Review: Astro City #1

Astro-City_1_btus9gshkf_I’ve never read Astro City. I heard of this fantastic series, and admit I never followed the many recommendations and read the hype. So, with a new volume, I thought “why not?” Published by Vertigo Astro City #1 is written by Kurt Busiek with art by Brent Anderson.

Astro City has always embraced the idea that superheroes can be both entertaining and enlightening. In this first issue, while it didn’t blow me away, I did get that sense that Busiek is planning to really reach with this series. With Vertigo, he has a publisher that will give him the room he needs.

Astro City #1 weaves together the story of the mysterious Ambassador’s arrival on Earth with the tale of an ordinary man who finds himself swept up in a conflict of cosmic proportions. Kurt Busiek’s long awaited to return to Astro City showcases old heroes like Samaritan and Honor Guard while introducing us to all new characters too.

With this new volume, Busiek seems to go out of his way to make it new reader friendly and I think he succeeds. As someone who could recognize characters and only vaguely knew what came before, I was able to dive in and enjoy the first issue. I’ll admit I felt like I might be missing something, but really that back knowledge isn’t needed. I felt like Busiek almost went out of his way to make that happen, and it works really well.

Anderson’s art is solid. Varied characters and an amazing world pop from pages. It a good team up.

As a whole, I’m glad I finally dove into the series. If you’ve been awaiting Astro City’s return, now is the time to check out the series that explores the human side of the superhuman. A great jumping on point.

Story: Kurt Busiek Art: Brent Anderson
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Vertigo provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review