For the past two years, Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag's webcomic Strong Female Protagonist has mixed up gender politics, social responsibility, and superheroes into a really compelling package, with excellent art to boot.

Now, after a successful Kickstarter, the creators are partnering with Top Shelf to release a 220-page print version of the comic, collecting the first four issues along with bonus material.

Here's how Top Shelf's press release describes the comic:

With superstrength and invulnerability, Alison Green used to be one of the most powerful superheroes around. Fighting crime with other teenagers under the alter ego Mega Girl was fun until an encounter with Menace, her mind-reading arch-enemy. He showed her evidence of a sinister conspiracy, and suddenly battling giant robots didn't seem so important.

Now Alison is going to college and trying to find ways to help the world while still getting to class on time. It's impossible to escape the past, however, and everyone has their own idea of what it means to be a hero...

The series is a really interesting take on just how much good superheroics would really do in the world. Its explorations are smart, biting, and funny. It's entirely worth reading, as the magnificent ComicsAlliance pullquote in the promotional graphic suggests.

Mulligan and Ostertag are publishing the book themselves, with Top Shelf serving as distributor.

 

 

Strong Female Protagonist will be available in December.