Astro City, Vol. 8: Shining Stars (Astro City #8)
Astra Furst, the third-generation Super Hero of Astro City, is graduating from college. It’s a time of friends and family, new opportunities, changing relationships – and danger! Featuring the First Family, the creatures of Monstro City, a new hero team and more on a graduation nigh...more
I thought that watching Beautie try to find her origins was very interesting. Ev...more
Contained here in volume 8 are a series of world-building short stories, featuring a handful of Astro City's familiar faces. Samaritan shares his spotlight with a new villain who...more
This volume consists of 4 different stories: 2 one-shots and 2 two-issue arcs. The first one-shot examining the patient, mostly mental battle betwe...more
"The Eagle and the Mountain", the first story, is by far the best. The framing device is a yearly dinner with the Samaritan, a Superman-esque hero, and his arch-enemy, the Infidel, who has been imprisoned in a (probably) escape-proof location. There are no fights, just a conversation between two old enemies, both of whom are looking that small mistake that will give th...more
One thing this latest collection does brilliantly is go from the epic to the intimate, a balance that's often hard to achieve in superhero comics. Silver Agent's centuries-spanning tale is both, as we see the infl...more
What troubles the mind of the woman with no emotions?
What does the future hold for the world's most famous high school hero?
What price victory?
Shining Stars is the eighth Astro City trade and collects the Astro City specials Samaritan, Beautie, Astra issues #1&2 and Silver Agent issues #1&2. The stories are icon and stand alone, so this could be read without prior Astro City knowledge. It does add depth to be familiar with the characters though, and the Silver...more
Brent Anderson's figure work throughout fe...more
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;...more