DC Comics Universe & DC Black Label Spoilers? Astro City From Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross & Brent Anderson Returning As Original Graphic Novels!


DC Comics Universe and DC Black Label Spoilers?

Astro City From Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross and Brent Anderson Returning As Original Graphic Novels!

Will it return to DC Comics under the Black Label imprint since Vertigo, Astro City’s last home, has been shuttered? Writer Kurt Busiek is quoted below.

Newsarama reports:

      “I’ve got a bunch of other stuff in the works, and there was lots of pandemic-related upheaval there, too. What I’ve been telling people who ask is ‘We hope to be making some exciting announcements soon,’ and I think ‘soon’ might be very soon — but it’s not quite here yet, so that’s all I can really say…”

      …In the final years of the Astro City comic book series, a majority of its sales came from the collected editions and digital versions – not the serialized comic book. DC Black Label Executive Editor Mark Doyle brought up the idea to switch to OGNs in 2018, arguing (according to Busiek) that since the graphic novel format sells the most, “why not do it in that format first, and put the prime solicitation and promotion into the form that most people will be reading it in?”

      “This way, we can do longer stories without the need to get them published 24 pages a month, which is good, because we’ve got a number of them built up we’ve been wanting to get to. And as long as we’re getting enough pages done per month, we don’t have to hit that 24-page finish line every four weeks or so; we can do it at the speed it needs, and if we get a 200-page book done one year and a 180-page book done the next, that’s fine; it’s not like we have to get have to get 288 pages done every year, which we did under the monthly system…”

Astro City launched in 1995 follow creator-owned super-heroes, super-villains and regular folks who live in the orbit, pun intended, of Astro City.

The first volume of Astro City from 1995 to 1996 lasted 10 issues, including a 1/2 issue, published under Image Comics and collected in two tpbs.

    – Astro City Volume 1: Life in the Big City (Volume 1 vol. #1–6)
    – Astro City Volume 2: Confession (Volume 1 #1/2, 4-9)

The second volume lasted from 1996 to 2010 under the Homage Imprint and then later WildStorm Imprint which was later bought by DC Comics. This volume consisted of an ongoing series and several mini-series collected as per the below.

    – Astro City Volume 3: Family Album (Volume 2 #1–3, 10–13)
    – Astro City Volume 4: Tarnished Angel (Volume 2 #14–20)
    – Astro City Volume 5: Local Heroes (Volume 2 #21–22, Local Heroes #1–5, Supersonic Special, Since the Fire)
    – Astro City Volume 6: The Dark Age Book One: Brothers and Other Strangers (The Dark Age volume 1 #1–4 and volume 2 #1–4)
    – Astro City Volume 7: The Dark Age Book Two: Brothers in Arms (The Dark Age volume 3 #1–4 and volume 4 #1–4)
    – Astro City Volume 8: Shining Stars (Samaritan Special, Astra #1–2, Silver Agent #1–2 and Beautie #1)

From 2013 to 2018 DC Comics published a 52 issues Astro City series under its Vertigo imprint which is collected.

    – Astro City Volume 9: Through Open Doors (Volume 3 #1–6)
    – Astro City Volume 10: Victory (Volume 3 #7–10 and Visitor’s Guide #1)
    – Astro City Volume 11: Private Lives (Volume 3 #11–16)
    – Astro City Volume 12: Lovers Quarrel (Volume 3 #18–21 and 23-24)
    – Astro City Volume 13: Honor Guard (Volume 3 #17, 22, 25, 27-28, 31)
    – Astro City Volume 14: Reflections (Volume 3 #26, 29-30, 32–34)
    – Astro City Volume 15: Ordinary Heroes (Volume 3 #35-36, 39-40, 42, 44)
    – Astro City Volume 16: Broken Melody (Volume 3 #37-38, 41, 43, 45-46)
    – Astro City Volume 17: Aftermaths (Volume 3 #47–52)

That’s over 100 issues of Astro City collected in 17 trade paperbacks in 25 years. Impressive.

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