Monday, September 12, 2016

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
Publisher: Marvel

*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.


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