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Graphic Novel STARLING

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“If Jane Austen had written this—and in an alternative universe, she could have—it might be called ‘Capes and Coffeebreaks’… The delightfully complicated and cannily crafted plot interweaves Amy’s romantic uncertainties with her super-heroic adventures… This whimsical romantic comedy injects welcome humor into the superhero genre… and will probably appeal more broadly to fans of Dilbert, too.” —Library Journal

Why Superheroes Still Can’t Have it All (Atlantic interview with Sage Stossel).

The Anti-Heroine (Harvard Magazine May-June 2014). “Starling” can handle thugs and palookas, but not daily life. By Craig Lambert

“A book straight out of the age of ‘New Girl,’ ‘Sex in the City,’ and ‘The United States of Tara,’ in which we are drawn to watch a female protagonist for her flaws or peculiarities, not in spite of them… [Starling] pokes intently at the glass ceiling that hangs, weirdly enough, over comics as well as other parts of our culture.” —The Boston Globe

“A winning story about overcoming adversity, finding oneself and even having a shot at achieving true love, all lovingly ladled out in a savvy, self-deprecating, droll, artfully humorous manner…”
—UK Comics Review

“The sweetest book about trying to make life work, which all of us have trouble with. Even though we can’t generate electricity with our hands like Amy does.”
—“7 Outstanding Comics About Being a Hero,” Planet Jinxatron (Other comics selected in this review include Strong Female Protagonist by Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag, Red Sonja: The Art of Blood and Fire by Gail Simone, The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang)

“Humorous and touching… Three pages into the graphic novel and I was already hooked by Stossel’s heroine.” —The Retroist

“Hilarious and uplifting… Stossel’s soft washes of color and zippy dialogue make Starling more than just a superhero comic. Amy’s juggling of her family, personal and work lives echoes every modern woman’s struggle to have it all without letting anyone down.”
—Jaclyn Fulwood, Shelf Awareness (Starred review)

“Starling is an imaginative superhero with a unique take on the world… The situations she gets into only make you love her more.” —Games Fiends

“A fun read and a good bet for fans of Sex and the City and any young women in need of a superhero like themselves.” —

“I loved it… Reminds me of James Robinson’s masterpiece, Starman, about a reluctant hero taking on the job after his father retires and his brother is killed.” —Gene Ambaum, Unshelved

“A funny, intelligent and engaging superhero story … Utterly charming. Warmly recommended.” —Sembtext: Göran Semb

Interview with Sage Stossel at the Graphic Novel Reporter.

LA Times interview with Sage Stossel.

LitReactor: Ten Questions with Starling author Sage Stossel by Leah Rhyne.

Newsarama: STARLING: Sibling Creators & Their Anxiety-Filled Superheroine by Zack Smith.

Four Questions with Sage Stossel by Molly Parr.

“Hilarious… A realistic, relatable female superhero.”—Feminist Texican Reads

“Stossel’s plotting is excellent as she slips in necessary items on several occasions without the reader considering them anything other than incidental details, and the way Starling’s messing up her own life while attempting to help others proves a compulsive guarantee of the pages turning. The constant tension from the halfway point is excellently sustained because Stossel has by then established Amy as an essentially likable woman who makes the occasional error of judgement.” —Ian Keogh, Slings and Arrows

“Funny and lighthearted … a good read.” —

“A superhero comic for people who don’t read superhero comics … Rated teen and up, but it’s a good pick for adults, too.” —Geek Dad

“A terrific choice for readers searching for a low-key superhero comic and for DC fans (and Marvel fans) fed up with how their favorite superheroines have been treated.” —In Bed With Books

Comics Juice, Celebrating the Golden Age of Graphic Novels: Great Graphic Novels, Superheroes category

“Utterly engaging and entertaining…a fantastic book.” —Bookshots

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