YMMV / Astro City

  • Arc Fatigue: Experienced by fans during the Schedule Slip of the earlier issues, more recently due to the years of publishing time dedicated to the 16-issue "Dark Age" storyline.
  • It Was His Sled: It's pretty well known even to non-readers that Confessor is actually a vampire.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Doctor Aegyptus' mass kidnapping on its own would be bad enough, but then it turns out he's exclusively kidnapping black people, taking them back to before the American Civil War, and selling them into slavery.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Gormenghast, and what he does to Crackerjack. The man may have been a jerk, but violently harvesting him for tissue samples to make an army of clones isn't what anyone deserves.
  • Tear Jerker: There's a lot of tragedy behind the scenes in Astro City. A lot of characters, even the ones who seem like they're doing great, are suffering for one reason or another.
    • "The Nearness of You": a short story dealing with an ordinary person's struggle with a Cosmic Retcon that erased his wife.
    • 'The Tarnished Angel' is a Reformed, but Rejected story, tragic because the ex-supervillain would be content with so little.
      • And the story-within-the-story "Voice of the Turtle," ends with a Hope Spot... but the Turtle's the next victim of the hidden killer.
    • The Silver Agent's career ends in a way that was hinted at in the very beginning of the series: being executed by the state for a crime he didn't commit. And, as revealed in The Dark Age and his later two-issue focus arc, the Agent knew of his tragic death (because of time travel) and went to his death anyway, to avoid a Bad Future.
    • Beautie's focus story, "Her Dark Plastic Roots", reveals that the robotic member of Honor Guard suffers from continuous loneliness (even though she doesn't understand the emotion) as well as inevitable 'amnesia' when she gets close to discovering her own secret origin.
    • Then there's the anguish Crackerjack and Quarrel go through as time starts catching up with them. Watching them as they accept and deny the effects of time on their skills will hit home for older readers.
    • The story of G-Dog, a superhero who's a Fusion Dance of a man and his pet corgi, using the same magical amulet that had belonged to Stormhawk (from "Sorrowsday"). The guy had been a petty criminal and had taken the dog as collateral from a drug addict who owed him money (who had himself stolen the dog from a breeder). Having the dog as a companion slowly begins to change him into a better person, but after stealing the amulet and stumbling across its power, he does a complete Heel–Face Turn as he gains an empathic bond with his dog, and feels guilty about committing crimes. The two begin fighting crime as G-Dog, the man goes back to school, gets a job and even gets married, and attributes all the positive changes in his life to his pet. Unfortunately, eventually the dog begins to grow old, and finally passes away from cancer at 17. The man doesn't lose his powers, as they're a permanent side effect of the amulet, but he's absolutely devastated by the loss of his beloved companion. In the end, rather than bonding with a new animal, he leaves the amulet out in the wilderness where Stormhawk had once found it, in the hopes that it will benefit someone else as much as it had him.