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Strong Female Protagonist. Book One

(Strong Female Protagonist #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,973 ratings  ·  474 reviews
With superstrength and invulnerability, Alison Green used to be one of the most powerful superheroes around.

Fighting crime with other teenagers under the alter ego Mega Girl was fun - until an encounter with Menace, her mind-reading arch enemy, showed her evidence of a sinister conspiracy, and suddenly battling giant robots didn't seem so important.

Now Alison is going to
Paperback, 220 pages
Published November 25th 2014 by Top Shelf Productions (first published July 1st 2014)
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May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I haven't been great about updating my graphic novel reading, it's hard to think of Goodreads as a place to review them, but why not, I have a shelf dammit! This is my latest read, a thick graphic novel that was crowd funded on Kickstarter, which is cool.

I'll be honest: the title was a bit of a turnoff for me. I think the phrase is so overused in media that I had to overcome a bit of unconscious reluctance to get into this. Thank goodness I overcame it! This is a really fun journey of a girl tr
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of the best aspects of NetGalley is that I get to try things that are a bit outside of my wheelhouse or that I wasn't previously aware of until I skimmed the latest offerings. It led me to discover the sublime Sex Criminals, Volume I last year and now I've come across another gem with Strong Female Protagonist.

This web-comic takes ingredients from some of the main-stream comic publishing events (Marvel's Civil War springs to mind) and the sensibility of Buffy and other Whedon-verse shows to
Nov 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
*** Received from NetGalley in exchange for honest review. ***

Strong Female Protagonist is a tie-in of webcomics about Alison Green, a retired super-heroine. With other teenage superheroes, she used to fight crime with her superstrength, but eventually she decided to lead a normal life and go to college.

To be honest, it's been a month since I read the first sixty pages and besides some accidents with her superstrength I can't recall what was going on. It happens to me only rarely that I don't f
Danika at The Lesbrary
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I actually read this in webcomic form, but I'm going to have to go out and buy this because I /loved/ it. This is my most philosophical, thought-provoking read in a long time. This examines superheros in so many different ways, presenting a whole array of ways to look at that possibility while tying them into a bigger narrative of power dynamics between people. Except that it's also just Allison's life, trying to discover who she is since she decided (as a teenager) to quit being a superhero whi ...more
Jes Reads
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Truly enjoyed this. I loved the story arc, when is enough enough? And is there really a place for superheros if they're only there to fight supervillians? If they all went away wouldn't things go back to normal? Loved our MC as well, which never happens with me and female leads. ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This story opens with Allison Green, retired superhero, celebrating her 20th birthday and heading home to college after winter break. In a moment of inattention she steps in front of a bus- which severely damages the bus but does not effect her at all, since she developed powers of super strength and invulnerability at puberty. She is one of many teens world wide gifted or cursed with biodynamism, the sudden unexplained onset of powers of various usefulness (think X-men). She and three others fo ...more
Skye Kilaen
This may be the most thoughtful book about superheroes I've ever read. Alison Green used to be Mega Girl. She was really good at punching robots... until she discovered that punching robots couldn't save the world. Now she's in college, trying to live a normal life and figure out how to actually save the world. But things are more complicated when you have superpowers.

There is so much heart in this book, so much love for Alison, and Alison has such deep love for people. Mulligan and Ostertag exp
OMFG. That was amazing! Succeeds where all the other superhero-am-I-really-doing-any-lasting-good? Or because-I-can-save-the-world-does-that-mean-I-should storylines fail .... because really that is the whole storyline: a former "superhero" who's admitted she's just a kid who doesn't know what she's doing and goes on to try and figure out what is the best thing to do with her life as a human. Feels all around, a family unit (she's not an orphan!) everyone will wish was theirs, and some good old ...more
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This. This is what The Adventures of Superhero Girl wants to be when it grows up.

While it does improve markedly, the art early on was occasionally a problem. It looks like a series of concept drawings, and sloppy composition had word balloons pointing to the wrong character a couple times. Also, the baggage-laden title could use some work.

But it's damned smart, challenging writing. Alison is a 19yo retired Superman-esque superhero, a sophomore in college, and a frustrated idealist. She wrestle
Five stars, which is what I give to books so good I believe you should read them even if they are not your genre at all. It's also all free online, at Strong Female Protagonist.

I started reading it expecting... a kind of comedy of manners, I guess. Superhero dealing with university life! How wacky, yeah?

Twenty pages in, it hooked me. It got... well, it wasn't ever un-smart, but it got pointed. Then there was the TV interview scene in issue 2, and issue 3 has a beautiful story arc with Feral. I
I read this online first and I still love it. It's one of the best and cleverest superhero stories I've ever read, with complex characters, and addressing some really interesting ethical concerns surrounding superheroes. It also includes the line "I don't really identify as a person... but I am trying very hard to do good things" and I dare you to write anything better than that as an answer to the question "are you a good person?". ...more
Alisha Ali
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Strong female protagonist is a bind up of 5 issues of a webseries that got funding through kickstarter to become this little book.

I'm not the biggest fan of graphic novels as they never have enough story for my liking.

Overall it was an ok experience but not one that I'll be tripping over myself to recommend.
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Was a bit muddled at the beginning but it picked up steam and ended up being a really lovely comic - and funny - and human - and of course great art by Molly Ostertag! This is sort of a Watchmen lite - it questions the idea that superheroes are inherently moral.
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Strong Female Protagonist is exactly what I want in a story about tights and capes. Not only is this wonderful graphic novel full of well written characters and wonderful art, but it does what many superhero stories are afraid to do. It asks the reader to apply the idea of real world consequences to the familiar landscape of a superhero narrative.

