Hypergirl by Ian Sharman and David Wynne is the story of Charley. Charley lives in a city where there are superheroes yet she struggles to care. A chance trip to a museum leads her to becoming Hypergirl, an imitation of Blue Beetle. A quirky, funny take on the superhero, Hypergirl creates pastiches of many well-known superheroes with Black Bat being Batman and Smythe a mix of Doctor Strange and Doctor Who.

The story relies heavily on silver age like captions. At first this feels slightly jarring but as you progress through the book and realise what the story is all about and it adds to the humour. You feel like you can actually hear the 60s TV Batman voice talking all the way through it. The script is tight, producing some funny one-liners to keep it moving at a fast pace. The stories themselves will not blow you away but they are a bit of fun and at the end of the day they serve their purpose. Further the creative team have produced something where the beats work perfectly, making the page turns at just the right time.

The colours are sharp and vibrant. The art feels different: it does not look like your typical book and this serves to its credit. It adds something that makes it look unusual in order to stand out from the crowd.

Hypergirl is simply a bit of comical fun. If you are looking for some light entertainment to get away from the dark and gritty realism that plagues superhero comics these days this is for you. A loving homage on the superhero genre.

GS Rating: 3 out of 5
GS Reporter: Luke Halsall

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