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Alison Dare is not your typical twelve-year-old. She's the daughter of an archaeologist/adventurer and the masked hero known as the Blue Scarab. To top it off, she's also the niece of an international super-spy; it's no surprise that a craving for danger is in her blood! Unfortunately, her parents have locked her away at the prestigious St. Joan's Academy for Girls, hoping that this would lead to a more "normal" life for their daughter.

A pair of graphic novels (Little Miss Adventures and Heart Of The Maiden) by J. Torres and J. Bone. They were originally published by Oni Press and republished by Tundra Books. The series is influenced by stories such as Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider, and details her multiple adventures, as she finds trouble at museums and Arabia, uncovers a school mystery, and tries to get her parents back together.

Tropes Include:

  • Action Girl: Alison Dare. Her mother was this when she was younger.
  • After-School Cleaning Duty: Students who karate-chop nuns are forced to clean erasers after class.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Alison's mother Alice, who goes on adventures to find artifacts and has a few villains of her own.
  • "Arabian Nights" Days: The genie in '1001 Knights' creates an enviroment like this, with dancing, traditional clothing and items, and lots of Arabian Nights.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Wendy is Asian and the brains of the trio.
  • Back from the Dead: Alan Dodd when the god Ra turns him into the Blue Scarab.
  • Badass Bookworm: Wendy is a bookish girl but is still useful in Alison's adventures.
  • Badass Family: The Dares/Dodds, who have a superhero, archaeologist, superspy, and a Little Miss Badass.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Alison is the Beauty, though she's smart and independent, Wendy is the Brains, and Dot is the Brawn.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Alison learns this in "The 1001 Knights."
  • Bedsheet Ladder: Alison makes one in "The Heart of the Maiden."
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Alison, Dot, and Wendy respectively.
  • Boarding School: St. Joan's Academy for Girls.
  • Brother–Sister Team: Jock and Gillian Harrison are Alice Dare's assistants, and they are quite competent at their work.
  • Brainy Brunette: Wendy, who has dark hair and is quite intelligent.
    • Gillian has brown hair and is no slough, either.
  • The Chosen One: Alison Dare is revealed to be the one to find St. Joan of Arc's heart in "The Heart of the Maiden."
  • Cowardly Lion: Wendy is afraid of danger and getting into trouble, but still goes on adventures with her friends.
  • Dead-Hand Shot: In "Daring Romance," Alan Dodd's bleeding hand holding the Amulet of the Blue Scarab. He Gets Better.
  • An Ice Person: Auntie Freeze is a villain with a gun that fires icy blasts and snow. Not to mention her name...
  • In Harm's Way: Alison loves danger and adventure, and
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Alison has bright blue eyes and can be naive around responsibility and some dangerous situations. Alice Dare also has one of these moments when she tries to reason with Baron von Baron in "The Mummy Child."
  • Jackass Genie: The Genie in "The 1001 Knights," who subverts Alison's wishes when possible. For example, when she wishes for a Arabian Nights adventure, he gives her a thousand Arabian knights instead.
  • Little Miss Badass: Alison loves adventure and won't hesitate to bite the hand of someone holding her captive (and later come back to save the day, of course).
  • Master of Disguise:
    • Alison's Uncle Johnny is rarely seen without a disguise, and even when he's not wearing a mask, he doesn't show his face. He even pulls off looking like Wendy in a short.
    • a reptilian woman wears a very impressing disguise of Mother Superior in "The Heart of the Maiden"
  • Mummy: Alison tells a Tall Tale that there was a mummy's curse in the Ancient Egyptian tomb her mother discovered with her assistants.
  • One-Gender School: St. Joan's Academy for Girls, a Catholic girls school.
  • Precocious Crush: Alison is implied to have one for her mother's assistant Jock Harrison.
  • Punny Name: Auntie Freeze, An Ice Person villain.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: In "The Heart of the Maiden," it is revealed that someone with a snake-like face was impersonating Mother Superior
  • Scarab Power: The superhero the Blue Scarab, who's imagery is based on the creature.
  • Stern Nun: Mother Superior.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Dot, who is a major character.
  • Theme Naming: Alison, Dot, and Wendy's names recall Alice, Dorothy Gale, and Wendy Darling, respectively. This may be because Alison, Dot, and Wendy are all girls who go off on adventures.
  • The Smart Guy: Wendy. She is the most intellectual of the trio, and also fitting the trope, is the least physically fit.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Baron von Baron, a longtime enemy of Alice who is called a Nazi by Alison in "The Mummy Child."
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Gillian and Alice are implied to be this. Gillian has short hair, a more muscular body, and often gives orders for Alice's team. Alice has long, wavy blonde hair, a thin body, and is more of a caretaker than a leader.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Alison has various skills and is very clever, but her lack of experience (and her parents not wanting her to get hurt) prevents her from being involved in all the adventures her parents are in.