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So begins ''Supreme Power'', Marvel's UltimateUniverse version of Comicbook/{{the Avengers}} foes, the Squadron Sinister and their later heroic counterparts the ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'', themselves originally an {{Alternate Company Equivalent}}'s of Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica from the Franchise/DCUniverse. It's better than it sounds, as it's pretty much one giant WhatIf story, with the premise of "What if TheGovernment raised Superman?"

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So begins ''Supreme Power'', Marvel's UltimateUniverse version of Comicbook/{{the Avengers}} foes, the Squadron Sinister and their later heroic counterparts the ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'', themselves originally an {{Alternate Company Equivalent}}'s of Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica from the Franchise/DCUniverse. It's better than it sounds, as it's pretty much one giant WhatIf story, with the premise of "What if TheGovernment raised Superman?"
Superman?" In the greater Marvel multiverse, this world is "Earth-31916", in comparison to the original ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'' comics taking place on "Earth-712".



!!Comic titles in the Supreme Power universe:
* ''Supreme Power (2003):'' The original comic, which lays the groundwork for the setting.
* ''Doctor Spectrum:'' 6-issue mini-series covering the history of the character Doctor Spectrum, and his BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind as he lay comatose whilst the Power Prism bonded to him.
* ''Supreme Power: Hyperion:'' 5-issue mini-series covering the founding of the Squadron Supreme and their attempts to subdue Hyperion to coax him back to the team.
* ''Supreme Power: Nighthawk:'' 6-issue mini-series featuring Nighthawk as he battles SerialKiller Whiteface, who has begun distributing lethally poisoned drugs on the streets of Chicago.
* ''Squadron Supreme (2006):'' First missions of the Squadron Supreme. Canceled on a cliffhanger at issue #7.
* ''Ultimate Power:'' Crossover between the Supreme Powerverse and ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel''.
* ''Squadron Supreme: Hyperion vs. Nighthawk:'' 4-issue mini-series in which Nighthawk compels Hyperion to assist him in stopping the ethnic cleansing in Darfur.
* ''Squadron Supreme (2008):'' 5 years after the events of ''Ultimate Power'', Nick Fury from Earth-1610 leads a new version of the Squadron Supreme as a lunar expedition returns...changed.
* ''Supreme Power (2011):'' Hyperion returns at long last, and the invasion fleet that sent him to Earth is finally on its way there.



* DumbMuscle: Shape is strong, but has the mind of a child.

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* DudeNotFunny: In-universe. After the infant Hyperion accidentally disintegrates his new puppy, one of the government officials watching by video-camera darkly quips that "Spot" was an ironically appropriate name for the dog. The other official promptly punches him so hard he falls out of his chair.
* DumbMuscle: Shape is strong, super-strong, but has the mind of a an extremely young child.


* CapePunk: [[DeconstructedTrope|Deconstruction]] type--Humans will react to superhumans with jealousy, envy, and attempts to control them to the point any such beings will go completely off the rails.

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* CapePunk: [[DeconstructedTrope|Deconstruction]] [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstruction]] type--Humans will react to superhumans with jealousy, envy, and attempts to control them to the point any such beings will go completely off the rails.



-->"A long time ago, my dad heard Malcolm X speak at a church in Memphis. He said that during slave days, you had the house Negro, and the field Negro.\\

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-->"A long time ago, my dad heard Malcolm X UsefulNotes/MalcolmX speak at a church in Memphis. He said that during slave days, you had the house Negro, and the field Negro.\\


* CapePunk: Humans will react to superhumans with jealousy, envy, and attempts to control them to the point any such beings will go completely off the rails.

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* BoomerangBigot: Nighthawk is so "pro-African American" that he's basically a fanatical black supremacist. Hyperion literally calls him out that he only targets non-black criminals who go after black civilians, and ignores all other forms of crime (with the exception of [[EvenEvilHasStandards black drug dealers]]). In fact, he takes his black supremacy to the extent he's actually racist against other black people, outright proclaiming [[WithUsOrAgainstUs any black person who doesn't hate all white people is basically a white supremacist collaborator]], and the Blur--an African-American who grew up in the southern states--even notes that he's heard fouler racially-charged language from and been more racially objectified by '''Nighthawk''', his "fellow black man", than he ever has been by the white men who he lives amongst.
* CapePunk: Humans [[DeconstructedTrope|Deconstruction]] type--Humans will react to superhumans with jealousy, envy, and attempts to control them to the point any such beings will go completely off the rails.


