Here we have the next solo series from J. Michael Straczynski’s superb Supreme Power series. Like Full Spectrum this was written by another writer; another writer who makes one fatal mistake. The book is titled Nighthawk but he isn’t the star. Instead Way chooses to create his own villain for the piece. As the Supreme Power heroes bear more than a passing resemblance to other DC celebrities then a villain dressed in clown makeup was only a matter of time.
It is quite an entertaining read competently executed but it doesn’t live up to the Supreme Power name. Any weighty issues are skipped over in favour of people puking blood. The Marvel Max imprint can be a double edged sword promoting discussion of complex moral questions or gratuitous sex and violence. It’s the latter here. Steve Dillon does an excellent job of upholding the high standards of art set by his predecessors but there is nothing new or outstanding. It is a Thumbs Up yet it feels like there should be a but…
Tomorrow: Squadron Supreme: Hyperion Vs Nighthawk – Daniel Way