Grace Randolph's Supurbia #1


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Grace Randolph's Supurbia #1


  • Words: Grace Randolph
  • Art: Russell Dauterman
  • Colors: Gabriel Cassata
  • Publisher: BOOM! Studios
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: Mar 7, 2012

The Desperate Superhero Housewives get a bit of action of their own in as the heroes take flight out of their little bit of suburbia.

There's been a lot of media in recent years about the secret world of the suburbs. Weeds focuses on a widow trying to survive by selling marijuana in the suburbs, Desperate Housewives is about to wrap up eight years of the shenanigans that, well, desperate housewives will get into. Every once in a while, a story pops up that tries to look into the personal lives of heroes more than the heroes themselves, whether it be Hancock (and his impact on regular people) or Welcome to Tranquility (the masterful Gail Simone series about a set of retiree heroes and villains still having to deal with their past lives), or even the uneven Heroes (it did start out as regular people with superpowers before ending with a fight with carnival people).

Without Googling (and presuming the every day comic book shop shopper won't as well), readers have no idea who Grace Randolph is. Michael Turner's name on comics is fine; he created a few worlds and left an indelible print on the way art is handled. Stan Lee? A living legend. Jack Kirby? The recent works are attempting to get his style, that's understandable. "Grace Randolph's Supurbia" is like "Dan Harmon's Community"; the final project might be amazing, but nobody knows who the hell Dan Harmon is.

Notice that the former paragraph said "might be amazing"? It's definitely not that. It's not bad, mind you. In this first issue, you have a good pastiche of characters that only rarely hit on the "established characters without the established trademark" problem that all these books and stories run into; there's a Wonderful Woman for example that matches with a military-ranked star-spangled American hero. There's a good twist, and there's some fun moments where the superheroic and the mundane don't mesh well, such as a hilarious bit where a newlywed couple is making out in the car while discussing what exactly is a sidekick. There are good moments, definitely… it just seems as if it's all been done before.

Russell Dauterman's pencils stand out from the book, despite its generic concept. Coupled with colors by Gabriel Cassata, the book is both pleasing to look at and successful at getting its vibe down; this is a book about suburbia, not the superheroes.

Grace Randolph's Supurbia is an enjoyable book, but doesn't seem to warrant the quick sales it had. Still, first issues tend to be a little set-up heavy, and there's a lot of set-up in this story. Hopefully future issues will make this a book one can be proud to have one's name before, rather than the "been there, done that" story we're seeing now.

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  • filmgeek30

    filmgeek30 Mar 14, 2012 at 2:37pm

    Grace Randolph is not new to comics. She was the host for Marvels the Watcher and think abut the ink. All can be seen on youtube. She has also written some other Marvel titles that I cant remember.

  • Richard Boom

    Richard Boom Mar 15, 2012 at 2:21am

    Her-oes (2010) and X-Men: Nation X (2010) and Nation X (2010) for Marvel.
    And she has done FRAGGLE ROCK as well.

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