Kurt Busiek's Astro City : life in the big city by Kurt Busiek, 1996, 156389551X. From Beaver Dam.
Read a reference to this on the Fiction_L mailing list and ordered it. A comic book novel, sort of. This is a compilation of short stories (comic book style) set in Astro City, a renamed Manhattan. Home to numerous superheroes of the author's creation, Astro City is also suffering a seemingly endless crime wave. What a coincidence!
Good artwork and some good stories. I always dislike didactic comic book philosophizing though, and some of that is present.
I just searched the catalog to find the complete title for Astro City and discovered another part of the series published in 2000. I reserved that additional part.