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Astro City, Vol. 3: Family Album (Astro City #3)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  1,454 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Every family has treasured memories... and isn't that what a family album is for? You're invited to share in some of Astro City's greatest memories - from the wonder and terror experienced by a family new in town, to a world-famous super-hero's first day at school, to a crimefighter and his wife facing momentous decisions about the future.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 23rd 1999 by Wildstorm (first published September 1st 1997)
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mark monday
Family Album continues Busiek and Ross' exploration of their marvelous creation, Astro City. a dream city set in a dream America set in a dream world, and a loving ode to the classic Golden and Silver Ages of comics. this graphic novel continues the everyman's ground-eye view of a city full of heroes while also spending even more time delving into the inner lives of a couple of those heroes.

for the ground eye view, we see a family's arrival and a father's concern that it all just may be a bit to
Whether this is the second or third volume of Astro City depends on your perspective and, in the end, doesn't really matter. About half of the issues collected here were published before the ones in Astro City Vol. 2: Confession, and half after. But since they're all short, stand alone stories, it doesn't matter when you read it.

On to the actual book itself. The seven issues represent five different stories, most of them related to family in some way (hence the title). The first story, about a f

Well, I must admit I thought this was the second volume in the Astro City series, but that is okay. It so happens I have the second and fourth volumes anyway. And the great thing about Astro City volumes? They stand alone excellently, each attempting to address a different idea.

In this volume the idea of family and superheroics is addressed. You have the lone man Jack-In-The-Box who finds out that his wife is pregnant and worries about the possibilities of what could happen to his son. It doesn'
Astro City is one of those series that comes up fairly often in discussions I have with other comic book ner... ahem... friends, and is usually touted as one of the best superhero series around. But so far, I'm pretty unimpressed. I've now read three volumes, and only one of them really blew me away. Volume 2 is incredible for sure, but it's a standalone story arc that perfectly fits in the new world Busiek has created. My problem with volumes 1 and 3 (the latter of which tells several short sto ...more
Mary Catelli
Being incidents in the life of Astro City -- what superhero universes would really be like -- emotional, not practically. Short tales. I don't think any are more than two issues.

Despite the title, not all of them revolve about families, though some do. A man newly arrived, with daughters, gets to see how much superhero action the city sees. A little girl superhero goes on an adventure to be less superhero and more little girl. An elderly supervillain aims for some credit. A superhero whose wife
Brenda Clough
This is not a bad volume to begin on with ASTRO CITY, a series that is essential for any super-hero fan. An omnibus-style book with several different stories collected in it, if you like this one you can happily go on to the many other volumes in the stores. And what pleasures lie before you! Mature and intelligent stories, superb art, some of the most dazzling covers ever (all collected for your viewing pleasure at the back of the volume) -- this is how comic books ought to be, and so often are ...more
This series suffers a bit due to being a vignette series rather than focusing strongly on a handful of characters -- it's hard to get any sense of a continuing storyline. On the other hand, the vignettes let you get to know a number of characters, and tend to prevent this series from accumulating the same the morass of backstory that is the blessing and curse of any long-running comic series.

This collection has a nice mix of short, one-issue stories and longer multi-issue storylines. I wasn't th
What types of characters do we see in Astro City?

We see the Wonderfully tragic sentient creations of Mad Scientists and what their every day life is like.
We meet the bold and brave heroes who try to have what resembles a regular life, but can never truly get to it because of their duty.
There are the villains who start out like regular people, but get themselves in involved in Super crime, and we completely understand their motivations. We want them to get away scott free, after they commit their
Reprints Astro City (1) #1-3 and #10-13 (September 1996-February 1998). Astro City is full of stories and inhabitants living in a world of superheroes. You have Astra of the Furst Family who just wants to know what it is like to be a normal kid, the Junkman who isn’t satisfied with the perfect crime, heroes like Crackerjack who learn a legacy of crime fighting can have consequences, and Loony Lee…a cartoon trying to live in the real world. Everyone has a story in Astro City and like Vegas, it ne ...more
Shannon Appelcline
This volume starts off shockingly slow. "Welcome to Astro City" really doesn't say anything interesting, but was presumably an attempt to get new readers into the series [5/10]. The Astra two-parter similarly starts off really slow, though it's got a great last couple of pages, highlighting Astra's first adventure. Still, it's about one issue's worth of story spread out over two issues [6/10]. The Junkman story is fun, but the whole psychology-of-a-villain thing has been done so many times since ...more
Difficult to review this without talking about context. Astro City was a comic book on the stands back in the 1990s, but although I was tempted by its award-winning reputation, I never quite put my money on the counter to read one. Now my public library has put $17.50 worth of issues plus extras before my eyes.

