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
Samaritan. I've read several of Busiek's Superman volumes, and they were entirely "meh". Which is surprising because Samaritan is one of his most human and intriguing superheroes in Astro City. I love how this story reveals his humanity, sets up his arch-villain, and intricately ties together with everything that's been written about him before. ...more
This was less good than some of them, but the origin of Beautie -- a superhero based on a doll -- was very good. The story of Samaritan and Infidel, their rivalry and their careful armistice is odd but good.
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
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
So I completed my collection with Volumes 8 through 10, and boy was it worth it.
So firstly, this one. A collection of shorts, each allowing a more intimate peek at the various heroes that populate the place. A piece ...more
We learn more about one of the Samaritan's arch nemesis' backstor ...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
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
But there are other stories included here, and they are on par with most Astro City stories - the tale of Astra's graduation as she tries to decide what to do with her life is poignant and impressive in its sc ...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