[ ASTRO CITY: LOCAL HEROES (KURT BUSIEK'S ASTRO CITY) - GREENLIGHT ] by Busiek, Kurt ( Author) Oct-2005 [ Paperback ]
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"Local Heroes" showcases much of what I love about "Astro City." How do courts of law work in a world of DNA clones and shapeshifters? ("Knock Wood") What about the small towns outside of the big city? ("Pastoral"). Are there any comic books in a place were real superheroes fly the sky ("Where the Action Is") and what do they watch on TV? ("Great Expectations"). For some of the stories, it helps to have a background in Silver Age comic books, like "Shining Armor," which shows what happens when Superman gets sick of Lois Lane's constant attempts to expose his secret identity. And you have to look closely at every panel. I only noticed later that the aged hero Supersonic from "Old Times" had popped up in the court case during "Knock Wood."
Some people might be disappointed that none of Astro City's big guns show up during "Local Heroes." No Samaritan. No Winged Victory. No Confessor. No First Family. Not even Steeljack. The only real impactful even from "Local Heroes" is the introduction of the Blue Knight who playes an important role in "Dark Ages." But I liked the focus on the fringe characters, the doormen an firemen and city-smart teens annoyed at having to spend the summer in the country with their cousins. The heart of soul of the series, the human element, is well-represented.