|On this Christmas day I thought it would be fun to look at a Christmas story from Starman #27 (Feb. 1997).|
|Starman #0, Oct. 1994, part of DC Comics' Zero Hour cross-over.|
With Starman Robinson updated the whole concept of 'superhero'. He would write about antique collector, Jack Knight, who reluctantly adapts the mantel of Starman from his dad Ted Knight, the original Starman of DC Comics Golden Age but he refused to wear the goofy red and green threads his dad wore. Instead he stuck to his hip leather flight jacket and some vintage flight goggles.
Jack's Christmas adventure Starts off simply enough as Clarence O'Dare, the oldest of the O'Dare siblings, and his wife prepare for their Christmas Eve dinner.
And so Jack learns again the importance of human kindness and the innate worth of all human beings.
One of the things that makes James Robinson's Starman so special is his characterizations. The large cast of characters like Ted Knight, Jack's dad and the original Starman, the O'Dare family, Mikkal the blue alien who was a previous Starman; we are sympathetic to all of them because of James' great dialog and prose. Though superheroes are often written for prepubescent boys, James Robinson writes the kind of work that a well read adult could enjoy.