I Am Not Starfire is another excellent entry in DC Comics’ Young Adult graphic novel line, an accessible and highly enjoyable series of non-canon original tales that beset the readers imaginations with terrific tales of classic superheroes, and villains, in their teen years.
Our previous foray with this superlative series of character chronicles was with the bodacious and boundless – Black Canary – though this particular melancholic narrative follows not the coruscating super-being known as Starfire, but her seemingly quotidian, recalcitrant daughter – Mandy.
Masterful manuscript manipulator – Mariko Tamaki and awesome artistic auteur – Yoshi Yoshitani combine their sublime skills for another tenacious tale of the rigours of youth, and dealing with the inevitable growing pains everyone eventually experiences on their emotional journey into adulthood. Whereas previous entries in DC’s superb series concentrated on superheroes and villains, this particular allegory follows the trepidatious tale of the distraught daughter of one of the most powerful beings on the planet.
Mandy is the atypical teenage girl – rebellious, moody, and capricious, though what sets apart Mandy from other sullen teens is her mum, you see her mum is the incandescent alien princess and superhero – Starfire! Throughout her young life, Mandy has grown up in the (sparkly) shadow of her mother, and has had to deal with the emotional baggage, intense public scrutiny and expectation that comes with being the daughter of a superhero.
Mandy’s life has been fashioned from her mum’s fame and overt popularity, none of which, so far, has rubbed off on Mandy, who see’s herself as the Anti-Starfire. Unlike her super-model matriarch, Mandy has shown no sign of superpowers, is short, chubby and decidedly un-sparkly! Therefore whenever anyone appears to show an interest in Mandy herself, she assumes it’s because of her famous mum, and constantly has deep rooted fears that her mum is disappointed by her distinct lack of powers and sparkliness. Alongside these feelings of inadequacy, she’s also hounded on a daily basis by her school’s Teen Titans fan club, and has a secret crush on the local football team’s most popular and pretty cheerleader.
Things go from bad to worse though, when her alien aunty, the powerful and malevolent – Blackfire appears and challenges Mandy to a life or death duel, but with no superpowers, self esteem or even a cheerleading girlfriend, what’s a put upon goth girl to do?
I Am Not Starfire is another fantastic graphic novel from the prominent pen of marvellous Mariko Tamaki, with some absolutely lush and vivacious visuals from Yoshi Yoshitani, making for another gripping teenage tale of angst and apprehension, but ultimately growth, friendship and inner respect. Highly, highly recommended.
My Copy Of – I Am Not Starfire – Was Purchased From My Local (and utterly fantastic!) Comic-Book Emporium – Final Frontier.
Precinct1313’s Top Ten Favourite Comic-Book Covers Of All Time: No.03 – Teen Titans #5 – Darwyn Cooke
Welcome back, my colossal compatriots of comic-book collecting, to our continuing countdown of cool comic cover classics. In our previous ineffaceable instalment we introduced you to the astounding artistic auteur, Alex Ross, and his perfectly painted panoramic photo-realistic take on The Justice Society Of America. This effervescent episode we shall once more unveil our trusty Bat-Signal and shine it’s scintillating spotlight on the dazzling and delightfully dynamic Darwyn Cooke, with his tantalising take on – The Teen Titans #5!
Darwyn Cooke was a Canadian writer/artist whose first offering to the wonderful world of comics was in 1985 for DC Comics’ anthology series New Talent Showcase #19. In the early nineties Darwyn snagged his dream vocation as an animator for Warner Bros, and the lead storyboard artist for the Emmy award winning – Batman: The Animated Series, which is where he met the similarly styled artist and show co-creator, Bruce Timm. In 2000, he was hired by DC to write and illustrate Batman: Ego, a graphic novel that explored the traumatised mind of Bruce Wayne and his fragile psyche. It was a phenomenal hit, and Darwyn’s epic retro tinged art, a modern interpretation of classic 30’s and 40’s golden age comic-book stylings, became an instant hit with fans, which led to Darwyn being inundated with offers for work.
