Amazing Spider-Man: Election Day
collecting issues #583-588, and several shorts
by Marc Guggenheim, John Romita Jr., Barry Kitson, Mark Waid, Todd Nauck and more
Issue 583 is Spidey's record-setting issue with President Obama. It's appended to the end of the trade paperback, so it's not really the main story. That honor belongs to the "Election Day" arc, from Guggenheim, Romita Jr. and Kitzon. It manages to pack a lot into five issues: Spidey gets taken down, arrested, goes to trial and then breaks out of prison. But for all of Spider-Man's troubles, the story revolves around the character of Menace, and the upcoming election for New York senator.
The real reason the trade sells is the short story from issue 583, starring President Barack Obama and the Chameleon. Poor guy doesn't know a thing about basketball, and it's hilarious. This page is golden:
Starman Omnibus Vol. 1
collecting issues 0, 1-16
by James Robinson, Tony Harris et al.
There's a lot of material in this hardcover, but I can't really tell if the 17 issues are worth the $49.99 retail price.
James Robinson's Starman is beloved by a lot of DC readers, and it's not hard to see why. It's a legacy comic that went off on its own and had a respectable run for - holy crap - 81 issues.
The 16 issues show Robinson's skill at writing in long-form and both short-form, introducing new story arcs that linger in the middle of an exciting current story arc. Jack Knight, son of the JSA Starman Ted Knight, takes the mantle and strives to live up to his old man.
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