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From New York Times bestselling author Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) and artist Yoshi Yoshitani (Zatanna and the House of Secrets) comes a story about Mandy, the daughter of super-famous superhero Starfire, and her desperate attempts to get out from under her shadow. Seventeen-year-old Mandy Koriand’r is not her mother. D From New York Times bestselling author Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) and artist Yoshi Yoshitani (Zatanna and the House of Secrets) comes a story about Mandy, the daughter of super-famous superhero Starfire, and her desperate attempts to get out from under her shadow. Seventeen-year-old Mandy Koriand’r is not her mother. Daughter of Starfire and high school outcast, Mandy is constantly trying to get out from under the shadow of her bright, bubbly, scantily clad, and famous mother. Dyeing her bright orange hair black and sticking close to her best friend, Lincoln, Mandy spends her days at school avoiding Teen Titans superfans and trying to hide her feelings for the gorgeous, popular, and perfect Claire. And while Mandy usually avoids spending too much time with her alien mother, she’s been particularly quiet as she’s keeping one major secret from her: Mandy walked out of her S.A.T. While Mandy continues to tell Lincoln her plans of moving to France to escape the family spotlight and not go to college, she secretly hides a fear of not knowing her identity outside of just being the daughter of a superhero and who she will become. But when she is partnered with Claire to work on a school project, their friendship develops into something more and a self-confidence unknown to Mandy begins to bloom. Claire seems to like Mandy for being Mandy, not the daughter of Starfire. But when someone from Starfire’s past comes to disrupt Mandy’s future, Mandy must finally make a choice: give up before the battle has even begun, or step into the unknown and risk everything. I Am Not Starfire is a story about mother-daughter relationships, embracing where you come from while finding your own identity, and learning to be unafraid of failing, if it was even failing in the first place.


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From New York Times bestselling author Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) and artist Yoshi Yoshitani (Zatanna and the House of Secrets) comes a story about Mandy, the daughter of super-famous superhero Starfire, and her desperate attempts to get out from under her shadow. Seventeen-year-old Mandy Koriand’r is not her mother. D From New York Times bestselling author Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) and artist Yoshi Yoshitani (Zatanna and the House of Secrets) comes a story about Mandy, the daughter of super-famous superhero Starfire, and her desperate attempts to get out from under her shadow. Seventeen-year-old Mandy Koriand’r is not her mother. Daughter of Starfire and high school outcast, Mandy is constantly trying to get out from under the shadow of her bright, bubbly, scantily clad, and famous mother. Dyeing her bright orange hair black and sticking close to her best friend, Lincoln, Mandy spends her days at school avoiding Teen Titans superfans and trying to hide her feelings for the gorgeous, popular, and perfect Claire. And while Mandy usually avoids spending too much time with her alien mother, she’s been particularly quiet as she’s keeping one major secret from her: Mandy walked out of her S.A.T. While Mandy continues to tell Lincoln her plans of moving to France to escape the family spotlight and not go to college, she secretly hides a fear of not knowing her identity outside of just being the daughter of a superhero and who she will become. But when she is partnered with Claire to work on a school project, their friendship develops into something more and a self-confidence unknown to Mandy begins to bloom. Claire seems to like Mandy for being Mandy, not the daughter of Starfire. But when someone from Starfire’s past comes to disrupt Mandy’s future, Mandy must finally make a choice: give up before the battle has even begun, or step into the unknown and risk everything. I Am Not Starfire is a story about mother-daughter relationships, embracing where you come from while finding your own identity, and learning to be unafraid of failing, if it was even failing in the first place.

