Kurt Busiek’s Astro City is one of the best superhero comic books currently going on, and it’s coming back after a loooooong hiatus this coming June as an ongoing series—as opposed to the several miniseries it’s been since Busiek, Anderson and Ross pulled the plug on the first ongoing. It’s one of the few books that tries to address the legacy of the late Jack Kirby and actually manages not merely to avoid embarrassing itself but to go the King one better. The characters are beautifully fleshed-out, Brent Anderson’s art is gritty in perfect counterpoint to Kirby’s blockiness, and Alex Ross’s character designs are second to none.
And the last few stories have just been stellar, so I was pretty worried when Wildstorm went away a few years ago, let me tell you. It’s not good for a comic book when the publisher folds (see previous post on Miracleman), even if it’s an imprint of a larger entity. Also the poor bastard (Busiek) got horribly, horribly ill—his Twitter feed was nail-biting for a little while, let me tell you—but now he’s better (hooray!) and there’s a new book coming out about somebody called “The Broken Man,” published by DC proper.
Hopes are very high.