Astro City

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A companion piece to Astro City #37, the latest issue of Astro City remains in the Roaring Twenties. The musical theme remains as well, but while several other heroes are mentioned, the comic’s central focus is on Jazzbaby. Listening to the music of the city, Jazzbaby is able to find, and anticipate, trouble.

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Bringing back the character of the Broken Man, introduced in the first issue of the current Astro City series, Astro City #37 gives us a peek into the unusual character’s home (known as the Dream House) and offers a new story that teases possible further information about the Broken Man and his war against the Oubor in future issues.

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Concluding the two-part multi-generational tale of the three men who have been Jack-in-the-Box, Astro City #36 offers answers about what happened to the original hero as well as delivering two separate super-villain origin stories.

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Presented from the perspective of the teenage grandson of the original Jack-in-the-Box, Astro City #35 offers us a brief history of both the boy’s grandfather and father (who would pick up the mantle years later after the original was killed in a final tussle with the Underlord and his Weirdies).

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Steeljack‘s three-issue arc comes to a close as the former super-villain turned private detective and one-time squeeze Cutlass come up against the arc’s true villain: a greedy collector grabbing and using super-villain tech for his own amusement (and to decorate his garish restaurant). Astro City #34 is the weakest issue of the arc but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty for fans to enjoy including a nice (if a bit hokey) epilogue as dejected Steeljacket is surprised by the support of his friends which helps the man of steel put the entire sordid mess behind him.

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“Things Past” continues as we spend more time with the reunited former super-villains Steeljack and Cutlass. The villain turned private eye passes some time sharing a few stories of contemporaries of theirs unable to give up the life and the cost each eventually had to pay. Steeljack also takes his old friend to visit the Fix-It Man, and that’s when things go all to hell.

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Astro City #32 begins a new arc centered around a former villain attempting to turn his life around. After putting his nefarious career behind him years ago, Steeljack has managed to carve out a small niche for himself working salvage while moonlighting as a cemetery manager, a private detective, and bounty hunter chasing down bail jumpers. His life isn’t easy, but it’s peaceful enough… until a woman from his past shows up in his office asking for a favor.

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Known for taking a different perspective on the super-hero concept, the latest issue of Astro City is presented not from the view of a hero, villain, or even civilian of the planet Earth. Instead the entire issue takes place on the planet Zirros, throneworld of the Zirr Empire, from the perspective of a young dreamer named Zozat who grows up hating the alien invaders known as humans.

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20 years after the very first issue of Asto City hit comic shops the latest issue of the current harkens back to that very first story as, once again, the series takes a look into the dreams of the world’s mightiest super-hero – Samaritan. It seems out hero still dreams of flying, but lately those dreams have turned into nightmares which are beginning to concern the hero even in his waking hours.

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Astro City #25 offers a snapshot of the life of a second-generation super-hero in Hummingbird who is both gifted and cursed with unique gifts which begin to express themselves during adolescence including wings that give her the power of flight.

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