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Life in the Big City is just too much!!!,
This review is from: Astro City: Life in the Big City (Kurt Busiek's Astro City) (Paperback)
First off let me say that the concept of Astro City is fantastic. A superb set-up for Busiek to develop a fully realised city full of intrigue and drama. However, we are thrown head first into Astro city life and for me it was too much too soon. I really wanted and expected this volume to establish the city - its history, politics etc but instead we get 6 independent stories. I suspect that because of my high expectations for this edition (which won an Eisner award for best new series) I was always going to be disappointed.
I can see that with this volume Busiek is showing us that Astro City has a diversity of beings, cultures and locations in an attempt to demonstrate the cities sense of scale. However, I fill that this sets the reader up for a slight fall - as Astro City (which is surely the the main player in this) is given 2nd place (in the 1st volume) to its inhabitants. To many characters are thrown at you and I feel the need for things to slow down. All in all I feel that Life in the Big City should not have been the volume to kick off what should be (hopefully) a fascinating series.