- The second issue features an ordinary reporter caught up in a bizarre occurrence in the subways of Astro City - including a bizarre shark-demon cult, the return of a superhero thought to be dead years before, and the world's foremost super-team being trapped in a dimensional rift. But when he turns the story in, his editor insists that they print only what they can prove. After careful (and repeated) re-editing, the newspaper article ends up titled: Shark Found On Subway Tracks.
- The Silver Adept, on arriving home, tells her assistant that she encountered Mr. Malefic, and holds up a large green gem with the villain imprisoned inside. Mr. Malefic says, "Curse you! Curse you and all you know, from this generation down to the — " A little later, The Silver Adept and her assistant are working at a desk, with the gem on it as a paperweight, and Mr. Malefic is still going on in a tiny voice: "And may your feet be covered in blisters, and your toenails cut too short, and your lips be eternally chapped, and your — "
- The Broken Man's description of American Chibi as either a 13 year old anime fan who got her heart's desire, or worse, a 35 year old anime fan who got HIS heart's desire.
- The truth is actually more bizarre: She's a fictional character brought to life by a group of Eldritch Abominations using the imagination of a game writer. And the sources of her powers are her magic hair scrunchies!
- With Silver Age-style goofiness, it's revealed that one of the menaces that threatens the Hundred Worlds in Astro City's far future is the consciousness-absorbing AI known as the iGod.
- From "On the Sidelines," there's the short The Reason You Suck speech Maddie gives to the Majordomo:
"And by the way, moron, a majordomo is a servant, not some aristocrat. And a telecaster's an electric guitar!"
- The Reveal of the villain in "Nightmare Life":
The commands came from an underground lair outside Atlanta, Georgia. They came from -
I... had no idea who they came from.
He was no one I'd ever seen before. No one I remembered.
I mean, I mighta seen that guy before, on the History Channel one time.
But right then? Not a clue.
- When Honor Guard gets there, they're honestly surprised to find it's Doctor Dominax who they treat more like a mild annoyance.
- Even better: Dominax is begging them to arrest him and get him away from the Living Nightmare.
- Earlier, when the Nightmare fights off Dominax's control and bellows "NO MORE!", the Honor Guard are all baffled at hearing the Nightmare actually talk rather than roaring out.