TITLE: Powers of a Girl: Special Edition (Marvel)
AUTHOR: Lorraine Cink
GENRE: Superhero, Comics
WORD/PAGE COUNT: 96 pages
PUBLICATION DETAILS: by Scholastic Australia on April 1st, 2020
RRP: $29.99 AUD (hardcover)
This is the Marvel Universe. Where the personalities, powers and straight-up legends of countless heroic women have captivated readers for generations.
This unique book is the perfect start—or addition—to any Marvel fan’s collection! Using her in-depth knowledge and passion for Super Heroes, Lorraine Cink explores the lives of the exceptional and diverse women of the Marvel Universe. Filled with inspirational lessons and clever observations, each section of the book digs into what these relatable women can teach us about growth, bravery and the true meaning of strength. Together with over a hundred original, vibrant and emotive illustrations from the talented Alice X. Zhang, this book balances the responsibility and the fun that comes with being a hero.
I really enjoyed The Story of The Comics (Marvel: Museum), so when I saw an April release which was all about the Marvel ladies, I was pretty excited! Give me all the female superheroes, please and thank you!
This gorgeous special edition is the size of a small child and chock-full of beautiful illustrations of the Marvel women along with snarky, humorous summaries of their individual histories and arcs. I loved the conversational tone used in this comics guide, it’s like chatting with a friend who’s giving you the low-down on all the gossip.
Given that the Marvel comics have been going strong since the 60s and there are literally thousands of issues just about the core characters, not to mention the frequent retconning and restructuring of characters over time as new writers come in and make their own mark, there is a TON of information to whittle down into bite-size chunks that can be more easily digested by newcomers to the comics. The author does an impressive job of teasing out the essential details that give a broad overview of each character featured here, plus fun interesting tidbits that may surprise even comics readers! For instance, long-time fans may be aware that Carol Danvers’ run as the superhero Ms Marvel predated her tenure as Captain Marvel, but the author puts this into cultural context by noting that Carol was created during the Women’s Liberation Movement when the title ‘Ms’ was first being promoted for use as an honorific that doesn’t distinguish women based on their marital status. That’s why it’s so important that she was called Ms Marvel!
The ladies featured here range from the usual suspects like Black Widow and Agent Carter, well-known from movie and tv adaptations, as well as lesser-known characters like Spider-Woman, Kamala Khan as the new Ms Marvel and the quirky Squirrel Girl. I’m starry-eyed over all the amazing female characters showcased here and desperately wishing for Netflix to give all of them an adaptation because I need to binge-watch a series about Nadia the Unstoppable Wasp escaping the Red Room and bonding with Janet Van Dyne or Kate Bishop as the superior Hawkeye! And how great does Moon Girl sound with her freaking t-rex?! ❤
Highly recommend this as a fun and informative read as well as a beautiful addition to your bookshelves.
Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 kitties recommend this book.
Disclaimer: Physical copy provided by publisher free for an unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.