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Astro City Vol. 02: Confession (1997)

by Kurt Busiek (Writer), Brent Anderson (Illustrator)

Other authors: Will Blyberg (Inker)

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Series: Astro City Collections (2), Astro City (V2 #1/2, 4-9)

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Written by Kurt Busiek; Art by Brent Anderson Brian Kinney has left his rural home, seeking adventure in the big city - Astro City. After literally working his way into the super-hero scene as a busboy and waiter, Brian attracts the attention of Astro City's vigilante Confessor. Dubbed Alter Boy, Brian becomes the Confessors sidekick. While Astro City suffers under the looming threat of a serial killer on the loose and the city government moves to ban super heroes altogether, Brian questions the actions of his mentor. If that weren't enough, there just may be an alien invasion looming!… (more)
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There's nothing here that hasn't been done elsewhere, but there are few people who have done it better. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
A young wannabe superhero called Brian Kinney arrives in Astro City and through diligent work attracts the attention of the Confessor, who takes him under his wing. He becomes a crime-fighter with the Confessor and finds that the superhero life is not all roses. The climax of this story made me sad, so that's a decent achievement. ( )
  questbird | Aug 6, 2017 |
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  nerdythor | May 30, 2017 |
I adore Astro City. I read the first volume, then picked up the current ongoing series with the first Vertigo issue, and have slowly been reading the trade collections in between. This is the second volume and it's about as perfect as a superhero tale can get, starting with the introduction Neil Gaiman wrote for the volume. The first 6 issues are one story, an origin story of Confessor and the youth who travels to Astro City to meet the heroes and become someone important. Along the way, his smarts and tenacity earn him a position as Altar Boy, the Confessor's sidekick. But it's not just fighting crime that Confessor teaches young Brian; there are life lessons, too, and over the course of the story, Brian learns a lot about what it means to be a hero and what it means to really matter. There's a lot about mob paranoia and fear mongering that fits as well with things going on in the world in 2016 as when the story was published in the 1990s. There's a nifty short story about lost love that's included and which brought some moisture to my eyes. Sketches and a cover gallery fill up the back pages. ( )
  ShellyS | Jun 18, 2016 |
This volume of Astro City there are two stories, one about a superhero called the Confessor and his sidekick Altar Boy and another about a man named Mike who remembers a girl. The first story is just so incredibly engaging, especially the relationship between the hero and his sidekick. The second story while incredibly short, is so heart wrenching how could it fail to move anyone. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Busiek, KurtWriterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, BrentIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Blyberg, WillInkersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ross, AlexCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sinclair, AlexColoristsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To my parents, Sydney Kirk Thompson Kennedy and Don Kurt Busiek, for...well, for everything.
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To the City of New York - had it contained superheroes, I would have seen them. And to my father, Don Golden Anderson, who might have been one had I looked.
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To Kurt's parents. God bless them for creating such a wonderful child.
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I left Buchanan Corners in early Summer, it was already hot...
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Written by Kurt Busiek; Art by Brent Anderson Brian Kinney has left his rural home, seeking adventure in the big city - Astro City. After literally working his way into the super-hero scene as a busboy and waiter, Brian attracts the attention of Astro City's vigilante Confessor. Dubbed Alter Boy, Brian becomes the Confessors sidekick. While Astro City suffers under the looming threat of a serial killer on the loose and the city government moves to ban super heroes altogether, Brian questions the actions of his mentor. If that weren't enough, there just may be an alien invasion looming!

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