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Astro City #1

Writer: Kurt Busiek Artist: Brent Anderson Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: June 5, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 3
8.8Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

ASTRO CITY is back in a new, ongoing monthly series that showcases old heroes and new, as The Ambassador comes to Earth, and an ordinary man is caught up in a cosmic conflict! Featuring the return of favorites like Samaritan and Honor Guard, and the debut of some new sensations! Plus, the seeds of a new mystery: Who is the Broken Man? The entire award-winning creative team is back to kick off a new epoch of the human and the super human. Get in on the ground floor of Astro City's next epic!

  • 10
    Stash My Comics - Leo Johnson Jun 6, 2013

    Everyone needs to read this issue, both those new to the series and past fans. It's a wonderful start to another chapter in Astro City lore and comic fans need to take note of it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Kyle Cashulin Jun 6, 2013

    Buy this book immediately. Leave your work unattended. Leave your children unminded. Leave the stove on and the pot boiling. Get in your car, drive to your nearest comic book store and buy what is possibly the best issue you will read all summer. Astro City has, at long last, found its home at Vertigo. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 5, 2013

    ProsThe perfect introductory issue.A lovely callback to stories past.ConsThere are no cons.Shut up and read it. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 6, 2013

    Look, I can't say enough great things about this series. Wonderful stories, great art, original characters - superhero comics at its best! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 10, 2013

    Although I thought The Broken Man's intro was a little odd, the character's sly narration works well to introduce the world of Astro City to both old and new readers as well as create an idea that the reader is being used to help steer the story to the outcome The Broken Man wishes. I'm happy to see the series get new life at Vertigo, and if this first issue is any indication it looks like Busiek and Anderson still have plenty of entertaining stories left to tell. Best of the week. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jun 11, 2013

    For this relaunch, Busiek brings back his everyman protagonist from the second Astro City series published by Image Comics back in 1996. Ben Pullam served as our standin, allowing the reader to walk the streets of Astro City and to look up and see the impossible unfolding above them. Now, Busiek is taking Ben in a different direction. He's no longer the everyman, the witness. Now he's becoming part of the mythic world that's been overhead for so many years. I like how Busiek is bringing the series full circle by using Ben as the central figure in this latest story, which also allows him to demonstrate things in Astro City are unfolding in real time instead of the frozen hourglass that allow Superman and Spider-Man to remain eternally young. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Crux - Wesley Messer Jun 6, 2013

    To close this out, Astro City #1 is a return to form for the series. While again not entirely new reader friendly, its friendly enough I still recommend grabbing the first issue and giving Astro City a chance. Its great to see Astro City back on the shelves once more. Welcome back old friend, you have been missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jun 5, 2013

    Astro City #1 is a great return for an iconic series and also a great jumping on point for new readers. Welcome back, Astro City. I plan on staying and enjoying the scenery for quite awhile. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Jun 7, 2013

    This series has always switched in tone between the more intimate, subdued and "realistic" scenes and the larger, more traditional comic book moments, but here there's a more tongue-in-cheek self-awareness to the "comic book" scenes as well, reflecting the snarky, Joss Whedonesque tone of modern comics. There's even some fractured, overlapping dialogue that seems to be a nod to Brian Michael Bendis. (Don't worry, it's just a panel or two.) I would have been delighted just to get more of the same when it comes to this series, but this issue makes it clear that Busiek and Anderson want to keep moving forward stylistically as well. The world of Astro City never stands still; why should its creators? Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 6, 2013

    Even the meta commentary, which can so often be annoying in superhero comics, works under Busiek's hand. Broken Man's frequent references to the all-seeing Oubor and the need to find heroes who are invisible to its influence could be interpreted as a jab at the New 52. I doubt that was Busiek's intention given how long this series has been in the works, but it's fitting considering how this is exactly the type of fun, charming superhero comic that the New 52 seems to have wiped out of existence. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jun 6, 2013

    Astro City is a nice place to visit. It's good to see the gates are open once again. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jun 7, 2013

    From the moment you start reading, it's clear Busiek gives you a story quite unlike anything else on the stands right now, but we know too little to know whether this is a masterpiece in the making. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Jun 6, 2013

    Busiek and Anderson's revival succeeds because they don't get stuck in the past, but instead remember what we liked so much about “Astro City” in the first place. That's far easier said than done. They don't overdo it on crowd-pleasing moments and even dare to leave readers out in the cold for bits and pieces, trusting them to put it all together down the road. So while not everything fits together just right in a tidy new #1 issue, Busiek presents a satisfying conundrum for his characters that somehow manages to set footing amongst a re-introduction that really is suitable for anyone new to "Astro City." A truly novel cliffhanger at the end is the delicious cherry on top. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 5, 2013

    Brent Anderson does a great job on art. There isn't any hyper detailed work going on, but the composition is key. When there are characters talking at the audience it's incredibly important to ensure the story is coming out loud and clear and there isn't a moment of confusion throughout. Considering the real hero being introduced is a normal man there's quite a bit riding on Anderson conveying his heroic nature without powers and costumes. I think he succeeds. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 5, 2013

    It's nice to see "Astro City" #1 return with such a strong comic right out of the gate. I also appreciate that "Through Open Doors (Part One)" is set up in a way that the next issue could be the next installment, or it could be several months until we return to this narrative. Either way, I'm pleased with the end result. Busiek's slight experiment with storytelling worked well, and there's a lot given to us here that could be used for dozens of stories down the line. In other words, just like a good "Astro City" comic should be. "Astro City" #1 reminds readers just how much fun Busiek and Anderson's series can be. It was absolutely worth the wait. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Roderick Ruth Jun 7, 2013

    It's hard not to be intrigued by this series, for new and old readers alike. Rest assured this was good enough to keep my interest long enough for the next one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 8, 2013

    If I had one complaint, it's the Broken Man narrator. He's this weird guy who breaks the Fourth Wall and talks directly to the reader. He gets the narration across, but the Broken Man also goes on and on about some larger conspiracy that just doesn't make sense yet and doesn't really gel at all with the story being told. I realize Busiek is building to something bigger with him, but for this issue, it was just distracting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jun 8, 2013

    As a whole, Im glad I finally dove into the series. If youve been awaiting Astro Citys return, now is the time to check out the series that explores the human side of the superhuman. A great jumping on point. Read Full Review

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