Earth Prime #4: Stargirl

DC Comics is continuing their adaptation of Arrowverse shows in a limited series. It’s kind of a meta concept, with characters that started in comics going to tv and now coming back to the comics. So far, they’ve covered Batwoman, Superman and Lois, and the Legends of Tomorrow. Now it’s Stargirl’s turn. While Stargirl doesn’t happen on the same Earth as the Arrowverse shows, Crisis established they’re part of the same multiverse, and they’ve shared at least one character played by the same actor. As with the other books, this comic captures the feel of the show pretty well.

The story is set just after the events of Season Two: Summer School, and we see the Dugan-Whitmore family finally got in their family vacation. The first few pages show the rest of the cast getting assorted updates from their traveling friends, and then we find the family on the road. Of course, superheroes rarely get to enjoy vacations, and if they did, it wouldn’t be much of a story, would it?

There are some fairly low-level heroics involving saving some Cub Scouts, but that’s not the main point of the story. Someone from earlier in Pat’s heroic career as Stripesy is back, and after years spent in prison, they only have one thing on their mind. And it’s not at all what you might think. It’s a great story that shows a lot of the sweeping history of this world. If the comics are canon to the Arrowverse, and I know of nothing so far that says they aren’t, we get introduced to many characters that have never been on any of the shows before in assorted flashbacks. It’s a very different kind of story and fits the feel of the show pretty well.

The other comics in this series have hinted at some kind of lurking threat that might unite them all later. That theory makes some sense as it’s a six-issue series and they’ve only announced five shows getting stories. That would fit with the characters coming together in a big crossover for the sixth and final issue. Where the other stories have had hints, in this one, we see what’s going on behind the scenes. There’s an obscure character with ties to a team that’s part of Stargirl’s history, and it’s an interesting reveal as the power behind the scenes. I wonder how they’re going to pull all this together, and if we’ll get more stories later. I hope we do.

What I Liked: The comic captured the tone of the show, and even got the supporting characters down well in the first few pages. The main story was very different, and I liked it. I’m intrigued by the addition of the other characters. I don’t know what the newly revealed bad guy is up to, but it’s not looking great for the collective Arrowverse heroes.

What I Didn’t: Courtney got very little screen time and it is her show. She was in costume for two pages, and STRIPE was just in the background of one panel.

I’ve enjoyed all these issues so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes. I’ll give this a high 3.5 out of 5. I really hope there are more comics coming down the road.

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