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Squadron Supreme #2

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Squadron Supreme #2

Credits

  • Words: J. Michael Straczynski
  • Art: Gary Frank
  • Inks: Jon Sibal
  • Colors: Chris Sotomayor
  • Story Title: N/A
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Apr 19, 2006

Squadron Supreme has been assembled. The papers have been signed, the formalities out of the way and the U.S. government has them ready to roll.

Despite not having much time to band together or get to know each other very well, Squadron Supreme is thrown into their first assignment. A ruthless African dictator, who has documented superpowers, must be taken down to end mass genocide and restore order to that region of the world. For the heavy hitters populating the Squadron Supreme, this should be all too easy. Of course, that wouldn’t be exciting at all, so instead the team ends up looking like a bunch of idiots.

So far the Squadron Supreme seems more like a loose band of misfits than a superhero team, but I suppose that is the point of it all. We’ve already seen the buddy-buddy type team stories from titles like JLA and Avengers, but we’ve never really gotten a close look at a team where it’s nearly every man for him/herself. This is a team of highly intelligent, highly powered, government sponsored individuals that could shape the world in their own collective images (ala the Authority), but they so clearly don’t care for each other that they could never agree on a way to run things.

I’m still sour about the move from MAX to Marvel proper for this title. Already, some of the edge that made this such a great book in the past is lacking. I enjoy the fact that Straczynski jumps right in and gives the team a formidable opponent. I also like that he’s instituted a few potential subplots that could well develop into major stories down the road. And though we get a quick inside look at how the team will potentially be run and interpersonal dynamic, I have a very hard time with one character’s inclusion in all of this: Princess Power or Zarda, as she prefers to be called. Aside from the joy she gets out of killing people and destroying things, she has no motivation for being on the team as opposed to doing things on her own. This is something I hope is more closely explored in the coming issues.

Despite the issues I may have with the writing, the art on this book has been top-notch since Supreme Power #1. Gary Frank is a masterful visual storyteller, and Sibal has always allowed Frank’s flawless penciling to shine. The colors are equally grounded, and when the action eventually takes off full force (much like the Zarda/mall issue of SP), this title will be one of the most visually appealing spectacles on the market.

I can’t quite believe what the last page of this issue had to offer. Straczynski has shown the members of this newly formed team to be too savvy to make the boneheaded mistake that it appears its two most powerful have. The solicitation for the next issue tells that the team is going to break up, but by everything we’ve been shown so far, I’m surprised they made it this far.

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