- Age Range: 9 and up
- Grade Level: 4 and up
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; Fourth Printing edition (September 21, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078510576X
- ISBN-13: 978-0785105763
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,205,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Squadron Supreme Paperback – September 21, 2005
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If the concept sounds vaguely familiar, it should. For years superhero comics have been exploring such moral questions as these, all the way back to the famous story "Must There Be A Superman?" In that tale, the man of steel wrestles with the fact that by doing so much to help society he might actually be holding them back from striving and succeeding on their own. In the end Superman decides that he will help the people of Earth with problems beyond their means like earthquakes and supervillains, but for the rest of it we were on our own.
Not so in the 1985 Marvel maxi-series Squadron Supreme. In this book, the heroes decide that we humans need someone to make decisions for us. So they usurp the government's power, take over America, and start fixing things the way they see fit. Now that description of the book makes it seem like these heroes are bad guys, but they're not. They're good people, heroes with the best of intentions. But you know what they say about the road to hell, right?
Pretty quickly one of the heroes speaks out against the rest of his team. He objects to the ideas of these heroes, stating that by taking control away from the common man, they are trampling on all the freedoms America stands for. But this hero is voted down by the rest, who say that a few of the individual's rights lost are nothing in the face of what will be gained by society as a whole.Read more ›
Mark's epic series is collected here in full in this oversized, sewn-binding hardcover with a nice dust-jacket depicting a cover by Alex Ross. The book includes the 12-issue Squadron Supreme series along with Captain America #314, and the Death of a Universe graphic novel following the series. All the original covers are there as well as a foreword by Mark's wife Catherine and Mark himself talking about his creation within the first few pages. At the end, we get an afterword by Ralph Macchio and an excerpt from issue 29 of the Marvel Age magazine that featured an article about the Squadron Supreme series. Also included is creator commentary that was included in the TPB.
Overall, the story here is a classic, ageless tale that goes deep within the confines of comic books and makes you really question the actions of the Squadron and their enemies.Read more ›
Reading the Squadron Supreme storyline all at once, it's amazing that this was a sleeper. It may have been due to several factors, ones which led me to give this book 4 stars: the varying quality of the art (all of it good, but some much better), the cheesy Stan Lee-styled dialogue (sometimes hilariously so), or the outrageous melodrama (too many upstanding heroes wearing their emotions on their sleeves). Whatever the case, the overall storyline is exceptional, and Mark Gruenwald deserves much more attention for this story than he gets. There are WAY too many similarities between SS and KC, and I can't continue to give KC the fanatical praise I once did - Gruenwald did it first.
This is a fairly realistic treatment of a pseudo-JLA, showing what might happen to the world if a group with that kind of power existed. For all the potential that the real JLA has, they're held back by history, popular culture, and the editor's fear of alienating fans. Squadron Supreme has no such boundaries, and the result is a real treat. Don't waste your time reading (or more appropriately "looking at") The Authority. This is the way to go.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must read for those who enjoy books from the 80's, and the Squadron Supreme. Get it, you won't regret it.Published 7 months ago by Timothy Callahan
I have been collecting as many omnibus/absolute editions as I can and eagerly awaited reading this volume. Unfortunately, it was not as good as the reviews here stated. Read morePublished 10 months ago by RPK
I just reread this book for the first time in years, and I'll admit I enjoyed it much more than I'd expected to. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nathanial W. Cook
Squadron Supreme is the seminal masterpiece (Opus) from prolific writer Mark Gruenwald It promulgates mature subject matter layered with nuance and subtlety. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Wesley
The late great Mark Gruenwald wrote this awesome maxi-series about some JLA-clones known as the Squadron Supreme that made sporadic appearances in various Marvel titles. Read morePublished 22 months ago by NelsonJ
Marvel's one hundred (100) percent ripoff of DC's Justice League of America. I mean, it was obvious Hyperion was Superman, Doctor Spectrum was Green Lantern, Power Princess was... Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Wendell
This one's easy, 'cause Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Superman: Birthright, et al.) basically wrote it for me (thanks, bro!). Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by Art Turner