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Doctor Spectrum: Full Spectrum TPB Paperback – 3 Aug 2005

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; Direct Ed edition (3 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785115862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785115861
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,643,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Supreme Power by J. Michael Straczynski was a great series. One problem it suffered from was its ensemble cast was so large that only a few of its members really got the opportunity to shine. The solution was to give each character their own spinoff series. Unfortunately Straczynski didn't have time to write them all so some of them got handed to other writers.

This volume is set entirely when the Doc went unconscious after interfacing with the crystal. Most of it takes place in his head as he and the crystal fight for control of his mind or in flashbacks to his past. There is a small amount concerning the General and whether or not they should cut the crystal off him or not.

The art is fine and it is good to see some different styles used for the flashbacks and internal monologue. Barnes does a competent job of stepping into what must be some intimidating shoes but this work lacks the grandeur and thorny issues that Supreme Power did so well. Still when you are starving for more greatness the good will surely do. I don't begrudge it a Thumbs Up!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A real let-down 19 April 2006
By Babytoxie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a big fan of J. Michael Straczynski & Gary Frank's SUPREME POWER series, so I had high hopes for the miniseries DOCTOR SPECTRUM: FULL SPECTRUM. But my hopes were definitely not met. Don't be fooled into thinking that FULL SPECTRUM provides essential insight into the events depicted in SUPREME POWER. Yes, it does provide background on Joe Ledger before the mysterious power crystal physically made itself a part of his life, but the events depicted in this story are fairly superfluous. Yeah, he had a tough life, and that's about it... well, gee. By the end of the story, I didn't feel that I understood anything more about Doctor Spectrum, the power crystal, or SUPREME POWER than I already did. Even then, it would have helped if Straczynksi and Frank could have handled this story, but they unfortunately farmed it out to Samm Barnes and Travel Foreman, who can't keep up with the standard set by the series creators. FULL SPECTRUM can definitely be skipped - you won't miss a thing.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Supreme Power spin off 13 Sept. 2005
By N. Durham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Collecting the six issue Doctor Spectrum mini-series, this spin-off of J. Michael Straczynski's Supreme Power reveals the dark past of Corporal Joe Ledger, a soldier who becomes bonded with a mysterious and powerful crystal that arrived with the government brainwashed superhuman Hyperion when he crash landed on Earth as a child. Once the crystal bonds with Ledger, he goes into a lengthy coma, and as Joe endures an internal struggle, the powers that be outside decide what is more worth saving: Joe or the crystal? Writer Samm Barnes, who served as Straczynski's writing partner on the Strange mini-series and who he hand picked to write this series, does a solid job weaving a tale to coincide with the events of Supreme Power. Newcomer Travel Foreman's pencils do the job for the most part, but they are nothing compared to Gary Frank. That aside, this is still a great read, and for those who can't get enough of Supreme Power, this is definitely worth picking up.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to write home about 11 Mar. 2006
By Maserati Toadcheese - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
J. Michael Straczynski's radical retooling of the Squadron Supreme, Supreme Power, has come off very well (with a few weak points), but this miniseries collected into a trade paperback seems almost entirely unnecessary. It's a very tired science fiction/comic book cliche: The protagonist falls into a coma/is trapped in a malfunctioning virtual reality world/falls under a spell/whatever, and has to face The Demons Of His Past. The plot device is a shortcut to developing a character, and like many shortcuts tends to often not be worth it. This book won some award at a Toronto comic book convention, so at least a few people liked it, but I would strongly recommend previewing it at your local comics shop before buying it. Much more worthy of purchase are the Nighthawk miniseries, by Daniel Way and Steve Dillon (very gory, very reminiscent of the work of Dillon's regular comics partner, Garth Ennis), and JMS' own Hyperion miniseries, which actually advances the plot of the Supreme Power series.
2.0 out of 5 stars Full Spectrum Was Empty 26 Jun. 2009
By Jedi Jester - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
All but a few pages of the story take place in Ledger's head while he is unconscious. I imagine parts of this story may become relevant later on, but unless you're a completist you can probably skip this volume in the Squadron Supreme pantheon.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Backstory 20 Mar. 2006
By Jamus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This side edition to the Squadron Supreme rewrite, gives a good insight into the psyche of Dr. Spectrum.
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