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Appearing in "The Utopia Principle"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #1.

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

Races and Species:

Locations:

  • Earth-712
    • Utopia Island (Only in flashback)
    • United States of America
      • Squadron Cave
      • New Troy
        • Cosmopolis
        • Pommerschen
      • Mechanopolis
        • Interstate 90
        • Whizzer's Home
      • Herculanea
        • Atomic City
      • Freedonia
        • Mayflower
      • Magelland
        • Capital City
      • 30 miles off the coast of Kirkgard
      • New Babylon
        • Franklintown
      • Wayandota
        • Motor City
      • Moreland
        • 25 miles northeast of Naglow

Items:

Vehicles:

  • Squadron Satellite
  • Squadron Supreme aircar
  • Tom Thumb's flying chair

Synopsis for "The Utopia Principle"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #1.

In Earth-712's orbit, Hyperion desperately brings down the remains of the Squadron Supreme's former satellite base into the atmosphere, as it starts to burn up. He brings it down into the ocean, where some of his colleagues join him to tow it back to land. That done, they go to rendezvous with the rest of their teammates.

Near Niagara, Power Princess, Nuke, Arcanna, and Cap'n Hawk witness a crowd of citizens looting a crashed food truck. When they realize the citizens are starving and just want to feed their families, however, they decide to let them continue, but the heroes come under fire from the army for helping the looters. Nuke melts their guns and blows up their jeep, and the heroes leave.

Meanwhile, Nighthawk, Golden Archer, Lady Lark, and Tom Thumb fly over the midwest, but stop to deal with a fire at a natural gas plant. Tom Thumb barely escapes with his life. They return to the Squadron's temporary headquarters in the mountains of Moreland, and discuss the situation the country faces after the Overmind took control of them and devastated the country, and the rest of the world. Inspired by Power Princess' tales of her home, Utopia Isle and its ideals, the Squadron decide to take over the running of the country and create a new Utopia. They hold a vote, and it passes by a majority - both Nighthawk and Amphibian vote against. Amphibian goes along with the majority, despite his own reservations, but Nighthawk resigns from the Squadron. The Squadron decides to unmask on TV when they announce their plans and go their separate ways to tell their loved ones.

Hyperion goes to tell his girlfriend Lonni that he's abandoning his dual identity and that, as he's an alien, there is no future in their relationship. She angrily tells him to leave. Doctor Spectrum goes to his bachelor pad to hook up with one of the women in his little black book, while Captain Hawk goes to see his mother, only to find his father the American Eagle has died, and left him a new costume. Power Princess reunites with her now elderly husband Howard, and Amphibian goes to see his dolphin friends. The Archer and Lady Lark go and see her trashed apartment, and he avoids telling her when he finds a dead looter in there. Nuke goes to see his parents, who are both in the hospital with terminal cancer while Arcanna goes to see her own family, who have been protected by an illusion she cast. Tom Thumb goes over the remains of the satellite and finds AIDA, who he promises to repair. At his own home, Nighthawk gets back into his old costume and takes a call from his Presidential aide, who he tells he wishes to hold a press conference the following day. He's interrupted by a knock on the window - Hyperion has come to see him to remind him they're friends and to say they should hold a joint press conference. Nighthawk sends him away and realizes he is the only one who can stop the Squadron. He creates a bullet from Argonite - the only substance that can kill Hyperion, and wonders if he can go through with killing him.

The next day at the press conference, Richmond apologizes for what happened under the Overmind's control and resigns as President. Hyperion takes over at the microphone to detail the Squadron's plans, and Nighthawk tries to shoot him, but can't go through with it. As Hyperion promises that the Utopia Program will usher in a new era of trust, friendship and unity, he and the other Squadroners unmask, while Nighthawk thinks to himself that he will find another way to stop them.

Appearing in "A Small Sacrifice"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #2.

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

Races and Species:

Locations:

  • Central Sigmund
  • Winnebago
    • Motor City
  • New Troy
  • New Wesley

Items:

Vehicles:

  • Squadron Supreme aircar


Synopsis for "A Small Sacrifice"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #2.

Over central Sigmund, Doctor Spectrum, Golden Archer and Tom Thumb deliver food supplies to the populace. While they do so, Tom starts to feel increasingly marginalized. After Spectrum and the Archer give speeches, a group of men posing as councilmen hold the mayor at gunpoint. They make the Archer and Spectrum drop their bow and Power Prism respectively. The men make the Squadroners line up to be shot, but Spectrum takes control of his Prism remotely and uses it to disarm the men before he and the Archer subdue them. Tom meanwhile is overlooked throughout.

Meanwhile, Nuke goes to see his terminally ill parents in hospital and is shocked to hear they're dying of radiation poisoning, realizing it's his power that caused it.

Later, Nuke is absent from a Squadron meeting where the team discuss their progress in getting the country back on its feet. They're interrupted by a projection of the Scarlet Centurion, who taunts them that with their world on the brink of collapse, he will invade and take it over. A furious Hyperion promises him that if he tries to invade again, instead of letting him retreat to his own timeline again, that he'll kill him with his bare hands. Amused but clearly shaken, Scarlet Centurion decides conquering a ruined world isn't worth the trouble.

Afterward, most of the Squadron play poker, but Tom is sidelined again. Later in his lab, Tom is visited by Nuke, who asks him if he'll test his power levels to see if they're increasing. Tom does and finds they've increased by nearly half in the last year. Nuke tearfully confides in Tom that he's caused his parents' cancer and begs Tom to find a cure for the disease. Not knowing what to do, Tom says he'll do what he can, and begin frantically researching all the cancer data he can find, and asks to be relieved of field assignments, depriving himself of sleep so he can work all hours.

Lady Lark, Blue Eagle, and Nuke supervise food deliveries, when the deliveries are waylaid by angry mobs. Nuke overzealously scares them off with a cloud of fallout and has to be subdued by Lady Lark.

Nuke goes to see Tom, who's made him a containment suit, but Nuke says that isn't what he wanted - he wanted his parents cured. Tom works all hours of the day to find a cure but realizes he doesn't have enough time. Tom decides that time is the answer and uses the Transtemporal Somaprojector to travel to the Scarlet Centurion's time to find a cure for cancer there. Meeting with the Centurion, he tells him he'll give anything, even his life, for the cure. The Centurion says he will give Tom the cure if Tom sprinkles Argonite in Hyperion's food to weaken him enough for the Centurion to be able to kill him. Tom says he can't do it and returns to his own time.

