And Then I Read: ASTRO CITY #44

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Has writer Kurt Busiek written this issue specifically to appeal directly to ME? Sure seems that way! A super-cat, Kittyhawk, is the star character, nicely portrayed on the cover here by Alex Ross, and equally well inside by Rick Leonardi. He was a stray taken in by Nightingale, petting him here, who with her partner Sunshrike fights crime in 1980s Astro City. They don’t know yet that Kittyhawk has powers, but the strangest things keep happening when he’s around and wants something. The story title, borrowed from Robert A. Heinlein, “The Cat Who Walked Through Walls,” may give you an idea what kind of strange things, but it gets better: Kittyhawk even enlists the help of a superDOG: Rocket Dog, to help her track down the criminal Nightingale and Sunshrike are after, unknown to them. That criminal is Popinjay, a man with the partial head of a Blue Jay. And, of course, Nightingale is another bird, as is Shrike (no real Sunshrike). The best part about the animals in this book? They don’t talk. They act intelligently, but we don’t know what they’re thinking, either. This works much better than the way super animals are often handled.

I’m positive this book is written just for me, but hey, you might like it, too.


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