Supurbia #1

Written by Grace Randolph
Art by Russell Dauterman
24 pages, color
Published by Boom! Studios

The basic idea behind Grace Randolph’s Supurbia is a fairly simple one; superheroes and their spouses living next door to one another (in secret) in the same suburb. It’s a potentially fun concept, if one we’ve seen before. What can make a book like Supurbia stand out—both positively and negatively—is the execution. And with Supurbia, it’s the proverbial mixed bag; there are things to like here, and others to not care about. But ultimately, it’s the positives that will make you come back for #2.

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The Silence of Our Friends

Written by Mark Long and Jim Demonakos
Art by Nate Powell
208 pages, black and white
Published by First Second Books

The retelling of events that you personally lived through is harder than it looks. Being there for what happened will automatically have a greater impact than hearing about it afterwards, and trying to bring that emotional connection to a wider audience can be difficult. The Silence of Our Friends is based on Mark Long’s childhood in 1968 Houston, and the end result is an interesting story, but one that isn’t quite as engaging as I suspect it was for Long.

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Glory #23

Written by Joe Keatinge
Art by Sophie Campbell
32 pages, color
Published by Image Comics

Of the various rebooting of Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Studios properties, it was Glory that simultaneously had the least and most potential. It’s the one that has the least-interesting character hook—it’s a thinly veiled rendition of Wonder Woman—and what little we saw of even Alan Moore’s take on the character wasn’t that exciting. At the same time, though, it meant that Joe Keatinge and Sophie Campbell would have the most room to play with Glory and transform her into something interesting. And so far? Well, similarity to another comic aside, this is the most interesting I’ve found Glory, ever.

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