30 review for I Am Not Starfire

  1. 5 out of 5

    Danika at The Lesbrary

    This is getting review bombed :( Dear adult men angrily 1 star reviewing this YA graphic novel: have you considered... it's not for you? This is getting review bombed :( Dear adult men angrily 1 star reviewing this YA graphic novel: have you considered... it's not for you?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    Update now that I've finally gotten a chance to read it: *3.5 stars (rounded up, as usual) This was pretty fun! Angsty and humorous in the right places. Not my favorite of the new DC ya graphic novels, but still enjoyable. I also really liked Yoshi Yoshitani's illustrations; I think this was my first book of Yoshi's, so I'm pleased! Original post: Want to read mainly because I love Mariko Tamaki and superhero comics, but also because fuck toxic, AnGeRy comic fanboys. Update now that I've finally gotten a chance to read it: *3.5 stars (rounded up, as usual) This was pretty fun! Angsty and humorous in the right places. Not my favorite of the new DC ya graphic novels, but still enjoyable. I also really liked Yoshi Yoshitani's illustrations; I think this was my first book of Yoshi's, so I'm pleased! Original post: Want to read mainly because I love Mariko Tamaki and superhero comics, but also because fuck toxic, AnGeRy comic fanboys.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Why does DC keep hiring these untalented hacks? Are we gonna forget starfire and nightwing had a daughter named nightstar in Kingdom come? Who is the father? The daughter sounds like a wrist cutter who hates her parents for no reason. She hates Starfire but is in love with a popular girl? I remember when comics used to be fun and had adventures. Idk how Jim Lee could sign off on this. He lacks the managing skills his Image brother Todd Mcfarlene has.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julia Pika

    Thanks to DC & NetGalley for the early copy in exchange for an honest review. Now, I will concede I have been a long-time Teen Titans fan so it's fair to see my review as biased, but hear me out! I have a ton of qualms about this book, unfortunately. I love Kami Garcia's Raven & Beast Boy series as well as the other Young Adult-geared Graphic Novels that DC has been pumping out lately, but this one is the worst I've read by far for a multitude of reasons. The art: It kept flip-flopping at some po Thanks to DC & NetGalley for the early copy in exchange for an honest review. Now, I will concede I have been a long-time Teen Titans fan so it's fair to see my review as biased, but hear me out! I have a ton of qualms about this book, unfortunately. I love Kami Garcia's Raven & Beast Boy series as well as the other Young Adult-geared Graphic Novels that DC has been pumping out lately, but this one is the worst I've read by far for a multitude of reasons. The art: It kept flip-flopping at some points. Kory was perfectly drawn in every panel and the eventual villain (no spoilers) was drawn very well too! Everyone else was kinda...off. Especially Mandy, but it might just be I don't like her hairstyle at all, ha. Sometimes she looked outright terrifying in the art, not sure why. Mandy: Uh...I'm going to be as nice as I can but Mandy is an outright mean person. Now, I can understand her being frustrated by idiot kids always harping on about Starfire's popularity, but except for one kid, everyone was pretty chill. They were usually saying stuff like "Hey, please tell your mom thanks for saving Chicago!" As a result of people asking her about her mom, she decided to be mean to every single person she meets. I know she's a teen and all but...like...why be mean to everyone? There's a reason she only has one friend in this entire book...she's nasty to everyone else. It's not fun to read about a really mean protagonist that thinks it's cool to hate everyone. I really haven't read such an awful protagonist in a while, so this was hard to get through... Starfire: Really sweet much like her cartoon counterpart, I didn't really have any complaints about her. I absolutely loathed how mean Mandy was toward Starfire, she was a pretty decent mom throughout the book but Mandy acted like she was terrible. Not to mention, Starfire is dating since she's a single mom and Mandy is really mad at her for that but it doesn't get expanded on and her own daughter slut-shames her as a result. So lovely to read about for one of my favorite superheroes....I say, dripping with sarcasm. The writing: Mandy's frustrations are understandable but never really...expanded on throughout the book. She doesn't want to go to college. She tries taking the SATs but gets so nervous she leaves. It seems like she has anxiety about testing in general, not necessarily the SATs specifically? So, toward the end, she ends up studying for an SAT retake anyway.....I thought she didn't want to go to college? The core point of her conversations with her girlfriend and best friend involves her choice to not go to college but it seems like she does a heel face turn and decides to study anyway? There were decisions throughout the book that really confused me logically because of how it was presented earlier in the book. The romance: It was sweet at some points but it was really hard for me to believe because like I said before, Mandy's a total jerkwad. Mandy's only likeable with the girlfriend which is sweet but it's hard to appreciate the LGBTQ+ elements when Mandy is an extremely unlikable protagonist. The girlfriend didn't have much depth either, so that didn't help. In conclusion, I would just recommend reading DC"s other graphic novels such as Kami Garcia's "Raven" & "Beast Boy" series for the Teen Titans crumbs and "Poison Ivy: Thorns" for the better LGBTQ+ rep, not to mention, all three of these titles have a more likeable protagonist that is far more fleshed out compared to Mandy. This book was absolutely disappointing and it's a shame considering Starfire/Koriand'r is a fantastic hero and Teen Titan, how in the name of X'hal is Mandy related to her?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Silas_cantskate

