Friday, June 2, 2017
Short Lived Comic Series #5 - Media Starr (Innovation)
Media Starr tells the story of Nancy Starr, a female boxer (who is secretly also a ninja and goes by the nickname "Ninja" in the boxing ring) who has a sordid past that unknowingly comes back to haunt her when her best friend, lover, and manager, Jeff, is killed. While the comic was originally intended to be called Ninja*Starr and focus more on the ninja aspect of her life, writer Dennis Duarte took the story in a completely different direction, thus setting it apart from the other female ninja titles of that time (such as Whisper from First Comics and Ninja from Eternity Comics). Duarte, instead, told the story of Nancy Starr, a woman who has finally made it, putting her past behind her and enjoying the life of a successful boxer and loving girlfriend.
Touching on everything from television evangelists to stalkers to child molesters, this three-issue series is chock full of story and mystery. Duarte doesn't pull any punches with these controversial issues, but they also are not thrown in without purpose. All the threads are carefully woven, and seemingly unconnected events are eventually revealed to be all part of a larger picture. And there are some rather interesting moments, particularly in the storytelling technique - such as the second issue's opening sequence, which is a game of Wheel of Fortune, in which the credits are seen as the contestant's names and the title for the issue's story is the solved puzzle.
The art, with pencils by Allen Curtis, is pretty standard of the time in which it was published, but the coloring is admittedly a bit off. In places, it seems the colors bleed beyond the lines, with a lot of reds, yellows, and oranges throughout the books. But it is not the cartoony or manga-style art that seems to fill so many comics today, so for that, I am grateful.
Overall, I enjoyed the story, and it's a shame the author never told any more stories of Nancy Starr - I have a feeling that after the final page of issue 3, Miss Starr had many more stories to be told.
RATING: 6 bottles of Presidential Pomade out of 10 for stepping outside the norm and giving comic fans a different take on the female ninja warrior.