Hello interweb, Nate here. Wow, 1st anniversary. 1 year ago Tuesday, I sat down at my computer and decided to start blogging about superheroes. Now look where I am now. I have 62 followers, my most viewed post has 450 views, and I see no signs of stopping or any reason to. So how should I celebrate my first year of this blog? How about by listing my personal Top 10 Favorite Superheroes. Now you guys might be pointing out that I’ve already did this for DC and Marvel separately, and that is true but inaccurate. When I made those lists, I tried to get 2 Top 10 lists out on the exact same day. One of these top 10 lists usually take me about 1-2 hours to make. So trying to get two lists out on the same day, I made several mistakes in those posts (e.g. forgetting some characters and wrongfully putting certain characters above others that I like better) and as such I decided to make 1 list combining both DC and Marvel superheroes. So let’s begin!
To see my other Top 10s (or 5s) click here.
- DC and Marvel only
- Only superheroes allowed, anti-heroes like Deadpool and Punisher are not welcome (sorry)
#10 – Cyclops
While everybody was saying that Wolverine should be the leader of the X-Men, I was always looking at Cyclops and thinking that he should always be the leader. Cyclops’s power is just as cool of not cooler than Wolverine’s, he’s 1000x more interesting, he’s a much better leader, and he’s not a total jerk. He has a tragic back story where his parents died in a plane crash and got separated from his brother. On top of that, when his powers developed he hit his head and thus can no longer control the rays he shoots out of his eyes. Just think about that: he’s the leader of the X-Men and is responsible for teaching new mutants how to control their powers, and yet he has 0 control over his own.
I’m actually kinda behind on the current X-Men titles as I’ve read Avengers Vs X-Men and the first two trades of All New X-Men (along with Spider-man and the X-Men but I don’t think that title is really effecting anything that much) but I haven’t red the current run of Uncanny X-Men nor have I read Battle of the Atom so I don’t know much about what’s going on with Cyclops at the moment, but what I’ve heard about him it seems that people are really liking what’s going on with him lately.
#9 – Shadowcat
As most of you guys know by now, I was introduced to the X-Men through the X-Men: Evolution cartoon and now they are my favorite superhero team (basically more than Justice League, Avengers, and Teen Titans combined). In the cartoon, Kitty Pryde was an annoying, valley-girl teenybopper that quickly became my least favorite character on the show. However, this was before I started reading comics and a friend at my school (who have read comics before I started) told me that the Kitty Pryde in the comics was very different. So when I started reading comics, I quickly started to love the character more and more. She debuted in 1980 and since then she’s been through many great X-Men stories (in fact, she was suppose to be the one sent back in time during the Days of Future Past storyline) and has became a genius in science (not to Reed Richard levels but she is skilled in computers), trained to be a ninja, and has a pet dragon.
#8 – Nightcrawler
Similarly to Shadowcat, I first became a fan of Nightcrawler from the X-Men: Evolution cartoon but unlike Shadowcat I loved Nightcrawler from the very start. In the cartoon, he was the goofball of the group, he had a very cool and interesting appearance, and he had a cool ability to teleport. As much as I like him in the cartoon, I personally liked him best in the comics. In the comics he has a strong belief in Catholicism and due to his demonic appearance that has been hard for him as many religious people claim that he’s a demon. Despite this, he has always been a catholic and I’ve always thought this was cool being a Christian myself.
But his demonic appearance did not only cause his religious belief to be hard but also the mutant prejudice in the Marvel universe. As he’s one of those mutants with a very noticeable physical mutation and as such has even been treated as a circus animal early in his life.
#7 – Green Lantern/Hal Jordan
Green Lantern is probably one of the most original superheroes out there and Hal Jordan is my favorite of them all. I feel like I should know a fictional character that I can compare his personality with, but I can’t think of any. Basically he’s a devil-may-care type of guy whose fearless, clever, and funny but also somewhat cocky. He’s a Green Lantern whose also fun to read, what more can you want? And speaking of the Green Lanterns, he (along with any other GL) has one of the coolest powers ever: energy constructs. Basically, he can make literally anything out of nothing but the green energy that comes out of his ring. And it’s his ring that gives him the power! Other than #1, he’s the only person on this list whose just a normal human, but he’s a human that basically got the gift of having such a powerful ability.
#6 – Flash/Wally West
I think the first thing that I really liked about Flash is his power: super speed. Superspeed and electricity manipulation is probably my two favorite superpowers and of course Flash has the former. On top of such an awesome superpower, I really like Wally West. Out of all the Justice League, Flash is the jokester of the group and is really likable. He’s the guy that you would want to be friends with as he’s really friendly and really funny. And lastly, his villains. I like to say that Flash has the DC’s version of Spider-man’s rogues gallery as his rogues gallery are about as flamboyant as Spidey’s and he has quite a number of rogues such as: Gorilla Grodd, Reverse Flash, Captain Boomerang, Captain Cold, Weather Wizard, Girder, Pied Piper, Trickster, Heat Wave, Golden Glider, and Mirror Master. Awesome superpower, fun personality, and great rogues gallery, what’s not to love?
