The Starman Omnibus, Vol. 1

The Starman Omnibus Vol The classic super hero series STARMAN starring a Gen X super hero is re presented in high quality format by James Robinson BATMAN FACE THE FACE and Tony Harris EX MACHINA The super heroic legacy of

  • Title: The Starman Omnibus, Vol. 1
  • Author: James Robinson Tony Harris Wade Von Grawbadger
  • ISBN: 9781401219376
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Paperback
  • The classic super hero series STARMAN, starring a Gen X super hero, is re presented in high quality format by James Robinson BATMAN FACE THE FACE and Tony Harris EX MACHINA.The super heroic legacy of Starman is renewed in these stories, in which Jack Knight antiques collector and dealer inherits the name and powers of his father s old Starman identity from his olderThe classic super hero series STARMAN, starring a Gen X super hero, is re presented in high quality format by James Robinson BATMAN FACE THE FACE and Tony Harris EX MACHINA.The super heroic legacy of Starman is renewed in these stories, in which Jack Knight antiques collector and dealer inherits the name and powers of his father s old Starman identity from his older brother, who has been assassinated Reluctantly adjusting to his role, Jack reinvents the look of Starman, ditching the traditional red and green in favor of black leather and aviator goggles But Jack has inherited than a heroic identity from his brother he s also gained a foe the beautiful but mentally unbalanced Nash, daughter of the villain known as the Mist Jack also must come to grips with the Shade, the morally ambiguous former villain who decides to become Jack s mentor.

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    1. When his brother is killed, Jack Knight is forced to take up his father's legacy, the legacy of Starman, and protect Opal City as best he can.As I've said in other places, the 1990s were a bleak time for superhero comics. There were variant covers, gimmick covers, stunt storylines out the ass, and everything was grim and gritty for the sake of being grim and gritty. However, there were some bright spots. Starman by James Robinson was on of those bright spots. Unlike most comics, Starman was actu [...]

    2. Starman changed my life.I started reading the series about a year and a half after its inception and I immediately identified with Jack Knight, the misfit living up to his father's ideal, finding his own place in the world. I loved Opal City in all its glory and I loved the people who inhabited it. No graphic story has meant, or ever will mean, as much to me.I own all of the single issues and the trade paperbacks, and with the Omnibus volumes (projected to number six in all) I get the benefit of [...]

    3. Re-Read August/September 2017.Not sure how I ever failed to actually write a review on this before! Starman is the Gold-Standard for Superhero Storytelling. (Hell, I'd say it sets the bar for comics in general!)This gorgeous 6 volume set showcases the entire run of the James Robinson series, and he takes no prisoners, right from the beginning.This series reinvents the Starman character (and the mythos and rogues gallery and concept) for modern readers, while still remaining utterly faithful to t [...]

    4. I have a problem. I'm not a hoarder, but a collector. I let my collections define me. I let them tell other people who I am and what I love, but mostly, I let them tell me who I am. I use them to ug up all these holes. A bad childhood. A bad love life. An unforgiving loneliness. A merciless desperation. And now, 15 years of work has got me to a place where I am surrounded by these things I've bought, collected, and have to keep finding new and innovative ways to store one thing on top of another [...]

    5. I'd never read Starman before, but I'd heard a lot about it, all good. And it's all true. Starman is an oddly permanent fixture in the DCU. I've seen him, in the classic costume, in dozens of books, not really knowing who he was but still liking that very iconic, very visible costume. The costume is gone very, very quickly here. Robinson's version is not really about the identity of Starman, and it's certainly not about the costume. It's about being the black sheep of the family, about disappoin [...]

    6. Wow. This is just wow! Great! Wunderbar! Incredible! Maybe I should elucidate. I've enjoyed comics practically all my literate life, really becoming a fan in the mid-seventies. By that era, the staples of the super-hero genre--the heroes from DC and Marvel--were pretty well established. I spent many an hour delving into the treasure trove of their history. The comic books and characters that had their start since that era, however, I've usually found lacking. I've bought many a premiere issue, w [...]

    7. This was a Christmas present to myself, an omnibus collection of the first 17 issues of Starman, a comic I loved as a teen and, it turns out, still love today. As usual when something hits my nostalgia bone, I get as wordy as hell and cant shut up so the tldr of this is - it’s a really fun, good, quirky offbeat comic. Starman is a strange book in many ways, something that really stood out at the time and has become something of a 90’s classic since, a reputation that is very deserved. Launch [...]

    8. I've never had a desire to read 90s comics. They don't appeal to me (it's the art and the storytelling styles, the tone the flavor, name it and I'm not into it). Couple that with the growing resentment I've had towards superheroes for the last few years and me reading this should be a disaster. Starman is a superhero book from the 90s that got it start from the sort of dumb superhero event that I absolutely abhor and it's written by James Robinson, who, to give you an idea of how verbose and pur [...]

