Can fire really be black? Is it something that looks humid and 'cack'. Just like an over-worked bra. One that does not really go far. As it stretches the seam in the central crack. You know what I mean, right? Because these guys do. Writer: Scott Lobdell; Artist: Kenneth Rocafort; and Publisher: DC Comics in August 2012.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
If you think about it for a moment or two, this tale entitled 'Stars Fading, But I Linger On, Dear -- Still Craving Your Death!' is very much like a packet of noodles. It fills a whole and is kind of tasty too.

  • Just picture the scene God damn it; poor Roy Harper has been captured by some ugly looking aliens, and is currently being tortured like a reality show contestant for what he knows about Princess Kory.
  • OK, so does Roy comply in turn? Hell yes!!
  • He tells them how Kory beat these aliens in a battle previously they had. He tells them about Kory's reluctance to help her own people. And he even tells them about Jay and Isabel also.
  • Don't fret though, Roy doesn't tell them too much. Black Fire makes sure he doesn't.

Meanwhile, in the Essence backup feature, this dark damsel takes something away from her 'Uncle' -- his hammer -- before giving something in turn to the cops -- piece of mind.

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Two pieces of dialogue made me chuckle in this issue.

The first piece is when Roy said to himself "Been waiting my whole life to shout 'YAAAGH'" -- just after he shouts 'YAAGH' whilst being tortured.

And the second piece was when Depalo said to Orn 'Human's, they make my head hurt'; only for him to then reply with 'See? I thought that she was kind of cute [Isabel], you know -- for a human'.

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
I suppose one of the best things about this yarn was the one thing that was unoriginal in it -- Kory's origin sequence. OK, so maybe on some level there was a certain amount of innovation involved -- especially how she fought back against her pug-faced captors. Nonetheless -- nicely done all in all.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
To be perfectly honest with you, I wasn't that keen on how Isabel turned into Ms Bold and Brassy all of a sudden. Well, last issue she was a nervous wreck. This issue she's Angelina Jolie in a wig. What gives? Is there something missing in the plot that needs explaining? Or is this just Roy's idea of a joke?  

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: Although it wasn't the most creative thing I have ever seen, I did enjoy how Roy's elaboration was just a delaying tactic for whatever is coming up next. It never appeared to be a delay, did it? At first it just came across as an excuse to tell a tale.

ART: By in larger I warmed up to Kenneth Rocafort art on this issue. It's dynamic. It's bold. And his detailed style really does suit a space oriented story.

However, in this adventure he had the need to sex-up a lot of the cast for no apparent reason what so ever. I am of course referring to Kory's and Isabel's tight fitting duds. Nice to look at -- sure. Just not relevant is all.

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
DEPALO: Doesn't Bollywood actor, Sharman Joshi, look like a happy chap to you? Same here! That's why I have chosen him to play this happy looking alien.

THE ALIEN WHO QUIZZED ROY: For this role you need an actor who can do silly, simple, and duped, like he was born to be silly, simple, and duped. John C. Reilly? Yeah. I thought so too.

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Some Sisters Really Do Get On Like A House On Fire. Black Fire.

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
Conceptually this is a tale about a tale about a tale -- kind of. So to represent this rather compounded parable I would guest-e-mate that it should be compared to the very lyrical Brandi Carlile song 'The Story'. Simple when you think about it, huh?

FINAL thoughts...
All in all this was a fairly nice read really. You see, like with all of Scott and Kenneth's work, the overall narrative to this tale is both pithy yet adventurous, whilst at the same time giving it that additional jovial edge that all of us 'Red Hood and The Outlaw' fans have warmed up to since its inception. Heck, in my own opinion this book is one of better examples of the New 52 -- and has never disappointed us too much so far.

Good on you guys. Keep on trucking -- just don't be complacent. 

MARKS out of 10? 9