Parents' Guide to

Girl on Fire

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Too-familiar tale of inner city superheroics.

Cover shows Lolo Wright using her superpowers

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In comics, origin stories are a staple of the medium, but this tale of a girl discovering her powers feels a bit too familiar. Co-written by musician Alicia Keys and Andrew Weiner, Girl on Fire puts its likable, ethnically diverse cast cast through the expected moves. There's an angry young man named "Runt," and it doesn't take much to guess the role he plays. Lolo's powers don't seem to follow any logical pattern, and there's no explanation of their origin or limitations. Readers looking for any connection to Keys' life as a musician are likely to be disappointed. Comics fans may find the plot cliched, even the threads that are supposed to generate interest for a sequel.

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