Monday, August 15, 2016

Squadron Supreme #10 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday


Written By: James Robinson
Art By: Leonard Kirk, Paul Neary, Chris Sotomayor
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 3, 2016
Publisher: Marvel

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

I’m a little ashamed to admit that it has taken me this long to realize this. However, it is now clear to me that the Squadron Supreme is simply Marvel’s version of the Justice League. I know many people are like “duh!” and feel free to call me a dumbass but I’m not a regular reader of this book and when they introduced the lineup something just clicked and I realized the truth. Hyperion is Superman, Nighthawk is Batman, Doctor Spectrum is Green Lantern, Thundra is Wonder Woman, and The Blur is The Flash. Where’s Aquaman? Well, Namor has always been similar to Aquaman and the first story arc of this book involved them taking him down and executing him. Anyway, the last issue of Squadron Supreme was a bit disappointing for me. Are they able to change things with this issue? Let’s find out.

This issue begins with the Squadron Supreme going on a mission to destroy a scientific facility. The reason they are after this facility is that they’ve discovered that the scientists there are working on creating small black holes that they can control. Seeing the obvious potential of a world-ending event, the Squadron Supreme launches into action in an attempt to stop such research. When they arrive however, a hero is there to meet them and his name is Blue Marvel. Blue Marvel is able to fight off each of the members of the Squadron Supreme by himself. The way that he has prepared would makes it seem that he knew about them ahead of time. Nighthawk calls to the rest of the Squad that it is time to retreat.

The Squadron regroups at their headquarters underneath the sea and discuss what just happened. Nighthawk grabs his jet and decides to follow Blue Marvel. There had to be some way that they found out about the team’s plan and powers. While he does this, the Squadron talks amongst themselves about how Nighthawk has put himself in the position of leader. When they formed the group, they never planned on having a leader but it’s starting to feel like they have one anyway. However, they are interrupted by a diver outside the HQ and they allow the diver to enter. Turns out it is the now depowered Power Princess. She was the one that had her powers stolen by Warrior Woman and she warns them about Warrior Woman’s plans to resurrect Namor and that they need to spring into action now, because the Baxter building is under attack. This is where the issue leaves us.

This is a book that is easily at the bottom of the list for me. Nothing about it has really intrigued me and this issue is no different. There is a fight scene that is cool but it takes up most of the issue and the rest is just people sitting in a room talking and arguing. The art is a mixed bag in that the up close panels that focus on a few character are really nice and beautifully detailed. However, in panels that show character a little farther away, that detail has disappeared. Granted, you will always lose a little detail but the drop is so significant that it doesn’t appeal to me in any way.

Bits and Pieces

If you’ve been reading this book since the first issue, this may address storylines that you were wondering about. However, if you jumped on the book for the Civil War II tie-in like I did, you will have little knowledge of what’s going on and the issue will all but ignore the Civil War II storyline. The art is a mixed bag and the storytelling of this issue is boring, contrived, and unoriginal.


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