Friday, July 15, 2016

Book review - DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis

Title: Finals Crisis
Author: Shea Fontana
Genre: graphic novel
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A nice, simple superhero story

Summary(provided by publisher): Class is in session! Welcome to DC Super Hero High!
It was the night before finals and the student body is hard at work... and nothing is going right! Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Batgirl and their friends are learning to become heroes, but no one knew the trials that awaited them. In the first original graphic novel from the DC Super Hero Girls line, meet the students of Superhero High School as they find out that fun, friendship and hard work are all parts of growing up!
The DC Super Hero Girls is an exciting new universe of Super Heroic storytelling that helps build character and confidence, and empowers girls to discover their true potential. Developed for girls aged 6-12, DC Super Hero Girls features DC Comics' most powerful and diverse line-up of female characters as relatable teens, playing out across multiple entertainment content platforms and product categories to create an immersive world. Icons including Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more make their unprecedented teenaged introduction, as each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero.

My opinion: I'm impressed. While recognizability of characters is clearly important in this book, it doesn't rely on it entirely. Each character gets at least a little bit of characterization, some insecurity r flaw that must be addressed by the plot. And each little plot ties up together in the larger plot. I will say that I found the ending a little disappointing. A) The culprit was pretty obvious from early on if you are at all familiar with superheroes. B) His motivations is revealed entirely via exposition in the final scenes. Some hint earlier on would have been nice. A nice choice for elementary readers though.

Advanced reader copy provided by NetGalley.

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