Review – Supurbia #1
One of my favorite mimi-series to come out in a while was Grace Randolph‘s Supurbia by BOOM! Studios. So, you can imagine my excitement when it was announced the series would be back as an ongoing series. But, the fear I had was if this new series could match the excellence of that too brief mini-series. Well, the first issue matches that high hurdle.
Meet the Meta Legion, the world’s foremost faction of crime-fighting capes. But what happens when the masks come off and the heroes are faced with the sordid problems of everyday life in the suburbs? That’s the idea behind this series which is part Justice League and part daytime soap opera. Do you want the hero who is hiding a former villain from being brought to justice? Check. Will he and her get caught? Check. How about a super hero and his sidekick getting a bit closer than fighting crime? Check. What about another villain in their midst? Check.
This is a daytime soap in comic form, with all of the cattiness and hair pulling you’d expect. Less fighting bad guys! More fighting each other’s bitchiness! The series is fantastic, with so many different plot threads picking up from the mini-series, but laid out in a way that you don’t need to read what’s come before (but you should!).
The art by Russell Dauterman is solid matching the fun tone of the comic series somehow creating a style crossing a fun action comic with a humor comic. It works really well and is a good team up.
The series is unique in it’s twist, perspective and execution that’ll appeal to a broad swatch of comic fans. Do yourself a favor and pick up not just this first issue, but the trade of the mini-series that’s come before.
Story: Grace Randolph Art: Russell Dauterman
Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy
BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review