The opening fight scene is fun, and shows some great teamwork between Starfire and Atlee. They use their brains to defeat the monster, and in doing so, they form a bond that will hopefully continue with this series. The fight takes up about half of the issue and it’s probably the better half. After the fight there are plenty of amusing moments, whether it’s Starfire mistaking phrases for their literal meaning, her not understanding human sexual boundaries and of course the sheriff freaking out after all sorts of strange events in the last 4 days. There’s a lot to like about this comic, making for an overall delightful experience.
That said, the second half is made up of a whole bunch of short scenes, touching on almost every minor character who’s appeared so far and introducing a potential future conflict. It almost feels unfocused, and most of these scenes could have benefitted from a bit more time. The writing by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti is consistently fun but slowing the pace a bit would have made this issue better.
The art by Emanuela Lupacchino is very good for the most part. Everything has a smooth appearance to it, yet there’s plenty of detail in the backgrounds. The debris in the opening fight is impressive, with broken up roads, rolled over cars and motion blurs. The little image thought bubbles showing Starfire misunderstanding phrases are great, like the “shower head” and a donkey in a clown outfit. That said, even after their submerged in water, nobody looks like they’re actually wet. Their hair doesn’t change colour, and it stays curly like a shampoo commercial. Also there are times when, despite their different skin colours, Starfire, Atlee and the sheriff look almost identical, and it’s especially noticeable when they’re sitting at a pool together. The colouring by Hi-Fi is fantastic and the entire comic is bright and colourful.
Starfire is such a fun series so far. While I have a few complaints, this is still a contender for my favourite comic of the week, along with Ms. Marvel 18, Siege 3 and Giant-Size Little Marvel AVX 4. As a newcomer I’m not sure how this lines up with other portrayals of the character. For those looking for a fun female character who’s getting used to Earth customs while doing some superheroing every now and then, you should give this a chance.