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We get a bunch of different stories, some intertwined with each other somewhat, but mostly it's there to build these characters in the city up. The idea is to give the people of this amazing city their own life and through their eyes learn about the heroes.
On the flipside it also gives us focus sometimes I've been wanting to read Astro city a long time. On the flipside it also gives us focus sometimes on the heroes themselves and why they're interesting. This brings it all together a interesting experiment but also can cause some flaws. Good: Loved 2 stories, enjoyed 2 others, and thought 2 were duds. Let's talk about the two I loved. There's one where this criminal sees a hero unmasked. He then goes the rest of his days always afraid, always looking always the shoulder.
It's a great, tense, interesting chapter. I also really loved the last story here that two superheroes, basically wonder woman and superman characters, going on a date.
It has love, politics, and sexism all in one great chapter. Bad: There's one really boring issue about a bug human who's story isn't only dull but also leaves you not giving a shit what happens.
I also thought the first story was a tad boring and didn't give the series the start it deserved. Overall this was a solid, good, interesting idea. I have a feeling as it goes it gets even better. Right now it's good, so a 3 out of 5, but I'm eager to keep trying. A couple of years ago I tried reading Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross' Marvels, a book I was assured was a superhero classic and an incredible comic.
It feels like superheroes could exist in our world! I got about a third of the way through before I gave up. Terrible art - I don't like Ross' ultra-realistic painted style, the figures are too static - and boring characters telling unimpressive superhero stories made me drop the Album) long before the end. More re A couple of years ago I tried reading Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross' Marvels, a book I was assured was a superhero classic and an incredible comic. More recently I read Superman: Secret Identity and finally saw why Busiek is praised, so I decided to try another of his books, the critically acclaimed Astro City from I got further than I did with Marvels but I also gave up on this one too - it's essentially Marvels with a different artist.
The comparison to Marvels isn't immediately apparent as the first story is told from the perspective of the Superman analogue but from then on we get a string of ordinary people telling you their stories encountering superheroes in their everyday lives, one of whom - the newspaper editor - seemed exactly like the Marvels narrator. It doesn't help that the narrators are bland and uninteresting or that the superheroes are equally dull, but the stories feel decidedly one note - narrator tells you their ordinary life, a superhero saves them from a crime of some sort, the end.
It's exactly the same formula as Marvels minus the Alex Ross art, though Brent Anderson's art is a long way from impressive either. It's not that it's badly written, it's just a really dull read. I suppose if Marvels is your bag, you'll love Astro City - if like me you didn't enjoy Marvels, you definitely won't like this one.
View all 7 comments. May 22, Sesana rated it it was amazing Shelves: re-readcomicssuperhumans. I love Marvels. I Might - Astroboy (6) - Big For The City (CD one of the few graphic novels that I've read over and over, and loved every time. So it's hardly surprising that I also loved Astro City. I think the best and easiest way of describing Astro City as Marvels, with original heroes. There are a few more differences in setup. Marvels was essentially the history of the Marvel U to that point, while Astro City is more a series of slice-of-life vignettes in a superhero world.
And honestly, I didn't love each of them equally. The fif I love Marvels. The fifth story, with its focus on the Booster Gold-esque Crackerjack, wasn't quite as good as the first one, which focused on a Superman-ish hero who dreams about flying, really flying, without hurry or interruption.
But there wasn't a single story in here weak enough that I didn't like it. The cast of characters is really interesting. Some of the superheroes look like obvious expys of iconic heroes Winged Victory is almost painfully Wonder Womanwhile others look like far more original creations.
I'm especially intrigued by Beautie, who looks like a life-sized original Barbie. Expy or not, the designs are convincing and, for the most part, look great.
And we get just enough of a taste of most of them to leave me wanting more. Who or what is the Hanged Man? Why is the Hill so Lovecraftian? Lots of questions, mostly because the world is simply presented as is, without any more exposition than is absolutely necessary.
I read several Astro City trades, though I don't remember how many or which ones. I do remember that this was my favorite of the bunch. I might read more, to see if that still holds true.
Shelves: first-in-seriesyearly-reading-challenges-club-challengegraphic-novel-comic-booklibrary-checkoutsuperheroesdangerous-hero-challengeaction-adventure-challenge Astro City captures the sort of awe this superhero fiction lover has felt since being a young kid and watching shows and movies about superheroes. I grew up in the 80s and we had the Christopher Reeve Superman movies, which were huge for that time period. I watched them again a couple of months ago, and while some aspects are a bit cheesy and dated, the essence is pure and still meaningful, and will bring me back to watch those movies again and again.
