Kurt Busiek’s Astro City

Tarnished Angel

Just finished reading the Tarnished Angel and Dark Age: Book One story lines in from Kurt Busiek’s Astro City comics series and I’m mightily impressed. First, big kudos to Daniel or Bob or whoever it was at the JCPL who ordered this series for the library catalog, because it absolutely rocks. It meets Frank Miller and Alan Moore in a dark alleyway and kicks both their butts, to put it bluntly: excellent neo-genre writing (detective noir, cop drama, crime drama, family drama, super hero/fantasy, retro-pastiche), great art-work, captivating story lines. Tarnished Angel in particular blew me away. The protagonist, the late-era Robert Mitchum look-alike Steeljack, was a perfectly written noir straight man — just dumb enough, just earnest enough, just sad enough to be believable without being pathetic. I’ll definitely be reading more of this series, and I’ll be looking out for volume two of Dark Ages.

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About russellwriter

Rob Russell is a dad, husband, writer, musician, educator, comic book reader, bad solderer, pop culture junky, trivia buff and student of everything cool and uncool. His favorite records are Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and, currently, The Best of Bobbie Gentry: The Capitol Years. His favorite comic books are Kurt Busiek's Astro City and Neil Gaiman's Sandman. His favorite literary novels are Gabrial Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. His favorite genre novels are John Scalzi's Red Shirts, M.R. Carrey's The Girl with All the Gifts, and Dan Simmons' Drood. His favorite movie is Goodfellas. His favorite hobby, besides everything, is writing about himself and his favorite things in the third person.

Posted on June 8, 2011, in Comix. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hey, nice review, really makes me want to go back and re-read that volume right now. I love Astro City! This is Kurt Busiek at his best. If you haven’t already, go back and read the very first volume, Astro City : Life in the Big City. It is a collection of short stories, but wow, Busiek packs a lot of story in each of the six tales, and it’s a pretty good setup for all else that follows in Astro City.

    • I haven’t read Life in the Big City yet — will definitely pick that up next time we visit the JCPL. Great picks, Mr. Librarian!

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