It’s been a long time since comic fans have seen a new issue of Astro City on shelves, and even longer since it’s been published monthly. With a core series running from 1995 to 2000, followed by several one-shots and mini-series, Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, and cover artist Alex Ross crafted one of the most memorable comic books of the Modern Age. Dense, but infinitely approachable, Astro City is a comic lover’s dream: a colorful world filled with superheroes and villains, inhabiting stories that ring with Silver Age sensibilities without ever feeling anything other than modern. As impossible as it seems, Astro City truly instilled a sense of wonder in its readers that harkened back to discovering superheroes for the first time as a child.
It is precisely this feeling that makes this week’s relaunch of the series, this time through DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, so exciting for longtime readers. If you’re a comics fan who has never read, or even heard of, Astro City, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Click through to see just what makes Astro City such a great place to visit, and find out what to read next (after checking out this week’s new #1, of course).
Brian L. Martin is an educator, writer, and amateur curmudgeon. An avid fan of novels, movies, and beer, he would much rather spend his time reading comics, a lifelong love since receiving a copy of The Amazing Spider-Man # 242 from Spider-Man himself in 1983. His favorite books include The Grapes of Wrath, Siddhartha, and The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, which is heavy enough to be considered the only real defense weapon he has in his home. He currently lives with his wife in Uppsala, Sweden.