Thursday, April 21, 2016

Astro City #34

   It's difficult to review issues of Astro City because one quickly runs out of superlatives.

   Month in and month out, it's simply one of the best comics on the stands.

   That's because it's created and written by Kurt Busiek, one of the best in the business. He consistently gives us great characters and touching stories, all with an eye toward the history and traditions of comic books.

   This issue wraps up a storyline featuring Steeljack, a steel-covered  former villain who's trying to go straight by becoming a detective.

   He's not the smartest guy around, but he knows it and uses his street smarts and sheer toughness to deal with the dangers that follow his profession.

   So when a mystery criminal starts framing "retired" criminals, Steeljack helps an old friend as she tries to clear her name. It's a fun adventure that includes secret hideouts, a criminal mastermind, lots of twists and turns and a touching wrap-up.

    With terrific art by Brent Anderson and yet another tremendous cover by Alex Ross, and it's easy to see why this is a series every comics fan should be reading.

   Highly recommended!

Grade: A


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