Saturday, May 13, 2023

Book Review: Stargirl - The Lost Children

When Stargirl of the Justice Society and Green Arrow's ally Red Arrow discover a tragic teenage hero from the past has gone missing, they set out to find him…only to discover he's not the first teenage hero of the Golden Age to have vanished without a trace. But where have they gone? Who are they? And what does the Childminder want with them?

An epic teenage DC hero event brought to you by Teen Titans writer Geoff Johns and iconic Young Justice illustrator Todd Nauck! Collects The Lost Children #1-6 and Stargirl Spring Break Special #1.

The collected edition will be released on October 24, 2023, from DC Comics.

I read these individual issues as part of the DC Infinite service over the past few months. For me, this was a must-read title for several reasons.

Reason 1: Geoff Johns, who created Stargirl, writes the lead character like no one else. He instills in the character a sense of optimism and wonder and unyielding dedication to being a super-hero. The stories he writes featuring her are always a joy.

Reason 2: Johns loves the Justice Society of America and the golden age heroes. He treats these characters as well as he does Stargirl. There is a sense of legacy and tradition every time he pens the group.

Reason 3: Todd Nauck's artwork is outstanding as always. His work has a very specific style. Some might call it cartoonish, but I consider it the classic comic book style that I grew up reading in the 70's and 80's. He is able to manage huge casts of characters and keep them all distinct and distinct. His action sequences are full of dynamic energy, and in this series there are a ton of them! Every one could be a poster.

Reason 4: Mark Herm fills this book with the wonderous colors that befit an epic super-hero story. His colors make Todd's artwork pop even more so. They are a solid combination.

So, if you like super-heroes and kid-sidekicks and a great adventure story, check this one out.

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