• Title: Astro City, Vol. 6: The Dark Age, Book One: Brothers and Other Strangers
  • Author: Kurt Busiek Brent Anderson
  • ISBN: 9781401218683
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Astro City Vol The Dark Age Book One Brothers and Other Strangers Today Astro City is a shining metropolis on a hill where super heroes patrol the skies However things were not always as bright as they are today In the early s in the wake of a global catastro
    Today Astro City is a shining metropolis on a hill where super heroes patrol the skies However, things were not always as bright as they are today In the early 1970 s, in the wake of a global catastrophe, two brothers, one good and one evil must deal with family secrets and social upheaval, involving heroes from Jack In the Box to the Blue Knight and the unsettling eventToday Astro City is a shining metropolis on a hill where super heroes patrol the skies However, things were not always as bright as they are today In the early 1970 s, in the wake of a global catastrophe, two brothers, one good and one evil must deal with family secrets and social upheaval, involving heroes from Jack In the Box to the Blue Knight and the unsettling events leading to the final fate of the mysterious Silver Agent Find out why this era was so troubled through the eyes of two men who survived the depths of it

    One Reply to “Astro City, Vol. 6: The Dark Age, Book One: Brothers and Other Strangers”

    1. splendid tale of two brothers with divergent life paths (one to crime and the other to law) against a backdrop of much superheroic sturm und drang. as always, Busiek places the human element front and center, and all of the intergalactic battles and nefarious deeds and time travel etc are relegated to context - specifically for why life choices are sometimes made for us by outside factors, and why we must always struggle against such determinism. Busiek is surely one of the most humane comic boo [...]

    2. This was quite ambitious. Like many of the Astro City short stories, The Dark Age looks at superheroes through the eyes of the normal people they're saving. Or not saving. It's the scope of the story that's really ambitious. Following two brothers over the course of years of their lives and 16 issues (an eternity for an Astro City story), The Dark Age is Busiek's take on Grim and Gritty heroes. Anybody could just pick this up without reading any of the other Astro City stories. But why would you [...]

    3. There's more than one way to deconstruct comics. Moore's dark, cynical, political style has been very influential--partially because his own works are so well-respected, but also because many comic authors come from the same tradition of British black comedy comics, a la 2000AD.But Busiek is definitely American, through and through, and his love for the four-color capes comics shines through. With Moore, there's always that sense that the heroism of these supermen is detached, self-serving, and [...]

    4. I'm more into horror, fantasy and humorous graphic novels, but boy do I love this superhero series. I'd rather read Astro City than any other superhero books, except maybe PS238, which is also a sideways approach to the genre. The POV in this series is often a regular Joe, and the regular Joes in Dark Age are two brothers, one a cop and one a criminal who both resent the "Masks." The transition from one point of view to the other was seamless, thanks to the color-coded speech bubbles, and their [...]

    5. Out of the whole entire Internet, not one person told me that the 4th volume of Planetary was released. (It was released on my birthday, no less.) I had to find out it was released on my own while reading the AV Club on my iPhone in the middle of night when I couldn't sleep. That is not cool, entire Internet.But the AV Club review I read also mentioned Astro City and the subset of Astro City called The Dark Age. So when Comic Relief in Berkeley was sold out of Planetary Vol 4, I bought the first [...]

    6. I couldn't find a copy of Astro City Vol. 2 so I figured I'd skip forward in the series (and back in time). Maybe that was a mistake, but regardless, I didn't enjoy Dark Age nearly as much as the original Astro City. I get that Busiek is doubling down on the contrast of a "regular Joe" narrative set around extraordinary events, but it just doesn't work here. Or maybe it works to well. Just like the citizens of Astro City, I glazed over at the activities of the Apollo 11, the First Family, Honor [...]

    7. For some reason I don't want for The Dark Age to be the most compelling and interesting part of the Astro City series thus far, but I really think it is. The one-and-done stories seem to be where Busiek's heart is, but there's something to be said for a story that develops a little more depth. The morality and narrativity of his shorter stories are just sort of wearyingly formulaic at time, and while the Dark Age Cain & Abel story is somewhat equally obvious, the entire storyworld is ramped [...]

