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Astro City: Victory Paperback – March 17, 2015
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"It's impossible not to smile."—IGN
"Astro City reminds readers just how much fun Busiek and Anderson's series can be. It was absolutely worth the wait."—CBR
"I don't often realize how much I miss "Astro City" when it's gone until it comes back and sweeps me up again."—MTV GEEK
About the Author
Kurt Busiek is the acclaimed author of DC'S 2008 weekly series TRINITY, the ASTRO CITY graphic novels, as well as JLA/AVENGERS, SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY, Marvels and many others
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Normally these books have lame extras but this one includes the Astro City Visitors Guide which is really cool, part tour of Astro City and part Astro City Superhero guide, its actually a very good add on.
As ever, the way this world feels so fresh and exciting is terrific. When the trio go over suspects, you feel like this are enemies around for years even if they're mentioned for the first time and that history is showcased well. The Confessor (last appearing as a teenager in "Confessions") is now more capable, using mystic runes for his work and the genius touch of a system of helpers called the Choirboys. The fights are terrific, from a brief Samaritan/Confessor clash to full scale battles, all done under Brent Anderson's beautiful artwork. But the story is great as you feel for Victory, trying to do her best to defend women but realizing the "old ways" aren't the best and that method may do more harm than good. You just get so into it, the plot almost secondary to the great character building Busiek pulls off.
The other addition is a "Visitor's Guide" made back in 2001 with a short story and pin-ups of various AC characters by a variety of artists. Also, while not huge in detail (Busiek obviously having stories planned), the history of the city is a nice bit as well as maps to show where things are. As always, the great bit of collections are the sketch work by Anderson and Alex Ross showcasing the development of characters and let you enjoy the creative process. Once again, Astro City remains the best superhero comic on the market and this collection is a truly winning one.
This story clearly focuses on Winged Victory (despite what I would describe as an accurate but misfocused story summary provided in the book description) and her attempt to resolve a malicious attempt to discredit her as a hero. As usual, there are a lot of thought points in a Busiek story and, in this case, many revolve around the roles of women. I found the story and characterization believable and consistent, without resorting to lecturing (which could easily happen on topics like this one). The art is up to its normal high quality and serves as an excellent vehicle for the story. Kudos to Busiek and Anderson for remaining together as a team for the series' run.
As I tell anyone who buys an Astro City book: buy it in HARDCOVER. This is a volume you will treasure and reread many times.