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Fan Theory: Alan Moore’s Supreme Is A Silver Age Superman Analogue That Created The Image Universe

 

FAN THEORY

Writer(s)

Al Gordon


Penciler(s)

Dan Jurgens


Colorist(s)

Ron Rife, Steve Oliff


Cover

Alex Ross


Publisher

Image Comics


Publication Date

February 05, 2003

IN FRANCHISES, COMIC VALUES AND COLLECTIONS

AT DC AND IMAGE, SUPERMAN ANALOGUES GUARD THE BLEED

In our previous article, we argued that Superman analogues at DC Comics and Image Comics guard the Bleed. When the Wildstorm Universe joined DC Comics in 1999, The Authority first appeared. This Anti-Justice League guarded the Bleed. Additionally, it housed Apollo, a Superman analogue. Another Superman analogue, Mister Majestic first appeared in Image Comics in 1994.

In Captain Atom: Armageddon, he worked to protect the Wildstorm Universe from destruction. At Image Comics, Supreme and his alternate versions protect the supremacy. Really, similarities between Supreme and Thought Robot suggest his story may have created the Image Universe. Let’s explain.

Supreme and Radar. Image Comics.
 

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IN THE STORY OF THE YEAR ALAN MOORE CREATES TEAM SUPREME

Team Supreme. Image Comics.

LIKE THOUGHT ROBOT, SUPREME’S STORY IS CENTRAL TO IMAGE COMICS

THE SUPREMACY PROVES SUPREME IS A STORY

In Superman, The Greatest Story: How Art Deco Meets Plot Device, I argued Superman’s story popularized the superhero genre. Specifically, Grant Morrison suggests the Thought Robot created the DC Comics franchise. Similarly, Supreme may be the central story at Image Comics.

Like DC’s Limbo, the Supremacy is a form of Image Limbo. At DC’s Limbo dead or forgotten characters exist. At Image’s Limbo, Supreme’s amnesia as well as revisions in his continuity are associated with alternate versions. In addition, it is a form of Limbo for Supreme who was once forgotten on Earth. In many respects, Supreme is a story like Thought Robot.

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SUPREMIUM CAN WARP REALITY

In The Story Of The Year, Alan Moore gives a revamped origin of Supreme. Originally, Supreme gained super powers after exposure to Supremium while an infant. Incredibly, he developed the typical powers of a Superman analogue: super strength, super speed, super vision, senses, flight, intelligence.

Importantly, we learnt that Supremium can warp reality. In the case of his arch-enemy, Darius Dax, his experiments with Supremium created a temporal paradox causing him to time travel. In addition, it may have caused Dax’s dimensional transport to Daxia upon death. In fact, it is a form of Limbo containing the possible versions of Dax.

BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL, SUPREME MET JACK KIRBY

In Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #2, Thought Robot breaks the Fourth Wall. This is the literary process where a character is aware of being a creation in a work of literature. Here, Thought Robot is either aware of the Presence, the Writer or the reader.

Similarly, Supreme can break the Fourth Wall. In Supreme: The Return, Supreme meets with the Writer, Jack Kirby. While investigating ideas invading Earth, Supreme meets with the Monarch. And he finds out the Monarch is the Writer who tells him Supreme can achieve virtually anything. In essence, he has limitless power.

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