Nuke goes to see Tom who admits he can't cure cancer. Nuke is incensed and tells Tom that when his parents die it'll be Tom's fault and he'll kill him for it. Nuke flies angrily away, so doesn't hear Tom say that while doing his research he discovered he's dying of cancer too.

Appearing in "Showdown"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #3.

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

Races and Species:

Locations:

  • Moreland
    • Rangeley Mountains
      • Squadron Supreme Headquarters
  • Wyandota
  • Olmstead

Items:

Vehicles:

  • Squadron Supreme aircar

Synopsis for "Showdown"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #3.

Power Princess records a public service announcement for the gun control element of the Squadron Supreme's Utopia Program, watched by Doctor Spectrum. Once the commercial is recorded, Spectrum decides that she takes herself too seriously and decides to take her down a peg, sending out an energy tendril from his Power Prism to cut the strap on her leotard. Power Princess' top falls down, exposing her breasts to the film crew, much to Spectrum's amusement. An unamused Zarda asks Spectrum how he'd feel if she divested him of his pants, before taking his cloak to cover herself with. Duly covered, Zarda takes a video call from the President and discusses the gun control program with him, before flying off to see her husband, Howard.

At the Squadron's mountain headquarters, Spectrum regales Whizzer and Golden Archer with the story of Zarda's wardrobe malfunction when she arrives unexpectedly and walks past them, ignoring them. Afterward at a Squadron meeting, Zarda doesn't tell on Spectrum. The team then discuss Nuke, who has missed 28 meetings and who they haven't had time to look for. Tom Thumb feels he cannot tell the others what he knows - that Nuke stormed off, furious when Tom admitted he couldn't cure the cancer Nuke's parents are dying off due to their proximity to Nuke's power. At first, Whizzer volunteers to look for Nuke, but then Zarda volunteers Spectrum, as he had socialized with Nuke a couple of times. A resentful Spectrum realizes this is Zarda's revenge for his practical joke. Spectrum leaves to begin the search and Tom tells him to check the hospitals.

Back at headquarters, Whizzer, Arcanna, and Amphibian are called away to a riot at a gun factory in Alamo Town, Olmstead.

In Nuke's hometown, Spectrum visits the hospital and finds out that Nuke's parents have both died. Getting their address from a nurse, he flies there.

In a Squadron aircar, Whizzer, Arcanna, and Amphibian see the riot below them, and Whizzer and Arcanna jump out, Arcanna creating an updraft to guide them down while Whizzer catches the hail of bullets that are fired at them. Once on the ground, Whizzer disarms many of the rioters in a flash while Arcanna whips the guns out of some others' hands with gale-force winds. Pinning one of the rioters to a fence with mystical energy, she asks him why they're rioting, and he says they can't trust the authorities and don't have powers to protect them. The two Squadroners build a pile of the rioters' guns to be destroyed.

Spectrum visits Nuke's little brother Scotty at his foster parents' and reveals his brother's secret identity to him. Spectrum asks Scotty if he knows where his brother is, and Scotty says he'll tell him if Spectrum takes him flying. Spectrum flies Scotty to the cemetery his parents are buried in, and they see Nuke crying by their grave and looking haggard. When Scotty runs toward him, Nuke is incensed with Spectrum for bringing Scotty there and says the Squadron are responsible for his parents' deaths, especially Tom Thumb. When Spectrum starts to question him, Nuke causes an explosion and then threatens to go and kill Tom Thumb and flies off. spectrum drops Scotty off at his foster parents' place and goes after Nuke, following his vapor trail.

Spectrum catches up with Nuke and encases him in an energy bubble, but Nuke breaks out of it. Then Spectrum tries to knock Nuke out with an energy blast, but Nuke matches his attack, trying to overwhelm him. Realizing Nuke is more powerful, Spectrum wraps him in energy tendrils, then surrounds him in another bubble. Nuke keeps blasting, so Spectrum makes the bubble thicker and thicker. Eventually, Spectrum can't feel the blasts anymore, and opens the bubble to reveal a lifeless Nuke. Realizing Nuke burned up the air inside the bubble, Spectrum tries to give him CPR but fails. After a brief panic, Spectrum decides to take the dead Nuke back to Squadron headquarters. Once there, he breaks down, but Zarda tells him she understands he did what he had to.

Two days later, Spectrum goes to tell Scotty what happened to his brother. Scotty says Nuke wasn't a very good superhero, but Spectrum assures him he was and asks him to forgive him, which Scotty does.

Appearing in "Change of Heart"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #4.

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Nuke (Only in flashback)
  • Quagmire (Only in flashback) (First appearance)
  • Skrull (Only in flashback)

Antagonists:

  • Rebels
    • General Chapman
    • Murph
    • Bernie
    • Mike
    • Sid

Other Characters:


Locations:

  • Fort Largo Military Base
  • Squadron Supreme Headquarters

Items:

Vehicles:

  • Squadron Supreme aircars


Synopsis for "Change of Heart"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #4.

The Squadron battle the soldiers at an army base who resent the Squadron disassembling the military as oart of their Utopia Program. Thought they face great numbers, the Squadron prevail, partly thanks to the bulletproof force-field belts Tom Thumb has invented. During the battle, Lady Lark realizes she's falling for Blue Eagle.

Afterwards, Golden Archer and Whizzer visit Doctor Spectrum, who still coming to terms with his part in the death of Nuke. The Archer tells Spectrum afterwards that he's planning on proposing to Lady Lark.

Later that night, at a meeting of the Squadron, Tom Thumb unveils his latest invention - the Behaviour Modification Device, a machine that deprograms criminals from committing crimes. Amphibian protests that the machine will take away free will, but when the matter is put to a vote, it is only he and Arcanna who abstain. Amphibian goes off for a swim, doubting whether he wants to remain with the team.

Outside, the Archer proposes to Lady Lark, but she is shocked and says she'll sleep on it. Lady Lark wakes up Arcanna and asks her advice, saying she doesn't love the Archer. Arcanna advises her to let him down gently but firmly. Arcanna thinks about telling her she's pregnant but decides against it. Lady Lark finds the Archer and tells him she can't marry him, but he gets angry and becomes convinced she's been seeing Blue Eagle on the side.

