Super Girls and Halos

My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice, and Heroic Virtue

Table of Contents

Read a Sample

Format: Paperback

Publication date: September 8, 2017

Also available from


Winner of a 2018 Catholic Press Association Award: Gender Issues. (Second Place).

Award-winning author Maria Morera Johnson follows up her bestselling book, My Badass Book of Saints, with a unique and daring exploration of the cardinal virtues through the saints and heroines of science fiction, fantasy, and comic books. Johnson will reignite your passion for your faith as she demonstrates the heroic in the sometimes mundane quest for good and reminds us that Catholicism is filled with adventure.

What do Wonder Woman and St. Katharine Drexel have in common? How about St. Clare of Assisi and Rey, the ingénue from Star Wars: The Force Awakens? All four women sought justice for the abused.

With the same zest for her faith and cheeky wit that readers found so compelling in My Badass Book of Saints and a love for the heroic journey that highlights her career, Johnson now focuses on heroines—improbable pairings of saints and characters from sci-fi, comics, and fantasy—who have influenced her life and deepened her understanding of the Church’s cardinal virtues: prudence, temperance, fortitude, and justice.

Johnson tells her own story alongside the unlikely pairs to show how the cardinal virtues are at play in our lives as well:

  • Prudence (judgment of right and wrong), which influences Marvel’s Black Widow and St. Mary Magdalene, as well as X-Files agent Dana Scully and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.
  • Fortitude (courage), experienced by Marvel's Storm and St. Cunigunde, as well as Harry Potter's Hermione Granger and St. Marguerite D’Youville.
  • Temperance (restraint of desires), which changes how we understand Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games series and St. Mary MacKillop, as well as Nyota Uhura of Star Trek fame and St. Kateri Tekakwitha.

With Johnson's enthusiasm as a guide, you’ll be inspired to embrace the virtues anew and find your faith in your favorite stories.

Discussion questions focusing on the cardinal virtues, making it a great resource for personal or group study. 

Product Details

Pages: 192

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594717550

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “Serious fun mixed with the joy of faith!”

    “In Super Girls and Halos, Maria Morera Johnson introduces a series of gutsy women who help us explore what is good in our own souls. loved her unexpected and eclectic pairings of intriguing heroines of the screen and the page alongside inspiring saints of the Church. This PG-rated mingling of fiction, films, and faith stories is a fab follow up to My Badass Book of Saints! It’s serious fun mixed with the joy of faith!”

    Pat Gohn
    Author of Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious

  • “A celebration of the genius, strength, and beauty of the feminine.”

    “Above all, Super Girls and Halos is a celebration of the genius, strength, and beauty of the feminine. Written with Johnson's signature wit and wisdom, this book will inspire you to join forces with God and become the hero of your own story.”

    Hallie Lord
    SiriusXM radio host and author of On the Other Side of Fear

  • “A powerful lesson on righteousness.”

     “With wit and wisdom, Maria Morera Johnson pairs the excitement and adventure of fictional heroines with the integrity and tenacity of true heroines who walked this earth. This clever combination packs a punch, providing us with a powerful lesson on righteousness and inspiring us to live with the confidence needed to become virtuous heroines and heroic saints. A must-read for anyone looking to tap into her supernatural, God-given powers!”

    Kelly Wahlquist
    Founder of WINE: Women In the New Evangelization

  • “These sisters are full of the right stuff.”

     “Maria Morera Johnson has put together a collection of real and fictional heroines who deliver real kicks (and gentle taps) of correction to the notion that a colorful woman may lack moral wisdom or that a gentle woman is deficient in spiritual and social strength. These sisters are full of the right stuff, and Johnson serves up their virtues with a pow! and a prayer.”

    Elizabeth Scalia
    US editor of Aleteia and author of Strange Gods

  • “Culturally relatable.”

    “Weaving Theology of the Body and super heroes together may seem like a hard task, but author Maria Morera Johnson makes it seem effortless. This book will appeal to women looking for culturally relatable ways of translating aspects of the Catholic faith into everyday dialect, without losing its potency. A great text for book clubs, Super Girls and Halos elevates the discussion of feminist characters and role models to a higher, more heroic level.

    Sr. Brittany Harrison, F.M.A.
    Campus minister at Mary Help of Christians Academy

Related Products

Additional Resources

Christopher Closeup/Aleteia
Link Follow Link
Exploring the Feminine Genius Podcast
Link Follow Link
Among Women
Link Follow Link