When Supurbia hit the shelves in March I was right there, one of the first reviews a five out of five. I was even lucky enough to meet Grace at her Midtown Comics signing and she was gracious enough to give me an interview that I posted in concert with the issue two release. Obviously I knew the book was good right? I really didn’t expect this…
Here it is Supurbia #1 of the brand new ongoing series! I’m so happy that the comic community embraced this decidedly different type of super hero book. As I’ve said in previous articles I’m NOT a reality tv person so when I first looked it over Supurbia didn’t seem like it was for me. I mean really “… what happens when the masks come off and the heroes are faced with the sordid problems of everyday life in the suburbs?” Sounded like the Kardashians or that Gene Simmons thing. But then I read it. It’s really well done. This isn’t “oh I got a new dress and Mommy hates it” crap. This is about super heroes with families and all the problems that come with them.
When I was a younger a good example of a family dispute in comics was Franklin and Valeria Richards building some sort of device and almost blowing up the Baxter Building (I don’t know if that has actually happened, anything I did or read before 1990 is a bit blurry). Then there was the X-Men, Kitty Pryde’s teen angst and big brother Wolvie putting everything back in order.
Supurbia isn’t like any of that, these families are dealing with gender equality, infidelity, hero-worship, semi-abusive relationships. This is fairly heavy stuff but Grace handles it with well grace. I never feel like she’s pulling a Jerry Springer shock tactic. Most of the problems these people are going through are things you’d assume would be a problem. That is if you’ve ever sat around and said stuff like “really? Supes would stick with one woman? Really?” and you know we’ve all had questions about a certain duo’s sexuality.
But I think the books strengths really lie in the newer character types. The newly wed husband and wife living in the shadow of his predecessor. The son of the warrior mom and the daughter who can’t live up to her expectations. Not to mention the plotline introduced in the mini series, the villain in their midst (dun dun duuunnn).
It’s a very fun, cool book. One I really think you should check out. Here check out a few pages of the issue that hits the stands on Wednesday Nov 21st.
Written by Grace Randolph
Drawn by Russell Dauterman
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Release Date: Nov 21st 2012