Favorite Comic Characters
A list of non-anime and manga comic characters that I like.
A list of non-anime and manga comic characters that I like.
A lot of people love Barry, but when I was reading the series, Wally was the Flash, period. He's Number Uno on my list.
I usually like Adam Warren's stuff so I picked up the first volume of "Empowered" and couldn't put it down. She's a funny and amusing character. Cursed with a wacky and unreliable suit that bestows upon her superpowers, she is a junior member to the world's greatest superheroes; and who are incidentally some of the biggest jerks and @##holes in private. Emp is probably the most heroic member of them all, even though they treat her like dirt. Surprisingly, a number of supervillains also like her, not just 'cause she so easy to beat, but she's actually really nice.
I realized that Aahz hasn't been added to my Favorites list so I'm correcting that oversight. Aahz is part of the comedic duo of Skeeve & Aahz, but I'm a bit more partial to Aahz, which is why he's listed first. Aahz is a grumpy sarcastic guy who thinks fast and talks even faster to con his ways out of jams. While he acts greedy and is usually out for himself, Aahz isn't quite as heartless and mercenary as he likes to pretend he is, often sticking his neck out for his best friend Skeeve.
The other half of the Aahz & Skeeve duo. He's the "nice guy" to the snarky and sometimes underhanded Aahz who likes Skeeve despite him getting them into trouble a lot. So far, Aahz has proven adept and sneaky enough to get them out of said trouble...
I have caught a few episodes of the new TV series and this looks like this will be my new fave DC animated series. I especially like the covert side to their missions.
I hesitated when this guy came out. One look and I assumed that he was a rip-off of the Hulk. When I heard that Larsen literally blew his hand off, I had to take a look and came around to it. Dragon has always been one of the level-headed, down-to-earth, blue collar guy who just happens to be superstrong and has green skin and a giant fin on his head to boot. I've lost track of what's he's up to, but Larsen has managed to make some interesting storylines and I expect he's still got what it takes. I still remember the Savage Dragon fondly so I try to forget the few cartoon episodes I saw from his short-lived TV series.
The only thing that saved the Pirates in the Caribbean movies from mediocrity in my opinion was Johnny Depp and his character. This guy was a rogue and a pirate, but nevertheless was rather heroic when things got down to it and was pretty funny the rest of the time.
His alter ego is a programmed assassin and master infiltrator and espionage agent named SpyBoy! One that he was unaware of for years and existed as a secret personality in his subconscious! How cool was that? The concept was totally ripped off a few years later by "My Own Worst Enemy".
I'm weak! I'm just think she's a total babe, that's why I'm including her.
I thought she was really interesting in her first series; Stars 'n S.T.R.I.P.E and have kept an eye on her ever since. She dressed up in that outfit to get back at her stepdad (who used to be Stripesy) and ended up becoming a hero in her own right. By the way, I thought Stripesy was about the WORST superhero nom de plume I have ever heard and I thought Geoff Johns' reimagination of the character was long overdue and actually made him cool.
The cartoons and the movie failed in my opinion because of one simple fact. They didn't focus on the REAL hero of G.I. Joe. He exemplifies the whole motto, "actions speaks louder than words."
I stumbled onto her in her comic book series and thought she was one of the best Batgirls I'd ever seen, even Barb Gordon was nothing but a pale reflection of the real Batman. She was a totally realized character in her own right. So I was disappointed to see the writers twist her into a villain. I'm glad that DC realized that they had screwed up and "explained" that period as her being dosed with a psychotic drug by an enemy of Batman, turning her back into a hero. I hope that she retakes the mantle of Batgirl back soon over the lame Steph Brown character.
I was a fan of the original Power Pack and was sad when they "vanished" from the Marvel-verse and into obscurity. Recently, Marvel has been printing a bunch of kiddie-version comics of the Pack that I've been reading and I'm glad to see them still hanging around in some form or another. Marvel has also been re-introducing one or two of the characters in the "real" Marvel-verse again as grown-ups, but so far I haven't been too impressed.
If there is any reason why I read Runaways it's cause of her. She's one of the funnier characters I've seen in quite a while with her outrageous statements.
