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Starling (Graphic Novel) Review

 
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Starling is a character who is very easy to relate to, even if she does have super powers.

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This is one super hero who definitely does not have it all together.


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Starling is an imaginative super hero with a unique take on the world that busy women everywhere will instantly relate to. The titular character is just so real, and the situations she gets into only make you love her more. Things don’t always work out perfectly for Amy, and that’s what makes her the perfect super hero.

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Posted November 25, 2013 by

 
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“She has the power to save lives. She just has trouble living her own…”

Starling is a super hero like none other. Oh, we’ve all seen the stereotypical superhero. He’s big. He’s buff. He’s totally got it all together, and has no need of gainful employment beyond superhero-ing. And, nearly every time, he’s a “he”. There just isn’t a whole lot of female presence in the super hero genre, and there isn’t always a whole of realism either. If you’ve ever wondered how you could fit some good old fashioned saving the city into your already busy schedule, then Starling is the graphic novel for you.

Amy is your typical young professional. She’s established in her job in marketing, but she’s always fending off credit stealing attempts from the office schmuck, Jason. No matter what the account or how very little he knows about it, Jason wants the steal the credit (and the glory), from the people who actually do the work, and it drives Amy crazy. Her family life is a bit of a wreck as well. She, along with her younger brother Noah, were raised by a cat hoarding mother and an enabling father who care far more about kitty treats than happy kids. The relationship front is a bust too, with the only guy she’s ever shown much interest in currently happily involved with pretty much the sweetest girl ever. It’s enough to make you break out the Xanax and book a double appointment with the shrink.

It’s a somewhat familiar story, but what if you had to deal with all that and a super hero alter ego as well? That’s the position Amy’s been in since high school. Fun and rewarding as being Starling might be, it sure doesn’t pay the bills – and it’s exhausting. Between Jason trying to steal her thunder every time she sprints away to “the bathroom” during work, and the regular disruption of any thought of sleep, Amy is a woman on the edge. So, of course, that’s when things get real.

Noah, Amy’s younger brother, is in real trouble with some real bad dudes. Russell, her old boyfriend, is back in the picture – but so is his sweet girlfriend. Her job is quite literally on the line, with the only standing between her and unemployment being a single account that she barely has time to work on between family issues and super hero work. To top it all off, ex-UFC fighter Matt McRae keeps popping up at inopportune moments. Something’s gotta give, but no matter which way things turn, Starling will be there to save the day in the end.

Starling is an imaginative super hero with a unique take on the world that busy women everywhere will instantly relate to. The titular character is just so real, and the situations she gets into only make you love her more. Things don’t always work out perfectly for Amy, and that’s what makes her the perfect super hero.


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U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)