In Deirdre “DeDe” Christopher’s first adventure (Sky Girl and the Superheroic Legacy), she successfully grappled with an evil chimpanzee, a kung fu-fighting tiger woman, and a giant mechanical ape. It was an explosive debut for DeDe’s alter ego, Sky Girl.
Now she’s starting her junior year in high school and things are getting ready to heat up again. DeDe doesn’t know it yet, but she is about to come face to face with a bunch of crazy characters including Optimus MechApe, Alex, the nameless villain, the Jersey Devil, Genie-Dman, Klapper (and his Klapon and Klapuf crew), Shadow, Penny Pound, and QuizMaster. “I have a feeling it’s going to be an interesting year,” says DeDe.
At DeDe’s side is her comic book-reading, zombie movie-watching best friend, Jason. He is the only person who knows her secret identity and he is 100 percent devoted to her. He is Xander Harris to her Buffy Summers. Along with helping Sky Girl battle crime, Jason is also helping her discover the origins of her superheroic legacy. He’s convinced the answers exist somewhere in his exhaustive collection of SkyBoy comic books.
Like the first novel, Sky Girl and the Superheroic Adventures is good-natured and sunny throughout. There’s a lot of complicated stuff going on in DeDe’s life, superhero and otherwise, but she faces each new challenge with poise and good humor.
Superheroic Adventures is indeed funny, but it’s funny in an age-appropriate way. As we all know, there is all sorts of funny business in this world. There’s smile-politely funny and there’s laugh-your-ass-off funny. On that type of scale, Sky Girl ranks as nerdy funny—it’s the kind of humor a 12-year-old kid would undoubtedly appreciate. Thank goodness we suffer from acute arrested development.
Over all, we have just one slightly negative comment about this second Sky Girl adventure. DeDe’s best friend Jason is a bit of a Marty Stu character. A Marty Stu is basically an idealized version of the author. This didn’t bother us too much at first. But we couldn’t help rolling our eyes late in the novel when a busty superhero hottie starts flirting with him. It’s true, not everybody can be a superhero. But being a comic book-collecting nerd who gets a little action from Power Girl is probably the next best thing.
[Sky Girl and the Superheroic Adventures / By Joe Sergi / First Printing: May 2013 / ISBN: 9781625530271]