Having said that, I've never been as huge a Astro City captures the sort of awe this superhero fiction lover has felt since being a young kid and watching shows and movies about superheroes. Having said that, I've never been as huge a fan of Superman as Batman, honestly. Mainly because I sense a dark pain and emotional conflicts in Batman that feels more vivid to me and draws me deeper into his story. However, recently, my feelings have evolved to see Superman in a more elemental way.
Superman has his own share of angst to carry around. He's alone amongst a crowd--the only one of his kind at least early on.
His powers cause him to always be abnormal, despite the facade he wears as Clark Kent. He chooses to stand up for good and right. And Lord knows that can be very hard to do. Right there is plenty of pathos, and I don't need an uber-dark storyline to get it. So I think that was I in the right mindset for this graphic novel. In the introduction of this graphic novel collection, Kurt Busiek talks about how he didn't want to deconstruct superheroes because it's been done so much.
I can understand that. Lately, we look at the dark side of superheroes because the so-called innocence of our Millennial world has been lost, and now we need icons who are in the dark along with the rest of us so we can relate. However, I think it's good to go back to basics and look at things for what they are, the potential that's never left behind with this subject matter, looking at the superhero archetype in its essential form.
Having said that, there is still an 'authenticity' here. You have superheroes who not only deal with the ins and outs of saving the world, but also have to integrate their superhero-ness into a normal life. One such hero has a day that is crammed full of tasks and fortunately is able to use a quirk of his brain anatomy to do his work while he's in and out of the office, attending to his work as a caped crusader.
He accomplishes so much every day, but few know just how much. At night, when he gets much-needed rest, he dreams of just flying with no particular goal, just because. I can relate to him in that I know I've felt my days were crammed chock-full, and there was no time to stop and smell the roses.
I wonder where all that time went? But that's my life, so needs must. How about how others perceive superheroes? This book covers this concept as well. A woman whose daily outlook is colored by the rituals that define her faith and culture looks at superheroes as special, until she realizes that they too adhere to particular rituals to make their world safe and others with it.
It gives her the strength to break out of a mold that is causing her to die a little every day on the inside. She draws courage from knowing that the superheroes aren't that different from her in the most essential ways. How does one make sense of a world in which so much craziness goes on before one's eyes?
That a reporter is an eyewitness and tries to write about the incredible things he's seen, no one will believe him? Even in Astro City, where the abnormal is normal, people don't see unless they believe it or vice versaand not even then. You have the jaded view of superheroes by an extra-terrestrial observer. He sees them as just another part of what is wrong with earthlings, until he meets a very flawed superhero who makes him realize that even in their most flawed states, at least humans do try to excel for something more.
Isn't a superhero just a glamorized example of that? Lastly, can superheroes take the time to date, and another superhero in particular, who has their own set of enormous hangups and a world to save? Can they find a meeting of minds, once they take the chance to just be themselves for a night? Astro City is a place, but it's also a concept, Album). A way of I Might - Astroboy (6) - Big For The City (CD at the superhero genre, at the micro and macro level.
Even with more than 70 years at least the early 20th century under its belt, this genre still has a lot to say to a reader. Astro City is sort of an example of just how diverse the superhero theme can be for a lens through which to examine the lives of characters.
We see that being a superhero comes with its own set of problems. It's an avocation, and like any, that means sacrifices. Others may look in from the outside and see only the advantages, or even stereotype superheroes as all being the same, but each one is unique with their own story to tell, and the challenges that go along with it. Visiting Astro City was an enjoyable jaunt.
I have to come back through town again and meet a few more of its inhabitants in the near future. I will definitely follow this series, and hopefully I can write a better review about the next volume. Such a love letter to old-school comics in which the setting is the lead character, kind of like Sin City without the sleaze or Top Ten without the snark.
Can't wait to get my hands on vol. Jan 09, Rob Ryan rated it it was amazing. Nov 28, B. Rinehart rated it it was amazing Shelves: graphic-novel-comic-stuff. This is one of those series that makes me glad I started reading comic books. In contrast, comic books can be written by more than one author and the "wor This is one of those series that makes me glad I started reading comic books.
In contrast, comic books can be written by more than one author and the "world" of an individual comic is only a part of its overall "universe. Rowling took place in the same reality and their characters were expected to be written by a successive host of people in the decades to come.
