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DC Super Hero Girls: Date with Disaster!

Review

DC Super Hero Girls: Date with Disaster!

Written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Yancey Labat

Author Shea Fontana and illustrator Yancey Labat are back with the newest graphic novel in the DC Super Hero Girls series. The sixth installment in this hugely successful series, DATE WITH DISASTER shines the spotlight on Barbara Gordon, known to her super friends as Batgirl. When Batgirl and the other heroes at Super Hero High are rudely awoken by an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs, Batgirl and everyone’s favorite reporter Lois Lane know that something strange is going on. But while the superhero girls are putting the clues together, they see Batgirl’s dad, Commissioner Gordon, out on a date.

Batgirl and her friends make it their mission to find Gordon the perfect match, but it doesn’t all go according to plan. As they unravel the mystery of the explosion at S.T.A.R. labs, Batgirl and her classmates learn the origin of Poison Ivy’s incredible plant powers and uncover a dastardly plot against Metropolis. Plus, the students at Super Hero High have another major problem to face: finding dates to their school dance!

"DATE WITH DISASTER keeps a light-hearted tone that will definitely keep young readers entertained, and provides its readers with relatable superheroes to look up to."

Like any compelling superhero story, DATE WITH DISASTER balances “real life” issues with problems that only the DC Super Hero Girls can handle. The Superhero Girls face down huge villains like Killer Croc and Rampage while also dealing with teenage issues such as asking their crushes to the dance. At the same time, DATE WITH DISASTER also asks its characters and readers to consider not only their own issues, but those of the important adults in their lives.

DATE WITH DISASTER keeps a light-hearted tone that will definitely keep young readers entertained, and provides its readers with relatable superheroes to look up to. Putting the focus on Batgirl is especially poignant, as it shows that not all heroes need to have powers --- Batgirl relies on her whip-smart intelligence and knack for tech to save the day alongside Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Catwoman, Bumblebee and plenty more. While the spotlight is often shone on Batgirl and her relationship with her father, DATE WITH DISASTER still has plenty of other amazing characters for readers to enjoy. Readers will definitely respond to the origin story of Poison Ivy along with the touching backstory of her friendship with Harley Quinn.

This story, and every graphic novel in this series, is perfect for middle-grade readers. It features smart stories centered on themes of friendship, teamwork and problem-solving, while providing readers with a ton of action and character development. This series is a perfect introduction to the wonderful world of comics and superheroes. I especially love that it focuses on DC’s many awesome female heroes who often get pushed aside in a market that is often too much of a boys club. Plus, you can feel free to jump in with this book, even if you haven’t read the others (though you definitely should). While DATE WITH DISASTER builds on friendships formed in the previous graphic novels, you definitely won’t feel lost if you begin your journey here.

Reviewed by Katherine Szabo on February 8, 2018

DC Super Hero Girls: Date with Disaster!
Written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Yancey Labat