This issue is devoted entirely to one story: The Spirit of St. Louis, Or, How To Break Your Own Heart, A Tragedy In 24 Parts. “It all starts with the story I’ve told so many times it’s turned stale and tired from overuse. There I was, dropped off in a city far from home. I didn’t know a soul or have a hope, and so on…”. Cometbus #52 introduces us to a new ragtag cast of punks and weirdos, struggling to build a community amongst their own personal troubles. The citizens of sleepy St. Louis attempt to persevere through love and theft and death. Issue 52 explores the idea of support and how often in punk communities, it can appear to be lacking. In the end, your surrogate family is the only family you have left.