FanExpo11: Jill Thompson, Gene Ha, & Darwyn Cooke Join James Robinson’s THE SHADE

THE SHADE art by Jill Thompson

It would appear that FanExpo11 is James Robinson’s own personal comic book convention.

In addition to the news that Robinson will be handling the writing duties on a new on-going Justice Society of America series, DC Comics has also announced some of the artists that will be working with him on the 12 issue mini-series, The Shade, which begins in October.

Joining Robinson to tell tales from the life of The Shade will be artists Gene Ha, Darwyn Cooke, and Jill Thompson. Cooke will be drawing an issue set during World War II, and Thompson will be drawing The Shade #8 which will be set in Paris during the turn of the 20th century. Over on their blog, The Source, DC posted a sample of Jill Thompson art which you can see to the right.

The Shade is the popular supporting character of dubious motivation from Robinson’s acclaimed series Starman that ran from October 1994 to August 2001.

More on this story as it develops.

iFanboy cub reporter Ali Colluccio was on the scene and contributed to this story.


  1. I wonder if this is going to be set on Earth-1 with the majority of the DCnU’s magical properties, or set on Starman and the JSA’s Earth-2. Wouldn’t mind the former, but I’m hoping for the latter.

    • I wouldn’t worry about where it fits in. Technically, Robinson’s been planning this series since the end of Starman which was in 2001. Most likely this is just going to be its own thing outside of any continuity (but may tie back into Starman in places).

  2. I know absolutely nothing about The Shade. But these artists have me very interested.

  3. Wow, really looking forward to this. All the previous Shade work Robinson has done has been outstanding.

  4. This is gonna be part of Robinson’s Starman continuity. That’s all the continuity I need.

  5. Well this is just great.

  6. Wow. Wow. Great roster of artists.

  7. Ahh…sweet, sweet opium

  8. I can’t wait for this series. I’m totally picking it up. I just hope my wallet can afford it.