Welcome back to Strange Times & Places, where today we’re going back to high school once again! This time, we’re visiting the Marvel Universe’s unsuccessful analog to the DC Super Hero Girls, 2010’s Marvel Her-oes mini-series.
How’s It Different?
I’d say this one is an Imaginary Story, with character histories and relationships liberally altered to suit the high school setting.
What’s The Story?
High school student Janet Van Dyne thinks she’s all alone in the world – she’s a social outcast, her crush doesn’t know she exists…and she can shrink to the size of a bug. She will soon discover, however, that she’s not the only girl at her school with superhuman abilities – and that there are people out there who would use her abilities for their own enrichment.
Best of Differences
- Madeline “Miss America” Joyce is the only adult superhero who shows up in the story, which is kinda nifty since she’s one of Marvel’s earliest headlining superheroine.
- Wasp and She-Hulk starring in this mini is somewhat to be expected, as they’re two of Marvel’s top heroines. Namora was an outside the box choice, even considering that this series came out smack in the middle of Agents of Atlas brief heyday.
- Wasp and She-Hulk get new origin stories, vague though they may be, that don’t rely on male superheroes.
- The villains are somewhat in-name-only versions of Moonstone, The Shocker, and The Ghost. They reference working for a Professor Sterns, who seems to be an alternate version of The Leader.
- The Her-Oes get a new member on the last page of the mini-series: the school’s star basketball player Carol Danvers, who would still have been going by Ms. Marvel at the time.
Come Back Next Week for a New Installment of Tokusatsu Gesundheit!