Review: DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 1: Finals Crisis

DC Super Hero Girls Finals Crisis CoverPreparing for high school exams is hard enough, but at Super Hero High, even the tests are super-tough! Principal Waller keeps an eagle eye on her students, drilling them in math, science, literature—and other subjects like flying and powers! And no one wants to fail, because Principal Waller hands out detention faster than a speeding bullet.

DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis is the first original graphic novel for the new line of characters/comics/toys/and more featuring Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Bumblebee, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Katana, and Poison Ivy.

I’m not the intended audience for this line of toys and comics. I know that. Yet, I’ve found myself not just enjoying what’s been released but also cheering on its success. DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis is a simple graphic novel geared towards younger kids, but writer Shea Fontana delivers it in an entertaining way that even us adults can enjoy it too. It’s not as layered with jokes as some other series aimed at kids and adults, but fans of these comic characters will enjoy the nods here and there and seeing these new versions of these classic characters. There’s something fun about it all, and the positive vibe oozes off the page in word and pictures.

That vibe is helped by Yancey Labat who flawlessly continues the style that has been a signature of these characters in their animated series and toy line. There’s no interpretation here, it all looks like one vision and it works well. The designs are solid and colors pop off the page. This is super heroes back when they were fun and positive and Labat’s style makes that clear.

This isn’t a deep layered graphic novel, it’s not supposed to be. This is geared towards younger kids who’ll enjoy the characters and style and simplistic story. Still, I found it all enjoyable and can’t wait to read and see more of it all. If there’s a little super hero in your life, this is an absolute must buy for them. If you’re an adult, it’s one you’ll want to check out to see what the kids are so excited about.

Story: Shea Fontana Art: Yancey Labat
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review