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The Buy Pile: Astro City Gets Social Justice Right

Astro City #49

WHAT IS THE BUY PILE?

Every week Hannibal Tabu (winner of the 2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt/blogger/novelist/poet/jackass on Twitter/head honcho of Komplicated) grabs a whole lotta comics. These periodicals are quickly sorted (how) into two piles -- the "buy" pile (a small pile most weeks, comprised of planned purchases) and the "read" pile (often huge, often including comics that are really crappy but have some value to stay abreast of). Thursday afternoons you'll be able to get his thoughts (and they're just the opinions of one guy, so calm down, and here's some common definitions used in the column) about all of that ... which goes something like this ...

THE BUY PILE FOR NOVEMBER 22, 2017

Astro City #49 (Vertigo/DC Comics)

Jump from the Read Pile. Few scientists and even fewer activists ever get a chance to see the impact they seek to make. This effective, self-contained issue tells the tale of Dr. Bertram Garneau. He's a terrible father and an absentee husband, but he perfectly synthesized his passion for social justice through his abilities as a scientist. This created a superpowered, crowd-sourced phenomenon that makes Captain Universe look listless by comparison. Told through the perspective of the daughter he left behind, this was a delicately told narrative that connected. Great work here by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, Peter Pantazis, John G. Roshell and Jimmy Betancourt.

WHAT'S THE PROGNOSIS?

When Astro City gets it right, wow, it's truly something to see.

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