Book Review: The Starman Omnibus, Vol. 5

The Starman Omnibus, Vol. 5The Starman Omnibus, Vol. 5 by James Robinson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This is probably the weakest of Robinson's Starman omnibuses. The Opal City cast of characters is placed on hold as Jack and Michael journey off into space and a new artist is brought in to boot. '

Nevertheless, the book is enjoyable for what it is: A romp through the cosmic DC Universe with visits to figures such as Adam Strange, and even an encounter with a more sinister and traditional version of Solomon Grundy, all in search of a previous Starman Will Payton...which ultimately ties into the story of yet another Starman Prince Gavin.

Outside of the space arc, there's a big filler issue at the start that kind of bleh. We get a times past story involving the Shade, which worked well enough. There's a visit from a Starman of the Future to Ted Knight as part of the DC One Million event which was fine. There was a story about the original Starman in the FBI from JSA All-Stars that was decent and featured Tony Harris back on art. Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0 is in here Jack guest stars along with his dad and the book mostly sets up that comic and tells a story about the original Star Spangled kid. It's okay, though a bit out of place. Then there's a story at the end featuring from All Star Comics 80-page Giant featuring a sparring match between Jack and Wildcat which is not bad, but is kind of pointless.

Overall, not the best in the series, but still a pretty good read.



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Published on June 29, 2019 08:17 Tags: jack-knight, starman
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