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Review: Astro City #49
By Philip Schweier
November 22, 2017 - 04:20

DC Comics
Writer(s): Kurt Busiek
Artist(s): Brent Anderson
Colourist(s): Peter Pantazis
Letterer(s): Comicraft
Cover Artist(s): Alex Ross

I’m not a political person. I have my own beliefs that I try to follow on a daily basis, and leave others to do the same. This issue of Astro City portrays those who think differently – marching, protesting, adding their voice to the collective in the hope that someone will listen. It would be unfair of me to expect that the actions or beliefs of anyone portrayed in this issue reflect those involved in its publication.

Lulu Garneau is a reporter. She often covers protests, because her father was “the biggest liberal you’ll ever meet.” As an activist, he was unmatched, but as a father, he left a lot to be desired. And when he disappeared, she assumed he was in hiding, and allowed her career to supersede attempts to find him. But then one day at a protest, his presence is felt – lemon drops and pipe tobacco.

And this leads Lulu down the rabbit hole of desperate scientific research, misplaced corporate ambition, and a team of heroes plucked from the street.

There’s no real conclusion (I assume that will come next issue), so Lulu’s investigation means for her, her dad, and those who seek to corrupt his research remains to be seen. It may be a card to be played (much) later, or we may see story’s end in a month. But I enjoy the anthological nature of Astro City. It’s stories with super-heroes, rather than “the adventures of…” If you enjoyed Marvels (also by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross), Astro City is an enjoyable follow-up.

Rating: 9/10


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