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Supreme - The Return (Graphic Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Alan Moore
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Book Description

From the creator of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", "V for Vendetta" and "From Hell" comes the quirky super-hero Supreme.

Following the defeat of Darius Dax, Supreme finds an ember of Judy Jordan's consciousness still in her body, which she transfers to a Suprematon android. Her new artificial body is endowed with superpowers, but Judy has trouble adjusting to another body and having missed the last 20 years of her life. S-1, the only other sentient Suprematon, confesses his love for Judy. S-1 changes his name to Talos, and the two are married by Supreme in the Flying Citadel. The new couple leaves Earth and finds an uninhabited planet to live.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Following last year's Supreme: The Story of the Year, here are the remaining stories in Moore's provocative reinvention of Rob Liefeld's mediocre superhero. The story doesn't feel as complete as the earlier saga, since Liefeld's company collapsed before Moore's last two scripts in this plot arc could be illustrated and published, but it's still remarkable. With hulking blond Supreme now in full possession of his pals, toys and mortal enemies, Moore is free to explore the existence of a comics superhero who possesses superhuman powers but who can be "revised" without warning by inept human publishers who want to exploit a fad. Comics are bigger than that, Moore suggests. There's something wonderful about how humans keep extending our imaginations beyond our everyday needs. There's also something absurd about the ways we childishly fumble when we try to imagine superhuman characters, and Moore is skilled at writing underplayed, deadpan comedy. Supreme is smart but na‹ve and dim in his personal relationships. But he's learning. Moore also deftly exploits opportunities for outrageous farce. Like all great humor, though, Supreme concerns serious subjects. Moore has always been obsessed by how we try to escape reality's constraints by imagining superheroes-by what that does for readers and what it does to them. The results are both ridiculous and hopeful, and Moore (assisted by a talented crew of artists) is smart and creative enough to effectively work out his ideas. It's even ironically appropriate that the story ends unfinished, since it illustrates how the grubby real world interferes with comics creators' imagination.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Moore, writer of the acclaimed From Hell (2000), returned to superhero comics with Supreme, a tribute to and knockoff of the original superpowered crime fighter, Superman. Best known for bringing realism to superhero comics in the 1980s, Moore is more playful here, reconciling the juvenile elements of the Man of Steel's adventures with the greater sophistication of contemporary comics. Like the 1960s Superman, Supreme has a mild-mannered, bespectacled cover identity, is accompanied by a younger female version of himself, and has an evil-genius arch-foe and even a superpowered pet. Moore skillfully toys with superhero conventions, and the Supreme stories become fashionably "meta" as the characters begin to get inklings of their existence as comic-book heroes. Not nearly as profound as Moore's more ambitious works, this is a marriage of two qualities usually mutually exclusive in superhero comics, intelligence and fun; Superman should be in stories this satisfying. Moore's devoted following will seek out this collection, while others old enough to recall the decades-old stories that inspired it will appreciate it, too. Gordon Flagg
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  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Devils Due Digital - A Checker Digital Company (December 28, 2010)
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  • Language: English
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Second Tier Alan Moore is Better Than 90% of Comics June 18, 2005
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Supreme is Alan Moore's crack at the character of Superman. All the familiar Silver-Age elements are there with a slight (often very clever) twist. On one level, it is a clear rebuke of the John Byrne revisions to the Superman character. But it is also a set of stories told with a ton of affection for the Man of Steel.

Moore makes use of his greatest assets (strong dialoge, clever plotting and a sense of humor), but also indulges in a few of his weaknesses. The first story, in particular, is too clever by half. Who really cares that there have been hundreds of versions of 'Supreme' printed in comics that you will never read in this world? What does that really have to do with the character and stories at hand? Once Moore moves to the Darius Dax plot-line, the title picks a lot of steam. 'The Return' left me wanting more, which is a good thing.

The art is fairly inconsistent. A variety of artists worked on this title and some of them are far better suited to an Alan Moore story than others. Chris Sprouse is by far the best of the lot. Moore relies heavily on the 'acting' of characters. Poor rendering of facial expressions neuters his work to some degree. Sprouse is second only to Dave Gibbons in drawing facial expressions and clean panels.