In 2004, Darwyn started work as both writer and illustrator on the six issue mini-series – Justice League: The New Frontier, which was the perfect opportunity to showcase his retro reverie because the subject matter matched his unique art style. New Frontier was set in the 1950’s taking place in an alternate version of the cold war, taking inspiration from novels such as The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe, the civil rights movement and atomic bomb testing. This series was once again a huge hit for Darwyn and won him the exclusive Eisner award, and was later turned into an astonishing animated movie for which Darwyn co-scripted and provided art direction.
Regrettably Darwyn passed away in May of 2016 after a secret battle with cancer, he was a mere 54 years young. Darwyn is one of my absolute favourite artists, his unique and lively retro style make his work stand-out from an overcrowded comic-book market, instantly recognisable and just plain fun to look at, his tremendous talent is sorely missed.
Why Not Join Us Again Next Time, Fellow Fans Of Fantastic Fiction, For Our Continuing Countdown Of Cool And Crazy Comic Cover Collectables!
Hey there fellow agents of Precinct1313, and a warm welcome to another episode of – V-Log1313. You may remember a few months back we posted a vid of a stunning Starfire statue based upon glorious George Perez’s dynamic design which ultimately formed part of a multi statue set comprising the Teen Titans from a Perez classic 1980’s cover, well, our Wonder Girl companion piece has finally arrived in the Precinct… so let’s set about unboxing everyone’s second favourite Amazon warrior – Donna Troy!
And here are the two statues together at last, and aren’t they just astonishingly adorable!
Plus a look at just a part of the Precinct’s superlative shelf of superhero statues…
Thanks for watching fellow fans of fantastic fiction, our next unboxing video will star the bombastic bombshells variant of Batwoman! same Bat-time, same Bat-channel…
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“Why do you do this to me DC… why!?” *shakes fist angrily at sky* “I mean, don’t I already buy enough of your monthly comics, trades, statues, t-shirts, action figures, posters, toys etc, without you tempting me with yet another astonishing piece of cover art on a title that isn’t even included in my mammoth monthly haul!”
Oh hi there, you may have caught me having a slight rant there… sorry about that, but you see I have just got back from my bi-monthly visit to the local comic-book emporium to pick up my staggeringly huge pile of monthly titles (I actually buy so many that whenever the shop’s proprietor sees me coming, he smiles with contented glee at the prospect of closing the shop early because I have almost wiped him out of DC merchandise… again!) Now, usually after handing over my life savings to the comic-book guy, I peruse the shelves before leaving, and what do I spot… a sensational Starfire cover on this months Teen Titans, dammit, it’s Starfire which means I am under an obligation to buy it… *sobs into wallet*
Don’t get me wrong, I really do like the Teen Titans, but I just don’t have enough money, time, or space to buy everything, so certain monthlies I have to begrudgingly let go, and Titans is one of those… yet, I love the character of Starfire so much, that I am predisposed to buy literally everything that she’s involved in. Luckily this specific Titans issue is a standalone title, a one shot story, meaning there is no need to read the previous fifteen issues to understand what in X’Hal is going on… so, phew!
The other reason, apart from the sterling cover that made me HAVE to buy this particular Titans issue, is the fact that one of her co-creators… the legendary Marv Wolfman is the writer for this issue, and ooh, it’s a doozy, believe me…
An unseen villain has taken over the citizens of San Francisco with one target in mind… Starfire! Can Kori and her teammates figure out a cure for the masses before they lose control of their minds and bodies forever? Find out in this one shot epic by the mythical Marv Wolfman!
Starfire, Teen Titans and all images are copyright: DC Comics.
Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to another episode of ‘The Week In Geek’ where we love to share our favourite Comic Book, Video-Game, and Cult Movie news for your perusal and pleasure. And so once more unto the geek dear agents, once more…
Great Hera! New Wonder Woman Trailers Are Fantastic…
“Suffering Sappho” do you realise, my amazing Amazonian associates, that we are just a mere 34 days away from the release of the most important film in female Superhero history! That’s right, Gal Gadot’s starring role as the original and most influential female comic-book character of all time approaches, and we are feverish with anticipation!! To really hype up our excitement (not sure if possible, already so excited, our heads may explode!) Warner Bros have released two new trailers showcasing the upcoming legendary film, and by ‘The Horns Of The Mighty Minotaur’ they look fantastic, bathe in their awesomeness my friends…
Teen Titans Live Action Is A GO!…
That’s right, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, the long awaited live action TV series of DC’s premier teen Superheroes and sizzling sidekicks is finally on it’s way! Not only that, but it will be headlining DC’s new digital streaming service alongside season three of ‘Young Justice’. There were plans for TNT to originally produce a show based upon the tremendous team of teens, but this was scrapped, most likely in favour of this new show, which is being produced by superstar comic scribe Geoff Johns, and DC/CW engineer Greg Berlanti. The press release also mentions a few of the team’s line up, which will include – Nightwing, Starfire (yes, yes, YESSSS!!) and Raven. We shall bring you more news on this as we hear it.
Why not join us again next time friends, for more Week In Geek
Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to the inaugural episode of “World’s Finest”, this series will be introducing you to our favourite convocation of comic-book characters, of, all, time!
Every episode we will cast our celestial spotlight on one of our most treasured Superheroes, Supervillains, Costumed Crimefighters, Dimension Dwelling Demons, oh and… Super-Pets (because everyone loves Krypto, right!?)
So let’s begin our passionately personal preference of peerlessly popular paragons with… Princess Koriand’r of Tamaran, or more popularly known as “Starfire“.
So take your seats fellow fans of fantastic fiction and let’s acquaint ourselves with this episode’s extra special guest star…
Precinct1313: Hi Koriand’r, and thanks for joining us at Precinct1313 for our first ever episode of World’s Finest!
Starfire: Thanks so much for inviting me, it sure is an impressive structure.
Precinct1313: It surely is a marvellous mystery of malevolent and majestic mansions.
Starfire: Uh, do you often talk like that?
Precinct1313: It’s a, uh, thing I do, alliteration is king here.
Starfire: Well I’m all for individuality, I am an alien to this world after all.
Precinct1313: You are indeed, from the planet Tamaran, I believe.
Starfire: That’s correct, a beautiful peaceful planet, that is, up until it’s destruction by The Blight.
Precinct1313: An awful tragedy, yet you seem to have found your feet here on Earth.
Starfire: I have always had my feet, they weren’t here on your planet but at the end of my legs.
Precinct1313: Uh, it’s sort of like a saying, you know, an aphorism…
Starfire: Aphorism? Ooooh, are they like related to the Aphorians from Quaxxel 7?
Precinct1313: I have literally no idea what you are talking about.
Starfire: Sigh… yeah, that happens a lot, did I mention I came from another planet.
Precinct1313: Yes you did, anyway can we start by asking actually who, in DC’s pantheon of creators was your particular favourite chronicler of your amazing adventures?
Starfire: Oooooh, we’re really breaking that fourth wall here huh, I would say,by far, the astonishing Amanda Conner, such an amazing talent.
Precinct1313: Agreed, she really is fantastic. Now, your initial introduction to the world of DC was in 1980 in – DC Comics Presents #26, did you feel nervous during your debut?
Starfire: Mmmmm, not really, I mean I was lucky to have been created by two of comicdom’s most prolific architects, marvelous Marv Wolfman and glorious George Perez.
Precinct1313: Ah yes indeed, they really are comic book royalty, if I can maybe get a little more personal, during your tenure with the Teen Titans, you were engaged in a rather passionate liaison with fellow member Nightwing, also known as Dick Grayson, former Robin to the Batman. Do you miss those halcyon days from your past?
Starfire: I do and always shall love Nightwing, he was my first real relationship here on your beautiful blue planet, but I don’t lament what was, I celebrate what is.
Precinct1313: Mmmmm, profound. You recently starred in a 12 issue series by the aforementioned Amanda Conner and astounding artist Emanuela Lupacchino, it has actually become one of my favourite comic book runs of all time, and was a particular hit with your fans, to what do you attribute it’s success?
