Thursday, April 24, 2008


Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade

Landry Walker and Eric Jones, who were responsible for the very excellent "Kid Gravity" series in the late, lamented Disney Adventures (and who are collectively X-Ray Studios), appear to be doing a new all-ages book for DC Comics: Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade.

Speaking as the parent of a little girl who is obsessed with superheroes, but who has already started noticing the relative lack of girl superheroes, this comes as extremely welcome news.

A few years back HarperFestival did a whole series of young reader and middle reader Wonder Woman books, written by Nina Jaffe and illustrated by Ben Caldwell. The books were excellent, but sadly didn't get the books the marketing push they deserved, and immediately sunk without a trace, but I picked up a complete set, figuring that Georgia would want them sooner or later. She's still a few years from being ready for them, I think, but something like this Supergirl book might well bridge the gap. In the meantime she's got WordGirl, Wonder Woman and Jayna on Superfriends, and Raven and Starfire on Teen Titans and in the pages of Teen Titans Go. (Last night, as she lay in bed, she recited Raven's mantra of "Azarath, Metrion, Zinthos," over and over again. For all I know, she was trying to levitate...)

Hi Chris,

You might want to try two series written by Alex de Campi, Agent Boo and Kat & Mouse. While I haven't read them personally, de Campi is a writer who is passionate about creating more comics for girls with good role models. She also makes some cool videos for indy bands. Both I think are published by TokyoPop. Hopefully they'll fit the bill.
Also, I just realized that neither of them are really superhero books, but I don't think it hurts to broaden horizons...
There's always the new Tiny Titans from DC, by the Patrick the Boy Vampire guys, which is pretty good and helps to bridge the survivor trauma after the loss of the Powerpuff Girls. (Sure wish that DC would reprint Sugar & Spike, Scribbly and their old funny animal stuff).
Thanks for the tips, guys!
And of course there's the lovely tiny Mary Marvel in the recent Jeff Smith Shazam series.
Very true, Paul! Don't know how I missed that one.
Patrick the Wolfboy. Patrick the WOLFBOY.


The Jeff Smith take on the Big Red Cheese was fun, more to my taste that the ongoing series. I'm so used to a teen Billy and Mary Batson that it was startling to see Smith's pre-teen versions (now they can be in Power Pack).
Yep. Loved, loved, loved Jeff Smith's Shazam.
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