If Harley Quinn is at the forefront of what Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti have become synonymous with, Starfire has steadily flown under the radar. But just like a heat-seeking missile, Starfire hits the mark. Over. And over. And over again.
The great thing about Starfire #7 is that Conner and Palmiotti craft an accessible jumping on point for new readers. And at the same time, this issue just feels right to long-time fans of Koriand’r. The reunion between Starfire and Dick Grayson is substantial. It’s intimate. And it’s intelligent. We witness exactly what makes the pairing one of the more unique and beloved couples in the history of the DCU.
Conner and Palmiotti were made for Starfire. And Starfire was made for them. They have managed to avoid the trappings of past stock characterizations of the title character. And they have done this by simply embracing the humor and heart inherent within Kori and her situation.
Emanuela Lupacchino’s illustrations are always extraordinary. Here, she gets an assist from Mirco Pierfederici. It’s ironic that Lupacchino’s clean animated-style makes Starfire feel as real as she ever has. Lupacchino’s facial expressions reveal so much character and emotion. Just like the writing, the art takes the reader through a solid story spectrum. And as usual, Hi-Fi’s colors are sheer brilliance.
There are just so many things to love about this book. It simply showcases why Starfire has endured and become one of the more popular characters in the DCU. Plus, Dick Grayson is riding a wave of importance his role(s) in Grayson, Batman & Robin Eternal, and Robin War, but will he ride a wave into Key West and back into Starfire’s heart? You got to read to find out!