Welcome to Inside Astro City, a column focusing on the Vertigo Comics series Astro City from Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, and Alex Ross. Each month, we’ll take a look at the current issue of the series, and ask series writer Kurt Busiek questions about the book. Let’s jump into issue 14!
This is a spoiler-filled column, so if you have not yet read the issue you might want to come back later. You can find the issue at your local comic book shop or you can download it from Comixology here.
Astro City #14: A roadside killer-robot sanctuary and museum? Only in Astro City. Meet Ellie and her very unusual friends.
Kurt Busiek: It originally started out in my mind as a young woman running an evil-robot sanctuary, like someone who’d collect stray dogs. Just part of me thinking about “what else is out there” in a superhero world. If there are animal sanctuaries in our world, is there something like that in ASTRO CITY, but with a superhero connection?
KB: Probably mostly due to my conviction that even background characters in ASTRO CITY need to be characters that the reader can easily imagine as foreground characters in their own stories. I mean, these are all robots that villains used in battle with heroes or other criminal acts, so that would have been a main, forefront adventure if it were presented in an ordinary comic book.
KB: I don’t suppose “Competency Hearing” counts as one word.
Astro City #15: “Ellie’s Friends” part two. In the wake of last issue’s devastation, Ellie has to find a way to save her longtime friends and discover the truth about her past in the process. Plus: Honor Guard and the villainy of Vivi Viktor!