This is the usual reality of comic books, I am not gonna say if it is better or worse than traditional books, but it is what it is. I say all that, to bring us to Kurt Busiek's Astro City. Busiek seems to not have been informed that comics and novels were different in the above respects. Though he has written on various books for both DC and Marvel Comics, he has been writing his own creation, which starts with this volume, for 20 years with no real end in sight.
In it he has created a universe of his own, based on previous characters but, with their own stories and development. He has created a world with its own history well He has been the sole writer of the books with Brent Anderson the only artist and Alex Ross the only one drawing the cover Art in 2 decades.
This stability allows for a very cohesive and steady world to exist in its own way and the character development and passage of time has been very well done. You literally watch certain characters age and see superhero personas handed down from one generation to the next. Now the other aspect of the Astro City series that makes it stand apart is the focus or point-of-view that is being looked at in these series and which we see here.
I have noticed a trend in how the two big publishers have traditionally told their stories When we read a book about Superman, it is about Superman being Superman. We are given his back-story and kept up to date on his life as Clark Kent, but in the end this is a Superman story: that is or was? DC Comics. We see how society views him, his family views him, his fellow superheroes and villains view and interact with him: Marvel is behind the "mask" the way DC is in front of it.
Astro City is something else entirely. To use Batman as an example of the way Astro City works. You start off the series with Batman's view, then you go to Bruce Wayne's view, then you go to the view of Bruce Wayne's co-workers, or his butler and this is where Astro City ultimately is.
The city and its inhabitants and their relationship to the superheroes and villains is the focus of this story and most of the story-arcs are set-up this way. The heroes and villains do get spotlight and play major roles in a lot of the storylines, but the main focus is pedestrians who get involved or not involved in the story or the commotion that unfolds around them.
I cannot recommend this series enough, Busiek writing is as much influenced by the great literary works of the 20th century as anyone and the down-to-earth feel, diversity, and realism of the book is unparalleled.
At a time when "the big two" comic publishers have been coming under fire for how they have lagged behind in the diversity and multiculturalism of the places and people they write about, Busiek has excelled.
For one thing, he has had more people of color as both superheroes and supervillains in 20 years than Marvel and DC has done in almost 80 years. He is not afraid to address real issues in a world populated with aliens and people who can fly. In a sense this series is sci-fi magical realism in comic book form.
This is crazy but it seems I have spent more time giving an overview of the whole series than this 1 volume. I will make sure to focus more on the actual volumes now when I review the next volume in this series.
Apr 29, Jonathan Terrington rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi-challengescience-fictiongraphic-novelsaction-challenge So, this finally concludes my borrowed pile of graphic novels.
As a result I have become a fan of Kurt Busiek's graphic novel work. His work on Marvels is unparalleled in the Marvel Comicverse and his work here Album) Astro City Volume 1 is likewise excellent.
Busiek explains in the foreword one of the best forewords for a graphic novel in my eyes how often individuals comment that his work makes the world of superheroes realistic. He pointedly argues: actually I don't. There are vampires and othe So, this finally concludes my borrowed pile of graphic novels. There are vampires and other creatures of the supernatural that could have come straight from Lovecraft's work in this volume.
Then there are the superheroes themselves, each a unique creature of science or magic straight from Busiek and his team's minds. So rather than make realistic superhero stories what Busiek does is make superhero stories that humanise the hero. Busiek writes in his foreword, the superhero tale has often been frowned upon as being far too immature, of being a macho wish Album) metaphor for the teenage male. And he agrees that the hero has been used in this way with its archetypical basis.
However, he disagrees that this should be frowned upon entirely. He states that it is the power of the hero that he or she can be used as a metaphor. The problem, he notes, is in restricting the imaginative power of the superhero, of allowing the superheroic to only be a male power figure.
He challenges that female empowerment, civil rights movements and historical periods can also become subject to the metaphoric power of the superhero. In fact, near anything can be done by the superhero, such is their figurative stature. As such Busiek clearly tries to explore this kind of ability of the superhero figure in his novel, observing how power and reality intertwine. And in his own way Busiek turns the heroes of his world into symbols for the ordinary man and woman with extraordinary abilities.
He observes what other graphic novel authors do not: the effect of the superheroic upon the ordinary world and the struggle of the superheroes to be more than ordinary. In essence this volume is an entire love-letter, or perhaps a volume of sonnets in graphic novel form, to the figure of the superhero.
Busiek makes the telling remark that in recent years authors have been taking apart the psychoses and quirks of the superheroes in the Watchmen and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns of the world. But, he notes, why take anything apart say a watch for instance unless you intend to put it back together again?
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