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Hero Database: Superhero Girl
I have a confession. I adore superheroes. Not in how they look or that they get to have superpowers. I adore how they are able to be symbols of just about anything a person needs. Superheroes hold a very special place in my heart so it only makes sense that I compile a database of some of these spandex clad individuals that come across my way. So without further ado, here's...
Title: The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks
Producer: Dark Horse Books
Powers: Super strength, able to leap tall buildings- similar to the early Superman comics
Antagonists: ninjas, low level criminals, the flu,
Family: unnamed mother, Kevin (brother)
Superhero Girl comes from a family of super-powered people as her brother, Kevin, has enhanced versions of the same powers. She initially went to college after high school away from her home town and then stayed when she was expelled for property damage. There is an overwhelming lack of criminals so money is tight and she is on the look out for another job. She currently has a roommate who has her back during social excursions. No known weaknesses.
She can go just about anywhere and no one will bat an eye. She can find new costume pieces cheep. Cool roommate. Has time and room to grow into the cape.
Superhero Girl lives in a world very similar to ours with the exceptions of monsters and more ninjas than should be legal. The question of income for superheroes is brought to question given that she was living off of a government grant until around the beginning of the story.
Apparently, meeting superheroes isn't exactly out of the ordinary for most people unless they are one of the more popular ones. This is shown several times when Superhero Girl is interacting with civilians and she is even criticized on her costume and powers by one man.
Superhero Girl is a good example of heroes starting out on their own when no major crisis is involved. Being a hero is often thankless and is always a hassle without a constant stream of villainy. She is quickly learning that it's not all punches and kicks. That often times, there are better heroes than you and you have to take what you can get.