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The Adventures of Superhero Girl

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  4,546 Ratings  ·  431 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, 112 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Dark Horse Books
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Jul 22, 2016 Natalie rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels

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.


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



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 check up on
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
Aug 06, 2016 Licha 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 Sam Quixote 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
Jul 14, 2016 Lauren rated it it was amazing
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 will LOVE this!!

We follow Superhero Girl on many adventures (mostly involving ninjas and the incredibly conceited King Ninja), on her uncertainties in life (needing to get a job which pays money so she can pay her half of the rent, the ethics behind being a superhero and what it's like to live in the shadows of a muc
Apr 15, 2013 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
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
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 .)
John Cann
Oct 11, 2015 John Cann 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
Oct 17, 2014 Maggie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014

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.
So funny. I loved this one. Another reason to read web comics, if only I can get my act together.
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
Nov 15, 2014 Tamahome 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.

Oct 12, 2015 Dan 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.
Feb 08, 2017 Lucy rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Pretty fun!
Apr 25, 2014 Laura 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 fac
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
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
Jun 04, 2013 Kayt 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
Emilia P
Mar 19, 2015 Emilia P 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.
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
May 14, 2016 Kathy (Kindle-aholic) rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was a fun read. A superhero trying to make her way in a smaller city away from her annoying and popular older superhero brother. Finding a roomie, needing a day job, fighting your evil-self-from-the-future.

More a series of vignettes than a main storyline with one archnemesis, which I think I liked better.

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.
Jun 15, 2015 Yasha rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Meh. I expected much more from this one though the art was great.
Paul Riches
Nov 19, 2013 Paul Riches rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-comics
The Adventures of Superhero Girl and Me

Waaaay back in May 2013, I did a foolish thing.

I did not listen to @Talianai83.

We were at TCAF with @Strawberryfinn and standing in line to get a graphic novel signed by someone my braincells had never heard of, a writer/artist named Faith Erin Hicks.

And now I have been schooled. And about time too!

Faith Erin Hicks is a Canadian storyteller who has produced numerous volumes of graphic novels over the years, which coupled with her co-productions and her web
Jan 07, 2015 Adriana rated it really liked it

4.5/5 Stars

Faith Erin Hicks strikes again in this clever, witty, hilarious collection of Superhero Girl's not-quite-mundane day-to-day perils. If you've ever wondered where a generic superhero does her laundry, buys her groceries, shops for new capes, or goes to look for part-time work, then this is the perfect comic for you!

I enjoyed every single page of this story. I love how Faith Erin Hicks questions what superheroes do on their off time and how she creates this incredibly relatable characte
Sharon Tyler
Mar 20, 2013 Sharon Tyler rated it really liked it
The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks and edited by Rachel Edidin is a graphic novel for young adults and adults scheduled for release on March 12 2013. Superhero girl is a girl in her twenties with the power to leap tall buildings and defeat alien monsters with her bare hands. She spends her time fighting crime, which mostly involves saving cats and fighting ninjas in her slow crime city. She is trying to be a good superhero, but has to by her capes in thrift shops and a fanboy s ...more
Nov 11, 2016 L.A. rated it liked it
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a twenty-something superhero trying to get her life together!

Also, she punches a lot of ninjas.

Yet another webcomic turned print, Hicks's tale of just how difficult the superhero business can be for a girl is mildly snarktastic and occasionally freaking hilarious. Most of the chuckles come from nothing in Superhero Girl's life turning out the way she's hoping it will. Wearing a mask, for example, seems to come with a ridiculous set of complications, and capes keep
Ashly Lynn
May 31, 2016 Ashly Lynn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Ashly 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
Okay, I kinda sorta loved this book.

I had read Friends with Boys and thought it was okay. I really like Hicks' art style and when I saw this book on our new shelf last week, I grabbed it because how could I resist Superhero Girl standing there on the cover! She is both badass and adorable at the same time. I hoped the book would amuse me. Maybe that is why it totally caught me off guard.

Superhero Girl is a comic that Hicks does for Halifax's free weekly newspaper and she also posts them to a blo
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
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
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
Anoush Emrazian
Jul 10, 2014 Anoush Emrazian rated it it was amazing
A fantastic realistic illustration of life, the kind of things that happen that make you facepalm and make people say, "Well, that's just life." Yes, those things happen to superheros too. Shrinking your cape in the laundry, your older brother does X thing better, and you call your mom once a week.

My favorite part:

Shawn:(sipping drink through straw) Is that the Monster you're fighting?
Superhero Girl: Yeah.
Shawn: You're not doing such a good job at it.
Superhero Girl:(pointing accusingly) ARGH, yo
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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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