[Astro City: Private Lives cover]

Astro City: Private Lives is the latest graphic novel in the Astro City anthology comic series. Kurt Busiek takes common themes and ideas about comics and somehow turns them into incredibly engaging stories. One of the things I love about Astro City is that we get perspectives that don’t involve major heroes in-universe. This collection is about “a sorcerer’s personal assistant. A costumed criminal struggling with normal life. A godly visitation to the mortal world. A roadside museum of killer robots. And a teenaged mad scientist’s fateful birthday party.” These stories are tied up in an overarching meta-plot, but they’re little stories in a rich universe.