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Starman, Vol. 1: Sins of the Father (Starman II #1)

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Written by James Robinson. Art by Tony Harris and Wade Von Grawbadger. Published in 1995, Softcover, 144 pages, full color. Cover price $17.95.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by DC Comics (first published March 1995)
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Keely
I've always been fond of the Britwave movement, not that I'm alone in my appreciation. The great blossoming of American comics after that infusion of European style created some of the most legendary comics and writers of the modern age, like Moore, Gaiman, and Morrison.

But there are a lot of other, lesser-known authors who are part of the same movement, some of whom are remarkable and unique in their own right. So, when I heard about Robinson's 'Starman', I was surprised I hadn't heard of it be
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Printable Tire
I picked this collection up just because this Starman made an appearance in the Power of Shazam comics I read recently and one highly dubious letter writer in the back of the book made the comic sound interesting, and I just happened upon it in the library.

And it was pretty good! Starman is a junk-dealer turned superhero, though he's less Sanford and Son (which would've ruled) and more hipster pop culture hoarder with a streak of 90's slacksterism. You'd think he'd have designed a better costume
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Dan
This trade was recently featured as a book club selection on a comic podcast I listen to (Matt And Brett Love Comics) and seemed the perfect excuse to revisit it.
I've lost track of how many times I've read through this series as whole, and this volume in particular (which I first picked up WAY back in 2000 before a trip abroad, knowing nothing about it). What is it about Jack Knight that still remains so relevant and engaging? Obviously, he looks cool (one of two comic characters I've ever put t
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Jake
Sep 17, 2007 Jake rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fathers, Sons.
Shelves: graphicnovels
There are very few books or graphic novels that I have more affection for than this particular book.

The entire Starman run is near magical in both its style and substance. James Robinson and Tony Harris are both unique talents and they both shine very brightly here.

The story is an Art Deco tale of Fathers and Sons and the legacies that are unique to families. It begins with the Death of Jack Knight's older brother, Ted Knights eldest son, at the hands of Ted Knight's oldest enemy. The story un
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Michael
No comic story means as much to me personally as James Robinson's Starman series, which begins in this volume. Jack Knight, iconoclastic son of a retired superhero, is written as a human being with human problems. Throughout the series, he strives to balance the need to live up to his family's heroic legacy with the need to find his own path in life.

I've realised that any story where the main character is an outsider trying to find his place in society is a story that will mean a lot to me. That
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Kelsey Jacobs
I was going to give this a 3, but upped it to a 4 due to the last pages, which really tied everything together. I foresee me bumping this down to a 3 in the future, though.

Solid storytelling, a little throughout. As mentioned, the last pages brought everything together. Total 90s book, but great stuff. Family legacy book, sibling jealousy, collector/hoarder porn throughout.

Ultimately, though, I don't quite know why my comic book store owner loaned this to me when we were talking about Batman, bu
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Armand
I originally bought Starman in the form of individual comics in the mid-90's and then purchased them again (in graphic novel format called "Sins of the Father") around ten years ago, so this actually marks my third reading of this collection (I seem to get around to reading them every decade), which- in and of itself- says something good about the quality of Starman

Starman comics and "Sins of the father in Particular" are/ is dynamite work!

To begin with Jack Knight, our Starman, the hero himself
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Erin
This is a superhero comic from the late 90s, that takes the classic superhero tropes and filters them through a very indie, Sandman-like sensibility. It's a great marriage of art style and writing too; the artist's art nouveau portrayal of Opal City makes the city a character in its own right.

Jack Knight has a small antique shop that he loves, a brother who annoys him, and a father who seems to think he's a disappointment at least half the time. What he doesn't have is any desire whatsoever to b
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Jeffrey
I had forgotten how much I liked this iteration of the Starman series. I was a big fan of the prior series of this name, and when it eventually collapsed under the weight of poor writing and artistic talent I waved it a sad farewell. When this series launched I ignored it as a poor pretender, without ever giving it a try. Years later I gave it a try, once it was firmly ensconced, and found that I actually enjoyed it, but I never made the effort to go back to the beginning...until now, even more ...more
Russell
Jun 30, 2012 Russell rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: dc
This is a great fun beginning. I hope it continues through the rest of the long run.

Jack Knight, the protagonist, is a bit of a jerk at times. I think it's going to ware off as he accepts his hero role more. Or will become less abrasive.

This series seems to be founded on one of my favorite things involving comics. Continuity. Not the remembering of obscure details, but that it's building upon the past. It's what happens next. I love that.

