see...have patience my disbelieving monkey friend. all shall be revealed to you about the greatness of the Stars....in time. and space. and back again.
Oh, don't get me wrong, I was never saying it wasn't FUN.... just that I don't think it's the most brilliant thing ever written. In fact, much of the writing so far feels like it's striving TOO hard. Not the plot, or the dialogue, but a LOT of the narration feels (to me at least) like it's trying to put on airs.
I do love the Xmas story, and I really like the "Talking with David" stuff, which feels very SANDMAN-ish to me. In fact, so far I vastly, VASTLY enjoy the single issue character pieces more than the actual action stories. Outside the Xmas issue, I think the best one yet is this issue in the TIMES PAST trade, vol. 4, which features two different simultaneous discussions: Ted talking about Jack with a woman dating Jack, and Jack talking about Ted with his tattoo artist.
I think another hurdle I have here is, Jack Knight really isn't a very likable character, to me. I'm far more interested in the Shade, Matt O'Dare, Ted Knight, and the people AROUND Jack, frankly....
In fact, so far, TIMES PAST is my favorite volume.