Supreme Power

Another comic party I’ve come late to, I’m currently devouring back issues of Supreme Power.

Written by JMS of Babylon 5 fame, it’s a retelling of the Squadron Supreme story. It’s a Marvel Max title so it is for mature readers, and in the first few pages you know we’re not in the Silver Age anymore: Hyperion’s ship crashes to Earth and is discovered by a kindly couple… who are immediately eliminated by government agents in a black helicopter.

I was never a huge Squadron Supreme fan, but you don’t really need to know anything about them to follow the story, same way you didn’t need to know anything about the Charlton heroes to enjoy Watchmen. There’s probably stuff going over my head but I’m not aware of it.

I think JMS can be a great writer, and it makes me think about how awesome Babylon 5 could have been if it had been done in comic form, which would’ve freed it from the constraits of actors’ schedules, threat of network cancellation and so on.

3 Responses to “Supreme Power”

  1. Stoopis says:

    B5 as a comic…..sounds like a plan.

  2. Bob says:

    I have to catch up on these again, I read the first 16 issues but none of the issues since (or the several spin off miniseries).

    And unlike the previous graphic novel of Squadron Supreme from the 80s, this series isn’t published with ashes from the writer’s immolated corpse…(see wikipedia for “Mark Gruenwald”)

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