The Underburbs is an indie comic book series created by Joe Haley and T.J. Dort, started in 2005, and continuing to this day. It centers around "Countess" Winifred Pale, a vampire bent on taking over the world with a scroll that turns people into monsters, unfortunately, due to incompetent subordinates and general lack of knowledge about our world, she has yet to succeed. Angela, a human-turned-witch from our world, serves as her Sidekick
and viewpoint character.
Eleven issues have been released so far. Issues 1-3 were reprinted as a Trade Paperback with added material. It does not have national distribution, so ways to buy the comic are limited to some Massachusetts comics shops, via www.comixpress.com or by ordering them from the creators themselves at email@example.com.
This comic book provides examples of:
- Action Mom: Angela's Mom
- Affably Evil: Winifred
- Alpha Bitch: Bel.
- Always Someone Better: Bel to Winifred
- Anti-Villain: Winifred.
- Bad Ass Normal: George's father.
- Becoming the Costume: A major plot point in the story, as when exposed to Winifred's scroll, people become the things they're dressed as. At one point, the creators even had an idea to make Angela change into anything by wearing a costume of it, but this was dismissed as "too video-gamey."
- Berserk Button: Winifred does not want Angela to misbehave in front of her father.
- Butt Monkey: The Hammer.
- Celestial Bureaucracy: The big demon at the end of Issue 6 and throughout Issue 7.
- Cloudcuckoolander: George.
- Creepy Child: Death-Ann, though it isn't really her fault. Basically she's a grim reaper with the ability to remove people's souls from their bodies. Problem is she's only a toddler and doesn't really know any better.
- Cute Witch: Angela and her mom.
- Double Agent: Angela is only working with Winifred to make sure that she fails. Although, they later develop as much of a genuine friendship as Winifred's selfishness will allow.
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: Issue 3. 'Nuff said.
- Evil Counterpart: Bel, in terms of Winifred, though both of them self-identify as "evil".
- Fantastic Racism: Werewolves versus "wolfmen".
- Faux Affably Evil: Bel
- Fridge Logic: Angela's main goal is to undo the spell connecting her town to the evil dimension. There's just one problem. That same spell created her cat, Bristle. So if she undoes the spell, Bristle ceases to exist. Then there's Death-Ann, a three-year old monster from the evil dimension who was adopted by a human family. If the spell is broke, Death-Ann either goes back to being an orphan, or gets trapped in the human world. Meaning her parents would either have to hide her, or she'd become a lab experiment.
- Halloweentown: The Evil Dimension and also the town of Pendleton, after Winifred turns people into monsters.
- Jerkass: Damon, especially after he's turned into Death Lantern.
- Lack of Empathy: In self-absorbed (Winifred) and more sadistic (Bel) flavors.
- Nerd Glasses: Shelley's glasses.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: The man with people for fingers in Issue 7.
- Raising the Steaks: The zombie organ grinder's monkey!
- Shopping Montage: Much of Issue 9.
- Stranger in a Strange School
- Third-Person Person: The Hammer
- Zen Survivor: Shelley.