Kurt Busiek returns to his epic superhero world of Astro City in a new series from DC Comics. In a universe full of famous super-powered heroes and villains, Astro City focuses on the people who live in this unique environment. Some of them have powers, others do not. Kurt Busiek explores many areas in Astro City, both past and present, through short stories and biographies of the characters who live there.
Astro City is finally back! Hurray! The first two issues were warmly received and met the level of quality I expect from the series. Does the third issue maintain the quality streak? Find out with your Major Spoilers review!
Jake Cortez and Kirby follow after Jake’s daughter Bobbi, who has been changed into the Midnight Swan, and the mysterious Darius Drumm finally makes an appearance in this issue of Kirby Genesis!
Many people cite Jack Kirby a source of inspiration, but he crafted many lesser known, or completely obscure creations outside the hallowed halls of Marvel and DC Comics. Does this attempt to merge the fractured worlds of Jack Kirby’s creations have what it takes? Take the jump, and find out!
Coming this May from Dynamite, Kurt Busiek will be re-teaming with Alex Ross for Kirby: Genesis, their first full collaboration since 1993′s Marvels! With Kirby: Genesis, Busiek and Ross are primed to expand on the vision of the legendary Jack Kirby with the same dynamic and unique perspective on superheroes that made Marvels such an original and successful story, allowing a new generation of comic book readers to become acquainted with the genius that is Jack Kirby!
Having already thrilled fans with the release of teaser images for the upcoming Kirby: Genesis comic book line, Dynamite Entertainment is now proud to announce that “the friend” who is joining Alex Ross will be none other than best-selling and multiple Eisner and Harvey award-winning writer Kurt Busiek! Writer Kurt Busiek will be re-teaming with Alex Ross for their first full collaboration since 1993′s Marvels. With Kirby: Genesis, Busiek and Ross are primed to expand on the vision of the legendary Jack Kirby with the same dynamic and unique perspective on superheroes that made Marvels such an original and successful story, allowing a new generation of comic book readers to become acquainted with the genius that is Jack Kirby!
While the werewolf and zombie craze is starting to wane, vampire interest is starting to peek once again, and BOOM! Studios is hoping it will pay off for them with the release of Dracula: The Company of Monsters by Kurt Busiek, Daryl Gregory, and Scott Godlewski.
“Dracula’s a character who’s always fascinated me,” says series creator Kurt Busiek, “and getting a chance to build something firmly rooted in Dracula’s real-world (and Stoker-novel) history, but with a very modern edge, is the kind of creative challenge I love. It’s the world’s greatest vampire against the corporate world — and there’s no easy way to tell who’s the real villain, and who’s the hero. I’m thrilled to be working with Daryl, Scott and BOOM! on this. Putting it together feels like the early days of working on CONAN, and I think the results are going to be a real treat for readers.”
DRACULA: THE COMPANY OF MONSTERS tells the story of a powerful, predatory corporation that acquires a valuable asset…Dracula! They think they own him, but no one can own the Son of the Dragon. There’s a monster in their midst that puts Hannibal Lecter to shame–and he plans to gain his freedom in blood.
Well, it certainly sounds like a different take, although I could swear I saw a movie from the dark days of the late ’90s that had something similar to this, but I’ll go with it as long as I can see some more of Scott Godlweski’s artwork. He’s currently working on Codebreakers, and I’m loving what he is doing there.
In this issue: The House of Mouse buys the House of Ideas. And that’s it. Really. Nothing else happened this week. Okay, so the Major Spoilers Crew also take a quick look at some comic book reviews, and dive headfirst into Kurt Busiek’s Astro City: The Dark Age Volume 1.
Show Notes after the Jump!
Or – “Wars Which Are Secret And Infinite Earths In Crisis…”
The arrival of a new issue of issue of Astro City is always a pleasant surprise for me, as Kurt Busiek’s magnum opus seldom, if ever, hits a false note.Â This issue officially takes us into the second half of the Dark Age maxi-series, as the story of the Williams brothers starts moving in a rather unexpected direction…
Or – “It’s Always Darkest Before It Gets Pitch Black…”
Anymore it seems like late books are pretty much an accepted fact of the comics industry, both to the publishers and to the readers. When Superman and Wonder Woman have story arcs that just STOP, finishing up months later while the title goes off on a new arc, or when it takes a year to get an issue of All-Star $&@%&! Batman, I wonder if we’re really any better off than the days when ‘Dreaded Deadline Doom’ would stick a reprint or filler story right in the middle of Captain America’s run-in with the Secret Empire or Johnny Blaze’s big fight with the Hulk. On the other hand, we have Astro City, a book that we don’t EXPECT to hit a monthly schedule, but the quality is worth the quarterly schedule. The Dark Age is projected, if memory serves, as four linked miniseries, so we’ve not only hit the end of this book, but the mid-point of the story proper.
Or – “Real 1970′s Comics Were Pretty Much This Weird, Too…”
In the “Me Decade,” there was a lot of cultural shifting going on: the civil rights movement was in full swing, a related women’s rights movement got it’s start, and countries around the globe didn’t even realize that they were beginning to create a world culture and economy. This upheaval was reflected in the comics of the time, unsurely trying to stake out new territory as a medium for “adults.” We saw Clark Kent become a newscaster and finally give up his blue pinstripe suit, we saw unusual concepts and characters, from Howard The Duck to the Headmen to Man-Bat, the first gay superhero (though Northstar didn’t come out until years later) and we even saw a black solo hero in his own title (Luke Cage, though Dell Comics’ cowboy Lobo had a short-lived series of his own 8 years earlier.) The 1970′s was a very schizophrenic decade, and it was a strange, dark time for comics. Since Astro City is as much a story about comics and comic archetypes as it is about soopaheeeroes, The Dark Age reflects that…
Or – “The 1970′s Never Looked So Good.”
The arrival of an issue of Astro City is one of those rare treats, like a Peanut Buster Parfait, or perhaps seeing your favorite movie on cable on a Saturday night when you’re up anyway, and there’s nothing else on but Skinemax. It’s quite sad that this kind of quality requires long-term slaving by master-level comic industry craftsmen to create, making the wait between issues much longer than the norm. Busiek and Anderson’s masterpiece is knee-deep in history, dealing with one of the darkest periods in Astro City’s past, an era of superfreaks, backstabbers, and convoys truckin’ through the night. Like my friend Bruce says, it’s always darkest before it gets completely *$(&ing black…