Astro City, Volume 1: Life in the Big City (New Edition) (NOOK Comic with Zoom View)

Astro City, Volume 1: Life in the Big City (New Edition) (NOOK Comic with Zoom View)

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The original ASTRO CITY collection is offered in a new edition with new cover art by Alex Ross! Welcome to Astro City, a shining city on a hill where super heroes patrol the skies. Each chapter in this collection is a standalone story, highlighting different aspects or characters in the Astro City world. The city’s leading super hero tries to be everywhere at once, and berates himself for every wasted second as he longs for just a moment of his own. A smalltime hood learns a hero’s secret identity, and tries to figure out how to profit from the knowledge. A beat reporter gets some advice from his editor on his first day on the job. A young woman tries to balance the demands of her family with her own hopes and desires. Despite the fantastic settings, the characters in these slice-of-life stories feel like real people, and that gives the stories real power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401253271
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Series: Astro City Series
Sold by: DC Comics
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 501,837
File size: 106 MB
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About the Author

Kurt Busiek was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He began writing comics professionally in 1982, selling stories to both DC and Marvel Comics in the same month, both of which appeared the same day. Since then, he’s written series and characters ranging from Mickey Mouse to Vampirella, including Aquaman, Spider-Man, Conan, Iron Man, the Avengers and more. He is best known for the Marvels series and for his co-creation Astro City, both of which have garnered numerous industry awards. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Ann, and his two daughters. He spends far too much time on the Internet.

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Astro City, Volume 1: Life in the Big City 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tasty, but the vignette format sometimes makes this comic hard to get into.
stephmo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kurt Busiek takes a more grown-up approach to the superhero while still maintaining the child-like awe that drew most of us into the Supermans, Spidermans and Batmans of old. The advantage? We end up with heroes that are real and without the crutches of virginal innocence that even they no longer believe or a cloud of unbearable pathos that says, "this is why I wear black latex."We get real superheroes in real costumes with real feelings. Some are heroes for valiant reasons, some are heroes because they don't know what else to do, some want to do it for the fame and fortune and others have yet to reveal their real reasons. In each of the books, we're introduced to different heroes that inhabit Astro City either through themselves or through those that have observed them. While the stories start with Samaritan, it's clear that while we'll see him again, he's not going to be our main character throughout as Astro City has a good many stories to share. The drawings of Brent Anderson (and Alex Ross's covers) are fantastic and lush with color. The level of detail in everything - from the backgrounds, to the costumes, to the anatomy really shows throughout the book and adds fantastic layers to the vignettes.
ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great, what it's like to be on the outside living in a city with superheroes. Cool.
EikaiwaCafe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kurt Busiek's Astro City is a wonderful, thought provoking look into what life would be like in a world with superheroes. As Busiek, himself, says in the forward to the book, For the past decade, starting around the time of the brilliant "Watchmen" and "The Dark Knight Returns", the prevalent mode for "serious" superhero creators has been deconstruction... but it strikes me that the only reason to take apart a pocket watch, or a car engine, aside from the simple delight of disassembly, is to find out how it works. To understand it, so you can put it back together again better than before, or build a new one that goes beyond what the old one could do. We've been taking apart the superhero for ten years or more; it's time to put it back together and wind it up, time to take it on the road and floor it, see what it will do.And that is exactly what Busiek does right from the first page of "Life in The Big City". He shows us superheroes from a new angle that I've never experienced before, well with the exception of Busiek's first collaboration with Ross, "MARVELS", which is a look at key formative moments in the Marvel universe... through the eyes of a photojournalist. In Astro City, he continues and develops upon the style...If mere mortals dream of the joy of flight, what might the dreams of a superman-like hero be? What is it like being a rookie reporter in a city full of superheroes and villains?Do you really want to learn a superheroes identity?Is living a life where you are at ease with the surrounding vampires, demons, and various other things that go bump in the night... any scarier than a life that is surrounded by superheroes and villains?How would an alien sent to covertly scout out the earth for invasion, react to a world filled with old ladies' petty bickering, flakey teens, and immature superheroes?How would the most powerful man and woman... or rather superman and superwoman in the world step aside from saving the world to take a date... and how would it go?These are the questions that are asked in the six stories (collected from KURT BUSIEK'S ASTRO CITY Vol 1 #1-6) that compose the first Astro City trade paperback. The stories are brought to life in vivid, dramatic fashion by artist Brent Anderson, and the beautifully painted covers by Alex Ross are collected in the back of the book, along with development sketches of the creation of the city and characters. I originally read these stories a few years ago, and I enjoyed rereading "Life in the Big City" just as much as I did then... and I'm really looking forward to rereading and reviewing the rest of the series to date.
mikemillertime on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Astro City" is an inventive take on the superhero comic book (which is tough to find and rarer to pull off successfully.) The book doesn't follow any one hero or team, but is rather an anthology that focuses on characters and plots that are usually delegated to the background. The work schedule of a superhero, a journalist trying to prove a team's adventure, a woman commuting from a haunted neighborhood, these are the kinds of small, personal stories that the artists have so brilliantly conceived and executed that give a whole new look at a world filled with super-powered people.
clfisha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Busiek himself sums up this book in his brilliant introduction: .. a wander off the main thoroughfare of a superhero world and see what stories have been waiting in the shadows to be told, what we can discover if we stop heeding the siren song of what happens next and start wondering what else is there.. He fulfils his aims brilliantly in a series of tales set in the same world. Busiek has a great eye to tales hidden between the dramatic fights and dramas of the superhero world and he has the skills to bring a short story to life. And although he protests of too much reality in the superhero genre, making a reader connect with it, making it believable is something that makes this comic shine. The world is deep and rich, with some joyously weird superheroes and it is exciting to think there is a whole series here. You don't need to be a superhero fan to enjoy this (I'm not) and the standard tropes are all you need to know to enjoy. So we meet a superhero who never has time just to fly for the love it, a petty crook who finds out someone¿s secret identity or an amusing look at journalistic ethics.Highly recommend for comics lovers and those who are want to see past those superhero flicks.
drewandlori on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first volume of Astro City, probably my favorite superhero series of all time. This volume is a collection of seven shorter stories all set in Astro City, introducing Samaritan, Jack in the Box, Crackerjack, Winged Victory, and a bunch of other characters.