The latest issue of Teen Titans is pretty much a Starfire solo story. The rest of the team have small roles, important in the story, but it’s Starfire who is in focus from start to finish.
That is not such a bad thing. Ever since the New 52 we have been treated to a couple of interpretations of the character, though neither quite worked for this book.
Red Hood and the Outlaws really pushed the alien nature of Starfire, having her barely able to distinguish humans apart, and jumping into bed with Roy Harper, who seemed just like Dick Grayson to her. That didn’t charm readers.
More recently Starfire was given her own book. While far more connected to humans than she had been in Red Hood, she was portrayed as fairly vapid. Well meaning, but largely clued out.
Marv Wolfman brings the character back to much more the way Starfire had been in the New Teen Titans. A former slave of the Citadel, trained by Okaaran warlords and experimented on by Psions, Starfire is strong and powerful on the outside, but emotionally a bit damaged. Not a wreck, but prone to insecurity.
This is a Starfire much better suited to leading the Teen Titans, a woman of skills and courage, who nevertheless needs a bit of reassurance that those who follow her actually like her.
I’m not too keen on how Starfire is rendered on the cover, but inside the book she looks far more like herself.
This is not the greatest issue of Teen Titans, but it is a good Starfire tale, one that was needed.