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Supreme: Blue Rose

(Supreme #Blue Rose)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  714 ratings  ·  159 reviews
"You are not dreaming. We are trying to communicate with you. Local reality has been reinstalled. Things have gone wrong. The revision has corrupted. Finding Ethan Crane is your supreme priority. Do not trust Darius Dax. We are all going to die." Supreme: Blue Rose re-introduces the central Image Comics character Supreme, in a multi-layered and often hallucinatory mystery ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published July 21st 2015 by Image Comics (first published July 1st 2015)
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Aug 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix
Out of context this panel doesn’t really make a lot of sense, does it?

Well, reading it within the body of this graphic novel, it still leaves the reader panting for clues.

Here’s another one:

Funny thing, this was in my fortune cookie the other night along with the lottery numbers that will make you millions and the Chinese pronunciation for “Sir, you are stepping on my foot!”.




An Existential conundrum, no?

I can appreciate that Warren Ellis is trying to bend the
Sam Quixote
Mar 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Supreme: Blue Rose is the strangest superhero comic I’ve ever read.

Though, to be fair, this is a superhero comic in name only and if you read this cold, you’d never guess that’s what the series originally started out as. It’s more of a psychedelic mystery post-modern take on superhero comics. And yes, it’s as tricky to read as it sounds. In this book Warren Ellis gives Grant Morrison a run for his money as king of the nutjob comics!

Freelance journalist Diana Dane is hired by billionaire Darius
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Ok. So this book. I might give a summary, if I knew where to begin, or where to end. It is, I'm fairly sure, a sort of meta commentary on the revisions and retcons that can define a comic book character. Which is, I'm sorry to say, such a banal observation that it doesn't really sustain a book. But I did find myself strangely fascinated by the earnest weirdness of it all. It may not have all that much to say, but it tries really damn hard to say it. Which is all aside from the fact that this is ...more
Rory Wilding
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it
When it comes to Image Comics, it seems to be the current king in terms of publishing creator-owned comics that not only have been critically acclaimed but achieving record-breaking sales, i.e. Saga. Although most of the publisher’s bibliography rarely features superheroes, mostly to avoid the competition with Marvel and DC, Image began with superhero titles such as Todd McFarlane’s Spawn. However, Image is very strange when it comes to superheroes, not least from Warren Ellis and Tula Lotay’s S ...more
May 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Here's something I never thought I'd say about a Warren Ellis book. This book is awful! I've never been so disappointed in a book as I generally think everything Warren Ellis touches is golden. I get what Ellis was trying to do, trying to establish characters that are becoming self aware that their reality (or comic) is getting another reboot. It's already happened to Supreme a couple of times and he's only been around for 25 years. The problem is that it's implemented in such a surreal, metaphy ...more
Dave Schaafsma
Crazy story, where postmodern and theoretical physics terminology dominate. Alan Moore had his hand at this one once, I am told (by Sam Quixote, ok!) and this is a reboot, obviously. The basic theme is that conventional notions of time don't exist, and since that is the case, "revision" is always possible. Reality is being reinstalled. Maybe, as Sam and others have claimed, it also has something to do with the various comics ideas about rebooting comics superheroes. Like the very idea of rebooti ...more
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-sff-faves
I adored this book, so so so happy that I discovered Tula Lotay's artwork through reading The Wicked + The Divine and decided to chance buy this. It's amazing!!

The is a really weird story about alternate time, people who fall out of their time, and a load of other utter craziness. If you don't like to be confused then you won't like this, but quite honestly it wasn't as confusing as I had been led to believe and the whole way through I was utterly enchanted by the artwork which is flawless. I th
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

4 extremely confused stars.

Way back in the early/mid 90s, Image Comics published a series written by Rob Liefield (and later Alan Moore and Erik Larsen) called “Supreme”, which was one of Image’s central characters. He's a superhero loosely based on Superman, with a journalist girlfriend (Diana Dane) and an archenemy (Darius Dax).

