Despite my presence here at this blog every day, I'm not much to wander the byways of the comic news internet. That's why it was very much a surprise when my local shop owner told me that the last regular issue of Astro City will be the fifty-second issue of the current run from DC Comics. I am very sad. I've been on the tour of Astro City from the very beginning in 1996 (over twenty years ago...sigh). I'll admit I've gotten off the series a few times, but I've always returned with a renewed vigor to see all that's visible or at least what Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, and Alex Ross allow me to see. To be fair, the series has dumped me a few times too, jumping publishers more than once and also going on hiatus, often having to do with Busiek's fragile health. Astro City was always a run I expected to end at almost anytime, so while I was momentarily surprised, and I am sad, I'm not terribly shocked. The series did a magnificent job of presenting a superhero universe as seen from the perspective of not only the heroes, both young and old, both male and female, both human and otherwise, but from the perspective of the humble citizen on the street, just trying to cope in a world full of wild science and magic and more. The series was a parable of real life, and like real life, loss is a normal part of it, sadly. So it's farewell to Astro City the series. The saga is supposed to continue in periodic graphic novels, really a great way to tell these stories, but who knows what will come next. The fate of Astro City like life itself is a mystery.
A year ago I posted a reflection on the series, to see it go here.
With the recent cancellation of Popeye from IDW and now this, I am down only one regular comic book series -- Future Quest Presents. And frankly I'm not sure how long that will last. It's just barely possible that I will have no regular comics on my reading list sooner than I expected. For a guy who has at times had scores of comics each month, that's quite a change.