    9. What I've gathered for a while is that Starman was the best superhero comic of the 90's that I didn't read when it originally came out. Now that I've made it through the first Omnibus, I do have to say that it's pretty cool. Jack Knight isn't by any means the kind of character I was expecting. Because of his leather-jacket look, I was expecting someone a little more cool, cynical, and scornful of the whole superhero life. In fact, he turned out to be something of a retro-geek who spent way too m [...]

    10. Having heard so many great things about this series and still having hope it will be great, it's tough to give the first volume such a relatively low score. But despite the fact that this omnibus contains the first 17 issues of Starman, it really doesn't feel like much happens. We get a decent sense of the characters, though a lot of the development comes from blatant statements of feeling instead of any nuanced interactions. Also, the first story arc is almost impossible to read thanks to Robin [...]

    11. I'd heard about Starman for a while now, but had never read the comics so I was curious to see if it lived up to its reputation. At first, I wasn't that impressed with what seemed a standard story of a son reluctantly taking on a father's hero mantle, but they quickly got multiple intriguing storylines going that sucked me in and turned me into a fan.I loved how they made this a modern comic, but incorporated all the older Golden Age history of Starman without making it seem hokey. And I was rea [...]

    12. DNF. Made it through 3 or 4 issues.A friend gave me a bag full of graphic novels to play with while I recover from surgery. Starman was the only did-not-finish in the bag. Flipping through, I saw a couple of moments (like Starman selling a vintage Tshirt to a criminal who was trying to steal it from him) that showed promise, but it reads like a Golden Age superhero comic. I detest those.

    13. I'm not really into super hero stories. It wasn't terrible but the flow was really off for me. The main character talks to himself in broken sentences and incomplete thoughts while he's fighting or conversing with another character. It was really hard to follow and stay focused. I'm also not the target audience which leaves me very little interest for the main character or his plight. Everything in this world seems really over the top and created, bad guys, costumes ect. Rather over dramatic, bu [...]

    14. I find something or another likable and interesting about most characters, which usually increases with each new scene they appear.Some of the dialogue doesn't have a lot of substance and often drags on to various extents.The letter-bolding is distracting since it is often unnatural. I did my best to just ignore the bolding.

    15. Starman ist einer der vielen DC Superhelden, die ich alle irgendwie nicht wirklich auseinadnerhalten kann, weil ich nicht mit ihnen aufgewachsen bin und nur gelegentlich mal Kontakt zu Comics habe, wenn sie mir in die Hände fallen. Star man scheint auch generell eher eine komplizierte Historie zu haben, weil es seit den 1940ern anscheinen viele gab, die in sein peinliches Kostüm geschlüpft sind. Zunächst war da 1941 der Astronom Ted Knight, der einen Gravitatsionsstab erfand, mit dem er flie [...]

    16. I came to comics, or at least mainstream comics, pretty late. My first comic was Crimson, the Wildstorm vampire story with Humberto Ramos on the art, and it wasn't until more than eight years after that that I finally delved into the worlds of DC and Marvel.After getting used to the idea of issues and superheroes and continuity for about a year, I decided to check out some of the "greats" of comics. I read Hush and adored it. 300 was not my thing. V for Vendetta was better, and Watchmen was the [...]

    17. I can't describe the wealth of emotion that this book evokes. It is so rich and warm and sublimely brilliant that I'm struggling with words here. Simply said its wonderful.That's what I wrote when I started out with Omnibus one. I have now finished all the omnibuses and my I would love to give you my opinion on the matter but first a storyof times past.My mother worked in a pharmacy as one of the counter staff. (She was suitably white enough to work at the counter or she would've been relegated [...]

    18. This book collects Issues 0-16 of James Robinson's acclaimed 1994 Starman series, a book that starts out really strong but loses some luster as the book goes on.The first story is Issues 0-3. Jack Knight is a seller of antiques and collectibles. He's the son of Ted Knight, the original Starman. His brother has taken on the Starman mantle but is killed off in Issue 0 and Jack is pursued by one of his father's old enemies, the Mist.Jack is an interesting character to say the least. As he's into an [...]

    19. This beautiful first of six hardcover volumes of James Robinson's much talked about comic Starman (the second volume of that title) from the mid-90s collects #0 and 1–16. Primarily pencilled by Tony Harris, but with numerous additional pencillers contributing, is both beautiful to look at it, and a great piece of narrative in the comics medium.The volume sets the scene and introduces both Opal City, the characters and the mythos of the series. At the centre is memorabilia collector Jack Knight [...]

