Supreme: Blue Rose. Written by Mister Warren Ellis. Gorgeous art by Tula Lotay.
It's a fucking good read. Not often I go back to a comic 3, 4, 5 times and pick at it, pull things out, look at the layers.
Mister Ellis has done something exceptional here: extrapolated a property that Alan Moore had already built additional stories on top of, and created something that isn't a reheated 'tribute' or hollow pastiche of the House of Moore, but tunnels off in its own direction without dynamiting, xeroxing or shitting on what came before. Without spoiling / giving too much away, Warren is - in part - riffing on the not-so-far-fetched idea that the universe is, in effect, a supermassive quantum-computer; and, since quantum systems are effectively altered by 'observing' them, he is positing the idea that the universe (or space-time or whatever you wanna call it...) can itself be altered / programmed / written-upon; that new quantum-narratives can, in effect, be created ... it's superficially a bold idea, but I don't find it too far out - let's just see where quantum-technology gets to in 300, 400 years time, eh? It may turn out to be a energy / resource issue rather than a technical problem.
But don't let my last paragraph put you off: it's a very human / humane story, full of frailty and failings, small and large truths. Fascinating characters. I'm also picking up - real or imagined - riffs / references to Gibson (Darius Dax filtered through Hubertus Bigend // Blue Ant * Blue Rose), Alphaville, Sun Ra / George Clinton, coding / hacking ("recursive" is sooo a codemonkey word), etc, etc, on top of the teetering tower of Leifeld's original analogue-borrowings from the Superman Mythos, Moores' "Revisions", etc. It's an amazing piece of work; one, I suspect that will be appreciated more after it finishes than during its run. Oh, and did I mention the gorgeous artwork...?
Is it my favourite comic of 2014? Yeah, definitely.
But I did also enjoy Mister Ellis' short run on Moon Knight. And if you're not reading Trees, then you're missing another treat.
Favourite comics that weren't written by Mister Warren Ellis? Oh, sure, there's a few... but that would be a list then, wouldn't it?