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Astro City, Vol. 3: Family Album

(Astro City #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,319 ratings  ·  105 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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Dan Schwent
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-comics
The Junkman wants to prove he's still a good criminal even though he's old. Astra Furst wants a chance to be an ordinary kid. Jack in the Box meets versions of his future son. And Loony Leo, the cartoon come to life, is down on his luck. All of this and more in Family Album, the third Astro City collection!

Here we are, the third Astro City volume. It's real and it's spectacular. Busiek continues to focus on the human aspects of life in Astro City. The first tale is about a family that moves to A
mark monday
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comicon
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
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, hoopla
This volume switches back to an anthology title with some one and two issue stories. I like how Busiek focuses on the humanity in his stories whether it be a cartoon lion come to life or a new family moving to Astro City. I really enjoyed the Jack in the Box story where he's presented with future corrupted versions of his adult son who hasn't even been born yet. The story focusing on the little girl Astra of the Fantastic Four analogue, the First Family, was sweet. The creative team shows no sig ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
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
Daniel Phillips
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Comic book readers
The last story about the cartoon come to life is what raised it to a 4 star rating for me, as well as some terrific artwork (though the pointillism causes a terrible visual glitch when reading on a screen that makes it hard to look at, unfortunately). It was like an existentialist reimagining of 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?', exploring the idea of artificial intelligence in the vein of 'Blade Runner', 'Solaris', 'A.I.', but with a cartoon character come to life. The hopscotch story was quite engagi ...more
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Quentin Wallace
Dec 16, 2015 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
James DeSantis
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Really dug some of this, some not so much.

This is a bunch of one shots mixed in with a two part about a little girl going on an adventure to fit in with other kids and then Jack in the box guy's story and what he's dealing with. The main themes here is finding your place, and instead of being a regular outside look into superheroes these focus on the superheroes themselves and their internal mindset.

Good: The jack in the box stuff was great, interesting, and felt very mature for a superhero st
Jonathan Terrington

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'
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I continue reading this series. Very good superhero stories!
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Astro City isn't really super hero comics - it's human comics that feature costumed characters. This volume highlights what that difference means ably; with one and two-issue stories that are thought-provoking and touching even as they have action and adventure too. All of them are strong in their own way - from the view of civilians in the midst of possible destruction, to the sad biography of a cartoon come to life, to the criminal who has everything but recognition, to the very touching story ...more
A re-read. I definitely preferred the longer story of volume 2. But this definitely still works. The little kid art was perhaps a bit off.

Wow. This series just keeps on getting better and better as I read more of it. This book is all disconnected short stories but all set in the superhero community in some way of Astro City. And the pacing and the range is just really good. The characters are all different but believable, even the cartoon lion brought to life (as a cartoon). Sure others have pla
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.
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m loving this series more with each book and appreciate how willingly it seems to change its status quo and grapple with believable consequences for the stories it chooses to tell instead of inventing an excuse to escape them. Vol3 goes back to the short story format but gives a couple of stories two issues to develop. The Junkman and JackInTheBox stories were my favorites here, but all of them offered distinct and emotionally engaging views into this world.

Junkman’s story is a sort of proto-B
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
Brandon Forsyth
Aug 05, 2015 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
Melissa Koser
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid storytelling, just like the first Astro City collection I read.
Nov 04, 2010 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
B. P. Rinehart
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
Pablo Martinez
Family Album is the third collected edition of the Astro City line, although apparently some of the stories came before the "Confession" arc. Most of the stories in this collection are about family dynamics, except two which ironically are the best (The Junkman and Looney Leo). The best story of the "Family Dynamics" type of stories is the first one of the family recently moved to Astro City.
Kurt might prove me wrong in subsequent stories but so far I just can't find the heroes that interesting
Mary Catelli
Jun 30, 2013 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 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 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.
Nov 02, 2015 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!
Andrew Obrigewitsch
Jun 11, 2016 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.
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Volume 3 feels more like volume 1. It is an anthology of stories set in Astro City, a place perpetually placed in the Golden and Silver ages of comic book superhero’s.

Two of the tales don’t really fit the loose thread of Family that connects the others. Neither are bad stories, I enjoyed the Junkman tale which takes us into the life of a B rate villain. The other, the story of Leo the Lion, a 30’s movie reel cartoon character brought to life, is enjoyable.

Busiek and company open with a story o
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
i am a huge sucker for the classic world-making of these books, so all of the stories paid out for me at least a little bit. these are one-offs, with the exception of a pair of two-parts about astra and jack in the box respectively. i'll read these all day just for the little filigrees of making astro city a real place and the hilarious deep bench of villains (hive-minded gorillas with the heads of bees! they're called "gorilla swarm"!). the stories are lousy with smart, grown-up stuff. i'm not ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Collects Kurt Busiek's Astro City (Volume 2) issues #1-3 and issues #10-13

The first volume I read was "Life in the Big City," and I thought that was pretty interesting. Next I read "Confessions," and I thought it was strong, but with some parts that dragged. This, the third collection that I've read from this series, was the best yet. I especially liked the Jack-in-the-Box story, but this was a really good collection, and I love the world-building that is happening in each of these short stories
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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;

Other books in the series

Astro City (1 - 10 of 17 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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