- Posted by Johanna on April 27, 2008 at 10:19 am
- Category: Comic News
I’m mildly intrigued by the recent announcement of Superbia, an upcoming comic from the Sci Fi Channel and Virgin Comics due out this summer. It’s described as a superhero version of Desperate Housewives, only without using that trademark:
Imagine if the members of the Justice League moved to Wisteria Lane with spouses in tow, and you get a hint of what life is like in Woodshire Village, a planned community for superheroes, their spouses, girlfriends and domestic partners. Superbia is created and written by Lisa Klink and Jordan Gorfinkle.
Gorf, you might recall, was part of the Batman editorial team and helped create the Birds of Prey.
I haven’t read any of Virgin’s product so far, because they remind me of Tekno Comix (which was also associated with Sci Fi, albeit much more vaguely) in their use of licensed names and emphasis on mass-oriented concepts. When the Virgin/Sci Fi partnership was first announced in early 2007, they stated an intent to develop five titles. Only one, The Stranded, has been released, although they’ve achieved their intended cross-platform synergies by also developing it for TV.
The concept of superheroes’ domestic lives isn’t new, ranging from the recent Welcome to Tranquility way back to the 1980s Mr. Miracle series that spun out of that era’s Justice League. Still, if done right, it can provide an entertaining twist on the usual fights in tights.
I wish some art was available, but none of the announcements make any mention of that aspect of the creative team. It’s possible it hasn’t been determined yet.