Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Avengers #18
When the Avengers just aren’t enough to protect Earth, it’s time to call in Marvel’s own version of the Justice League. But the new Squadron Supreme couldn’t look more like an exact copy of DC’s greatest heroes if they tried. The only difference? This new team is made up of trained killers that make Batman v Superman look like a day at the park.
Since the team made a surprise appearance as a team handpicked and assembled by Agent Phil Coulson himself in Avengers #700, they have kept their presence in the Marvel Universe quiet. Now that their secrets are out, they are too: leaping into action as “D.C.’s greatest heroes!” Defenders of America’s capital, hence the name. But the comparisons to Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the League go far deeper than a simple joker. The new Squadron Supreme of America is a dark, bloody, and sinister creation of Agent Coulson’s. And their idea of handling an invasion… is turning the invaders into a pile of blood and bones. We can’t imagine DC is going to like this one.
Meet Marvel’s Own Justice League
The team makes their aforementioned, grand debut in the pages of Avengers #18, available at comic book stores now. For newcomers, the Squadron Supreme (now ‘of America’) is going to be hard to understand. Especially today, when DC’s own Captain Marvel movie ignores the MCU version, instead of getting to poke fun at the competition. Instead of poking, the Squadron Supreme is a lot closer to bludgeoning readers directly in their faces, once the team stands tall as the most obvious Justice League knockoff most readers will have ever seen.
Originally reated by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, the Squadron Supreme was dreamed up as a playful recreation of the Justice League, used to battle Marvel as obvious “bad guys” for little more than a laugh among the readers.The Kryptonian Superman was re-imagined as Hyperion, Batman became (an African America) Nighthawk, Wonder Woman was now Power Princess born of ‘Utopia Isle,’ a home of warrior women., The Flash and Green Lantern got similar spoofs, but nothing like the latest rendition.
Now that the massive War of the Realms event has come to Marvel’s Earth, the Squadron Supreme has been pushed into action. And with their call to service in the public eye, they get a heroic introduction from Phil Coulson personally:
Nighthawk. Power Princess. Hyperion. Doctor Spectrum. The Blur. For months now (or has it been years?) they’ve been training in secret in the nation’s capital… honing their wondrous powers, working to become the greatest nation’s greatest super heroes. The Squadron Supreme of America. And they owe it all to one man. Agent Phil Coulson.
The Squadron Supreme is Here To Save D.C.
However, as we mentioned above, the issue also reveals the origins of the Squadron Supreme. And those have absolutely nothing in common with the DC counterparts. Instead of hailing from an alien world, a warrior island, or a Gotham City stand-in… these heroes have been created in a lab, with Phil Coulson overseeing every step of their growth and programming. And if the costumes they’ve been given seem to be heading a different direction than the Justice League (except for Wonder Wom–sorry, Power Princess) their approach to combat is aiming for a completely different audience.
Forget knockout punches, heat vision, tornadoes, gadgets, or energy constructs. The Squadron Supreme of America relies on brute strength and vicious violence to slaughter the Frost Giants in the nation’s capital. They may be the “heroes of D.C.” but the true version of the Justice League wouldn’t touch these murderers with a ten foot pole. We’re guessing readers will want to see the violence for themselves, but be warned: gruesome SPOILERS incoming…
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