The stories are printed on Marvel's [[Creator/MarvelMax MAX]] imprint (basically the R-rated segment of Marvel Comics) and do not shy away from gore, destruction, and violence. At the height of its publication, it was considered one of Marvel's better comic book lines (being released during the same era as the mainstream love affair with {{Crisis Crossover}}s and the infamous ComicBook/OneMoreDay, many saw it as Marvel returning to its spiritual roots of being an answer to DC's use of comic book tropes.).

ExecutiveMeddling would later have Straczynski off the book and forced a new creative team to relaunch the series with a new storyline and new characters that look a lot like properties already owned by Marvel. After this incarnation, the franchise appeared ruined. But a brief mini was released in 2011 that appeared to try to take a back-to-basics approach, harkening to the original run of Supreme Power (returning to the MAX imprint, a return to being BloodierAndGorier and more realistic story) but with the initial story focusing mainly on Hyperion and Doc Spectrum.

During ComicBook/JonathanHickmansAvengers, the entire Supreme Power-Earth was destroyed by the villainous Cabal, but not before brutally slaughtering its entire population, including the Squadron. After ''ComicBook/{{Secret Wars|2015}}'', Nighthawk was mysteriously revived and transported into the restored MarvelUniverse, forming a new Squadron Supreme with fellow exiled members from dead universes. He also starred in a short-lived solo series, but was lated killed during ''ComicBook/SecretEmpire'', quickly succeeded as Nighthawk by his associate Tilda Johnson, AKA the former Deadly Nightshade.

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The stories are printed on Marvel's [[Creator/MarvelMax MAX]] imprint (basically the R-rated segment of Marvel Comics) and do not shy away from gore, destruction, and violence. At the height of its publication, it was considered one of Marvel's better comic book lines (being released during the same era as the mainstream love affair with {{Crisis Crossover}}s and the infamous ComicBook/OneMoreDay, ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'', many saw it as Marvel returning to its spiritual roots of being an answer to DC's use of comic book tropes.).

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ExecutiveMeddling would later have Straczynski off the book and forced a new creative team to relaunch the series with a new storyline and new characters that look a lot like properties already owned by Marvel. After this incarnation, the franchise appeared ruined. But a brief mini was released in 2011 that appeared to try to take a back-to-basics approach, harkening hearkening to the original run of Supreme Power ''Supreme Power'' (returning to the MAX imprint, a return to being BloodierAndGorier and more realistic story) but with the initial story focusing mainly on Hyperion and Doc Spectrum.

During ComicBook/JonathanHickmansAvengers, the entire Supreme Power-Earth was destroyed by the villainous Cabal, but not before brutally slaughtering its entire population, including the Squadron. After ''ComicBook/{{Secret Wars|2015}}'', Nighthawk was mysteriously revived and transported into the restored MarvelUniverse, forming a new Squadron Supreme with fellow exiled members from dead universes. He also starred in a short-lived solo series, but was lated later killed during ''ComicBook/SecretEmpire'', quickly succeeded as Nighthawk by his associate Tilda Johnson, AKA the former Deadly Nightshade.

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* DeliberateUnderPerformance: Dr. Burbank has been a child prodigy since he was born, but spent much of his early academic career getting average grades because he found that getting perfect grades led to bullies beating him up and teachers accusing him of cheating.


* MetaOrigin: The ship which launched Hyperion and [[spoiler:Zarda's]] {{Escape Pod}}s, which not only brought them to Earth, but an [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum alien engineered]] [[LegoGenetics retrovirus that transformed a number of the population into lesser superhumans.]] [[GreenLantern Doctor]] [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent Spectrum]] made good use of the ship's PowerCrystal, too. [[spoiler:Zarda's arrived in AncientRome, resulting in [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Roman mythology]]. Zarda went to sleep [[KingInTheMountain Under A Mountain]] at the end of that era, waiting for Hyperion to arrive.]]

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* MetaOrigin: The ship which launched Hyperion and [[spoiler:Zarda's]] {{Escape Pod}}s, which not only brought them to Earth, but an [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum alien engineered]] [[LegoGenetics retrovirus that transformed a number of the population into lesser superhumans.]] [[GreenLantern [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Doctor]] [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent Spectrum]] made good use of the ship's PowerCrystal, too. [[spoiler:Zarda's arrived in AncientRome, resulting in [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Roman mythology]]. Zarda went to sleep [[KingInTheMountain Under A Mountain]] at the end of that era, waiting for Hyperion to arrive.]]

