I'm not sure whether all of you Starfire fans are keeping up with Red Hood and the Outlaws, since it is possible that most of you have dropped the book or not even picked it up after the angry outburst that was held all over the internet in regards to the book. I would like to say that after the last issue, RHATO #4 to be more precise since I know this will be kept in the internet for all of eternity, there was a revelation that makes me happy to have kept up with the book. I'm not going to spoil anything or at least try to, but needless to say that Lobdell has managed to turn around the cards he had initially dealt us with Starfire's "Goldfish" phase. Not that he did it because of the outburst, but he had planned it all along of course.
So it is with much respect that I officially take say that RHATO is one of my favorite books in the new DC Universe and that you should give it a try if you haven't because you were worried about certain characters being mistreated.
Do I know how the character is going to react to having overcome the "Goldfish" phase? No, I honestly don't. But the fact of the matter is that she is now aware of what has happened before and she remembers parts of her passed. Whether Lobdell is going to make it so that the change doesn't affect her character at all, then so be it. Starfire has grown into an independent character that is no longer defined by the character of Dick Grayson, so if she is going to act like Dick is no longer a part of her life and continue the whole aloof thing that she has going on, then I'm more than happy and I even approve. If she isn't and she's going to become more like the character that she was previously, then I approve as well. I'm open to characters taking new directions, hell I was even open to Starfire not having been part of the Teen Titans or being on earth for that matter. The only thing that really pissed me off was the, "She did all this, but she can't remember she's done it". It like those horrible episodes in anime, when everyone forgets who the main character is and treat him like a total stranger, and then the protagonist has to figure out what's going wrong and defeat the bad guy, only for the climax to be everyone getting their memories back and beating the sh*t out of the villain. I hate those plot devices.
Thankfully, its not a problem anymore.