In 1994, DC Comics hired a writer named James Robinson to write a book titled Starman. It was spun out of the Zero Hour event and was about a legacy character who very few mainstream comic fans knew. It was a hit and the series ended 7 years later in 2001. DC has recently released the entire series in Omnibus format and if you have never read it you should pick it up and try it.
With the spoilers and solicts for the DCnU in September, James Robinson was missing from the creator list. He has been writing JLA for DC and people were beginning to speculate about why he was absent.
We now have the answer. He is revisiting the world of Starman with a new 12 issue mini-series that is debuting in October. Take it away DC.
THE SHADE #1
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by CULLY HAMNER
Cover by TONY HARRIS
1:10 Variant cover by CULLY HAMNER
On sale OCTOBER 12 * 1 of 12, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US * RATED T+
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. See the Previews order form for more information.
James Robinson returns to the world of his acclaimed STARMAN series with a new 12-issue series starring the antihero known as The Shade! An attack at the Starman museum kicks off a globe-hopping, centuries spanning quest that will irrevocably change The Shade's life, and ultimately shed light on his true origin! Artist extraordinaire Cully Hamner (RED) kicks off the series, and upcoming issues will feature art by such luminaries as Darwyn Cooke, Javier Pulido, Jill Thompson, Frazer Irving and Gene Ha!
This is very exciting for fans of his Starman work....who knows maybe this will spin into an ongoing in a year after the mini-series ends. It is being published under the Dark line in the DCnU, so it will contain some of the characteristic mood and material we loved about the Starman series. Go to your local shop and pre-order it right now....you will be glad you did. Here is the cover for issue #1.