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Astro City #1: Vida en la Gran Ciudad (Astro City #1)

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LA SERIE MÁS PERSONAL DE KURT BUSIEK, BRENT E. ANDERSON Y ALEX ROSS.

Astro City es una ciudad de superhéroes y villanos, de magos y monstruos, donde la gente normal convive día a día con lo fantástico y lo extraño. En las 6 historias que recopila este tomo, los autores Kurt Busiek (Marvels), Brent E. Anderson (Rising Stars) y Alex Ross (Kingdom Come) nos invitan a entrar en
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Hardcover, Astro City Libro 1, 192 pages
Published November 2009 by Norma Editorial (Wildstorm Comics) (first published 1995)
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The Resurrection of a Genre and an Industry

In the late 1980's, the popular success of Alan Moore's Watchmen and Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns increasingly presented the comic-book industry with a problem: What was there left to say about all those heroes whose colorful costumes looked rather ridiculous through the new, more sophisticated lens that Moore and Miller had developed? The mainstream publishers came up with this response: Let's sweep the ideological critique of Watchmen and Th
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mark monday
Dec 23, 2013 mark monday rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alpha-team, comikon
i have a favorite fantasy, although it is more of a fantasy world or even a fantasy way of how a big city could look and feel. it is a version of 1940s/50s america, but minus the stifling straight whiteness of it all, minus the prejudice and racism and sexism, and definitely minus the atrocities happening around the world during those decades. it is a world of fast-talking, wise-crackin' ace reporters in glorious black-and-white; ambitious young ladies taking on the big city in glorious technico ...more
Patrick
Dec 30, 2015 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all-time favorite series. I'll happily recommend it to people who don't read comics.

It is a superhero comic, but it's entirely self-contained. If you read a Batman or Green Lantern comic, you'll be confronted with 35 years of soap-opera history. But with Astro City, you can just start reading. You don't need to know anything picking up the series.
Anne
Yeesh. I must not be artsy-fartsy enough to appreciate Astro City's...whatever it is that I'm supposed to appreciate.
It was boring. And the art was fugly. However, everyone else seemed to love it, so it's probably just me.
Sam Quixote
A couple of years ago I tried reading Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross' Marvels, a book I was assured was a superhero classic and an incredible comic. It feels like superheroes could exist in our world! is the general sentiment around that book. I got about a third of the way through before I gave up. Terrible art - I don't like Ross' ultra-realistic painted style, the figures are too static - and boring characters telling unimpressive superhero stories made me drop the book long before the end.

More re
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Astro City captures the sort of awe this superhero fiction lover has felt since being a young kid and watching shows and movies about superheroes. I grew up in the 80s and we had the Christopher Reeve Superman movies, which were huge for that time period. I watched them again a couple of months ago, and while some aspects are a bit cheesy and dated, the essence is pure and still meaningful, and will bring me back to watch those movies again and again. Having said that, I've never been as huge a ...more
Sesana
Aug 19, 2013 Sesana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Marvels. It's one of the few graphic novels that I've read over and over, and loved every time. So it's hardly surprising that I also loved Astro City.

I think the best and easiest way of describing Astro City as Marvels, with original heroes. There are a few more differences in setup. Marvels was essentially the history of the Marvel U to that point, while Astro City is more a series of slice-of-life vignettes in a superhero world. And honestly, I didn't love each of them equally. The fif
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Jonathan

So, this finally concludes my borrowed pile of graphic novels. As a result I have become a fan of Kurt Busiek's graphic novel work. His work on Marvels is unparalleled in the Marvel Comicverse and his work here in Astro City Volume 1 is likewise excellent.