    no literally what the hell is this Why was this made I miss the days I didn't know this thing exists no literally what the hell is this Why was this made I miss the days I didn't know this thing exists

  6. 4 out of 5

    Parker J

    After Reading: I mean this is not without its flaws but holy shit the hate for this was so overblown. I might write a full review because I do have a lot of thoughts, but this seriously is not as bad as everyone thinks or is making it out to be. Before reading: All the hate for this is so annoying. If you aren't interested in this title just don't read it. I've personally been a big fan of Tamaki's work and I loved her Harley book so I'm interested to see how this one turns out. Could be good or c After Reading: I mean this is not without its flaws but holy shit the hate for this was so overblown. I might write a full review because I do have a lot of thoughts, but this seriously is not as bad as everyone thinks or is making it out to be. Before reading: All the hate for this is so annoying. If you aren't interested in this title just don't read it. I've personally been a big fan of Tamaki's work and I loved her Harley book so I'm interested to see how this one turns out. Could be good or could be awful, it has been a gamble with these DC Ink books but lets just wait and find out when its released. Alright? Alright.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Schultz

    Seems super pander-y self-insert-y etc., This is definitely not Nightstar.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Travis B.

    It's not a good idea to make a book about an unlikeable and forgetable character that adds nothing to it's own story besides ruin it. It's not a good idea to make a book about an unlikeable and forgetable character that adds nothing to it's own story besides ruin it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Khajiit J'jirra Roudhari

    WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS??!! WHO THE FUCK IS THIS FOR?!/? It's like DC is telling us they WANT to die. WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS??!! WHO THE FUCK IS THIS FOR?!/? It's like DC is telling us they WANT to die.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Perez

