Marvel has done a lot of different versions of the Squadron Supreme. The Squadron themselves started off as fairly obvious knock-offs of DC’s Justice League. Of the ones that are in this book, the analogues are fairly apparent- Hyperion is Superman, Nighthawk is Batman, Power Princess is Wonder Woman, Whizzer is the Flash, and Doctor Spectrum is Green Lantern. The Squadron had has several incarnations, and now, after Secret Wars, five survivors, each of a different Earth, bad together to make a new version of the team.
I don’t actually know who they all are, I have found the Marvel Earths to be confusing. Power Princess is from what I think of as the “real” Squadron Supreme, the one that had a 12 issue series about them taking over their own planet. Nighthawk is from the “Max” adult line. And Whizzer, now Blur, is from the “New Universe” they introduced in the 90’s. In the newest version of the Marvel Universe, all their variations have been pushed together onto world.
This version is an assemblage of heroes who are tired of losing things. Each one has lost their team and their entire world. And apparently, on most of their worlds, dopplegangers of one man has played a part in their bad times. I won’t say who it is, but a major Marvel character is in this new Squardon’s crosshairs. There will be consequences, and it looks like, after the Squadron commits a surprising act, another major team is going to come after them.
Plot: This was certainly a daring decision on the writer’s part. The whole “making the decisions others are afraid to,” idea is kind of old at this point. Robinson might put a good new spin on it. He’s an erratic writer, but when he’s on, he’s really good. I’m hoping this goes somewhere great, and I’ll give the opening chapter a 3 out of 5.
Art: The art is good. The action scenes are done well, and the various powers are depicted well. There’s some serious destruction that is also shown well. There was nothing bad, but nothing that stunned me. I’ll give the art a straight 3 out of 5.
Positives: This was a story that should send ripples through the Marvel Universe. It was definitely a big gamble, and I like that they tried it, even if I’m not wild about what they did. Plus, I’ve always liked the Squadron Supreme, and it’s nice to see the New Universe represented, even if they never had ties to the Squadron.
Negatives: I don’t like stories that seem to play up major shock value. As I said above, it’s nice to see them take a big risk on obscure characters, but I don’t like what they did.
They do seem to feel the need to always make the Squadron dark. I guess we’ll see what happens.
Squadron Supreme 1
Writer: James RObinson
Artist: Leonard Kikr, Paul Neary
Colorist: Frank Martin
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover: Alex Ross