It is worth reading, but it certain to make you long for a run of issues written by Alan Moore on the REAL Superman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "'King' will do." August 31, 2004
It's hard to overstate how good a book like Supreme really is for people who like their superheroes sunny-side up. "The Return" is by turns compelling, sad, funny, and ludicrous, as virtuoso comics writer Alan Moore continues to polish the tired old Overman archetype until it shines. In the wake of his battle with Darius Dax at the end of the previous book, Supreme has to deal with his old flame Judy Jordan, his new love Diana Dane, and a supervillain jailbreak. Alliteration aside, the characters are warm and very human, and Supreme's awkward romance with Diana is one of the great moments in superhero comics. Moore's writing on Supreme transcends the source material and gives the reader something completely new - a heartfelt book that's so absurd, it approaches the sublime.

The art on the previous volume was hit-and-miss, but Moore has adopted regular penciler Chris Sprouse, whose attractively stiff rendition of rock-jawed superheroes makes a clever counterpoint to Rick Veitch's organic, loving homages to artists long gone in the flashback sequences.

Unfortunately, the book's final two chapters are as-yet unpublished, thanks to the untimely demise of Rob Leifeld's Awesome Comics. The book ends on a high note, with Moore, Veitch, and Leifeld's eye-popping Jack Kirby tribute, but several plot threads are left unresolved. Still and all, this book is the best classic super-hero work on the market right now, and should be on any Superman aficionado's shelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun nostalgic ride March 28, 2009
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Damn that Rob Liefield! Whatever else he may have been, he was a terrible businessman. This volume is a bit truncated, because Liefield's "Awesome" comics company tanked before Moore was done with the story arc.

Still, it's a wild and enjoyable ride, knowingly evoking the Superman of the Silver Age, the Superman of Mort Weisinger, Julius Schwartz, Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson.

It would have been a blast to see Moore continue on this title, but there you go.
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Supreme: "Did I hear you say Optilux was here?"
Suprema: "He was...I sent him to the Prism world...but not before he'd sent a few hundred Bon Jovi fans there as well."
Supreme: "Oh well. Can't be helped."

As originally thought up by Rob Liefeld, Supreme was an uninteresting superhero, a humorless and uninspired character. One of the best things Liefeld ever did was convincing Alan Moore to take a crack at writing this series. Alan Moore went on to successfully revamp Supreme, this helping to win him the Harvey Award for Best Writer in 1999.

Moore took over in issue #42 and immediately began his overhaul of Supreme. Known for breathtakingly deconstructing superheroes (MARVELMAN, Watchmen) Moore instead chose to re-invent this series as a fond tongue-in-cheek homage to the Silver Age of comics and, even more specifically, to the Superman mythos. He accomplished this mainly thru the incorporation of flashback segments (drawn old school style) which served to introduce Supreme's vast, rewritten backstory. The trade paperback Supreme: The Story of the Year collected Moore's excellent first-half run (issues #42-52). SUPREME: THE RETURN is an equally superb collection and presents the final issues (#53-56) of Supreme's original series, as well as the entire run of his next and very short-lived series, SUPREME: THE RETURN, which lasted for only 6 issues before it was cancelled.

A wink of the eye, a nudge in the ribs. But respectfully done by Alan Moore, and he does throw in his own twists. So Sally (or Suprema) may take after Supergirl, but she's got a prudish way about her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars not one complaint
Best of supreme... great alan moore story....
Published 6 months ago by David Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I love
What Alan Moore does in Supreme is totally what DC should've done with Superman post Crisis on Infinite Earths back in 1985. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Marco D. Rummo
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Alan Moore does a great job continuing the story of Supreme in this volume. The paperback feels hefty, is of good quality and has joined my ever burgeoning Alan Moore library.
Published on January 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Moore's 'Supreme'
'The Supreme' is a rather satirical superhero, used by Moore to intelligently caricature his own genre. Read more
Published on August 21, 2010 by Ryan Mease
5.0 out of 5 stars Superman has never been better
Supreme was created in the early 90s as a thinly-veiled Superman knock-off. He was a superhero with all the power of Superman but arrogant, self-righteous and destructive. Read more
Published on October 29, 2008 by Kid Kyoto
3.0 out of 5 stars Graphic SF Reader
More of some decent Supreme work. Alan Moore and company produce this homage to Superman, and offer some meta-commentary on the Superman character, and the Superman family, with... Read more
Published on September 2, 2007 by Blue Tyson
4.0 out of 5 stars I want Moore! Four and a half stars!
First of all I can't recommend this book to people who don't read or are not familiar with comic books, especially classic Superman books. It's not that you won't enjoy this book. Read more
Published on January 4, 2005 by Brian Markowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good stuff (for the right reader)
This trade collects the last 10 issues of Moore's run on Supreme. Unfortunately, the series was canceled before the storyline was properly concluded, but still this is an... Read more
Published on July 10, 2003
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