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Review: Stargirl

Warner Brothers and D.C. Entertainment Universe released Stargirl six weeks ago by series creator Geoff Johns. It is the Justice Society and Young Justice mashup. The story is about the classic Justice Society of America (J.S.A.) team that falls to the Injustice Society. Pete, one of the surviving team members, keeps a promise to his friend Starman to continue their legacy. Years later, Pete relocates his family from California to Nebraska.

Pete’s step-daughter, Courtney, discovers the Cosmic Staff that Pete kept hidden and learns she is the daughter of Starman. Courtney and Pete form the partnership “Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.” after learning that members of the Injustice Society reside in their new hometown. Courtney wants to reform the J.S.A.; however, Pete is against the idea.

Courtney steals various J.S.A. artifacts and goes on a recruitment quest, at her high school. She meets Yolanda Montez, a student whose reputation was vandalized by mean girls. Courtney gives her the mantle of Wildcat. The two decided to stop the Injustice Society.

One night, Beth Chapel, who also attends Courtney’s high school, spotted Stargirl and Wildcat on a mission and quickly learned their secret identities. Beth obtains a pair of goggles that belonged to Dr. Midnite. Courtney, reluctantly, accepts Beth as part of the team.

Courtney learns of Rex Tyler’s (Hourman) son Rick. He has a reputation for being a delinquent and troublemaker in school. Courtney believed that Rick could be a part of the team and gives him the Hourman hourglass. Later, Courtney, Yolanda, and Beth find Rick at a party; they share what they know about his past. This information includes the death of parents at the hands of the Injustice Society. Rick doesn’t want to be a hero and decides to use his newfound power for revenge.

Pete learns that Courtney has taken the J.S.A. artifacts; Courtney reveals that Yolanda and Beth are Wildcat and Doctor Midnite; Pete tells her to get their items back. The team refuses to give up its powers. Doctor Midnite learns of an Injustice Society activity happening that night. They agree that this is their opportunity to stop a low-level threat. Despite the efforts of the J.S.A, their inexperience allowed the Injustice Society to complete their mission.

The season continues to improve with each episode. This show is growing on me, and I like the character dynamics. Some of the moments are predictable and corny but entertaining nonetheless.

I look forward to seeing what happens in the second half of the season.

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