The Archer goes to Tom Thumb and asks him to show him how the B-Mod machine works, and Tom shows him but is suspicious about why he's showing an interest. Once the rest of the Squadron are asleep, the Archer drugs Lady Lark with some sedative gas, carries her to the machine and uses it on her to make her love him unquestionably.

In the morning, Lady Lark rushes to the Archer and says she wants to marry him right away. They kiss as the others look on, with Arcanna and Blue Eagle looking particularly shocked.

Appearing in "Turnabout"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #5.

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Calvin Maroney (First appearance) (Vesperia inmate)
  • Vesperia prison warden
  • Mr. Hurst (Vesperia federal prison)

Locations:

  • Institute of Evil headquarters
  • Sigmund
    • Mechanopolis
      • Whizzer's home
  • New Babylon state penitentiary
  • Olmstead
    • Westinger gun factory

Items:

Vehicles:

  • Squadron Supreme aircars
  • Quagmire's motorcycle and sidecar
  • Institute of Evil's convertible


Synopsis for "Turnabout"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #5.

The Golden Archer has been captured by the Institute of Evil. Using one of Doctor Decibel's sonic devices, they compel him to tell them everything about the Squadron Supreme - the location of their headquarters, their security codes, their secret identities, and the names and whereabouts of their loved ones.

Meanwhile, the Squadron continues with their Utopia Program, with Hyperion and Arcanna behavior-modifying prison inmates.

Back at their headquarters, Ape X gives her teammates their assignments, with each of them assigned to abduct different Squadron members' relatives.

At the Squadron's base, they discuss the Golden Archer's disappearance, and Doctor Spectrum is assigned to search for him, despite his misgivings after feeling responsible for the death of his friend Nuke. Talking about the increased workload caused by their Utopia Program, Hyperion cancels all leave for the team, much to the consternation of parents Whizzer and Arcanna, and the 'land-sick' Amphibian.

The cancer-suffering Tom Thumb remains behind at the Squadron's base, talking to his artificial intelligence computer AIDA when an intruder alert sounds and the security monitors black out. Taking a force-field belt and an experimental neuro-scrambler gun, Tom goes to investigate. He finds the Institute ensconced in the meeting room. Attacking them, he is disarmed by Doctor Decibel's mega-sonic blast, and Lamprey absorbs his force field. When Tom tries to slip away, Quagmire disables him using his slime. However, AIDA alerts the rest of the Squadron.

As some of the Institute vandalize the headquarters, Doctor Decibel behavior-modifies Tom to turn against the Squadron. Arcanna, Doctor Spectrum, Blue Eagle and Lady Lark arrive and battle the Institute, but surrender when they see their captured loved ones. The Institute take them away to be behavior modified.

Whizzer and Hyperion arrive separately, but Hyperion is quickly drained of his powers by Lamprey. Spectrum warns Whizzer that the Institute have his wife and daughter and panicking, Whizzer runs away to make sure it isn't a trick. Running back to his home, Whizzer realizes he can phone home to check instead, and, speaking to a neighbor, realizes they have indeed been taken. Running to the nearest police station, he takes a machine gun from their impounded weapons store and runs back to Squadron headquarters. Gaining entry via Amphibian's secret tunnel, Whizzer confronts the Institute and shots at them, but the bullets are blocked by his Squadron teammates. Whizzer is disgusted by them but is soon struck down by Doctor Decibel and Lady Lark's sonic powers. They behavior-modify Whizzer too.

The Institute and Squadron members travel as one to the Institute's base in the Squadron's aircars, where the hostages are being held. The Institute smugly welcome the Squadron to their ranks but are shocked when Hyperion gives the order to attack. Amphibian and Power Princess deck Lamprey, while Spectrum traps Shape in a force field. Blue Eagle kicks Quagmire into unconsciousness while Whizzer disarms Doctor Decibel and Tom Thumb tackles him. Lady Lark knocks Ape X out of her wheelchair with a sonic scream, while Arcanna blasts Foxfire through a fence with a mystical bolt. With the Institute defeated, the Squadron free their loved ones, and Tom Thumb reveals that he'd installed a failsafe in the behavior-modification device to ensure it would not work on the Squadron (but thinks to himself that he only did so after it was misused by Golden Archer). Hyperion congratulates Spectrum on getting over his aversion to fighting before Whizzer apologizes for running off and nearly ruining everything, but Hyperion assures him it's okay. Whizzer wonders to himself, however if the Squadron will fully trust him again.

Appearing in "Inner Circle"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #6.

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

Locations:

  • Squadron City (First appearance)
  • Professor Imam's Temple of Contemplation

Items:

Vehicles:

  • Squadron Supreme aircar

Synopsis for "Inner Circle"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #6.

Standing above the crater that contains the Squadron's new Squadron City headquarters, Arcanna casts an illusion spell that masks its presence from the outside world, watched by Hyperion, Tom Thumb, and her family. That done, Hyperion and Arcanna fly the others down into the city, where Arcanna talks to the Whizzer's wife Maddy about Whizzer's guilt about his seeming cowardice when facing the Institute of Evil. Hyperion flies Tom to the lab complex, where Ape X is at work adapting some of Tom's designs. Tom gets resentful until she praises him as a genius.

Hyperion checks on the other Squadroners who are helping with construction. Doctor Spectrum bitterly tells him that he's not ready for combat duty as he's still coming to terms with Nuke's death.

Elsewhere, Amphibian and Shape are filling the city's artificial lake and Amphibian, who was the only one who opposed the Behavior-Modification Program for criminals, is asking Shape if the process has affected him badly, but is frustrated that he and the other modified recruits are unable to speak up against it. Hyperion lands to talk to them and Amphibian angrily says they should call the lake Fake Lake, because of his outrage that their new headquarters is so far from any real body of water. Hyperion says Amphibian was outvoted on its location and he bitterly replies that him being outvoted has happened a lot lately.

Hyperion is concerned that a lot of the Squadron haven't been themselves, including Lady Lark and Golden Archer. He checks on Foxfire, who was supposed to be supervising supply deliveries with Lady Lark, but finds out that Lady Lark rushed away to be with the Archer.

In the hospital where the Archer is recuperating from his injuries, Lady Lark smothers him with affection - a result of the behavior-modification he used to make her love him. After she leaves him, she herself wonders why she's so crazy for him. She's approached by her ex, Blue Eagle, who demands to know what's behind her change in emotions toward the Archer. she rebuffs him and sends him flying with a sonic scream. As he recovers, he realizes what's happened to her.

