Book Review: DC SuperHero Girls Hits and Myths: by Shea Fontana, Yancey Labat

DC SuperHero Girls: Hits and Myths is a children’s graphic novel written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Yancey Labat. It is the second volume of the series. The first volume was Final Crisis, which I did not read. “Intro to Epics” is one of Wonder Woman’s favorite classes at DC Super Hero High, but even for an overachiever, balancing high school literature assignments with learning to be a superhero can be tough. But you know what they say about learning, experience is the best teacher! So when Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl, Bumblebee, Poison Ivy, Katana, and Harley Quinn fight a cyclops, a witch, and a bevy of sirens, they’re sure to learn a thing or two about The Odyssey, if they survive their epic battle in the underworld! 

Hits and Myths is a fun story that does a good job of introducing a variety of DC Comic characters to young readers. I am a little confused with why some of the characters are heroes or villains- since in the stories I know some are switched- but that could be as simple as using information from story arcs that I have missed over the years. I like the humor and adventure, and found myself wishing I saw more of some fringe characters, like those from Teen Titans, but there is no way they could get every character in a single story. The story line was broken down into chapters- each a individual part of the adventure, and with a different portion of the characters. I think some readers might be a little confused here, but the breaks were clear enough that it should not be a big problem. I really liked the comradery and the message of not having to do absolutely everything yourself. Delegating tasks, working as a team, and trusting your friends are major parts of the story and are things even adults need to be reminded of.

Hits and Myths is a nice introduction to the DC universe and its characters for young readers. The writing is well done, and the strong female (and male)  characters are important in works for readers of all ages.
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