The Merc with a Mouth is one of the most irreverent comic book characters there is. He's crazy but still funny as heck.
I read the first 30 or so issues of the series when it came out. I thought he was the most realistic and intriguing black superhero I had ever seen and the best damn Milestone character. Static was OK, I didn't have much tolerance for the Blood Syndicate, and Icon was a knock-off of Superman. Frankly I thought if there was any Milestone character that they should have animated; it should have been this guy and not Static.
I actually liked him in his series, I thought he had serious potential as a character. Sadly he seems to be a casualty to beef up the rep of a so-so super-villain as a major threat by having him kill off a bunch of superheroes.
I picked this up solely 'cause of Adam Warren. He always makes interesting stories and I was not disappointed. The Daughter of Galactus blew me away.
I hope that Matt Wagner actually gets around to finishing this story.
I always thought he was so-so character, although I didn't much care for his downfall as Parallax. I thought that if they were going to get rid of him that they should have the decency to kill him off and not go bonkers and try to destroy the entire universe. I was initially enthusiastic about Kyle Rayner, but I grew sick of him and always thought of him as a whiny Peter Parker. Hal's transformation into the Spectre left me scratching my head and finally Geoff Johns finally got things straightened out with Rebirth. I was blown away with it and Hal is back and I am actually glad.
I only saw him in the JLA comics but I thought he was a fairly neat and unique looking character. But he blew me away during the Mageddon storyline though. I think DC needs to bring a version of this guy back. Not resurrecting him, but it seems like someone else could fill in his boots.
She was one of the sexier characters in recent years. She made white look cool and hot at the same time. I enjoyed the first couple of issues with her mysterious background but the storyline twisted her in some directions that I wasn't too happy with; I don't know if it was because the editors decided that she had to fit in the Dark Horse Universe or cause of the writer, but I lost interest in keeping up with her. Still, she was one of the better and more memorable ones in Dark Horse's stable.
I didn't think too much for his cartoons and I couldn't stand that live action parody. But I thought the DC Comic series that they came out with a few years ago with his definitive origin was just damn awesome! He's sort of like Batman in Space. He earned his place on this list just for that series alone.
He was nothing more than Marvel's version to the Green Lanterns, only he was just one guy responsible for the whole universe. Still, I only thought of him as a decent second-stringer but it wasn't until a friend convinced me to read a few of his comics that Quasar caught my eye. One super-vill, Maelstrom actually resorted to cutting his arms off to get ahold of his quantum bands (something I couldn't believe that the Marvel editors let the writer get away with at the time). I especially loved that starry cape of his. I was saddened to hear of his recent death and was glad that they brought him back.
I stumbled across the GN and was pleasantly surprised by this one. Usually monster heroes don't really come off too well in my opinion, but there was something inherently likable about this guy. Wolf-Man was an ordinary man tormented by his curse yet striving to be a hero.
Ordinarily I would have just shook my head at the sheer absurdity of it all, but the absolute ridiculousness of the little hat just causes me to snicker. Sure, it's dumb to have a frog with the powers of Thor. But it is damn funny. I know that I dismissed the Legion of Super-Pets on my Hate List, but I think that it's cause they overdid it. All of those animals with the power of Superman? That was just overkill. As long as they just keep Throg as the sole animal with a fraction of the power of Thor, it suspends the absurdity of the whole situation. I read the Pet Avengers GN on a whim and it was Throg who caught my attention. He actually speaks and has a dignity and nobility of his own; he's the sole reason why I've been keeping up with the whole Pet Avengers series. Long live the Mighty Throg!
This was one of the more interesting concepts I've seen. I actually liked how they were a group of superheroes who were also a dysfunctional family. The idea that their father was this great and noble heroic guy in public but cheated on his wife on multiple occasions and fathered all of these kids was quite interesting. Despite this, they could have turned and walked away but they're trying to make themselves as a family despite their screwed up origins.
A hapless duo who are just trying to survive during the time of the Galactic Rebellion. I loved how the writer interwove them in the "background" of what was going on during the movies.
