Every comic fan has them: the stack of hardcovers and graphic novels designated “To Read”. If you’re like me, this stack gets to unruly proportions, threatening to topple and destroy anything in its path. Things that I’m far too ashamed to say I haven’t read yet sit in this ever-growing tower of geek, a monument to my inability to pass up on a sale priced trade at my local shop, and a constant reminder that I’m always far too busy to do the things I want. So every now and then, I’ll grab a collection at random and throw a spotlight on it.
For most of the past year, the final three omnibuses (omnibi?) of James Robinson and Tony Harris’ Starman have been sitting in my “To Read” pile, taunting me. Having previously read the first three massive hardcovers chronicling Jack Knight’s reluctant voyage into becoming a hero, I bought the last three in a Black Friday online sale last year and had every intention of reading them as soon as I received them in the mail. I loved the first three collections, and was eager to finish James Robinson’s story, but I didn’t get around to it until months ago. After finally finishing Jack Knight’s tale, I can safely say this:
Why didn’t I read this sooner?
Starman is the tale of Jack Knight, the son of the Golden Age Starman, Ted Knight. For years, the Knights have lived in Opal City, which has had some variation of a Starman protecting its citizens for decades. After his brother David is killed on his first patrol as Starman, Jack reluctantly takes up the mantle to protect the city, facing old threats of his father’s and slowly becoming a new kind of champion for Opal. Read the rest of this entry