Art By: Emanuela Lupacchino, Mirco Pierfederici, Ray McCarthy, Trevor Scott, Hi-Fi
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 9, 2015
The rest of the story becomes all about acclimating Atlee to the series by explaining to us that she lives in a world inside our world named Strata, where the people have moved beyond all the terrible shit that we all do to one another and Atlee, using her superpowers acquired by the natural metal of Strata "Quixium" was sent to the surface to enrich all our lives....... So far she's enriched this book for me. The backstory continues and I really like this bit because while it uses continuity that is Pre-New 52........ it doesn't have to be. There was a point when Atlee and Power Girl were BFFin' it up and even though we never saw that in Worlds' Finest, it doesn't mean that it didn't happen. The inclusion of Power Girl to Atlee's backstory makes it mean a lot more to me........ for some reason and I love the way that Conner and Palmiotti added it without over selling it or under selling it. I think it's funny though how Atlee was sent above to save us from ourselves.......yet she's a waitress in a bar. I've appreciated a lot of waitresses in bars over the years, but I can't say that any of them made my life better. Once all of that is out of the way, it's all about Sheriff Stella Gomez freaking the fuck out because her nice peaceful town has out of nowhere been overtaken by super powered people....... Yeah, it's only two, but it's a whole lot more than she knew about three days ago.
In the end, it looks like Kori and Atlee become best friends, Stella calms down and Sol is put into more uncomfortable situations by Kori's love of nakedness...... It's here where I start to think that she's playing this whole dumb thing because Sol is right when he says to her that she has to know what she's doing to him. So the monster is defeated, Kori has a place to live and a new friend and all seems right in the world......except that she gets a Philly Cheese Steak on the boardwalk and the asshole put peppers on it like a simp and the psychic killer Soren Hook seems to have Starfire in his sights.
That's it for this issue of Starfire and while it might not be the best compliment to the series, I like this issue probably the best because it's full of characters that aren't Starfire. I love all of the supporting cast and can't wait to see more of Atlee in this series..... It's just Starfire's constant misunderstandings get on my nerves, but even that seems to have been downplayed at least a bit here. Let's continue our conversation about things that everyone likes and talk about Emanuela Lupacchino and her fantastic art. This artist and hell, the whole artistic creative team rock this book month after month and I love everything that I look at here. It seems that Hi-Fi has even kicked his game up a notch in this book because his colors just pop..... Not saying that they don't normally, it's just more noticeable here. I could really see this becoming a book that I really enjoy if Kori just acted like she lived on Earth for awhile, but right now I just roll my eyes at all naive thought balloons.
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I really love the inclusion of Atlee in this title and I hope that she becomes a mainstay because I really love all the supporting cast to this series and the addition of her just brings a whole new level of enjoyment....... probably because she'll be the brains of Starfire and her superhero operation. While Kori still gets on my nerves, I found myself digging this issue more than I have in the past and it's really hard not to like this book when it's sporting such awesome art.