Starman ended its run - 5 years, 60 issues - just as I was getting back into comics. So I'm reading the collections as they come out.
The overall comic is brilliant - a man reluctantly following in his father's footsteps, and learning that he is a hero.
There are so many themes - what makes a hero, what makes a family, even what makes a villain and when is that villain not a villain? The city as a character in its architecture and history, much like Gotham is and Metropolis tried to be, but failed - even when it *was* a character.
And this book is building towards the climax of the series, and I couldn't put it down. As the name implies, there's blood and danger and fire and drama, but that drama builds on themes and issues from early on. We know these characters - the heroes, the villains, the friends and the lovers. The only one we don't know feels like an outsider.
And Ralph and Sue Dibney are there and being the friends and lovers and partners they are. And so, I'm crying, too.
And so, I was late to work this morning.