    So, I only knew this existed until recently because of all the hooplah over it. I thought the artwork looked nice so I wanted to give it a try. What I found was an alright graphic novel that has some flaws in it's structures that made me scratch my head a little. All in all I think it's a 3/5. I Am Not Starfire is about Mandy, the daughter of the famous alien warrior princess Starfire from Teen Titans. Much like in real life, Starfire is beloved by many and considered beautiful. However, over the So, I only knew this existed until recently because of all the hooplah over it. I thought the artwork looked nice so I wanted to give it a try. What I found was an alright graphic novel that has some flaws in it's structures that made me scratch my head a little. All in all I think it's a 3/5. I Am Not Starfire is about Mandy, the daughter of the famous alien warrior princess Starfire from Teen Titans. Much like in real life, Starfire is beloved by many and considered beautiful. However, over the years, Mandy who looks and acts very differently to Starfire, hated being in her mother's shadow. Soon those differences drove a wedge between them that her mother tries to bridge. After reading this, I still like the art. I think it's cute and some of the action pages could be pretty dynamic, not anything blockbustery but still nice. There are a few times where some background characters look flat, but it's just a few times. I actually really like how Yoshi Yoshitani drew Starfire and Many each time and how their looks contrasted with each other. Seriously, Starfire's fashion was impeccable. Everyone else was good too, but the two central characters here shined the most. However, I felt conflicted about Mandy. I understand that she hated being in her mother's shadow, but her treatment of her mother and her decision to not go to college felt a little forced. Starfire never acted cruel to Mandy, she just wanted her to have a good future, but Mandy just kept being utterly bitter toward her. Also, Mandy just kept reminding us that she was the "anti-Starfire". We don't need to be told this in a graphic novel, we already see it. Mandy, along with her "anarchist" friend Lincoln, is also sometimes unnecessarily rude and mean to some of her classmates. Sometimes it's justified because they're being jerks and fat-shaming her, like Claire's two friends; but other times, like when Titans and Starfire fans just want to ask her a few questions and to tell her they love her mom, it's just unnecessary. On the more positive side, I did enjoy Mandy's crush and romance with Claire. It was genuinely cute and when they finally kiss toward the end the page is beautifully drawn. Although, I question what the initial attraction was about since Claire was kind of like Starfire and Mandy clearly disliked Starfire's persona. Additionally, when Mandy lashes out at Claire for taking a selfie with the Titans it felt a bit forced as well and as if she was being unnecessarily mean to her. Still, I'm glad they resolved things and hit it off. Eventually, Blackfire, Starfire's sister, shows up and wants to fight Starfire and Mandy both because she believes their mere existences challenge her claim to the Tamaran throne, a plotline that has been explored with Starfire solely in the traditional comics before. And here's where the story gets a bit messy. I'm going to the rest of this part of the review under spoilers. (view spoiler)[Prior to this, it was mostly a slice of life kind of story with Mandy trying to become who she is and navigating her daily life, but when Blackfire shows up the pacing and resolution are both sped along for a quick moment. Blackfire orders Mandy to duel her to the death...at Mandy's high school football field? Why would she do this? Shouldn't she have taken them back to Tamaran? For what reason did she need to do it at the football field? During this fight, the school starts cheering Mandy on, even though she--again--was not nice to all of them. Starfire gets hurt in the battle and Mandy apologizes to her. Mandy's powers finally activate, which is actually really cool at first, and then she somehow defeats Blackfire first time without every training her powers. (hide spoiler)] In the end, Mandy realizes she can still be who she is, but can also change in other ways. I overall felt that this was a very okay graphic novel. It's fine. I felt it would have been stronger if it wasn't attached to Teen Titans or any other established super hero team and was it's own thing. It could've been like another version of Faith, Volume 1: Hollywood & Vine. This is neither the most terrible thing DC Comics has put out, nor is it the greatest thing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dion Dion

    The book isn't even out yet but it appears to have been falsely given 5 stars by some people. Yikes. I'm gonna balance this out with a 1 star. The book isn't even out yet but it appears to have been falsely given 5 stars by some people. Yikes. I'm gonna balance this out with a 1 star.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sebastian Hoyos

    Manga Graphic novels are OUTSELLING anything DC/Marvel in the United States, i wonder why..... Smh people here are literally dropping dc/marvel in favor of Japanese comics. I'm not sure why these companies keep investing in crap like this that nobody wants, its perplexing. Top 20 best selling adult graphic novels according to NPD bookscan were ALL Manga for April 2021. DC/Marvel should be extremely concerned, hopefully they can wake up before they completely ruin themselves. Manga Graphic novels are OUTSELLING anything DC/Marvel in the United States, i wonder why..... Smh people here are literally dropping dc/marvel in favor of Japanese comics. I'm not sure why these companies keep investing in crap like this that nobody wants, its perplexing. Top 20 best selling adult graphic novels according to NPD bookscan were ALL Manga for April 2021. DC/Marvel should be extremely concerned, hopefully they can wake up before they completely ruin themselves.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Milkah, (I really want to like books, I really do)

