UC's Resident Genetic Recombinator
That was awesome.
Let me set up why I bought this in the first place. I have an online friend outside of the UC (GASP!) and when he found out I posted at a comics book website, he got excited, and told me I should check out Robinson's Starman. This was years ago.
On Saturday, I was checking out the local LCS for something new to read. I stumble across some gems, Alan Moore's Tom Strong, the DC Tangent Universe, a Hellboy collection that rivals the Absolute Vertigo collections, but then I came across this and I decided to go with my friend's recommendation. I bought the Omnibus, fifty green ones, on a recommendation (Granted this kid gave me some awesome book recommendations before, so I wasn't going in here blind and all, but fifty bucks is still fifty bucks).
I started reading.
In the first issue, Starman gets sniped and killed. Dead.
I knew I was in for a ride.
The way the story pans out, you can tell that the story isn't about one person, but the legacy of Starman. Anyone who had the name is represented within the story.
It starts with an old Starman villain taking out the current Starman, then going after the family of the old Starman Ted Knight. Three issues in, and you can tell that the writer has a huge plan for the story. Five issues in, and you can tell Tony Harris has the art down for the series.
The story, so far, has centered on Jack, Ted's artistic junk selling son. Who doesn't want to take the name, but keeps finding himself in the weird situations in which he needs to take up the Cosmic Rod and fight as a hero.
Lurking in the background is the ever present Shade. Shade is a villain. But not in this story, instead, Shade acts more of a tutor. He teaches Jack about the history of Opal City, and how he simply wants to protect it. Also, so far, Grundy shows up. He lacks a purpose at the moment, acting as a sort of Gentle Giant, hanging out with a blue alien that Jack rescued.
This story reminds me of Sandman, in the way that you know the writer is telling you this huge tapestry. And the story has a beginning, the Omnibus shgowing how Jack takes on the mantle of Starman, and you know this story will have a proper ending. I personally can't wait till I read the next Omnibus, which comes out in March.
Anyone else read these stories? You all should, especially if you enjoyed Gaiman's Sandman.
Best line so far?
From Ted, "Jack, the weird stuff will find you, don't worry, it comes with the job."