Due to amnesia caused by a revision in time, comic book artist Ethan Crane, a.k.a. Supreme, fights to remember his past in flashbacks that range from the 1930s through the 1990s, with artwork reflecting the time periods he inhabits.
While Supreme may not be the most well known superhero, he is defiantly an interesting one. Started in 1996 under Image Comics, the character is something straight out of 1950’s and early 1960’s comics, just without the threats of Nazis and Communism. This character should is a living embodiment of the earliest comics of that day. Throwing in a pethtlora of other characters, including Professor Night, Suprema, Space Hunter, and various other heroic allies of the various incarnations of Supreme. Of course for every hero there are a categories of rogues, and villains. Including Darius Rex, The Living Galaxy, The Shadow Supreme, and several others. Of course some of the similarities to other literary villains including a love interest clearly inspired by Lois Lane.
While I wish I could find panels to post in this review, to showcase the various art styles drawn throughout the book, an artists throughout the book. It is obvious that the stories and art work chosen is meant to demonstrate various of the character, and the difference in the ages of comics. The panels that are set in the present are drawn with a more realistic art style, that is more common in modern age, and current age comics. While the “throwback,” stories are done in less serious style catering back to the early 60’s, and earlier comics when things were as simple as good vs. evil.
Story: Alan Moore Cover Art: Alex Ross
Art and Lettering: Joe Bennet, Mark Pajarillo, Chris Spouse, Richard Horie, J.J. Bennet, J. Morrigan, Rick Veitch, Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, Norman Rapmund, Al Gordan, and Jim Mooney
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy