Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Devil Comics Review | Squadron Supreme [2016] By Any Means Necessary!

Squadron Supreme begins with team members who lost their worlds due to the Incursions and vowing to protect their current one. Their first target is Namor who destroyed Doctor Spectrum’s world during the Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers run. The Squadron Supreme takes on Namor and his people by raising Atlantis from its depths and destroying it. Hyperion kills Namor and the Squadron Supreme admits it’s a personal victory and the real work is about to begin. The Squadron Supreme reveals themselves to the world which draws the attention of the Uncanny Avengers. Writer James Robinson previously wrote the Fantastic Four which was average reading because he couldn’t do anything with the characters since Fox owned the movie rights. Now he really lets loose with the characters with the destruction of Atlantis and the death of Namor as well as an upcoming confrontation with the Uncanny Avengers. This series carries forth what has happened before prior to Secret Wars and pushes the Marvel Universe forward with the consequences. The series is reminiscent of the original Squadron Supreme mini-series where they wanted to create a utopia on Earth at all costs while the current one focuses on protecting their world at all costs. 

Nighthawk discovers a mysterious alien cabal operating on Earth between the Skrull, Kree, Badoon, and Kymellian. While investigating he is confronted by the Uncanny Avengers who holds the Squadron Supreme responsible for the death of Namor and the destruction of Atlantis. Nighthawk contacts the Squadron Supreme for backup. A battle between the Squadron Supreme and the Uncanny Avengers ends when the original Torch Jim Hammond of Shield arrives with an army. Thundra quickly teleports the Squadron Supreme to Weirdworld and they face Arkon.

Arkon is possessed and the Squadron Supreme have no powers and Power Princess takes advantage of the situation. The captured Squadron Supreme are taken to the former Avenger Doctor Druid. The Power Princess reveals herself as the Warrior Woman from the world of the Squadron Sinister. Doctor Druid has absolute control over Weirdworld and its residents. Thundra brought the Squadron Supreme because they were from different worlds and will not be affected by Doctor Druid. Hyperion and Thundra encounter the Magma Men however they are saved by Skull the Slayer who joins them to take the world back from Doctor Druid.

Doctor Spectrum used her powers to understand the magic of Weirdworld. She creates a shield around Hyperion who is vulnerable to magic and he regains his strength. Nighthawk takes on Warrior Woman of the Squadron Sinister. Hyperion and Doctor Spectrum destroy the gem which gave Doctor Druid his powers and frees the inhabitants of Weirdworld. The Squadron Supreme returns home with Thundra as a new member replacing Warrior Woman. Her membership should not be a surprise as she is featured on the first issue of the Squadron Supreme. The first arc featured the death of Namor, the defeat of the Uncanny Avengers, and the introduction to Weirdworld. This is one of James Robinson’s better stories.