RICH REVIEWS: Flare: The Shining Superstar

Title: Flare: The Shining Superstar (TPB)
Publisher: Heroic Publishing
Writer: Dennis Mallonee
Artists: Tim Burgard, Mark Beachum, Tighe, Gordon Purcell, Dell Barras and Mark Propst
Flare Created by: Stacy Thain
Price: $ 23.50 US, $ 29.50 Can
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: This volume collects issues number one through three.
“The Shining Star” Story by Dennis Mallonee, pencils by Tim Burgard, inks Mark Beachum, letters by David Cody Weiss and colors by Tom Luth.
Flare‘s press conference is very revealing. Flare comes across as materialistic. She is illustrated as a beautiful blonde woman.
As Flare takes to the air the full page pin-up pose is a gorgeous piece of art. She is off to confront Darkon a villain with powers that might just be the opposite of hers. So will her light beat his darkness?
Flare and Darkon do get into one knock down fight. The fists fly and so does the powers. Flare ends up flat on her butt. Well it is a cutely illustrated one at least.
Darkon seems as if he should be a lame villain but he is not. He is Canadian and a worthy foe for Flare.
“The Darkon Effect” Story by Dennis Mallonee, pencils by Tim Burgard, inks Mark Beachum, letters by David Cody Weiss and colors by Tom Luth.
The women Terri aka Flare and her friend Donnah are illustrated so beautifully. The jean shorts on Donnah very sexual. The faces at times could be clearer.
Flare we see living her life. She does have a day job and she is good at it.
Darkon comes back for round two. Flare is full of confidence and rightly so. The light will always shine through the darkness.
“Child’s Play” Story by Dennis Mallonee, artwork by Mark Beachum, letters by David Cody Weiss and colors by Tom Luth.
Flare‘s adventures when she was a girl. Olga and Teresa do have fun playing. These sisters are so beautifully illustrated.
This story does have a little topless nudity.
Flare and her brothers and sister do have a unique family dynamic. There is both love and hate.
Flare is a shining light! She is a strong and confident character.
“Betrayal by Design” Story by Dennis Mallonee, artwork by Tim Burgard, letters by David Cody and colors by Tom Luth.
The Thugmaster has a thug called Dash who is very fast and kind of weird to. The coloring on Dash’s outfit gets mixed up from orange to red.
Flare has a new costume that one pin-up shows off to stunning effect. Her escort here is the Galloping Galooper another super-hero. Flare and Dash have a free for all and Flare‘s new costume turns out not to be to good for a fight. She does pop out. It is done cute and in a funny way. Flare does get Dash to stop dashing.
The Galooper is in for a surprise from the Thugmaster’s newest super villain. She is a blonde bombshell and will blow him away.
“Mistress of the Occult” Writer Dennis Mallonee, penciler Howard Simpson, inker Willie Blyberg, letters Carrie Spiegle and colors Janice Cohen.
This story features Lady Arcane. Donnah aka Lady Arcane we do get to learn a little about her. Most of the story has her hanging out with her grandfather.
There is a topless female shown here.
Lady Arcane is a beauty and a woman studying the occult. The story does not have much action. The art though is very good. The Black Enchantress is drawn with an evil personality coming through.
“Revenge!” Writer Dennis Mallonee, artist Mark Beachum, letterer T. Owen and colorist Tom Luth.
The adventures of Flare when she was a girl. Here we see Flare and her siblings while they were growing up and training under the guidance of a Nazi Professor.
Flare does shine bright in this book.
“The Adventures of Sky Marshal” Plot by David Berge, words Dennis Mallonee, artwork Barras, Baldorado, Beachum & Tighe, letters David Cody Weiss & Simek and colors Janice Cohen.
Flare is illustrated here with a edge to her character.
The Sky Marshal stands ready to protect Flare from aliens. Are there really aliens? Well the Sky Marshal can track Flare because of her Photonic Energy which gives her her powers. Flare is written with a tough attitude. She is a strong woman in both body and mind.
The story could have used more action. The fight with the Sky Marshal was over way to quick.
“Retribution” Story Dennis Mallonee, artwork Mark Beachum, letters David Cody Weiss and colors Tom Luth.
This is an adventure when Flare was a girl. There is one great butt shot here of Flare in jeans.
Flare and her brother Shapeshifter do have a unique relationship. Her brother is unstable and so troubled. He though has the ability to see within others and not only know but feel what they do.
Flare will impress you with her inner strength.
This book finishes off with a wonderful collection of pin-ups of Flare and covers.
Flare truly is a shining Goddess of Light.

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