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    Reviews - Squadron Supreme - TPB

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6/10 - Uthor
Squadron Supreme is an attempt to tell a "realistic" superhero story where the heroes of America decide to solve all of the countries problems in a year. Of course, things go wrong. They start by bringing everyone food, then removing all guns (including police and military), then "B-Modding" (brainwashing) criminals. They don't get around to curing disease, but create a system of suspended animation to keep people alive until technology improves. I have two big problems with this series, especially when viewed as coming out about a year before Watchmen, which does everything much better. The first is the disjointed nature of the story. There's a definite, overarching arch, but the individual chapters play out like a typical 80's comics. There's a villain of the month, usually followed by a big fight, and there's a recap of the story in the first couple of pages. A lot of non-subtle describing the action and motivations. The other problem is the lack of subtly (compare to Watchmen, Marvels, or Kingdom Come like the back cover tries to). The solutions to the problems of the country are complete 180 degree turns (enabled by fantastical inventions, of course) and when it all goes wrong at the end, the solution is to eliminate every change made by the Squadron. Also, while some of their solutions are over the top (brainwashing criminals) while others are too lenient (punishing a rapist on their team by kicking him out). It's like the Squadron (or writer) didn't think about all the consequences before implementing changes.

On the plus side, the character interactions are quite done. There's plenty of room for self doubt, for adversaries, for love interests, for changes of mind, etc. It all starts a bit chaste (Comic Code Approved, after all), but the writer gets more blatant as he goes on.




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