The pick of this week’s comic covers stars everyone’s favourite alien princess, the inimitable Starfire. Brought to you by the talent behind the extremely successful Harley Quinn series, the amazing Amanda Conner and her fellow comic book creator (and husband) Jimmy Palmiotti. It’s a new beginning for Koriand’r (Starfire) former Teen Titan, and one time member of the Outlaws, as she seeks the advice of Stella Gomez, Sheriff of Key West, on the best place to live now that she is making her own way in the world.
Finally, Koriand’r gets her own series. As much as I enjoyed her part in the “Red Hood and the Outlaws” run (which comes highly recommended, by the way) I have always thought that as a character, Starfire is more than capable of carrying her own ongoing solo comic. And here it is, brought to you by two of comics most popular and talented creators. If you haven’t read any of her previous adventures, now is the perfect time to acquaint yourself with DC’s fiery alien warrior princess, with this brand new monthly series.
Starfire #1 is available at your local comic-book emporium right now. Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. Cover by: Amanda Conner. Variant cover by: Emanuella Lupacchino. Interior art by: Emanuella Lupacchino.
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NUMBER 8 is: Red Hood.
The Red Hood, real name Jason Todd was originally the second Robin after Dick Grayson left the role to become Nightwing, his first appearance was in Batman#357 in March of 1983. Batman’s first encounter with the young Jason was when he caught him boosting the tyres off the Batmobile, impressed by his ingenuity and spirit and realising that if he left Jason to his own devices he would eventually end up as a criminal, Batman adopted and started to train Jason to be the new Robin. In 1988 during the four issue mini-series ‘Death in the Family’, Jason was captured, tortured and then killed by Batman’s arch nemesis the Joker. There have been two different versions of the resurrection of Jason, in the first he was brought back from the dead when Earth prime’s Superboy caused temporal rifts throughout the universe causing Jason to return from the dead. When DC comics recently rebooted their comic universe, this was changed to Jason being brought back to life by Talia al Ghul, using her father..Ras al Ghul’s Lazarus pit.
Jason joined a secret society of assassins called the All Caste, who trained him in assassination techniques and long forgotten combat styles, Jason ultimately left the All Caste and joined up with Starfire and Arsenal to form the team Red Hood and the Outlaws. Jason is a master of martial arts having been taught by the Batman and the All Caste, he carries an assortment of weapons including hand guns, knives and explosives. Unlike his mentor Batman, Jason does not share the same moral code and will do anything he deems necessary to get the job done.
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NUMBER 9 is: Starfire.
Starfire was created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Perez in 1980 for the twenty sixth issue of DC comics presents. Starfire is the warrior name of Princess Koriand’r of the planet Tamaran, where she was in succession to take the throne and rule. Her older sister Blackfire was jealous of not being put forward for the honour of leading the Tamaraneans and attempted to assassinate her younger sibling. After failing in her attempt she was exiled, only to return later with the bitter enemies of the Tamaraneans..the Citadel, with the help of Blackfire, Tamaran fell and Koriand’r fled the planet and made her way to Earth. She initially joined the Teen Titans where she stayed for many years and had a serious relationship with as then leader Dick Grayson aka Nightwing. Currently she can be found in the pages of Red Hood and the Outlaws, where she is teamed up with Jason Todd aka Red Hood and Roy Harper formerly known as Red Arrow, now called Arsenal.
Starfire like all Tamaraneans is able to safely absorb radiation and ultraviolet which she is then able to convert to blasts of energy, she is able to store great quantities of this within herself and release it at will. Earth’s gravity also allows her to fly at supersonic speeds and have super-strength almost approaching Wonder Woman’s capability.