Daily Archives: October 4, 2009

Pomp and Circumstances

Astro City: Astra Special #1
“Graduation Day”
Writer: Kurt Busiek
Artist: Brent E. Anderson
Colors: Wendy Broome
Letters: Comicraft
Cover artist: Alex Ross
Editor: Scott Peterson
Publisher: DC Comics/Wildstorm Productions

One of the more down-to-earth and sweet stories in the history of Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson’s Astro City comics was a two-part arc featuring Astra, the youngest member of the First Family, Astro City’s answer to the Fantastic Four. At the time, she was a school-aged kid, and all she wanted was to be normal, to fit in with other kids, instead of the fantasy and wonder that her life as a pre-teen super-hero brought with it. Well, Astra’s all grown up now, having graduated from college, and we get to see just how those early wishes and some more maturity have shaped the young adult. This two-part limited series is shaping up to be an interesting companion piece to that earlier Astra story, so much so that I hope that when the time comes to collect this new story, that earlier, mid-1990s two-parter (already included in the Local Heroes: Family Album trade paperback) is included along with it. Now, this isn’t the strongest or most resonant Astro City story these creators have crafted over the years, but it’s certainly solid.

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