Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Astro City #23

In the first half of a two-issue storyline Astro City writer Kurt Busiek and artist Brent Anderson put their own spin on DC's Gorilla City with the introduction of a talking ape from a hidden city filled with intelligent talking apes who arrives in Astro City with plans on becoming a drummer but quickly learns why that may be problematic and that he may have more potential as a hero.

As a fan of the Silver and Modern age Flash comics I've always loved Gorilla City and it's fun to see Busiek and Anderson come up with their own version of bizarre world set not in the jungles of Africa but in an impossible jungle climate hidden away in the middle of the Antarctic.

As is true with almost all of the comic's best storylines, Astro City #23 leaves the reader wanting more of the central character's story and Sticks' adventures in his new home. Thankfully we will be getting at least one more issue with the simian hero/drummer, but from what we're given here I'm hoping that won't be all we see from the character for the foreseeable future. Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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