The book doesn't say "Vol. 3" on the cover, and it's only after I've read all the stories that my search for the pertinent info finally lands on the indicia down at the bottom of page 4. W
Christian Lipski
The world that Busiek and Ross have created feels REAL, and that's what makes it stand out. Almost an extension of the duo's Marvels, this is a "real life" look at a city with superheroes. And these heroes have lives and problems like everyone else. A fantastic series, and this volume was very emotionally-charged, with stories about belonging, and responsibility to family.
Astro City isn't really super hero comics - it's human comics that feature costumed characters. This volume highlights what that difference means ably; with one and two-issue stories that are thought-provoking and touching even as they have action and adventure too. All of them are strong in their own way - from the view of civilians in the midst of possible destruction, to the sad biography of a cartoon come to life, to the criminal who has everything but recognition, to the very touching story ...more
Wow. This series just keeps on getting better and better as I read more of it. This book is all disconnected short stories but all set in the superhero community in some way of Astro City. And the pacing and the range is just really good. The characters are all different but believable, even the cartoon lion brought to life (as a cartoon). Sure others have played in this space, the famous kid who just wants to be a good, the scary clown. But the old smart guy criminal who just wants respect for ...more
I still enjoyed this one a lot, but it was something of a let down after Astro City, Vol. 2: Confession. There were some very solid shorts in this one (particularly "Welcome to the Big City"), but the time travel Jack-in-the-Box story was weird and kind of creepy without actually being that interesting or compelling. Still, it is nice to get to know more about the residents of Astro City.
Still lovin' this series. Great writing, fantastic illustrations. A definite must-read, even if you're not typically into 'comics' or graphic novels.

In this one, we have the usual array of multiple short stories: a family who just moved to Astro City, a 2-story arc about a young superhero & what it's like to grow up with minimal contact w/ normals, and a fantastic story about the villain The Junkman (I *loved* this guy). Next we get another 2-story arc featuring Jack-In-The-Box; we get to l
What is life like for a normal man in a world of heroes?
What is normal for the life of a 10 year old hero?
Can any plan truly be perfect?
What does a life of danger do to your family's future?
Is the spotlight of fame bright enough to burn anyone out?

Family Album is the third Astro City trade and collects Vol. 2 issues 1-3 and 10-13. Issues 4-9 form one continuous story and formed Confession (the second trade). There is nothing in issues 1-3 that directly relates to Confession, so there is no negat
What else could I give this but 5 stars? This time Busiek and crew go back to the anthology format, but follow a theme. All of the stories are about family and family issues. The best story in the entire anthology is the very first one, which won an Eisner Award for best single issue. It's about a father moving his two daughters to Astro City to escape the east coast and a messy divorce. He wants a fresh start and some excitement, so he comes to the most hero populated city on the planet and imm ...more
I'm doing an "Astro City" re-read and the series keeps on improving on re-reads. My two favorite aspects of this book were the stories about "Jack in the Box" and Astra. Jack in the Box is a black superhero and this book really explores his humanity, his relationships with people he loves, his desire to help out african american youth, and his fear of being a bad parent. It's not common to see a black superhero have their life shown so deftly. I would happily read many issues of the adventures o ...more
Our next visit to Astro City finds us back into the set of smaller vignettes that I liked so much in the first volume. While there's really nothing to dislike about anything in Astro City, I do think it works best in the shorter story format, where Busiek can pick a theme from a part of the traditional superhero canon and take it in a different direction.

Our first story is that of a man who moves to Astro City to leave his past problems behind. But this new place has its own problems. Why in the
A further exploration of team and family dynamics by Busiek and company. Not as electrifying or all-encompassing as Confessions, but rich in the superhero history that marks the series. We get a further look at the Furst family from its youngest member's point of view, allowing for loopiness of all kinds, and we finally learn about Jack-In-the-Box, whose problems mirror Spiderman but whose wholeness is actually what leads to conflict in the space-time continuum.

