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Astro City, Vol. 3 by Kurt Busiek
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Sep 22, 10

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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 terms with what having a child means, the stories aren't about being a hero or action so much as about living a good life.

They're short stories in comic form, and the hold up against any prose I have read--how many comics can I say that about?

Only a brief experience by the coolest super-hero ever, though. More Hanged Man!
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