The GeeksverseSupreme #63

Supreme #63
Published on Monday, April 9, 2012 by

Supreme returns to comics with Erik Larsen picking up where Alan Moore left off.

Published by: Image Comics
Written by: Alan Moore
Art by: Erik Larsen & Cory Hamscher
Colored by: Steve Oliff
Lettered by: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover by: A- Erik Larsen; B- Cory Hamscher; C & D: Rob Liefeld
Editor: Eric Stephenson

I always liked the original Supreme. He was a jerk. It was so different from the standard superman, and it’s been copied alot in different variations. Yes, Supreme was a superman clone, but he was different. He had all the power and he knew it and acted like it.

Then Alan Moore came along and gave us a new take on Supreme, which was more along the lines of a golden age Superman tale. It was still good, but not the same. With the return of Extreme Studios, Erik Larsen has promised a return of Jerk-Supreme, but first we get to finish up Alan Moore’s story.

Which is kind of cool in a way. It’s been years, and I can’t remember how it ended, but this new start feels fresh. The story is a direct continuation, so if you had never read Moore’s Supreme, you won’t get anything in this comic. And for the most part, that’s okay. This isn’t meant for new readers, it’s meant for continuing readers.

It’s a risky choice, picking up the threads of a years old storyline, and it helps set this title apart from the other Extreme, which seem more reboots then continuations. Part of me wants to just get Jerk-Supreme back, but I’m interested to see how Moore’s last storyline wraps up and what Larsen does to make the two mesh.

It’s hard to judge this comic because it’s based on something from so many years ago. But overall it was very solid. Moore’s Supreme was somewhat of an in-joke, with all the references and golden-age concepts. Alot of that continues and it makes for a fun read. It just feels out of place in today’s books, and that is somewhat refreshing.

Hamscher’s finishes over Larsen’s pencils gives the book an interesting look. Larsen’s style is pretty overpowering and it still shows through but Hamscher gives it a softer feel.

Supreme #63 receives
4 out of 5

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