After 23 years, Astro City will end its run as a single-issue comic book series this April -- but that doesn't mean the end for the celebrated title.
Series writer Kurt Busiek broke the news on Twitter on Monday, revealing that April's Astro City #52 will be the "final issue of the monthly series." Yet Busiek confirmed the series will then return in graphic novel format, with the "first all-new Astro City graphic novel" on the way, with primary interior artist Brent Anderson and cover artist Alex Ross still in tow.
BIG NEWS! Today’s solicitations feature ASTRO CITY 52 — the final issue of the monthly series! But have no fear — we’ll be back in the first all-new ASTRO CITY GRAPHIC NOVEL! More details to come, from me, Brent, Alex and @vertigo_comics! pic.twitter.com/OlnFYqfaU3— Go Dunwich Leviathans! Resists (@KurtBusiek) January 22, 2018
Busiek assured fans in subsequent replies that this means Astro City will indeed continue for the foreseeable future, "just in larger chunks." Further details, including when the first such graphic novel will be released, have not yet been revealed.
The final single-issue storyline will be a three-issue follow-up to beloved Astro City short story "The Nearness of You," starting with issue #50, scheduled for release on Jan. 31.
Astro City -- about life in superhero-filled title city -- launched in 1995 as part of Image Comics, and quickly became one of the most acclaimed comics series of the era, winning the Eisner Award for Best New Series in 1996 and picking up many more awards during its run. The series then moved to WildStorm's Homage Comics imprint, which was acquired by DC Comics in 1999. After WildStorm shuttered at DC, Astro City moved to DC's Vertigo imprint. Though the series saw considerable delays early in its run, the series has maintained a regular schedule since the launch of the current Vertigo series in 2013.
Check back with CBR later this afternoon for DC Comics' full April 2018 solicitations.