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Astro City, Vol. 5: Local Heroes

(Astro City #5)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,022 ratings  ·  85 reviews
A witty portrait of life in a metropolis inhabited by super-powered heroes and villains, the critically acclaimed ASTRO CITY: LOCAL HEROES offers a realistic portrayal of the effect that these supernatural beings would have on the lives of ordinary humans. Told through the eyes and experiences of regular people, this enthralling volume includes tales of a woman's tragic at ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by WildStorm (first published December 1st 2004)
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Dan Schwent
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-comics
Astro City is home to lots of interesting people: a doorman who never managed to leave the city, a comic book writer struggling to write about real super heroes, a lawyer who has to defend a man whom is most certainly guilty, the would-be girlfriend of a super hero, an actor who plays a hero on tv, a girl forced to spend the summer with relatives in the country, and an old super hero who steps up when no one else is available...

Here we are, another visit to my favorite city. It's hard to keep fi
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, hoopla
These stories hearken back to Busiek's and Ross's Marvels where we get an anthology of normal people living amongst superheroes. I think my favorites where the story about the doorman, the comic book publisher and the one about the lawyer who uses all the madness of the superhero world such as shapeshifters and mind control to get his obviously guilty client off. I really like how the different stories invoke various time periods in comics books like the story about the lawyer showing the distru ...more
mark monday
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comicon
nostalgia porn minus the guilty feelings afterwards, and of course minus the porn. that perfect sort of nostalgia that makes you wish the world now was like the world then. idealistic yet still realistic, not annoyingly naive. a sweet and appealing template that I can return to again and again. Astro City is a great series!

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a panorama of heroes, both super-powered and ordinary. but hey what's ordinary? you can't live in Astro city and be ordinary. there's a publisher facing down hero and vill
James DeSantis
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I really like Kurt Busiek, and love some of his stories (Superman: Secret Indentity) but this series just isn't hooking me.

So we have a bunch of stories of different people all relating to superhero times. One guy is an actor trying to be a hero, and starts being heroic, only to realize real super villains can end that quick. We have another guy who's a bell clerk for a hotel for superheroes. So on and on. Basically mundane storylines of regular people interacting with heroes. Which is the poin
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
Superhero slice of life. This one is more ground level than some of the more recent Astro City stories have been. The story that opens the collection, about a hotel bellman, is one of the better ones. It's take on how people would really feel about living in and visiting a city full of superheroes is, I think, true to life. Some of the other stories aren't as good. I was unimpressed by the two part story about an Astro City teenager going to spend the summer in the country, which was more to do ...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
The grand re-read continues. Though I'm pretty distracted by the election week counts. This didn't work for me quite as well on this time through. Maybe because the characters felt more old and defeated. Maybe because I've liked the longer stories on the re-read better. The city girl visiting the country was probably my favorite this time through. Drop the review from 4.5 down to a 4.

Another great book. All good stories, all different and unexpected. Real characters, good writing. Maybe a little
Stewart Tame
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm always happy to read a volume of Astro City. Kurt Busiek has a knack for writing the superhero stories we imagined we read growing up. I'm honestly not sure how his writing comes across to those who didn't grow up reading comics. His stories are layered with emotional complexity and nuance, filtered through a warm, nostalgic glow. He doesn't just write a Superman story, but the Superman story you've always wanted to read, even if you didn't know it. Obviously, DC owns the copyright to Superm ...more
I enjoyed Local Heroes so much more than the first volume Astro City Vol. 1: Life in the Big City. I'm still not lovin' the art, but I'll get over it. ...more
Quentin Wallace
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

This was really good. Several different scenarios explored from a retired hero who finds himself back in action to the changes required in a courtroom trial when the world has shapeshifters and mind control issues on a regular basis. Just a really good volume that pretty much is the Astro City series in a nutshell. This is a really good and unique series, looking forward to continuing with the next volume.
Back to the episodic format, as opposed to the last volume where the entire thing told one story. I had been thinking as I read that it was great that none of it felt dated at all, unlike some of the science fiction I've read that doesn't hold up even a bit more than a decade later. Until the girl in one of the chapters was sent to live with her country relatives for the summer and was shocked and appalled that they only had one telephone line and she'd have to wait for it to be available to be ...more
Misha Ali
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quite excellent. Most people seem to enjoy the later volumes which focus on a single story, but I quite like these random volumes with self-contained and separate stories more because they let me see the world and characters from a variety of angles.
Venus Maneater
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Astro City is one of my favorite series, reading it feels like an actual visit to the Superhero-infested city, and it's the best. Doesn't matter what volume, the art is always top-notch and the storytelling is engaging, thrilling and pokes fun at the golden era of superheroes, without it feeling like actual satire.