    8. This is my first exposure to the Astro City series and I'm blown away! An excellent couple of books really well done in all respects.

    9. Busiek y anderson prueban en esta ocasión con una historia larga, con dos hermanos en una era del crepúsculo de los héroes, con más sombras que luces. Simplemente genial

    10. Excellent book. Manages to tell both a small personal story and an epic tale stretching 15 years at the same time.

    11. The Dark Age, Kurt Busiek's comic filled throwback to a less than ideal Astro City era is dark, gritty, and strangely realistic even though its filled with literal out of this world events. The story is actually about two brothers growing up in the dark age and how their different paths always seem to cross with each other and masks in Astro City. Its done incredibly well. Brent Anderson might have done his best work here as he shifts from street level to cosmic without missing a beat. Amazing w [...]

    12. In volume 6 Busiek launches into full-on Watchmen territory, as the storylines get dark (hence the title, I guess) and the lines between heroes and villains blurs.The tone has definitely changed, and I think things are going to go badly for a lot of characters

    13. I think this is the best volume by far. Busiek returns to the narrative structure and tells the story that he's been hinting at throughout the entire series. In past issues we get glimpses of the Silver Agent, statues, anecdotes, and through them all references to some tragedy that befell Astro City in the past. The Silver Agent is like the ultimate hero, but one that was fallen, either because of his own folly or because of self-sacrifice - we were never really sure. Until now. And boy does it [...]

    14. Wow. I can't believe only a few short volumes ago I was ready to write this series off as mediocre and derivative. It seems to me that at some point, Busiek must've just had an epiphany and turned Astro City into one of the greatest comic book series of all time.It's tough to say since everything in the past few volumes has been so top-notch, but this might be my favorite entry of the series yet. For the first time in the series, we really get a big, epic storyline in Astro City, spanning many y [...]

    15. This sixth volume of Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson and Alex Sinclair's Astro City collects Astro City/Arrowsmith # 1, Astro City: The Dark Age Book One #1–4 and Astro City: The Dark Age Book Two #1–4; that is the first half of their biggest epic to date. Whereas two of the earlier five volumes – Confession (vol. 2) and The Tarnished Angel (vol. 5) – have contained full TPB long story arcs, the majority of the series (Life in the Big City (vol. 1), Family Album (vol. 3) and Local Heroes (vo [...]

    16. This volume (along with the next one) happens to be one of the most polarizing storylines in Astro City, it also happens to be one of my favorite. The Dark Age story line had been alluded to in the preceding years (basically since Astro City became in ongoing comic) with regards to the mysterious fate of the Silver Agent whose memorial is always talked about and shown, but we never figure out what happened to him. Boy, do we learn here. This saga is itself, Busiek's referendum on the dark age of [...]

    17. Really, this book falls flat. The preface seems like it is designed to convince the reader that the entire novel is a work of brilliance. Sans preface, the story is schizophrenic. There are a million running "side plots," infused into a back story about two siblings. Presumably, the back story is supposed to advance the plot, or give the story some kind of cohesion. There is the implication that there is some kind of greater meaning buried somewhere within these pages.Has the author found a way [...]

    18. Up 'til now, you might have been thinking that all those little stories are just thatunconnected shorts that are fun. This book starts letting you know that you have been seeing pieces of an entire tapestry, a huge, overreaching storyline & Busiek has been introducing it to you bits at a time. Told from the point of view of two brothers who have taken two different attitudes on life, based on their reaction to a horrible event they experienced in childhood, we start seeing some of the storie [...]

    19. Busiek has really got this down - telling the stories of the every day people in a world where super heroes are a constant, and using both aspects to reflect upon each other. Although the main story, of two brothers on opposite sides of the law, is almost a cliche at this point, the way Busiek works the heroes (and villains) in is very effective. The telling of the Silver Agent's story, which I'm pretty sure I've read from a different perspective, still manages to highlight the people and the ti [...]