In his hidden base, Master Menace watches news reports about the B-Mod device and is desperate to get hold of a device so he can learn how to counteract it. He goes to see Mink, Remnant, and Pinball, who have holed up at his base to avoid being modified. They ask if he will send them to another world to avoid that fate and he agrees, sending them to Earth-616. He refuses to leave himself, saying it is his planet.

The Squadron meet and discuss various subjects, including a prison governor who has refused to allow Behavior-Modification in his prison. Amphibian angrily speaks up in the man's defense, but is ignored. The Squadron then votes on whether to fully induct the Behavior-Modified Institute members into the Squadron. The vote is four in favor (Power Princess, Doctor Spectrum, Tom Thumb, and Arcanna) and four against (Whizzer, Blue Eagle, Lady Lark, and Amphibian). Hyperion casts the deciding vote in favor. Blue Eagle speaks up with some new business - he accuses the Archer of Behavior-Modifying Lady Lark to love him and thus committing high treason. Blue Eagle points out that Tom Thumb built a memory into the B-Mod machine, and Tom admits he found out the machine had been used on Lady Lark, but couldn't tell by whom. They bring in the Archer, who admits what he did and then debate what to do about it. They vote, and three vote in favor of no discipline for the Archer (Whizzer, Amphibian, and Spectrum), one for Behavior-Modifying him (Power Princess), and three for expelling him (Tom Thumb, Blue Eagle, and Arcanna). Hyperion casts the deciding vote again, to expel him, and Spectrum angrily threatens Blue Eagle for exposing his friend. Hyperion tells the Archer he's expelled, and in protest Lady Lark quits too.

That night, Amphibian destroys the B-Mod machines, orders Ape X to erase the plans for them and steals an aircar, ditching it in the sea and returning to his beloved oceans.

Elsewhere, Nighthawk approaches Professor Imam's Temple of Contemplation, having come up with a plan to stop the Squadron's Utopia Program...

Appearing in "Love and Death"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #7.

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

Locations:

Items:

Vehicles:

  • Remnant's Flying Carpet
  • Helicopter

Synopsis for "Love and Death"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #7.

As his new Redeemers teammates Mink, Remnant, and Pinball await him on Remnant's hovering flying carpet, Nighthawk swings down to Master Menace's observatory stronghold that his reformed criminal teammates have led him to, but is quickly caught in a stasis field, part of Master Menace's defenses.

Master Menace brings Nighthawk inside and assumes his presence is an attack, but Nighthawk explains that since he left the Squadron in protest at their Utopia Program, he has been assembling a team to oppose them. When Nighthawk tells Master Menace that he intends to defeat the Squadron, however, Menace is incredulous. He is even more incredulous when Nighthawk suggests he join the Redeemers, saying he works with no one. Duly rebuffed, Nighthawk leaves and tells the others he had no luck. He decides the only way they can defeat the Squadron is by force of numbers, and they agree to use the Power Pyramid Professor Imam gave them to find more recruits for their team.

Back at his stronghold, Master Menace hatches his own plan against the Squadron, by using equipment to reach into an interdimensional void and retrieving the alternate Hyperion from another dimension who had been trapped in the void. He explains how he has been trying to find Thundra, who he fell in love with. Master Menace offers Hyperion a deal - if he helps defeat the Earth-712 Hyperion, Master Menace will find Thundra for him, and Hyperion agrees.

Later, the Hyperion who is native to that world is accompanied by Foxfire to a prison to persuade the warden to take up the Squadron's criminal behavior modification programme. While there, Hyperion sees a large meteor heading right for Earth and flies to stop it. In reality, however, the meteor is a disguised ship containing Master Menace and the Hyperion imposter. Master Menace targets Hyperion with his dimensional interface technology and sends him into the void he rescued the other Hyperion from. The Hyperion imposter exits the meteor and Master Menace detonates it to make it seem like Hyperion destroyed it in mid-air. Foxfire commandeers a helicopter and heads to where Hyperion has landed, where he feigns unconsciousness and then amnesia when he 'wakes up' and finds Power Princess by his bedside.

At a meeting, Power Princess tells the rest of the Squadron that she will oversee Hyperion's recuperation, and take command of the team until he recovers. When she goes back to the imposter's bedside, he takes her flying, and they begin to feel attracted to each other and almost kiss. After finding out where she lives, 'Hyperion' spies on her afterward and is disgusted to see she is married to the physically much older Howard Shelton (as Power Princess does not appreciably age). Later, Power Princess comes into the hospital the imposter in recuperating in, carrying the lifeless Howard in her arms. Howard doesn't recover from the heart attack he has apparently suffered and dies, leaving the Hyperion imposter to comfort Power Princess.

As the imposter spends more and more time with Power Princess, he begins to feel torn between her and Thundra, knowing that if he wants Thundra he has to bring down the Squadron, but if he wants Zarda, he must turn against Master Menace. Lost in his thoughts, he remembers using his powers to suck the air from Howard's lungs, causing the heart attack that killed him. Making up his mind, he heads for Master Menace's stronghold.

Once there, the imposter tells Menace the deal's off and savagely attacks him. Unprepared for the ferocity of this Hyperion's attack, Menace flees using his machine, but unfortunately for him strands himself in the void.

Returning to the Squadron, the imposter attends Howard's funeral, comforting Power Princess, and a week later on a moonlit beach, he and Power Princess kiss.

Appearing in "The Clash"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #8.

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Antagonists:

Other Characters:

Locations:

Items:

Vehicles:

  • Tom Thumb's flying chair
  • Ape X's flying chair


Synopsis for "The Clash"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #8.

As he races to the site of a bank robbery, the Whizzer muses over the fact that he hasn't seen much action lately. Arriving on the scene, he finds two of his personal foes Bollix and the Rustler absconding with their ill-gotten gains. When he tries to tackle them, he rebounds off and realizes they're using the force-field belts that Tom Thumb invented for civilians' protection. However, Whizzer dribbles the two villains inside their forcefields like basketballs to the nearest police station. However, the two criminals gloat that the police cannot get past their forcefields to take their swag or use the Behaviour Modification Device on them, until the Whizzer tells them the belts' power packs burn out after 96 hours' constant use.

Whizzer joins Tom Thumb and Shape at the factory where the force field belts are manufactured and tells Tom that the criminals were using the force-field belts, but Tom tells him to keep it quiet.

