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Kurt Busiek’s Astro City #1
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July 13th, 2015 by Rusty

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Astro City #1 coverKurt Busiek’s Astro City #1

Date: August 1995
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $2.25
2015 NM Price: $12
Stats: 24 color pages plus pullout poster, “Greetings from Astro City” and house ads
Creators: Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, Richard Starkings, Steve Buccellato and Alex Ross

Dreams of Flying

When I was a kid I had many dreams where I could fly – heck, I still have them! Wouldn’t that be something – to just take off like Superman and fly away? Those were always the dreams where I was totally upset once I woke up and realized it wasn’t real. But still, it’s fun to dream isn’t it? Apparently we normal humans aren’t the only ones who dream of flying – this issue shows us that superheroes have those dreams too… even when they really can fly!

Synopsis:

This story follows the typical day in the life of Samaritan – a superhero in Astro City. It begins even before he is awake, as he dreams of the freedom of lazily flying about, doing whatever he wants. But that dream is ripped from him by his alarm clock, and thus starts his busy day as he flies to various spots around the world to stop disasters and crime. Even though it only takes him seconds to fly anywhere on Earth, he still spends many hours actually doing his good deeds. Oh, and every once-in-a-while he returns to his office to work as a journalist by the name Asa Martin. (Hmm… that plot sounds kinda familiar doesn’t it?)

Anyway, throughout the day as he performs many amazing feats we are treated to his less-than-enthusiastic internal monologue, where he emphasizes that this is all in a day’s work for him. That evening he is nearly beaten by a creature known as The Living Nightmare, but he wins in the end, and comes home to literally fall into bed. Then guess what happens? Yep, he dreams of flying.

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 3 stars – This was a good, if typical, story. The internal monologue and lack of enthusiasm weren’t too exciting, but the story was still interesting.
  • Art: 4 stars – The cover (and internal poster) by Alex Ross was awesome! The rest of the internal art was good, with a few panels bordering on excellent.
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – It was fun seeing a day in this superhero’s life, even if the method of delivery seems a little bit outdated now. Seeing the other superheroes and villains of Astro City was really cool too!

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