Sex! Lies! Intrigue! Superheroes! It's all here in TheGeek's review of Boom! Studios' Supurbia #1!
Credits & Solicit Info:
STORY BY: Grace Randolph
ART BY: Russell Dauterman
PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: Wed, March 7th, 2012
Writer/creator Grace Randolph introduces us to a dysfunctional superhero world in Supurbia #1. It's Modern Family meets Desperate Housewives meets The Incredibles with a heaping dose of reality. Here, Earth's greatest superteam is the Meta Legion, whose characters are shining beacons of hope and justice...that is, until you peel back the masks and expose some dirty secrets that could make or break themselves and the entire world!
Be warned: there are a LOT of characters here, each with their own quirks and agendas, and it often becomes a chore to keep track of who's who and which one has what. I know I had to flip back a few pages to remember who was talking. It's a good thing then that Randolph gave each of her characters their own distinct voices and personalities, taking questions like "How would a warrior goddess from a world that thinks little of men actually work in the real world?" or "What would a sidekick with an inferiority complex do once he gets into the big leagues?" and turning them into character moments so intrigung that I found myself warming up to these people in no time.
But these so-called heroes aren't exactly the type of people you'd warm up to, as you'll soon discover with each turn of the page, and that's what makes this book so damn interesting. I don't think there has been anyone who has explored the concept of 'superheroes in the age of celebrity scandals' quite like Randolph has. Just great, great character work, made even better by Russell Dauterman's stylized art and Gabriel Cassata's skillful use of color.
One would dismiss this type of story as another ham-handed attempt at turning superheroes 'human', but Randolph proved me wrong with Supurbia #1. A ton of interesting yet flawed characters held together by a web of sticky intrigue makes for a good comic if you know how to do it right.
Review by: TheGeek
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