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Supreme Power, Volume 1

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  269 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Collecting Supreme Power Volume 1: Contact and Supreme Power Volume 2: Powers & Principalities - plus character designs, alternate cover treatments, the historic first appearance of the original Squadron Supreme in Avengers No. 85 and No. 86, and more!
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Marvel Comics Group
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Oliver Bateman
Great start. Some interesting characterizations. Solid artwork by Gary Frank. But ultimately doomed by pisspoor execution and a mean-spirited emptiness that prevents this creative team from equalling Gruenwald's proto-Astro City accomplishment. Standard faux-gritty 2000s fare, ya know? Whatever.
JMS takes marvel's knock off version of the Justice League and sucks every bit of fun, interest and likability out of them in the name of realism.
Four super heroes show up in the real world and nothing happens for about six issues.

The characters are flat and unlikable, the drama is forced and anything that approaches cool, interesting or an actual story is quickly buried under grim and gritty and overly dramatic dialogue.

The ideas here are interesting, but JMS takes so long that by the time anyt
I'm a big fan of Straczynski, and love his imagining of an alternate Marvel universe! A Superman raised by government agents and groomed to be used for whatever purpose the government decides upon is a much darker, more conflicted, and frankly more interesting character than the Superman of popular culture who was raised by good-hearted, practical Kansas folk (as much as I appreciate those values and what is truly wonderful about my home state). The artwork is stunning, and I particularly loved ...more
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I bought this comic at EpiCon, just because of 2 pages I saw. Liked it so much I finished it the same evening :D
Matt King
I was initially annoyed at how closely it aped the Justice League members' powers and origins, but once I got past that, the story itself was awesome. If DC were honest with themselves, I think this is more of what they wanted to do in the new 52 than what they put out, which was a rushed re-telling of the stories we already knew. Even though Marvel used a lot of the same ingredients in Supreme Power, the difference in execution shows just how much better stories can be when you're not shackled ...more
Excellent book. This has all of the things I loved from Straczynski's "Rising Stars" series, with none of its flaws. This is a brilliant book from start to finish. Just ask yourself: baring the fantasy of super-powers/aliens, what would really happen with Superman's origin, or Batman, or Wonder Woman...etc. That's what this book is. And it goes from there. If you like smart and gritty super stories, then read this book. The art is amazing and the writing is a brilliant comic writer at his best. ...more
Noah Soudrette
A stunning book and easily Straczynski's best work to date. Not only does he take a classic set of characters (whose first appearance in the Avengers #85-86 is included in the back) and update them, he also shows what makes Marvel stand apart from DC (not that I don;t love DC). These characters are the Justice League, but the Justice League in a uniquely Marvel way: flawed, angry, sad, hated, loved, steeped in death and life and exceedingly real. A must read.
The concept of the U.S. secretly raising a
superhero was intriguing, but some areas
of the story didn't flow well. The artwork is
Just look at the average rating here folks! Oh, you mean I'm the only one who has read and ranked it? Well Dammit, you should too!
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Joseph Michael Straczynski (born July 17, 1954), known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or JMS, is an American writer and television producer. He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas. He is a playwright, a former journalist, and author of The Complete Book of Scriptwriting. He was the creator and showrunne ...more
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