Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Stargirl: The Lost Children #2 Review

Written by: Geoff Johns

Art by: Todd Nauck
Colors by: Matt Herms
Letters by: Rob Leigh
Cover art by: Todd Nauck
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: December 20, 2022

Stargirl: The Lost Children #2 continues the sidekick mystery adventure with a trip to the island of lost sidekicks, where a sinister villain, the Childminder, keeps ageless sidekicks for some dark purpose.

Is It Good?

Fun. Stargirl: The Lost Children #2 is just simple, wholesome, comic adventure fun. Remember when comics used to be about fun? Pepperidge Farm remembers, and so do I, and I sincerely hope DC can focus on making more fun comics in the near future.

When last we left Courtney and Emiko, they figured out that sidekicks from the Golden Age didn't simply grow up and retired. Many disappeared and were forgotten by the public at large, including the supposedly-dead Wing. Issue #2 puts the inquisitive duo on the trail of the missing sidekicks, courtesy of Daniel Dunbar's recovered research. The trail leads to an uncharted island in the Diablo Triangle. They find tentacled robots, sandy beaches made entirely of Miraclo, and familiar sidekicks who haven't aged a day in decades.

This issue reads and looks like your fondest memory of a Saturday Morning superhero cartoon and the CW Stargirl show all wrapped in a neat little package.

The plot is imaginative, hearkening back to the Golden Age of serial sci-fi adventure films. The pacing and dialog are outstanding. Emiko shares a bit of emotional hurt with Courtney that elevates and adds depth to her character. And the cliffhanger is spot-on.

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Does the plot make 100% sense? In a few spots, not precisely. Where did Emiko get a boat to sail to an uncharted point in the ocean? How can Courtney identify a beach made of Miraclo just by looking at it? Where are all the grownups in this wild adventure?

Sure, Johns glosses over the finer details as our protagonists move from Point A to Point B, but the details don't affect the plot in any direction. As long as you're slightly forgiving about convenient contrivances.


Nauck's art and Herms's colors are a perfect fit for this material. The artwork is detailed enough to hold up against the grim, uber-detailed work you'd find in Batman or the Justice League, but the style has a light airiness that complements the story's family-friendly tone. The colors pop, and the action is excellent.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Stargirl: The Lost Children #2 is pure, unadulterated, family-friendly, superhero adventure, and fun. Courtney and Emiko's quest is intriguing, the breadcrumbs of discovery are curiously entertaining, and the art is fantastic. This comic is all about fun, and we need more fun comics from DC right about now.


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