Reading Pile: 2/18/13

Adventures of Superhero Girl, Secret Avengers & Dia De Los Muertos

The Adventures of Superhero Girl HC- This is probably the cutest thing I’ve read in a while that’s also great for adults and children. Faith Erin Hicks tells the funny and adorable adventures of Superhero Girl, who tackles crime (what little there is in her city, anyway) and secret identity issues (forgetting to take off her mask) with innocent charm and humor. The book was enjoyable from the get-go, but Hicks totally won me over with King Ninja who decided the best way to be a thorn in the side of his arch nemesis was to apply for the same job at an interview. This is a great book to give to younger readers and is totally appropriate (they use the word crap like once or twice but, c’mon) and great for younger girls that want a fun story staring a strong female lead. A

Secret Avengers #1- So while editorial has been sort of jamming as much of the Avengers movie continuity into the normal Universe as much as they could, this book actually did a decent enough job of amending similarities between the two. It starts off with a nice in-joke to the Budapest references in the movie and then applies that joke to the core concept of the series which is that certain members of the Secret Avengers now have voluntary memory implants. This way they will have key info wiped off their minds after missions and have actual deniability so as to maintain the integrity of the mission and protect others members. Nick Spencer has a pretty good handle on telling these types of stories, and I think Luke Ross is a pretty good choice for art as he’s a solid storyteller.  It’s an interesting first issue and I think it’s worth sticking around to see how they play it out. Plus hey, Agent Coulson. A-

Dia De Los Muertos #1- This is interesting as it’s more of an anthology revolving around Riley Rossmo than it is anything else really. There are three short stories by different writers, and while the middle story is drawn by Jean-Paul Csuka, his style and coloring match the tone of the Rossmo bookend pieces. It’s a nice oversized package clocking in at thirty-six pages with no ads, and while more would have been better for that price it’s still a better presentation than you usually get from Marvel or DC.  I’m not as into Rossmo as a lot of people are, but I can certainly respect that he’s a workhorse and has been putting out a lot of different series at a rapid pace. Worth checking out, especially if you’re just in the mood for some short supernatural tales. B