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Preview: Grace Randolph’s Supurbia Vol. 4 TP

Grace Randolph’s Supurbia Vol. 4 TP

Writer: Grace Randolph
Artist: Russell Dauterman

The Real Housewives of the World’s Most Powerful Superheroes are back…and back-stabbing each other. The Galactic Protection Systems Expo has ended in tragedy, leaving the Meta Legion in tatters. With Helen and Gio captured by evil forces and Sovereign gone AWOL, the remaining heroes band together to confront Hector Hunt in his magic realm—but will it be enough to save Zari from the evil growing inside her? From rising star writer Grace Randolph (Marvel’s NATION X, HER-OES) and hot new talent Russell Dauterman, GRACE RANDOLPH’S SUPURBIA is a unique new twist on the superhero genre that takes a scandalous, TMZ-fueled look at what it’s like to live with a superhero.

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Interview: Women of BOOM! – Grace Randolph

Supurbia_01_rev_CVRIt’s Thursday which brings us a new interview and our 17th “Women of BOOM!” feature, spotlighting the many kick-ass women that work at BOOM!, Archaia and KaBOOM! We’re focusing on everyone, editors, designers, writers, artists, you name it! We’re making sure to include the hard-working folks whose contributions are often overlooked in the process.

BOOM! (and KaBOOM! and Archaia) has given us unprecedented access and the chance to ask questions to their staff, and creative teams, to find out why the publisher is so successful in hiring women and their experiences in the comic industry as women.

Grace Randolph is a writer and the creator of the excellent BOOM! series Supurbia. She’s also written for the comics Muppet Peter Pan, and Fraggle Rock and is also an avid blogger.

Graphic Policy: How did you get involved in the comic book industry?

GR: I don’t just write comics, I read ’em! Like many comic book readers, ultimately I had a desire to contribute to the medium I enjoy so much. Thus began my letter and email writing campaign to various editors, and it was DC Comics Dan DiDio who gave me my first gig – writing Justice League Unlimited #41.

GP: Did you read comics growing up? Do you read them now?

GR: As a kid, I got into comics via Archie and Uncle Scrooge – both of which I read voraciously! Then, when I started to get annoyed that Archie didn’t simply choose between Betty and Veronica, I knew it was time to move over into mainstream adult comics – DC and Marvel.

GP: How did you come to work with BOOM!/Archaia?

GR: I did some work over at Tokyopop and a few of their editors transitioned over to both companies actually, back when they were separate. I was invited to pitch for the Muppet fairytale line over at BOOM! and Fraggle Rock over at Archaia, and luckily they liked my pitches!

GP: How would you describe your job for people?

GR: Comic books are produced by a group of people working together, which is very important to remember. But the writer is the only one who starts at zero. It’s my job to peer into the darkness and pull out the story, creating the skeleton that the rest of the team will layer their work over. And as a creator, I get to weigh in on those layers as well, which results in what I originally had in mind – but even better thanks to the talented people I’m working with!

GP: For people who want to pursue a career in what you do, what advice would you give them?

GR: Get ready for a long haul. Any kind of career, especially in the arts, takes a long time to establish – not to mention get to a point where you can support yourself financially. Luckily, a career in the arts is usually fueled by passion, and that passion will keep you going during the many, many rough parts.

GP: Did you have a mentor to help you break into the industry? Do you mentor anyone yourself?

GR: As I mentioned above, Dan DiDio got me my first gig and was the first one to believe in my talent as a writer. His assistant at the time, Jann Jones, is the one who told him my spec script was worth reading, and I owe her a lot as well. Plus those editors from Tokyopop who moved to BOOM! and Archaia who agreed to hear my pitches, Paul Morrissey and Tim Beedle. And of course, I’ve learned an incredible amount from working with Ross Richie, BOOM!’s publisher and founder, on Supurbia.

GP: Do you think women have a more difficult time breaking in and making it in the comic industry, if so why? And if yes, how do you think that can be overcome?

GR: Well, there’s a new fad where male comic book readers like to question is women really DO like comics, or if it’s just an act to get attention. It’s true that a small number of women do that, which is unfortunate in and of itself, but even more so because it makes it difficult for true female fans to be involved in the community. And exact same thing goes for female creators. Look, I think it’s amazing that JK Rowling felt – just recently – that she had to initially hide the fact she’s a woman from readers. And even when she published under a pseudonym this year, she picked a man’s name, Robert Galbraith. Women will have more success as creators when consumers are more willing to try their work – who knows when that will happen, or what it will take…

GP: We notice that when it comes to women in the comic industry, BOOM!/Archaia has a lot of diversity present. Why do you think have they succeeded when so many other publishers struggle with this?

