Since it began nearly 20 years (!) ago, writer Kurt Busiek and artist Brent Anderson's Astro City has offered up superhero tales from the perspective of the regular humans who encounter them. Clearly, it's proven to be a concept with some serious longevity. The creative team is still coming up with fresh concepts.
Take the newest issue for example. On sale now, issue #14 of the Vertigo series focuses on an elderly woman named Ellie who runs a roadside museum -- the kind one often finds on long drives out West -- full of what seem to be busted-up robot henchmen. To the superheroes who destroyed them on their way to taking down a supervillain, they were just another obstacle. To Ellie, they're showpieces, and, as the title indicates, friends.
A very enormous Superman movie is opening in America today, and the Man of Steel publisher DC Comics is availing itself of the occasion to launch Superman Unchained, a brand new ongoing series by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee. Staffed by two of DC Comics' current superstars, Superman Unchained is designed not just to entertain its existing readership and to welcome Man of Steel viewers intrigued by what they've seen on screen (an eminently sensible plan), but the pairing of Lee and Snyder has also drawn some lapsed Superman readers back to see what's become of Earth's greatest hero since his New 52 makeover.
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