Do you like your superheroes to be something other than strong, smart and male? Meet Alison Green, aka Mega Girl, star of the webcomic Strong Female Protagonist. Launched in 2012 by writer Brennan Lee Mulligan and artist Molly Ostertag, Strong Female Protagonist chronicles the life of Mega Girl as she attempts to be more than a superhero. As the title suggests, Mulligan and Ostertag are taking the trope and turning it on its head.
“I think what it started with — the original idea — was about the title,” Mulligan recently told The Mary Sue. “And about the problems that Molly and I both had with how that term gets used in discussions of media and storytelling, where a lot of characters are called strong female protagonists when it’s kind of a cipher, and it doesn’t mean what it should mean. Like, a female character will be called a strong female protagonist for crying only a handful of times as opposed to the entire story, when Indiana Jones is not called a strong male protagonist for bullwhipping Nazis and shooting guns at ghosts and stuff. So it started as an exercise in making a character strong in every sense of the word that we could find, where she’s strong in a literary sense — or so we hope — strong in the sense of conviction and heroism and morality, and then physically, superhumanly strong.”
Here’s a preview of Strong Female Protagonist. If you like it, be sure to visit their website, as they’re over 60 pages into their story: