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#1 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (527 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!"

Avengers

  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)

Illuminati

  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
#2 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (527 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.

#3 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (527 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).

#4 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (527 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.

#5 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (527 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?

#6 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (527 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.

#7 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (527 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman's fate is well known to those of us who are His friends: He takes up the legendary "Sword of Superman" and finally wins the "never-ending battle." He makes us like Himself, physically and morally, so that in time we can "join Him in the sun" just as His Father promised.

Two published stories actually illustrate fairly well how this could happen.

In the chapter of Adventures of Superman entitled "Strange Visitor" Superman survives the heat death of the universe and continues on into the next, promising humanity on the other side "...no matter what this new home holds for us, I will never leave you."

In "For Tomorrow" Superman reshapes the Phantom Zone into a veritable Paradise and raptures a part of the world's population there.

In short, he defeats pain, death, and evil itself, and, just as in Clark Kent He came down to the level of manhood, finally raises us to the level of godhood.

#8 Posted by RideASpaceCowboy (527 posts) - - Show Bio

More so than even gonads, facial hair is the primary sexual characteristic which distinguished males of the species from females. Ergo, if a human has facial hair, he's a man, and all the ladies love him (provided he's not fat); if a human doesn't have facial hair, she's a chick, with a brain a third the size of a man's. That's science!

#9 Posted by RideASpaceCowboy (527 posts) - - Show Bio

The '50s were the Dark Age of Comics. It began with the collapse of "long underwear characters" following the conclusion of World War II, which led to countless publishers closing their doors. Then Fredric Wertham published Seduction of the Innocent, which in turn led to the Comics Code Authority, which marginalized the entire medium as being for juveniles, a mindset which lingers yet today and from which the industry may never fully recover. The negative effects of Wertham and the Code are of such lasting magnitude that they have no analogue in any other medium.

#10 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (527 posts) - - Show Bio

The red trunks and all the other elements of the classic suit are timeless, and a few short years from now when they're inevitably brought back readers will reflect on the Superman stories of the early New 52 and will wonder why anyone thought the by-then-very-dated-looking armored redesign was a good idea, the same way that most readers now find the Superman sporting a mullet following his resurrection utterly ridiculous. And, while I don't want to employ any logically fallacious ad hominid attacks, it's a self evident fact that anyone who prefers modern trunk-less armored-look is a morally reprehensible sub-human monster and the single worst person to engage with the comic industry since Fredric Wertham.

RED UNDERWEAR FOREVER!!!

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"All that is not eternal is eternally out of date." -C.S. Lewis.