Mark Millar's Superior #1 review
Mark Millar doesn't need an introduction if you have found this site. But if you like him or not you cant ignore the fact he is one of the most influential comics writers of the last decade.
I'm going to try and push Nemesis out of my thoughts on this one an start Superior with a blank slate, not expecting it to be one thing or another and it's been a real welcome surprise.
When you pick up a copy you really have to try not to flick through which is difficult in its own as Leinil Yu's artwork is enough to sell a comic. Even without the word bubbles Yu's artwork is strong enough to tell the story alone.
The first few pages are again a turbo introduction to the characters, Superior is Superman like with the same kind of powers but something tells me he may play by different rules and he has a very different origin too.
If you like super hero comics but want something new take a look at Superior. He could probably be Millar's first creator owned character to be eligible for a real on going series. Where Kick-Ass, Nemesis and Wanted just lent them selves to short runs, Superior is one of those characters which you feel like you already know but still has a lot to give the comic reading audience.
If you like super heroes with a new twist, stories with magic wishes and mystical space monkeys Superior is a total no brainer buy.
With Nemesis coming to an end soon and Kick Ass Balls to the wall starting next week I hope Millar does decide to keep writing Superior as it could have the potential to be a real comic legend in 70 years.
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J.R. LeMarI agree with your analysis about the longterm potential of Superior, vs. Millar's other comics. He has often spoke of his desire to create new characters like Stan Lee did but, as you say, most of his new character seem to be specifically created to tell certain stories that must eventually come to an end. Superior is the first idea that I could see potentially as an ongoing series that could last for years, even with different writers working on it. Not only do you have this specific version of Superior, whom is this kid Simon in the "real world," you could also have the version of Superior that exists in the comic-book/films that Simon enjoys. Sort of like "The Escapist."
adi182Good point, I guess we could have two different versions of Superior. I hope we do see other writers take on the character.
He is similar to Superman just as Nemesis was similar to Batman. BUT if you look up the golden age comics like Holyoke/Temerson and Lev Gleason you can see the the works that inspired most of the DC and Marvel characters.
The reinvention of a super hero is just comic evolution.
J.R. LeMarPlus, it remains to be seen exactly how similar Superior is to Superman. So far, it's just a similar basic costume of tights and cape (I think the Championship Belt is a nice extra touch), and there's the line from Abraxas in the movie, referring to Superior's "home planet," so I guess he's an alien as well. But there could be some twist we're unaware of, which really makes it different. And, of course, the current set-up with Simon makes it more similar to Captain Marvel (Captain Marvel Jr., since Freddy Freeman was also handicapped).
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