A Year of Cool Comics – Day 90
Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we take a look at the first storyline of James Robinson and Tony Harris’ Starman…
This was one of the stories that made our Top 100 Storylines list last year! It took place in Starman #0 and then #1-3.
One of the scarce good things that came out of Zero Hour was the new Starman ongoing title by James Robinson.
In Zero Hour, the original Starman, Ted Knight, is basically put out of commission. So his son, David, takes over for him…
and is promptly murdered…
Now the mantle falls to Ted’s youngest son, Jack, who wants nothing to do whatsoever with being a superhero. But at the same time, he is not such a jerk that he would not want to protect his father, who is under attack from his old foe, The Mist. It is The Mist’s son who killed David.
The Mist’s daughter, is sympathetic to Jack, and helps him escape from the Mist’s clutches early on.
Later on, though, when Jack is forced into battle, the Mist’s daughter ends up taking a different outlook on life.
This story also introduced probably the most notable character in Robinson’s Starman – the home of Starman, Opal City.
Opal City is a unique city in the DC Universe, filled with mysterious and intriguing characters. We’re introduced to a few of them in this opening story, the O’Dare family, and we’re re-introduced to the Shade, a former “super-villain,” who is now something far more complex. The Shade becomes one of the most popular characters in the entire Starman series. Here is the Shade with the Mist…
This was one of the most striking opening arcs of any comic book series in the 1990s, especially superhero books from the “Big Two,” and while Robinson’s character-based writing was a key part of that, so, too, was the moody and evocative artwork of Tony Harris and Wade von Grawbadger.
Their design of Jack Knight particularly is absolutely brilliant – he manages to have perhaps THE most unique superhero costume of the 90s.
This great opener foretold many great later issues of one of DC’s most popular series of the 1990s.