And Then I Read: ASTRO CITY 14

AC14Image © Juke Box Productions.

The premise of this issue strikes me as one that would fit into a Rod Serling “Twilight Zone” with a really big budget. If you’ve ever driven in the bleaker parts of the western U.S., you might have encountered one or more roadside museums or similar attractions, quirky and odd establishments, usually tired tourist traps barely run by an elderly eccentric or two. Here we have Ellie, a woman who collects robots. Specifically all the comic book robots in Astro City’s world that have been beaten and battered by super-heroes and left to rot. She rescues them, repairs them if she can, and has them on display. Ellie is a sweet soul, and unfortunately rather gullible. She’s being used by her nephew Fred, who has some other plans for her museum and its denizens, if he can get Ellie out of the way. Great story, fine art, excellent comics.

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