Jun 20, 2010

For Father's Day: Knights Above Opal

In honor of Father's Day today, I've decided to take a look at my favorite father-son pair in comics: Ted and Jack Knight, respectively the first and seventh Starmans (Starmen?).

There are so many reasons to read James Robinson, Tony Harris, and Peter Snejberg's Starman, which is the story of Jack Knight's reluctant taking up of his father Ted's heroic mantle, and his growing relationship with his dad is one of them. When the series starts, Jack's not exactly on good terms with Ted. In fact, he makes fun of his tights-and-powers past:

But when his brother David, the current Starman, gets killed by one of his dad's old enemies, Jack has to jump into action, not to save the day, but to save his own bacon. Ted gets mad at him for mocking "the life," but then Jack finds it in himself to fight, and in the process, he becomes the seventh Starman, under the condition that Ted uses his knowledge of cosmic energy to try to come up with scientific improvements and developments over the years.

One of the best parts of the entire series is Jack and Ted's growing relationship with each other. They go from two people who simply can't get along to two people who try so damn hard to get along but find it too damn hard, because they're all each other has left:

I won't ruin the ending for anyone who hasn't read it and who plans to, but suffice it to say that the distant-yet-trying-so-hard-not-to-be relationship between Jack and Ted is one that, to some degree, any man can feel as it pertains to a father figure. At the end of the day, when you're all grown up, there's so much to try to reconcile, and if we're lucky, we can reconcile as much as what's hanging over our heads.

Those who know me know that there's not much I can actually relate to as it pertains to this particular day, but I still find the dynamic between the first Starman and his son to be a very a powerful relationship that is one of the reasons why Starman is the only comic book series I own an entire run of. One of my favorite stories is " ," which is in essence just a "catch-up" story in Starman: Secret Files and Origins #1 - one of the ones where it's just an excuse to tell you what the Starman franchise is about. In it, Jack tells his tattoo artist the story of his father, while Ted tells Jack's girlfriend Sadie his son's. At one point, Ted tells Sadie that Jack used to keep a scrapbook of Ted's exploits, but that Jack burned it in his rebellious years. It hurt, yes, but as Ted says, "it was his to burn." When Sadie asks Ted if he himself has started keeping a scrapbook of Jack's exploits, Ted says no. He was too much of a scientist to be sentimental.

The ending of that particular story?

Happy Father's Day, Comics Cubers!

No comments:

Post a Comment

All comments on The Comics Cube need approval (mostly because of spam) and no anonymous comments are allowed. Please leave your name if you wish to leave a comment. Thanks!

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.