- Series: Starman Omnibus (Book 6)
- Hardcover: 544 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (January 25, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140123044X
- ISBN-13: 978-1401230449
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.2 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Starman Omnibus Vol. 6 Hardcover – January 25, 2011
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There's huge gratification for folks who've been with this series from the first issue as Robinson drops the Grand Guignol saga, chronicled in issues #61-73. In Grand Guignol, painstaking continuity is serviced, plot threads from prior arcs are revisited, and past characters who were even marginally relevant are re-introduced for one last bow. Yeah, bit players like Crusher and Frankie Soul and even the Prairie Witch all partake (but do you remember these cats?). Robinson is simply masterful in tying everything but everything into an elegant, meticulous fit.
Here be the plotty plot: Fresh off his quest in deep space to learn the fate of his girlfriend Sadie's brother, Jack Knight comes home at last. Only to be drawn promptly into yet another vicious siege on his beloved Opal City. Another coordinated crime spree to tax the Opal's law enforcers and resident capes to their cracking point - and this time even more villains are recruited, many of them familiar to Jack. And this time, Jack's longtime ally, the mercurial Shade, is implicated. Has Shade, former master villain, assumed his old stripes? Or is there some dirty sleight-of-hand going on? It's surely not accidental that Robinson is bringing things full circle.Read more ›
Of late, the pendulum superhero comics seems to have swung back towards the heroic, and perhaps that makes Starman seem less innovative in retrospect. Don't let that deter you from enjoying it, because it's just that enjoyable to read. Other than maybe Roy Thomas' 1980s JSA series All-Star Squadron, I can't think of any series that struck as perfect a balance between questioning the off-key attitudes of the Golden Age while also demonstrating why those characters continue to warrant our affection decades after they'd been left for dead.
Written by James Robinson
(DC Comics, 2010)
I was a Marvel fan when I was kid, and missed this title the first time around in the 1990s... Fortunately I have a friend who was a DC kid who recommended this omnibus series to me, and after six long, gratifying volumes I have finally come to the end and feel a lot of the same mix of sadness and wonder that readers of the original series must have felt 'way back when as writer James Robinson gave his Starman, Jack Knight, one of the most remarkable and thoughtful send-offs in comicbook history.
Normally, comicbook cancellations happen after disappointing fizzles or failures, with second-string talent assigned to a flailing title, and rarely are characters given anything close to real dramatic closure. Often, they simply disappear off the stands, with the lucky ones popping up later in some more successful title for an issue or two. James Robinson was surely aware of this pattern, as his "Starman" series spotlighted a number of second-string superheroes that had met ignoble ends, and he was determined not to have that happen to his own creation.
In Omnibus 5, Jack Knight returns from an outerspace saga, and Volume 6 is devoted entirely to winding down the series, slowly and methodically with Jack and his allies confronting a grand, apocalyptic scheme staged by an army of villains, and afterwards, several issues of Jack examining his own life and his role as a superhero. At the start of the series, the character moved from cynic to hero, and gradually matured into a champion and optimist; in the final story arc, he becomes an adult, in a way that is surprisingly resonant.Read more ›
The relationships are realistically handled, even the aprioristically surreal/strange ones, funny at times, serious sometimes and generally moving.
But what really blows my mind in this series are the Shade's speeches. His speeches are superb. His use of language and rhythm is magnificent. He could be rather pedantic and obscure but, as a non-native English speaker, I have enjoyed (I still do) every single word the author makes him to say.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The end of a classic series.This is probably my all time favorite Comic series and one of the few that the same writer stayed on board from start to finish. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Donald E. Yarger
As I write this I still cry revisiting issue # 75. its a conversation between two people one an iconic superhero everyone knows and a young man who at the beginning of this series... Read morePublished on February 16, 2014 by Julio Valentin
As others have said, the conclusion to this series is well worth it. The entire series is well worth it. Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by JOHNNYSTOMP!
An absolutely fantastic conclusion to Jack Knight's tale with all the supporting cast having its shining moments. If only all comics ended this way.Published on March 5, 2012 by Marco
Anyone who likes comic books, especially super heroes, is doing themselves a disservice if they don't read Starman. Read morePublished on June 5, 2011 by Thaddeus Papke