    20. A funky mix of DC Comics legacy examination, Tarantino style pop culture binging, and the continuing story of Opal City, with its myriad of heroes, villains, and those in between. Jack Knight, the reluctant Starman with his love of junk, old school pop kitsch, is essentially an autobiographical super powered representation of writer James Robinson, and his adoring pop nostalgia monologues can be both fun and overkill, but it is the immense supporting cast that sell the comic. Ted Knight, the fir [...]

    21. Sins of the Father (0-3). I was immediately struck by the beautiful Tony Harris artwork & his depiction of Opal City. Beyond that, this initial story is almost pitch-perfect, from Jack’s reluctant heroism, to the battle with the Mist, to all of the great characters introduced. Robinson clearly knows he’s setting up an epic [9/10].A Day in Opal (4). This issue nicely presents more of the city and reminds us that Jack isn’t your average hero [7/10].Talking with David ‘95 (5). An overly [...]

    22. Ah, StarmanI love Starman. Much of what I love about Starman is best talked about in the long view, as opposed to the short view, and I try to keep my reviews to each volume, so I'll just cover each story as they come.Sins of the Father: A perfunctory introduction; it helps set the flavor, mood, and overarching conflicts of the coming series, and does that job well, but it's not quite magic yet.A Day in the Opal: A fun story that helps us understand the characters better.Talking With David: And [...]

    23. According to people who claim to know, STARMAN was one of the best comics of the 90s. I'm reading it a decade too late, but it's held up pretty well. The story of a unwilling, misfit hero thrust into the line of duty is certainly a fresh and welcome character origin. Jack Knight is a great hero because he's so real. I suspect that a lot of readers saw a bit of themselves in this new young hero. (Mostly the parts about him being a geek and an avid collector.) The stories are a mixture of self-con [...]

    24. Starman follows Jack Knight, the son of Opal City's legendary Starman. When the city finds itself without a defender, Jack is forced to follow in his dad's footsteps. Along the way he meets the nutty daughter of Starman's biggest foe, a reformed super-villain who hasn't aged since the Victorian era, and a blue alien who had been kidnapped by a demon running a circus. Among others.Writer James Robinson seems to be trying to write the anti-superhero superhero book, in the sense that spandex and sl [...]

    25. One of my favourite comic series is Astro City, a series that has the audacity to make the city and its people the central character as opposed the superheroes as is the norm. Starman manages to do an excellent job of blending the typical superhero focus and this broader city-focussed narrative style. From the get go, Opal city and the non-super inhabitants become major players in Starman's adventures and it makes the book all the richer. In one of the included question sections from the old iss [...]

    26. I can't say that this book disappointed me, because I had no real expectations for it. I can't say that this book isn't good, because there are some very special scenes and moments and characters and devices in it. And I can't say that I really enjoyed it, because I didn't. This is one of those books that I can, with all confidence, say is very, very good. But I just didn't get into it. I didn't feel anything for it. for whatever reason, I just didn't love it. But I don't know why. Robinson tell [...]

    27. I gave this book 3 stars because I liked it, but it was not great. The writing was pretty good for many of the stories. James Robinson definitely has talent. The book does a great job drawing creating Opal City. It is the hero of this book, Jack Knight, who reluctantly takes it upon himself to be the hero for this city. In the beginning it was a little nauseous to listen to Jack Knight whine and complain about being the next Starman, but luckily he gets over most of that by the end of the book. [...]

    28. Finally got this in the mail. Tore it open immediately. And was genuinely surprised by what I saw.I didn't remember the writing and art being so raw at first. Robinson overwrites in the first arc to the point of near tedium, working overtime to set up his character, his city, and his mythology. Harris's art is loose and difficult to follow in some places, frustrating when the reader is trying to make out who's who and what's what. But what makes it entertaining is how different it was from anyth [...]

    29. This was one of those comic books that I picked up when it first came out and was hooked right from the get go. Unfortunately for me, the local grocery store only got the first four issues, but those issues stuck with me, and were reread a few different times over the years. Naturally when I found out these hardback versions were coming out, I had to purchase them, and I am very glad I did.The comic being reprinted here is one that comes from the mind of James Robinson and from the pen of Tony H [...]

    30. I started reading this series when it was still coming out in single issues. I jumped on in the middle, when DC put out a really nifty jumping-on issue that made it easy to wade in midway.At that point, Robinson had really found his stride and the series was really plugging along. This first omnibus is where he finds his feet. Art-wise it is splendid but Robinson had a tendency to over-write some things and the prose can get a little purple. But still, well worth it.I am thrilled that I will get [...]

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