New Comics for Girls with Kick-Butt Heroines

Move over Batman and Iron Man, She-Hulk and Rogue are getting their own novels from the team effort of Marvel and Hyperion books. Superhero comics have been known to ignore their female readers, so this duo of books is clearly an olive branch geared toward including the ladies. According to The Mary Sue,

“In addition to threats to the universe, She-Hulk and Rogue have challenges that women readers know well, including finding the right guy. Our heroes are real people first and super powers second, which is why fans connect with them,” Hyperion editor in chief Elisabeth Dyssegaard told USA Today. “These books delve into what happens if dating challenges also include turning huge and green or having a lethal touch, offering readers a unique perspective on superpowered high drama.”

Publisher’s Weekly gave a pretty good breakdown of She-Hulk for the uninitiated.

She-Hulk is the super powerful cousin of Bruce Banner, better known as the rampaging green monster-hero the Hulk. Her real name is Jennifer Walters and she works as a lawyer when she’s not the She-Hulk (she’s also in the Avengers, but that’s another story). She’s big, she’s really hot, and she’s completely green, just like her cousin, and The She-Hulk Diaries will follow the ups and down of her life as a superhero and a lawyer as well as the ups and downs of her love life.

Here’s synopsis and cover for The She-Hulk Diaries:

She-Hulk, Marvel’s much-beloved comic book heroine who shares her cousin Bruce Banner’s ability to transform into a hero of incredible power, comes to life in a page-turning novel. In The “She-Hulk Diaries,” Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk, juggles climbing the corporate ladder by day and battling villains and saving the world by night—all while trying to navigate the dating world to find a Mr. Right who might not mind a sometimes-very big and green girlfriend.

The breakdown on Rogue, for anyone unfamiliar with the X-Men, reads:

Rogue, a member of the X-Men, has the power to absorb the strengths and memories of whoever she touches. But her power can be deadly—her touch puts her mysterious boyfriend into a coma—not to mention being tough on relationships! The book, Rogue Touch, will outline her love affair with the boyfriend along with complications from his mysterious and dangerous family.

Here’s its synopsis and cover:

The second novel, Rogue Touch, features one of the most popular X-Men characters, Rogue, a young woman trying to navigate the challenges of everyday life and romance—except that her touch is deadly. After accidentally putting her first boyfriend in a coma, she runs away from home where, she meets the handsome and otherworldly James and sparks fly. Like Rogue, however, James’ life is hardly simple. To elude his mysterious and dangerous family, James shaves his head, dons all black. Stealing a car, they head out on the highway and eventually, Rogue has to decide whether she will unleash her devastating powers in order to save the only man alive who seems to truly understand her.

Both books with release in print and e-book versions this June.

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