Monday, December 16, 2013

Astro City #7

Although the comic begins with the perspective of a young boy badly beaten looking for help, Astro City #7 is the first issue of new series to focus primarily on heroes rather than that normal people whose lives are affected by them. The new four-issue arc finds Winged Victory under attack by super-villains who are claiming that the heroine and protector of women is actually the brains behind their entire operation.

While offering both an origin story for the hero as well as a glimpse of her romantic relationship with the Samaritan, the comic explains how public perception of the heroine, and lack of trust in her, could very well spell the end of her career.

The focus may be different than the adventures we've gotten so far, but the storytelling is still just as good. Given what we've already seen over six issues I'd expect the role of the battered young boy to play a larger role in the story than we've seen so far, as will The Confessor who makes an appearance in the comic's final panel. Worth a look.

[Vertigo, $3.99]

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