A witty portrait of life in a metropolis inhabited by super-powered heroes and villains, the critically acclaimed ASTRO CITY: LOCAL HEROES offers a realistic portrayal of the effect that these supernatural beings would have on the lives of ordinary humans. Told through the eyes and experiences of regular people, this enthralling volume includes tales of a woman's tragic attempt to expose a hero's true identity, a young lawyer's resourceful arguments to save his super-villain client, and a powerless doorman's act of selfless heroism.
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Kurt Busiek has been writing comics professionally since three days before he graduated from college in 1982, when he sold a "Tales of the Green Lantern Corps" backup story that appeared in "Green Lantern #162." Since then, he's worked on just about everything from "Action Comics" to "Zot!," including runs on "Avengers," "Superman," "Conan" and others, and has co-created "Thunderbolts," "The Autumnlands," "Arrowsmith" and more. He's best known for his work on the multiple-award-winning "Marvels" and "Astro City."From School Library Journal:
Grade 8 Up–In Astro City, superhumans mingle among the regular people and attacks from evil villains are typical daily fare. This book is a collection of nine exceptionally well-written vignettes about the inhabitants, both from the perspective of ordinary people and superheroes. In Pastoral, readers meet a punk teen who is forced to spend the summer with her relatives in the country. Through a series of her IMs, readers learn that the country is not as boring and simple as the girl had thought, and that even small towns have their own superheroes and intrigue. In the equally charming Old Times, readers meet Supersonic, a retired superhero called into duty, and see the results of trying to relive the past. Local Heroes is an engagingly written book with expressive, skillful art. An accomplished collection, it's a solid purchase for superhero fans.–Jennifer Feigelman, Plattekill Public Library, Modena, NY
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