Astro City

Astro City #52

by Alan Rapp on July 5, 2018

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Astro City #52 comic reviewThe longest continuous run of Astro City comes to a close in issue 52. Writer Kurt Busiek and artist Brent Anderson aren’t going away as they still have several projects in mind to continue and explore a world where heroes are observed by, and often interact with, the city’s locals. Even knowing that there are other graphic novels, mini-series, and one-shots still to come, it will be missed.

Astro City #52 concludes the volume’s final arc centering around Michael Tenicek, a broken man whose wife was deleted from existence during one of the Honor Guard‘s battles years ago. Since then the man has found meaning leading a support group of others affected by super-heroes and being the only one to remember a woman who the rest of the world never knew existed.

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Astro City #51

by Alan Rapp on April 10, 2018

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Astro City #51 comic reviewAstro City #51 continues the theme started in Astro City #50 as we hear from more survivors of those touched by the supernatural telling their stories the in support group led by Michael Tenicek. We get the terrifying tale of Rose Wilkerson who was saved from a giant spider-creature by the Honor Guard (unfortunately her son was not so lucky). It’s a heart-wrenching opening, but from there the comic takes an even darker turn as the grieving mother turns her anger on Michael who (because his wife was taken out of existence) she thinks is a fraud. How to you prove something that, according to the current timeline, never existed?

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Astro City #50

by Alan Rapp on February 7, 2018

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Astro City #50 comic reviewI always love to see writer Kurt Busiek and artist Brent Anderson delve into the nuts-and-bolts of a world where super-heroes exist, and how such a world might effect every day folks. A sequel to the Eisner-nominated “The Nearness of You,” Astro City #50 introduces us to Michael Tenicek who runs a support group for those touched by super-villain violence.

In a world where the bizarre and inexplicable can take loved ones and leave scars, of course Astro City would need something like this to exist and allow people to gather and share their experiences, pain, and fear.

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Astro City #49

by Alan Rapp on November 30, 2017

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Astro City #49 comic reviewAstro City #49 takes a look at the unusual hero Registor as shown through the eyes of a reporter who catches the wiff (literally) of a story with ties to her childhood when she witnesses the hero appear to stop an attack by Earthpride white supremacists during a protest. With ties to old school civil disobedience, civil rights protests and rallies, I’d be curious to know the origins of this story which tie our protagonist’s current search back to her missing father.

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Astro City #48

by Alan Rapp on October 26, 2017

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Astro City #48 comic reviewWhile still bonkers, the conclusion of G-Dog‘s story isn’t a joyous as Astro City #47. How could it be given the swerve our hero was given at the end of the last issue? Astro City #48 is a beautiful and sweet story about a man and his dog as the days grow shorter and time finally catching up to the canine member of an unlikely pair who became one of the cutest heroes ever to grace the cover of a comic book.

Even with the end looming over the issue, there’s still plenty of fun to be had here in more adventures of our hero (including joining an all-animal super-team) and the thief continuing to grow as struggle to be the best man he can be.

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