Starfire: Mainly down to Amanda’s peerless writing talent, I find she knows me better than most creators, I mean, it’s almost like, she’s inside my head.
Precinct1313: Well, she sort of is…
Starfire: Oh yeah, ha ha, of course, comic book character and all. Sorry, it’s not too often I have to breach that fourth wall, it takes some getting used to.
Precinct1313: I understand, well Koriand’r it’s been fantastic having you as a guest on World’s Finest and we wish you all the best for your future in crime fighting capers and planet saving escapades.
Starfire: It’s been a literal blast, uh, how do I get back to my reality from here again.
Precinct1313: Yours is the second universe on the left.
Starfire: Ooooh, *hugs*.
A warm breeze caresses our face as we cross a small river that quietly flows its way through the centre of the paradise island known as Themyscira. Just up ahead lies the intricately carved gateway that leads down to the ancient Amazon archives, where great tales of heroism and legends may be found, and retold in “Classic Wonder Woman” Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Diana Prince.
This weeks cool cover celebrates the beginning of a new chapter for the Amazon Herald, as we join Donna Troy as the new holder of the title of Wonder Woman, in the very first issue of volume-3 of the awesome Amazon’s continuing adventures. This terrific tome is brought to you by – Writer: Allan Heinberg. Artists: Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, and Alex Sinclair, with the colossal cover by Terry Dodson. Released: August 2006.
The tantalising tale secreted behind the captivating cover is titled “Who Is Wonder Woman” and picks up one year after the catastrophic events of Infinite Crisis. Diana has stepped away from the role of Wonder Woman, passing the mantle unto Donna Troy. Donna was once known as Wonder Girl and is Diana’s exact duplicate, brought to life by the Sorceress Magala originally as a playmate for the Themysciran Princess. Donna made her first appearance in The Brave and the Bold #60″ in 1965. Created by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani. She is most fondly remembered as a founding member of The Teen Titans, though she has also allied herself with, The Justice League, Darkstars and the White Lantern Corps.
Join us again next time for another classic WW cover, my affable Amazonian associates!
Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to “The Week In Geek,” where we list our favourite comic-book, video-game and cult movie news from the past 7 days for your perusal and pleasure.
New Wonder Woman set photos;
With filming currently underway in the UK, for Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman movie which stars Gal Gadot as the amazing Amazon, more photos have emerged showing Gal and her co-star Chris Pine (who is playing Steve Trevor… twice!) on set in Southend, Essex. The pictures show the actors in the first half of the film, which is (now confirmed) set during World War One, with the latter half of the film set in modern day. The Themysciran demi-goddess will be gracing the silver screen some time in 2017, but can be seen first in next years highly anticipated (especially by us!) “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.”
Become Ben Affleck in new Arkham Knight DLC;
Game developer Rocksteady released a new trailer for some rather interesting extra content for Batman: Arkham Knight. The DLC will feature the Batmobile and costume from next years Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice movie, giving the player a chance to play as Affleck’s version of the iconic crime-fighter a full four months before his big screen debut.
The DLC also includes two new missions that feature, Catwoman sneaking through a deadly toy shop that houses Edward Nigma‘s automated robot factory in “Catwoman’s Revenge”, and we follow Robin as he tracks down the duplicitous Two Face in “Robin: A Flip Of The Coin.”
Teen Titans Movie a possibility;
And lastly let’s finish on a little bit of rumour and speculation as a new post on JoBlo.com postulates that the planned 2020 “Cyborg” movie may actually be scrapped in favour of a Teen Titans flick. The 2020 Cyborg film is set to star Ray Fisher as the cybernetically enhanced Superhero, with the character making his initial silver screen debut in the 2017 planned Justice League film.
The much loved team of teens have already been stars of several animated series, and have a pilot in the works for a live action series at TNT. If this turns out to be true, it will be fantastic to finally see live action versions of classic characters such as Starfire, Donna Troy and of course one time Boy Wonder, Nightwing… fingers crossed on this one fellow Titans fans.
Join us again next time friends, for more “Week In Geek.”
