Alan Moore’s Final ‘Supreme’: Jumping-On Point for New Readers? [Preview]
On sale now from Image Comics is Supreme #63, which after a 15-year wait finally concludes Alan Moore’s hugely acclaimed work with Rob Liefeld’s Superman analog. Also the writer of such books as Watchmen and From Hell, Moore’s final Supreme script sat on the proverbial shelf since the last issue went on sale in 1998, and will be drawn by Savage Dragon creator and Image co-founder Erik Larsen with Cory Hamscher. Interestingly, despite its numbering and the fact that it concludes a multi-year storyline that was interrupted more than a decade ago, Image is marketing this issue as an ideal jumping-on point for new readers. You can check out a preview below.Envisioned by Liefeld as a kind of dickish version of Superman, Supreme was completely reconstructed by writer Alan Moore and artists including Rick Veitch, Chris Sprouse, Jerry Ordway, and Stephen Platt as an earnest homage and commentary on the Silver Age era of superhero comics and Superman. The Supreme material by Moore and his collaborators is remembered very fondly by seemingly everyone who read it.
The unearthed final issue of Moore’s Supreme ends on a cliffhanger, one that Larsen has said in interviews was meant to bring closure to the run up to that point and facilitate the coming of a new writer who would take the series in a new direction with its next issue. That didn’t happen at the time, but as part of Liefeld’s Extreme Studios relaunch (which also includes Prophet and Glory), Larsen became that new writer (as well as co-artist) and his follow-up begins in next month’s Supreme #64. But first the Savage Dragon creator had to contend with Moore’s final script, which he told CBR was “torture.”
[It was] absolute hell. He does not write to my strengths and there were all kinds of things he asked for which were a pain in the ass to draw — there were panels with multiple things going on in the foreground and background and I spent a lot of time combing over other issues looking for reference. It was easily the most difficult script I’ve worked from. It was torture.
Nevertheless, Larsen completed work on this somewhat mythical issue of Supreme, and invites readers to check it out and follow him into his run with the character, whom the cartoonist hopes to return to its Liefeldian roots as “jerk Superman.”
The legendary Supreme returns! ALAN MOORE’s final SUPREME tale is the ultimate jumping on point for new readers! The triumphant return of Image Comics’ most powerful hero! As Supreme romances Diana Dane he takes her on a tour of the Citadel Supreme and tells all of his innermost secrets just as Supreme’s most hated nemesis, Darius Dax, makes a most unfortunate discovery: the key to defeat his abhorred adversary! It’s most mind- blowing cliffhanger in the history of comics! Featuring a story by award winning author ALAN MOORE (WATCHMEN) and art by fan favorites ERIK LARSEN (SPIDER-MAN, SAVAGE DRAGON) & CORY HAMSCHER (X-MEN). You wish all comics were this good!