Collecting the first eight chapters of the 16-part "Dark Age" saga, revealing the history of Astro City and shedding light on some of its greatest heroes! Book One, now in trade paperback, takes place in the early 1970s and follows two brothers — with one becoming a hero and the other taking a far different path. Along the way, the long-standing secret tale of the Silver Agent and his fate is told at last, as the story shifts back to the 1950s and what made the Williams brothers turn out so differently.
Nixon in the White House.
The U.S. in Vietnam.
And the Silver Agent arrested for murder?
That's Astro City in the 1970s.
Life in a city full of superheroes, costumed criminals sorcerers, demons, mobsters and madmen is unpredictable a the best of times. And for Charles and Royal Williams, two brothers trying to cope with a tragedy that ripped their family apart long ago, and threatens to tear them apart today, the times are anything but good.
Acclaimed master storytellers Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson invite you to walk the streets and alleyways of Astro City in one of its most turbulent periods. Meet the dangerous Madame Majestrix, the sultry Black Velvet, the psychotic Jitterjack and more, as you find out why the people of Astro City call this "The Dark Age."
BROTHERS & OTHER STRANGERS collects the first half of Astro City's longest and most ambitious epic, a tour de force of imaginative history.