The Secret to Superhuman Strength is Alison Bechdel's first new book in nearly a decade. As anyone familiar with Bechdel's work will guess,, the "superhuman strength" does not indicate that readers are in for a superhero comic book, but the ironic nod to this staple of the comics form is not without signifigance. This 240 page hardcover book is, as both of her previous works, Fun Home and Are You My Mother?, a memoir. It is in a larger format – 8" x 11" – than these, however – and it is hand colored – employing an intriguing, limited palette – by her partner, Holly Rae Taylor. Fans of her previous memoirs will be happy to learn that she once again revisits her roots and that both of her parents are featured. And, she doesn't stop there! In exploreing her theme, she goes all the way back to Ralph Waldo EMerson and Margaret Fuller, via Jack Kerouac. Yes, there's more here than the title might lead you to believe. There will be more to say, but for now, we direct you to this excellent review by Parul Sehgal at the NY Times.