NewThe Astro City Reading Order


Kurt Busiek’s Astro City is the most interesting – and most human – superhero universe there is.

1959

On Mulberry Street: A Prelude
(date in story)

1972

Darkness Falls
September-October (date in story)
Criminal Prosecution
October (date implied in story)

1973

Casualties of War
February-April (date in story)
Execution Day
(date implied in story)

1974

Knock Wood & Justice Systems
(date in story)

1976

A Cold Wind Blowing
December (date in story)

1977

The Out-of-Towners
January (date in story)
Street-fighting Man
(date in story)
Saturday Night Fever
(date in story)

1982

A Cold, Gray Morning in America
April (date in story)
Gone to Ground
April (date in story)
Deep Cover
May (date implied in story)
All the Way Down
May (date implied in story)

1986

The Cold Road
July (date in story)
Storms of the Heart
July (date implied in story)
Hoofbeats
July (date implied in story)
Storm’s End
July (date implied in story)

1995

In Dreams
August 8 (date specified in story).
The Scoop
August 9 (date implied in story).
A Little Knowledge
October (based on original publication date).
Safeguards
November (date specified in story).
Reconnaissance
December 12-14 (dates specified in story).

1996

In Dreams
January (based on original publication date).
Welcome to Astro City
September (based on original publication date).
Everyday Life & Adventures In Other Worlds
October-November (based on original publication dates).

1997

ConfessorConfession
Six Chapters:

  1. New Kid in Town
  2. Learning the Game
  3. The Gathering Dark
  4. Eye of the Storm
  5. Patterns
  6. My Father’s Son

(based on publication date)

Show ‘Em All
June-November (dates specified in story).
Serpent’s Teeth & Father’s Day
November-December (based on publication date)

1998

The Nearness of You
(based on publication date)

1999

The Tarnished Angel
Seven Chapters:

  1. The Big Lockdown
  2. The Long Treadmill
  3. The Tarnished Angel
  4. The Voice of the Turtle
  5. The Empty Shell
  6. The Only Chance
  7. The Wow Finish

(based on publication date)

2001

Where The Action Is
(date specified in story)
Great Expectations
(based on publication date)

2002

Since the Fire
(based on publication date)
Alien Conqueror Captured in Suburbs
December 7 (date in story)

2003

Newcomers
April (based on publication date)
Shining Armor
April 9 (date in story)
Pastoral
July (date in collection)

2004

Old Times
(based on publication date)
Astro City: A Visitor’s Guide
October 13 (date in story)

2006

The Eagle and the Mountain
(based on publication date)

2007

Epilogue: A Place in the Sun
July (date implied in story)

2008

Her Dark Plastic Roots
(based on publication date)

2009

Graduation Day & The Gordian Knot
November (date in collection)

2012

The Sorcerer’s Assistant
December (date implied in story)

2013

Through Open Doors – part one
(based on publication date)
Welcome to HumanoGlobal
(based on publication date)
Mistakes
(based on publication date)
On The Sidelines
(based on publication date)
Thumbtacks & Yarn
(based on publication date)
Through Open Doors – part two
(based on publication date)

2014

Winged VictoryThe View from Above
(based on publication date)
The View from the Shadows
(based on publication date)
The View from the Heart
(based on publication date)
Victory
(based on publication date)
The Deep Dark Woods
(based on publication date)

Ellie's Friends and Friends & Relations
(based on publication date)
Wish I May...
(based on publication date)

2015

The Dimming of the Day
(based on publication date)
Pushing It
(based on publication date)
Doing Battle
(based on publication date)
The End of the Trail
(based on publication date)
Sticks
(based on publication date)
Apeman Blues
(based on publication date)

The 4200's

To Serve and Protect & Home to the Hill
November (date in collection)

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