DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless

DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless
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Age Range
8+
Release Date
March 17, 2020
ISBN
9781401293611
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The DC Super Hero Girls learn what it's like to be POWERLESS in the second original graphic novel based on the hit new Cartoon Network series.

When the electric grid and cloud computing get knocked out on the same night, the Metropolis High Hamsters aren't quite sure how to deal...with a cafeteria that only accepts CASH?! And some of the girls are more affected than others--Batgirl without her smartphone barely makes it to school at all, but Green Lantern is mostly determined to keep her friends safe. Speaking of which, has anyone seen Bumblebee?

With half the team out of commission, how will the girls find the source of the problem and fix it before Sweet Justice runs out of non-frozen desserts?!

DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless continues to develop the relationships forged throughout the beloved DC Super Hero Girls series. This story is perfect for ages 6-10 and a great entry point into the DC Universe and graphic novels.

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Fun story with your favorite superhero girls
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
When a sudden power outage strikes Metropolis, the Superhero Girls are thrown for a loop, especially Batgirl aka Babs. She relies on technology to contribute to the team and take down the bad guys. Without it, even the team isn't sure she can be helpful. But with perseverance and a helpful tip from her dad, Babs finds that with a little creativity, you can find resources all around you.

I was a little hesitant in the first couple of chapters of POWERLESS. I was worried this would be a story line I've seen a few times where everyone collapses without technology and the theme is that tech is inherently evil and hurting society. POWERLESS does show how too much reliance on tech can have consequences and sometimes get in the way of physical human interaction, but it also highlights the many benefits and importance of tech across a city and how it can connect people rather than drive them apart. It's a balanced and realistic approach.

While Batgirl/Babs has a stronger presence in POWERLESS, there are still plenty of great scenes with the other superhero girls, especially Bumblebee/Karen. Bumblebee and Batgirl both prove that even when one of your biggest strengths is dampened, it doesn't take away the rest of your capabilities. DC fans who prefer villains (or morally ambiguous characters) to heroes also get a few fun scenes with Catwoman and Harley Quinn.

The artistry aligns perfectly with the style of the show. The coloring and shading are particularly well done in scenes where the lighting is minimal thanks to the outage.

If you want more DC heroes in your life, this is a fun, engaging series for young readers.
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