GR: BOOM! is very special in that they have tremendous faith in ideas, and in making sure those ideas are realized in tact and to the best of everyone’s ability. That’s very rare in comics, and in any business sadly. So I think the fact BOOM! values ideas means they don’t particularly care who’s head those ideas come from, and that’s great. Favoritism is just as bad as discrimination.

GP: We’ve heard horror stories concerning women in the industry, have you ever seen or been discriminated/harassed and if so, how did you handle it?

GR: I was really disappointed to hear that a number of comic book stores didn’t carry Supurbia, and still don’t, because they felt it was too “girly” or perhaps because it had my name on it, a female name. First off, it’s not girly, and such an assumption means they didn’t even give the title an honest look. Second, for a store to make assumptions about what their readers want and don’t want to read is ridiculous, and quite frankly bad business. Every title should be presented to readers and if they don’t buy it, THEN you can stop ordering it.

GP: What advice do you have for women looking to break into the comic book industry?

GR: Hold your head up high, and let your work speak for you.  Good luck!

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Preview: Grace Randolph’s Supurbia Vol. 3

Grace Randolph’s Supurbia Vol. 3

Writer(s): Grace Randolph
Artist(s): Russell Dauterman

The Real Housewives of the World’s Most Powerful Superheroes return with more sex, lies and capes!

It’s summertime in SUPURBIA! The next chapter of the fan-favorite phenomenon starts here, with more sex, lies, and capes — find out what happens when the masks come off and heroes are faced with the sordid problems of everyday life in the suburbs. From rising star writer Grace Randolph (Marvel’s NATION X, HER-OES) and hot new talent Russell Dauterman, GRACE RANDOLPH’S SUPURBIA is a unique new twist on the superhero genre that takes a scandalous, TMZ-fueled look at what it’s like to live with a superhero. Collecting the critically acclaimed third arc of GRACE RANDOLPH’S SUPURBIA, join Alexis, Gio, Tia, Zari, and the rest of the neighborhood as the Meta Legion heads to the Galactic Protection Systems Expo, and Hector Hunt finally unleashes his master plan…

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Preview: Supurbia #12

Supurbia #12

Written by Grace Randolph
Drawn by Russell Dauterman
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

FINAL ISSUE — SUPURBIA ends its second volume with this shocking, heartbreaking issue. The battle has been brought to the homefront…literally. War rages in the neighborhood, as the Meta Legion strives to save Zari from the clutches of Hector Hunt, and one of the housewives makes the ultimate sacrifice…

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Preview: Supurbia #11

Supurbia #11

Written by Grace Randolph
Drawn by Russell Dauterman
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

Gio makes a daring escape from the techs’ hideout, just as Night Fox and Marine Omega battle their way in. Tia, Dion, Batu, and Eli confront Hector in his magic realm, but is it too late to save Zari from the evil growing inside her? And Eve discovers a shocking secret that stretches all the way back to the series’ very first issue.

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Preview: Supurbia #9

Supurbia #9

Written by Grace Randolph
Drawn by Russell Dauterman
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

The Galactic Protection Systems Expo has ended in tragedy, leaving the Meta Legion in tatters. Helen and Gio have been captured by evil forces as the shapeshifter “Ruth’s” ultimate plans start to come to fruition…

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Review: Six-Gun Gorilla #1, Supurbia #8, Hypernaturals #12, Suicide Risk #2

Six-Gun Gorilla #1

6GG_01_preview_Page_1Welcome to “the Blister” — a bizarre other-world colonized by humans sometime in the 22nd century, which quickly became a hotly-contested source of fertile land and natural resources long ago exhausted on Earth. In this new frontier, a rogue gunslinger and his companion wander across a wilderness in the grips of a civil war, encountering lawlessness, natives, and perversions of civilization in a world at the crossroads between the past and the future. The fact that said gunslinger is a bio-surgically modified silverback gorilla toting a pair of enormous revolvers is neither here nor there.

Six-Gun Gorilla is a pulpy mash-up of Western weirdness and lo-fi science fiction unlike anything else on the stands. I read the comic and thought about it for quite a while as it really is unlike anything else I’m currently reading. The comic shares more with the British comics of the 80s than today’s stories. And that’s not a bad thing.

It starts off strong with great humor and an interesting world. There’s something that drew me in, just on the weirdness factor alone. Due to that weirdness factor, it does take a bit to get used to the comic, a feeling like I get at times with the British comics of the 80s. So, not shocking for me with this.