#5 – X-23
X-23 is my favorite superheroine, and my favorite X-Men of all time. I’ve actually been trying to get her Character Bio done for a while but haven’t finished yet. Anyhoo, X-23 has Wolverine’s cool factor but none of his obnoxiousness making quite an awesome character from the get-go. X-23 was created in a lab called Weapon X from a damaged sample of Wolverine’s DNA that lacked the “Y” chromosome, resulting in a female clone with the exact same powers. Since her creation, she spent a large chunk of her early years being trained and treated as a weapon and thus had trouble fitting into society when she escaped Weapon X. She has a tragic back story, a pretty BA superpower, and she’s part of my favorite team: the X-Men! If you want to get into this character, I would suggest checking out the 6-issue miniseries: X-23: Innocence Lost that goes over her comic book origin story. The same person who wrote that book also wrote X-23: Target X so while I haven’t read it I have a feeling it’s pretty good too.
#4 – Superman
Superman is probably one of the hardest characters to write, but also the hardest to understand. A lot of people don’t like or just don’t care about him because “he’s too powerful” and is “too much of a boyscout”. Both of those arguments kinda fail as the whole “he’s too powerful” argument fails when you look at his rogues gallery like Brainiac, Metallo, Parasite, heck Darkseid anybody? And because of the whole “boyscout” thing we ended up with the New 52 (so I guess we can blame the people who don’t understand Superman for that). I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: the whole point to Superman is that he’s a god among men who uses his immense power to protect people purely because it’s the right thing to do. Does that make him a boyscout? In some respects, yeah, but that’s who Superman is. You don’t hurt Superman by hurting Superman, you hurt Superman by hurting the people around Superman, because he cares more about the people of Earth than he does his own life. If your still not convinced, I suggest you check out Grant Morrison’s All Star Superman. It was an awesome read and I really enjoyed it.
#3 – Static
While he’s had trouble selling comics, I still really love the character. His character has often taken risks in his comics and has been successful, talking about controversial subjects and being a great role model. But on top of that, he has really unique powers as electromagnetism manipulation can be a really cool power when given to the right writer and if DC decided to re-release a new Static Shock title (as well as maybe a Blue Beetle title) I will definitely be one of the first people to not only buy it but possibly review it. You hear that DC!? Get Static Shock back! And this time give him an appropriate writer.
#2 – Spider-man
Honestly, this character almost made it lower on the list. That’s mostly because Spider-man comics nowadays just aren’t that good, although I did enjoy Superior Spider-man…even though that wasn’t technically Peter Parker/Spider-man (Google it). Many people have said that his comics started going downhill after the terrible One More Day storyline but that was back in 2007 so I don’t really know how true that is. Anyways this is a top 10 favorites list so I should probably talk about what I do like about the character. Where should I start? One thing is there’s nothing I can say about the web-head that nobody else has said before me. He’s funny, relatable, has cool powers, and has Marvel’s greatest rogues gallery with villains like the Lizard, Sandman, Electro, Rhino, Carnage, Venom, Dock Ock, etc. While One More Day may have been a terrible story that he still haven’t recovered from (although maybe Secret Wars will fix that) he’s still a great superhero and he has had a bunch of great stories.
#1 – Batman
Now for some of you, this is no surprise. I love Batman and it’s for the obvious reasons (e.g. the reasons everybody loves him) as well as things that I don’t see people talk about much. One thing is there’s not one thing I love about this character, but multiple things. The main reason is that he’s a mortal man who’s spent years of his life training so that he can go toe-to-toe with some of DC’s most powerful characters. He didn’t gain some type of supernatural power and decide to use this power to protect people because of some strong urge of “responsibility” or something like that, he chose to spend years of his life to train his body and mind to the peak of human perfection in order to protect innocent people from suffering the same fate his parents did. It’s because of this training that allows him to face his immense rogues gallery and allows him to be a part of the Justice League. Superman may be a god among men, but Batman’s a man among gods.
Result of Last few Polls
So because I didn’t do the results for a poll a few posts back with my Blue Beetle #1, 2, & 3 reviews, I have three polls to put down.
Do You Like The New 52?
No, it ruined to many characters: 55.56% (5 votes)
Kinda, it has elements that I like and dislike: 33.33% (3 votes)
Yes, it was an awesome reboot: 11.11% (1 vote)
So it seems like most people either did not like the reboot or had mixed feelings about it.
Which Characters did the New 52 Ruin? (multi choice)
Lobo: 6 votes
Wally West: 6 votes
Superman: 4 votes
Harley Quinn: 3 votes
Beast Boy: 3 votes
Teen Titans: 3 votes
Starfire: 3 votes
Static: 2 votes
Artemis: 2 votes
Raven: 2 votes
Black Canary: 1 vote
Should I review New 52 Blue Beetle #4?
Yes, I want to see what happens next: 100% (1 vote)
No, I’m interested enough to read the series myself: 0% (0 votes)
Well one person wants me to review #4, I’ll probably get that done sometimes next week as I wanted to do it anyways.
So as you guys can see above, most people seemed to dislike the New 52 (which I was half expecting). So here’s my next question for you guys: are you excited about Convergence (the current DC reboot)?