Supreme: Blue Rose

War­ren El­lis does strange su­per­heroes

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Comics -

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$ 2.99 | Pub­lisher: Im­age Comics Writer: War­ren El­lis Artist: Tula Lo­tay

How weird do

you like your su­per­heroes? If “very weird in­deed” is the an­swer, then Supreme: Blue Rose may be the right bag of odd­ity for you, as it’s cer­tainly the most out- there su­per­hero re­boot to ar­rive since Bran­don Gra­ham’s wild rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of Prophet.

Here, the character get­ting a top- down over­haul is Supreme, Rob Liefeld’s “ex­treme” take on Su­per­man. War­ren El­lis is in the driv­ing seat for a rad­i­cal new ver­sion that plays as if David Lynch had di­rected a su­per­hero movie.

The woozy, mind- warp­ing sto­ry­line con­cerns in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist Diana Dane, who’s hired by reclu­sive busi­ness­man Dar­ius Dax to find a man named Ethan Crane, all while dream- like vi­sions and mes­sages from the fu­ture are col­laps­ing the bar­ri­ers of re­al­ity.

The tone of the first three is­sues is gen­uinely Lynchian, and cap­tures a par­tic­u­lar blend of dis­lo­cated, slow- burn­ing strange­ness. Much of this is thanks to the in­cred­i­ble art by Tula Lo­tay, which com­bines beau­ti­ful fig­ure work with eye- catch­ing dig­i­tal inks, giv­ing the whole comic the feel of be­ing viewed through a med­i­cated haze.

There’s clearly lay­ers of mean­ing and mys­tery to un­pack, although the low- key, ab­stract sto­ry­telling makes it a some­what frus­trat­ing read in sin­gle is­sues. The even­tual col­lected edi­tion will al­low El­lis and Lo­tay’s weird and per­plex­ing vi­sion the chance to truly shine, but un­til then this is one for those who like their comics de­mand­ing, off­beat and se­ri­ously strange. Saxon Bul­lock

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