Monday, December 23, 2013

Books read in 2013: No. 56 -- Astro City #1

by Kurt Busiek

art by Brent Anderson and Alex Ross

Started: Dec. 23
Finished: Dec. 23

Notes: Recently I discovered a bunch of free comic books for the Kindle online at Amazon, and I went through a little spree of downloading some of my favorites. This is one of them, the first issue of a comic book that started back in 1995, though the series has gone through a couple of different versions since.

Mini review: I don't read comic books or graphic novels nowadays nearly as much as I used to, but it was nice to take a look back at one of my favorites. Why was Astro City a favorite? Because it approached super heroes and villains from a relatively realistic point of view, often dealing with the problems of their everyday lives and not just the big fight scenes and the like, though there was some of that as well. This particular issue introduced the character known as Samaritan, basically a stand-in figure for Super Man, and focuses upon the daily trials and tribulations of the character's life. Interestingly enough, his biggest problems aren't fighting bad guys and monsters, though there is plenty of brief action. No, his main troubles center around his never having time to have any kind of life because he is always so busy saving the world. Solid artwork, too, that strives for a more realistic touch but which also keeps a comic book edge.

4 comments:

Paul R. McNamee said...

Just started reading this, myself! (It's also coming out with news issues, now, relaunched this year - but I need to catch up on the originals.)

I'm enjoying it.

The Wasp said...

I love this book. While it takes a realistic approach, it's still respectful of the genre and the idea of heroes being heroic. Good stuff.

Ty Johnston said...

Yeah, I might have to get back into comics, but they're so expensive nowadays. Maybe I'll just wait for the graphic novel collections, which is what I've done with The Walking Dead, the only graphic story I've followed regularly over the last decade.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'll check it out. Never read any of this series.