Strong Female Protagonist is an ongoing webcomic that dissects the mythos and repercussions of being a superhero in our modern world. The story follows Alison Green, a superhero of epic physical strength (think Superman level powers). An unexpected encounter leads Alison towards an existential crisis that ultimately leads her to decide to retire her superhero antics. Instead, she pursues college to gain a better understanding of what it means to tackle social justice problems through non-violent means. Throughout her adventures, she’s often forced to deal with philosophical and ethical dilemmas inherent in the social realities of the world. When issues like poverty, illnesses or systemic oppressions can’t be solved by punching, how do we work towards dismantling and recreating the structures that cause people suffering on such a humanistic level?
With the advent popularity of media like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we are arguably in the golden age of superhero cinematic popularity. Yet SFP is by far one of my favourites takes on the ethics and complexities of social change. I find that the book really hits its stride by around the third issue, wherein the book really analyse the morality and necessity of Superheroes, both in its societal fascination, and in its benefits versus detriments. I have really enjoyed how SFP has really flipped the idea of what it means to be a hero on its head, by well, not being a superhero.
Notes: SFP is available for free as a webcomic here www.strongfemaleprotagonist.com or support the artists! The first two volumes has been collected into two books and should be available at your local bookstore.