Awesome comic collection – Squadron Supreme

During the 1980s, Marvel Comics decided to spoof the heroes from their Dreaded Competition (DC Comics), by introducing into their storylines new characters who resemble the DC heroes and have similar powers, only that they are evil villians which the Marvel heroes have to confront. As a result, characters such as Hyperion (a spoof of Superman), Princess Power (spoof of Wonder Woman), Nighthawk (Batman spoof), plus numerous others, were introduced into Marvel comic storylines, that were surprisingly welcomed by the readers. After a while, Marvel decided that the DC spoofs were good guys after all, explaining away their evilness as having been under the mental influence of a malevolent alien entity. And this group of superheroes subsequently banded together to form Squadron Supreme.
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However, as a result of the actions of the Squadron Supreme members while under the evil alien influence, their Earth (an alternate Earth, separate from the mainstream Marvel Universe Earth, if you get what I mean) has fallen into a post-apocalyptic state. There is political turmoil, economic chaos, starvation and epidemic. Squadron Supreme decided to put their superpowers to good use by helping to solve the problems of the world, for example by stopping crime, distributing food supply, banning all firearms, modify the behaviour of criminals so that they could do no further evil, finding cures to all illnesses and maybe even prevent death, basically trying to create a utopia, first the USA within a year, then the rest of the world.
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All these sound like a good thing, except for several dissenting members of the Squadron, who were able to recognise immediately that there is no quick fix to all the problems of the world. And so the Squadron Supreme comic miniseries details the efforts of the Squadron to create a utopian society, as well as the Redeemers, former Squadron members who are determined to stop the utopia program at any cost. And why exactly is the utopia program so “evil”? In order to introduce the various programs the Squadron had to assume absolute control of the USA, impose onto the public who may be unwilling to accept certain measures such as gun control, or surrendering the right to die. The behaviour-modification program is even more controversial, with the Squadron Supreme using the behaviour-modification machine on their former enemies such that they even join the Squadron to do good, oblivious to whether they are doing it according to their will. Furthermore, even Squadron members begin to abuse the system, in one case with a member compelling another member to love him, and in numerous other cases with members ordering former-criminal members to do certain questionable tasks, just so because they have been programmed unable to betray fellow members of the Squadron and therefore report on their actions.
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And in the final confrontation in the last issue of the miniseries, the Redeemers fight with the Squadron, resulting in a bloodbath on both sides. Nighthawk, leader of the Redeemers, was able to convince Squadron leader Hyperion that the utopia program was flawed. The program required benevolent people to oversee, but as the Squadron was not immortal, the program could become abused by their successors and future generations could become tyrannised by these human rights-violating measures and technologies. Even though Nighthawk gets killed after making his great speech, Hyperion surrenders on behalf of the Squadron and agrees to begin dismantling the utopia program.
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Hey this sounds like a great story, and out of this 12-part comic miniseries I was able to collect 10 issues, lacking #1 and #5. And then I found that the Squadron Supreme omnibus (all 12 parts plus 1 crossover) was available from the local library, which I borrowed and then was able to read what I had been missing. I decided against buying the omnibus, opting instead to collect the missing individual issues as and when I finally come across them.
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In search of: Squadron Supreme #1, #5, and Captain America #314.
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