Supreme: The Story of the Year and The Return ? Alan Moore

Out of all the modern, character driven, intellectual writers in comics, Moore stands out if for no other reason than he alone seems to actually love the campy stories of the Golden/Silver Age. Rather than dismiss or destroy the earlier ideas, Moore embraces the bygone era, making it palatable to today's sensibilities. Supreme (so obviously Super-man that I'm shocked DC hasn't sued) deals with the run of the mill save the world each issue from a various assortment of super villains. At first read, there is nothing remarkable or even interesting about the comic. Moore's tender embrace of camp and his re-integrating it does make Supreme refreshing, as does the metafictional quality (much of the comic is about making comics). What is disappointing is that too many issues/chapters encompass a single, easily rectified situation and vaguely amusing jokes. The lack of an intriguing story arch (Supreme falling in love isn't cutting it) and the prerequisite of historical comic book knowledge makes the series undesirable for those who wish to follow an ongoing adventure or are new to the comic book world.