Meanwhile, Ape X, Quagmire, and Blue Eagle oversee operations at a factory producing the pacifier pellets that have replaced guns for law enforcement officials. When Quagmire hits on one of the female workers, Blue Eagle tells him to step outside, where he tells him he's letting down the Squadron and then slugs him. Quagmire goads him that he may as well kick him when he's down, as since Quagmire and his fellow Institute of Evil members were behavior-modified, he can't hit back. Blue Eagle flies off to work off his anger. When Eagle returns, he finds out there's been a gas escape at the plant, and Quagmire pulled 30 people to safety by himself, but was affected by the gas and is in a coma. Blue Eagle feels guilty for flying off, and for underestimating Quagmire and offers to fly him to the hospital.

Back at Squadron City, Arcanna is being examined by Dr Decibel, who says she doesn't look pregnant at all, until she reveals she has been using her illusory powers to hide how heavily pregnant she is. Dr. Decibel tells her he doesn't think it's wise for her to hide her pregnancy, but Arcanna over-rules him as Dr. Decibel realizes that because of his behavior modification, he has to obey her despite his reservations.

Flying to Squadron City, Doctor Spectrum and Lamprey are joined by Hyperion, or rather the imposter masquerading as him. Lamprey suspects that Hyperion is not who he says he is, as his energy signature is different, but cannot even voice his suspicions thanks to his behavior modification.

Reaching Squadron City, the Hyperion imposter surprises Power Princess and makes out with her. When Foxfire walks in on them and Power Princess is embarrassed, thinking it will undermine her authority as leader of the team, but 'Hyperion' points out that Foxfire can't tell anyone because of her programming.

The scene is watched by the real Hyperion from the other dimension he has been sent to. He's incensed to see his double using his likeness to trick Power Princess. Hyperion flies as fast as he can to try and escape, but in the mists sees another figure - his arch-enemy Master Menace, who was also exiled to the trans-temporal dimension when he was double-crossed by his former accomplice the Hyperion imposter. Without a power source, Master Menace cannot activate the controls in his armor to send himself back. Menace admits that Hyperion's atomic vision might work as a power source. Menace makes Hyperion promise that if they get back to Earth-712 that the Squadron will not behavior-modify him or abridge his freedom, while Hyperion makes Menace give his word that he will do nothing to interfere with the Squadron or its Utopia Program. Hyperion uses his atomic vision to power up Menace's armor and Menace tries to leave without him, but Hyperion holds onto him. The two men return to Earth-712 in mid-air above Menace's lab. Hyperion lets Menace drop to the ground, knowing his armor will protect him, and turning his words back on him by saying he doesn't want to abridge his freedom.

Knowing the imposter has already killed Power Princess' husband, Hyperion flies to Squadron City, where he finds the Squadron in the midst of a meeting. Hyperion bursts through the ceiling and attacks his doppelganger, telling the rest of the Squadron that he is an imposter. He punches the imposter through the building and tells his teammates to leave them alone so he can deal with him. Power Princess is horrified that she has been romantically involved with an imposter. She orders the Squadron to split into teams and find them, and she and the other members who are able to fly leave to search for them. Power Princess asks Arcanna if it could be true, and Lamprey, now no longer unable to voice his suspicions as the man he suspected is not a Squadron member, says he thinks it is true.

The two Hyperions slug it out at President's Mountain, Earth-712's equivalent to Mount Rushmore. The imposter has the upper hand initially, being more used to going all-out in a fight. The real Hyperion starts to use his atomic vision, and the imposter matches his move, their eye beams meeting in the middle with a large discharge of energy. The rest of the Squadron see the energy glow and head in their direction, Power Princess asking Arcanna to conjure up a tailwind to help them on their way. Each Hyperion realizes he will have to kill the other to win, as the discharge heads closer to the imposter. The discharge reaches him, and the imposter's eyes burst. The real Hyperion, who has been blinded from the over-use of his power, starts to pummel him. Power Princess asks Lamprey to stop him, but Lamprey points out he has been behavior-modified not to drain a fellow Squadroner. Doctor Spectrum uses his Power Prism to hold Hyperion back, but is unable to do so for long. Power Princess tells him to back off, and cradles the fake Hyperion in her arms as he starts to disintegrate. He admits to killing her husband Howard, and asks her to forgive him before telling her he loves her and dying. The rest of the Squadron look on as Power Princess weeps and Arcanna comforts her friend.

Appearing in "Borrowed Time!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #9.

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  • Earth-712
    • Apache Mountain range
    • Squadron City
    • Squadron City Hospital Complex
    • Squadron City Residential Quadrant, Richmond Field
    • Squadron City Laboratory Complex

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  • Redeemers' helicopter


Synopsis for "Borrowed Time!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #9.

Hyperion lays on an operating table being given laser eye surgery by Dr. Decibel to repair his sight, which was damaged in his battle against his imposter, thinking back over the events as he's operating on. Power Princess looks on, realizing that she only loved the imposter because she thought he was the real Hyperion, and wondering if Hyperion could ever share her feelings.

Elsewhere in their headquarters, Foxfire watches reports on herself from when she was a villain, then watches reports on the Scarlet Centurion. She's interrupted by Doctor Spectrum covering her eyes with energy tendrils. She defends herself before realizing who she's fighting. Spectrum asks her if she wants to play poker, but she implies she'd rather have sex, which instantly gets his attention.

Meanwhile, Blue Eagle visits the comatose Quagmire, feeling guilty for judging him badly. Arcanna, her husband and Whizzer's wife watch Whizzer and Lamprey play super-fast tennis, and Shape plays with Arcanna's kids.

In the lab complex, Tom Thumb and Ape X work on Tom's Hibernaculum invention, while Ape X thinks about her unlikely attraction to him. Tom has a coughing fit and has to leave the room, and goes to see AIDA, who says he should tell people about his cancer, but he refuses, not wanting his teammates' pity. AIDA considers the situation but decides to tell Ape X, even while knowing that disobeying the order might damage her artificial intelligence.

In the mountains, Nighthawk, accompanied by Mink, Remnant, and Pinball looks for new recruits for the Redeemers using Professor Imam's power pyramid, finding Redstone.

Ape X goes to Tom and tells him she knows about his cancer. He tells her he's tried everything, even traveling to the future to try and get the cure for cancer from the Scarlet Centurion, but that the price he asked - poisoning Hyperion - was too high. Ape X persuades Tom to go back there and steal the cure but says she can't help due to her behavior-modification. In the end, Tom lies to Lamprey so that he will accompany him. When they reach the future, they battle with security robots before spotting the Centurion's citadel where they'll find the cure.

