DC Super Hero Girls: At Metropolis High

DC Zoom. Oct. 2019. 144p. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781401289706.
Gr 3-6–The first two pages of this story set the tone for everything that follows: Supergirl, soaring through Metropolis with the sun at her back and a smile on her face, takes on a group of supervillain girls as they rob a store. Though Supergirl and the other five Super Hero Girls (Green Lantern, Zatanna, Bumblebee, Batgirl, and Wonder Woman) save the day, they’re late for school—again—and the principal orders them to join school clubs as punishment. All six girls turn out to fit their chosen clubs too well, so they seek out counterintuitive clubs and find something to love about each one anyway. The girls’ personalities shine—even Supergirl’s villainous foil, Lena Luthor, who wants to prove herself to the big kids. Both Supergirl and Lena struggle with their self-esteem in scenarios where they aren’t welcome. Messages of playing to one’s individual strengths, as well as keeping an open mind about discovering one’s niche, are a through line among all the heroes’ clubs. Keeping track of the full cast is easy thanks to characters’ distinctive designs. From devouring chocolate cake to building each other up, the Super Hero Girls are a fun, supportive friend group. Changing visual perspectives keep the slapstick action and colorful superpowers fresh on the page, while expressive faces and clear layouts make the school drama easy to follow for the intended elementary audience.
VERDICT Based on the animated series, this brand-building venture nonetheless carries a lot of humor, heart, and positive messages for young superhero fans.

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