Plus I love reluctant heroes. Someone who is not doing g
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Matthew Axford
For a superhero comic I chose Starman: Sins of the Father by James Robinson. It's about a 1940 superhero called Starman who flies and uses cosmic energy as his power. This mostly focuses on him passing the torch to his son since he himself is getting old for the job. His son must fight his fathers enemy Mist as well. Without giving away too much, it's a unique superhero and a unique story of a superhero.
Sarah
I think this was a case of high expectations. I had heard great things about the Starman revival, but the truth is I wasn't invested in the original character. Actually, that's a silly excuse, since I didn't need to care about the original Sandman to fall in love with the 90s version. I guess the book didn't make me care enough. I did enjoy the character of Jack Knight, and the development of his relationships with his father and brother, but the villains seemed to come out of nowhere, and didn' ...more
Matt
Jul 17, 2009 Matt rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Carol, if she didn't recommend it to me. Did she?!
Recommended to Matt by: Carol?!?!?!?!?!
Tony Harris's art is good, I like his style both in this and in Ex Machina. Robinson's writing has a snappy Brian K. Vaughan (sp?) wit to it, infused with cultural references and sassy sarcasm that isn't quite the generic one-liner our fathers were used to in comics. Started too slowly though. Picked up at the end, and I bet the series only continues to get better, so I look forward to reading Book 2 and rating it 4 stars or higher, cuz the second half of the trade (once Robinson had established ...more
Travis
A brilliant series, as Robinson has the mantle of the Golden Age super hero Starman is passed from father to son and how that doesn't go quite as anyone thought it would when the son that wants least to be a superhero ends up with the job.

characters that feel like real people, goofy GA villains that now feel a bit creepy and dangerous, a comic book city that feels like a real place, super hero action, modern sensibilities that never feel like they are making fun of comic books and the Shade, one
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Alan
James Robinson's series was very much under the radar at the time it started, and eventually it became a critical and commercial success. Here in the first volume (there's 10) we meet Jack Knight. Jack deals in collectables, or what his father, a former super hero, calls junk. When his father;s arch foe returns, Jack's brother is murdered, and attempts are made on Jack and his father's life. Jack reluctantly enters the world of the weird, and is a more human character than most in these types of ...more
Mike
Quick thoughts: Unique, atmospheric variation on the "reluctant hero" standard. Jack has a nice edge to him and there's a lot of intriguing plot threads already forming.
Rosa
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Alex Andrasik
Not my favorite. Art like a lumpy oil spill. Self-important writing; obviously an early-career effort. The letterer emphasizes weirdly.
sixthreezy
It looks like I'm against the grain on this one.. not sure what the appeal is.
alex
Apr 16, 2007 alex rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: earth
Shelves: comicbooks
the antisuperhero superhero comic. Written as a self contained series (so it wouldn't last decades like most comics), the story built to a beautiful ending in 80 issues over like 6 years. The entire collection is great. It's more about the nuances of family relationships and living up to resposiblities than about fighting supervillains. But Starman (Jack Knight) does fight supervillains with a cosmic rod. And it rules. James Robinson also gives props to the lesser known golden age super heroes o ...more
James Blatter
The beginning of my favorite comic book series ever. It may not touch everyone but I am Jack Knight, this character resonated with me so strongly in every way. Yes it was a "Superhero" book but the main character was far more relatable than Spiderman, Batman or Ironman the suposed "Relatable", heroes. Also Robinson created a fully realized supporting cast and fictional city. I could probably writ 10,000 words on why this book means so much to me personally and that in and of its self is why my r ...more
Justin
In general I have a negative opinion of the superhero genre. Starman is one of the few exceptions to that rule. What we're shown with this book is that superheros can develop and have depth. Superhero comics don't have to address the same themes every month, they can be more than disposable entertainment. At the same time, Starman does not reject its superhero history, but embraces and utilizes it to address serious ideas. This is what superhero comics should be, it adds credibility to the entir ...more
Sean
I've always heard good things about Robinson's Starman and I finally got around to reading it. I have to say I wish I had read it earlier. It is such a unique way of looking into superheroics that its seems fresh even though its fifteen years old. The art by Tony Harris is perfectly suited for the book. I look forward to finding the entire series now. Really good stuff!
John Wick
One of the best comic characters ever. I used to write fanfiction about this character and I believe that reviving starman from the old minor character was a stroke of genious. Finaly a hero that is truly just your average joe; he is a collector of nostalgia, has a unique personality, and is just downright amazing. I highly recommend reading the starman series.
Mark
I like what's going on here story-wise... it's a different kind of "origin story" with some built-in history. The art I can take or leave - it's professional & solid but doesn't quite connect with me.

I've read this before (3-4 years back) but am reading it again in order to plough through the whole Starman saga...
Martha
The Starman series is very different from most of what's out there in the comics world. It's got a slow (even glacial) pace and really explores feelings and relationships more than action or adventure. But it's compelling reading and very enjoyable. Try it if you're willing to stretch your expectations.
Seth
Jack Knight is the son of Ted Knight-a retired superhero of yesteryear, member of the legendary Justic Society of America. Jack doesn't think much of his father's legacy. But when Ted's greatest enemy comes calling Jack must assume his father's mantle-he must become Starman.
Randy
Really nicely done nostalgia drama based on a traditionally lame superhero. Soemhow, they make you care deeply about the characters by the end, and even offer up some images which are sure to be considered iconic in the longer scheme of things. Good stuff.
LemontreeLime
This was one of the very best re-tellings and new beginnings of a golden age comic book hero. It incorporates old villians, reworks old storylines, brought back Opal City, heck even the original starman! I loved this comic, still do.
Federiken Masters
Leído en la edición en dos volúmenes de Editorial Zinco (1996). Corroborar equivalencias. Cuando lo relea, seguro se gane su correspondiente reseña.
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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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