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Rusty’s Comic of the Week: Astro City #20 | February 19, 2015


This would have been a small week anyway, but with my decision to cut back, I didn’t get Secret Six or Darth Vader. Down to four books (though next week is still nearly a full-sized week).

I am working out a system for one collections to buy. I am collecting older collections, trying to build my ‘library’, but that is coming out of a different pot of money. It is slower (unless I go on a poker tear… 🙂 )

It looks like the first book I am going to buy when I fully with over is Afterlife With Archie Volume 1. Assuming there isn’t a Lumberjanes collection yet.

For my ‘other’ collection, I have X-Men: Ghosts on order.

This week…

SPIDER-WOMAN #4 (Hopeless / Land / Leisten / D’Armata) Marvel

I should have dropped this book sooner. I thought this was still Spider-Vese, but it isn’t really. It is a little side note wrap-up and stage setting for the very different stuff to follow.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14 (Dan Slott / Giuseppe Camuncoli / Olivier Coipel / Justin Ponsor) Marvel

So Spider-Verse ends in a big fight where suddenly the bad guys don’t seem nearly as tough for some reason. O’kay.

ALL-NEW X-MEN #36 (Bendis / Asrar / Gracia) Marvel

Another wrap-up as the X-Men in the Ultimate Universe story finishes up, with a number of hints at the Secret Wars story to come.

Is Secret Wars going to be all Beast’s fault?

ASTRO CITY #20 (Busiek / Anderson / Ross / Sinclair / Comicraft) Vertigo

This is the only book this week that I am not dropping immediately. There is another issue in the story.

And what a story it is! Showing how heroes age… the new super-powered ones, that is. This is the best thing along these lines I have seen since they did that aging Blue Beetle story.

Who am I kidding. This is better.


  1. Astro City remains great.

    Have you read Southern Bastards by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour?

    It, Astro City, and Hawkeye are my only Day 1 purchases. (Sex Criminals often is, digitally, but I also buy trades, and I buy trades of Unwritten and Saga, and read Marvel stuff through the Unlimited app on the Ipad.) It’s pretty brilliant stuff, but the genre may not be as appealing to everyone as it is to me — I love the “Walking Tall” style southern asshole cop story, and Aaron subverts the genre just enough, and is doing some amazing character work too. The second arc (currently running) is entirely a character study of the villain, which would be a pretty ballsy move this early on in a series if it wasn’t overshadowed by some of the other really neat stuff he pulled out at the end of the first arc.

    It’s basically old Sheriff returns to clean up the town + Friday Night Lights in the kind of deep south southern town that’s actually shitty instead of Texas upper middle class. It’s the first book since Scalped (which came across too often as misery porn) that easily shows in a very simple way why Aaron is a way better writer than Remender/Hickman/Johns/Snyder/all the other million around-40 comic writers that make up the current generation of dudes: his pacing is fantastic, his plots escalate really well, and he doesn’t let the big ideas overwhelm the character work. His Marvel stuff, which I quite like, has too many (great) cornball ideas to use as great examples to people who don’t love b-movie concepts and pop 60s/70s comics like I do.

    Comment by Lucas — February 20, 2015 @ 6:34 am

    • I haven’t but it is on my ‘list’. 🙂

      Comment by rpriske — February 20, 2015 @ 1:21 pm

  2. Latour’s killin’ it on art, too.

    Comment by Lucas — February 20, 2015 @ 6:34 am

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