Your Kingdom" or "Captain Underpants," or the movie, "Guardians of the Galaxy." Parodies are one way of dismantling the superhero archetype and Superhero girl does this as well, except she is anything but superhero-y. She's a bonafide klutz with self-deprecating humor and a mask that she forgets to take off all the time. We meet girl hero si ...more
Ashley
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Ashley by: Found at Library (Liked Friends With Boys)
5 Stars

Superhero Girl is just like any other superhero…well, actually no she’s not. She’s utterly unique and shows a whole new side of the crime-fighting genre. Superhero girl does everything a normal superhero does like stopping aliens and fighting monsters, but she also gets her capes and second-hand shops and is in love with cats. She also often feels inadequate and is having a hard time breaking into the superhero career. Will she be able to do it?

I loved everything about this and you should
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Emilia P
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
I keep finding myself reading things that feel like they would be fine Sunday comics but don't quite cut it as graphic novels, and this, originally a webcomic is among them. It should be funny and fun, but I also felt like it was a less developed version of Strong Female Protagonist (SFP) which touches on some of the same superhero existential/social/etc dilemmas. Just fine, but a bit underwhelming and overdone to me.
Andrea
Does Superman's cape ever shrink in the wash?

This is the story of a superhero girl, with no official name, not much of a costume, and not even an arch nemisis to call her own.

Wryly humorous and sweet, I read this first in webcomic form, and liked it enough to pick up coloured versions in print. I hope she comes back to this story one day.
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Born in the wilds of British Columbia, the young Faith frolicked among the Sasquatch native to the province before moving to Ontario at age five. There she was homeschooled with her three brothers, and developed an unnatural passion for galloping around on horseback, though never without a proper helmet (because you only get one skull). After twenty years of suffering through Ontario’s obscenely h ...more

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