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Official Injustice 2 – Starfire Gameplay Trailer

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment ushered in the newest addition to the Injustice 2 character roster: the ultraviolet ray-wielding heroine Starfire, who DC fans will recognize as a prominent member of the Teen Titans. Beginning today, players who have purchased the Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition, Injustice 2 Digital Deluxe Edition, Injustice 2 Ultimate Pack or Fighter Pack #1 can unleash Starfire’s celestial projectiles, use her flight ability to evade incoming attacks and create deadly weapons out of pure energy.

Developed by the award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 2 features a massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains and allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. The game is currently available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Injustice 2 – Starfire Gameplay Reveal Trailer

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment revealed gameplay for the newest addition to the top selling Injustice 2 character roster: Starfire. Motivated to action by the death of Dick Grayson, Starfire shows off deadly energy beams, celestial projectiles and her supernova super in the new gameplay trailer.

Developed by the award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 2 features a massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains and allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. The game is currently available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with Red Hood and Sub-Zero available now.

Exclusive Preview: Starfire #10

Starfire #10

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner
Art by: Elsa Charretier
Cover by: Amanda Conner
On Sale Date: Mar 9 2016

It’s a girls night out—super-style! Partying in an underground kingdom has never been so weird! And Starfire, Stella and Atlee have an adventure  interrupted when an old enemy makes good on his promise to destroy Atlee.

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It’s a new week and we’re getting closer to a new year! We’re thinking through our best of 2015 list, but what do you all think should be on?

While you think about that, here’s some comic book news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The ComiChron – Miller’s Dark Knight returns to top of comic sales charts in November 2015 – A slight improvement for DC.

M Live – Longtime collector to open Grand Rapids comic book store – Great to see new shops open.

AFP – New Dutch graphic novel reveals life with disabled mum – Sounds very interesting.

 

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Batman News – Batman #47

The Rainbow Hub – Constantine the Hellblazer #7

The Rainbow Hub – Detective Comics #47

The Rainbow Hub – Gotham Academy #13

The Rainbow Hub – New Romancer #1

The Rainbow Hub – Starfire #7

CBR – We Stand on Guard #6

Review: Starfire #3

starfire003The 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

Review: Starfire #2

Starfire002Starfire’s first issue came in the wake of a recent string of young female characters who have been given a new direction, with characterization to match.  These younger heroines have been depicted in a similar setting but in a somewhat different way, highlighting what it means to be both young and female, while also not losing the appeal of the superhero.  Although not necessarily a young hero in comics, Starfire is often portrayed as such.  She has been a member of the Teen Titans for most of her publication history, and as that group is associated with youthful characters, it might have made sense to include Starfire in this same new wave that is attempting to change the focus and presumably the readership of comics.  The first issue proved otherwise as Starfire alternated between serious hero versus behavior that would typify a dumb blonde.

This second issue picks up where the last left off, specifically as Key West is under threat of Hurricane Betty.  Although it is a relatively minor problem as opposed to the intergalactic threats that Starfire has faced, it did give a chance to put a more personal look on the character.  The same continues here as Starfire has to rescue a sequence of different characters from the storm as she rushed them to safety, first from land and then from water.

While the representation of the character has improved here, it is apparently still a work in progress.   Starfire got to save some strange residents of Key West, and so doing provided some comedic relief, but equally it was so non sequitur that it broke up the sequence of the story.  The writing team seems to be fascinated with Key West, and while there is nothing wrong with that, the series equally cannot be simply a string of strange characters from Key West that they can dream up.  Starfire as a character deserves more.  This issue represents a step in the direction towards what she should be, but there is still some distance to go.

Story: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner Art: Emanuela Lupachino 
Story: 7.5  Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

We Talk Starfire With Ema Lupacchino

Ema Lupacchino is slowly taking the comics art scene by storm. She is making her own mark on some classic heroes, and she is back for her second interview with us, after joining us before to discuss Supergirl. This time she talks about her new ongoing gig for Starfire from DC Comics, whose first issue debuted last Wednesday.

ema000Graphic Policy: Starfire is getting her own series for the first time with you as the series regular artist.  What challenges are there for a character that is so common to so many but has never had to hold her own series before

Ema Lupacchino: We’ve got many challenges here – the most important one to me was to make Kori looking beautiful but not oversexualized as she used to be drawn sometimes.  I tried to make her confident and naive. Then we’ve got to build an all new world around her – the city she’s living in, the new characters and the narration that is a bit different from a mainstream superhero book.