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* GivingRadioToTheRomans: Subverted. During his entire massive rant to the scientists on the project, General Alexander rants on how they've been wasting decades on DNA samples instead of focusing on ''the alien spaceship'' they came from.
-->'''Alexander''': You had access to an artifact from a non-human civilization! Do you realize what you had, and what you let get away from you? Do you? Then let me explain it to you! Imagine handing an F-16 to the Aztecs in 1521, when Cortez was at war with them, and instead of learning to fly so they could slice Cortez and his army to shreds, they cut off the wings to use as shields, the guns as clubs, and they take off the wheels because they figured they would look really cool hanging from the temple ceiling!


* [[SociopathicHero HeroicSociopath]]: Zarda.


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* SociopathicHero: Zarda.


* MonsterClown: Whiteface, aka Steven Binst. A Joker analogue who poisons the crack going into the city and later everyone in attendance at the birthday party of the mayor's 8 year old son. All while barely talking and wearing a perpetual scarred frown.

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* MonsterClown: Whiteface, aka Steven Binst. A Joker analogue PracticallyJoker who poisons the crack going into the city and later everyone in attendance at the birthday party of the mayor's 8 year old son. All while barely talking and wearing a perpetual scarred frown.



* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Nightwing is lamenting to Hyperion that guys like him, Redstone, and Doc Spectrum won the SuperpowerLottery with strength, flight, EyeBeams and so on, while "the only brother in the bunch got the box that says "he can run really, really fast." Lame ass, useless power. . ." ([[InsaneTrollLogic as if superpowers are inherently racist, or something]]). The Blur, [[ImStandingRightHere standing right behind him]], takes offense at this, so uses his SuperSpeed to strip Nighthawk completely naked, and tells him he can walk home like that (bear in mind, they're in Louisiana, and Nighthawk is based in ''Chicago'').

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* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Nightwing Nighthawk is lamenting to Hyperion that guys like him, Redstone, and Doc Spectrum won the SuperpowerLottery with strength, flight, EyeBeams and so on, while "the only brother in the bunch got the box that says "he can run really, really fast." Lame ass, useless power. . .power..." ([[InsaneTrollLogic as if superpowers are inherently racist, or something]]). The Blur, [[ImStandingRightHere standing right behind him]], takes offense at this, so uses his SuperSpeed to strip Nighthawk completely naked, and tells him he can walk home like that (bear in mind, they're in Louisiana, and Nighthawk is based in ''Chicago'').



* [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers Screw The Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!]]: "Where does a five-hundred pound gorilla sit? Answer: Anywhere it wants to." This is everything the government is scared Hyperion will become, and everything Redstone already is.

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* [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers Screw The Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!]]: ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers: "Where does a five-hundred pound gorilla sit? Answer: Anywhere it wants to." This is everything the government is scared Hyperion will become, and everything Redstone already is.


** Doc Spectrum is ComicBook/GreenLantern as a government secret agent and assassin who left behind almost every shred of empathy and morality a long time ago. The gem that gives him his powers is LoyalPhlebotinum. . . [[spoiler:to ''Hyperion'', not Doc, meaning that the hope that Doc Spectrum could stop Hyperion if necessary was dead a-borning.]]

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** Doc Spectrum is ComicBook/GreenLantern as a government secret agent and assassin who left behind almost every shred of empathy and morality a long time ago. The gem that gives him his powers is LoyalPhlebotinum. . .LoyalPhlebotinum... [[spoiler:to ''Hyperion'', not Doc, meaning that the hope that Doc Spectrum could stop Hyperion if necessary was dead a-borning.]]



** Nighthawk is ComicBook/{{Batman}} as a wealty black man with a ''gigantic'' racist chip on his shoulder. On the trail of a super-powered serial killer who's killed several black prostitutes, Nighthawk tells Hyperion that if the killer had been going after white, middle-class female twentysomethings, Hyperion would have been all over it ages ago. Never mind that the first time they met, Hyperion specifically mentioned he saw Nighthawk ignoring violent crimes because the victims weren't black, only to jump in the second a black person was the target.
* {{Confessional}}: Despite not being Catholic, Mark just needs someone to talk to, and the priest obliges, and gives him some actually pretty decent advice. It's not his, or even really Mark's, fault that it results in compounded mistakes coming due. . . with interest.