For the originality and difference alone the comic is a buy. It definitely isn’t for everyone and for it’s title, there really is little gorilla in this first issue. It’s all set-up in what might be the strangest comic of the year.

Story: Simon Spurrier Art: Jeff Stokely
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Supurbia #8

Supurbia_08_preview_Page_1The Galactic Protection Systems Expo finally comes to its explosive finish… and you won’t believe who’s making the deadly keynote address! Will the Meta Legion be able to save a convention center under villainous assault? And will the housewives in attendance make it back to the neighborhood alive?

On it’s own, this is a hard comic to recommend. It brings together a lot of the plot threads that have been building up for a while now. Because of that, a new reader will have no idea as to what’s going on.

With that being said…..

This comic does exactly what a good soap opera does. After months of set-up it begins to bring together numerous story lines, the big pay off.

And that’s what this comic is, a soap opera in comic form. The plot lines are over the top, the characters are caricatures in a way. And this is all good stuff. I love this series, it’s my version of the daily soaps (and boy do I wish I could get a daily fix).

There’s some action instead of love triangles, but there’s those. There’s shocking twists and turns. Characters you love and love to hate. The series continues to move ahead with it’s fun universe that I want more of.

This issue is perfect for long time readers with some payoff but horrible for new readers. For them, I absolutely going back and starting from the beginning, it’s totally worth it.

Story: Grace Randolph Art: Russell Dauterman
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Hypernaturals #12

hypernaturals #12 coverWith the entire Quantinuum’s fate hanging in the balance, the Hypernaturals must make the ultimate sacrifice — but who will step up to the plate? And who will try to stop them?

Find out here, in the final issue of The Hypernaturals!

I love the sci-fi that comes out of the minds of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. With the world of the Hypernaturals, they crafted a world from scratch, one that was entertaining and had so much potential. Unfortunately it looks like with this issue, it’s final, that world is coming to an end.

While the twelve issues are far from perfect, they were original and solid sci-fiction material mixed with superheroes. The characters, their powers, the world they functioned in is entertaining and over the twelve issues seemed to grow more and more. It was as much the small details that were fun as the story overall.

And this twelfth issue has a lot to wrap up. It needs to explain what’s going on, fix the issue with the Quantinuum, take care of the bad guys. A tall order for one issue. And the comic pulls it off, but does come off as rushed. There’s a lot to cram in there, so some plot lines get the short end of the stick. But, things are wrapped up and done so nicely.

I’m hoping that, while this is the end to this particular story, it isn’t the end for this world and we get a second volume. There’s just too much solid material here to not explore. While this final issue wrapped up a lot, it also opened up so much more that is too good to be left on the shelf to gather dust.

Story: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning Art: Francesco Biagni
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Suicide Risk #2

SuicideRisk_02_preview_Page_1After barely surviving a super-powered bank heist gone horribly wrong, beat cop Leo Winters vowed to try and find a way to stop them. Following a lead, he discovered two lowlifes who seemed to be able to grant a person powers… for the right price. Thing is: you don’t get to choose which power. It’s seemingly random, a crap-shoot, a risk. And now Leo will find out just how big of a risk he took…

Suicide Risk is a high octane, mind-bending exploration of what it means to be a hero. So far it’s taken a lot of the themes and issues we might see in the various cop driven television shows and mixes it with the superhero genre. That’s a cool mix as I’m a fan of both (shocker I know).

What’s really nice is the series so far in it’s two issues has focuses on Leo and his family. It really takes a look at how his decision(s) and his job affects not just him, but also his family life. You can see the stress on him, but he’s not in a bubble and that stress flows over onto his family as well. Something that’s often overlooked in comics.

There’s also some small details that are fantastic. Leo now has some powers after his decision of the first issue and he has to learn to use them. And for a bit there it has you going as to how it’ll all impact his life. Could his powers also kill him? It had me going for quite a while and the issues he must deal with while “learning” about his new life is entertaining.

I’m hoping as the series moves on we get more of the impact of decisions on Leo and his family life and it doesn’t turn in to just another superhero comic.

I’m looking for Southland with a superpower spin, and this might just pull that off if the first two issues are any indication.

Story: Mike Carey Art: Elena Casagrande
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with FREE copes for review

Preview: Supurbia #8

Supurbia #8

Written by Grace Randolph
Drawn by Russell Dauterman
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR13 0953

The Galactic Protection Systems Expo finally comes to its explosive finish… and you won’t believe who’s making the deadly keynote address! Will the Meta Legion be able to save a convention center under villainous assault? And will the housewives in attendance make it back to the neighborhood alive?

Don’t miss the next thrilling installment of SUPURBIA from Grace Randolph and Russell Dauterman!

