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Grace Randolph's Supurbia Vol. 1 (Supurbia (2012))

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  234 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
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-OE
Paperback, 112 pages
Published November 28th 2012 by BOOM! Studios
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Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sort of half-way between the Incredibles and Watchmen. Only failed to get 5 stars because its ongoing. Hey even Lord of the Rings didn't get any Oscars until the last movie :) .
Really good and i say this as a guy, the female of the species should be just as happy with it though. Only downside, its characters are imitations of existing ones so an unfamiliarity with the original heros might take something from the experience.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-manga, lcbn
Supurbia plunks you right in the middle of an exclusive neighbourhood for the superhuman members of the Meta League and their families. We are immediately introduced to all the residents, and, with a few pages dedicated to each, learn about their unique issues. From Tia questioning her role as a stay-at-home-mom, to Batu’s expectations of her children, to the former villain, Hella Heart, current girlfriend of Sovereign. And at the head of the team is Marine Commando, trapped in bed by a mysterio ...more
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, indie-comics
This was OK. The premise, as the description says, is basically the Real Housewives meets the Justice League. It's the second part that's probably the biggest problem - the superhero characters are blatant copies of the Justice League, with the exception of one who's a copy of Captain America. It's doing a deconstruction of those characters, but the problem is that's been done so often before. It would've been a lot more interesting if the superheroes had been even the slightest bit original, bu ...more
Nancy Meservier
Grace Randolph, the writer and creator of Supurbia, also runs a webseries on youtube called Think About the Ink, and this is where I first found out about Supurbia. I don't read a lot of superhero comics, but the concept caught my attention regardless. Although Supurbia does feature several superheroes characters, the members of the Meta Legion, the main focus here is on the spouses and children of these larger than life figures. At the beginning of the first issue, everyone has gathered togethe ...more
Lady Entropy
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I would have given it 4 stars were it not for a few minor niggles:

Yes, we get it -- they're re-imaginings of superman and batman and wonder woman and other such heroes. The problem is, after a while, instead of being INTERESTING and complex characters (like, oh, the original ones) they are just two dimensional. Now, I get it. I love the approach to things that is giving attention to the "backup" - the non-powered husbands and wives and children of mighty superheroes. But come on, by making the h
Tsana Dolichva
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Supurbia is a comic series created by Grace Randolph and illustrated by Russell Dauterman. This review is of Volume 1, which consists of four issues. I purchased them separately (because on the Aussie version of Comixology it was 50¢ cheaper that way) but I'm treating them as a single volume for review purposes, especially since individually each issue does not tell a complete story. The cover art of the omnibus (top right image) is the same as the first issue and I've included the covers of the ...more
Supurbia focuses on the spouses and partners of the superheroes: Marine Omega, Sovereign, Batu, Night Fox, Bulldog and The Cosmic Champion. The title of the comic was what drew me to it the first time because I figured it’d all be happening in the suburbs (duh). I wasn’t wrong though. The fact that this focuses more on the partners of the heroes is what was very intriguing about this comic. This is like a reality TV Show but in a comic book. There’s drama and betrayal but it’s all in a superhero ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Superheroes have lives outside of superheroing. Of course they do; you see it occasionally in the movies (my main source of superheroness): the occasional lover, usually getting into danger and needing rescuing; wise parents/parental figures; smartass friends...

Then you get movies like The Incredibles, where superheroes have to stop superheroing and try being normal. And how well does that go? (I love that movie.)

Supurbia takes the middle line. Superheroes be heroic, AND they have lives. How do
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
3.5 stars.

The premise, to show a more human aspect of superheroes by revealing everyday problems and aspects of their lives, is not completely new. Marvel Comics initiated this trend with a whole slew of flawed heroes, Spider-Man, a troubled orphan who struggles with providing for his family, romantic entanglements and a hostile public, Iron Man, a genius billionaire who at different times is shown as an alcoholic, egomaniac playboy and politician choosing expediency over personal friendships, j
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great read.
Superbia has a simple but expansive concept with engaging and promising characters. I really enjoyed it. The dialogue is smart without being overly witty or smug. It plays with superhero archetypes without becoming a parody or taking itself too seriously. It's tone is sincere but playful as is the art. I really enjoyed the character designs but some of the more poignant moments of the book were undercut by a more cartoony style. I am excited to see the relationship between Tia and
Like The Incredibles meets Desperate Housewives.

