Review: Starfire #1

starfire001bThere is perhaps no other character in need of a post-new 52 makeover than Starfire.  It was her after all around which so much controversy was focused after the launch of the new 52.  Her “no questions asked” sexual approach and relative willingness to walk around nearly naked was a point of contention for many fans, either the new fans that had come on board for the reboot, or old fans who were being promised something new, and found a lot of the old.  Of course, the background exists for the character to be somewhat open with her sexual matters, but the backlash nonetheless remained.  In the intervening years, and especially in the past year, there has been something of a renaissance for female characters, between approachable reboots/relaunches for Spider-Woman, Batgirl, and Medusa as well as newly introduced characters such as Kamala Khan, Cindy Moon and Olive Silverlock.  With the focus on well written female characters that were built on solid writing as opposed to their appearance, it would seem that the time is right for the same treatment for Starfire.

Thus for the first time in the history of DC Comics publishing, Starfire has been given the chance to headline her own series.  As conceived by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, the series is one which aims to take a less serious look at the life of a superhero, partially inspired by the Harley Quinn series.  The story finds Kory in Key West, an unlikely location for a superhero to set up shop, but tells her story as she details her life to a police detective who is keen on helping out the superpowered alien.  As the story progresses, there are various chances to learn about the past of the character, as well to introduce the other characters as a storm approaches.

The intention of the series to establish the characters as a fish out of water might be clear, but it is also confusing.  In the wake of so many other well written female character headlining their own series in recent months, Starfire comes off as the equivalent of the “dumb blonde” stereotype, asking questions about things which are apparently obvious while also failing to grasp basic parts of human society (like the need to be clothed.)  It fits with the character’s past, but it doesn’t bode well for her future, at least in this series, as this will soon be buried alongside other titles that have failed to evolve to the changing market for comic readers.

Story: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner Art: Emanuela Lupachino 
Story: 6.2  Art: 8.0  Overall: 6.2 Recommendation: Pass