While I was familiar with these characters (I think I still have the original issues in a comic box in m
Tom Ewing
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The 1990s saw a rash of metafictional superhero comics by British writers - Grant Morrison's Flex Mentallo and Animal Man, Alan Moore's Promethea, and Moore's original run on the Rob Liefeld character Supreme. Supreme: Blue Rose is Warren Ellis' late contribution to the genre - the constant revisions and reboots of the modern superhero given a typically Ellis-ian science-fiction gloss. Themes from Ellis' short-lived newuniversal project bubble up here too. For all the familiar - even mildly nost ...more
May 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Hmm. So two Ellis books in a row, and I'm certainly not disappointed. My brain almost hurts, so that's a sign one way or another. In this case, think it's a good thing, means I was trying to go with it.

I read from Sam's review that this is some sorta soft/total reboot of Supreme, which was the Superman of Image comics, created by Rob 'Deadpool' Liefield. If that's the case I think it would shed more light on things.

However, from reading it standalone, I feel like those who said its a discussion
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No, I didn't like it. The only thing that saved the rating a little bit was the artwork that I felt had something to it.

I'd try to explain what exactly was happening, but since I'm not sure myself, I can't promise anything. Diana is hired by a very wealthy man to investigate a mysterious crash. Oh, and something with alternate universes.

Apparently this is a reboot/continuation from a series from the '90s that I didn't know existed unt
Althea J.
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Story was a 2.5 stars, bumped to 3 because...

a) I wasn't familiar with the original Supreme character(s) that this was drawing from, which perhaps impacted my enjoyment and comprehension, and




I will DEFINITELY be looking out for more work by Tula Lotay!!
Taylor Knight
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Supreme: Blue Rose is so weird and different and I loved it.
It was kind of confusing to me at first but I still was enjoying it even though I didn't really understand anything.
The whole story was crazy different and I had a lot of fun interpreting the story.
The art is beautiful. It's my favorite thing about this graphic novel because it's just so insanely beautiful. Seriously, if you have any interesting in art, get this graphic novel. I would love to have pages of this book as prints to put
Elizabeth A
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, graphix
This volume collects Issues #1-7.

I'll be the first to admit that most of the time I was reading this graphic novel I was clueless as to what was going on. There seemed to be stories within stories, and multiverses, but somehow I simply got lost, and could not find my bearings. Is that what the authors intended? So, not one I'd recommend, though I did find the art interesting.
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I love timey-wimey stories, the timey-er and wimey-er the better. If my mind isn't being completely blown by parallel time lines and order of events diagrams, I'm not interested.

Amen, sister.

So obviously I loved Supreme: Blue Rose. And like most time-centric stories, there is just not a good way to summarize the plot. Like... At all. Especially considering how surreal the art and storyboard styling is.

Every pane is beautiful.

And it's interspersed with what I assume are images that ar
Stewart Tame
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was interesting. It's not the greatest thing Ellis has ever done, but it's far from his worst. The whole volume is like a Warren Ellis version of the first issue of Alan Moore's run on Supreme many years ago. We have allusions to events getting rebooted and continuity being rewritten, with some characters being aware of the revisions. It's all wrapped up nicely in casual jargon-dropping of terms from the bleeding edges of physics and string theory and whatnot. It just wouldn't be an Ellis b ...more
Sleeping with Ghosts
Amazing concept art, I love everything, colors, sketchs, backgrounds. So my ⭐⭐⭐⭐ are from that, but the plot won't attract me..will read the next... ...more
Alex Sarll
Supreme began as Rob Liefeld's terrible, 'extreme' Superman knock-off, before Alan Moore took over and used him to tell the greatest Superman story never told, one which incorporated the endless revisions to which a long-running superhero is subjected as part of the story. Here, Warren Ellis builds on that with a story of what happens when a revision doesn't quite take - imagine reality failing to install a software update. Which sounds very bad-Ellis but no, he's had a real resurgence lately, o ...more
Norah Una Sumner
Absolutely fucking gorgeous.


