Written by Dan Barnes
Artwork by Ben Eargle
Starlex by Dan Barnes is a superhero saga about a young woman who gains ‘star’ superpowers. Continuing on with a new art team for the second issue I have to admit that initially I preferred the colouring and the panel layouts in #1, yet #2 grabs me far more. The design has evolved to look a lot more teen friendly but that is probably a good thing as it fits the character better.
I was never much one for this genre. Sure I enjoy the movies and some of the cartoons but I prefer grittier antiheroes. At first glance, Starlex instantly puts me in mind of DC’s ‘Starfire’ from the Teen Titans. I like ‘Starfire’, so I figured I would probably enjoy this comic, but I will be honest my initial impression was not great.
I don’t care if she has been granted star powers, or can fly. Teen drama and girly stuff just brings out the inner ‘Logan’ in me, move along Bub.
The dialogue flows well enough though, and to make me rally against it like this Barnes must have pegged the teenage LA girl thing down quite well. #2 is actually more at ease with itself and flows more naturally than the first issue.
Not only that but it caters to the ‘I am an unpopular overlooked girl now endowed with superpowers and adored by all’ fantasy. Initially seeming a bit shallow, I think we are going to end up following a coming of age, realization of maturity and importance tale here.
I find Barnes’ writing style easy to get into but this was a far cry from his Monster House comics that I had eagerly devoured. It goes to show he is quite versatile though he sneaks his love for horror in there I noticed with the theme of the fast food restaurant.
I do enjoy the way he introduces his villains, and the light-hearted way in which they are ridiculed and not taken entirely seriously by Starlex. Eargle does a good job of capturing the ‘super’ feel and in the end I found a lot of humour and fun in this comic even if it was not really my usual kind of thing. The lettering and layout is clear, they did a good job on presentation and it should appeal to those who like this genre. Even the old-school comic book style quips are thrown in but don’t feel forced.
It is derivative, has nods to all kinds of comics, such as Kick Ass with his social media fame, Inspector Gadget/Bond type potential super-villain, Supergirl and a huge hint of the immaturity and struggles of juggling private and hero life of Spiderman.
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