Zarda visits Hyperion to tell him she loves him, and despite his initial reluctance to see her as more than a friend, they kiss.

Back in the future, Tom and Lamprey make a Centurion minion take them to the Panacea Potion that can cure cancer. However, after Tom grabs a vial of it, they're attacked by guards. Lamprey fights them all off, breaking all the other vials in the process. Tom is reluctant to take the last remaining vial but realizes he must, and they leave. The Scarlet Centurion's men ask if they should send chrono-troopers after them, but the Centurion says Tom's fate is already known to him.

Back in his own time, Tom discovers the potion is just made up of penicillin and complex vitamins - it will work on 40th-century humans thanks to their more evolved immune systems, but not his. Tom realizes he will die for sure, but not before returning what he stole. A week later, Tom Thumb dies.

Appearing in "The Dark From Within"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #10.

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  • only on Television
    • Amphibian (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Iron Moth (Only appearance)[1] (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Lady Lark (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
    • Nuke (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)

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  • Squadron City
  • Rocket Central (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)

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Synopsis for "The Dark From Within"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #10.

The Squadron watch over the dead Tom Thumb in his Hibernaculum, while a news report pays tribute to Tom and his inventions. Power Princess announces on the news the introduction of the Hibernacula, to freeze the dead to be brought back when the diseases they died from are curable. Watching the news, the Redeemers especially Nighthawk, are incensed, and discuss how they will defeat the Squadron.

Meanwhile, the Squadron undertakes various work assignments. Power Princess and Arcanna fly to the American Medical Association to brief them on the Hibernacula, and Arcanna wonders how Zarda would react if she knew her pregnancy is much further along than she's admitting, as she's hiding it with her illusions. Ape X starts working on a robot replica of Tom Thumb.

In the hospital complex, Dr. Decibel checks on the comatose Quagmire, and is shocked to see that Quagmire's mind has started to let his darkforce matter seep out into the world. Realizing it may never stop, the doctor tries to wake him up.

Whizzer and Shape are at a civil service office recruiting Hibernacula staff when two costumed individuals, Moonglow and Redstone (secretly members of the Redeemers) enter, saying they want to join the Squadron. Whizzer gets them to demonstrate their powers, before taking them, blindfolded, to see the Squadron. Moonglow uses her illusory powers to make it seem like she's blindfolded when she isn't. On the news, Nighthawk and Black Archer happily see that the first of their recruits have infiltrated the Squadron.

In the meeting room, the Squadron debate whether to induct the two applicants, and Blue Eagle suggests behavior-modifying them beforehand, but is outvoted on that. They agree to induct the pair, and to implement a recruitment program, but are interrupted by a transmission from Dr. Decibel, who calls from the hospital urgently needing help.

The rest of the Squadron fly to the hospital to find it overflowing with Quagmire's tar-like darkforce. Whizzer, Doctor Spectrum and Hyperion go inside to evacuate patients and staff, while Arcanna, Foxfire and Lamprey try to use their various powers to stop the flow, to no avail. Power Princess sends them to evacuate the area while Whizzer and Spectrum create a dam. Power Princess and Hyperion realize the only way to stop it is to swim through the flood and disconnect Quagmire's life support. Hyperion volunteers as he does not need to breathe, and his radar glasses allow him to see through the flood. He swims to Quagmire's side and sees Decibel dead next to him, and unplugs the machine. The darkforce, as well as Quagmire himself, disappear. Hyperion carries Decibel out to be taken to the Hibernacle and the Squadron reason that Quagmire was sucked through the portal he created to access the darkforce.

Appearing in "Betrayal"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #11.

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Mr. Schwartz

Locations:

  • Great American Desert
  • Squadron City
    • Master Terminal Room
  • Master Menace's Observatory
  • New Troy State
    • Richmond Manor
  • Hibernacle

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Vehicles:

  • Squadron City Shuttle


Synopsis for "Betrayal"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #11.

The Squadron and their new recruits train in the desert outside of Squadron City, and Moonglow secretly uses her illusory powers to win. Whizzer then tells them there'll be a public address later that day.

In their office Power Princess confides in Hyperion that she thinks the Utopia Program has cost them a lot so far - four of the Squadron have died since its inception, and four have left their ranks - but Hyperion reassures her that they're doing the right thing.

Later, the five new recruits are sworn into the Squadron, all feeling bad about lying as they are actually double agents for the Redeemers. Nighthawk and the rest of the Redeemers watch their fellows being sworn in on TV, with the Mink, Remnant, Pinball and Black Archer complaining they haven't seen any action. Nighthawk assures them they will, before remembering how he came to set up the group. Mink approaches him afterward and thanks him for making a new woman of her, then kisses him, much to his surprise.

That night, Moonglow uses her new security clearance to access the Squadron's files and send the plans for the Behaviour Modification Device to Nighthawk. She's almost seen by Ape X, but uses her illusory powers to hide herself. Nighthawk sends the plans to Master Menace so he can recreate the device and reverse-engineer it to find a reversal process.

Meanwhile, AIDA alerts Ape X that Moonglow stole the plans, but as a result of her own behavior modification, Ape X is unable to report a fellow Squadron member, as Moonglow now is. The resulting mental distress the dilemma Ape X faces renders her catatonic. AIDA alerts Power Princess and Hyperion, but when they arrive, AIDA is fearful of telling them what happened in case they have a similar reaction, so she stays silent about it. The two heroes fly Ape X to the hospital, thinking she's suffering from exhaustion or an anxiety attack.

At Richmond Manor, Nighthawk trains his original recruits before he receives a call from Master Menace, who has succeeded in reversing the behavior modification process. He says Nighthawk can bring the behavior modified Squadron recruits to him as soon as possible.

After an assignment with the Whizzer, Haywire lures Lamprey to a disused bar where the rest of the Redeemers are waiting to reverse his behavior-modification. That done, they recruit him to the Redeemers to be another inside agent.

Days later, Shape is also lured there, and deprogrammed, but Blue Eagle had followed the Redeemers who brought him in, before being captured himself. After wrestling with his moral convictions, Nighthawk agrees to have Blue Eagle behavior modified to forget what he's seen, but as the process starts, he feels like he's sold his soul.

Appearing in "The Dregs of Victory"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #12.

