Dale Keown, Ed McGuinness
Leinil Francis Yu
May 12, 2021
IN READING GUIDES, LISTS, REVIEWS
In the Marvel multiverse, the Avengers are the premiere superhero-team. In battles to defend Earth and the universe against villains, tyrants, and conquerors, two Avengers challenge each other for the title of Marvel’s SUPERMAN. Indeed, the battle for the title is between the Avenger Hyperion, and the Mighty Avenger Sentry.
Let’s list five reasons why Hyperion in his alternate versions is Marvel’s most powerful hero and five reasons why Sentry is Marvel’s Superman.
10. SENTRY WAS CREATED TO BE MARVEL’S SUPERMAN
Importantly, Sentry was created as an answer to DC’s flagship hero, Superman. Moreover, the context of the character’s creation involved a hoax concerning artist Artie Rosen’s sketches of Stan Lee’s forgotten sketches for a Marvel SILVER AGE superhero. Certainly, the character debuted in Sentry (2000) #1, with great fanfare.
9. EARTH-616 HYPERION WAS THE FIRST MARVEL SUPERMAN
Indeed, Hyperion is the first Marvel Superman pastiche. In the classic Silver Age story, Avengers (1969) #69, Hyperion and the Squadron Sinister make their FIRST APPEARANCE. In the comic, Grandmaster creates clones of the Squadron Supreme in order to defeat the Avengers. Certainly, this is Thor’s first true rival in the period.
8. SENTRY HAS THE POWER OF A MILLION EXPLODING SUNS
To promote the Marvel Superman moniker, Brian Bendis tells the origin story of Sentry in Dark Avengers (2010) #13. His civilian identity is Robert Reynolds, a drug addict who breaks into a Project: Sentry lab and ingests the Super Soldier Serum. Incredibly, he survives and gains the power of a million exploding suns. Later, he creates a costume and begins a superhero career.
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