It’s not the gangbuster the first issue was, but the elements
are now in place to make subsequent issues just
incredible.

General Information

Title: Supreme Power #2

Author: J. Michael Straczynski

Illustrator: Gary Frank

Original Publication Date: September 10, 2003

Cover Price: $2.99 US, $4.75 Can

Premise

Last issue, we met Hyperion and Blur. This issue, Mark
goes to normal
school, while we learn the origins of the rest of the team.

High Point

“I don’t think this part was covered in my biology lessons.”
The line
is hilarious, and the facial expression is a perfect match to
it.

Low Point

I don’t see how the gem would go from the palm to the
back of the
hand given the set-up.

The Scores

The originality of this issue wanes a bit. It’s all
set-up,
so we’re seeing adaptations of the origins of the JLA, and
some of
them (such as Nighthawk) are pretty much the same down
to the letter.
Tying most of the origins into Mark’s is a nice touch,
though. Mark’s
story has some nice twists to it, with a use of X-ray vision
that
isn’t what you normally see. (He’s not looking at the girl’s
locker
room, after all. In fact, we’ve had no indication that he’s
even
capable of being attracted to humans of either gender.) I
give it 4
out of 6.

The artwork is still spectacular, particularly the
mix of
colour with black and white in one of the origins. I give it 6
out of
6.

The story is a lot of set-up, with plot
developments
restricted to two of the stories. (Mark and number four.)
Like the
first issue, it sets up a lot of potential for future plotlines, but
they’re not being told yet. I give it 4 out of 6.



The characterization is limited by the huge
cast of side
characters, and the small moments we see for each of the
main
characters. Mark and number four are the only major
players we learn
about. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response is still high, despite
the rapid scene
changes, but that’s mainly due to an interest in the origins
of the
team. It reads very well once, but I suspect the middle
portions will
weaken considerably on future re-reads. This is a review
of a first
reading, though, so I give it 5 out of 6.

The flow is hampered by the rapid changes to
scenes that are
only loosely connected at this point. We know they are
consequences
of the events of the first issue, but that’s all we know. The
transitions are abrupt, and there’s nothing Gary Frank can
do to fix
them. I give it 4 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a good issue, despite the flaws.
The entire
team is being built from scratch, and these heroes will be
expected to
have origin stories. This is the issue that delivers the core
of
these origins, so that future issues can move on to bigger
and better
things. It’s very significant, but I don’t get the impression
that
I’ll want to go back and re-read it very often. I give it 4 out
of
6.

In total, Supreme Power #2 receives 31 out of
42.