Squadron Supreme: Hyperion vs Nighthawk TP NM 1st print Guggenheim


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Squadron Supreme: Hyperion Vs. Nighthawk Paperback
by Marc Guggenheim (Author), Paul Gulacy (Illustrator)

It had to happen: The ultimate throw-down between the two stars of the smash hits Supreme Power and Squadron Supreme: Hyperion and Nighthawk. But what could draw these two heroes into the biggest of all smackdowns? Nothing less than genocide.

In this ripped-from-the-headlines story, Marc Guggenheim (Wolverine, Blade) and comic-book legend Paul Gulacy (Master of Kung Fu) explore the real-world tragedy going on right now in Darfur, Africa. The most thought-provoking and action-packed book you’ll read all year!

Collects Squadron Supreme: Hyperion Vs. Nighthawk #1-4.

Publisher Marvel (Jan 1, 2007)
Paperback 96 pages
ISBN-13 978-0785124344
Weight 7.4 ounces
Dimensions 6.25 x 0.25 x 9.75 inches

“The Human Hand has at least twenty-seven bones.”

You see Nighthawk with his fist up and Hyperion right in front of him, “Fourteen of those a phalanx bones, also known as “digital” bones because they make up the fingers or “digits”.

Flashback of Nighthawk training by punching a brick wall “those bones are porous, with tiny holes in them, but repeated trauma re-forms the bones, filling in the holes and making them more dense.”

“Making them less susceptible to fractures and as hard as hammers” -cut to Nighthawk pulling back for the punch and he thinks to himself “So here we Go.”

If you don’t Know much about the “Supreme Power/ Squadron Supreme” title think Marvel’s take on the DC universe and this story is like Superman vs Batman, you see the thoughts of both characters points of view, this book makes Nighthawk look much more of a bad ass, the story is a little short but it’s solid.

And you get to learn about what’s going on in other countries. Loved that part about story.

This is a pretty interesting story. Not only do you get the dark analogues of Superman and Batman squaring off against each other, it’s also set against a backdrop of horrific real world events. Guggenheim manages to capture the complexities of the situation without sounding preachy, and he has a really good grasp of the Nighthawk character in particular.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Paul Gulacy’s work before, but he does have a very unique style that works really well here. Squadron Supreme/Supreme Power has always focused a lot on characters’ facial expressions, and Gualcy is great at that. The inking and coloring are very well done too.

Obviously this doesn’t approach the greatness of the Straczynski/Frank Supreme Power run, but Squadron Supreme: Hyperion vs. Nighthawk is a totally enjoyable entry in the new Squadron Supreme saga. If you’re a fan of the series and especially these two characters, this is well worth picking up.

Collects Squadron Supreme: Hyperion vs Nighthawk 1-4. Near mint, 1st print