Marvel Releasing 'Hyperion,' 'Nighthawk,' 3 More New Comic Book Series in 2016

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The iconic characters first appeared as Superman and Batman parodies in 'Avengers.'

Apparently, DC Entertainment isn't the only comic company looking forward to next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with the publisher's main competitor, Marvel, introducing new monthly series for its own versions of the two iconic characters.

Both Hyperion and Nighthawk initially appeared as villainous members of the Squadron Sinister, parodies of DC's Justice League of America team, in 1969's Avengers No. 69. Alternate, heroic versions of the characters have continued to make appearances as part of Marvel's Squadron Supreme since then, including a fan-favorite 1980s series and a 2003 reboot aimed at adult readers written by screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski. Now Marvel has announced stand-alone Hyperion and Nighthawk series to accompany the new Squadron Supreme series scheduled to launch this December.

Hyperion and Nighthawk weren't the only new series announced at London's MCM Comic Con on Friday; additionally, Iron Man received a second ongoing series titled The International Iron Man, The Punisher got another solo series ahead of his guest-starring role in the second season of the Netflix Daredevil series, and a miniseries titled X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever was unveiled, introducing a new mutant who, it was teased, will live up to his billing as the least productive member of the superhero team yet.

With the addition of these new series, Marvel's All-New, All-Different publishing relaunch, announced in June as containing "55-60" series, will reach 71 individual titles.

All five new series will launch in early 2016.