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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.