DC Super Hero Girls: A Listing

The DC Super Hero Girls line launched in Fall 2015 with web content, dolls, Lego toys, graphic novels, and videos. Here’s a list of the comics, starting with the graphic novels: Finals Crisis written by Shea Fontana; art by Yancey Labat 2016 Hits and Myths written by Shea Fontana; art by Yancey Labat 2016 Summer Olympus written by Shea Fontana; art by Yancey Labat 2017 Past Times at Super Hero High written by Shea Fontana; art by Yancey Labat, Agnes […]

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Night Jackal #1

If you’re a fan of The Boys, you’ll want to check out Night Jackal #1, particularly since it’s a full-length, professionally done, dark superhero story for only 99 cents. It’s the story of a former hero, now out of prison after decades behind bars, written by Heath C. Michaels and illustrated by Philip Renne. The ex-con just wants to survive, although no one wants him around. Plenty of people feel powerful picking on him, since he’s afraid to fight back. […]

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All Summer Long

All Summer Long is the kind of teen summer story I can get behind. Bina isn’t going to camp or on vacation. Instead, she’s left in town to do not much of anything. The past few summers, she and neighbor / best friend Austin have spent the whole season together, but he’s off to soccer camp. His lack of response to her messages contributes to her feeling of loneliness. That’s why she’s surprised to find herself with something in common […]

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Lights, Planets, People!

Lights, Planets, People! is a graphic novel adaptation of Molly Naylor’s play, illustrated by Lizzy Stewart. Yet it manages to use the comic format beautifully to show us multiple levels of communication. Maggie is an astronomer. We see her giving a lecture to inspire young women to pursue science, alternating with her flashbacks to her lifetime of work, from days where she was the only woman to the outcome of the project she spent years on. She’s also seeing a […]

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Rebecca and Lucie in the Case of the Missing Neighbor

If I was to describe the concept of Rebecca and Lucie in the Case of the Missing Neighbor, I would say “what if a mommy blogger wrote Rear Window?” Rebecca is a new mother, about to end her maternity leave. She’s up late feeding baby Lucie when she sees someone loading something into a white van. Then she hears that one of the neighbors is missing. She decides to investigate and starts asking people questions about him and what happened, […]

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The League of Super Feminists

The League of Super Feminists has an eye-catching title, but it’s really a scrapbook-style collection of pieces covering media literacy and political awareness. It covers the kind of topics more young people should be aware of, including sexist stereotypes in popular entertainment, the Bechdel Test, the lack of role models for female friendship, unequal emotional labor, the focus on appearance and sexual portrayals, gendered expectations of behavior, and an explanation of intersectionality. Written and drawn by Mirion Malle (translated by […]

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Magical History Tour: The Plague: History of a Pandemic

The fifth in the translated Magical History Tour series is particularly timely. The Plague: History of a Pandemic, is, as are the others in the series, written by Fabrice Erre and illustrated by Sylvain Savoia. Annie explains various outbreaks of the historical plague, including the Black Death, and pandemics to her younger brother Nico. Annie lays out various transmission factors — trade routes, conflicts, population concentration — and tells her brother about people’s fear, the huge death rates, and the […]

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Max & the Midknights: Battle of the Bodkins

The second in the Max and the Midknights series by Lincoln Pierce, Battle of the Bodkins brings back the young adventurers in an all-new fantasy battle with intriguing thematic undertones. After the kingdom was rescued in the first book, Max is now in knight school. She doesn’t like her new teacher, because he thinks only boys should be knights. She’s lost her confidence, as fellow student Sedgewick is better than she is, and she is questioning herself for the first […]

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