Kurt Busiek's Astro City

Life in the Big City

Busiek, Kurt

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Kurt Busiek's Astro City
Collects the first six volumes of the comic-book series "Astro City," which chronicles the hopes, dreams, and trials of ordinary people and superheroes in a city with a long history of protection from such powerful figures as Samaritan and Winged Victory.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : DC Comics, 2011
ISBN: 9781401232610
Branch Call Number: GN BUSIEK 2011
Characteristics: 192 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,27 cm


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Jul 26, 2014
  • aed161 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When I first got this book I thought it would be the same old thing that I have been reading in Marvel and DC for years. Instead, it opened up a new way of viewing how super powered beings live and work and love.

These aren't cartoon characters cut out of the hackneyed pattern that I was all too familiar with; these were people first and heroes second living their lives much like the rest of us with worries, hardships and the occasional joyful moment.

How refreshing it is and I look forward to reading more of these interestng men and women and life in Astro CIty.

May 30, 2013
  • zackhaslam rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I can't believe it took me this long to read Astro City.

Busiek's book turned the tide a bit (as did Watchmen, et. all), so these stories aren't so starkly uncommon in comics today, but there's still a very competent and literate quality to these shorts.

This first trade sets a high bar for the rest of the series.

Apr 16, 2012
  • Ubalstecha rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Astro City is a place where superheroes fight super-villains. But unlike most superheroes, Astro City is not about adolescent male power fantasies. Rather this is a short story collection that explores middle age fears of being overworked. Women's dreams of independence. First dates of superheroes. Ideas and concepts uncovered by the likes of DC and Marvel.

Beautifully illustrated, this volume belongs on the shelves of most comic fans.


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