Welcome once more my comic collecting cohorts to another instalment of Comic Cover Of The Week, and this week our spotlight of excellence falls upon “Titans Hunt #1” In 2011, following on from the conclusion of the Flashpoint crossover saga, DC Comics cancelled all of its ongoing comic series and debuted 52 new comic series. This was essentially a massive reboot of their seventy five plus year universe of characters, that had over the decades become embroiled in continuity problems. DC also saw this as a way to reintroduce their mighty mortals to a new audience and in essence just start again from the beginning.
Some classic versions of characters and teams were confined to history during this huge shake up, with the original Teen Titans being one such casualty. With the current rebooted version of the Titans comprising of, Red Robin, Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark,) Raven, Bunker and Beast Boy, the previous team never apparently existed, or did they? It has long been alluded to in sundry titles over the years that there was a previous group of Metas that also called themselves the Titans, and may have included Dick Grayson and the original Wonder Girl, Donna Troy amongst its numbers. Of course no explanation has been given on how this is possible due to the New 52 shake up and erasing of the previous timeline… until now.
Titans Hunt is a 12 issue maxi-series by Dan Abnett that will explain how exactly this is possible and also bring us back into the fold of the original and well loved Titans of old. Initial focus of the storyline is with Lilith the telepath, who is resolute on re-uniting what she sees as the original version of the team, to help her in defeating a malevolent evil from her past, and somehow only the pre New 52 Titans can help.
Titans Hunt #1 is available at your local comic-book emporium right now. Written by Dan Abnett. Cover and interior art by Paulo Siqueira. Variant cover by Tony Daniel.
The far flung, exotic shores of Themyscira bid us once again my Amazon loving affiliates, as we continue our weekly comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman. This week we emerge from the depths of the Amazon archives with; Wonder Woman (Volume 2) #124. Written and illustrated by John Byrne, with cover art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. Released in August 1997.
This weeks tantalising tale is titled “All My Sins Remembered” and follows Diana and Artemis as they continue their descent into Hell to confront the demonic Neron, it is here that the amazing Amazon will face her greatest challenge and her ultimate tragedy. This issue also presents us with two generations of Diana’s celebrated consort Wonder Girl, Donna Troy whose origin we covered in an earlier episode, and the most recent and current holder of the title, Cassandra Sandsmark.
Cassie was created by John Byrne in 1996, and made her first appearance in Wonder Woman (volume 2) #105. She was first introduced as the daughter of archaeologist Helena Sandsmark, who discovered magical artifacts that bestowed super powers to her daughter, which she subsequently used to fight crime as the new Wonder Girl. It was later revealed to her that she was in fact a demi-goddess and the daughter of Zeus himself.
In 2011, DC relaunched their universe as the “New 52” to re-establish a new continuity for their characters, essentially a massive reboot with many characters having their back-stories retold and in some cases changed entirely. With Wonder Woman’s origin completely revised so that she became the daughter of Zeus, Cassie also underwent a complete revision of her roots. Re-introduced in the pages of Teen Titans as a super powered thief with demonic infused bracelets, she is inducted into the team of teens by Batman’s ex-protege, Red Robin. It is later revealed that she is the niece of Wonder Woman and the daughter of Lennox Sandsmark, Diana’s half brother.
Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my astounding Amazonian associates!
New comics Wednesday is upon us once again, my comic collecting cohorts, and this weeks cover highlight is; Green Arrow #42, depicting everyone’s favourite emerald archer stalking the rooftops of Seattle. Oliver Queen is more popular now than he has ever been thanks to an influx of new fans through the rather splendid “Arrow” television series, and his “New 52” reboot series has also been a sterling triumph for DC Comics, containing great character development, engrossing storylines and notable artwork.
July also heralds the beginning of DC’s “Teen Titans GO” variant cover month, with a handful of their monthly titles (including GA #42) shipping with alternate covers depicting the popular cartoon network show that stars Robin, Batgirl, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Beast Boy. The show itself is known for its cheerful and humorous tone and is a fun watch for comic fans of all ages.
Green Arrow #42 is available at your local comic-book emporium right now. Written by: Benjamin Percy. Cover and Interior art by: Patrick Zircher. Variant Cover by: Craig Rousseau.