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Review: Suicide Risk #1, Bravest Warriors #8, Supurbia #7

Suicide Risk #1

SuicideRisk_01_preview_Page_1Super-powered people are inexplicably rising from the streets and there’s a big problem: Too many supervillains, not enough superheroes. Heroes are dying, and cops are dying twofold. Humanity is under-powered and good people are suffering untold tragedies trying to stem the flow. Beat cop Leo Winters is one of those struggling to make a difference. And the answer just might come in the form of two lowlifes with a dark secret.

I’ve enjoyed Mike Carey’s previous work on X-Men and The Unwritten so his name on a new series immediately catches my interest. When I heard this was about a cop thrown into a world of superheroes and supervillains my mouth salivated a bit. To few comics where we get to see the impact of having these powered individuals running around on the average person. The concept of cops dealing with the issue is underused and one I’ve wanted more of since Gotham Central.

I cracked open this first issue and was pleasantly surprised with what I found. The comic has not only action and what feels like real world stakes, it also includes more than enough to make these characters actual people. They aren’t stereotypes, they’re fleshed out characters with families, relationships and feelings.

A first issue is supposed to hook you in and want you to come back for more. It’s supposed to get you interested in the world, entertain and give you some idea as to what’s going on. This one does so and more. I felt like I was reading an awesome pilot for a television series that should be made (but never will since good ideas like this don’t make it on tv). I love the idea of Law & Order mashed together with capes and powers. This seems to be it.

I’m not sure this will replace Gotham Central, but with the first issue, it seems like it might be a worthy successor.

Story: Mike Carey Art: Elena Casagrande
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Bravest Warriors #8

BravestWarriors_08_preview_Page_01The most nefarious force in the universe has finally followed through with its plan to steal brains through an alien beauty pageant! Can the Warriors stop it with POWER and RESPECT? The final issue of the arc, and the final Nick Edwards connecting B cover!

How much can I praise Bravest Warriors? Eight issues in, and I find myself laughing with each and everyone. Just when I think it can’t get funnier, it gets weirder… and funnier. While the art might make you think this is a series aimed at kids, its humor is subversive and actually adult. The comic is one of a growing amount of stories aimed not just at kids, but also their parents.

This issue is the final of the latest story arc involving stealing brains and a beauty pageant. It’s conclusion is just out there and crazy and I loved every minute of it.

I can only describe the issue and series as an action-comedy, with this one leaning more on the side of punching of faces.

We not only get the end of this story arc, but a back-up story that’s just as out there and shows how the series blends humor for both adults and kids as it can be taken and enjoyed in numerous ways.

Mop!

Story: Joey Comeau Art: Mike Holmes
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Supurbia #7

Supurbia_07_preview_Page_1Tia and Batu battle the Daughters of Bright Moon as they attempt to escape Mongolia… Helen’s corruption of Sara reaches a turning point… Hector Hunt’s devious jailbreak is enacted during the chaos of the Weapons Expo… And Gio uncovers secrets that stretch all the way back to Supurbia Vol.1 #1!

I’ve never been much of a fan of soap operas. Where lots of my friends in college and after still dig the daytime soaps or their night-time cousins, it’s never been my thing. I can say though, I’m a huge fan of this comic series which is a soap opera with tights and powers.

Writer Grace Randolph has been building the series and dropping reveals and bombs like you’d expect on your favorite television shows. Its pacing and storylines are fun and entertaining, you never know what will happen next.

Sex, violence, double crosses, cheating, family issues, fighting, it’s all here, just like the classic soaps. This issue has things that reference the first volume which seems like it was ages ago. Something that’s great for long-time readers and shows that Randolph isn’t in any hurry to rush through storylines.

I’ve been championing this series since its first volume which launched a fresh idea in a fun package. This second volume has taken that ball and run with it. Do yourself a favor and pick up the first volume if you haven’t, I guarantee you’ll be hooked. It’s not too late to dive in and get into this capes and tights series that mixes action with drama.

Story: Grace Randolph Art:  Russell Dauterman
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Preview: Supurbia #7

Supurbia #7

Written by Grace Randolph
Drawn by Russell Dauterman
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: MAR13 0929

Tia and Batu battle the Daughters of Bright Moon as they attempt to escape Mongolia… Helen’s corruption of Sara reaches a turning point… Hector Hunt’s devious jailbreak is enacted during the chaos of the Weapons Expo… And Gio uncovers secrets that stretch all the way back to SUPURBIA Vol.1 #1! Don’t miss the next exciting installment of SUPURBIA, only from Grace Randolph and Russell Dauterman!

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