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

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  1,845 Ratings  ·  73 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
Aug 25, 2013 mark monday rated it really liked it
Shelves: comikon
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
Nov 06, 2013 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
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
Quentin Wallace
Dec 16, 2015 Quentin Wallace rated it really liked it
Astro City is very well done and always entertaining. In this one we got a look at a few different heroes at different points in their life.

First off we have a little girl who's a member of a superhero team (think Fantastic Four) who really wants nothing more than to be a regular little kid for a while.

Then we have an aging criminal who finally "wins", but decides he wanted recognition more than anything else.

Jack in the Box meets his possible children from alternate futures (it's not as compli
Jul 22, 2013 Jonathan rated it really liked it

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'
I liked this one much more than volume 2. I really enjoyed these character studies of some of Astro City's citizens. There's something so engaging about these stories, I don't know what it is but I really like it.
Ken Moten
For my introduction to this series read here:

One of the weird things about trade paperbacks before the mid-2000s was that they really did not adhere to chronology or any type of order. The publisher just took a series had a bunch of random storylines put in and shipped them off as volume 1, 2, 3, etc. This is the case for Astro City until Astro City, Vol. 6: The Dark Age, Book One: Brothers and Other Strangers. So I will try my best to review the trade p
Brandon Forsyth
Aug 05, 2015 Brandon Forsyth rated it really liked it
One of the distinct pleasures of ASTRO CITY is never knowing where the story will take you. This collection is loosely grouped around the theme of family (except for the strange Junkman issue), and Busiek delivers again, using superheroes to get at universal themes. The fatherhood stuff here is the best, with the time-travelling murderous sons of Jack-in-the-Box standing out for me. What a great use of genre to get at the uncertainty any parent feels about how their children will turn out! In an ...more
May 24, 2016 Arsénico rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cómics
Tercer tomo que me leo de esta serie y ya me declaro fan incondicional. Me han encantado todas las historias, especialmente la de Astra y la de Jack Caja de Sorpresas. Es fascinante ver cómo el autor ahonda en la vida diaria de los superhéroes, en sus preocupaciones, en todo eso que les falta y que el mundo es incapaz de ver porque no ven más allá de lo que son, de lo que hacen, de su fachada como héroes. 100% recomendado.
Nov 04, 2010 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 30, 2013 Mary Catelli rated it really liked it
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
Aug 31, 2013 Brenda Clough rated it it was amazing
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
Christian Lipski
Feb 26, 2011 Christian Lipski rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
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.
Andrew Obrigewitsch
Jun 11, 2016 Andrew Obrigewitsch rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I have to say Kurt Busiek is quite a brilliant author. Even though this was written over 15 years ago it felt fresh and different.
Nov 02, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
This group of stories didn't grab me as much as the last volume's, but the book was still a strong installment.
Still loving this world!
Feb 18, 2017 Annie rated it really liked it
Volume 6 is a step up from the slightly disappointing preceding arc, with a new development which presumably/hopefully gives some sense of where the bigger picture is going. The political side is downplayed a tad, focussing more on the mystery, all while set in the big summer blackout of 2003. I would have scored higher except there's no resolution and only a glorified tease to his powers.
Benjamin Zapata
Dec 03, 2016 Benjamin Zapata rated it it was amazing
And the magic continue,...I just can't stop praising this series: AMAZING!
Will Cooper
Jan 11, 2017 Will Cooper rated it really liked it
Not as good as the first two, but still fun to read. Interesting characters.
Mar 18, 2017 Sean rated it liked it
Kurt Busiek's Astro City continues to be a completely amazing fleshed out world. He creates characters with layers that one can't believe. The problems lie with there almost being too much to introduce. There are literally hundreds of characters and all are new to readers. I enjoyed the previous volume more because the focus was just one a few characters. Here there are multiple storylines which are relegated to two issues or fewer. I'd rather have a more in-depth look at any of these characters ...more
Jan 05, 2017 Mouse rated it really liked it
Gotta admit I really liked this book. It comes as a pleasant surprise since I had trouble recalling what the first book was all about! I remembered Samaritan flying around and I remembered the story of the sidekick to the vampire guy Confessor, but that's really it.
Not a whole lot resonated with me, but this one had a series of short stories that had a fun, old school, human quality to it. Even the last story about a cartoon character come to life (Looney Leo) was a really good story.

The art va
Mar 06, 2017 Melissa rated it it was amazing
As always, Astro City shows some sides to being a superhero/living in a world of superheroes that you might not think about. My favorite story in this book was about Loony Leo, a cartoon lion accidentally brought to life.
Jul 01, 2015 Fizzgig76 rated it really liked it
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
Rob McMonigal
Jul 31, 2008 Rob McMonigal rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 22, 2008 Nicholas rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 04, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
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
Sep 03, 2014 Stven rated it liked it
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
Nov 15, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Jul 12, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it
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
Jul 20, 2015 Anchorpete rated it it was amazing
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Astro City (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • 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
  • Astro City, Vol. 10: Victory
  • Astro City, Vol. 11: Private Lives

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