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  • Squadron Supreme aircars
  • Redeemers' helicopter

Synopsis for "The Dregs of Victory"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Squadron Supreme #12.

Foxfire is strapped into a Behaviour Modification Device, having her behavior modification reversed by Nighthawk and Master Menace, while other Redeemers look on. When the process is done, Nighthawk apologizes for using force and introduces his team to her, explaining their goal in stopping the Squadron Supreme's Utopia Program. Nighthawk invites Foxfire to join their cause, and she agrees. Lamprey flies Foxfire back to the Squadron before they miss her. Meanwhile, Nighthawk tries to persuade Master Menace to join their cause properly, but he declines, as their methods and morality are so different. Menace leaves, and after some arguments, the other Redeemers pledge their loyalty to Nighthawk.

Flying back to Squadron City, Lamprey and Foxfire see a crime in progress, but as they have had their behavior modification reversed, they decide not to bother intervening. At Squadron City, Whizzer and his wife Maddie have Doctor Spectrum over for breakfast, and he tells them about his burgeoning relationship with Foxfire before the two Squadroners go to assemble with the rest of the team.

In the city's medical complex, Shape, confused since his behavior-modification reversal and because of his mental impairment, tries to talk to the catatonic Ape X about who his friends are. A watching Moonglow uses her illusion casting ability to make Shape think Ape X is talking to him, telling him to trust the Redeemers, not the Squadron. Elsewhere in the complex, Arcanna and her husband talk to her obstetrician about the impending birth of her fourth child. The doctor advises Arcanna against traveling in her condition, but Arcanna wants to attend an important Squadron affair. Disguising her pregnant condition using an illusion, as she has been for months, Arcanna leaves to rejoin the Squadron.

At the airfield, as he loads the dead Tom Thumb in his cryogenic tube into a Squadron aircar, Redstone is approached by Blue Eagle, who tries to befriend him. Redstone plays along but thinks to himself that today is the day Nighthawk has given for the Redeemers to make their move against the Squadron. Elsewhere, the undercover Redeemers Haywire and Inertia make out in a jacuzzi and discuss their fears about the impending confrontation. They're interrupted however by Thermite, who plays a prank on Haywire by freezing the water as he gets out of it.

At the White House, Power Princess addresses the cabinet about the Squadron's decision to hand back some of the reins of government back to them. Leaving with Hyperion, the two of them fly off, stopping to kiss in the clouds and talk about getting married and having children. Later, they're joined by the rest of the Squadron at the nation's first Hibernacle, where Power Princess gives a speech about the Squadron's aims, despite a protest in the watching crowd. Former Squadron member Lady Lark watches in disguise from the crowd and slips away, though she is seen on television by her former love the Black Archer, who flies with some of the other Redeemers in their helicopter toward Squadron City.

The Squadron land in their aircars on the city's airfield, only to be greeted by the sight of the Redeemers' helicopter, along with Nighthawk, Black Archer, Mink, Pinball, and Remnant. Nighthawk voices his opposition to the Squadron and demands they surrender. Power Princess points out the Redeemers are outnumbered 14 to 5, but Nighthawk says, on the contrary, it's the Squadron who are outnumbered, as the infiltrators show their true colours, and it becomes clear the Squadron are outnumbered 13 to 6. Realizing the Squadron are in trouble, but not wanting to fight, Doctor Spectrum uses his Power Prism to make solid energy restraints emerge from the ground and restrain the Redeemers so they can overpower them. Power Princess charges at Inertia, but Inertia redirects Whizzer's inertia to Zarda, making her knock over Spectrum, breaking his concentration. With the restraints gone, the battle begins in earnest.

Hyperion tries to reason with Nighthawk, but Redstone takes advantage of his distraction to hit him from behind, dazing him and knocking his radar goggles off, blinding him. Lamprey tries to divebomb Hyperion and siphon his power, but Hyperion fends him off with a piece of wreckage. Mink and Foxfire chase the pregnant Arcanna, while Haywire and Thermite team up against Whizzer. Haywire manages to trip the speedster, but the Whizzer collides with Thermite's regulator pack, killing him.

Arcanna summons a gust of wind to blow Mink and Foxfire away, but Moonglow apparently lands in front of her, blocking her way. Arcanna sends a mystical bolt toward her, but it passes right through as she doesn't realize Moonglow is casting an illusion of herself. Moonglow says she will make gravity five times stronger around Arcanna, crushing her to the ground. Arcanna is affected, not realizing this is also an illusion. Arcanna pleads that she's about to go into labor, but Moonglow doesn't believe her.

Meanwhile, Hyperion tries to slug it out with Redstone, not realizing Inertia is redirecting the force of his blows at Power Princess. Zarda manages to take three of these punches before getting knocked out. As Inertia walks over to her to check if she's dead, Doctor Spectrum hits Inertia with a beam of force, taking her out of the fight. Flying to help Blue Eagle against Remnant, Spectrum is stopped by an explosive arrow fired by his former friend the Black Archer. Spectrum pleads with him and the two reach a stand-off, each of them not wanting to shoot first, until the Archer looses an arrow at Spectrum. Remembering that he killed his friend Nuke accidentally in battle, Spectrum doesn't react, and the arrow hits his Power Prism, shattering it. The fragments embed themselves in him and his whole body turns white as he falls to Earth. The Archer is shocked and manages to catch Spectrum, but doesn't see Blue Eagle, who brutally clubs him over the head from behind with his mace.

Shape approaches Moonglow as she gloats over Arcanna's predicament and says that Arcanna's his friend. While Moonglow's distracted, Arcanna crawls out of the area of supposedly increased gravity while leaving an illusory after-image of herself behind. Sneaking up behind Moonglow, Arcanna taps her on the shoulder, then decks her with a single punch. In too much pain to keep up her illusion of not being pregnant, Arcanna asks Shape to take her to the hospital so she can have her baby. Shape agrees and takes her away, noticing as he goes that Moonglow now looks overweight and ugly - her formerly good-looking, slim appearance was only an illusion.

While Redstone grapples with Hyperion, Lamprey siphons off Hyperion's strength, then attacks Blue Eagle, while Foxfire goes to Spectrum's aid and tells him how much she loves him. Lamprey leeches the energy from Blue Eagle's wings, and gleefully watches him plummet toward the ground. Blue Eagle tries to glide on his powerless wings and aims for the one soft object below - the unconscious Pinball in his inflatable suit. Remnant tries to stop him, but Blue Eagle hits Pinball, critically injuring them both.