    Ah yes, another superhero self-insert. Uhg DC really is dead huh

  14. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    This. Is. My. JAM! I’m immediately in love with this chubby goth look. I’m on record saying that I grew up wanting to embrace that goth aesthetic but had zero options as a plus-size teen in the 90s. So yeah, this girl? Speaks to my missed opportunities from back in the day. And, since I’m a transparent ass disaster bi, I’m all for this LGBTQ+ angle. Like … more YA with this, please! Also, something about a kid trying their damndest to not only differentiate themselves from their parents, but from t This. Is. My. JAM! I’m immediately in love with this chubby goth look. I’m on record saying that I grew up wanting to embrace that goth aesthetic but had zero options as a plus-size teen in the 90s. So yeah, this girl? Speaks to my missed opportunities from back in the day. And, since I’m a transparent ass disaster bi, I’m all for this LGBTQ+ angle. Like … more YA with this, please! Also, something about a kid trying their damndest to not only differentiate themselves from their parents, but from the stardom their parents bring, speaks to me. I’m one of those people who wonder about the hero family from the perspective of the person who’s exhausted of it, not because of the battles, but because of things like “Teen Titans superfans,” especially since Mandy is the child of Starfire and not a Teen Titan herself. Mandy has to deal with her mother’s popularity, which has nothing to do with her but would absolutely interfere with her day. That makes it sound like it’s more than just an “ugh when my mom smiles dandelions bloom” kind of tension. Mandy’s goth look seems to serve multiple purposes: combating that bright orange hair she was born with in order to distance herself from her mother, distance herself from the fandom her mother generates, and, well, maybe she just likes it. I’m curious to see how Starfire deals with this. There’s no word on who Mandy’s father is, or if he’ll even come up. If it’s Robin, for example, that would create an interesting dynamic since Robin is moodier than Starfire. I feel like Mandy would vibe more with him and curse the fact that her eyes glow green. I’m expecting that, no matter who the father is, Starfire’s gonna be making some calls to Raven for advice. I bet Mandy loves Auntie Raven, maybe they meditate together, or go shopping, yeah, they definitely go shopping. ...this mary sue article perfectly sums up my feelings 😍😍😏 OK, let's be serious for a second, this is the purest form of trash and I hope no one thinks I actually like this cuz nah fam, that article was just undeniably cringe. Like if I punish my 12 year old son to the point of pleading for mercy, y'all know which book i'm giving him. So yeah, if DC really wants to go bankrupt we need to help them https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCPr5... Aight I'm out (⌐▨_▨)

  15. 4 out of 5

    TJ

    There’s been a lot of hate directed towards this book, and I think it’s unreasonable. I just finished an advance copy, and I was pleasantly surprised! This is definitely a book for teens that are familiar with the Teen Titans cartoons— and that’s okay! If you’re not the target audience and this doesn’t look like your thing, you can ignore it and move on. And if you’re mad because it’s not the canon you’re used to: this book is an AU, like so many other recent titles, specifically the YA ones. Bu There’s been a lot of hate directed towards this book, and I think it’s unreasonable. I just finished an advance copy, and I was pleasantly surprised! This is definitely a book for teens that are familiar with the Teen Titans cartoons— and that’s okay! If you’re not the target audience and this doesn’t look like your thing, you can ignore it and move on. And if you’re mad because it’s not the canon you’re used to: this book is an AU, like so many other recent titles, specifically the YA ones. But so many younger people are going to love this! And I really enjoyed it too. Surprisingly, I think it’s easily the best YA DC stand-alone they’ve put out. The tone was fun and meta, the art was beautiful and colorful, and the themes of exploring generational differences between immigrants through a literal alien were handled well; all the while, this felt like a genuine teen voice too. The queer representation was also very casual, and I liked that; it wasn’t made out to be a big deal. If you grew up on the Teen Titans cartoon, this is a spiritual successor I think you should check out, especially if you like YA. 4.5/5 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emu Cook

    The book isn't hasn't even released yet but it's been review bombed by gatekeepers claiming to have hated reading it before it's even been published. Ouch If I can cringe at The Batman Who Laughs without gatekeeping fans of 'dark nights: metal' then y'all should learn to be respectful too I'm gonna balance this out with a 5 star. It certainly deserves more of a chance with what little info we have. Comics can have broad target audiences and it's not like there aren't decades of more macho comics s The book isn't hasn't even released yet but it's been review bombed by gatekeepers claiming to have hated reading it before it's even been published. Ouch If I can cringe at The Batman Who Laughs without gatekeeping fans of 'dark nights: metal' then y'all should learn to be respectful too I'm gonna balance this out with a 5 star. It certainly deserves more of a chance with what little info we have. Comics can have broad target audiences and it's not like there aren't decades of more macho comics still available to read, Starfire included

