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#1 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (512 posts) - - Show Bio

The following team wouldn't be the most efficient, nor would it attract the most readers, but it would be fun and eclectic.

Flex Mentallo


Joe the Barbarian

King Mob

Ramona Flowers

#2 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (512 posts) - - Show Bio

Actually, come to think of it, doesn't Doctor Manhattan become the quantum observer of an infinite number of possible histories of the universe, collapsing them all into a singular reality only by acting backwards through time to cause the accident which gave him his powers in the first place (at least according to Straczynski's Before Watchman)?

#3 Posted by RideASpaceCowboy (512 posts) - - Show Bio

Here's the best reading order for coming on to the Avengers for the first time via trades. Ones in bold are particularly great reads.

  1. The Ultimates: Super-Human
  2. The Ultimates: Homeland Security
  3. The Ultimates 2: Gods and Monsters
  4. The Ultimates 2: Grand Theft America
  5. The Sentry
  6. New Avengers: Breakout
  7. New Avengers: Sentry
  8. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  9. Captain America: Red Menace
  10. Civil War
  11. The Death of Captain America: Death of the Dream
  12. The Death of Captain America: The Burden of Dreams
  13. Captain America: Reborn
  14. Dark Avengers: Assemble
  15. Dark Avengers: Molecule Man
  16. Dark Avengers: Siege
  17. Avengers vs. X-Men
  18. Avengers: Avengers' World
  19. New Avengers: Everything Dies
  20. Avengers: The Last White Event
  21. Avengers: Prelude To Infinity
  22. Infinity
  23. Avengers: Infinity
  24. New Avengers: Infinity
  25. New Avengers: Other Worlds
  26. Avengers: Adapt or Die

That should get you pretty much caught up. I omitted events that you can skip, such as Secret Invasion, Siege, and Fear Itself.

#5 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (512 posts) - - Show Bio

I know some of these characters are dead, but in the immortal words of Eric Cartman: "Whatever, whatever, I do what I want!"


  1. Captain America
  2. Iron Man
  3. Thor
  4. Wolverine
  5. Spider-man
  6. Dr. Strange
  7. Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers)
  8. Vision
  9. Scarlet Witch

Dark Avengers

  1. Victoria Hand
  2. Ares
  3. Bishop
  4. Cable
  5. Punisher
  6. Random
  7. Venom (Flash Thomson)


  1. Charles Xavier
  2. Dr. Strange
  3. Nick Fury
  4. Reed Richards

Mighty Avengers

  1. Sentry
  2. Hyperion
  3. Wonder Man
  4. Captain Mar-Vell
  5. Rogue

New Avengers

  1. Starlord
  2. Nova (Sam Alexander)
  3. Major Victory
  4. Cosmo
  5. Rocket Racoon
#6 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (512 posts) - - Show Bio

What if... the Red Skull became Captain America?

On this Earth, Sharon Carter failed to destroy Doom's device, allowing the Red Skull to retrieve Steve Roger's body from the time-stream and inhabit it. However, as Bucky has thwarted the Third Party plot, the Skull takes an alternate approach, running for president himself as the "miraculously resurrected" Steve Rogers on the platform of repealing the Super-Hero Registration Act. His facade as a martyr and messiah figure allow him to easily win the election, but upon taking office he appears reluctant to repeal the law as promised. Instead, the Red Skull utilizes the Fifty State Initiative to turn all registered heroes into his own personal army of storm troopers. Under his rule, America becomes increasingly fascist, with Skull managing to avoid serious criticism of his administration by means of the good will accumulated by Rogers in life and the religious zeal surrounding his return. Eventually, however, Tony Stark as head of S.H.I.E.L.D. discovers evidence of the truth, and leads a coup d'état, leading to a second Super-hero Civil War. In the final battle Tony Stark and "Steve Rogers" confront each other once again, killing one another in an epic showdown, but leaving America in ruins and flame.

#7 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (512 posts) - - Show Bio

The most intelligent comic, the most profound, the most meta, the most emotionally compelling, and unfortunately, the most underrated, is Grant Morrison's Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery. I just re-read it two nights ago and it continues to hold up as the greatest comic I've ever read, and stands right alongside my other favorite literary works (Milton's Paradise Lost, Spencer's sonnets, Keat's odes, Macdonald's Phantastes,Tolkien's Tree and Leaf, Lewis' Narniad, Nabokov's Lolita, and Asimov's The Last Question).

#8 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (512 posts) - - Show Bio

The Succession of Space Sector 2814!

One of the Green Lanterns violate the sovereignty of an Earth nation by apprehending an intergalactic criminal whom said country tries to protect through diplomatic immunity, raising the issue of where the Green Lantern Corp. derives its jurisdiction over Earth and leading an alliance of nations (America, Atlantis, Markovia, Themiscyra, and possible others) to formally succeed from Space Sector 2814. Fearing the precedent set by rebellion would lead to anarchy throughout the universe, the Guardians send an army of Lanterns to secure the Earth. The Justice League treats such as a hostile alien invasion, and the result becomes...

Justice League vs. the Green Lantern Corps.

#9 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (512 posts) - - Show Bio

My favorite origin story for any character is actually Phillip J. Fry's in Futurama. It's a temporally closed-loop, meaning that events in the future cause certain other events in the past, which lead to the aforementioned events in the future, which lead to said events in the past, and so on and so on, ad infinitum. Ignoring the part where he's his own grandfather, in a separate time-traveling escapade he goes back to the moment in which he was frozen for a thousand years, intending to alter the course of known history and recover the life in the 21st century which was stolen from him, but in a truly tragic turn at the last moment sacrifices his own happiness to preserve the time-stream, pushing his past self into the cryogenic freezer. Thus his own future sacrifice is his origin story.

I've been a comic book reader all of my life, and am greatly familiar with most mainstream characters, but cannot think of an example of which the hero's origin is a closed-loop. Could anyone provide an example of such, if it exists? As a metaphysician with a focus on the nature of time and eternity, this is of particular interest to me.

Edit: Oh, I am aware of Barry Allen being the bolt of lightning that struck his lab per Flash: Rebirth and of Myxlptlk and all other 5th dimensional beings having closed-loop timelines per Morrison's New 52 run on Action Comics. Are there any more?

#10 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (512 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd prefer the Sentry (as he's more of a direct analogue to Superman and would fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe more easily), but would be willing to take a Marvelman/Miracleman movie as a second choice. If DC can't get Superman right on film (anymore; the first Chris Reeve movie is tied with the original Star Wars for greatest film of all time) then hopefully Marvel can.