Superman is a character who’s ideals stretch beyond the page, but Marvel’s Heroes Reborn just proved he could do so much more to keep his world safe.
Warning! Spoilers for Heroes Reborn #2!
Marvel and DC Comics have always been two sides of the same coin, and in the latest issue of Heroes Reborn, Marvel just showed how easy it would be for the Man of Steel himself, Superman, to keep his world safe. The only catch is that he’d have to take a few cues from Marvel’s version of the character, Hyperion, and maybe kill a few super villains here and there while he’s at it.
Shown in the new event dubbed Heroes Reborn as well as the various tie-in issues throughout, the second issue of this miniseries, written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Dale Keown with Carlos Magno, sees a world where the Avengers never formed and where other, lesser known heroes have been forced to step up for the greater good. Giving fans new takes on old characters; Heroes Reborn is a wide-ranging story that brings up some interesting points when it comes to the idea of near omnipotent heroes such as DC’s Superman and as his Marvel stand-in, Hyperion.
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Unknown to the populace at large that this reality isn’t exactly what it’s cracked up to be, the vampire hunter known as Blade is seemingly the only person that understands something is off in a world that strangely appears to be much better than before. Tracking down whatever hero he can that will listen to his inane ramblings, Blade has to keep his head low and stay hidden as Marvel’s version of Superman, Hyperion, goes about his superhero duties.
But in a twist, Hyperion isn’t the shining beacon of hope that Superman is to the DC universe, and instead is a hero that might still carry the overarching work ethic and heroic drive of a character such as Supes, but uses highly questionable tactics to achieve the same goals. Straight up annihilating the world-eater known as Galactus by literally flying through his enormous skull, crushing a giant kaiju version of Ultron with his bare hands and burning holes through Hulk with his laser eye beams “two dozen times before he stays dead,” Hyperion has taken matters into his own hands when it comes to the villains of his world, and shows just how easily Superman could do the same.
Having a power set that’s nearly identical to Superman’s including flight, super speed and strength, laser vision and the unique ability to absorb the sun’s energy, Hyperion doesn’t follow the same moral codes as Superman, and his world is much better off because of it. Matching Hyperion’s strength and powers, Superman could easily do the same work Hyperion has done in his Heroes Reborn world, and like Hyperion does by throwing villains into the vast abyss that is the Negative Zone, Superman could similarly toss all of his world’s bad guys into the Phantom Zone, a vacant place where the people who enter very rarely leave.
So although Hyperion and Superman are extremely similar in a lot of ways, Hyperion has found a way to keep his world safe by bending the traditional superhero rules a bit, something that Supes would never do. Regardless, it can’t be denied that if Superman ever decided to follow in Hyperion’s footsteps his world would be in a much better place – just don’t expect it to happen anytime soon.
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