The Steel Jacketed Man

424239-steel_largeThe wait between subscription issues can be interminable. Last week I read Iron Man #5 (Later, Earth), but to pass the time until something else arrives, I’m re-reading Kurt Busiek’s “Tarnished Angel” TPB. I love this book. It gives us so many tantalizing glimpses at the bittersweet backstories of lots of Busiek’s colorful villains…Golden Glove, Quarrel, El Hombre and many more. For me the most poignant scene takes place as Carl is allowing himself to be pummeled by Golden Glove’s daughter (rather than strike her)…and hopes that Samaritan isn’t watching at just that moment, because he’s ashamed to be seen being bested by a fifteen year old girl. Tell me, is a guy who’ll take that sort of punishment a “Bad Man”?

The pulp themed cover alluding to the noir detective novel-esque story inside is brilliant.

The story tells us that Carlie’s mom always told him the Heroes of Astro City were “The Angels”, and even though Carlie’s home is and always will be Kiefer Square, and despite a little bit of tarnish on his metallic skin, he’s one of the Angels too.

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