Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner are at it again, Fangirls, and this time they’re giving a voice to Starfire. I definitely wasn’t as excited for this comic as I was for Harley Quinn, but after reading issue one, this is a title that will be added to my pull list.
Starfire isn’t a character that I’ve ever known much about, save the snipets I’ve seen on Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go. I knew she was from another planet, and that our customs were confusing and foreign to her, but this comic really seems like it’s going to help me get better acquainted with than ever before.
The issue starts with Starfire in a sheriff’s office, explaining her plight. Her home planet (Tamaran) was taken over by some jerks, and she was sent off to be a slave. The tests that were performed on her gave her some serious powers (solar bolt and flight), so she lead a revolt and ended up on earth. She has nothing except some rocks in her bag, so it seems like she’s going to have a tough time of it.
Luckily, the rocks in her bag are of a very high caliber, and she gets “three big ones” for one of them. She and the sherif grab a bite to eat, and then get Star into a trailer until she finds a job. There’s a storm coming in, and by the end of the issue, it’s looking like she’s going to have some problems.
Of course I’m a sucker for the duo of Palmiotti and Conner; they’re treating my girl Harley right, and just announced that Harley and Ivy are “together” (swoon). My love of their work, plus this girl on the cover really sold me on reading a comic about Starfire. I love the art as well, but my absolute favorite thing about the comic so far, is the way they illustrate Starfire’s confusion with our colloquialisms. She is very litteral, like Drax, and doesn’t understand a lot of ways things are spoken of here on earth. This is something that I imagine would be very difficult to explain in comics, but they really pulled it off.
(Image of confused thought bubble with caption:) When Starfire is confused by the way things are worded, the way she thinks things are is shown in a cute little thought bubble.
Not that I would expect anything less from Palmiotti and Conner, but I found this really inventive and helpful; we can assume Starfire doesn’t understand the way we treat our language, but now we know exactly what she’s thinking without having it explicitly explained and worded. I just really enjoyed it.
Overall, it was an informative and exciting first issue, and I can’t wait to read more. Starfire is going to become one of my favorite comics, I can feel it already.
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