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5.0 out of 5 stars Rarities, 26 Feb. 2010
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Ian Williams "ianw" (Sunderland, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Starman Omnibus HC Vol 04 (Hardcover)
There are two ways of looking at this volume. It's either very bitty, lacking in story arcs, or it's a box of treasures. Or both. It's also a breathing space before the next major arc -Starman in space.

We were told that this series would be the complete Starman and DC are as good as their word. As well as material previously reprinted in the paperback editions, we have here all the stuff that wasn't, including stories which I never saw either in their original comic book form or in the trade paperbacks. We have: the full Starman/ Captain Marvel crossover which includes the Jerry Ordway-written issues of Power of Shazam; the new Mist single issue comic, the 80-Page Special; the Batman/Hellboy/Starman two-parter drawn by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola; and a couple of others, all tailed by author James Robin's ongoing commentary on the series.

If you haven't come across Starman before, check out the reviews for vol.1 then just buy the book -it's great. As I've said before, this is one of the best mainstream super-hero comics ever published.

Next up, and it can't come too soon, vol.5 -the magnificent Starman in Space saga.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to be perplexed..., 16 Mar. 2010
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Stan FREDO (BORDEAUX, Aquitaine, France) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Starman Omnibus HC Vol 04 (Hardcover)
Starman is apparently an old, golden age superhero now owned by DC. Sometime during the 1990s, author Robinson and main penciler Tony Harris landed the task to revive the Starman franchise. In an unusual long run, Robinson conceived an elaborate big plot, interspesed with smaller plots, allowing him to write about all the Starmen since Starman I, and then some : the Shade (a strange, immortal villain/superhero), the Mist (and daughter : Starman biggest enemies), various DC characters (some big : Batman, for instance. Some less big: ever heard about the Black Hand or something?), the town Opal and many more in an extended supporting cast. So there are flashbacks, one shots and asides aplenty but a big, full and interesting picture appears along the way. The Starman of now reluctantly got in the game after his big brother failed to take up his father's mantle. While Starman sr. is a committed scientist with old time principles, Starman jr. is basically a goatee sporting antiques/pop memorabilia shop keeper that does not care that much to hone/practice his superhero skills. Indeed, Robinson's end result has no obvious point of comparison in the world of superhero comics. It took me some time to get into it (I started, as you should, with volume 1), but then I got hooked and now cannot wait for the next volume.
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