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The Starman Omnibus, Vol. 1 (Starman II Omnibus #1)

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,819 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
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 older ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2008)
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Mar 27, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Dan Schwent
Apr 18, 2016 Dan Schwent rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of good comics
It has arrived! It's been years since I read these comics so it'll be like they're new again.

These comics are even better than I remembered. The thing that hooked me about Starman was that it was more than your average super hero comic. Starman isn't just about a super hero. It's primarily the story of a son trying to live up to his father's legacy. Who can't relate to that? Jack Knight's the kind of super hero most of us would be: unsure of himself, rejecting a lame costume, reluctant to
William Thomas
Nov 05, 2012 William Thomas rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jan 01, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it
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
The other John
Feb 17, 2009 The other John rated it really liked it
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
Matt Brady
Jan 10, 2014 Matt Brady rated it it was amazing
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. Launched i
Matt Smith
Mar 13, 2016 Matt Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, read-in-2016
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 ...more
Jared Millet
Jan 10, 2011 Jared Millet rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mar 09, 2015 Zedsdead rated it did not like it
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.
Jul 13, 2009 Kemper rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhero
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
Adam Graham
Mar 05, 2014 Adam Graham rated it really liked it
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
Feb 07, 2015 B rated it liked it
Shelves: westend, borrowed
Maybe this book just suffers from expectations. You can see the author is comparing himself to Moore, Morrison, Miller . . . . . (Also, the author seems to imply we're going to be interested in the past of the many DC heroes named "Starman," but did anyone care about him then?)

But through at least the first half, this is below average and not that interesting.

I don't want to say the art is "bad," because I'm a terrible judge. But it was really flat and the shapes made by the penciller felt too
Feb 06, 2015 Paulted rated it it was amazing
Many may sniff at the comic book medium, this title, however, excels in every department. The sheer breadth of the writing is remarkable, this has humour, friendship, drama, and a surprising take on the importance of family ties. Jack Knight is a fallible, conflicted yet likeable hero who grows as a person throughout this lengthy opus. The supporting characters are rarely what they seem, and also are given time to develop fully. The villains too, have surprising depth, with The Shade in particul ...more
Dec 13, 2011 Rudi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
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 story...of 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 relegat
Sep 14, 2008 Christopher rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc, own
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.
May 26, 2010 Christopher rated it liked it
Recommended to Christopher by: iFanboy
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
Matt Sadorf
Aug 14, 2013 Matt Sadorf rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 24, 2016 The_Mad_Swede rated it really liked it
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,
Aug 14, 2012 Leah rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jan 20, 2013 Lissibith rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 14, 2012 Christopher rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Feb 15, 2013 Shannon Appelcline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
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 decompr
Sep 14, 2008 Jim rated it liked it
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
Oct 18, 2013 sabisteb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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 fliegen
Jun 21, 2008 Matt rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Fables and Alan Moore
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
Feb 02, 2011 Matt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: starman
Ah, Starman...I 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: A
Nov 05, 2009 Jace rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Krystl Louwagie
Nov 16, 2014 Krystl Louwagie rated it really liked it
I wasn't very into this when it started-it was over written, especially for a comic book. The text was way too long and drawn out. But either the writing got better, or it just took me a little while to get into the right groove. At any rate, I definitely appreciated the more "elaborate" writing by the end and was not bored. The characters are pretty lovable, especially the main anti-hero, Jack Knight. Not to mention I'm pretty happy when I get pretty much every side joke and culture reference t ...more
Oct 03, 2009 Fizzgig76 rated it really liked it
Reprints Starman #0-16. Jack Knight is forced to take on the mantle of Starman after the death of his brother David and finds himself in battle with his father's villains and new enemies. Starman was a great '90s title. Jack Knight was an interesting character and the comic was very reflexive for the time with well interwoven pop culture references (while also being counter culture). The character comes off as a little dated now, but the story is nicely planned and outlined with a continuing sto ...more
Joseph Zurat
Oct 20, 2013 Joseph Zurat rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic
So there is a difference between the Omnibus I am reading from Marvel and the Omnibus I finished from DC. That is, Marvel's is one gigantic volume while DC is never going to finish releasing the paperbacks for this. Naturally, the third volume is out of print.

As for the content of the book, I'll start with the art. It is really highly stylized compared to other comics I have read in this era. Lots of light and shadow and playful use of panels and angles. I really think the art fits the book.

As f
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James Robinson is a British writer, best known for his work in comic books and screenplays. He is well-known for his encyclopedic knowledge of comic book continuity, especially regarding the Golden Age of comic books. His earliest comic book work came in the late 1980s, but he became best known for his revitalization of the character Starman for DC comics in the 1990s. In addition, he has written ...more
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