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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 Sins of the Child, from Starman #12-16, by James Robinson and Tony Harris (and friends)…
Sins of the Father is the sequel to the original storyline from this Starman series, where Jack Knight is called into service as the new Starman. He ends up killing the son of Starman’s old nemesis, the Mist, who has gone senile. In the process, the Mist’s daughter, Nash, who had been romantically drawn to Jack, decides that SHE has to take up the mantle of the Mist.
This storyline addresses her first big move as the new Mist.
It is a five-part story telling the story of one day, from the perspective of Jack Knight, his father, Ted Knight, Mikaal, the alien formerly known as Starman, and the O’Dares (a cop family of Opal City) – the last part goes back to Jack to finish his story up, as his day acts as bookends for the arc.
It’s really well handled by Robindson and Harris (the O’Dares story has a bunch of guest artists).
Just check out how each issue opens…
Pretty cool, huh?
I like how the initial issue opens up with Jack revealing a lot more “goody two shoes” to him than we are expected to see…
Then, of course, the Mist’s crazy plan begins…
In the O’Dare issue, there is a pretty notable scene where crooked cop Matt O’Dare decides to become a good guy again, and he interrupts a cute discussion about Stephen Sondhiem musicals…
Finally, a little bit more from the Mist on her insane plans…
This was a strong, multi-layered story arc that derived much of its enjoyment from the development of the various characters within (and boy does Robinson do a good job with the evil of the Mist, as she murders a group of people for a twisted reason).
While the Sins of the Father clearly established the comic, I think Sins of the Child is the better example of giving someone a prototypical Robinson Starman storyline.
Strong work overall (and the art is great from ALL the artists involved).
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