Month two into BOOM! Studios new series, Supurbia, and the book continues to pay off. This is a new kind of superhero book; Instead of making the super strong and the super powered its main focus, Supurbia concentrates on the less-than-super supporting cast, the spouses of the men and women in tights. The introductory issue helped to set the stage for what’s to come, showing the readers the characters and giving them a glimpse of their relationships. The second issue plays off of that, allowing last issues exposition to stand by itself and starts to get the ball rolling, opening up new storylines for the future.
Writer Grace Randolph does a great job of introducing new storylines into the book. Given the large cast of the book, she manages to get a clear introduction in the previous issue and is able to concentrate more on the story. She touches marginally on the cliff hanger from the last issue, clearly using that as an ever present danger to the team, not wanting to tip her hand until it’s ready for the pay-off, and instead introduces a completely new danger, one in the form of an attack on the UN in New York.
The threat in New York also opens up a different storyline, one in the form of Hella Hunt and her husband, Sovereign. Hella Hunt is a reformed villain, married to the Meta League’s resident alien powerhouse. But her disappearance from the world of crime and subsequent marriage was a mystery, one that is called to the forefront with the recent attack. When a news report accuses Hella of being behind the attack, she becomes nervous that the authorities will begin looking for her and ruin her perfect life. Though not an Earth-shattering plotline, it poses an interesting question, one that defines the purpose of the series; what will the heroes do when their normalcy is threatened?
However, not every character is seeking normal. Waking up next to her husband, Bulldog, bleeding, bruised, clothes torn to shreds, Eve White sees how dangerous being a super hero can be. She also understands the team’s need for medical attention and, being a trained nurse, offers her help. It’s an ideal way to show how alluring the super hero life can be. Here we have a normal woman, one who has never considered fighting crime, but quickly volunteering to help the team who helps. In her own way, she wants to be a super hero, just not on the front lines risking her life. These are just two examples of the book that prove that even the regular people can be interesting.
But the writing is only half of the issue. Artist Russell Dauterman continues his hot streak on the look of the title. His artist style fits perfectly with the book, giving the book an animated feel while maintaining a realistic tone. He varies his panels well, keeping the visual pace of the issue as interesting as the pace of the writing. And his pencils mesh well with Gabriel Cassata’s colors.
While many people will complain that the market is saturated with superhero books, a fact that cannot be argued, few of them take the road that Supurbia does. Yes, hugely muscled men and women beating each other to a pulp has been done to death, every once in a while a series will come along that makes superheroes interesting again. Though to say Supurbia is that book would be missing the purpose of the book. The real draw in Supurbia is not the superheroes, but the home lives of the heroes. And though it’s only two issues in, it seems to be working well.