Such a unique and interesting story. I didn't have high expectations when it came to this graphic novel but I enjoyed reading it so much. The characters are really diverse and the story is extremely captivating. And don't even get me started on Tula Lotay's beautiful art. Wow. Just wow. It's apparent from my rating that this tragically lovely graphic novel wasn't exactly perfect but take my word, it was absolutely entertaining and noteworthy. Well, except the art - th
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, netgalley, comics
This was totally weird, totally meta, and totally confusing. However, I REALLY enjoyed it. Also the art is next level and truly the most beautiful comic art I've ever had to pleasure to see.

I won't try and explain the plot because I really don't have a clue. You should definitely check it out for the art though. Just wow. It's better than the art in Saga (did I really just say that?).

Received for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of those "I have no idea what the hell is going on, but I don't care because the art is outstanding" type of scenarios. Truly, a lot of fun to go along with Ellis for the ride here, if you enjoy dreamlike time altered storylines shrouded in the surreal. Tula Lotay's art, just ... wow! ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
2.0 for the story, 5.0 for the art.
Jenny Clark
Maybe it is just because I read no other Supreme stories, but this makes very little sense. I get that this is a multiverse (Hello headaches!) and it gets reset. The question that's never answered is why or how the bleed-through happened. The story itself is pretty engaging, though the characters are not completely there in terms of development. The art is pretty good, the colors make it kinda trippy. Do not read this when you are tired! ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of these fine creators and superhero comics
Recommended to Brent by: Image Comics
I finally found the concluding two issue/chapters, and have to reread the whole thing, but, hey. Artist Tula Lotay rocks, and Ellis always provokes. So, here is a sideways take of Superman aka Supreme, with some gorgeously rendered comics art.
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars but rounded up because the art was stunning.
Pop Bop
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Embrace the Weirdness

If you are a fan of the comic book superhero Supreme, created by Rob Liefeld in 1992, rebooted by Alan Moore and later re-rebooted by Erik Larsen, then this TP, which is supposedly a new story arc for Supreme, might be of special interest to you. I'm not that familiar with or into Supreme and his many, many manifestations, so what insider bits there are, (like, say, "the Supremacy"), may have gone mostly right past me. I imagine at some point someone who really knows Supreme
Online Eccentric Librarian
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, au, arc

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How much you enjoy this series (completed and fully collected in this graphic novel) really comes down to patience: author Ellis is going for his most inscrutable and the artwork is pretty (if trippy) enough to almost distract from the story. So it is a title into which you need to invest time either rereading, reading slowly, researching the world, or digesting the concepts. Because what we have is a ditty based in a
Ian Mathers
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2015
I've been reading a lot of comics recently, catching up with various backlogs, and honestly I don't normally note comics here just because they take so little time to read that it feels like cheating (and when I challenge myself to read x books in a year I do generally mean books, not comics). My decreased commute is nice but when it comes to finding reading time kind of a pain. So while I did like Blue Rose and thought it was interesting enough to note, it's also kind of a placeholder for all s ...more
**An ARC of this book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

This was a extremely trippy comic. Like, straight-up "what the heck is going on" trippy. To me, it kinda felt like a generic sci-fi story, but slightly more ambitious than most. You all know the ones, the ones that don't really make sense and you know it's sci-fi cause of words like "dimension", "continuum", "(universe) reset", and a whole slew of others. So while I didn't understand it, at all, it wasn't a half-b
Jared Millet
Warren Ellis channels Michael Moorcock at his loopiest (there's a definite flavor of Jerry Cornelius here) to give us a reboot / follow-up to Alan Moore's run on Supreme from the 90s. That last bit is important, because without a familiarity of Alan Moore's take on Rob Liefeld's Superman rip-off, I doubt a lick of this would have made any sense.

Moore introduced the concept of the "Supremacy," the place where all the past versions of Supreme (groovy 60s Supreme, Dark 90s Supreme, etc) reside afte
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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN, as well as the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR. His newest book is the novella NORMAL, from FSG Originals, listed as one of Amazon’s Best 100 Books Of 2016.


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