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Astro City: Confession Hardcover – September 15, 2015
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Kurt Busiek is the acclaimed author of DC Comics' weekly series TRINITY, the ASTRO CITY graphic novels, as well as JLA/AVENGERS, SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY, Marvels and many others.
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Kurt Busiek is the writer of the historic "Marvels" and he remains one of comics best writers. Brent Anderson artist of historic X-Men Graphic Novel "God Loves , Man Kills" does the beautiful interior art, while legend Alex Ross paints the covers.
For those unfamiliar with Astro City it is a story about a city with a large proliferation of super powered individuals. Busiek uses a rotating cast of characters. Each storyline is based on whatever characters are needed to successfully tell that story.
This collection lead story is a six part saga that tells the story of a young man named Brian Kinney who goes to Astro City to prove himself and becomes a sidekick to the superhero The Confessor. Brian is found worthy to be The Confessor's assistant The Alter Boy .
The Confessor starts training Brian and taking him on missions. Then several things go wrong. First Brian finds The Confessor is covering up a terrible secret, then all of the super-heroes fall out of favor with the public. This is a great story.
The single issue story from Astro City #1/2 is a totally unrelated story about a man in love with a girl from his dreams. None of this really makes sense to him until The Hanged Man appears and tells him what it all means.
We also get Neil Gaiman's original introduction from the first collection which is long out of print.
This is an excellent collection . Watchmen kind of excellent.
My Highest Recommendation.
The collected arc, "Confession" is a great story alone, and would be well worth the money. What pushes this volume over the edge and into the five star category is what amounts to a bonus issue, #1/2, The Nearness of You.
It is not an exaggeration to say the this story, The Nearness of You, is one of the single greatest stories in comic history. Without spoiling anything, it is a short look at the rippling effects of Crisis Crossovers, and a genuinely heartwrenching story about one man's forgotten love. If I died today, I wouldn't mind the words "No one ever forgets, Michael Tenicek" being printed on my grave.
Finally, and this isn't an afterthought but the least important point which really says something, the art is beautiful. Alex Ross does the cover art, and Alex Ross is second only to George Perez as a comic artist.