Busiek explains in the foreword (one of the best forewords for a graphic novel in my eyes) how often individuals comment that his work makes the world of superheroes realistic. He pointedly argues: actually I don't. There are vampires and othe
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Ken Moten
This is one of those series that makes me glad I started reading comic books. Since 2013, one thing that struck me about the difference between traditional novels and comic books/graphic novels is the overall setting, or "universe" that the stories exist in. In your average novel/novella/short story, the world the plot and/or characters inhabits is usually only contained in that book (and mostly by the original author). In contrast, comic books can be written by more than one author and the "wor ...more
Quentin Wallace
Nov 21, 2015 Quentin Wallace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Shockingly good. Astro City takes standard superhero fare and looks at it from an all new perspective. This volume was six separate stories, and every story was outstanding. We had a look a what a day in the life of "Superman" would really be like. There's a story showing what it would be like to be newspaper reporter in a city of heroes and villains. Another showed what it would be like if a common thug found out the secret identity of a major superhero, from the view of the common thug. T ...more
William Thomas
Who remembers when Busiek and Ross's 'Marvels' hit the stands and made history with it's new take on capes storytelling?

That was the only time I really ever loved Busiek's work. And that's because I never picked up a single issue of Astro City. Around 96-97 I started falling in love with music an spent all of my money on concert tickets for Ozzfest and new CDs and fell out of love with a lot of comic books, although I often reread my collection hundreds of times without buying anything new for
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Paul
Aug 25, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Astro City - the beginning. - Collects Kurt Busiek's Astro City #1-6 (the original miniseries). Originally printed under the Homage Comics imprint at WildStorm in 1995. Most recently got a new edition at DC in 2011 in both trade paperback and hardcover format.

Astro City Volume 1 Life in the Big City marked the beginning of Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross and Brent Anderson's take on superhero comics.

Busiek and Anderson take the superhero genre and, sort of, turn it upside down.

Welcome to Astro City, home
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Rosa
This was so much more then a super hero graphic novel. This tells the story of Astro City by following some very different residents through their everyday life. All of the stories are interesting and reveal something not only about the city but the characters who people the stories as well. The art style was also gorgeous, capturing a retro/future feel that can usually only be seen in pieces written in the past that believed we would all be driving flying cars by now. I can't wait to see where ...more
Kevin
May 07, 2014 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I LOVE Astro City! Busiek and Anderson have created a world of classic Golden Age superheroes to rival the Justice League and Avengers. Great character development and cool stories with each issue presented from a different point of view, be it that of a hero or a citizen. I really enjoy having it mixed up like that.

I can't wait to read more.
Jedhua
Other Useful Reviews: Sam Quixote's review

Book Info: This collection contains Kurt Busiek's Astro City issues #1-6.


Probable Rating (if I had finished this) : {2/5 stars}

I read three out of six issues of Life in the Big City. I think that should be enough for to get a general feel for the story and determine whether or not it's for me. But even into issue #2, I understood this wasn't my kind of comic, but I was curious enough to find out exactly what the big deal was that I read another. Even
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Lu (Sugar & Snark)
This was a really unique volume of comics, where you get to see the Superhero's and Supervillian's of Astro City. I found Astro City quite interesting. You get to see Samaritan who does so much and who must be exhausted all the time. The stories go back in time as well and you get to see the beginning members of the Honor Guard. You also get to see life outside of Astro City and how people function there. And to see all those superhero's in action was great! I want to know more about the Hanged ...more
Arsénico
May 22, 2016 Arsénico rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cómics
3,5 en realidad.
No he llegado a cogerle del todo el punto a este primer volumen... Es interesante, sí, pero se me ha hecho algo aburrido.
Derek Parker
Jun 24, 2013 Derek Parker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great trade, but what else would you expect from the creator of Marvels? What I like about this, and what the Astro City series has over Marvels, is Busiek isn't playing with someone else's toys. He's constructing this from the ground up. And the word "ground" is appropriate here, since much of what we learn of the superhero world of Astro City is from that perspective, street-level observations of the capes in action.
Brandon Forsyth
Jul 26, 2015 Brandon Forsyth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ooooh, ASTRO CITY, you purty! I ignored a friend's recommendation to read this for years, and I now want to go back and slap past-Brandon in the face and make him listen to his elders. Such a beautifully conceived and illustrated book. Feels like a wonderfully dense anthology in the vein of THE WIRE, except there's flying people and aliens and regular folk all mixed in there. Can't wait to grab volume 2!
[Name Redacted]
I'm re-reading this because my friend assures me I didn't give it a fair shake. Probably true, since I DESPISE books with Alex Ross cover art and non-Alex-Ross interior art.

