Art by: Russell Dauterman
Colours by: Gabriel Cassata
Letters by: Steve Wands
Cover by: Peter V. Nguyen
Published: BOOM Studios
Cover Price: $3.99 (USD)
It has just been announced that Superbia has been upgraded to an on-going series, which is great news, as this second issue is just as strong as the first.
One of the most impressive things about Superbia is that there are a lot of characters and a lot of relationships in the comic, but it never feels crowded or short of space. This is partly because of the familiarity that the each character has, with them being based on standard tropes of the genre, but most of the credit should go to Grace Randolph, who can clearly handle a large cast.
The narrative is anchored by Eve, the wife of Robbie, and as the newest members of the Meta Legion family, the reader experiences everything in the same way they do. Eve is at the heart of the story and she has some good moments this issue, particularly in the opening pages when she finds her husband has returned from a night of crime fighting in some trouble.
Apart from Eve, there’s plenty to enjoy from the other characters. Sovereign is as arrogant as ever, even claiming ownership of his super villain girlfriend, Ruth is shape shifting and being vaguely evil, but best of all is Eli, the maligned son of warrior woman Batu. There is a great sequence where Eli is able to show what he can do, though no one really knows about it. It’s the little character moments such as this that make Superbia more than a parody or subversion of other superhero stories.
Even with all this praise for the writing side of the comic, the art is still managing to be even more impressive. Dauterman and Cassata are a great team and this issue is full of wonderfully drawn and coloured art. Eve’s shock at her husband’s bloodied body, Eli’s acrobatics and Batu’s random dragon thing are all depicted with great skill and coloured perfectly. Every page is vibrant and energetic and worth multiple looks.
I’m glad Superbia has had the success it has had, especially so quickly. The first two issues have been extremely entertaining with art is as good as in any other superhero comic. I already want to find out what will happen in the remaining two issues of this mini-series, the first issue of the on-going and beyond.