So I picked up Starfire #1 Last month on a whim and like many, I didn’t really know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by the new DC title. I decided I would keep this review going for at least a few issues to give people who are still unsure about the title, the ability to make the final decision if they should pick it up or not.
From the writers of the outrageous smash hit HARLEY QUINN comes former Outlaw Starfire in her all-new ongoing series! She’s an alien warrior princess trying to find peace on Earth, and she’ll fight anyone and anything to get it!
This comic is still doing exactly what the new DC You was made to do: give readers a place to jump in without needing to know years of history on the character and their lore. However, they did throw in a nice mention of Starfire’s time with the Teen Titans that I liked. Content-wise this issue wasn’t the most thrilling thing I’ve ever read but I still maintain that its a nice break from the usual dark and grim DC universe.
But with that being said, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti do such a fantastic job with writing that I could probably get sucked into a vacuum cleaner repair manual if they wrote it. They just have a way of really making you forget that the world you’re reading about isn’t the world you live in. They continued to develop a great supporting cast and even brought a new villain into the mix. He was introduced suddenly and almost without explanation, but his dialogue does hint at more plot to come in the next book.
This issue takes palace during a hurricane, but even in a hurricane, this is probably one of the most colorful comics I’ve seen. They just do such an amazing job of making use of colors you wouldn’t typically find in a DC title by making them pop off the pages. The art team of Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy do a terrific job of adding a bit of comedy to the already dynamic and exciting action in the pages of this book. The art is one of the things I like most about Starfire because it fills the void in my DC-loving heart that previously was only getting filled by Babs Tarr’s, Batgirl.
In summary, this issue doesn’t have the most thrilling content but is redeemed by incredible and engaging writing that really brings the characters to life and give Kroiand’r the book she deserves and a great supporting cast to go along with her. The art is nothing short of brilliance and a welcome change from such heavy and dark DC comic scene. There is still plenty of room for this book to grow but it’s built an incredible foundation.
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