GP: What is it like working with Amanda and Jimmy?

EL: They’re both sweet. This my first time working with them and I feel totally comfortable with the structure of the story and the script. Having a good feeling with the writers is a very important thing and they’re so clear and precise that is not so difficult to emphasize with the emotions and atmosphere that they suggest for each character in each scene.

ema005GP: In our previous interview about Supergirl we discussed some of the personal touches that you put on the character’s appearance to make her more feminine. What have you done for Starfire?

EL: Kori’s beautiful and sexy but I tried to push this feeling away from her head.  It’s like she’s so beautiful and attractive but  she actually  doesn’t know that. This way she’s not conditioned by her appeal, she’s just natural and her being natural is sexy itself. It’s not something  induced by impossible or forced poses of her body screaming “Look how sexy I am!”, neither caused by the size of her breasts. It’s the way she acts, smiles or looks at you. People that pass by should be attracted by the scent of her skin. I want this to be my personal touch on her :)

GP: How much did you have to do with the redesign of her costume, and what motivated the new look?

EL: The new costume was entirely designed by Amanda Conner before I started the book, so I just put it on her as it was. I think it’s a smart look for her costume, and more comfortable for her new life.

GP: Have you been to Key West?

EL: I’ve never been to Key West *sigh* ! It’s a WONDERFUL place and I definitively want to see it one day. I love all the tropical places and the exotic atmosphere, so it’s like a party for me drawing Kori living in Key West. You feel like you’re on vacation all the time!

ema002GP: Key West is a pretty common place to live for all the places that Starfire has been to before. Are we going to see some more exotic locations like outer space?

EL: You’re going to see A LOT in general, not only in terms of places :) but yes. You’ll see more beautiful and exotic places (that really exist!).

GP: The series has a more humorous tone than some other series featuring superheroes. How do you capture this in the drawing?

EL: I don’t know. It just comes natural to me. I’m really focused on the attitude and expressions of the characters – I study emotions and gesture a lot on actors and animated movies so I just try to catch the right expression or pose in a specific scene.

I think I know how to handle emotions more than anything else in a comic book but just because it’s spontaneous and I don’t have to think about it so much. Humor is led by a thin movement or expression and if you fail that, the whole scene loses the right tone.

ema003GP: Starfire’s past in the new 52 is complicated as her time with the Teen Titans is not what it once was. Are there any of the former Titans that you would like to see show up here and get a chance to draw? I think for instance that your take on Wonder Girl would be interesting.

EL: Wonder Girl would be interesting, as much as Beast Boy and Raven. They’re both very interesting characters to see in Key West!

GP: How do you decide on the idea for the cover when you draw both the cover and the inner artwork? What works best to capture the idea of what is inside?

EL: Generally the cover shows what a reader will find in the story. So yes, that’s the way we work on the cover. The editor gives me some information about the main plot for a specific issue and we build the cover illustration around what can be the most important scene of the story. Variant covers can escape this rule and sometimes they have nothing to do at all with the story. When you work on the cover you have to give some information about the story without spoiling it too much.

Strange Comic Trends: Another Pair of 38s

The medium of comics is certainly not without controversy, and increasingly lately in the manner in which it depicts women.  It would seem as though the medium has been going through a pretty rapid change in the past year in terms of how to present its female characters, and this is an indication that the medium as a whole is changing.  It is a necessary change as the demographics of readers if changing, and so what is looked for in a female character these days is much more like solid writing as opposed to a revealing costume.  In the past few years there have been a few different developments which have caused fans to voice their concerns for the direction of the medium and its treatment of its female characters.  For instance the alternate cover for Spider-Woman #1 made a lot of readers wonder if there was ever going to be any change, and the comments about feminism and Wonder Woman caused many to raise their eyebrows.

