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Kurt Busiek's Astro City: The Tarnished Angel Paperback – May 1, 2001
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Kurt Busiek's Astro City: Tarnished Angel tells a story that would be just as compelling even if its hapless hero weren't made of metal. It's a familiar story: old supervillain Carl Donewicz--or Steeljack--gets out of prison old and broken, and just wants to spend his last years out of sight. Events, as they will, conspire against him, and his journey through prejudice, mistrust, and backstabbing ethics is deeply moving. Brent Eric Anderson's penciling is precise and perfectly balanced between '70s superheroes and '40s pulp; Will Blyberg's inks are unparalleled. Readers who are tired of the hero-recycling that's been standard operating procedure at the major comics companies should reward themselves with a visit to Astro City. --Rob Lightner
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This volume centers around Carl Donewicz...also known as the supervillain "Steeljack",for his mantle of steel skin...recently released from a long prison sentence,now faces uncertainty as to how to face his autumn years.His metallic hide marking him by his former profession,he cannot find honest work or even escape the glare of a distrusting world.When he is asked to look into recent deaths in his rundown neighborhood,many of them of low-rent villains and aging thugs,Donewicz begins a journey that takes him face-to-face with a former masked hero whose career ended in disgrace,the initial clue to an insidious plot that might spell the destruction of his home,as well as the loss of his own life.
Artist Alex Ross gives the timeworn Steeljack a face more than a little reminiscent of the aging Robert Mitchum...that's just one of many charms to be found here,whether you're an Astro City fan or new to the series.With a fascinating introduction by writer/artist Frank Miller...a brief but incredible look at the near "death" of the comic book superhero...this is definitely a great read.
If I have one complain, its that this volume hasn't been released in Kindle format as yet.