Astro City #50

Writer: Kurt Busiek Artist: Brent Eric Anderson Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: January 31, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 5
8.8Critic Rating
9.3User Rating

Our 50th issue begins a special new story: Michael Tenicek lost his wife, years ago, to a chronal cataclysm. But he's not the only one in Astro City whose life has been upended by life among the superheroes. Today, we'll meet others, learn their stories and see how Michael-and friends-cope with their trauma. A sequel to the Eisner-nominated "The Nearness of You," considered by many to be ASTRO CITY's best story ever.

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Jan 31, 2018

    As simple of a premise as it is, this issue continues to showcase Busiek's brilliance as a writer of the comic form. A comic of this nature doesn't always work, and probably doesn't in most cases, but with his steady hand, you can't help but feel the emotion. Couple that with Anderson's art and you get an understated classic. A comic that may not set the world on fire, but that I would recommend to anyone who is a fan of the genre. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 31, 2018

    This is the first part of a three-part story that will wrap the volume, and I couldn't think of a more fitting subject to revisit for the finale. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Jan 31, 2018

    For those of us who have every run around a backyard with a towel pinned to our shoulders, most comic books are about the heroes. But not everyone gets to wear the cape to be the hero. Or even be the sidekick. They also serve, who standand wait. Those of us who dont get to be Batman sometimes have to settle for being Alfred. And thats good enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 7, 2018

    There's obviously more going on with Michael than he's willing to talk about, or admit to himself, but the loss of the woman he loved in an event that literally removed her from existence has obviously taken its toll. Finding meaning by helping others in the group achieve some measure of peace has given our protagonist a purpose. But who is paying for the group (not to mention his apartment and groceries) and just how will a survivor of the latest attack on the city in the final panel effect his fragile peace? Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Blair Marnell Feb 1, 2018

    The cliffhanger ending is a bit abrupt, but that's not enough to derail a very good issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jan 31, 2018

    A strong story that's emotional and meaningful. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Elias Rosner Feb 2, 2018

    Astro City will be missed when it goes from monthly to OGN in two months but until then, we can continue to revel in all its wonderful humanity. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jan 31, 2018

    This issue tries something rare for Astro City by giving us a sequel to an earlier story, which allows for a deeper exploration of how people cope with the fallout from living lives upset by extraordinary events. The subsequent chapters promise to give us a poignant story of loss and healing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Jan 31, 2018

    While Astro City #50 is a celebration, it is celebrating the small moments of reflection that normally that fill most of our days and nights. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Existentialman Feb 1, 2018

    Astro City #50 is bittersweet on many levels. One is that it marks the beginning of the final arc of the regular Astro City comic. Astro City is a comic I've enjoyed for many years from several different publishers. Despite the fact that title has moved around a lot every issue was written by Kurt Busiek. Brent Anderson did the artwork for most of the issues and Alex Ross provided the covers for every issue. That kind of consistency is amazing, especially given the quality of the series throughout. I will miss this series when it's done. No other series portrays what ordinary people would go through in a Superhero universe.

    This issue is also bittersweet because we find out that a character I like, Michael Tenicek, never r more

  • 10
    gustave154 Jul 26, 2018

    This is the sequel to the best Astro City story ever and its even better

  • 9.0
    FrenchLover Jan 31, 2018

    The graphic novel will be a good support for these stories.

  • 9.0
    Briton Feb 4, 2018

    After the wretched last issue, I was please to see a simple yet deep story. No fighting, no caped heroes, just ordinary people trying to get their lives back on track after tragedy.

  • 8.5
    Simon DelMonte Feb 1, 2018

    Yeah, we can guess where this is going.

    So what? It's great.

    Bring a hankie.

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