I’m not really sure what the point of this series is. It seems to me that it’s a test to see if readers would still buy a Supreme Power book. If this is the case, it’s a pretty lousy test. Halfway through the series and we still have only seen two members of the Squadron Supreme, and it’s two of the least interesting characters at that.
Well, that’s not entirely fair — this incarnation of Mark Milton is actually quite a complex character, but unfortunately, none of that complexity is shown here. Instead we are just shown the first and last days of his self imposed exile, but not the reason. As for Joe Ledger, he is slowly losing the battle with the crystal that he doesn’t even know he’s fighting (or at least he never acknowledges). This is nothing really new and I hope that this doesn’t end up being the major plot point of the series.
The end of the issue introduces a villain who seems to worship Hyperion, but I have a feeling he’ll be dead soon. Maybe not though, I could be wrong. Again, I’m just not sure where this series is going. With two issues left and no real reference to any existing plot developments or characters from the original series this miniseries seems superfluous. I am hoping that this will be a bridge to Hyperion’s war that has been foreshadowed for years, but I’m not so sure.
Despite the general negativity of this review so far, this is not a terrible issue. I have misgivings about the series as a whole, but that’s because I have high expectations for anything that takes place in this universe. In fact, I’m giving this issue a slightly higher rating than the first issue for two reasons.
First, more stuff actually happens. It may not be the story I’m looking for, but we are given some interesting scenes. I liked the scene where Mark confronts the reporters in the woods (he’s never been one to take an insult lightly). Also, the introduction for the aforementioned villain is shocking and disturbing, which is a nice way to end the issue.
Second, the art seems more detailed and less rushed. As I said in my review of the last issue, Manuel Garcia is a terrific artist and his talent is much more obvious in this one. There are some truly impressive panels, particularly the one where Ledger faces the destruction he apparently caused while he was sleeping. The portrayal of each hero’s display of powers is also very well done and fun to look at, especially when they come face to face.
This is a solid second issue of a questionable series. If you, like me, are a fan of this universe, you probably already picked this up. However, if you are not familiar with this universe and characters, the issue may not make a lot of sense, despite the large amounts of exposition.