The New Golden Age continues with this latest issue of Stargirl: The Lost Children. We get a glimpse of the Childminder and some action that cuts it very close for Stargirl and Red Arrow, leaving you with a cliffhanger that will make the wait for the next issue grueling. The creative team shines and is pumping on all eight cylinders to make this a must-get series. Get ready to explore and discover more as you dig deeper into this comic.
Starting with the art, we have Todd Nauck on art and Matt Herms on colors. I, unfortunately, missed out on Nauck’s run of Young Justice, but I am so glad to see that he is still working on art with modern comics. Nauck is the perfect pick for this comic as he can draw any era and make it look timeless – he perfectly draws the teen hero physique. I also recommend you take your time exploring the Arrow Cave, as Nauck loves to hide some Easter eggs, making it a joy to absorb that two-page spread.
Matt Herms enhances the art of Todd Nauck by creating a bright world that still has the dark elements of danger. I appreciated how Herms would add to the personal moments by giving shading elements to a character’s face. At the start, there is a moment with Red Arrow talking about her past, growing up on the island, with Stargirl and Nauck giving close-ups on the character; Herms takes it a step further by adding a darkness that covers the character adding depth to the moment that gives it stronger feelings. When you see the two pages with Red Arrow and Wing as the main portions with them facing outward, it magnifies what the two characters have in common.
Playing to that is Geoff Johns’ story. These sidekicks are lost, but no one cares, or most are ignorant of it. That is an excellent hook to this overall story, and it gets hammered home in this issue. Geoff Johns has exceptional strength in taking characters and building them back up. I’m glad Johns is tackling the idea of sidekicks and exploring them. Not many sidekicks have had the luxury of Dick Grayson or Wally West growing into their own or carrying a legacy. I know that for years, I’ve always felt sorry for Wing; whenever they would mention the original Seven Soldiers of Victory, you would always see eight characters. Speedy would get the mention, but not Wing. I’m glad Johns is giving that shoutout to Wing.
This being the second issue of the miniseries, the story makes a tremendous leap forward. I am glad we’re past the building, and the mystery is fantastic, so now we can get more character moments and interactions. Something I did find funny in this issue was the design of the egg-looking robots that will capture you for nesting. They reminded me of Nanny from the X-Factor comics, and she had that same shtick, but I don’t mind that as I enjoy the symmetry that Marvel and DC share.
Stargirl: The Lost Children #2 hits all the emotional beats while advancing the mystery. We can see that the Childminder isn’t messing around, which puts Stargirl and Red Arrow in a dangerous spot. Geoff Johns and Todd Nauck deliver a potent one-two punch with the art and story as we continue the search for the Lost Children.
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