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Squadron Supreme #12 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday
The Home Stretch
Written By: James Robinson
Art By: Leonard Kirk, Paul Neary, Marc Deering, Chris Sotomayor
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 5, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
I’ve been happy to tell everyone how much I’ve disliked this
series. I’m not a regular reader of this book but I picked it up due to the
Civil War II crossover and each month this book has been one of the banes of my
existence. There’s been a lot of rhetoric surrounding the Civil War II crossover
and a lot of fans have been crying foul. There seems to be a feeling that the
crossover was simply a cash grab and that the majority of the tie-in issues
were hardly tie-ins at all but instead separate stories that would only address
the overall crossover a single time with either a throwaway comment or a single
plot point. At the time of reading this book, I can say that Squadron Supreme
is the greatest example of this as we will have at least five issues of this comic
that were designated as “Civil War II Tie-In” and so far only a couple scenes
from the first couple issues even dealt with Ulysses. Frankly, I’m tired of
this book but ever issue is that chance to change my mind. Does this issue do
that? Let’s find out. (I wouldn’t hold my breath).
Our issue picks up where we left in the previous issue.
Warrior Woman had attempted to use the time machine in the basement of the
Baxter Building to reach Namor. However, she was stopped by the Squadron
Supreme and now is in combat with the former Power Princess. Despite the fact
that she is no longer super-powered, Power Princess is able to hold her own
against Warrior Woman and they seem almost evenly matched. This is when Modred
finally is able to recover from the blow he took in the previous issue and the
three of them are confronted by two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Warrior Woman doesn’t
take too kindly to their demands though and quickly kills them both before
Modred uses a portal to help them escape leaving Power Princess to deal with
S.H.I.E.L.D.’s backup. After a quick fight, Power Princess is able to escape
their pursuit of her.
Back with Blur and Thundra, they’ve been captured by
S.H.I.E.L.D. with the help of Spider-Man (Peter Parker). In the midst of being questioned
by Agent Hammond and Spider-Man, Blur mentions that he finds it an honor to
meet Agent Hammond due to him being considered one of the first superheroes.
Thi sets Hammond off as Blur and the Squadron Supreme not only murdered his old
friend Namor but have also employed tactics that spit in the face of everything
he stands for. Hammond then remarks on how none of the other members are coming
for them. We get a page of Nighthawk who has apparently found Ulysses and is
experiencing one of his visions.
We immediately return to the scene of Blur and Thundra being
brought into custody and we see the ghosts of Spectrum and Hyperion above them.
They entered the time machine by accident and have taken this form, unable help
their friends. The two suddenly start to fade until they have completely
disappeared and we then go to the past. We cut to a scene in Atlantis in which
we see Namor who is discussing with Attuma about a possible and mutually
beneficial partnership. The two had never seen eye to eye before but they both
want what is best of Atlantis. Their meeting is cut short as five superhumans
are approaching the city and cutting through their defenses. We see that these
five are the Squadron Supreme and if you had read the first arc in this book,
you would know what was happening and that it would end with the execution of
Namor and the destruction of Atlantis. However, the reader isn’t the only one
seeing this again, now Hyperion and Spectrum are also witnessing it. This is
where the issue leaves us.
So… I usually try to stay pretty professional when I write
my reviews. I try to give my thoughts in a calm manner and explain everything
about why I think such and such about a book. However, I hope you can all
understand that sometimes I need to just break my usual voice and just come out
and say it. FUCK THIS BOOK!!! My god, that feels better. Now, this issue actually started off nicely.
We got a nice fight scene and some damn nice art to boot but then it ends abruptly
and we get the rest of this issues absolutely god awful dialogue and
storytelling. Everything that is said feels clunky and unnatural. I don’t
believe any of these characters would actually say these things when they say
them. In addition we get some half-assed time travel storyline that ends before
anything can even begin to happen. Then we have the single page tie-in to the
Civil War II storyline that is probably more interesting than anything else
going on in this book. The worst part is, nothing happens in this issue. The
last issue, Warrior Woman was going to flee but she was stopped by Power
Princess. In this issue, Power Princess fails so Warrior Woman gets away
anyway. Then we get the scene with S.H.I.E.L.D. in which we just have
cringeworthy dialogue that goes nowhere and fails to change anything. Finally
we have the big time travel storyline which doesn’t get a chance to actually
flesh itself out and thus NOTHING HAPPENS. I can’t believe I spent four dollars
on this garbage.
Bits and Pieces
Don’t waste your money on this comic. Nothing of import
happens in this comic that you wouldn’t have already known based on the
previous issues. If you’re a Squadron Supreme collector, I’m sorry because
clearly no one care about giving you quality content. Frankly, the creative
team might as well have beat you up, stolen four dollars, and then spit in your
face. I really want to give this issue a classic “Fuck You Five” score but I
remember hearing that it was only worse than a three and that’s just not enough
at this point.