In case you’re not sure what the reference to “Starfire’s redesigned costume” is in panel 2, Starfire is a character from the television series Teen Titans! The costume Chapel’s wearing is Starfire’s costume from the TV show version. I never watched Teen Titans, but I have friends who really looked up to Starfire and thought she was a great role model. Unfortunately, this year, Starfire was brought back as a character but with a skimpy costume and inappropriate backstory. It’s really sad to me to have good role models turned into something so different, which is why Chapel comments in Panel 2.
I really like the moral in this strip that “you are your own greatest hero.” You don’t have to try and mold yourself into other superheroes or role models in your life – although it is good to try and learn from your elders – but you should always remember that just by being yourself, you’re already a superhero!
Anyway, what do you guys think about this strip? Do you have any role models from childhood, like Starfire, that were later changed into something you didn’t look up to any more? Do you agree with Chapel that she’s “the only superhero she needs to be”? Let me know below!