Written by Alan Moore
Art by Erik Larsen and Cory Hamscher
Published by Image Comics
Alan Moore, who did a run of very good Supremes (the ones I’ve read were as per usual interesting takes on the superhero genre) does a one shot for Supreme 63 and I couldn’t help but look at it.
Here’s the thing: usually when I pick up an Alan Moore comic its the best damn thing I’ll have read for the particular year, decade or eon which I happen to be living in. Not so much with Supreme 63 or even the last League of Extraordinary Gentlemen graphic novel that I read. But its still a fun read.
This isn’t a series that I read so I’m sort of catching up. What I do know is that Supreme was your average uninspired dopey comic book until Alan Moore kind of rewrote the history and made the mundane kind of brilliant. This particular story revolves around the idea that Darius Dax (A riff on the Superman mythos. In fact, it seems the whole series is a riff on the Superman ethos and comics themselves….) Our story begins in a comic book where one alternate version of Darius Dax introduces himself by reading a comic book that seems to mirror Supreme. The comic then postulates that there is a universe of nothing but Supremes that dwell in some pocket universe just a breath and an eternity away. This particular Dax then journeys to a mirrorworld of nothing but Darius Dax villains in order to tell the Dax in charge that there’s a world of Supremes that need to be invaded and wiped out, probably in that order. You follow?
Here’s a picture of that world inhabited just by alternate villainous versions of Darius Dax.
The main guy in the middle reminds me of the robo cop villain in the Frank Miller (Alan’s archenemy now apparently…) penned Robocop movie. His colors and powers would seem to resemble Wolverine’s. On the bottom right of the first panel that looks to be a vanquished Wolverine Dax. Darius Duck could be a riff on either Donald Duck or Howard the Duck, who did interdimensional traveling of his own. On the left hand side there looks to be a Darius Dax Hulk pursuing a Darius Dax Thinker. On the bottom left hand corner, Darius Dax looks to be raping Diana Dane (Dax) (Get the reference to Lois?), which fulfills Grant Morrison trenchant observation of why is there so much rape in Alan Moore comics… Oh, looks like a Green Goblin Dax in the center right of the panel.
There’s more of that but it still doesn’t top the backgrounds in Alan’s Top Ten, greatest backgrounds ever. I’ve seen these tricks before in other Alan Moore books so they don’t look as impressive the second time around. Overall, not the best Alan Moore I’ve read but it did intrigue me enough to peek through the next issue at the store and boy is it bloody…not written by Alan Moore though so I didn’t buy it. Definitely for hardcore Alan Moore or Supreme fans. 3.5 out of five stars. It is apparent though that perhaps Alan’s powers have peaked and that he is now just a mortal man. I hope I’m wrong about that…