OUT OF THE BOTTLE by Shea Fontana


From the "DC Super Hero Girls" series
Age Range: 6 - 10
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Art class for a group of iconic superhero girls goes awry when their creations come alive.

In their fifth brightly depicted episodic adventure, the heroines of Super Hero High—namely the teenage Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, and Katana—are working on their graphic-novel art projects for their teacher, meek bohemian June Moone. The girls are warned to stay away from Ms. Moone’s paints, but troublemaker Harley cannot help herself. Before long, the girls’ drawings have come to life as tiny, evil doppelgängers. Much as in the previous volumes, teamwork is emphasized in order to save the day. While the plot is largely action-based and the feel tends toward predictable and cloying, Fontana has woven in some redeeming scenes. A girl of color who uses a wheelchair helps the team save the day, and later, Harley, Wonder Woman, and Supergirl all openly discuss going to therapy and the benefits they receive from talking out their problems. The art, rendered by the trifecta of DiChiara, Garbowska, and Andolfo, is vibrant and kinetic, employing an eye-catching mix of neatly paneled contemporary styles. Although some side characters are girls of color and/or disabled, the depictions of the spandex-clad heroines themselves—mostly white and wasp-waisted, with almond-shaped eyes, pouty mouths, and full manes of flowing hair—keep this series rooted in the old sexualized tropes.

An uneven offering that totters between empowerment and stereotypes. (Graphic fantasy. 6-10)

Pub Date: Aug. 7th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-4012-7483-2
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: DC Comics
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2018


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