GeekDad Puzzle of the Week: The Heroes of AUSM

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The Affiliation of Unbelievably Superpowered Metahumans (AUSM) is trying to place its members in order of who packs the most bad-ass, city-block-wrecking, villain-squelching punch. Alphaman, Betadude,
Gammagal, Deltakid, and Epsilonimo have made various remarks – which might be true or false – about the places of themselves and others. The sentient AUSM central computer TIM has designs to terminate these jellybags and take over the planet. Its plans involve starting with the weakest one. On recording their remarks, TIM has noticed the curious fact that if the speaker was placed higher in the order than the hero or heroes mentioned, the remark was true; if the speaker was placed lower than the hero or heroes mentioned, the remark was false. When two heroes were mentioned, in no case was the speaker between them.

Since TIM cannot see which hero made which remarks, it has identified each as Hero 1, Hero 2, Hero 3, Hero 4, and Hero 5 (in no particular order). Remarks that a hero makes about him- or herself are made in the first person.

Hero 1: I was higher than Betadude and Gammagal.
Hero 2: a) Neither Alphaman nor Gammagal was fifth; b) Epsilonimo was second.
Hero 3: Gammagal was higher than Epsilonimo.
Hero 4: Deltakid was first.
Hero 5: a) Epsilonimo was fourth; b) Gammagal was lower than Alphaman.

Of course, being a superior intelligence, TIM figures out which hero was placed last in the order and begins its plans for world domination.
What are the identities of Hero 1, Hero 2, Hero 3, Hero 4, and Hero 5
and what was the order?

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