REVIEW: Supreme Blue Rose #6

Written by Warren Ellis
Art by Tula Lotay
Published by Image Comics
Release date: January 14, 2015

Let me preface by saying that if you’ve been wanting to pick up Supreme Blue Rose, I highly recommend you start from the beginning so you can get a full idea of what is happening. As interesting as issue #6 is, it would be very difficult for anyone to get a good idea of the characters and events which are referenced in this issue. This is, after all, a Warren Ellis book, and such a thing is to be expected.

The story is very intricate with a large cast of interconnected characters who little about each other and themselves. I generally like to write a little synopsis of the book’s plot for my reviews, but to do so for this book would not only be difficult, but simply give too much away; however, there are some very interesting themes and ideas presented in this book, and this book is a perfect example of what a fantastic writer can accomplish with stereotypical and dated characters. If you’re at all familiar with Rob Liefeld’s original Supreme title, throw all that aside and expect a fresh and exciting take on the concept behind the character.

To add to the intricate story is the heavy exposition in this issue. If you’ve been following the series from the beginning you’ll find it extremely rewarding, particularly the introduction of the “Supreme heaven” which pops up in this issue. The idea is an interesting one expanding the Supreme mythos way beyond what I remember it being and putting this book more in line with what we’ve seen with Captain Marvel’s background and history. The dialogue here is superb, and each character is so distinct and interesting it definitely kept me interested and wanting to learn more.

The key to this type of story and narrative is, of course, the art, and I cannot sing enough praises for Tula Lotay’s work. There is so much detail and feeling poured into every panel that it makes this book as visually interesting as it is conceptual. Lotay’s style gives this book a sort of dreamlike feel which fits well with what’s happening with some of the characters. Add on top of the the color work which has a somewhat rough painted look to it similar to what we’re seeing in Wytches, but much more vibrant and loose – simply gorgeous.

Supreme Blue Rose #6 is a beautiful book in its narrative, art, and concept and one I look forward to reading every month. The exposition heavy story may turn many readers off, but if you’re looking for a smart and stimulation read, you’ll find the payoff here is too large to ignore.

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