Marvel Comics has teased an event that split up the Squadron Supreme, their own pastiches of the Justice League. New previews show their own Civil War between Marvel’s Superman and Batman, Hyperion, and Nighthawk, was the catalyst for the break-up. In new previews for Squadron Supreme: The Siege Society, the Civil War in the Heroes Reborn Universe is discussed, revealing Hyperion and Nighthawk’s feud caused the team to fall in disarray.
The current Marvel Universe has been turned into a world without the Avengers, as the Squadron Supreme are the heroes in their place. While readers have already seen the adventures of Hyperion, whose abilities and backstory resemble that of DC’s Superman, Nighthawk hasn’t been a big of a player in the event yet. There have already been hints he has a tense relationship with the all-powerful hero. A new look at Squadron Supreme: The Siege Society reveals the pair had a falling during their own Civil War.
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ComicWatch.com has a five-page preview of the upcoming Siege Society tie-in by Cody Ziglar, Paco Medina, Pete Pantazis, and VC’s Joe Sabino, where a team of the same name are seen in Europe. The group is made up of Baron Zemo, Sabretooth, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Silver Witch, Soviet Agent, and Fire Ant. The Siege Society initially formed to protect Americans from evil, however, the group took operations in Europe after the Civil War with Hyperion. Interestingly, the issue’s recap page reveals the same war pitted Nighthawk against Hyperion and forced team members to choose sides. While the war between the heroes is now over, the team is said to be fractured and still “divided.”
It’s unclear what the inciting incident was that turned Nighthawk and Hyperion against one another – but clearly, the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have their own issues with one another. By adapting Marvel’s original Civil War in the Heroes Reborn Universe, they can effectively take that storyline and remix it with Batman v. Superman. It’s a clever way of referencing both two of Marvel and DC’s biggest conflicts in an event that does the same.
Given Hyperion’s ego, antagonistic personality, and the fact he seems to be involved with the mysterious changes to the new Marvel Universe, it wouldn’t be shocking at all if he started the conflict with Nighthawk. The question remains: what incident inspired the fight? Perhaps, Nighthawk didn’t agree with the slaughter of mutants. Or, maybe they had their own superhero registration act and disagreed about it like Captain America and Iron Man. What is clear is Marvel’s Superman and Batman aren’t fans of one another, even well after the original Civil War. Squadron Supreme: The Siege Society #1 is in stores next week.
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