Sep 18, 2014

Review: Supreme: Blue Rose #3

Warren Ellis and Tula Lotay's foray into the Supreme mythos continues, and we get some more information as to what exactly is going on. We get some more metaphors and visual imagery about what's wrong with the universe as it is and why Supreme, really, is missing.

If you're a fan of Warren Ellis, you can spot some recurring themes. The purpose of Supreme in this or any other universe may be reflective of certain roles in, say, Planetary. The concept of multiple realities, while being a theme/plot device in Alan Moore's run on Supreme, is also a recurring Ellis theme and thus one he is already adept at handling. In the pages of Blue Rose, however, it feels fresh. Part of that is because of the art by Tula Lotay (still wonderful, still takes my breath away, and I really don't know what else I can say about it that I didn't say in my two previous reviews at this point), but a real highlight of this issue is the tiny bits of character-building we see.

Things like Diana Dane and her chaufesse, Linda Kendall, talking about Professor Night, the TV series they both love, even for just a few panels, brings this otherwise really-out-there story to earth and grounds it, in turn further emphasizing how out-there the story is. Darius Dax gets to speak with the redheaded woman who's been showing up in dreams in the previous two issues, and we learn what drives him, and how it drives him, while we also get some background on the redheaded woman. And we finally get a glimpse of a really important character, who gives us some level of exposition, but the way it's done, you want to know more, both about the character and what he's saying.

If I had to pick any point to criticize in this series so far, it has nothing to do with the story itself. I kind of wish they wouldn't name the unnamed characters in the back matter or online. I guess it's not so big a deal — I know who the redheaded woman was before Lotay named her on Twitter, for example, but all the same, I'd rather have had it confirmed while reading the story proper. But, as I said, it's not a big deal. I may know the names and capabilities of the characters, but the world is so different from the Supreme I'm used to, that the only thing really getting spoiled is my own fanboy speculation.

Still highly recommended. Go buy it. Go. Now.

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