|STARMAN OMNIBUS IV Cover|
Longer Recommendation: I heartily recommend James Robinson and Tony Harris' STARMAN. It is, perhaps, one of the best exercises in bridging DC Comics' past (i.e., Ted Knight's original Starman) with the modern universe (i.e., the mid-1990s universe with Ted's son, Jack Knight, taking up the mantle ... er, staff ... reluctantly).
In the series, which spun out of the ZERO HOUR crossover event of 1994, Robinson expertly deals with other characters in DC's history who have taken up the name "Starman," weaving them almost effortlessly into the tapestry of his own Starman.
|The Glory that is Opal City (in a two-page spread from "Sins of the Father")|
|Map of Opal City|
Finally, it must be said that after creating Jack Knight and populating Opal City, Robinson then crafted a near-perfect ending for STARMAN. I say "near-perfect" because ... well, that would be a spoiler, now, wouldn't it? Oh, wait, I do have a spoiler-free way to tell you why I say Robinson's ending for STARMAN was "near-perfect" -- I didn't want this series to end, dammit! But end it did with issue #80 ("Arrivederci, Bon Voyage, Goodbye" | August 2001). Most of the series was collected in trade paperbacks. But the entire series -- including Annuals, an 80-Page Giant Special, special appearances, and a single issue continuation, STARMAN #81 (March 2010) from the Blackest Night crossover event -- has been collected in six omnibus hardcovers. Unfortunately, one or two of the HC volumes will be difficult (read: expensive) to acquire.
|Starman Omnibus Vol 1 - 6 (HC)|
|Golden Age Starman and His "Gravity Rod"|
|Jack Knight's "Cosmic Staff" (the prototype for the "Gravity Rod")|
The bulk of this post was originally written on 2/15/15 in reply to a Facebook thread. I revamped it with images for Bookended with Cats on 5/21/15.