Sunday, September 13, 2015

Starfire #4

   I'm not sure why I like this comic.

   Perhaps it's just sex appeal. Certainly Starfire (as presented in this series) is beautiful, sexy and sweetly innocent.

   Perhaps it's the storytelling style, which takes a different approach to the typical super-hero tale - it's sort of a freestyle approach, with the big bad villain being dispatched by the middle of the comic - but the quiet moments afterward are entertaining, too!

   I also like the way the story is broken into tiny "chapters" - it gives the comic a fast, breezy look.

   And then there's the setting, in the Florida Keys - it's nice to see not everything happens in metropolitan locales.

   Kudos to writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti for taking a fresh approach to the character and her adventures, and I like the equally fresh look to the art, here crafted by Emanuela Lupacchino, Mirco Pierfederici, Ray McCarthy and Trevor Scott.

   Oh, and I like the team-up / guest star take this time around, as Conner and Palmiotti bring back their heroic version of Terra, who first appeared in their Power Girl comic.

    Perhaps best of all, this series is not weighed down by continuity - it stands (mostly) alone in the overburdened "New 52" universe.

   It's an approach that more of DC's comics should follow.

Grade: A-


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