- We stand for what is best in us, and against that which is worst. Without hesitation, apology, or compromise. And we never, never, NEVER, surrender.
- -- Nighthawk
Appearing in "Squadron Supreme: New World Order"
- Squadron Supreme
- Phillip Jones
- Drusilla Jones
- Andrew Jones
- Katrina Jones
- Mysterium (Thomas Lightner)
- Madeline Stewart
- Tina Stewart
- Nighthawks (First appearance)
- Emil Burbank
Synopsis for "Squadron Supreme: New World Order"
The Squadron Supreme returns to the Earth but almost nearly dying from crashing their spaceship which left Skylark and Shape badly injured and needing medical attention. Dr. Spectrum takes the wounded Squadron members to the nearest hospital while Hyperion and Power Princess goes to Squadron City and determine the Utopia Program and Whizzer and Arcanna see to their long missed families.
However, the Squadron came to quickly realize how their world had become completely different than they had left it. The people of Earth had grown weary of the constant natural, political, and social upheavals that had plagued the world in recent years, largely because of the presence of the Squadron. Instead, they elected leaders into a "Global Directorate" with far-reaching and invasive political powers. The Directorate used the devices of the Utopia Program for themselves, creating a totalitarian government. Dr. Spectrum is forced to abandoned Shape and Skylark after his confrontation with a secret police force known as the Blue Eagles, named after their deceased namesake of the Squadron. Arcanna returned home but was ordered to stay there by Lightner, who now calls himself Mysterium. Whizzer returns to his home and find his family being taken hostage by the Blue Eagles who demands his surrender; fortunately, the Blue Eagles are quickly and thoroughly dispatched by the resistance group, the Nighthawks, who takes the Whizzer's family under their protection and are highly distrustful of the Squadron.
The Squadron regather together and are met by Mysterium, who implore the Squadron to fix what had begun by their Utopia efforts, charging them with contacting other members of their team. The Squadron recruited Amphibian, the Skrullian Skymaster (now, Skymax), and Neal Richmond, the son of Kyle Richmond, who had since taken his father's role of Nighthawk and leader of the Nighthawks. Believing that their nemesis Emil Burbank is the mastermind behind the Global Directorate, the Squadron battle their way to Burbank's location and only to discover to be a pawn to the Directorate. The Squadron rescue Burbank and return him to their new headquarters on Utopia Isle, which was left abandoned by Power Princess' people. There Nighthawk reunited Whizzer with his family and the Squadron dedicated themselves to their new role, that of freedom fighters and champions of the oppressed.
- Cover art: Eric Eng Wong and Comicraft did the cover letter design.
- Reprinted in the "Squadron Supreme: Death of a Universe" collection.
- This story is dedicated to Mark Gruenwald ("For Mark Gruenwald: Storyteller. Trickster. Teacher. Friend.") who died in August 1996, two years prior to the publishing of this story.
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