38s001One of the points in comic history was that of the launch of the new 52.  Fans were promised that new approaches were going to be taken and that characters were going to be revitalized for a modern day treatment.  The result was a bit of a mixed bag, some creators shook up the normal and gave the readers something really new, and some other characters just got costume changes.  There was no bigger flashpoint of any character than surrounded Starfire and her depiction in Red Hood and the Outlaws. While there were aspects of the character which were in-line with what had come before, there was also a backlash over her depiction in this series.  With Jason Todd and Roy Harper as the unapologetic frat boys, Starfire was turned into the dream sorority girl, one that wore almost nothing and solicited sex from strangers.  At one point she was even referred to by her breast size alone (a pair of 38s).  Obviously a lot of fans were a bit taken aback by this new representation of the character as the change in her case was to make her a two dimensional being judged only for her appearance, which is pretty much the exact opposite of what female comic readers wanted.

38s003In the intervening years since the launch of the new 52, there seems to have been a renaissance in the medium, especially with its treatment of female characters as being capable as heroes without revealing their whole bodies to do so.  In the past year there has been this new focus on Silk, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Woman, Batgirl, Ms. Marvel and Olive Silverlock, and it seemed as though the medium was catching up to demographics a lot more quickly than anyone had ever imagined.  It thus makes the new launch of Starfire all the more curious.  She is a little different than what we got during the new 52 relaunch, and while there are a lot of jokes at her expense as a fish out of water as an alien living in Key West, the same jokes also come off a bit as making her seem like a bit of a dumb blonde.  That being the case, the writers even managed to replicate closely enough the description of Starfire as only being her breasts, as when she is trying to arrange to rent a room from two rowdy guys she offers the fact that she has three big ones ($3000) to spend but one of her admirers says that she has only two that he can see (her breasts).  While the character is not treated as lasciviously as in her new 52 relaunch, it would equally seem as though the writers didn’t get the memo about the change underway in the medium, and without a change in outlook, Starfire might find herself left behind once again.

 

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The weekend is almost here! I’ll be spending it checking out Jurassic World, no matter the negative reviews. How will you be spending it? While you decide that, here’s some news and reviews you might have missed.

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ArtsBeat – For $7.99, You Too Can Be a Marvel Colorist – This is pretty cool.

 

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CBR – All Star Section Eight #1

Talking Comics – Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps #1

CBR – Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps #1

ICv2 – Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Vol. 1

CBR – Marvel Zombies #1

CBR- Starfire #1

Game Review: DC Comics Deck Building Starfire Promo

starfireThe idea of the promo card has been with the DC Comics Deck Building Game since its onset.  As opposed to Legendary (Marvel’s Deck Building Game) where the characters are played based on entire decks, the main characters in the DC Comics Deck Building are solitary character cards who help determine how the game is played and thus a single character can be introduced to DC with only one card as opposed to the 14 that would be required for Marvel.  As the card is a promo though it is not as easy to acquire.  Although it can be order over the internet, it will go almost as much on a site like eBay as it will for the entire game on Amazon, and therefore it calls into question as to whether this is a good investment or not.

It should be said that the card is one that somewhat skips over the in-game mechanics and for the first time in the series is the main character card that is more dependent on related cards in the deck.  As opposed to character such as Wonder Woman who benefit from a deck which is primarily villains, Starfire does not have as much of an advantage with a particular card type, with the character text giving the following ability “Once during Each of Your Turns, if there are no Super Powers in the line-up then draw a card.”  While this can be a powerful ability, it also forces the character to purchase a lot of super powers in order to keep them off the board.  In an indirect way this is also good for the character, as it is beneficial when the Starfire cards from the Heroes Unite expansion are played together, one of which is a superpower.  Used together in the same turn they can be a powerful combination, and while the main character is not necessary to make use of them, thematically it makes sense as well as the in-game text increasingly the likelihood that these cards are bought.

In the first playthrough with this card she was pitted against another one of the Heroes Unite characters (Red Tornado) and it was a relatively easy victory, even accounting for the draw of the cards.  This means that she is a relatively powerful character as the ability to draw an extra card comes in pretty handy on most turns and as the combination of super powers gives her an additional edge.  As for the price, it is hard to say.  It is unfortunate that Cryptozoic does not make more of these cards available, as Legendary cards are mostly all out there for close to their original prices.  This card was free but has become a lot more, and so the difference in opportunity to acquire it might make it less desirable even it it is fun for in-game play.  In all honesty it is probably not worth the price paid to acquire it though, as Cryptozoic has released so many other main character cards and other with female superheroes.  It is a shame because the character is popular enough, except she is buried here because of her inaccessibility.

Score: 7.8, but 6 for availability.

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