  17. 4 out of 5

    Henry

    Who is this pandering too? The fact the people who don’t give a fuck about these characters but are supporting the book just to spite “Angry toxic comic fans” should be a wake up call to everyone. You’re not infested, you want forced inclusion for the SAKE of inclusion, and then you’ll go back to the things you actually like. These people look down on us for being passionate fans of these characters, let’s not take this quietly. Star fire is not chubby, and making her daughter obese and edgy is Who is this pandering too? The fact the people who don’t give a fuck about these characters but are supporting the book just to spite “Angry toxic comic fans” should be a wake up call to everyone. You’re not infested, you want forced inclusion for the SAKE of inclusion, and then you’ll go back to the things you actually like. These people look down on us for being passionate fans of these characters, let’s not take this quietly. Star fire is not chubby, and making her daughter obese and edgy is absolute cringe. Watch this book fail on its substance alone, while these online warriors sing it praises. 1 star for being an absolute joke, except no ones laughing.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Theodore Cook

    The book isn't even out yet but it appears to have been review bombed. Ouch I'm gonna balance this out with a 5 star. It certainly deserves more of a chance if it hasn't even been released yet The book isn't even out yet but it appears to have been review bombed. Ouch I'm gonna balance this out with a 5 star. It certainly deserves more of a chance if it hasn't even been released yet

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kadi P

    *Pre-reading thoughts included below.* Right out the bag I must state that I’m triply qualified to review this. Why? You might ask... 1. I’ve read numerous DC graphic novels aimed at teens and children (in fact, I plan on reading them all). 2. I’m actually within the age demographic! 3. Well, I’ve actually read this. (You’d think that’d be a given but my gosh, there are a lot of harsh and angry reviews here from people who haven’t even read this graphic novel!) This was a solid and well-done graphic *Pre-reading thoughts included below.* Right out the bag I must state that I’m triply qualified to review this. Why? You might ask... 1. I’ve read numerous DC graphic novels aimed at teens and children (in fact, I plan on reading them all). 2. I’m actually within the age demographic! 3. Well, I’ve actually read this. (You’d think that’d be a given but my gosh, there are a lot of harsh and angry reviews here from people who haven’t even read this graphic novel!) This was a solid and well-done graphic novel. The real issue everyone has with it is that it’s not intended for your average comic reader. It’s target audience are angsty teens and that’s evident from Mandy’s characterisation as troubled and insecure and also the deadpan humour sprinkled throughout. Within this graphic novel was a very realistic take on what it means to be an insecure teen. Even with the whole “my mum has superpowers and I don’t” aspect, this was a pretty relatable graphic novel. Just imagine any teen who feels overshadowed by their high-achieving parent. That’s bound to make a teen feel depressed and insecure leading them to have anger issues or problems socialising just like Mandy did in this graphic novel. I really appreciated the inclusion of different body types shown through Mandy, Claire, and many other characters. I think it was a very apt and fitting decision from Tamaki considering the name “Starfire” has always been associated with a beautifully skinny yet curvaceous model of a woman. I actually really loved the art. The style suited the story and the colours were aesthetically pleasing. I still stand by what I said about the cover art though. It’s all wrong and gives the wrong idea about the graphic novel. I think the choice in cover art led to a lot of the hate and that’s sad because it doesn’t portray Mandy in a positive light or really in any light that is accurate towards how she actually is within the graphic novel. The only thing you could really fault this graphic novel with was how easily it dismissed all of Mandy’s problems using the classic comic solution of the appearance of sudden miraculous superpowers. It was cliché but not done terribly, still I would’ve liked to see Starfire and Mandy really discuss their issues outside of a sudden life-or-death setting. So all in all, this was actually good! That’s doubly surprising because 1. Everyone hated on this prematurely and 2. DC does have a track record for really awful “woke” and try-hard graphic novels for teens. Pre-reading thoughts: (3/5/2021) That cover design is awful. Whoever signed off on that needs to be fired or at the very least take a pay cut. It really didn’t bode well for the content of this graphic novel. I did not enjoy Tamaki’s Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass (see my review for why: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) but it did have a lot of potential. I feel as though this graphic novel will probably take the same route of attempting to address important societal issues but fall short of doing it well because of limited pages and lack of character depth. I hope that’s not the case and I’m not going to pre-judge. I’ll go into this with an open mind, but this is my prediction for it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rick Smith

    It doesn't make sense for the teen titan's story at all and is just really boring & a time-wasting read. It doesn't make sense for the teen titan's story at all and is just really boring & a time-wasting read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    DC comics are basically dead with that trash

  22. 5 out of 5

    Josh Newhouse

    A good read with a few problems. Captured alienation of many of my students.

