Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sturm und Drang

"Sturm und Drang" from Starman vol.2 #39 (DC, 1998) by James Robinson, Tony Harris and Wade von Grawbadger
James Robinson sort of became DC's new Roy Thomas with Starman, not just because he made use of Golden Age characters, but over the last 20 years, also dusted off obscure ones from intervening years (many from First Issue Special). If Robinson likes to wax nostalgic, his Starman is ABOUT nostalgia, with Jack Knight, latest in the Starman line, running a nostalgia shop and himself struggling with the past. How can he be in love with the past, and yet have such a difficult relationship with his father? In some ways, Starman is really about the post-Crisis DC Universe, specifically its heroic legacies (villainous ones as well). Even the cops in Opal City are part of a long line of iconic cops. And Opal City. Robinson and Harris created an iconic city to rival Metropolis and Gotham City there, and in a fraction of the pages, indeed from issue 1. Wow, I need to reread this series some time.

1 comment:

  1. Gosh, I love those Robinson Starman books. Love love love them.