Astro City’s current run has reached issue #4, and it’s a good point for me to write a review. Issue four, titled “On the Sidelines” tells the tale of Martha Sullivan, a telekinetic who lives in Astro City among all the costumed super-folk but has no desire to become a crime-fighter. She uses her powers to earn an honest living working in film. There have been other comics I’ve read of super-powered people with no desire to use their powers (The magnetically powered character in New Teen Titans comes to mind.) but Kurt makes the best case for someone not wanting to be involved I’ve ever seen. The flashbacks to her early use of her powers and her path to her current status are excellent. But this is standard fare for Astro City. Kurt doesn’t just tell about someone with powers, he lets you really get to know the character so you understand and care about her. Martha isn’t perfect, but she’s competent. I should add that I loved that she doesn’t have the “super hero physique”. She looks and acts like a real person….who is a telekinetic. I worried for her and I felt joy and sadness when things went well or badly for her. The cameo by The Samaritan was very well done, also, showcasing the differences yet sameness of the two characters. One last comment: the art is top-notch. Perfect mood and action inside and an excellent cover. And I love the pink thing.
I eagerly await for more!