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DON’T MISS: The Shade #1 with James Robinson

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Running Time: 00:17:49

They say you can’t go home again, but writer James Robinson proves them wrong as he returns to his seminal character, The Shade, for the first issue of a 12 issue maxi-series. The Shade stole the show in Robinson’s epic run on Starman in the 1990s, and we got a taste of what life was like today for The Shade in Blackest Night: Starman #81 and recent (pre The New 52) issues of Justice League of America.  With this first issue, Robinson teams up with Cully Hamner to begin a year long adventure that will take The Shade out of Opal City and into the world, as well as reveal his origin.

James Robinson chats with us about this first issue which is in stores Wednesday, along with what to expect from the entire series, story and artist wise, in this candid discussion about The Shade #1!

The Shade #1
$2.99 – DC Comics
Written by James Robinson
Art by Cully Hamner

A Whiter Shade of Pale
Procol Harum


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  1. It’s out this Wednesday? For some reason I was under the impression that it was gonna come out much later. It’s good to be wrong sometimes.

    Based on what I read in the preview, I am extremely excited for this. I think I’d be OK if the entire book were just Shade having discussions with different people.

  2. I really like Robinson. Some of his work I hold very dear. It’s just not possible to write something which is better than STARMAN or the first SHADE mini. (His newer work has some highlights as well. What he did with Mon-el was good and I would have liked that character to stay in the present DCU instead of going back to the Legion, where he appears on one page every two issues.) But I just can’t understand why Robinson’s still so fond of Cry for Justice. With all due respect: This was a poorly done book, for which I want to blame the editors (which is probably not fair). Too much done merely for shock value.

  3. My word Robinson’s a prickly fellow isn’t he, and never makes it easy for interviewers…I’m thinking back to Josh’s run in. But, as I adore Starman and was a huge fan of his recent superman/Mon El run, I reckon he’s deserved the right to be slightly obtuse.

  4. I don’t even know what that means.

  5. I’ve never read Starman. It’s one of the many things on my get-to-it-eventually list. But I’m looking forward to this series. The character sounds cool and if nothing else the art will be worth it with that line up.

    The Mon-El story Robinson mentioned was quite good. Easily the stand out issue of his Superman run.

  6. To me, reading James Robinson’s JLA or New Krypton stories was like watching Michael Jordan play baseball. I don’t mean to pigeon-hole Robinson – it’d be criminal to keep any artist from moving on and branching out – but at the same time, I so very much miss his wonderful takes on Starman and JSA, and he is still a young man, and these titles still have many stories in them, so if DC finds a way to blackmail Robinson into writing The Shade and his upcoming JSA run for at least two more years, I will be forever grateful.

  7. The podcast is awesome, btw. Ron does a wonderful job (as usual) and Robinson’s tipsy and admits it. LOL

  8. Can´t wait to read the issue: Talking With David (Knight)…

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