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Supreme Power #2 - Supreme Power, Part 2 Review

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What happens when tension is on the rise against superhuman individuals and the world's most powerful and feared man has been discovered back on Earth? In the vein of 2003's Supreme Power, you never know what to expect.

Hyperion has been discovered to be hiding on Earth. The secret is out and now Dr. Spectrum is finding it harder and harder to control his power crystal. 
 

The Good 

It's hard to believe that  J. Michael Straczynski gave us his version of Hyperion back in 2003. The story told of an alien who had become the most powerful person on Earth and his struggle to be a hero. Gary Frank's art made the miniseries something that I'd always remember. With the success of the mini, we soon had other ones follow and it started getting to be too much for me. The later series didn't have the same feel and I just wasn't as excited. I soon lost track of what happened to the various other characters. 
 
Now Kyle Higgins has taken over and it feels like I'm stepping into a pair of familiar shoes. The first issue and this one have made me realize that I missed that original mini. I'm really tempted to try to find my copies but unfortunately I have no cataloging system. Higgins is giving us the story where Hyperion apparently left Earth after the destruction he caused and Dr. Spectrum stepped up to become Earth's #1 hero...or at least America's. Last issue it was discovered that Hyperion was actually in hiding on Earth and Dr. Spectrum has discovered his power crystal, that came from Hyperion's ship, is starting to act on its own. It's even taking over control of his body. 
 

The Bad 

I do like the art but I will unfairly say it's not Gary Frank. Besides that, it sometimes feels a little inconsistent. I'm not sure if it's the art or the coloring. Some have an almost painted feel and then it shifts to ones that feel a little over-inked. Some panels even have a mix of the two. I don't know if this was fully intentional but I found it a little distracting. 
 

The Verdict 

We've seen the premise of the world's greatest hero turned bad and it was something that Straczynski did well with the original Supreme Power mini. Kyle Higgins feels like he must have been a fly on the wall as this feels like it's a direct continuation. Because this is a MAX title, there is that feeling that anything goes. What will Hyperion do when confronted by others? There is also the building tension among the other countries and Dr. Spectrums struggle to control his power. Higgins continues the story while giving enough of a tease to make you want to come back for the next issue. The art feels a little inconsistent that caused a slight distraction for me but the feeling that things may explode at any moment makes it a fun read.
2 Comments
Posted by Jake Fury

I hope this generates some interest and leads to a new Max ongoing. I was a huge fan of the original series and need to go back and read it again.
Posted by azza04

I loved the original series, but I'll wait until this one is released in a trade.