UPDATE: The interior art is still disappointing, but I appreciate the writing and storytelling much more now. I'll continue reading the series!
Javier Muñoz
May 02, 2016 Javier Muñoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
En Astro city Busiek se desvía del tratamiento habitual utilizado en el género super heroico para centrarse en puntos de vista distintos.

Las historias está muy bien contadas y Busiek se olvida de describir los superpoderes, las batallas y se aleja un poco de la acción para mostrar retratos más cercanos de los Héroes, o en ocasiones aleja el foco y nos los muestra desde los ojos del ciudadano común que los idealiza o del antagonista que los denosta.

El dibujo es excelente y las historias, por su t
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Victoria
I'm doing a superficial exploration of graphic novels this year. Nothing intense, just having fun. This title was recommended to me and I did enjoy it. These are superheroes unfamiliar to me so it was good to read without movies or previous exposure to bias me. (As opposed to Batman or Spiderman who I've been seeing on lunchboxes, t-shirts, and theaters for years now. I find it a challenge to read those books without preconceived images or feelings.)

Highlights for me:
The opening scene answers t
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Sarah
Apr 18, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I think I'm going to have a hard time describing how much I enjoy Astro City, even in its first six issues. Kurt Busiek has long been one of my favorite comic writers, because he has a strong sense of story movement and his characters' humanity always shines through in the action, creating a total world where the exploits of a hero are not simply calculated but come from someplace deeper.

But that trademark sensibility is only part of what makes Astro City: Life in the Big City so special. By cre
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Fizzgig76
Reprints Astro City (Limited Series) #1-6 (August 1995-January 1996). Welcome to Astro City…a place that can be scary or wonderful…depending on your perception. Astro City is a place where a superhero like the Samaritan can dream of enough free time to fly, a reporter witness the world being saved and can never tell anyone, a low-level crook can learn the secret identity of a hero, a girl from Shadow Hill can feel more threatened in the city, an alien can secretly be walking among the people, an ...more
Mike
Why would a man who could fly dream of flying?
What's news in a world where anything can happen?
What should a small time crook do with the greatest of all secrets?
What is it that defines home?
How would our lives look to an outsider?
Is there time for superheroes to take a night off?

Life in the Big City collects Astro City vol. 1 issues 1-6. This is the complete original miniseries.

A tad over 15 years ago, Kurt Busiek introduced the world to Astro City. It was his attempt to tell stories of depth i
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Nicholas
Aug 04, 2009 Nicholas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Three 5-star reads in a row. I'm lucky this summer. I love Kurt Busiek (he wrote my favorite Superman story of all time). I have to say that my summer comic reading started off disappointing with the Grant Morrison Batman stuff, but I've learned to stick with what I know is good. Astro City is a love letter to comic books. It's a self-contained universe in which Busiek is not restrained by continuity and character history and can basically do as he wants with the superhero genre, and boy do ...more
Emily
I found another winner. I liked the old-fashioned feel of this book, and it was a cool idea to do a superhero comic mostly from the point of view of bystanders, innocent or otherwise. Good fun.
Amanda Mic Perkins
This is a really cool take on the superhero genre. Instead of showing the huge fights and wars with supervillain armies, it shows their day t day lives, balancing heroing with their secret identities.
Tyler Hill
Jun 17, 2010 Tyler Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
I was slow to warm to Astro City, actually. I think that I'd presumed that the stories in it would be all more "average Joe on the street, living in a super hero world" (a la Marvels), so when it opened with a tale focusing on the Samaritan (Astro City's version of Superman), I was a bit underwhelmed. That said, I enjoyed most of the other stories more, and beyond the art (which I could never really get into), I thought this series represented a neat little thought experiment and foray into worl ...more
Timothy Boyd
Jan 25, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Astro city is a very human look at superheroes and villains. Here we see they have much of the same problems we have. Highly recommended
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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. 3: Family Album
  • 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
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