Squadron Supreme #1


Capsule Review

Mark Gruenwald’s Squadron Supreme did the whole superheroes-as-fascist-enforcers thing a year before Watchmen hit the stands (though not as well), and James Robinson cuts right to the core of that idea in this re-launched Squadron Supreme title. This team is composed of the sole survivors of a score of worlds that got wiped out in the run-up to Secret Wars, and all of them have a bone to pick with Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner. That part isn’t so unusual — Namor is the resident superhero asshole of the Marvel Universe, and the line-up to punch him in the nose stretches around the block. What sets this Squadron apart is that they aren’t interested in half-measures like knocking Namor through a building or ridiculing his bathing trunks. Nope, they want to kill the guy, and they want to destroy Atlantis, too. This taking-life-and-death into their own hands business is what most harkens back to that Gruenwald series, but this book hots up much quicker than that 1980s mini-series, and it definitely goes to eleven. When a talking-head-on-the-street lauds the team for “doin’ what The Avengers are too scared to admit needs doin,” we are clearly signaled that the Squadron Supreme might be the team today’s world deserves, and that moral ambiguity looms ahead! Leonard Kirk’s art was dynamic and broad-shouldered, but I could have done without the two-page spread of Atlantis thrust up from the sea, looking like a basket of pink sex toys. No matter, I’m in!

Approachability For New Readers

The heroes-from-multiple-worlds thing is confusing … and newcomers will be left to wonder about everyone’s beef with Namor … but the book otherwise does a decent job of introducing the heroes and the premise.

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Sales Rank

#46 December

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Squadron Supreme #1


About Paul O'Connor

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Posted on February 5, 2016, in Reviews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I read the previous SS Battleworld tie-in, and while this one has nothing to do with that, it seems somewhat interesting enough. Someone said this is probably Marvel’s version of The Authority, and it certainly seems that way. I like the concept this time around with the whole sole-survivor of their worlds bit. Kinda’ interesting. And seeing as how they actually kill Namor, it makes me wonder who else Marvel’s willing to sacrifice in an attempt to see just how far they’re willing to go. Good question.


  2. Based on the cover, it looks like that Nighthawk is from Supreme Power, a J. Michael Straczynski series that. was. awesome. I’ve thought for years that particular adaptation of these characters should be an HBO mini-series, and now I live in a world where it just might happen.


  3. They…killed Namor?


  4. I’m sure that Namor will just happen to make a miraculous recovery if and when Marvel / Disney reacquire the movie rights to the character 🙂


    • Plus I’m not buying that Namor is dead at all … even after supposedly “cleaning things up” with Secret Wars there are way too many opportunities for alternate-world heroes to be mistaken for the genuine article.

      The treatment of Atlantis was pretty rough, though.


  5. Since they already cancelled the Fantastic Four title on a copyright disagreement, I’m not surprised they started to go after their rogues gallery and supportive characters.

    Can you believe it? They cancelled Kirby’s FF, Marvel first superheroes.

    That’s how you can tell regular people from idiots.
    Idiots dare everything!


    • It is nuts that we have five Guardians of the Galaxy books … and two (three?) Inhumans books … and still no room for the Fantastic Four on the schedule. They will be back, of course, but this seems poor custodianship of Marvel’s very genuine legacy.


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