Years ago…Marvel comics released an interesting set of books called the Marvel Universe Book of the Dead. Now the Marvel Universe ‘series’ was basically Marvel’s version of an encyclopedia (Wikipedia to all you young’uns) where one could learn all they needed to know about their favorite Marvel character. The Book of Dead was pretty self-explanatory, it was also a source of information to Marvel characters who had one thing in common…they were all dead (or at least they were at the time of printing).
I don’t know what exactly it was that got my attention to this series but I thoroughly enjoyed reading about all these dead characters’ stories. One character in particular that got my attention was this dude called Nighthawk. With his dark muted colors, long flowing cape and pointy ears, he seemed to remind me of another superhero from a rival comic book company….
So it turns out that Nighthawk was a superhero from an alternate universe. And in his world, he was a member of the Squadron Supreme, that world's premier super team. Now looking at the roster of members of the Squadron, one could easily surmise that Nighthawk’s resemblance to a certain Dark Knight wasn’t just a coincidence. Other members of the Squadron included their leader Hyperion who aside from being super strong had the powers of flight, invulnerability and could should lasers from his eyes (oh and he also had a cape)….sound familiar? It didn’t stop there. Power Princess was also a warrior woman with super strength. Dr. Spectrum was a hero who could make constructs from his power ring. They also had their resident speedster called the Whizzer, along with an aqua dude, a woman who projected sonic screams, a highly skilled archer who had the hots for her, and a winged warrior, really, the list goes on and on.