Supreme Blue Rose

Supreme Blue Rose

Book - 2015
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"Unemployed reported Diana Dane is hired by a mysterious intelligence broker to solve the two biggest mysteries of 21st Century America: what fell on the town of Littlehaven, and who or what is "Supreme"?" --page 4 of cover.
Publisher: [Berkley, CA] :, Image Comics,, 2015
ISBN: 9781632153128
1632153122
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL Ellis
Characteristics: 1 volume (unnumbered pages) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Lotay, Tula - Artist

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skyekilaen
Sep 13, 2016

A reality warping story about superheroes, power, and the multiverse. Ellis is one of my favorite writers, and he does a great job here, plus Lotay's art is gorgeous! Dreamy images, old newsprint-style coloring, and fluid lines that streak through the panels all reinforce the swirling, spinning feeling you get from the story. The plot is complex because of multiple threads and intersecting timelines, but it's not too complicated to follow. The cast is diverse in race, sexual orientation, and ability, so hurray for that too. This was one of my favorite graphic novels in 2015.

The setup? Diana Dane, an unemployed investigative reporter, is hired by rich supergenius Darius Dax to secretly investigate a mystery. A disaster occurred in a small U.S. town, but Dax doesn't believe the official reports of an airline crash. Dane doesn't trust Dax, but she takes the job. What she finds is stranger than she ever could have imagined. (Of course it is, this is Warren Ellis...)

I'd never read anything in the Supreme series before, and I thought it stood on its own just fine.

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sfmikebolger
Jan 13, 2016

I wish the library carried all of Alan Moore’s Supreme. I seem to recall them having at least one of the books at one point in time but I can’t find it now. This story builds on those ideas; that there’s a safe haven community where characters can retreat to whenever their universe gets rebooted. I always thought that would be a neat story in the New 52, if a Phantom Stranger type character was explaining to someone, “This entire universe is only 4 months old. I know that you all think you’re at least several decades old, and you are. And Mr. Savage over there, I know think you have several thousands of years worth of memories and you do, but this entire universe was just rebooted 4 months ago because what you would call God thought this would be a good marketing tactic to get more of the market share. Or, to put it another way, this universe was just rebooted 4 months ago because God thought he could make more money off of this than the old universe.” I always wondered how that story would play out.

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rswcove
Oct 23, 2015

This book is designed to mess with your head. It's also not a book that you can read cold and understand. So my high rating comes with a caveat: you need to have read Alan Moore's run on Supreme BEFORE you read Blue Rose. I don't think that this is optional. I've read the book this is following up upon and didn't immediately realize that this was a sequel. And even as I realized it, I struggled to make sense of the references and the plot connections. This book is brilliant, make no mistake, but it does not stand alone. This may be a fatal flaw for some, and I can't fault those who feel this way- but I think it is almost a masterpiece, but very much a closely connected sequel. This is "The Empire Strikes Back", watch "A New Hope" first.

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