I don’t watch Desperate Housewives, I don’t watch the Real Housewives of anywhere, I’m not a fan of soaps. Whew, good got that out of the way. And now….
I like this book. It’s being billed as the super-powered version of Desperate Housewives but after reading it I have to disagree. This book isn’t trite or catty or bitchy. To be honest it reminds me of Garth Ennis’ The Boys without all the killing and the gore. Okay hold on I didn’t say I don’t like killing and gore! Supurbia is that book you saw hints of in the old Avengers books, the ones that took place in the mansion and touched on the relationships between different superheroes. That’s what I really like about it, I mean really how many times have you been reading Batman and thought, there is no way Bruce will ever get another date if he keeps blowing off women in the middle of dinner. Don’t forget the popularity of the Lois and Clark series which focused just as strongly on their relationship as his heroics. And we all know the story of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, hello reality show.
Now don’t get me wrong, I haven’t gone soft! There is definitely a superhero story here, this isn’t just a bunch of wives shopping for groceries and having the furniture reinforced to compensate for super-relaxation. There’s a conspiracy afoot! But just who the targets are and who is pulling the strings remains to be seen.
I’m glad Grace was able to put this book out, her Marvel Her-oes mini and her Fraggle Rock stories, both of which I found out about from Grace herself at the Archaia booth at NYCC, are favorites of mine. She has a real talent for writing believable characters, both men and women and I think this series will be a great showcase for her.
On to the art! Boom has been kind enough to send out some sample pages from issue one and while I want to post them all I feel one has a plot point too important to post here. I know you’ll find it if you try but I’m not putting it out there. Let’s just say she really hit it out of the park and if you get to read the issue as I did, unspoiled, you’ll crack up and be all “Ha! Perfect!”. I have a funny feeling this book will be many a comic fan boys guilty pleasure, I’ll be interested to see the sales figures. Especially seeing as the pre-orders for this book were so high Boom has already announced a second printing and the book only ships on March 7th.
Oh yea the art! Okay Russel Dauterman has a cartoony style that really clicked with the script which could have come off too serious in another artists hands, Gabriel Cassada’s colors are upbeat and lend themselves well to the living the good life vibe that the book projects. Here see what I mean?Now when I started the book I will admit I wasn’t loving this shiny happy “the wonderful life of a superhero!” crap, but just hold on Grace brings you right back on the very next page.
Well as usual I’ve tried not to give the story in the review just my opinion of it. So here’s my take, Grace Randolph’s Supurbia #1 is a five out of five. Buy it. If you’re in NYC go to Midtown Comics on the 14th and ask her to sign it! While you’re there look for me, I’ll be online with my copy as well.
Written by Grace Randolph
Drawn by Russell Dauterman
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JAN120927