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It’s no secret I was a big fan of the Marv Wolfman/George Perez run of NEW TEEN TITANS. We had some great characters on the team along with some exciting adventures. Eventually the creators moved on, the characters evolved, and then the New 52 shook up the entire DC Universe. Starfire is a character that has a bit of controversy surrounding her. Sometimes portrayed in different lights, she didn’t always feel like the sweet and innocent but incredibly fierce warrior we knew before. Because of the layout of the New 52 universe and the change in characters’ past history, her time with the Teen Titans never “happened” quite as it did before.

After appearing in RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS, we occasionally caught glimpses of the Kori we used to know. Being in a team book with various story arcs didn’t allow her to shine on her own. All that is changing now with STARFIRE #1 by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, and Hi-Fi.

The set up for the series is Kori has decided to go off on her own after a pretty big ordeal in the Outlaws book. She’s made her way to an island off the coast of Florida. Trying to figure out how to make it on her own, she befriends the police sheriff in town, Sheriff Gomez. After explaining her story to the sheriff, the two try to figure out a way for Kori to have money to support herself. They take some ‘stones’ Kori had in the ship she arrived on Earth in to a jeweler/fence for some cash. In this scene, we get a glimpse into some of Kori’s innocence. She’s been on Earth for a few years but being isolated and living the confined life of a her or “Outlaw,” there’s still a bit she might not be caught up on.

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Later when Kori discovers her new friend, the sheriff, was named after her grandmother and that the grandmother had passed away, we see the emotional side of Kori. Kori’s known Stella for a very brief time here. Because she is attuned to the emotions of others, the idea of Stella’s elderly grandmother dying of cancer made her sad. This is just another reason you can’t help but appreciate Starfire’s innocent and caring nature.

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Then there’s sarcasm. Sarcasm is a concept that some actually have difficulty comprehending (especially on the internet). Kori is by no means ignorant but she just isn’t completely aware that people don’t always literally mean everything they say. Think about it, neither Jason Todd nor Roy Harper seem the type to unleash huge amounts of sarcasm.

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Along with trying to fit in and find a way to support herself, we also see Kori experience drinking beer in a bar. Jason Todd doesn't seem like much of a beer drinker but it's likely Roy Harper would be the type to pick up the occasional six pack. Her comes across a new experience in the bar. Kori also has to go shopping. Her purple outfit might not stick out too much given the location she's at but having some normal clothes could be helpful.

There's also the matter of finding a place to live.

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This isn't just a series about Kori making her way through life and going out shopping. In just this first issue, we're introduced to some potential supporting characters. There is a big dilemma approaching the town that will have to be dealt with in a big way. The most important thing is this series appears to be letting Kori simply be who she's supposed to be. When I read her dialogue, I also have Hynden Walch's voice, from the Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go! series, in my head. I've done that on occasion before and it didn't feel right. Here, it matches up with her character.

Moving Starfire away from the main DCU into her own little corner was a great move. Let's get to know who Starfire is all over again. Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti are getting the chance to flesh out the character as well as establish a new setting in the DCU. Books focusing on the non-typical characters is slowly becoming more common. We need to embrace that. With the charm Starfire exudes, you'll find yourself tempted to embrace your actual copy of the comic as well.

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#1 Edited by HolySerpent (13762 posts) - - Show Bio

Probably pass, but I liked that they clothed her. I'm not a feminist but come on

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#2 Posted by WarDishy_ (1252 posts) - - Show Bio

I was on the fence but I might pick this up. Thanks Tony!

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#3 Posted by Rpgesus (5380 posts) - - Show Bio

Starfire is my favorite female character

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#4 Posted by Dstick88 (138 posts) - - Show Bio

i prefer her with out clothes

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#5 Posted by redwingx (1359 posts) - - Show Bio

Probably pass, but I liked that they clothed her. I'm not a feminist but come on

The word feminist stands for equality. Come on.

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#6 Posted by Mr. Kamikaze (834 posts) - - Show Bio

but are there gratuitous bath scenes?

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#7 Posted by RoboShark (2637 posts) - - Show Bio

Jimmy Palmiotti is one of those writers I will hardly read.