Such a fun, alternate, look at the lives of superheroes. We meet the men and woman that make up the Meta Legion, as well as their wives and husband (and girlfriend and boyfriend). The children are also great. Zari is my favorite of the bunch. Her mother and father are great too. I really sympathize with Eve, but she is kickass in her own way. Definitely on board to find out what happens next!
Angela Moore
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was really excited when I first heard about the series, bought the first 4 single issues, then forgot about it. Found volume one at the library and devoured it in a short sitting. The writer did a great job introducing so many characters and really looking forward to where the story goes from here.
Kennedy Cullen
My big issue with this was the fact that I consistently felt like I was out of the loop. There was something I was missing or a chapter/ backstory I hadn't read. Other than that I enjoyed majority of it and the story itself was interesting.
Matt Piechocinski
Mar 16, 2013 rated it liked it
This was actually better than I thought it'd be, and I totally recommend it ... it's like American Beauty or Desperate Housewives crossed with superherodom.
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic
4.5 stars

The dynamics are really interesting. I will definitely keep reading.
Katie McGuire
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I enjoyed this introductory volume. I'm a sucker for a good behind-the-scenes superhero story (and plenty of soap), and this one does a good job delivering in that front.
Chris Talbot-Heindl
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5/5 This was kind of meh. I didn't read the description before I read it - "Real Housewives" really wouldn't have done it for me. It was what you would expect - the powerful wife's husband cheats on her, the wife who asks questions is shooed away by her husband, the super hero shacked up with an ex-super villain is an absolute pig who abuses her, the female hero from a female-dominant society verbally abuses and ignores her son...

I wasn't terribly impressed with this, but I've also not seen an
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Colorist: Gabriel Cassata

The colors in this are incredible, the light is gorgeous!
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Los súper héroes también lavan la ropa y riegan las plantas
Apr 23, 2014 rated it liked it
If I sound too harsh in this review it's because of my personal feelings toward the author. I truly did enjoy this volume and was completely hooked by the soap opera/ desperate housewives feel of it.

Grace Randolph. If you didn't know, she has a youtube channel about comics. In that channel she always asks for more women in comics, and in here she makes her dream come true. What's the problem then? She gave us white women and just one token black woman. Yeah. You can't just go on and on about wan
Julio Mejía
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Grace Randolph pretende mostrar la vida doméstica de un grupo de súper héroes (análogos evidentes de la Liga de la Justicia, desde un Superman deshumanizado (Sovereign) hasta un Batman que tiene un affair con su secuaz (Night Fox), sin dejar de lado una Wonder Woman con poco aprecio por los hombres) que conviven en un suburbio exclusivo para ellos y ellas. El giro de la historia es que las protagonistas de la historia son las esposas (y esposo, en el caso del cónyuge de Bato [análoga de Wonder W ...more
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, superheroes, 2016
This volume, collecting Grace Randolph's Supurbia issues #1-4, written by Grace Randolph and drawn by Russell Dauterman, looked like an interesting conceptual take on the superhero genre (the home life of superheroes and their families), and the front cover blurb from Rich Johnston at Bleeding Cool also promised a lot: "The superhero comic we've been waiting for."

So, maybe my expectations were simply to high, but I honestly wonder where Johnston is coming from, because I know that I for one cert
James Brigham
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-trades
I picked this up in floppy format when it first came out and got the TPB later when I felt like I had fallen behind the monthly releases. So glad I did. When it comes to the Big Two (DC, Marvel) and their superhero output, it's hard to feel like any of the stories have any dramatic weight because you know that damn near anything is going to be retconned away in a few months time.

With "Supurbia", I'm more invested in what's going to be happening to these original characters. And because they're
Keith Davis
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Grace Randolph has written a graphic novel about the wives, husbands, and lovers of a group of superheroes all living together in one seemingly normal suburban community. There is the former villainess who is trying very hard to stay reformed but no one is willing to trust her. There is the woman who gave up her career as a crimefighter to raise her daughter and secretly regrets it. There is the alpha businesswoman whose world crumbles when she realizes that her highly marketable superhero husba ...more
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it
The premise is easy enough, it's the real housewives of superheroes. The superheroes themselves aren't really fleshed out and the direction of the drama takes is predictable (the Batman and Robin analogous characters are male gays, the Wonder Woman character is expecting her daughter to have gotten her powers, but her son does and she can't deal with it, and the Superman character, Sovereign, is the "You're all alive because I allow it" kinda guy, charming. He's a winner.

Much more attention is g
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Being a girl who likes comics but never got into traditional DC/Marvel superheroes leaves me with pretty slim pickings in terms of comic books / graphic novels worth reading. (Having a slightly over the top hatred for all things Neil Gaiman hasn't helped much either, to be fair)

Supurbia appears to be the combination of Desperate Housewives, old school superheroes and expose reality TV. That's pretty much what the cover and an initial flip through promises anyway. But it reads more like a not-bad
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
They had me at "The Real Housewives of Superheroes!". Enough said. Outrageously fun, scandalous, titillating, hints of potential cat fights (hey it's only the first volume!), low cut designer clothes, non-recreational drug use, and various complex social and family relationships. A recommended read for those who have always wondered what it would be like married to a superhero.
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, comics
A história mistura Desperate Housewives com algo parecido com a Liga da Justiça. O foco é dos bastidoes da vida dos maridos/ esposas que não estão indo para a frente de batalha. O que acontece na intimidade deles e as repercussões da mídia na vida das famílias. É uma série fechada e este é o 1º de 4 volumes.
andrew y
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
this did nothing for me
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