In Astro City super heroes are part of the everyday life and spotting them is a sort of spectator sport but there is one that has never had a clear picture taken of him. And so when the heroes are driven out of the city it is hardly surprising that the most secretive of the heroes is one of the few that have remained behind, or that he is suspected of being a criminal.
Even more damming than his secrecy is the secret he is keeping that his new sidekick has recently discovered, the reason that he is never seen in the day and has no pictures is that he is a vampire. This has naturally made the sidekick suspicious of him, but the boy isn’t willing to assume the worst any more than he is willing to assume the best.
This book is largely the story of The Confessor. A priest who arrived in Astro City in the late nineteenth century and through a single indiscretion was turned into a vampire. He has been trying to make up for that mistake since.
The confessor is a character that at first glance could be similar to other characters in comic book, a dark detective who takes a teenage boy as a sidekick and even puts him in a mildly silly looking costume, but below the surface he is far less like Batman than he might look on the surface and through this story it becomes even more clear.
Both the confessor and Alter boy are excellent characters and the story that is going on behind the scenes with both a hero registration and invasion of alien shape shifters is brilliant both because it is so entertaining and because it covers all the points of the marvel civil war and invasion but was written years before. And because this is an independent comic book you never know what might happen and that adds whole new levels to the story.
Although a far longer story than any previous story in Astro city the story “Eye of the Storm” has so many great character and interesting ideas that it never feels like a long story even when it stays with the same character for several books at a time.
Astro City is what I remember comic books being when I was a kid. They are fun, smart, with just enough action and yet I know that it is better than those stories.