I've started re-reading James Robinson Starman run last night (only got through first four issues). Thought it would be fun to jot down a few thoughts on it, and ask for other people's views on series itself, and idea of re-reading favourite series in general.
First up, this may sound daft but after reading comics for many years, its only in last couple of years that I've realised what tremendous pleasure you can get by re-reading comics.
I read a lot of prose fiction, and the few times I've re-read favourite novels I've tended not to get much out of the re-read. In comics I pick up a lot of stuff I missed first time round, and if its a really good series enjoy the re-read more than the first read. Maybe because I remember and take in info in words, much more reliably than I take in pictures??
What I tend to do is to try to get some related new material, and read that alongside the comics I'm re-reading. This time for example, I've got a few issues of the Roger Stern run on Starman, the new Shade limited series, Starman 81, Starman 1,000,000 and Starman/Congrilla.
Re-reading the first 4 issues in the run, I'm tremendously impressed. Gripping action from the word go. And I'd not realised (from first reading) just how many future events (e.g. Starman 1950, journey into space) had been foreshadowed in the early issues. James Robinson must have given the long term planning of the series a massive amount of thought, and had a touching amount of faith that a minority hero would receive enough fan support to run and run.
Finally, if you haven't read the series... this, for me, is top stuff... hard to think of many better long runs in mainstream super hero comics.