By Hervé St.Louis
August 20, 2006 - 21:56
The Squadron Supreme started as a copycat of the Justice League. In the previous volume to this new interpretation of Marvel’s Justice League copycats, Straczynski introduced many of the characters just like they had been before in the Justice League, but with a twist. This issue, he plots another twist, but this time it’s based on classical material from the Squadron Supreme.
Nighthawk did not trust the Squadron Supreme when Mark Gruenwald wrote the groundbreaking maxi series in the early 1980s. This time it’s Blur who doesn’t trust them, but he makes sure this Nighthawk fears the Squadron, like the old one from Marvel did. The set up is there with the inevitable confrontation of Nighthawk with the smartest man alive, Emil Burbank. I can’t wait for that to happen. Now if only Straczynski could stop padding instead of writing and give the readers some payoff for their patience.
I thought that Squadron Supreme was dependent on Gary Frank’s work. I was wrong. Barranco and Cifuentes matched his style well, while not keeping their own interpretations of the characters. Usually when reading series where the artist’s designs are so prevalent, one loses interest and cannot suspend disbelief when a fill in penciller comes to the rescue. Not this time. While the facial expressions which are staples of Frank are absent, the storytelling is decent. One caveat, the super hero staging and fight is weak.
Squadron Supreme #5