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The Starman Omnibus, Vol. 3 - James Robinson, Tony Harris, Wade Von Grawbadger, Gene Ha, Dusty Abell, Mark Buckingham, Phil Jimenez, Lee Weeks, Stefano Gaudiano, Steve Yeowell, Mitch Byrd, J.H. Williams III, Bret Blevins, Michael Zulli, Richard Pace Here we are. The third Starman Omnibus.

As I've mentioned in other Starman reviews, Starman is more than just a superhero series. It's the story of Jack Knight trying to fill his father's shoes as Starman. Jack is not your average superhero and should be relatable to a large segment of the comic reading audience.

In this volume, we get the tale of The Shade and his centuries long battle against the Ludlow family, a tale of Will Payton, Sadie's past, Dr. Pip, a trip into Solomon Grundy's subconscious courtesy of Batman and the Fluoronic Man, the Black Pirate's ghost, the Mist taking down Justic League Europe, the relationship between Ted Knight and the golden age Black Canary, and more character moments between Jack and the supporting cast. Jack and Davey eating with the ghosts of the Justice Soceity was a touching moment, especially from the Red Bee.

Robinson and Harris did some great work in this volume. It's not often I nearly tear up during a moment in a comic but this had one. Poor Solly. The Shade continues to be a well-rounded character. At the close of the volume, the stage is set for Jack's trip into space and Tony Harris's departure from the book.

There's not much point in recommending this book. If you've read the previous omnibuses, you'll definitely want to read this one. If you haven't read any Starman, you'd be well served to start with the first omnibus or first tradepaperback, Sins of the Father.

BTW, Batman's favorite Woody Allen movie is Crimes and Misdemeanors.