Thursday, October 26, 2017

Astro City #48

While still bonkers, the conclusion of G-Dog's story isn't a joyous as Astro City #47. How could it be given the swerve our hero was given at the end of the last issue? Astro City #48 is a beautiful and sweet story about a man and his dog as the days grow shorter and time finally catching up to the canine member of an unlikely pair who became one of the cutest heroes ever to grace the cover of a comic book.

Even with the end looming over the issue, there's still plenty of fun to be had here in more adventures of our hero (including joining an all-animal super-team) and the thief continuing to grow as struggle to be the best man he can be.

While it might be easy to dismiss the two-issue story as the ridiculous adventures of a canine hero, writer Kurt Busiek and Mike Norton tap into some wonderful Silver Age magic with the reflective touch of a more modern tale. It was a joy to read, and my only sadness comes from knowing G-Dog's adventure is done. Best-of-the-Week.

[Vertigo, $3.99]

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