Thursday, 24 July 2014

Supreme returns

Supreme: Blue Rose (Image)

Warren Ellis (w) Tula Lotay (a)

When I first saw the solicitation for this title in Previews (the comic shop catalogue), I took little notice and only when finalising my order for July did it click that this was in fact a new series for the Rob Liefeld character , Supreme.


For those of you not familiar with  Liefeld or Supreme this "hero" was originally launched in 1992 and was originally no more than a slightly more violent take on Superman complete with a dog in a cape. The whole early era of Image comics was building an alternative "universe" of superheroes to compete with Marvel and DC. Some of these were it has to be said "rip offs" of existing characters and Liefelds work was some might argue a little too blatant, to others a "homage".

Nevertheless I have collected some of these titles and did become a fan of Supreme which when handed to the talents of Alan Moore (Watchmen) it did take on a real life of its own.

Recently the mantle was handed to Eric Larsen, but that particular revival didn't last long. Not long at all in fact. If I recall correctly some of the solicitations didn't even get released, but that (cough) comes with the territory of Rob Liefeld often referred to as the "bad boy of comics" which I think is a reference to his temperament.

From my point of view I just find him a wee bit unreliable having ended up with lots of "first issues", "previews" and short lived titles as nothing ever seemed to get completed unless he had the firm hand of one of the major companies watching over him!!!

However of late two of Liefelds creations have been revamped in "Maxi series" that certainly caught my attention Glory (the latter think a sort of Wonder Woman but with a demon father) and Prophet, which had a very "European style to it. I recommend both if you can find copies, as they had small print runs.

Now what about this version?

The solicitation reads:

You are not dreaming. We are trying to communicate with you. Local reality has been reinstalled. Things have gone wrong. The revision has corrupted. Finding Ethan Crane is your supreme priority. We are speaking to you from the ultimate bunker within the structure of multiversal time. Do not trust Darius Dax. We are all going to die. SUPREME: BLUE ROSE. Re-introducing the central Image Comics character, with WARREN ELLIS and TULA LOTAY.

Having read it once I can say its very different to any previous incarnation of this series and I'll certainly be along for the ride.

Highly recommended.

Now Rob on the off-chance that you might read this one day, as a big fan (despite my criticisms of your scheduling) could you please finish that Youngblood story.

Thanks mate!

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