Astro City: Astra Special #1
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Astro City: Astra Special #1

Writer: Kurt Busiek Artist: Brent Anderson Publisher: Wildstorm Release Date: September 30, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 4
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  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Oct 5, 2009

    Brent Anderson is on his game this issue, giving Astra a grown-up version of the features established in her previous appearances, and making her seem credible as party-girl, superhero, while maintaining an air of innocence about her at the same time. The story is fun, especially the contrast of Astra's extraordinary life with her boyfriend's increasing disbelief, and the moment where the monsters (led by a dragon who looks remarkably like Fin Fang Foom) burst out of a six-inch deep creek to crown her as their princess. Kurt Busiek's Astro City scripts are wonderful to behold, unfolding naturally, with amazing depth and character work throughout. If I weren't so in love with this series, I'd be jealous of how amazing the writing is... It's a difficult proposition, creating characters and situations that are so engaging that, a decade later, still feel like old friends. Astro City: Astra Special #1 earns a wonderfully complex 4.5 out of 5 stars, losing points only for the conceit that A Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Oct 1, 2009

    While I'm enjoying "Astro City: The Dark Age," reading "Astro City: Astra Special" #1 is a good reminder that "Astro City" has its share of fun along with, well, dark. It's a great reunion for readers and Astra, and we've still got a second issue to read a month from now. For "Astro City" fans who have missed some of the lighter-hearted stories, come back! It's what you've been waiting for. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Oct 4, 2009

    My one concern about the plot is that I got the sinking feeling that the other shoe was always about to drop. Busiek psyches the reader out a couple of times, surprising Astra and Matthew with the sudden appearance of other superhumans. The genre leads us to expect conflict, to expect that a villain or villains will appear to ruin this special moment in Astra's life. That doesn't come to pass, but I'm worried it will in the second issue. It feels as though Matthew will be revealed as an insidious figure who's inserted himself into Astra's life. His cluelessness and awkwardness in the flashback about their first meeting didn't quite ring true, so I'm worried that this cliched twist will come to pass. It wouldn't cast Astra is the most favorable light, and it would certainly detract from the more human, grounded approach in the plot. Hopefully, I'm reading something into the story that just isn't there. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Murman Nov 2, 2009

    As long as they keep cranking them out, Ill keep buying. This team continues to tell stories that dont just make my eyes move from left to right, but provoke thought. Read Full Review

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