Strong Female Protagonist is not about the Kick! Punch! Bang!. (Although there is certainly some of that.) Instead, its primary focus is centered on b
Anne Nerison
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well, this was fantastic. I kind of figured it would be, from the moment I spotted it at Fitgers Books. Reasons I love Strong Female Protagonist:
1) The title. I mean, really. It's pretty much my genre kryptonite, as the good folks over at Book Riot would call it.
2) The book's blurb. A former superhero trying to be "normal"? Yes, please.
3) Graphic novel.
4) At the beginning of the first chapter, there's a note that the original online comic had mouseover text, which is included at the bottom of
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting and well done, but fairly familiar territory at this point.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read for Book Riot Read Harder Challenge: A comic by an LGBTQIA creator
Molli B.
I had no idea what this was about, going into it, so I was surprised to find superheroes!! And as the title indicates, a female superhero. :)

I enjoyed both the art and the storytelling!! I'll definitely read the next volume—interested to find out what happens with Menace and Feral! And Alison's plan to fix the world...I'm interested to see what she might do.
Dichotomy Girl
2020 is off to a good start, as the first two new full length works that I've read have made it to my favorites shelf. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

Popsugar 2020 Challenge: Read a book with an upside down image on the cover
**A digital reading copy was provided to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

I wanted to love this book... I really, really did. It has an interesting premise, the title is great, and I love that the creators followed through on what they promised. But I only liked it, I couldn't make myself love it.

The world that was created in this series reminded me a little bit of The Incredibles (in a good way). Like The Incredibles, the world knows about the existence of (numerous) superhero
This was an enjoyable graphic novel. I don't have a lot to say about it, the story was interesting and I did want to know what happened to the characters. I'll continue on with the series. ...more
Brooke Smith
Jun 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, graphic-novels

Things I didn't like, but weren't insurmountable:
- the sketchbook style of the illustration. I feel it distracts from the often-convoluted storyline
- the plot. At times it just came across as trite. I didn't feel like Alison was a strong female protagonist, unless it's a joke on her physical strength. Maybe I missed the joke.

Things that made it DNF:
- The footnotes. On. every. page. It's distracting and it adds NOTHING to the story at all. It's like MST3k is here riffing the book, except t
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is beyond 5 stars for the concept and compelling direction of, shall we say, critical superhero theory? Also for the complexity of our strong female protagonist, Alison. Also for the commentary on activism, general do-goodery, and the beginnings of nuanced discussions of how to go about healing what is crappy in the world. There are a lot of alsos for this...

Overall a 4.5 for me, as some of the writing landed flat. But, in addition to the bits mentioned above that I am smitten with, I adore
Jan 31, 2015 added it
Shelves: dnf, netgalley
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

Ehhh. DNF.

I want to love this because the title is awesome and the premise is super interesting, but the execution is going to keep me from finishing or really getting started at all.

The novel needs to be read on Adobe Digital Editions, but it's super poor quality and very hard to read. I attempted to muddle through it for a couple of pages, but it's hard on my eyes. I'm literally squinting while trying to read the text in each pan
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This was a fun comic! I'm not great about keeping up with webcomics, so I probably won't read it in real time, but I'll definitely check out Book Two if they publish it. My favorite character was actually Feral, so I'd love to see more of her, and also to get a better idea of what Patrick is up to.
I know some people found the captions distracting, but I thought they were cute.
Overall I enjoyed this and I'd recommend it to fans of independent comics.

Received from Netgalley.
Erin Maher
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Everyone who loves superheroes should read this book. Everyone who thinks there isn't anything new to say about superheroes should read this book. Everyone who gets sad about the world not being better than it is should read this book. Everyone who wants to change the world should change the world. Everyone should just read it okay, that's what I'm getting at here. ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, graphic-novels
First read through NetGalley, and I'm pretty pleased with my selection! Good exploration of how people would deal with real-life superpowered individuals. And the 4-issue/volume collection is a good way to quickly catch up on the webcomic. ...more
Karla Feldstein
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-books
I loved it. I absolutely adored it. I can't wait to read more in the story. ...more
Jun 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Why was this mostly done in black and white? Did I just get a bad copy? I haven't put up with black-and-white comics in decades...

Anyway, this was better than I thought it would be. I'm irritated with the popularity of post-modernism, especially with regards to classic superhero motifs. This was very similar to the Netflix special of "Jupiter's Legacy" from a few weeks ago. Both used some cliché superhero imagery to try to criticize the classic superhero ideology, and whether it's worthwhile.

Mark Robison
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you have any interest in superhero comics, feminism, and the philosophy of ethics, you'll love this. I know I did. The story telling feels a bit disjointed because you’re thrown into the middle of a story where a young woman was an invincible superhero but gave that up to go back to school in order to learn how to help people on a larger scale.

Consider this idea: There's another invincible woman who, if say her arm is hacked off, she'll grow another one. So she decides to be a constant organ
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Brennan Lee Mulligan is a writer, improviser, and actor living in New York. He performs on Harold Night at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and is a member of the UCB Touring Company. He once had a cantaloupe thrown at his head in the middle of a dinner party, and he chopped it perfectly in half with a sword, earning eternal glory for himself and his ancestors.

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