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#8 Posted by mksystem74 (93 posts) - - Show Bio

the only reason i did not pick this up yesterday is because Im trying really hard to budget myself now. With the new crop coming from both Marvel and DC, I am trying my hardest to no go comic crazy.

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#9 Posted by dan12456 (3006 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm a little worried she could come off as too naïve from the stuff I've seen. But I definitely like this direction a heck of a lot more than the old one. Will probably check out the first trade.

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#10 Posted by Rubear (4650 posts) - - Show Bio

@redwingx: Contgratulations with your awakening from 10-20 years long cryogenic slumber!
Now the word feminists stands for superiority, complexes and really big grudge.

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#11 Posted by SOG7dc (11368 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks very cute and fun. I'll pick it up just to encourage DC to pay attention to other characters than th trinity.

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#12 Posted by dondave (41753 posts) - - Show Bio

@dan12456 said:

I'm a little worried she could come off as too naïve from the stuff I've seen. But I definitely like this direction a heck of a lot more than the old one. Will probably check out the first trade.

How is it any different?

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#13 Posted by JewishDork (498 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice to see that she is out of her stripper clothes. Always wondered why the comics did not directly adapt her Teen Titans television cartoon costume.

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#14 Posted by deathfalcon182 (308 posts) - - Show Bio

Even if the story is not the best, art would make up for it. This is the best looking book that has come out after relaunch.

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#15 Posted by deactivated-5c901e667a76c (36557 posts) - - Show Bio

I flipped through this in the store, but decided against picking it up.

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#16 Posted by sora_thekey (8812 posts) - - Show Bio

Hmmm... I'm liking the interior art.

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#17 Posted by the_stegman (40235 posts) - - Show Bio

She's pretty much the same as she is in the Teen Titans show.

I love it.

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#18 Posted by safefruitcake (636 posts) - - Show Bio

Why is she being written like a child? I get making her more naïve and innocent like the tv show, but this is taking it too far.

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#19 Posted by dan12456 (3006 posts) - - Show Bio

@dondave: What do you mean? This is obviously different in a lot of ways from the Outlaws portrayal. Much more light hearted etc.

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#20 Edited by superior_prime_maybe (1360 posts) - - Show Bio

Im glad she is out of the outlaw series....
Will wait few more issues or pick up trade later. Wanna see how the series goes.

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#21 Posted by illmatic4177 (429 posts) - - Show Bio

The art looks good enough that I will definitely pick up the first issue and see what Palmiotti has in store. Love the classic New Teen Titans characters, though I loved them much more before their history was erased.

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#22 Posted by Superguy1591 (7539 posts) - - Show Bio

@holyserpent: Yes you are. Don't be fooled: a feminist is someone who wants equal treatment for both sexes. They're called feminists because women have felt the most in our two-tier gendered system and women are trying to reach the level of men.

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#23 Posted by SaintWildcard (21844 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm very iffy on this. It's cute, but it doesn't grab me enough to go monthly on it.

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#24 Posted by Vitalius (5172 posts) - - Show Bio

I love this series and I love the Outlaws joke and wont spoiler for anyone. This tittles look great and it is really funny, i hope that people continue to support this book.

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#25 Edited by Superguy1591 (7539 posts) - - Show Bio

@dstick88 said:

i prefer her with out clothes

All men prefer women without clothes, but there's more to a woman than her boobies. At least we still have pornoz.

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#26 Posted by kantrip (307 posts) - - Show Bio

Picking it up this week. I have always been interested in Starfire as a character but never really got into the teams she was on. I can't wait to read it.

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#27 Posted by BlackWind (9790 posts) - - Show Bio

@safefruitcake: I was wondering the same. I preferred pre52 where she was mlre acclimatef to Earth life and could function like an adult. She seems too youngish and the naivety thing pressed too hard.

Also I'm not a fan of the art.

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#28 Posted by DrellAssassin (1028 posts) - - Show Bio

I've been dying to read another book with Amanda Connor art since Before Watchmen (not a Harley Quinn fan). I'll definitely think about picking this up. I also second the first commenter's opinion, thankfully they finally stuck some clothes on her.

