Bizarrely humorous and gorgeously illustrated, Snotgirl is a poppy and fluorescent-colored commentary on the difficulty of living up to the social media identities we create for ourselves.
Co-created by Scott Pilgrim creator Brian Lee O’Malley and artist Leslie Hung, Snotgirl follows trend-setting fashion blogger Lottie Person. Tall, gorgeous, green-haired and on the cutting-edge of cosmetics and clothing, Lottie wants you and all her fans to know she’s living the most fabulous life ever.
Except she’s not.
Underneath the shimmering and bubbly facade of her carefully curated digital existence, Lottie’s real life is rife with disappointments. She hasn’t gotten over her ex, who is now dating a younger but totally plain jane girl. Her social circle are of little help as they are as equally vacuous as she is. Worst of all, Lottie’s allergies have gone from bad to worse, leaving her a runny-eyed and mucousy mess.
Struggling to maintain her glamorous social media persona while her personal life begins to crumble, things become more complicated when Lottie reacts badly to a new antihistamine which may have caused her to murder a new – and just as chic – acquaintance.
The tale of an unassuming hero from a podunk town, Huck serves as a much needed reminder that the greatest power one can possess is empathy.
The modern depiction of superheroes is one of non-stop violence and galaxy-wide conflicts. Far too often, the superhero stories of today traffic in the theme of moral ambiguity where the threats its villains bring to the world are so great that the do-gooders often concede their moral superiority in order to win.
Whether it’s the revelation that Captain America is a Hydra Agent or Superman snapping the neck of General Zod in Zack Snyder’s 2013 film Man of Steel, it has become increasingly difficult to differentiate the heroes from their villains.
It makes you nostalgic for the days when a comic book hero saved cats from trees, walked old ladies across the street and returned stolen purses.
Whatever happened to truth, justice and the American way?
Created by writer Mark Millar and artist Rafael Albuquerue’s, Huck is a much needed reminder of what truly makes a superhero “super.”