Scott Roche has been writing about this for years, and it shows in the easy way he pulls you into the world of the characters and very quickly changes your perceptions of that world, and your own. It made me stop and think the first time I read the story, and every time I've re-read it.
A short read that rings like a bugle in the distance, familiar, haunting, echoing, and urging you to prepare for battle.
This is a quick story about a kid who's different, gets picked on for it, and finds the strength to stand up and protect others. In the process, she discovers something amazing, and her life will never be the same again.
It's a classic superhero origin story that is avoids being cliche'. The characters are realistic, the situations work, and the writing is excellent.