The neighborhood I live in is essentially two different neighborhoods. At least when it comes to the age of the houses. See, the street we live on is part of the original neighborhood. The houses here have been around since probably the 70s or so. The streets further into the neighborhood though are newer. When you drive further in you can see the dividing line between the old and the new section. Things just look different.
I’m not sure what you would call the area. We have two streets that lead into the area that access a busy main road. One of the streets has a stoplight but the other one doesn’t until you get on the main road in the direction of the next main road and the railroad tracks. The city I live in is not the city that I have the closest access to. See, the main road running beside the neighborhood is the dividing line as well. One side is the closest city and the other side is where I pay my mileage.
It seems strange when you look at how everything is laid out, but it has been like this as long as I can remember.
And I can hear the question bubbling up in the back of your mind. Or is it right at the front now that we are talking about it? What the hell is the point of all this?
Basically, where I am going is how different neighborhoods can be. The one I live in is different than the one you probably live in. It’s an answer to a question none of us probably even had. I mean seriously, you should know that we all have different bits of the world right at our fingertips.
But even all of that isn’t where I am going right this second.
Nope, the point I have been ignoring all this time is the story line of Supurbia. In this series, a team of super heroes all live in the same neighborhood. In fact, they are the only people living there.
Now, I can also see the thought burning through your mind right now. And I dare say it isn’t boring like you might think. Instead we have several different plot lines going on and not all of them are directly related to the supers. Some involve their families.
Which yeah, does directly relate to the supers but in a round about way. Or something…
Anyway, where was I going with all this? Thinking, thinking thinking…
I might have it now. Let me take you to where we begin and maybe we will end up where it all ends.
The start of the series has a new hero and spouse moving into the neighborhood. Essentially, he is the sidekick of the super team’s leader. The leader is dying and they haven’t been able to figure out why. This guy is going to end up replacing him as the new hero (yeah, I can’t remember their names but that isn’t as important as the ideas I think…).
From there we are introduced to all the families in the neighborhood. And everything seems to be going as it should. But we find out the Superman type hero is actually keeping a reformed villain as his spouse. And this really isn’t the craziest part of the storyline.
As you read through you are presented families, not simply super heroes. We see them struggling with things we all struggle with. Many times the struggles are a bit more larger than life. But you have to expect that with heroes.
But see, this is the part of how they present the story that I really like. We are given a glimpse of their lives. And then everything slowly begins to unravel. It would seem that the heroes are not as well equipped for life outside of saving the world. These people are making decisions and pursuing actions that have an impact on the world around them. They are trying to live their lives as the world is falling apart around them.
It makes the heroes a little bit more human than it would have to only see their secret identities. This is what drew me into the storyline. I think the story wouldn’t have been as good as it was without that.
Another interesting aspect for me is how the villains storylines play out in all this. Their plans and machinations in the end unravel just as the heroes lives unravel. In the end, the heroes win. But the price they pay along the way costs them more than they bargained for. It keeps everything on a more realistic level.
So, as always, I haven’t really told you anything about the story and I have blathered on endlessly over little information. All I can really say is, if you get a chance pick up the series. I believe they collected the entirety of it into four volumes. It’s a good series and worth a look-see. You might find something that draws you in when you least expect it.
If you enjoy these stories, consider leaving some coffee money in the jar or you could buy a book or two. Either way helps keep the stories flowing.