Supreme Power "Contact" or "The Hyperion Project" TPB (Straczynski/Frank; reprinting #1-6)
The original Squadron Supreme, invented by Avengers writer Roy Thomas in the 60's, was intended to be a pastiche of the Justice League of America. Each character in Marvel Comics' Squadron Supreme was an analog of DC Comics' Justice League characters. Hyperion is the analog of Superman, Nighthawk of Batman, Power Princess of Wonder Woman, etc. The main point of the exercise was to enable Marvel's greatest team to do battle with DC's without flouting any copyright laws and to have a little fun with the fans.
J. Michael Straczynski's Supreme Power is also a look at the super-hero icons of DC but through a different colored glass. Supreme Power examines how events might really unfold were DC's heroes to have appeared in our world. An alien infant lands on Earth, exhibiting extraordinary powers. Military and political officials fear him, so they seek to control him. A youth sees his parents slain before his eyes and so becomes a vigilante, stalking the streets at night hunting criminals. Another man develops the ability to travel as super speed and so on.
The story starts from the point of view of protagonist, Mark Milton (a.k.a., Hyperion), an alien who crashes on Earth as an infant and whose power the military establishment both fears and hopes to exploit. They fill his head with American propaganda in the hope that they'll brainwash him into the Great American Hero: truth, justice and the American way. But when he matures, he becomes wary of their control and suspicious of their motives. As the story branches out, we're introduced to the other cast members, each of them with their own reasons for becoming a "hero" and many of them not so pure.
In DC's somewhat utopian world, these heroes are revered and honored for the most part. But a more cynical view would be that it wouldn't quite be that simple. We have a tendency to revere and revile our heroes at the same time. While we admire and honor them, we also seek to tear them down and destroy them out of fear, jealousy and other base emotions. The story is as old as time. Just ask Julius Caesar how we treat our honored heroes. Look at the heroes of Ancient Greece and the rather unseemly way so many of them fell from grace.
Supreme Power is an exciting, page-turning look at heroism and just what the world at large really thinks about having someone who could save your life one day or vaporize you with a glance in the next. In the tradition of DC's Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns, Supreme Power takes a smart and decidedly adult look at hero and super-hero.
Supreme Power "Powers & Principalities" TPB (Straczynski/Frank; reprinting #7-12)
"The heroes have arrived. You've watched them grow. You've learned their secrets. And now, you're about to see them change the world... for better or for worse! When a god-like Hyperion discovers that his whole life has actually been an elaborate government-made lie, his reaction could mean the end of the Earth! Do the world's other super-powered beings have any chance at stopping Hyperion if the truth sends him over the edge? "
Supreme Power "High Command" TPB (Straczynski/Frank; reprinting #13-18)
"In their first adventure as a team, Hyperion, Blur and Nighthawk -- the newly formed Squadron -- have a long-overdue showdown with the super-powered serial killer who's been terrorzing the nation. But will they live long enought to stop him? Plus: What does the most powerful being on the planet do when he finds out he's been manipulated, and that his whole life is pratically a lie? How will Hyperion react, and what does that mean for the rest of humanity -- and the government that's organzied these deceitful machinations?"
Doctor Spectrum #1-6
Samm Barnes and Travel Foreman bring to light the secret of Corporal Joe Ledger's dark past, and the plans the crystal has for him!
Supreme Power: Hyperion TPB (Straczynski/Dan Jurgens; reprinting #1-5)
Now that the world knows his dark secret, Hyperion suddenly finds himself both alone and hunter. Four new super-powered individuals are after his hide, and they've got the will and means to take him down!
Supreme Power: Hyperion vs. Nighthawk TPB (Marc Guggenheim/Paul Gulacy; reprints 4-issue mini)
It had to happen: the ultimate throw-down between the two stars of the series! The duke it out in Darfur, Africa and can they stop the genocide (read the papers!!) happening there or will they also kill themselves?
Supreme Power: Nighthawk TPB (Daniel Way/Steve Dillon; reprinting #1-6)
As a boy, Kyle Richmond - the man who would one day become Nighthawk - witnessed the senseless murder of his parents. There was no reason for their deaths, no provocation - they were just simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was a traumatic event that has left him scarred for life - and turned him into a hero more feared than the criminals he polices. Now, it's happening again... but on a much larger scale. The people of Chicago - men, women and children - are dying in the streets, victims of a monster whose thirst for slaughter cannot be quenched, whose soul is a bottomless void and whose scars run even deeper than Nighthawk's. Long ago, Kyle Richmond looked into the face of madness - now, it's looking back at him. And it's flashing a killer smile.
Ultimate Power #1-9 (9-issue mini; w Brian Michael Bendis, Jeph Loeb, J. Michael Straczynski; a Greg Land)
In a desperate attempt to help his friend, Reed Richards, the leader of the science adventurers known as the Fantastic Four, has accidentally punched a hole into an adjacent universe. Now something has come through the gateway from a realm known as the Supremeverse: the team of astonishingly powerful superhumans called the Squadron Supreme! Their mission: to arrest young Reed for high crimes against their world! What happens when the Squadron collides with the heroes - and villains - of the Ultimate Universe?