Graphic Novel Review: Grace Randolph’s Supurbia

November 10, 2013 3.5 stars, Book Review, Comics 5 ★★★½


What goes down when the capes come off?

Meet the “Real Housewives” of Earth’s greatest super-team, the Meta Legion! It’s the egos, the tantrums, and the betrayals of the super set. Find out what happens behind the masks as superhero families are faced with the sordid problems of everyday life – and then some! From rising star writer Grace Randolph (Marvel’s NATION X, HER-OES) and hot new artist Russell Dauterman, this series takes the familiar super-team and turns it on its head with a scandalous, TMZ-fueled look at what it’s like to live with a superhero!

Grace Randolph’s Supurbia

My Thoughts:
Supurbia features all of the super heroes of the Meta Legion live in the same neighborhood and this is a behind the scenes look at their lives and loved ones. This appears to be a spin off graphic novel series so you can expect not to get much background info on any of these super heroes – we are just plopped right down into their personal lives.  I haven’t read any of the other graphic novels (if there are any), since I saw this was a volume 1 I assumed everything I would need to know would be in it, but such is not the case. Unfortunately, I tried to find the other graphic novels and maybe I didn’t give it a good enough effort because I came up blank. – I assumed it would be Marvel’s NATION X, or HER-OES – but that doesn’t look right either. Feel free to comment if you know if there is a main series! =)  I do believe I would have enjoyed Supurbia more if I had more beforehand knowledge of the characters that this assumes the reader will have. I did really enjoy the illustrations and the story arcs even if they were somewhat cliche. As such this was similar to watching a daytime soap opera but featuring super heroes instead.

Illustrations – 5 stars – Fun, great lines, plenty of detail
Story– 3 – Not as strong as I would have liked

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5 Responses to “Graphic Novel Review: Grace Randolph’s Supurbia”

  1. Pamela D

    That is frustrating that there was a previous series, and it wasn’t clear from the book that you should check that out first. I wish series books, in general, were a bit more clear about that. I feel that just a wee bit more information would make readers happier. 🙂
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  2. Wendy B

    I guess I’ve been reading superhero comics for too long, because I didn’t find the lack of backstory problematic for me. Superheroes are supposed to be somewhat mysterious and then their stories are parceled out as things go along. Either that, or we get big origin stories that tell us nothing we didn’t already know 😉

    But I was really interested in the significant others and those relationships. I do want to read more to find out what happens with their involvement.