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The Escapist Staff | 30 Dec 2014 15:00
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Best Single Comic Book Issue of 2014

Read more about the nominees here.

Rocket Raccoon #5
Astro City Vol. 3 #8
Southern Bastards #3

And the Escapist Award goes to ...

Astro City Vol. 3 #8

Single Comic Astro City Vol 3 Ep 8

Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo
Written by: Kurt Busiek
Art: Alex Ross (covers), Brent Anderson (issues)
Release Date: March, 2014

Senior Editor Ross Lincoln says: Why did Astro City win? That's a question that might take almost 20 years to answer. Since 1995, Astro City has been the definitive post-Alan Moore reconstruction of the superhero genre, digging into the lives of bystanders as well as heroes, with the epic events which normally make up the bulk of superhero comics relegated to (almost) background events. And as previously mentioned, one of the best things about the series is how author Kurt Busiek inserts small details seemingly at random that will later pay off hugely.

That's what happened with "Victory", the first storyline in Astro City to focus on his Wonder Woman stand-in Winged Victory. Finally exploring tidbits of information only alluded to in previous arcs, it digs into Winged Victory's origins, the feminism of her particular crusade, and her ambiguous place within the larger group of mostly male heroes she often works with. (Including her boyfriend, the series Superman analogue Samaritan). Without parodying feminism nor taking the position that the sexes are inherently opposed, Busiek delivered one of the most satisfying stories in series history. That it also ends up being a great alternate universe Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman team-up is just gravy.

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