Superman can hear everything and therefore is always distracted by the troubles of the world (to the point where he ignores his wife).
Batman and Robin are gay.
Wonder Woman is more woman than any man can handle.
Green Lantern has an awesome ring that can do anything,therefore making it the “Sonic Screwdriver” of comics.
Do we really need a comic book about these tired gags? Grace Randolph and Russell Dauterman seem to think we do. Their new book, Supurbia, is about the superhero equivalent of Wisteria Lane where everyone is beautiful and everyone has secrets to hide. Allegedly this book is going to focus on the spouses of the superheroes who all live on the same street, but the first issue of the series is all about showing us through winks and nods that Randolph is really writing about Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Captain America, and Bucky. The spouses are introduced along with their superhero counterparts, but this first issue does not have enough story to make it clear who are the main characters.
I must say that I am intrigued after reading the first issue since there seems to be some potential here. I cannot stand “The Real Housewives of (insert some major city here)” but I must confess that I used to be a fan of Desperate Housewives. The former is a look at the vapid and superficial lives of people with way too much money. The former is a look at the women who try to maintain a facade of the perfect life while they are plotting, scheming, and backstabbing at every moment. Hopefully Supurbia will have plenty of that!
The art by Dauterman is solid. It is not overly stylized but still manages to give each character enough personality and uniqueness that even in silhouette it is clear who is speaking and what they are feeling. The difficult element that Dauterman manages to pull off is not the heroic costumes and character designs, but the look of each of the spouses. In a world where everyone has to look perfect and appear to have the perfect life, each spouse has to have her or his own outfit and look. Having a bunch of people in a room wearing generic outfits will just not do! However, Dauterman manages to give each person a flawless (or imperfect if called for) look which suits their attempt to look their best.
I am not necessarily on board all the way for Supurbia. Issue one (and the hype surrounding it) is long on promise but a bit short on delivery. I will be back for issue 2 to see if Supurbia begins to blaze its own trail, or if it is content to just rehash story ideas which have already been done before. Hopefully it will surprise me!