book cover courtesy of SyndeticsWhat’s so special about a new book you ask? Well, do you remember our inaugural post – graphic novels that aren’t about superheroes? Well we certainly do. Which is why we were so excited to discover this new book: Faith Erin Hicks’ The Adventures of Superhero Girl. This book hilariously demonstrates some of the tropes associated with superheroes. Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations. They’re kind of like signposts for a genre. So for superhero characters they’re things like: they must have a tragic past inspiring their life of crimefighting, or they must have an arch-nemesis. Superhero Girl struggles with these things, as well as less intense superhero problems like forgetting to take her mask off. Aaaaand some more everyday relatable problems like forgetting to update her mother on her life and accidentally shrinking her cape in the wash. That happens to us all the time.

Superhero Girl is the funniest, most down-to-earth, almost ordinary superhero we’ve ever seen. Which is why this gem of a book gets a whole post to itself. It’s the lightheartedness that we love about this comic, which we’ve tried to capture in our teaser panels below…





All images used with permission from Faith Erin Hicks

Like what you see? Here in the library we have another graphic novel of hers: Friends with boys which you can also find online here. For more Faith Erin Hicks, check our her tumblr, twitter or website.

Update: We now have Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong which I’m super excited about!