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 18!
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 #18: A spotlight on Quarrel and Crackerjack begins as they face a real crisis: what does an aging crimefighter do when time starts to take its toll?
1. Quarrel first appeared back in ASTRO CITY vol. 1 #1. How much of her origin had you developed back then?
Kurt Busiek: Not a whole lot, actually. I had general ideas—I knew her father had been a supervillain, and she’d grown up dirt poor, but I knew we’d be able to flesh out the details when we needed to, so I didn’t work up a complicated set of biography notes on her or anything. I doubt we even knew her real name, at that point.
And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this special look inside Astro City #18! A special thank you to Kurt Busiek for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. If you haven’t had a chance to read Astro City, I highly recommend running down to your local shop and picking it up.
Astro City #19 – As her career may be ending, Quarrel looks back at her earliest days as a super hero, including the roots of her on-again/off-again romance with Crackerjack. Plus: Honor Guard and the Omega Rangers!