Network President of TNT, Kevin Reilly gave an update yesterday on the long in development live action TV series of DC’s popular Teen Titans. Reilly stated that, “The television landscape right now is well serviced on the superhero front, so we need to find a space for this show to inhabit. What we and co-writer, Akiva Goldsmith, really want to do is stay true to the source material, this really was a groundbreaking comic when it first began”
Reilly went on to say, “There were consequences to things that happened in the comic, there was the first superhero to become an addict (Roy Harper, Green Arrow’s former sidekick “Speedy“), plus a coming of age story for Robin, who feels that Batman has betrayed him”
Exciting and interesting news indeed, fellow DC fanatics. Apparently the show will focus mainly on DC characters, Barbara Gordon (currently unknown whether she’ll be Oracle or Batgirl), Hawk and Dove, Raven, Starfire, and Robin.
This weeks captivating comic cover is; Convergence: New Teen Titans #1, this particular issue has a real nostalgic resonance for me, starring my personal favourite line up of this classic super team. A return to the mid 70’s version of the Teen Titans, Nightwing, Starfire, Cyborg, Donna Troy and Beast boy, the heroes of Crisis on Infinite Earths, come together to take on the Tangent Universe’s Doom Patrol.
The amazing cover is drawn by one of my favourite artists of all time, the fantastic Nicola Scott, and is written by the legendary Marv Wolfman, this is certainly an issue no DC fan should be without!
Convergence: New Teen Titans #1 is available from your local comic book emporium right now. Written by: Marv Wolfman. Cover and interior art by: Nicola Scott and Marc Deering. Variant cover by: Chip Kidd.
Super-Villain Sunday this week brings you the original Terminator himself, Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke. Created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez in 1980, making his first appearance in The New Teen Titans #2. Slade was originally an officer in the US armed forces, who towards the end of his military career volunteered for a dangerous genetic experiment that was designed to increase brain capacity and create a super soldier.
The experiment however was rejected by the military and deemed an overall failure, due to most of the subjects dying or being left in a vegetative state, Slade was amongst them. Unbeknownst to the Army, Slade’s strength, agility and brain capacity had increased exponentially, and after being discharged honourably by the Army, he recuperated and became the costumed mercenary/assassin, Deathstroke.
Originally created as a villain for the Teen Titans, battling them on many occasions over the years, he would eventually branch out, becoming a major adversary for both Batman and Green Arrow. Slade’s iconic two-tone mask hides the fact that he lost an eye during a military incursion in his former life as a soldier, this would usually affect the performance and visual acuity of a normal human, but with Slade able to access 90% of his brains capacity, this impairment is not noticeable to him.
In the past few years, Deathstroke’s popularity has exploded, with his inclusion in video-games such as Arkham Origins and Injustice: Gods Among Us, and also the popular television series, Arrow. With DC Comics cinematic universe unfolding on the silver screen over the next few years, comes the very real possibility of seeing everyone’s favourite merc-villain appearing on the big screen as an antagonist to at least one of DC’s heroes, in fact, I would not be at all surprised to see him pop up in at least a cameo role in the 2016 Suicide Squad movie, seeing as he is one of the squad’s most famous on/off team members.
Super-Villain Rating: World’s Most Dangerous Mercenary.
Deathstroke Required Reading Recommendations: Identity Crisis. Deathstroke: Legacy. The New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract.
Welcome fellow fans of capes and cowls to another instalment of, Comic Cover Of The Week. We are again focusing on the movie-variant covers that DC are producing throughout this month in recognition of its parent company, Warner Brothers celebration of 100 years of film production. Taking classic movie posters and melding them with popular Superheroes, this weeks cover pays homage to Precinct1313’s all time favourite vampire movie – The Lost Boys, merged brilliantly with one of comics most popular super-teams – The Teen Titans.
The Teen Titans movie variant cover is available at your local comic-book emporium right now. Written by: Will Pfeifer. Cover and interior art by: Kenneth Rocafort. Variant cover by:Alex Garner.