DC Reveals First Look at “I Am Not Starfire” Young Adult Graphic Novel

DC have dropped the first look at I AM NOT STARFIRE, their upcoming young adult graphic novel from Eisner Award-winning author Mariko Tamaki, artist Yoshi Yoshitani and letterer Aditya Bidikar.

The book, which is set to hit stores in August 2021, provides a bold reimagining of the popular Teen Titans superhero in a fun and heartwarming look at mother-daughter relationships and the pressures of living up to expectations and establishing who you really are.

I AM NOT STARFIRE introduces seventeen-year-old Mandy—an original character—who is struggling to find her own identity as she deals with her school crush while also learning to understand her mom who feels so different from her.

Speaking about the series, Tamaki said “I feel so lucky to be able to work on these books for DC, to write superhero comics and work with incredible talents like Yoshi Yoshitani. I wanted to work on a book about finding power in what you are (versus focusing on what you aren’t). I think Starfire is such an amazing character, so larger than life and just overall fabulous. She’s really a joy to write. I’m so excited for people to read this new comic and meet her daughter Mandy.”

Yoshitani added “Creating this graphic novel has been a real dream come true. Partnering with Mariko Tamaki to create a world filled with familiar characters from my childhood, brand-new faces, and flashy superpowers, underpinned with feelings of teenage angst all while trying to do justice to longtime DC readers and those picking up comics for the first time has been a fulfilling whirlwind. We did a lot of great work, and I’m proud of what we made. I can’t wait for readers to pick it up!”

I AM NOT STARFIRE hits stores everywhere books are sold on August 10, 2021. You can check out the official solicitation blurb, along with some early unlettered preview artwork, below.

I Am Not Starfire
Written by Mariko Tamaki
Illustrated and colored by Yoshi Yoshitani
Lettered by Aditya Bidikar
On sale everywhere books are sold on August 10, 2021
MSRP: $16.99

From New York Times bestselling author Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) and artist Yoshi Yoshitani (Zatanna and the House of Secrets) comes a story about Mandy, the daughter of super-famous superhero Starfire.

Seventeen-year-old Mandy, daughter of Starfire, is NOT like her mother. Starfire is gorgeous, tall, sparkly, and a hero. Mandy is NOT a sparkly superhero. Mandy has no powers, is a kid who dyes her hair black and hates everyone but her best friend Lincoln. To Starfire, who is from another planet, Mandy seems like an alien, like some distant angry light years away moon.

And it’s possible Mandy is even more distant lately, ever since she walked out on her S.A.T.s. Which, yeah, her mom doesn’t know.

Everyone thinks Mandy needs to go to college and become whoever you become at college, but Mandy has other plans. Mandy’s big plan is that she’s going to move to France and…do whatever people do in France. But then everything changes when she gets partnered with Claire for a school project. Mandy likes Claire (even if she denies it, heartily and intensely). A lot.

How do you become the person you’re supposed to be when you don’t know what that is? How do you become the person you’re supposed to be when the only thing you’re sure of is what you’re not?

When someone from Starfire’s past arrives, Mandy must make a choice: give up before the battle has even begun, or step into the unknown and risk everything to save her mom. I am Not Starfire is a story about teenagers and/as aliens; about knowing where you come from and where you are going; and about mothers.


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