    20. This volume is the most genre deconstruction-oriented of the series so far. Busiek analyzes and basically nails the essence of what was wrong about the dark age of the superhero comics. Basically it says: it wasn't about justice any longer, it was all about revenge. That's what superheroes started fighting for, and becoming dark and vicious. No surprise then that the hero who is at the center of the episode that initiates the dark ages in this series is called the Silver Agent, who represent the [...]

    21. I'm not sure I truly appreciated this book the first time I read it; I think it gains texture when read with the rest of Astro City, especially the previous volume which set up some of the characters and plots that are more fully realized here.Overall, this is a rather magnificent take on a dark and gritty '70s heroscope, full of lots of hero tropes, gang warfare, and other noir-esque motifs. As is the case with the best Astro City, it's also offers a great personal story which gains weight as i [...]

    22. Many years ago, I was introduced by a local comic dealer to the work of Kurt Busiek and Astro City and immediately fell in love.After a fall-out with said local comic shop, I fell out of collecting a weekly pull list and was unable to keep up with The Samaritan, The Furst Family and all of the rest.While staying with a friend recently, I picked up this book and am sorry that I let my little spat with the local comic shop spoil my enjoyment of Mr. Busiek's work.When I realized that I was going to [...]

    23. Ok, so I have been singing praises for Astro City. I have read four Astro City trades at this point, and this one is by far the most incredible! This book does such an incredible job of showing the bitterness and the resentment that normal folks would experience, while suffering through all of the Cosmic Crisis and Internal Fighting that comes along with superheroes. The two brothers at the center of this story are so compelling, and easy to relate to, you are there with them for every negative [...]

    24. This volume is my first exposure to the Astro City series, and boy is it a doozy! Basically Watchmen as told by the regular people affected by the actions of superheroes, it packs a surprising emotional wallop. The juxtaposition of POVs of two brothers on opposite sides of the law is a great storytelling device that really grabbed me. The large cast of superheroes are essentially dark parodies of many classic archetypes and most them are pretty wacky and messed up. I also loved the 1970s setting [...]

    25. Much like "The Tarnished Angel", this is a multi-issue story but where "Tarnished Angel" took on noir & gangster comics, "Dark Age" is a full-on epic sweep exploration of Astro City, the malaise of the 1970's, and a sly nod to Crisis on Infinite Earths, the death of Captain America, and a whole lot of other stuff.In fact, that's really my only fear with the Astro City books - I wonder if you have to be a comics fan to appreciate the full texture of what Kurt Busiek & the various artists [...]

    26. Great stuff. Exactly what you expect from Astro City. Retro heroes and villains in the background with a "real live" normal person (or persons in this case) telling the story. It's so different from a normal superhero comic but not something you would want to read all the time. The (non-super) human element just makes it easier to relate to the story than you do to Superman's or Captain America's everyday problems.

    27. Takes place in a superhero world similar to the DC and Marvel universes, but from the point of view of two normal people. The story is really good, and it gives you a whole new perspective on a world filled with superheroes. Astro City is a lot better than much of what DC and Marvel have been putting out lately. It would be a good read for both superhero fans and people who aren't really into mainstream superhero comics.

    28. I liked the first Astro City and this did not disappoint. A good reflection on the "ordinary people" of the superhero world and how the actions of major players effect their lives. By obsession, do you become what you despise? I als liked how the centerpiece of the books was Charles and Royal's relationship -- really added some soul to the characters. Also, props for making the protagonists African-American, Mr. Busiek. Recommended for fans of:Top 10PowersWelcome to Tranquility

    29. I love books that deal with massive events happening the peripheryd that's a lot of what Astro City seems to be about: unimaginable super-heroic events occurring at the fringes of the understanding of us regular folks. It doesn't hurt that the regular folk in Astro City are richly imagined and live realistically in a world full of Kirby/Ditko-esque unimaginability. Pretty awesome. I'm definitely going back to pick up the first few collections.

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