|"Strong Female Protagonist" Book One by Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag (Top Shelf Comics)|
Alison Green is the titular protagonist, a tough and uncompromising superhero mixing strength and invulnerability with a brain the size of a planet. Life as a superhero is fairly sweet until a showdown with a mind-reading supervillain shows Alison that things aren't quite as straight-cut as they seem. Alison - also known as Mega Girl - gives up the superhero gig for a life of study, riding under the radar in order to affect change from within. But sometimes there's no route back from being at the top of your game, and Alison's past catches up with her all too quickly while she hides in plain sight as a student at a local college.
Will Alison need to become Mega Girl again? Is someone playing mind-tricks? Just how far down does the rabbit hole of conspiracy and mistrust go?
Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag's web comic comes to vibrant life collected together as the first volume of a graphic novel series, recalling intelligent and grown-up strips like "The New Statesmen" and even with shades of the better parts of "Watchmen" bubbling under thought-provoking and smart storytelling.
It's strictly for grown ups (hence why it's being reviewed here at DaddyAfterDark rather than on ReadItDaddy, our sister blog) but it's utterly fantastic and engrossing stuff. Top Shelf's latest run of titles is hitting all the right notes, gathering together an enviable catalogue of cool stuff to dive into.
Follow the web comic over at http://strongfemaleprotagonist.com or drop by the Top Shelf Website for more excellent comics in this vein.