RandoMonday: Astro City #47

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

astro city 47

Astro City #47 by Kurt Busiek, Mike Norton, John Roshnell, Sarah Jacobs, Peter Pantazis, and Alex Ross

I chose this story (issues 47-48) as one of my favorites for 2017. In fact, as I said in that podcast episode, this story made me cry. If you love dogs, and you read this story, you know what I’m talking about. Busiek really knows how to get you in the feels and to turn well-trodden tropes on their collective ears. Plus Mike Norton’s work for this story made me wish he did more with Mr. Busiek on this title. I would definitely buy an ongoing of the adventures of G-Dog!

Have you read this wonderful story? What do you think?

RandoMonday: Astro City #11

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Astro City 11

 

Astro City (2013) #11 by Kurt Busiek (writer), Brent Eric Anderson (artist), Alex Sinclaire & Wendy Broome (colors), John G. Roshell & Jimmy Betancourt (letters), Jessica Chen (asst. editor), Kristy Quinn (editor),  and Alex Ross (cover)

This issue spotlights “The Sorcerer’s Assistant”, aka Raitha, a woman who assists the Silver Adept. While the hero saves the world, Raitha manages her boss’s schedule, answer’s emails and other messages, and, in this issue, saves the world herself. In fact, in a way, Raitha helps to save the world twice over.

This is a perfect example of Busiek’s and Anderson’s strength of creating wonderful stories about ordinary people living in extraordinary circumstances, which has long been a hallmark of this title over the years. Anderson does a good job at depicting non-superhero characters, i.e., normal people of all shapes and races, though I think the art would be better if someone else inked Anderson’s work. The Alex Ross cover is wonderful (as always), but I find it interesting that the central character is Silver Adept but the story is about Raitha, but superheroes sell, right? :)

Pull List Review

First Half of June, 2013

I review the following comics that were released during the first two weeks of June, 2013.

  • Astro City #1
  • Legends of the Dark Knight #9
  • Ten Grand #1-2
  • A1 #1
  • Constantine #4
  • Superman Unchained #1

Day 20 (30 Day Comic Book Challenge)

Favorite super power or skill.

There are other, probably more useful powers, but it has always been flight for me. Just to be able to go where I want, when I want and unfettered by gravity is possibly the most empowering aspect. Of course, I would need to get over my fear of falling first. :D

The example pic below is from Astro City (1995) #1, “In Dreams”. I sincerely doubt I would fly naked (ok, maybe once).