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Starman, Vol. 1 by James Robinson
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Dec 05, 09

bookshelves: graphicnovel, borrowed-from-friends, sf, grownup-books
Read in December, 2009

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 be a superhero, even though his father, Ted, was Opal City's famous Starman. Now his brother, David, has the role.

But one of his father's enemies wants revenge...and everything is about to change.

I didn't always find Jack a likeable character, but I always found him a grounded and realistic one, and I really liked the evolution of his relationships with his father and brother.

And Shade--Shade rocks! Mist is just creepy, and the fact that he's obviously losing his faculties makes him even more creepy.
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