It’s not the gangbuster the first issue was, but the elements
are now in place to make subsequent issues just
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
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.
“I don’t think this part was covered in my biology lessons.”
is hilarious, and the facial expression is a perfect match to
I don’t see how the gem would go from the palm to the
back of the
hand given the set-up.
The originality of this issue wanes a bit. It’s all
so we’re seeing adaptations of the origins of the JLA, and
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,
story has some nice twists to it, with a use of X-ray vision
isn’t what you normally see. (He’s not looking at the girl’s
room, after all. In fact, we’ve had no indication that he’s
capable of being attracted to humans of either gender.) I
give it 4
out of 6.
The artwork is still spectacular, particularly the
colour with black and white in one of the origins. I give it 6
The story is a lot of set-up, with plot
restricted to two of the stories. (Mark and number four.)
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
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
team. It reads very well once, but I suspect the middle
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
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.
team is being built from scratch, and these heroes will be
have origin stories. This is the issue that delivers the core
these origins, so that future issues can move on to bigger
things. It’s very significant, but I don’t get the impression
I’ll want to go back and re-read it very often. I give it 4 out
In total, Supreme Power #2 receives 31 out of