Starfire #1 Review

Posted June 12, 2015 by Henry Varona in Comic Books

Written by: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

Art by: Emanuela Lupacchino

Publisher: DC

At the start of the New 52, Red Hood and the Outlaws was one of my favorite titles DC published. Filled with adventure and absolutely gorgeous artwork, it helped to reinvigorate both Jason Todd and Roy Harper, two characters who were doing poorly before the reboot. Unfortunately, it’s greatest weakness was Starfire, so clearly felt like the odd one out. While she was often written with respect, her new outfit and some of the things that she did certainly did not win over fans. DC has gone to great lengths to rectify that with Starfire, coming from the writing team that made Harley Quinn so successful. With the gorgeous work of Emanuela Lupacchino, the comic is a super strong start, capturing so much of the magic of Harley while making it special for Starfire.

Picking up immediately where the DC Sneak Peak left off, Starfire opens with Kori retelling her life story to Sheriff Gomez in Key West, Florida. As She recounts her brutal background of slavery and rebellion, she convinces the Sheriff to help her start life anew. As she explores Florida and all that it has to offer, reports come in of a horrifying storm that could potentially devastate the entire area. Will Kori get to start her life over the right way or will it all come crashing down before it even starts?

Written by the tag team of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palimiotti, this is a very different Starfire than we’ve had before. She’s closer to her animated incarnations than anything I’ve read before, which is a refreshing change of pace. Largely naive of the world, Kori is quite endearing as a witness to the world around her. I’ll admit that it’s almost bizarre to read, since I’m used to very aggressive and educated Starfire (Circa the Geoff Johns Teen Titans/Judd Winick Outsiders), but it allows for new readers to better grasp onto the character. The story itself is fun and simple, taking a similar course to Harley Quinn where the characterization and the world of the lead are established before there is a clear threat. In the end, Starfire benefits from this treatment, because it will allow readers to immerse themselves in her story.

I’ve been familiar with Emanuela Lupacchino’s art for years, finding it on X-Factor and Worlds’ Finest, but this is the first I’ve seen that it really dazzles on this level. Lupacchino is having a lot of fun with Starfire, keeping the visuals engaging and the action kinetic. Kori looks great, showcasing her fantastic new design, and always standing out from her peers. A major part of the story is that Starfire feels like she can’t fade into the people, and Lupacchino makes sure to have her pop out of every page to compliment that. A cute little touch that Lupacchino throws in is Starfire’s thought bubbles. These highlight her common misunderstandings of Earth culture and help to add some humor to the dry spots in the script.

Overall, Starfire is a very solid start to what will hopefully be a fantastic series in the future. Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti give us a comic that is similar to Harley Quinn yet still maintains it’s own unique voice. Additionally, the talents of Emanuella Lupacchino are given a great showcase, highlighting the artist like never before. But beyond all that, the most important part of Starfire is that it reaches across demographics, for adult men and young girls. I was able to sit and read this book aloud with my very young sister and felt perfectly comfortable as she experienced her first comic book. For that, I’m thankful this book exists.

About the Author

Henry Varona

Lover of comics, Legos, and movies, Henry Varona is supremely awesome in every way. He spends his days designing his own comics, and his nights dreaming about Chris Hemsworth and Captain Cold.