Scott Lobdell should just never put anything but teasy sex stuff in his comics. By teasy I mean… no…. you know what. Scott Lobdell should just avoid sex in general. Both in his writing and, for the good of the species, in his personal life as well.
This is a really poorly written comic. The art is nice and I think the idea was to have this be a more adult book or something but it just comes off as creepy. It has Starfire in it, you know, Starfire of the Teen Titans, the sweetly naive orange alien girl from the pseudo-anime cartoon network show Teen Titans Go!. Yeah her.
Only it isn’t her. It isn’t even the sexier version from the comics. She’s been replaced with a Tamaranean shaped Real Doll. I don’t even have that much of a connection to the character and I know this is wrong. She’s supposed to have a different outlook on sex than most humans. She doesn’t associate sex as being anything more than an expression of affection for the people she cares about. She’s alien. That’s fine. The implication here is that she’s a blow-up doll whose only purpose is to fulfill the carnal desires of casual acquaintances. Starfire in a bikini? Thumbs up! Starfire not being able to remember her own history so that the men in the story can use her and then toss her aside later without guilt? Get the pitchforks!
I’m not a feminist. I’m not really worried about the damage this could do to little girls or blah blah blah because unless they have other problems this isn’t going to hurt them. My concern is that this kind of crap got past was passes for editors at DC. For that matter the majority of the rest of the story is told through captions revealing what is going on. We are being told why these people are hanging out rather than shown. Bad writing. It’s just bad.
D20 time! Drum roll please! On a scale of 1 to 20 I give this comic a….
It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve read but it definitely failed in most every way. The Starfire cheesecake shots earn it a few points because I’m easy that way. Maybe if it had just been a swimsuit issue I could have more easily forgiven the shitty story and characterization.