I suppose I'm a bit X-Men biased.
I suppose I'm a bit X-Men biased.
I really shouldn't have to explain this. He's Batman! Of course he's going to be my top pick! Growing up, I used to watch the TV series all the time. (First the '60s version and then the Animated Series.)
While I do have a lot of respect for Batman and I do appreciate the humor of the whole "Batman can defeat anyone with enough prep time" thing, I actually don't think he could, and feel that the writers have often held back Superman in their fights. Still... Superman is far less interesting to me.
The "everyman" superhero. A bit of a nerd in school, living with family beyond the supposed norm, and later struggling to pay the bills. Pete attempted to balance work, his social life and fighting crime. I thought the way they incorporated his skills in science by having him construct his own web shooters was a good touch. Still... This whole selling his marriage to save Aunt May, when she was probably nearing her final days seemed incredibly stupid. At least his identity was hidden again, but still... Giving up his wife (Mary Jane at that!), was kind of terrible, but it may turn into a good story once they get finished with it. All the same, I'm not too fond of his current adventures when compared to the old.
No nonsense attitude, tough as nails, Canadian, and a formerly mysterious past made Logan quite the character. Slow aging made for some fabulous team-ups in ages gone by, such as Logan and Cap fighting nazis in WWII, and his presence in alternate or possible future time-lines. The issues with Logan posing as "Patch" in Madripoor were often some of my favorite. It was nice to have him as a sort of foil for Cyclops, keeping Cyke's occasionally questionable decisions in check.
I prefer the 1980s to 1990s Wolverine. That right, I can be disgruntled about things too. I learned from the best.
I love the black and blue costume. It's great to see that Dick is doing quite well "on his own". So far, his relationships with Babs or Kori make him even more fun to follow. While it was interesting to see him as "Batman", I'm glad that he will be returning to the persona of his own making.
Fabulously beautiful, southern vernacular, the tragedy of not being able to make safe human contact (for most of her life), a former X-Men adversary, and incredibly strong to boot? What wasn't to like? Now-a-days things have changed a lot for her... Rogue can control her power absorption ability, and is able to touch others. She has also lost Ms. Marvel's powers. Even with these changes, I still find her interesting, but I still prefer the '90s version of Rogue the most.
There are a couple of reasons why I have a soft spot for Remy. First, he's Cajun, and while I love to make all sorts of French jokes, I'm half French myself. Second, the guy adds an interesting component what with his formerly mysterious past, and the whole thief thing. Third, he's an excellent fighter who has proven his skill on more than one occasion. Fourth, the man is involved with Rogue and that makes it easy to learn to like the guy. He was also voiced by Chris Potter during the '90s animated series, and well... Chris played the son of Kwai Chang Caine in "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues." So it's a law, I have to like Gambit.
Both her original form and the current Japanese ninja status. Sister to Captain Britain, and long-time member of the X-Men. She is currently a member of X-Force, assassinating threats where ever they are. I'm just catching up on her, but her relationship with Angel seems quite fascinating. Still, I miss the old days where she would romp through Madripoor with Logan and Jubilation Lee.
Believe it or not, I actually don't like that her chest is so large, and cleavage so exposed. It IS quite funny when they make fun of that fact though! Mostly, I just find her exploits to be full of humor, and she seems a bit less one-dimensional "iconic hero" than some of the "goodie, goodies" she sometimes works with. I hope they give her another series and get rid of that stupid new costume from the "New 52".
I've found her annoying at times (mainly in the cartoon), but I now appreciate the "outsider" perspective that she once had. I like her comic book beginnings, how she helped Wolverine, and their later antics together. Unlike many, I actually find her new vampire status intriguing. Hopefully, they'll do something good with it, otherwise it would be my wish that they return her to her old self at the most appropriate and dramatic time.
In a world where people would rather put down, or try to censor something they don't agree with (religion), I found it highly refreshing to follow this openly religious man. Kurt's presence made their highly fictional world of the X-Men a little closer to our reality, and he provided the team with alternate viewpoints to consider. Bonus points for his German lingo and cool teleportation ability.
Note: This refers to the original Nightcrawler, not the Age of Apocalypse one.
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