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ASTRO CITY #1

ASTRO CITY is back in a new, ongoing monthly series that showcases old heroes and new, as The Ambassador comes to Earth, and an ordinary man is caught up in a cosmic conflict! Featuring the return of favorites like Samaritan and Honor Guard, and the debut of some new sensations!

Plus, the seeds of a new mystery: Who is the Broken Man? The entire award-winning creative team is back to kick off a new epoch of the human and the super human.

Get in on the ground floor of Astro City’s next epic!

Story by Kurt Busiek
Art by Brent Anderson
Cover by Alex Ross

Price: $3.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 9.5%

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  1. It’s back finally what a long wait this has been & we get 40 pages an issue to boot, get in!

  2. I have a confession to make – I have never read ONE single issue of Astro City – ever. (I know, it’s sad)

    I’m interested in checking this one out but I’m afraid I won’t know fuck-all about it.

    Perhaps one of my fellow Fanboys can steer me in the right direction as to the best back issues to read? Best trade to pick up?

    • Confessions is the best trade but start at the beginning with ‘Life in the big city’ if you like that then you’ll probably enjoy the rest, plus it introduces most of the main players!

    • Thanks Armpit (did I just say that? 😉

      I’ll hit the ol’ Comic shop today in search of Life in the Big City. I’ve always heard good things about Astro City but it was just one of the books I never got around to reading – guess it’s time!

    • You’re welcome & my armpit is your armpit, in fact it’s everyone’s armpit!

    • I’ll keep an eye out for that trade myself, thanks. I could use something for my upcoming vacation reading . . .

    • You can also just jump in. Busiek has stated he’s making it as accessible as possible. That said, Life in the Big City is a really good primer.

    • @pyynk, glad to hear that comment from Busiek. I’m almost definitely picking it up this week; a little primer never hurt though . . .

  3. consafo80 consafo80 (@consafo80) says:

    Never read or even heard of this before it was announced but it supposed to be awesome and it looks / sounds great so will pick it up.

  4. I, too, have never read, but will be checking this out to see if I like it.

  5. I read most of the old Astro City books from the library, so if you haven’t read them that would be a good place to check. Really looking forward to this by the way.

  6. Here I thought I was only one that never read it. Maybe check out trade first or get in shop & buy it like I usually do. Yea I’ll wait that method almost never happens.

  7. Thrilled to have Astro City back!

  8. Despite my fondness for Busiek’s work, Astro City has always perpetually been on my “to read” list. Planning to finally correct that with this relaunch . . .

  9. Really excited to see the return of the series! It really is, consistently, one of the best series I’ve ever read.

  10. I assume only the first issue is 3.99?

  11. Astro City rocks. Busiek is magic everytime he writes it. But I worry a bit about Brent, sometimes I think his style isn’t aging well and then the poor guy has trouble keeping pencil in hand, I think for health reasons?

    FWIW, I think the idea that “Confessions” is best is very subjective. I think the only thing you can say definitively about the book in terms of quality is that “Dark Ages” didn’t seem to be as good as everything else — maybe because everything else is sheer awesomeness and that DK took too long to tell. Samaritan, Toyman, the “Lois Lane” story, the Samaritan’s enemy story, even that cartoon lion guy story, they were all great..!

    I think I just talked myself into re-reading the whole series…who knows maybe DK will hold up on second viewing.

    Great to have Astro City back in da house.

  12. The iFanboy guys talk (gush) about AC here: https://ifanboy.com/podcasts/ifanboy-episode-126-welcome-to-astro-city/
    Josh once referred to Astro City as “one of the near perfect comics in existence”. And he is correct.
    For all those that have been saying they haven’t read any AC but have always meant to … Go get the trades and start at the beginning. I mean really i do not understand how I can hear so many people complain about books they continue to get that are awful and here the iFanboy fellas and everyone who has ever read Astro City says its one of the best comics ever and you would rather continue to read books you hate rather than go back and get these excellent books. Doesn’t make sense.
    Okay – I’ll end my rant there. Haha

  13. JML (@twitter.com/JoshMLabelle) says:

    This was actually mildly disappointing for me. I’ll wait and see where Busiek’s taking it, though.

  14. As a first-time reader to Astro City, I was concerned that I would be totally lost. Boy, was I wrong! I’m so glad I went back and added this to my pull-list. I loved the approach Busiek took with this first issue and the clever reveal at the end.

    For anyone on the fence on whether or not to get the new Astro City – new reader or otherwise – debate no further! This is my PoTW!

    Back issues, here I come!

  15. Fun & beautiful, very Morrison as well. I love fake Galactus with his giant tablet:)

  16. Wasn’t going to get this (having never read the copy of “Life in the Big City” on my bookshelf), but reading page one in the store suckered me in.

    When the giant Kirby-god-ambassador had to adjust his levels when introducing himself, I knew this was my pick of the week.

    This feels like nothing else I’m reading, and I really want that out of my books right now. Great stuff.

  17. I have never read Astro city before but I absolutely loved this issue. 5/5 will read again.

    I have a few questions though:
    – With a title like Astro city I assumed this took place in a city in space. Is Astro City on Earth?
    – Does this take place in modern day, or is this the future?

  18. I’ve never read anything of Astro City before but I enjoyed this. Intelligent, original, humorous. Going to be a fun ride!

  19. This was good in a reliable Astro City sort’ve way but just felt a little short in context, glad we got to see a snippet of the Confessor it’s been way too long & hopefully we’ll get a story on him soon?!

  20. The Broken Man seemed to be a homage to Vertigo characters of old.

    • You should of said “In what can only be described as a Wild and Stormy debut the Image of BrokenMan seemed like a Homage to Vertigo characters of old.” See what, I did there?! (Eye roll, groan)

  21. Not a bad first issue. Made it very easy for a new reader to jump right in.

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