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Starling

Starling

by Sage Stossel
     
 

POWERLESS?

For Amy Sturgess, life in the big city comes with even bigger problems. Her marketing career is being derailed by a conniving coworker stealing her accounts. Her family crises range from her down-and-out brother running afoul of the law to her mother’s growing affections for the house cats. And Amy’s love life just flatlined thanks

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POWERLESS?

For Amy Sturgess, life in the big city comes with even bigger problems. Her marketing career is being derailed by a conniving coworker stealing her accounts. Her family crises range from her down-and-out brother running afoul of the law to her mother’s growing affections for the house cats. And Amy’s love life just flatlined thanks to an unexpected reunion with the one that got away—who’s now engaged.

When Xanax and therapy fail to relieve her stress, Amy does what any young woman in her position would do: She uses her superstrength, speed, flight, and ability to generate 750 volts from her hands to fight crime as the mysterious masked vigilante Starling. But while Starling is hailed as a superhero, will Amy remain a super-zero?

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
01/01/2014
If Jane Austen had written this—and in an alternative universe, she could have—it might be called "Capes and Coffeebreaks." Spitfire marketing ace Amy is heading up the corporate ladder. But she moonlights as a secret superhero named Starling, and disappearing unexpectedly for vigilante assignments leads management to think she's doing drugs in the bathroom. The delightfully complicated and cannily crafted plot interweaves Amy's romantic uncertainties—should she fall for the former boyfriend from high school or the pro wrestler who runs a gambling den?—with her super heroic adventures zapping bad guys, her slacker brother's escapades, her pet-hoarding mother's foibles, cutthroat office politics instigated by her incompetent but calculating colleague Jason, and the ereader marketing project that involves the former boyfriend's awesome girlfriend. Writer and artist Stossel (contributing editor, cartoonist, The Atlantic) uses a simple, loose style of line and color that fits Amy's unpredictable predicaments. VERDICT This whimsical romantic comedy injects welcome humor into the superhero genre that will especially appeal to women, older teen and up, as a pleasant antidote to the "having it all" blues and will probably appeal more broadly to fans of Dilbert, too. —M.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425266311
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/03/2013
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Sage Stossel is a contributing cartoonist at The Atlantic, drawing the cartoon feature Sage, Ink, and is the author of the children’s book On the Loose in Boston. She is also a regular contributor to The Boston Globe and Provincetown Banner, for which she received an award in 2009 from the New England Newspaper & Press Association. Her cartoons have been featured by The New York Times Week in Review, CNN Headline News, CartoonArts International / The New York Times Syndicate, and Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year (2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010 editions).

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