Monday, May 08, 2017

The lesson is, buy everything, just in case.


There's so many comics that I've added to the pull list just to see them get cancelled; and then lots of books I gave a try just in time for them to get cancelled. Like today's book! From 2016, Squadron Supreme #9, written by James Robinson, art by Aco and Leonardo Romero, color art by Marcelo Maiolo and Mat Lopes.

While the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Universe can be a big selling point, I do like the idea that other things are still happening on the outskirts. While everyone else is dealing with Civil War nonsense (Civil War II nonsense, in this case) the Squadron Supreme has been trying to stop the Myriad, an army of aliens on the verge of taking over the earth. (Interestingly, the Myriad weren't a new race or even a unique one: it was made up of dozens of Marvel alien races. Possibly out of guys left over or lost from previous invasions...) The Squadron has had a few setbacks, however: namely, betrayal from one of their own, Power Princess, a.k.a. Warrior Woman of the Squadron Sinister. This issue, on the conquered Weirdworld, Zarda tells her ally/underling Modred how she killed her Squadron and another reality's Power Princess to escape her dying universe. But Modred, using his magic and a visit to the precog Ulysses, warns Zarda someone she thought she had killed would be coming back for her; and when the Myriad conquer earth, Namor is by her side. Somewhat of a problem, since the Squadron Supreme had killed Namor...

Meanwhile, coming for WW, the now-powerless Zarda had made it to this universe as well, having survived first the destruction of her world and death of her Squadron, then the theft of her powers by Warrior Woman. Trained by Nighthawk, Zarda's rocking the short-hair (and a 70's powerless Wonder Woman vibe) as she uses Daimon Hellstrom to track the Squadron and the Myriad, and plots to stop her counterpart. I dug the back-up art on this one, as well as the idea that Zarda had it all going on behind the scenes; no grandstanding there. (Maybe a little grandstanding, as she uses a Nick Fury-like para-glider suit to board an alien ship. That's a cool scene that I didn't scan, so find it yourself!) This issue had three covers, but even with the crossover I think it was buried in an avalanche of titles. Still, I may be able to catch up on it sometime...

1 comment:

Dale Bagwell said...

Huh, didn't know this title was cancelled until today, but makes sense since it's been pretty quiet on the solicitation front for that book. Damn can James Robinson ever enjoy a long and lengthy run on a Marvel book because so far he's what 0-3, 0-4?