DC Super Hero Girls: Hits and Myths
DC Super Hero Girls: Hits and Myths is the second graphic novel in the branded series, and I’m glad to say that I liked it better than the first, Finals Crisis. That may be because, now that the characters are established (although most of the main ones are already well-known), writer Shea Fontana and artist Yancey Labat can create a plot a little more complex than previously. They’re the same creative team from the first book, and they’ve got a real feel for the appeal of the characters.
There’s plenty going on in this adventure. The students are studying The Odyssey for Professor Etrigan’s class while the girls look forward to having a slumber party on Wonder Woman’s island. They’re taking the Batplane so everyone can go, but Batgirl’s vehicle has been stolen. The heroes split up to find it, with their various adventures mimicking key events in The Odyssey, including an encounter with a witch and a trip to the Underworld.
Batgirl and Bumblebee, accompanied by Hawkgirl and the Flash, face Ravager, a one-eyed heroine who stands in for the Cyclops, and her theater club buddies Cheetah, Star Sapphire, and Mammoth. Lobo is the threat of Wonder Woman’s chapter, brought down with Katana and Poison Ivy. Supergirl, Miss Martian, and Beast Boy end up in a battle of the bands with the Silver Banshee and Black Canary. That was my least favorite part — seeing Black Canary as a self-centered antagonist, just because I enjoyed her series run as a rock star so much.
The cover’s too busy (and too red), although it does accurately capture one of the key events and features the main characters herein. I love the way so many DCU characters are incorporated, not just the flashy, well-known, media-focused ones — Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn — but also one-panel background cameos by such characters as Elastic Girl and Blue Devil. This feels like a substantial, diverse world. There’s plenty of dynamic action, but also lots of interesting character bits and emotions. And everyone’s abilities contribute in some fashion.
I even sympathized with Wonder Woman, not the easiest character to relate to, due to her perfection. She’s overbooked, trying to support all her friends in their activities while keeping up with her studies and her own to-do list. I could relate!
DC Super Hero Girls: Hits and Myths was better than I expected and quite the fun read, with plenty going on. The next book in the series is DC Super Hero Girls: Summer Olympus, due out next summer.