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** Nighthawk is ComicBook/{{Batman}} as a wealty black man with a ''gigantic'' racist chip on his shoulder. On the trail of a super-powered serial killer {{serial killer}} who's killed several black prostitutes, Nighthawk tells Hyperion that if the killer had been going after white, middle-class female twentysomethings, Hyperion would have been all over it ages ago. Never mind that the first time they met, Hyperion specifically mentioned he saw Nighthawk ignoring violent crimes because the victims weren't black, only to jump in the second a black person was the target.
* {{Confessional}}: Despite not being Catholic, Mark just needs someone to talk to, and the priest obliges, and gives him some actually pretty decent advice. It's not his, or even really Mark's, fault that it results in compounded mistakes coming due. . .due... with interest.

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* CorruptedCharacterCopy: The comic takes DC's Justice League and runs them in this direction, the end result being a group of [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]] '''at best'''.
** Hyperion is ComicBook/{{Superman}} raised by government agents at the height of the Cold War instead of a loving couple from Kansas, and (unsuccessfully) brainwashed to be the ultimate patriot. BewareTheSuperman is in full effect.
** Zarda is ComicBook/WonderWoman with no morals to speak of, honestly beliving humanity is an inferior species and it is her and Hyperion's right to rule them. [[LifeDrinker She drains one man's life force to restore herself to a beautiful princess from a withered corpse, then the man's mother. . . who was on her knees worshipping Zarda as the comuppance Man's World deserves. . . because Zarda still had a gray hair.]]
** Doc Spectrum is ComicBook/GreenLantern as a government secret agent and assassin who left behind almost every shred of empathy and morality a long time ago. The gem that gives him his powers is LoyalPhlebotinum. . . [[spoiler:to ''Hyperion'', not Doc, meaning that the hope that Doc Spectrum could stop Hyperion if necessary was dead a-borning.]]
** Amphibian (ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}) was abandoned in the ocean as a baby because her parents found her appearance disgusting. Living all on her own in the ocean, she's a CuteMonsterGirl with NoNudityTaboo, and a genuinely kind person, but she just doesn't get humanity or the world outside the ocean, leading to a few accidental deaths.
** Nighthawk is ComicBook/{{Batman}} as a wealty black man with a ''gigantic'' racist chip on his shoulder. On the trail of a super-powered serial killer who's killed several black prostitutes, Nighthawk tells Hyperion that if the killer had been going after white, middle-class female twentysomethings, Hyperion would have been all over it ages ago. Never mind that the first time they met, Hyperion specifically mentioned he saw Nighthawk ignoring violent crimes because the victims weren't black, only to jump in the second a black person was the target.


During ComicBook/JonathanHickmansAvengers, the entire Supreme Power-Earth was destroyed by the villainous Cabal, but not before brutally slaughtering its entire population, including the Squadron.

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During ComicBook/JonathanHickmansAvengers, the entire Supreme Power-Earth was destroyed by the villainous Cabal, but not before brutally slaughtering its entire population, including the Squadron. \n After ''ComicBook/{{Secret Wars|2015}}'', Nighthawk was mysteriously revived and transported into the restored MarvelUniverse, forming a new Squadron Supreme with fellow exiled members from dead universes. He also starred in a short-lived solo series, but was lated killed during ''ComicBook/SecretEmpire'', quickly succeeded as Nighthawk by his associate Tilda Johnson, AKA the former Deadly Nightshade.

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* ManOfSteelWomanOfKleenex: Surprisingly averted, considering the story gets as much mileage as it can out of applying RealityEnsues to every superpower it can. Mark's able to spend the night with a stripper with no ill effects for either party.

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* ShameIfSomethingHappened: Stan initially wants to use his SuperSpeed to be a hero and help people, but his lawyers convince him that doing so could risk his corporate endorsements, and thus the life he's managed build for himself and his mom. When Nighthawk finally does rope him and Hyperion into stopping Redstone, the aftermath involves telling Stan that, if he admits to having participated in bringing Redstone down, he's essentially pleading guilty to a laundry list of civil and criminal offenses, and keeping his mouth shut is in his and his mother's best interests. It's all part of the government's plan to try and get Hyperion back under their control, in this case by removing his only support.


*** And once they have him, they air-drop him into an unfriendly country as a pro-bono terrorist. When that country becomes more "cooperative" to US interests, they simply retrieve him and send him to the next country on the list. It's a very long list.

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*** And once they have him, Redstone, they air-drop him into an unfriendly country as a pro-bono terrorist. When that country becomes more "cooperative" to US interests, they simply retrieve him and send him to the next country on the list. It's a very long list.

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