This volume is a little more down to earth than it's predecessors, literally - there's very little flying, because we follow four average citizens of Astro City. Each of them tells us
Shannon Appelcline
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
A real variety of stories. Some, like the Bulldog Comics story and the hotel doorman story are just OK, but there are some real winners too, such as the two-part lawyer story, the stunt man story, and especially the Atomicus story. However, the biggest joy of the Local Heroes stories is its dwelling on the past of Astro City from the '60s of Atomicus to the '70s of the Blue Knight to the old age of Supersonic. It's a great look at history within the Astro universe and also a terrific setup for t ...more
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. Volume 5 was another swell collection of stories.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Astro City universe is nicely fleshed out with this volume covering from the City's inception to a clever little tale about the newest heroine Flying Fox.
This volume really gives a lot of history up from the early days of the Blue knight, the Atomicus years and lots of hints around the bug Silver Agent story yet to be told.
A very unconventional move on from the previous volume that works pretty well. The Alex Ross covers are a delight as per.
8 out of 12.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Astro City continues to provide good stories.
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Well, I think I have to take back what I said in my review of volume 4. Up to this point, I'd been far less impressed with all the one-off stories of Astro City than I had been with the bigger arcs, which I'd loved. But then this came along. While I'm still underwhelmed with volumes 1 and 3 of this series, 5 really knocked it out of the park. It's a great collection from beginning to end, every single story engaging, thrilling, and very original. I think by this point Busiek had really figured o ...more
Brian DiMattia
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
The only reason I'm not rounding this book up from 4 and 1/2 stars is that because as good as it is, the legendary "Confessor" and "Tarnished Angel" series from Astro City were even better.

Astro City is an alternative super hero comic book series. It tells the stories that dozens of other books haven't found time to tell over the decades that they've been published. To wit: What would the real world be like with superheroes in it? What would it be like when they got old? How would the justice sy
Dec 08, 2017 added it
Every time I read Astro City, I feel like I’m there, among the everyday people and the heroes. The world feels so tangible. Even in the first issue, Astro City seemed fully fleshed out, with characters and stories and history just waiting to be discovered. Among many other things, that’s what I love about this series: discovery. Astro City is not the type of book where you eagerly anticipate what happens next, a story with a beginning, middle, and end. Instead, it’s about discovery – of the city ...more
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Another fantastic book in this series.

James Robinson put it perfectly in the intro: "...under Kurt's expert hand, this comic is about the city itself and to a larger degree the human condition--what it's like as an ordinary person to live among giants, or what it's like (as a person) to don the mantle of giants with its responsibilities and woes. A lesser writer would have made this book about the fights and the powers and everything we've already read. Kurt allows us to tell those stories ours
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Astro City stories always stand a level above traditional comics, as they dig deeper into the world around the heroes, with the heroes being more scenery than central characters. This collection of single and double-issue stories covers a gamut from a Lois Lane analog who is less successful with her superhero love interest, a look at super heroes in a rural town, and a two-part story that focuses on the impact of super heroes and super villains on the legal system, which is a fascinating idea. A ...more
Ryan Mishap
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
The stories here don't deconstruct what it means to be a hero, they show us what it means--and it ain't about the fancy costume, of course.

The beauty of Astro City is the fact that while there are plenty of silly costumes and un-believable comic action, the stories are human-sized and down-to-earth. For example, the story about the kid who seeks out the firefighter who saved him from a burning building--who lost a leg in the process--to thank him and finds out that the one-legged survivor has h
Fantastic read. Volume 5 returns to the same format of volumes 1 and 3, collection of one issue stories, and one two parter.

These are the tale that really sell what Busiek and company do so well with these stories. They are not “what would the world be like if superheroes were real?”; no, Astro City is a place where aliens, giant robots, capes and all sorts of comic book goofiness do exist, the creators show us what “that” world looks like from the inside.

I have nothing bad to say about this vo
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Astro City is always a pleasure to visit, but chances are you already knew that.

Busieks consistently deconstructs the superhero genre with love and grace. Ingeniously he preps his canvas with the densest fill of miraculous wonders. Then he works backwards, chiseling away to outline the mundane and *real* dramas of the human condition. The results are absolutely representative of Universal Truths: flaws, strengths, confusion, love, etc. By imbuing his heroes and villains with such awesome streng
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Honestly, I dunno, I like Astro City okay? The one-and-done aw-shucks Americanism of it wears me down a little, but the idea of what it wants to be is just excellent. I don't know.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid collection of stories. If you ever loved reading super hero comics, there is no reason you wouldn't love this series. Buy them!
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Another collection of thought-provoking and often heart warming stories in a setting I’ve grown to love. Vol5 is mostly standalone single issue stories, opening with a “day in the life of Astro City” issue that delights in montaging through a ton of characters for a panel or two before focusing on a civilian doorman realizing Astro City is his home after he proves it doesn’t take superpowers to be a hero.

The next two issues, about a comics writer and an actor, wonder what the consequen
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This collection consists mostly in stories about what it's like for the citizens of Astro City, living their lives surrounded my superheroes and supervillians. There is an interesting story about a lawyer using superhero court cases to get his client off. There's also one about how superhero comics work in a world with superheroes, as well as one about a man playing a superhero on tv who accidentally becomes one in real lfe. One of my favorites told of an Astro City teenager who goes to spend he ...more
Noah Turks
May 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Most of the stories felt unfocused and there was a lack of flow between the panels. It was difficult to attach myself to the main characters when there were new ones being introduced every issue. There just wasn't substantial enough characterization sometimes to make the newly introduced characters interesting or even likable. Like with the old doorman issue- it seems like it diverts at some point from the doorman's story, then comes back to him in a confusing, but nice enough conclusion. I've n ...more
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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 (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • Astro City, Vol. 1: Life in the Big City
  • Astro City, Vol. 2: Confession
  • Astro City, Vol. 3: Family Album
  • Astro City, Vol. 4: The Tarnished Angel
  • 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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