Squadron Supreme #2 Review
The first issue of Squadron Supreme was shocking, so how does Squadron Supreme #2 follow it up? It just simply does it, following up on one of the more shocking moments in Marvel Comics to date. Spoiler warnings follow in case you haven’t read Squadron Supreme #1 yet. That spoiler is even in the cover, so do not go past the break unless you want it spoiled.
If you don’t want Squadron Supreme #1 ruined for you, because you haven’t gotten around to reading it, do not progress any further.
(W) James Robinson
(A) Leonard Kirk, Paul Neary
(CA) Alex Ross
Rated T+ / $3.99 / In Shops: 12/30/2015
They’re each the sole survivor of a lost Earth and they’ll do anything to protect this one, whether you like it or not. The Squadron Supreme — comprising Hyperion (Avengers), Nighthawk (Supreme Power), Dr. Spectrum (the Great Society), Blur (DP7) and Power Princess — are a team that doesn’t ask permission or what the rules are. To them all that matters is the safety of Earth and if you stand in the way…that’s your problem! Tell that to the Squadron’s first target — Namor, destroyer of Dr. Spectrum’s homeworld, who will have to pay for his crimes…but at what cost to the people of Atlantis.
James Robinson is treating the concept of a super-hero team that sanctions those that have committed horrible crimes as believably as possible. These heroes, if we can call them that, realize that their actions are putting them in a position to be vilified for their actions, but these things must be done. In that way, it reminds me a lot of the twelve-issue Squadron Supreme series by Mark Gruenwald. The characters seem very conflicted, but certain that they are acting for a greater good. I would like to see other survivors of the Multiverse join them in the future, but not until these characters get properly explored by James Robinson, which could take years.
The artwork is very nice, hearkening back to a classic 80’s-90’s style of storytelling, but adapted into a manner familiar to today’s readers. The Kymelian is drawn a little too horse-like for my tastes, but outside of their heroic identities, the characters look very human, which is refreshing, even with Hyperion. Leonard Kirk is very good about letting the characters “act” in the story and get emotions and storytelling across with facial expressions. I like the way that he renders Nighthawk, and I find myself actually liking his costume for the very first time, of course I still want him wearing a cape. His rendering of a certain character from the 1970s is very good, and makes a costume that has essentially remained the same over the decades look completely in place in the modern day Marvel Universe.
I’ll at least read the next few issue of this series. Ultimately, that’s all any series can ask for, readers coming back month after month.