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THE SHADE #1 (OF 12)

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!

Variant cover by CULLY HAMNER

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  1. Still debating on whether to pick this up. Simply because I’m not super familiar with his Starman series (although i plan on picking up in trade) and wonder if I would be really lost not having read them.

    Other than that, the list of artists on this series sounds amazing.

    • Me too. I never read Starman but Robinson’s Superman work was very good. The artists are also going to be a big draw.

    • No. Pick it up, no need for catching up first. This reads as a Number 1 intro issue. But pick up Starman anyway, it is by far Robinson’s best work.

    • Only read a few trades of Starman. Didn’t make a difference, as this was a great intro chapter. Anything you need to know is inferred or explained. Plus–it’s a new universe. Who’s Starman?

  2. Now that I have Starman in Omnibus form I hesitate to pick this up in issues and simply trade wait for it.
    I may pick it up digital (provided it’s d&d dig) just to get a taste.

  3. Why did I think this wasn’t coming out until December? A pleasant surprise that it’s coming out in a couple of days…can’t wait!

  4. So excited for this! Hope it’s “old” James Robinson writing it and not the “new” one that’s been writing recent comics. Hopefull, Shade doesn’t cry “Jusice!” too many times.

    • I was thinking the same thing! Old James Robinson was great.

      But I actually liked Cry for Justice, thought it was pretty cool. His JLA run was just kind of there, but I think Mark Bagley’s terrible art had something to do with it. His Superman work was pretty good, too, but he hasn’t come close to the greatness of Starman.

  5. What a great week! A Shade-book! Checked out the preview and it looks beautiful. Hopefully the sales will be okay, so that there’ll be more than just these 12 issues.

  6. Robinson’s Blackest Night Starman issue which focused on the Shade was pure vintage Robinson, so I think when it comes to the Starman universe, or at least Shade, we needn’t worry. I am debating whether to pick this up in issue form, as while I’m not a fan of hardcovers, I’ll pick this one up to go with the Starman Omnibi.

  7. Can’t wait for this! Starman is one of my all-time favourites, so this will be a ton of fun for me.
    I hope that they release a hardcover collecting this that matches the Starman omnibi.

  8. I picked up his Starman in in hardcover and I am so glad I did. Looking forward so much to Shade…again.

  9. I had read the small preview over on CBR’s website and I liked it so I am going to give it a try.

    Just sayin’,


  10. With names like Irving, Ha, Thompson and Cooke making up half of the art on this series, there is no waiting for the eventual HC. Willpower? Not a chance. This should be an incredible ride.

  11. This is just reminding me I need to get the rest of the Starman Omnibuses. Excited for this series though.

  12. My only DC book at the minute. Can’t wait for it!

  13. great read, cant wait for the rest

  14. was anyone else sucked out of the story when Deathstroke appeared?

    • I felt like Shade was duped a little too easily by Deathstroke that’s the point at which I was really sucked out of it.

    • For me it was the large “Final Fantasy-esque” sword.

    • Yeah the sword bugs me but not to a crazy extent. The armor bugs me more with all the pouches, straps and spikes and the mask with all the wing-dings it has. But I just kinda’ accept it as part of the character now. Not that it’s a good character, but I assume he’s just there to serve his purpose leave at which point I can accept it. But that fight sequence between Shade and Deathstroke feels like Robinson and Hamner ran out of pages because Shade is/was written a bit too wise to be fooled by any simple robot.

    • The sword and the armor both bugged me…and yes I was taken right out of the story. Shade (and Starman) work best when they bring in little niche characters, to play off of… the characters that aren’t well known. Deathstroke’s a character that may or may not be widely known, but right now he’s symptomatic of far too many of the 90s characters carrying big guns…..or in this case, the stupidest sword ever.

  15. I have faith, after all I doubt he’s dead considering its the first issue.

  16. I’m not sure this was meant to be a new-read jumping-on point. If you haven’t read Starman, you’re not gonna appreciate this. However, as a big Starman fan, I loved it. I didn’t even care that Deathstroke was there. This was like a reunion with old friends.

    • As one who has never read Starman, I’m willing to give this series at least two or three issues. I’m gambling that one does not need to have prior knowledge of the Starman series to enjoy this. A good story is a good story.
      * for further comments, see my post below

    • K, seriously, go read Starman. It was fantastic.

  17. In this till at least issue 2 just to see what happens after that last page, but i must admit I was a little bored the first half of this book.

  18. Deathstroke was one of my least favorite of the new 52. With that said, coming in new to who Shade is, Deathstroke’s appearance did not help me to want to get the next issue. But,…
    I did like how the conversation in the beginning was broken up with the shadowy, upcoming action. I also liked the undertone of irony that was created.
    The story and characters are different enough from things I have read before, that I will be getting issue #2 to see how the cliffhanger plays out and to see how the story expands.
    Who knows, maybe Robinson can help me to at least tolerate Deathstroke.

  19. As someone who hasn’t read Starman I didn’t feel lost at all. I do know enough about The Shade to not be lost. The art was amazing and the story flowed from point to point very consistently. Can’t wait for the next issue

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