With the Squadron defeated and only Arcanna escaped, Nighthawk tells the powerless Hyperion how the Redeemers will dismantle the Squadron's Utopia Program. Meanwhile, Foxfire tells Spectrum she's going to prove that she's the Squadron's ace in the hole, and runs over to where Nighthawk is telling Hyperion about the problems with the Utopia Program, and gets Nighthawk's attention before using her disintegration power to weaken his heart muscles, killing him. Foxfire runs back to Spectrum and tells him what she did. Before she can continue, however, she chokes in pain - Mink has fatally stabbed her in the back with her claws. Angry, Spectrum cries out and his body projects an energy beam, knocking Mink out - the fragments of the Power Prism embedded in him still have power. He starts to fly Foxfire to a hospital but Lamprey gets in his way, seeking to drain Spectrum's power. Spectrum projects more energy than Lamprey can take, and Lamprey explodes. Back at the airfield, the survivors of the battle gather the dead bodies of their comrades, and Hyperion surrenders on behalf of the Squadron Supreme.

At the hospital complex, the survivors mourn the dead in the morgue - Nighthawk, Foxfire, Blue Eagle, Pinball, Black Archer, Thermite and Lamprey - while in the maternity wing, Arcanna, her family and Shape welcome her new baby, Benjamin, while in the morgue Hyperion disbands the Squadron and says they'll dismantle the Utopia Program.

Appearing in "Asylum"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #314.

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Synopsis for "Asylum"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #314.

On Earth-712, Nighthawk enters Professor Imam's Temple of Contemplation. Imam tells Nighthawk he has been expecting him, and knows why he is there—Nighthawk wants help in overthrowing his former teammates the Squadron Supreme, who have taken control of the US government as part of their Utopia Program. Imam tells Nighthawk he hasn't the strength to aid him physically as he needs to save himself to train his successor as Sorceror Supreme in 443 years' time, but says he can help by transporting Nighthawk to a place where the Squadron had found aid before—Earth-616. Imam transports him there, with a warning that he will be returned in 12 hours' time.

Nighthawk materialises in the basement gymnasium of Avengers Mansion while Captain America is in the midst of a training session. Cap intially mistakes Nighthawk's appearance as an attack and fights him, but Nighthawk surrenders and convinces him of his identity. Nighthawk tells Cap about the Squadron Supreme's Utopia Program, and convinces him that the Squadron are on the verge of a dictatorship that will destroy individual freedom.

Cap calls an emergency meeting of the Avengers, as well as their temporary houseguests Mister Fantastic and Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four. After Cap relates Nighthawk's story, the Avengers and their friends are mixed in their reactions. Captain Marvel has an uneasy feeling about it, while Black Knight is reminded of the Vision's attempt several months before to take control of the Earth, and Hercules simply relishes the chance of adventure. The Wasp agrees with Captain Marvel that events on another Earth are none of the Avengers' business. Cap agrees, pointing out that the Avengers don't interfere with dictatorships on their own Earth, so why should they interfere on others? Mister Fantastic agrees with Cap, and Wasp rules that the Avengers cannot help Nighthawk. Cap gets permission to break the news to Nighthawk himself.

Nighthawk is disappointed, and enquires about the Defenders, only to be told that they have disbanded. Cap grants Nighthawk use of the Avengers' communications equipment so he can try and contact other teams—the West Coast Avengers, Alpha Flight, and the X-Men, while Caps checks in with his Hotline. Hearing reports of a man on a flying carpet in Queens, Cap goes to investigate, and, reminded of one of his own enemies, Nighthawk tags along.

Arriving on the scene, Cap questions one of his hotline volunteers, Reggie, about the sightings. Nighthawk finds some perfumed animal hair, and realises the case involves two of his own foes—Remnant and Mink. Nighthawk slips away, and Cap decides he cannot spare the time to look for him as he has an appointment at Marvel Comics headquarters about employment as an artist. He is successful, but takes issue with the Captain America comic's portrayal of him.

Nighthawk searches for his foes in Queens, musing on how they could have gotten to this Earth, while Cap returns home. Cap is met by his girlfriend Bernie, who is happy because she has passed her LSATs. Bernie wants to go out and celebrate, but Steve is preoccupied with his dilemma, and is coming round to the idea of helping Nighthawk. He leaves to find Nighthawk, while Bernie is left wondering if it is possible to have a normal relationship with him.

Nighthawk meanwhile spots a nighclub called the Magic Carpet and, knowing Mink's penchant for preying on high society and Remnant's for targets with carpets in their names, realizes it is a natural target for them. Getting past the doorman, Nighthawk spots Remnant and Mink inside with a third nemesis of his—Pinball. The three run outside, and Mink and Remnant try to escape on Remnant's flying carpet, while Pinball stays behind to try and flatten Nighthawk with his inflatable suit. Nighthawk uses Pinball as a springboard and attaches himself to the carpet with his grappling line. As Mink and Remnant try to shake him off, they accidentally fly through the windows of an Industrial Display Company filled with oversized props. Nighthawk pursues them inside and is attacked with Remnant's flares and Mink's "mink stink" gas. Pinball bounces inside and when Nighthawk knocks Remnant off a giant typewriter, Pinball breaks his fall. Mink attacks Nighthawk and he falls too, but the impact is cushioned on the typewriter's keyboard. Captain America arrives and tries to end the hostilities, but Pinball tries to run him down. Cap repels him with his shield, knocking him into Remnant. Then he casually punctures Pinball's suit with a throw. Realizing she's outgunned, Mink surrenders and jumps down into Cap and Nighthawk's arms.

The three villains explain to the heroes that, fearful of the Squadron's Behavior Modification Program for criminals, they approached the criminal mastermind Master Menace for help. He had invented a dimensional travel machine, and the trio volunteered to test it to escape their world. They beg Cap for asylum, but although he's tempted to help, he tells them that as they came from another dimension, they would be seen as non-persons. He tells them the only way to escape the Squadron is to defeat them. Cap offers to help, but Nighthawk tells him he's decided that it was wrong to ask someone from another world to help them. Instead, he offers the three criminals the chance to join forces with him, and they agree, becoming his first recruits to his team the Redeemers. Before Cap can wish them luck, Imam's magic transports them back to their world. Cap hopes that he helped them in some small way.

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  • Pages:
  • Regular edition and second printing: 352
  • 2013 Edition: 368

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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