  23. 5 out of 5

    MetalTao

    A pure rejection of an already established character in the background of already existing story arcs who we have died to see and hear from for ages in some form. A character coming from one of the most beloved super heroines to ever grace comic media with an understood character and track record. An unusual twist to use her specifically as a descriptor of a bad parent, which not only is odd considering her history and background, is alienating to fan perception and understanding. Why is Starfire A pure rejection of an already established character in the background of already existing story arcs who we have died to see and hear from for ages in some form. A character coming from one of the most beloved super heroines to ever grace comic media with an understood character and track record. An unusual twist to use her specifically as a descriptor of a bad parent, which not only is odd considering her history and background, is alienating to fan perception and understanding. Why is Starfire such a cruddy parent? Who the hell is this NightFire, and why does she look so different than her few appearances, and not only that, why is her appearance so drastically different? There really isn't any explanation. The self insert is too obvious. Using a popular and beloved media figure to insert one's one troubles is usually fine but this comes on the heels of desperate love for StarFire for the past 50 years and many many fan head cannons about the relationship with NightFire and NightWing. Mariko really failed at using any of the resources here to their full potential and simultaneously rejects the reality and faith that fans have of a character out of the blue to justify a shallow personal desire to be popular. It is disgusting.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Fahad

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Woke garbage

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nortzilla

    There are about 3 fat, ugly non-binary lesbians that will really enjoy this book. Cant wait!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    Thanks to Net Galley and DC for the ARC of this book. I will freely admit that I am up and down on the DC YA books. However, I am totally up on this one. Since these books are not in continuity anyway, we get to have all kinds of cool new characters pop into the DCU. The idea that Kori’s daughter would be her total opposite in every way totally checks out. Of course she would be. Isn’t that what being a teenager is all about? We push back against our parents and the lives they lead. It is amplif Thanks to Net Galley and DC for the ARC of this book. I will freely admit that I am up and down on the DC YA books. However, I am totally up on this one. Since these books are not in continuity anyway, we get to have all kinds of cool new characters pop into the DCU. The idea that Kori’s daughter would be her total opposite in every way totally checks out. Of course she would be. Isn’t that what being a teenager is all about? We push back against our parents and the lives they lead. It is amplified by a million here as Mandy’s mom is Starfire. I love the pacing of the story. The side characters are three dimensional and real. The art is vibrant. The colors jump. This is a great comic for teenagers who are not sure where they fit into the world and need some reassurance, but it is also just a great comic.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Mandy is a sullen teen, resentful and distanced emotionally from her mother, the beautiful and famous superhero Starfire, who doesn't seem to know what to make of her own daughter. Gentle and generic teen drama is boosted by stellar art and a character who you're pulling for to have just one thing go her way. I'm sad to see all the one-star haters lurking here who can't seem to tolerate books written by authors who aren't fanboy approved and starring characters who don't seem to meet their physic Mandy is a sullen teen, resentful and distanced emotionally from her mother, the beautiful and famous superhero Starfire, who doesn't seem to know what to make of her own daughter. Gentle and generic teen drama is boosted by stellar art and a character who you're pulling for to have just one thing go her way. I'm sad to see all the one-star haters lurking here who can't seem to tolerate books written by authors who aren't fanboy approved and starring characters who don't seem to meet their physical standards of beauty for sad fanboy masturbation. Hey, guys, the logo's not there but it's just Elseworlds, not canon; unclench and move on.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Just a random guy

