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Starman Omnibus vol 1

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Early adventures of James Robinson and Tony Harris' classic Gen X superhero
1 review about Starman Omnibus vol 1

One of the best comics of the 1990's.

  • Jun 21, 2010
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This is a hardcover collection of issues #0-16 of the ongoing superhero series published by DC Comics in the 1990's.  DC plan's to publish 6 of these hardcover collections.  These six collections will feature all 81 issues of the Starman series and all relavant tie-in's and mini series.  As of this writing the first 4 hardcovers have been released at a rate of one ever nine months of so.

Starman is the story of Gen X slacker Jack Knight, the son of the Golden Age Starman Ted Knight.  Jack reluctantly takes up his father's title and duties, for reasons I do not want to spoil.  Throughout this volume we see Jack's early adventures in Opal City, including his first meetings with the Shade, Mist and his daughter Nash, and the O'Dares- a family of police officers.

While superheroics are naturally a main part of the story, much this volume- and the Starman series as a whole- focuses on character work.  Writer James Robinson gives each character a rich inner life.  Jack spends as much- if not more- time dealing with his troubled relationship with his father as he does fighting crime.  Jack's career as a collectible's dealer will no doubt hit close to home for many comics fans. 

"Father's and Sons" and the concept of legacy and family are major themes of the work.  These themes are explored through Jack and his father, as well as through the O'Dares and Nash's family.

Tony Harris handles most of the art chores in this volume.  His style here relies on photo references, but not nearly as heavily as he has on more recent works like Ex Machina and War Heroes.  His early art- on display here- is more dynamic and fluid.  It's a joy to watch Harris' talent develop over his time on the series.

Starman is career defining work for both Robinson and Harris.  While both creators have done good work since Starman, nothing since or before is even close.  The series is one of- if not the - best comics of the 1990's.  Serious comic fans library's need this series.

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