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Squadron Supreme #11 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday
All Around Me Are Familiar Faces
Written By: James Robinson
Art By: Leonard Kirk, Paul Neary, Marc Deering, Chris Sotomayor
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 7, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Needless to say, I haven’t been too nice to this book. That
may be an understatement but frankly, the book just isn’t very good. However,
in what I assume is an attempt to sell copies, this issue has Spider-Man in it.
I like Spider-Man so I was curious to see what was going on with this issue but
that said, my expectations couldn’t be lower. Where we left our Squadron,
Nighthawk had left to follow Blue Marvel while the rest of the team went with
the depowered Power Princess in order to stop Warrior Woman’s attempt to bring
Namor back from the dead. She plans to do so by breaking into the Baxter
Building, former home of the Fantastic Four, in order to use the time machine
that was created by Reed Richards. So what happens in this issue? Is it able to
break the mold and be legitimately entertaining? Let’s find out.
The issue opens with a scene of Spider-Man fighting with
Warrior Woman. Parker Industries has owned the building for quite some time now
and it would seem Spider-Man was in the area. Despite his strength, it would
seem that Spider-Man is outmatched by Warrior Woman and her magician. However,
it is at this time that Warrior Woman doesn’t seem to be acting quite like
herself. She is trying to reason with Spider-Man and it turns out that
Spider-Man has been fighting the Squadron Supreme. Some magic was cast on him
that made him see them as Warrior Woman. However, Spider-Man isn’t the biggest
fan of the Squadron and he knows that Warrior Woman is a part of their group
(or in this case a former member).
Several members of the group flee in order to chase after
Warrior Woman and the rest stay and deal with Spider-Man. Warrior Woman and her
magician find the time machine and attempt to turn it on. However, the Squadron
catches up with them and a fight breaks out. It’s at this time that the time
machine turns on and opens. Hyperion and Spectrum attempt to stop Warrior Woman
and end up being swallowed up by the machine. This only leaves the depowered
Power Princess to stand against her and a fight breaks out.
Back with Spider-Man it would seem that he cannot handle the
power that the Squadron Supreme has and they are able to defeat him and knock
him unconscious. It’s at this time that a foe from the past shows up. Jim
Hammond and his S.H.I.E.L.D. team have arrived to take care of the Squadron.
They prepare for battle once again but it would seem that Spider-Man was not as
defeated as they expected. Spider-Man attacks when he sees an opportunity and
allows S.H.I.E.L.D. to defeat the Squadron members there. Afterwards, ghosts of
Hyperion and Spectrum are hovering above, questioning what they are supposed to
do now. This is where the issue leaves us.
Alright. Let’s jump into this book. For all the attempts to
give us twists and turns and exciting fight scenes, they ultimately fall flat. Having
a character be confused about who their enemy is can be really exciting but the
scene changes so suddenly that everything is a bit jarring. As the reader, I
like puzzles but I don’t like being kept completely in the dark. I honestly don’t
have a whole lot to say about this series. It feels like a sinking ship and I’m
ready to hop in a lifeboat.
Bits and Pieces
Another ultimately unexciting and contrived issue of
Squadron Supreme this month, except this issue has Spider-Man. It’s really a
waste of my time and I have little idea of what any of this has to do with the
Civil War II crossover.