I dismissed this guy for years as a hokey and lame character created to cash into the martial arts craze way back in the 70's like White Tiger or Sons of the Dragon. I mean, this guy was a white boy! He wasn't Asian or anything! I wasn't even aware that he was dead for a while and I didn't really care. However a friend convinced me to read the Immortal Iron Fist series and I was floored at how they made Danny Rand pretty cool and an interesting character.
The gripping backstory, her legendary skills ... oh all right, it's mostly the chainmail bikini. But I did think she has one of the better origins and I like strong women who are capable of kicking major butt. I'm not sure if that says something about me...
Another awesome character. I just have a bit of weakness for catgirls, what can I say? I will admit that her outfit, a skimpy bikini is one of the better superhero costumes out there too.
I remember this guy introduced him as "he's Batman, only in white and totally nuts". I first caught his run in the West Coast Avengers where he proved his stuff. I can still remember this two issues; the first when he owned Dominus who managed to knock out the entire WCA but he was left standing and Dominus kept trying and Moon Knight just kept on coming until he scared Dom into defeat and it was revealed that Moonie's "immunity" was that he had several split personalities which kept him standing as when one would be knocked out, the next one would take over. It was the weirdest use of a mental illness that saved the entire WCA but it still rocked. The second where the WCA was being analyzed by this alien examiner in brutal combat with this robot that would adapt itself and become stronger with each foe it faced. It seemed that he was going to be killed outright as he was the "weakest" Avenger and was the last to be examined when Moonie realized that he was in fact, the strongest of them all because the place that the aliens had chosen to conduct this battle in ... was filled with hundreds of moons--the source of Moon Knight's power and he trounced the 'bot. Since then, he seems to have fallen in the hands of lackluster writers and almost faded in obscurity but he seems to be making a comeback in the past few years. I've seen a few of his more recent issues like "The Bottom", "Vengeance of the Moon Knight", and even his guest appearances in stuff like "The Secret Avengers" and I'm reminded of what a total badass he was in the WCA.
I didn't think too much of the original Dr. Mid-Nite, save that I thought that hyphen mark was dumb. However I stumbled across Matt Wagner's origin of the new Mid-nite and was suitably impressed that he managed to blow off the dust and reinvent the Doctor for the 21st Century.
I don't think too much of the reinvention of Max Lord as a super-vill, but I was a big fan of the original run of the series. As I understand it, way back in late 80s, DC was reinventing all of it's flagship titles after the Crisis on Infinite Earths. And Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis were saddled with the task of bringing the Justice League back to greatness. Then they ran into a little snag. Superman was being rewritten by John Byrne, Wonder Woman was being similarly rebooted as was the Flash and Green Arrow. Aquaman and Hawkman were sorta in comic limbo. Basically none of the big guys were available. The writers were left with a bunch of second stringers and Bat Man. They didn't have anybody left. Anyone else would have choked or fumbled the series, but Giffen and DeMatteis apparently decided that if DC was going to disrespect the JLA by giving them nobodies, then they would flaunt it by giving them a JLA unlike anything they had ever seen before and they did it by boldly reinventing this team as a tongue-in-cheek comedy. This series introduced me to Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Ice, Fire, Guy Gardner, Captain Atom, and Metamorpho. A bunch of guys I'd never heard of or paid much attention to. It was funny and cool. I'm sure that this new series isn't quite as humorous or funny, but they aren't the ones I'm fond of but the original Justice League International. Bwahahaha!
Way back when, Hank Pym never impressed me as a superhero. About the one thing I guess I knew him for was that he was the Wasp's ex-husband and that he changed identities at the drop of a hat. Hank was the first superhero who was a wife-beater and I admit that tarnished his halo. His later service as "Dr. Pym the Scientific Adventurer" in the West Coast Avengers did redeem him somewhat in my eyes. But up until the recent death of the Wasp and his taking up the mantle for himself and his reinvention of himself as the "Scientist Supreme" has left me stunned. I actually found myself thinking that Pym is a pretty good character. I am disappointed that the writers seem to have shifted him to his Giant-Man phase which seems to be a step back from his Wasp days, a role that I think they should have kept.
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