Review: Starfire #3
The DC You imprint has been a slightly confusing one for DC. On the one hand it has superheroes doing stuff much like they always did, just in a different context, such as with the depowered Superman. On the other hand, some characters have been thrown into situations that are not entirely superhero like, for instance, Black Canary going on tour as a singer. The common theme of the new outlook is that making the heroes more approachable to the readers, to take the same changes that have occurred elsewhere in the medium and to apply them in relevant ways to other heroes. The initial impression of the Starfire series is that little had changed in terms of the character, still making the sexual aspects of her character more important than others, while also kind of wasting her superheroic efforts on Key West.
As the third issue of this series, it is perhaps now easier to see where it is heading. While the overall impression of this series could still be at least partially described as whimsical, there are also some elements which make it more akin to a typical superhero book. Although her main enemy in the first issue was a hurricane, there are slowly some more typical threats wandering into Key West, in this case two somewhat major threats that need to be dealt with. While the story and the dialogue are still handled in a less serious way, these threats also give the story a bit more weight.
For those that are curious about how the DC You direction has affected Starfire, it might be easier to think of the change out of context. While the series is ostensibly after the events of the Red and the Outlaws series, the reader gets a better appreciation of this series if they think of it as Starfire first having arrived to Earth overall. It doesn’t make sense from a continuity standpoint, but then again neither do a lot of things under DC You. The first couple of issue in this series were a bit harder to take, but after this third issue, it is evident that the changes are meant to be a bit over-the-top, and that they are to the benefit of the series. At the very least this series looks as though it is taking an approach which will make the character a lot more likable and respectable, even if it is done in a less serious way.
Story: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner Art: Emanuela Lupachino
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read