Rise of the Black Lanterns: Starman #81

Event\Storyline: Blackest Night Writer: James Robinson Artist: Fernando Dagnino Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 20, 2010 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 4
7.4Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

James Robinson revives his beloved STARMAN series for one more issue as a Black Lantern Starman haunts Opal City. Which Starman has returned and who can stop him from wreaking havoc on the city? Well, the Shade would rather just continue his date with Hope O'Dare, but if no one else can be bothered, what choice does he have but to investigate? Just don't dare call him a Super Hero.As the rest of the DC Universe is learning, defeating Black Lanterns isn't easy is this the final curtain call for the immortal Shade? Find out in another of this month's one-issue revivals of classic DC Universe titles!

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Deeley Jan 22, 2010

    I highly recommend this comic whether youre a fan of Starman or not. Fans will enjoy one more visit from their favorite characters. New readers are encouraged to buy the omnibus collections and experience one of the greatest comics ever written. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Jan 21, 2010

    The Shade's heart gets ripped out -- I guess that's the bad news. The good news is that he's the Shade. The better news is that James Robinson is back, writing the kind of comics that he's best at. And it's great to see, even for Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Dan Phillips Jan 21, 2010

    So rest assured Starman fans – this latest Blackest Night tie-in might not belong alongside your omnibus collections of the acclaimed series, but it's still worth reading, if only for the chance to see Robinson return to Shade and Hope O'Dare. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Comix 411 - David Torres Jan 21, 2010

    So, a big disappointment with this issue for this long-time Starman fan. If you're a hardcore fan like me, I'm sure you've picked it up already. If you were an occasional reader of the title or if you've never read Starman, skip this one. To those who've never read the book, do yourself a favor and read the series. You will not be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jan 20, 2010

    It was a pleasure to see that the original artist from the Starman series, Tony Harris, participated in this one-shot by providing cover artwork. The interiors don't capture the same kind of art-deco style that characterized the series. Still, the interior art is pretty good, and the reason is clear. What might have been fairly standard super-hero artwork by artist Fernando Dagnino is made a bit more special by Bill Sienkiewicz's inks. His gritty, dark style suits the macabre tone of the Black Lanterns not to mention the dark style and charm of the Shade. Read Full Review

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