Strong Female Protagonist (2012)


Alison Green shocked the world when she became one of the first superheroes to public unmask. Now that she’s left the mantle of Mega-Girl behind her, she must navigate the complicated social, ethical, and political issues that arise from super-strength, invincibility and a crippling sense of social injustice.

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2015 Autostraddle Comic and Sequential Art Award Winner — Favorite Webcomic – Serial
2016 Autostraddle Comic and Sequential Art Award Winner — Favorite Webcomic – Serial


Strong Female Protagonist, written by Brennan Lee Mulliganand drawn by Molly Ostertag, is the perfect superhero comic for people who aren’t really interested in the superhero genre. Actually, it’s also a pretty perfect comic for people who are interested in superheroes. It takes a viciously fascinating look at what it would be like to be a super hero and also be a 20 year old young woman trying to find your place in the world. When it’s showing scenes of super powered brawls and people in costumes, both the writing and art slip perfectly into that style. It’s action packed, dynamic and stylish. When it’s showing scenes of friends going on a road trip, college students in class, or young people going to night clubs and bars, you would almost forget that they’re super humans if they weren’t constantly talking about mind reading, being invulnerable and their former super hero exploits.” (Source: Autostraddle)

“Alison Green used to be Mega Girl, one of the most powerful superhumans on the planet, until she was convinced to hang up her cape. Now she’s a super-strong college student who attends Occupy protests, volunteers at the local fire department, and is trying to figure out what it means to be a Strong Female Protagonist. But her superhero past just won’t leave her alone.

“Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag’s webcomic Strong Female Protagonist examines the roles of superhumans in a world that remains plagued by more mundane perils: social injustice, government intrusion into reproductive rights, fires not set by supervillains. When she was Mega Girl, Alison was the premiere superhero, the girl whose dolls filled the windows of toy shops. But after a run-in with an apparent supervillain who wasn’t all he appeared to be, Alison has decided to hang up her cape, enroll in school, and figure out what good she can really do in the world.” (Source: io9)


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