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#29 Posted by Planet_arium (16 posts) - - Show Bio
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#30 Posted by BlueEcho (1147 posts) - - Show Bio

The list of reviewers at Comic Book Roundup seem to be pretty mixed on the series thus far.

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#31 Posted by FuzzyLittleRodent (2087 posts) - - Show Bio

@superguy1591: THERE'S MORE TO WOMEN THAN B..B..BOOBIES!? like what?

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#32 Posted by HolySerpent (13762 posts) - - Show Bio
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#33 Posted by vojtavem (48 posts) - - Show Bio

@mr__kamikaze: this is starfire we're talking about, of course There is one

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#34 Posted by Bl00dwerK (957 posts) - - Show Bio

@dstick88 said:

i prefer her with out clothes

lol. Made me laugh...

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#35 Posted by SupBatz (2186 posts) - - Show Bio

I probably won't pick this issue but, just because I'm not a fan of Palmiotti and Connor, but it's nice to see Starfire portrayed in a less risque fashion for a change. I quite liked her depiction in the Teen Titans animated series, so I applaud a decision to move her more in that direction.

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#36 Posted by MyFavoriteViltrumite23 (321 posts) - - Show Bio

Why is Starfire short

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#37 Edited by Dernman (26042 posts) - - Show Bio

As someone who defended the old Starfire I wasn't bothered with a change to a less edged version.

Too lazy so I'll just repost something I told someone else when they asked what I thought about the new Starfire.

You know how Starfire was before right? Well because of this the new trend and all the controversy they decided to make her more like her TT animated version. Now I love her animated version so I wasn't apposed to that but I think they went too far to fast.

It seems like a completely new character and almost has a kiddy book feel to it when compared to the previous version. It's like experiencing culture shock going from one to the other. Only one issue so far but doesn't fit the dark universe they created around her.

She seems younger in personality than someone her age should be. I get and love the naive innocent oblivious culture thing they do with her but it should be toned down a bit. It works much better for someone younger. It can still be applied to someone older but I wish it wasn't hitting so hard with it.

Also it seems they've also taken away the aspect that her people use to also be warriors.

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#38 Posted by Dernman (26042 posts) - - Show Bio
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#39 Edited by Mark_Stephen (2616 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks like the Starfire of Teen Titan's Go.

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#40 Posted by Ando123 (388 posts) - - Show Bio

I loved this issue, very character driven

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#41 Posted by redmanta (605 posts) - - Show Bio

definitely going to pick this up

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#42 Posted by Iragexcudder (9464 posts) - - Show Bio

She needs less clothing.

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#44 Posted by Teerack (10703 posts) - - Show Bio

Because it's Starfire. The end.

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#45 Posted by safefruitcake (636 posts) - - Show Bio

@blackwind: Yeah and I agree about the art. I think this is a definite pass for me :(

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#47 Posted by sentryman555 (883 posts) - - Show Bio

@dernman said:

As someone who defended the old Starfire I wasn't bothered with a to a less edged version.

Too lazy so I'll just repost something I told someone else when they asked what I thought about the new Starfire.

You know how Starfire was before right? Well because of this the new trend and all the controversy they decided to make her more like her TT animated version. Now I love her animated version so I wasn't apposed to that but I think they went too far to fast.

It seems like a completely new character and almost has a kiddy book feel to it when compared to the previous version. It's like experiencing culture shock going from one to the other. Only one issue so far but doesn't fit the dark universe they created around her.

She seems younger in personality than someone her age should be. I get and love the naive innocent oblivious culture thing they do with her but it should be toned down a bit. It works much better for someone younger. It can still be applied to someone older but I wish it wasn't hitting so hard with it.

Also it seems they've also taken away the aspect that her people use to also be warriors.

I fully agree with this. This Starfire would be great if she was a teen like in the teen titans cartoon but as a full grown adult it does come off as a little too naive. And after having a story arc of her being an awesome space commander this feels too different.

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#50 Posted by Superguy1591 (7539 posts) - - Show Bio