Saturday, May 21, 2011
STARFIRE by David Cutler
I have to confess, though part of me always wanted to like her, Starfire isn't exactly among my favorite characters. For starters, her hair turns into fire--that has to smell terrible. More than that, something about her (that something being everything) makes me think of a sort of monster you'd have nightmares about after staying up all night watching too much porn.
Initially I spent too much time trying to downplay those aspects of the character. But when I gave up and embraced it, I came to appreciate her bizarre fetishy uniqueness a bit more. Tons of characters are equally as pandery, they just make more of an effort to hide it. But not Starfire--there're no pretenses here. I guess in the end, some super-heroines are Wonder Woman, and some are metal-haired, spray-tanned pornstars from outer space.