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Review: Astro City #50


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By Philip Schweier
Jan 31, 2018 - 4:07

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One of the things I appreciate about Astro City is its focus is less on super-heroics and adventure, and more about character. Not just the heroes (in fact, rather little), but in those they serve: the citizens of Astro City. Hence the title of the series, no doubt.


In the latest issue, Mike runs Miranda’s Friends, a support group for those who have been part of a super-hero encounter. Not so much a witness, but an unsung victim. When a villain kidnaps innocents, where do those innocents go for emotional support after being rescued. How do they cope with the PTSD, the survivor’s guilt, and the witch’s brew of emotions such an experience stirs up.


Mike deals with matters as best he can. Those he can’t handle, he has the wisdom to seek someone who can. But Mike has his own concerns that he may be conveniently ignoring, or perhaps simply unaware of. But he’s experienced enough to recognize “You never know what’s coming, but something always does.”


The issue ends on a cliffhanger, suggesting a recent crisis will lead to greater attendance in Mike’s support groups. He seems to recognize this, but is probably ill-prepared for the impact it will have.


For those of us who have every run around a backyard with a towel pinned to our shoulders, most comic books are about the heroes. But not everyone gets to wear the cape to be the hero. Or even be the sidekick. They also serve, who stand and wait. Those of us who don’t get to be Batman sometimes have to settle for being Alfred. And that’s good enough.


Rating: 9/10

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Last Updated: Jan 31, 2018 - 10:15

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