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‘Astro City’ to be published under Vertigo banner

Alex Ross's variant cover for "Astro City" #1

Alex Ross’s variant cover for “Astro City” #1

Less than a month after DC Comics announced that Astro City will return in June as part of “DC proper,” the company has revealed the acclaimed superhero series by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson and Alex Ross will actually be released under the Vertigo banner.

While that will make little difference to fans of the long-running comic, the move helps to bolster the mature-readers imprint, which only recently lost the Hugo Award-nominated Saucer Country and its longtime flagship Hellblazer (relaunched as Constantine in the DC Universe). Astro City will certainly stand out as a rare example of a superhero title on the Vertigo stable.

Debuting in 1995 at Image Comics before ultimately moving to Wildstorm, Astro City centers on the denizens of a mecca for super-powered beings. The title has been on hiatus since DC shuttered the Wildstorm imprint in 2010. The new series continues from the previous arc, a Silver Agent two-parter that served as an epilogue to Astro City: The Dark Age.

Alex Ross's variant cover for "Astro City" #1

Alex Ross’s variant cover for “Astro City” #1

Interior art by Brent Anderson

Interior art by Brent Anderson

ASTRO CITY #1
Written by KURT BUSIEK
Art by BRENT ANDERSON
Cover A by ALEX ROSS (featuring heroes)
Cover B by ALEX ROSS (featuring villains)
On sale JUNE 5 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews order form for details.

ASTRO CITY is back in a new, ongoing monthly series that showcases old heroes and new, as The Ambassador comes to Earth, and an ordinary man is caught up in a cosmic conflict! Featuring the return of favorites like Samaritan and Honor Guard, and the debut of some new sensations! Plus, the seeds of a new mystery: Who is the Broken Man? The entire award-winning creative team is back to kick off a new epoch of the human and the super human. Get in on the ground floor of Astro City’s next epic!

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21 Comments

Matt Halteman

April 1, 2013 at 9:35 am

That’s…odd. But whatever. More “Astro City” is good no matter where it is. As long as Busiek/Anderson still own the property.

WOW!! They did something smart for once!! AMAZING!!!

I’m in.

Looking at the date on this post, it makes way too much sense for it to actually not be a joke.

Not a joke, in the April Previews!

I’ve never read Astro City before and the trades are ridiculously expensive, could i jump on with this?

This was announced yesterday, at WonderCon.

It’s a March Smartguys Day news item.

kdb

Nice to finally hear some good news coming out of Vertigo!

@P.L.666: The best thing about Astro City’s world is you can jump in anywhere and be able to follow the story. The characters of Busiek feel familiar and unique at the same time while Brent Anderson just KILLS it on the art. Take the plunge. You won’t regret it…

I really wish they would put out large trades collecting all of the Astro City stories in just a few books, with all one-shots and specials and everything included. I’ve read a lot of it, but lost track with all the delays and such. Maybe they’ll do that with the move to Vertigo.

I’m glad Kurt dropped in to let us know it is true. I really hate national BS Day/April Fools. This Os good news. Heck any AC news is good news. Can’t wait to read the new books.

Best consistently well written and drawn series in comics over the last 2 decades. I’ve got every one and love re-reading them! Daryll B’s right, aside from the Dark Age story, you can really jump in at any point. Vertigo’s kind of an odd choice, but whatever, just give me more!

Jake Earlewine

April 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Really wanting this!
Don’t care who publishes it, as long as they make Kurt happy.

Comic Book Snob

April 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm

I don’t care what logo it’s under. I’ve been collecting Astro City for more than 15 yrs. If DC defaces any of the new covers with banners of any kind, I will never buy a single comic from them again.

Kory Stephens

April 1, 2013 at 3:22 pm

*jaw drops* STFU!

As long as they don’t put Astro City under the New 52 banner, that’s great. :)

Yeah.. Astro city has been a favorite of mine since the start, but no way am I buying a loose DC comic (or Marvel). They pack their comics full with commercial crapshit that fully disturbs your reading experience. Dark Horse does it as well and it´s SHIT!!
Buying the trade is an option although I´m thinking about boycotting these companies.
Image does a good job, getting better with each new title they bring out.
But the previews is full with interesting independents, let´s pay a little bit closer attention to the small ones.
They might be worthy of your support.

Been reading comics for over 30 years, the ads have never bothered me (though I appreciate what Image does) and the single issue experience is something that I still enjoy. I can’t wait for this book!

Vertigo? YES! FINALLY!!! BEAUTIE’S NIPPLES!!!!!!

I think Astro City under Vertigo is a good sign. After all, Vertigo is now a creator-owned imprint. There’s been a subtle shift away from its original horror leanings in the past couple of years, and I’m okay with that – especially if it means Vertigo gets to survive. It may also help open up the imprint for more genres than previous, and acceptance of those (so if they tried more things, like Vertigo Crime, people would be more accepting of that).

We’ve already seen that subtle shift in Vertigo’s backlist, with ex-WildStorm (but creator-driven) books like Ex Machina, Sleeper and A God Somewhere added to it. Three books that keep the mature aspect of Vertigo going but aren’t horror based.

Hank Kanalz (ex-WildStorm) now also runs Vertigo. He’s a smart guy. He’s not going to ruin Vertigo. The fact that DC are keeping the Vertigo imprint alive is a good and promising thing.

Great to see Astro City back!

Very happy to see Kurt Busiek’s writing back on store shelves. Just read Issue #1, which was a lukewarm re-introduction to the City but I understand that new readers need an in. I’m definitely in for this entire run. That said, I have to say that I read Astro City on the strength of the writing. Brent Anderson’s art has never done it for me. He as a lot of trouble drawing children and females in general–their features often look pinched and a bit masculine.

Welcome Back to Astro City!!

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