I don't know if this will serve as consolation to any of you, but exams aren't any easier if you're a super hero. Being invulnerable to bullets doesn't mean you're immune to the effects of an all-night study session. Those enrolled in Super Hero High, featured in DC Super Hero Girls, have to face the music this summer, and the music sounds like taking a test. The new original graphic novel DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: FINALS CRISIS by writer Shea Fontana and artist Yancey Labat, previewed on Free Comic Book Day, features an important aspect of any school-going story: stressing about and taking final exams...
But! There's a catch. I'm sure this doesn't surprise you.
FINALS CRISIS explores how the DC Super Hero Girls handle the intensity of preparing for being assessed. Supergirl panics and flies home, Batgirl is committed to being as prepared as possible, Harley Quinn is nonplussed, Katana slices and dices through her angst, and Wonder Woman—unsurprisingly—goes for extra credit. It's about seeing these characters face challenges you and I would face.
As Fontana explained to us in an interview, “It's really seeing these characters as teenagers, and it's always been important to us to make sure that it is emotional too, because each of the girls is so relatable. But even though they are in this fantastical universe, and they have these amazing powers, we really want them to feel like real teenagers and be worried about real teenage things, like passing a test.”
I still worry about passing tests as an adult. I try to block out what finals week was like. But if you’re like me, don’t worry. FINALS CRISIS won’t bring back any bad memories. It's focused on how these characters, who have become friends, get past a hurdle without relying only on their powers. The story emphasizes friendship and how different qualities make problem-solving easier.
And as for that twist, I'm not giving you the cheat sheet for the quiz. Just know that a scheming villain comes onto the scene and brings additional problems for Katana, Supergirl, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Bumblebee. This foe tries to remove the super hero girls from the Super Hero High equation, but will they succeed? You'll have to read the graphic novel to find out.
DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: FINALS CRISIS is now available everywhere. Read it, study it and share it with a friend! (For this exam, sharing notes is encouraged.) But first, fly to the comments and let us know if you'll be picking up a copy for yourself or the teenage super hero in your life. Pencils ready? Begin!