Star is a relatively new superhero who was once a mild-mannered reporter who gained amazing powers, but used them for evil. Sounds intriguing if you’re familiar with a certain Super character at DC Comics, right? Unfortunately for her, Captain Marvel put her down, literally tearing her heart out to save millions, but she did not die. In the latest issue, out today digitally, Kelly Thompson and Javier Pina (with Jay Leister and Filipe Andrade) explore Star’s new powers and how she didn’t die in a battle for the ages.
Fans of Avengers: Infinity War will dig this issue as it features Thanos’ Black Order. The book opens with Captain Marvel and Star fighting and the Black Order watching somewhat in awe of the two heroes fighting. It’s a fun moment that grounds the usually mind-blowing and hard to connect with Black Order characters by giving them a moment we can all relate to. We’d all sit and stare too if we saw two super-powered heroes blasting each other.
Star is an intriguing character thanks to her power set, but also how it connects to Gerry Duggan and Michael Deodato’s Infinity Wars event. I won’t spoil it, but in some interesting flashbacks, Thompson helps convey the very scary position Star was in when she thought she was dead. Yes, she did some evil things, but connecting us to her human side makes her more intriguing. We’ve seen heroes turn from bad to good before (Rogue comes to mind), and it’ll be interesting to see the character develop further now that she’s rendered a bit more human.
As action comics go, the art team does a wonderful job mixing things up and keeping the fight interesting. Color artists Jesus Arburtov with Chris O’Halloran keep the energy powers looking flashy and the rubble underneath these characters muted and realistic. The page with the Black Order watching Captain Marvel and Star fight is hands down the best page in the issue and it’s a great example of subtle differences between panels to amp up humor and character wrinkles.
Star is an intriguing character thanks to her turn from evil superhero-turned-villain-composite to a hero who is suffering from trauma. Thompson continues to impress with plotting, clever action and humor, further reminding us she’s one of the best superhero writers in the business.