    Horrible artstyle, comic book insert and not even an interesting story! If this is the path comic books are heading, manga are jsut going to overtook them. This is the best example of woke becoming the main elements of the story rather than the story being fun. I do not know who the hell asked for this but all I know is that the author should have uploaded this as an fan fiction and not a official DC comic. I hope that no one even buy this and that the book flops horribly so that DC and other USA Horrible artstyle, comic book insert and not even an interesting story! If this is the path comic books are heading, manga are jsut going to overtook them. This is the best example of woke becoming the main elements of the story rather than the story being fun. I do not know who the hell asked for this but all I know is that the author should have uploaded this as an fan fiction and not a official DC comic. I hope that no one even buy this and that the book flops horribly so that DC and other USA comic book industries realize people are tired of woke stories and that the talent that has been show can come back and not this big book of garbage. Also, this author really should go to a therapist. Every page seemed to incline that she has either encouring being fat- which by the way is one of the worst advices that you can give to someone do how it causes diseases from heart attacks, diabetes and so many other problems. Also, just a sidenote for the author, no one cared about your weight and seuality until you started shoving into everybody's face and being lesbian or being fat is also not a personality, which if it was then your character would still be missing everything. Also, to those people saying to people who have negativelly reviewed the book and fatphobics and xenophobics, I would like to add that if that was the case, I wouldn't even have given an oppurtunity to this book in the first place and would have harressed the author herself for having these views. Also, just to add a bit more salt to this, if starfire is a star, then her daughter is a gas planet. Also, don't worry, I didn't pay for it and instead read the pirated version and I also recommend to anyone who wants to tread this trash as well but does not want to give money in order to make them think that I hope that nobody wstes their money on this piece of crap and we can actually have competent writers and drawer's

  29. 5 out of 5

    Naima

    genuinely stunning how little this connects to any sort of canon, cartoon or comics, but my main problem is the actual content, which sucks. every dark-skinned character is antagonistic to the white-passing (apparently the author confirmed her as mixed on twitter) main mandy, her love interest is a one-dimensional selfie taker who's character arc is 'i didn't realize taking a selfie with your mom's friends would offend you, because you never told me not to', and koriand'r's character is so badly genuinely stunning how little this connects to any sort of canon, cartoon or comics, but my main problem is the actual content, which sucks. every dark-skinned character is antagonistic to the white-passing (apparently the author confirmed her as mixed on twitter) main mandy, her love interest is a one-dimensional selfie taker who's character arc is 'i didn't realize taking a selfie with your mom's friends would offend you, because you never told me not to', and koriand'r's character is so badly butchered and constantly slut-shamed that it makes you wonder who this was written for; starfire fans? new to comics fans? cartoon teen titans fans? it swings a bat in a million directions and never once hits. edit (7/29/2021): i should clarify that i'm reading this book as a mixed arab lesbian, and i find the content terrible from that perspective, not like i'm trying to tank a young adult graphic novel just for the sake of it

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    I’ve loved and read comics since I was younger and this just reads as a Teen Titans cartoon fanfiction. There’s absolutely no correlation to the original source of these characters. ‘Starfire’ isn’t even her real name, it’s Koriand’r, and she doesn’t speak like at all. She also has an extremely different personality and so does Mar’i. Also as far the coloring- why does Mar’i have extremely pale skin while her mother doesn’t? I don’t even know if the writer has ever even picked up a comic book ab I’ve loved and read comics since I was younger and this just reads as a Teen Titans cartoon fanfiction. There’s absolutely no correlation to the original source of these characters. ‘Starfire’ isn’t even her real name, it’s Koriand’r, and she doesn’t speak like at all. She also has an extremely different personality and so does Mar’i. Also as far the coloring- why does Mar’i have extremely pale skin while her mother doesn’t? I don’t even know if the writer has ever even picked up a comic book about either character or just read about them on fan sites instead. It’s honestly just such a disservice to the characters. Its the same treatment they give to the rest of the Titans- the ones that people only know about from the cartoon. If you want people to get interested in these characters because they saw them in a show- make guided reading lists and show just how much more amazing they actually are versus the cartoon.

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