Story: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art: Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy
What They Say:
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!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Having been a DC Comics reader since the early 80’s, the character of Starfire is one that I’ve liked for a long time with the way she was so central to the Teen Titans along the way. Though I haven’t read much of her in quite some time, I’ve amusingly kept in touch with the character through the cartoon shorts of the last few years and the simple silliness of it all, which was fun to watch with my kids. With this new book getting underway, I was definitely interested in checking it out due to the team behind it, having really enjoyed their previous work on Power Girl but also knowing that part of the plan here is work in a similar angle to the Harley Quinn series in just providing a good series of stories without worrying about being so heavily connected to everything else.
Which is good, since the book largely drops us in on Koriand’r, a princess from the planet Tamaran. She’s ended up on Earth after escaping from being put into slavery through her sister, which was done in an attempt to keep peace on their homeworld after an occupation invasion by the Citadel. We get the brief background brought over two pages at the start and it helps to fill us in with the basics of the character, since it feels like we’ve mostly got a reset here that has her in her early days of being on Earth. She’s ended up in Key West in the police station where she’s dealing with the sheriff there, which makes it clear that Kori’s a pretty good person that wants to do right and live a good life, but hasn’t a clue about earth culture or norms. It’s interesting to see them go back to this near blank slate for the character, but if it keeps things somewhat self contained for awhile, it means it’ll be easier to enjoy the fish out of water tale.
And we get that as we see sheriff Stella Gomez take a liking to her and mostly just wanting her to get settled in a bit so that she doesn’t have further problems to deal with. This comes in the form of trying to get her a place to stay, some currency and some clothes so that she’s not wearing the skin tight bikini uniform while walking or flying around Key West. The book touches on some fun things relating to her appearance, though sometimes it feels like a guide to young men on how not to behave, but it’s such a part of the culture that it’s a necessity and a realistic reflection. Throughout it we get a decent handle on Stella along the way as well and some time for Kori to misread earth attitudes about close contact and intimacy, which keeps to her past character traits without it being a dominating aspect. The book does take an odd feeling towards the end as it builds more towards the hurricane coming their way and what they need to do, but you can see how it’s going to tie into Stella a bit and her family, so it’s just a matter of getting to it. It just feels like an odd end to the first issue to some degree.
The opening issue of Starfire is definitely a book that feels like it’s going to be all about the fun, and it reminds me of a solid blend of Harley Quinn and Power Girl in a way. Kori’s her own person and not like those two, but the approach and design elements of it are all here from those books to bring it to life in a really good way. A lot of this is also elevated by Emanuela Lupacchino’s artwork with Ray McCarthy on the inks. There’s such a great look about that, which is brought out all the more with the colors from Hi-Fi, that with the digital edition that I’m reading, it has some great pop and vibrancy to it. I expected to enjoy the book overall, and I did, but I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of balance it finds once it gets Kori moving forward. There’s a bit of oddness about it since I wasn’t expecting it to start with her from scratch here in a sense, so I’m feeling uncertain about where it fits in the grand scheme of things, but mostly I’m reminding myself to just sit back and enjoy it. And I think this is going to be one fun series to enjoy from this team.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: DC Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: June 10th, 2015