The artwork is fantastic, per usua
Chris Robertson
Still enjoying the series. This volume has more vignettes than the first two, which is both good and bad. Good that we get more exposure to this world, which helps flesh it out, but bad in that dipping into numerous areas can stretch things thinner overall. I don't think this volume falls into the whole "too many ideas, too few pages" trap many comics writers get caught in, but it does have more irons in the fire. Astro City has a boatload of superheroes!
Still good, but after the first story Busiek totally abandons his original concept. In the intro to the first AC book, Busiek expresses at length his dissatisfaction at the continuing deconstruction of superheroes (a la Watchmen or Dark Knight Returns), without 'reconstructing' them. Astro City was meant to be that, but by way of telling the stories of normal people who live in the superhero-populated world. That first book was almost entirely that, while this book is the opposite: rather than o ...more
Maria Kramer
Another great volume! I liked the story of Junkman - a genius gadgeteer, fired for being too old who becomes a supervillain who makes things out of junk. Another good one was the story of hero Jack in the Box, who meets two villainous future versions of his son and has to figure out how to keep that from happening. As usual, lots of storylines, tons and tons of characters. Great superhero fun.
Federiken Masters
Feb 10, 2012 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Los mismos.
Recommended to Federiken by: Lo mismo
Quizás el tomo que menos me gustó de Astro City y, aun así, muy buen tomo. La historia de Astra de la Furst Family (me niego a llamarla "Primera Familia" por culpa del poco imaginativo y contraproducente traductor) está muy linda, y me alegra poder haberla leído completa después de más de cinco años de haberla empezado (en las revistitas de Planeta). La de Jack Caja de Sorpresas (este lo perdono un poco más) también, sobre todo por cómo le da mil vueltas a cualquier historieta superheróica genér ...more
I am constantly amazed at the quality that comes from Astro City tales.

It's like discovering a mythos for the very first time, but also realizing that they are near copy-cats.

My only complaint is that I feel the Jack in the Box character was cut off before his prime in the storytelling narrative. (I've only read the first three trades--I have a hunch we'll see more of the character as presented here).

Clearly, he's the Peter Parker/Spider-Man of this particular universe. However, the person behin
Ryan Mishap
Astro City is what the business books might label a "game-changer" for the super-hero comic. While traditional super-hero comics pile on the number of protagonists in a vain attempt to add freshness, Busiek and company start out with a plethora of heroes, but they aren't always the main focus. The strength of these stories is that they are stories: whether they are about a dad moving his daughters to a new town and wondering if he is teaching them the right lessons or about a hero coming to term ...more
DeAnna Knippling
I...have to wonder if something is wrong with me. I skimmed this. Art, blah blah blah, ideas, blah blah blah, clever, skim skim skim. It all felt fairly superficial, cute stories riffing on a cute story that I didn't especially have a taste for in the first place.
Tazio Bettin
I found this one rather dull compared to the others. It didn't leave anything to me. But then again, I may have read it in the wrong moment. It took me forever to finish it and maybe I'll give it another read in more serene times.
This series is so good. It's so genuine and charismatic. It's written for adults that grew up loving superheroes, reaching that inner child while conversing with the mature person who has to provide for their family and anticipate the unpredictable future. Even at its most cartoonish, this series has a grounded sense of humanity. It's wonderful.
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Kurt Busiek is an American comic book writer notable for his work on the Marvels limited series, his own title Astro City, and his four-year run on Avengers.

Busiek did not read comics as a youngster, as his parents disapproved of them. He began to read them regularly around the age of 14, when he picked up a copy of Daredevil #120. This was the first part of a continuity-heavy four-part story arc;
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  • Astro City, Vol. 1: Life in the Big City
  • Astro City, Vol. 2: Confession
  • Astro City, Vol. 4: The Tarnished Angel
  • Astro City, Vol. 5: Local Heroes
  • Astro City, Vol. 6: The Dark Age, Book One: Brothers and Other Strangers
  • Astro City, Vol. 7: The Dark Age, Book Two: Brothers in Arms
  • Astro City, Vol. 8: Shining Stars
  • Astro City, Vol. 9: Through Open Doors
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