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"I ain't got no-body": DC's #6 Strangest Superhero

Ok: "Pop Quiz" time!What's the one thing that almost every superhero has in common? I'm talking about 99.99999 percent of the champions in Metropolis, Gotham or Star City; what's their most average characteristic?

Answer: They...are...alive! Yep, it might have escaped your observation, but it's no small wonder that you have to be alive to "save the day" or "get the girl". You're not going to get much done if you're lying in a grave or wandering about as a non-corporeal ghost.

Or can you? More...

Conforming to our search for unique good guys, Deadman fits the #6 spot on DC's Top 10 Strangest Superheroes, a TSL-sponsored countdown, updating weekly. If you like weird powers and you're a fan of DC Comics, check out this list!

The Mind is a Terrible Thing...To Waste! Marvel's #5 Hottest Mutant Lady

When we first learned of Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock, she was a gifted telepath and fraternal twin to Captain Britain, the hero of the British Isles, living the typical life of the Maldon, Essex commoner. Originally, she was very proper and tame as far as head-strong super-heroic women go; her upbringing put her in more of a supportive role (reading minds and sensing the future, i.e. the powers of a precognitive).

But little did Betsy know, her life and mutant abilities would radically change - way more than the typical homo superior - into a vixen of deadly potency and execution. Adopting the name Psylocke, she extended her background, encompassing that of a fully trained ninja, mastering assassination. More...

If you're a big fan of Psylocke, take a look at X-Men: Psylocke, a paperback comprised of her 4-issue mini-series which also features X-Men issues #156-158.

Mainly focused on the quest to regain her original body from the Ninja clan known as "The Hand", it also features a few issues of Psylocke in her earlier years, giving you a taste of true powers and skills. It also gives you a clue into her origin.

Counting down from #10 to #1, Psylocke hits Marvel's Top 10 Hottest Mutant Ladies at the #5 spot. This means there's only four more contestants to go! This is a topic provided by The Superheroes List. If you're you're interested in mutants, or just want to see some cool looking ladies, Check out this List!

Sometimes touch is all you need: Marvel's 6th Hottest Mutant

Often the path to becoming a superhero is wrought with a myriad of obstacles and confusing circumstances, especially when you're a mutant. That's exactly how Anna Marie, known as Rogue, was introduced to mankind. First appearing in Avengers Annual #10 (1981), she struck unexpectedly like a thief in the night, creating confusion among Earth's Mightiest Heroes. It was only later, through extensive contact with the Professor X and the X-Men, that she realized she was being manipulated as a pawn for evil.

One of the most powerful of mutants, Rogue started off surprisingly weak in the world of latent abilities. More...

You've just arrived at the 6th hottest mutant lady. Guess what, there's 5 more! And if you're feeling a bit hot under the collar, it's no surprise because these ladies are going to raise the temperature in a bit. If you're a fan of X-men, mutants, or just want to see a cool Top 10 list created by TSL, than follow along here.

Running from 10 all the way to the #1 spot, this is a weekly update created by The Superheroes List.

See you next week! Feel free to stop by and make comments; do you agree or disagree? Want to see someone else make it to the list? No problem! I look forward to your comments.

He's better than a clothing rack; he's DC's #7 strangest superhero!

Conceptualized by the hippie movement in the 60s, artist and writer Joe Simon brought one of the weirdest characters ever to our attention - but only for a moment. That's because Brother Power the Geek (#1 Oct 1968) lasted for only 2 issues.

It was just too strange, too...crazy, for a mannequin to be brought to life with a bolt of lightning, and then be endowed with super strength and speed. Oddly enough, though, that's just what happened. Wearing his "peaceful" t-shirt and shabby clothing, Brother Power embarked, a super-powered doll determined to make things right.

Of course, that's not even the weirdest part of Brother Power's story. More...

You can follow DC's Top 10 Strangest Superheroes here; this is a weekly countdown provided by TSL, going all the way to #1.

Brother Power the Geek is a product of Joe Simon, also the co-creator of Captain America and Bucky. Did you know that Mr. Simon was also Marvel Comics first Editor-in-Chief?Did you know he was responsible for hiring Stan "The Man" Lee? 

If you're interested in learning more about him, this illustrated autobiography is the compelling source for information from an era that starts back in the depression.

Check it out now!

TSL gets a makeover!

Nothin' to see here. Move along.

Oh wait! The Superheroes List just got a new look! I'm adding a few new sections for entertainment and quick reference. These include:

1. A "vs. Section", which I intend to update monthly. In this spot you'll be able to vote for or against the various characters I list. But don't think it's an easy choice; I'll throw some different scenarios in the mix.

2. The "Most Recent List" section appears at the top of the page in a banner. It's the latest item created for TSL, designed to get your attention and see what's going on.

3. The "Check out this List!"section (over on the left), which shows a popular countdown that's generated a lot of attention.

4. An "Events" section (lower left) which allows you to follow a popular comic book event from start to end. The link will include plots, reading order, and maybe some rumors.

All in all, The Superheroes List (TSL to you newbs) is a place designed for fun in the comic book world. Look around, feel free to comment, and so on. If you give me some critique, I'll try to see what I can do. And always come back; I'm continuously trying new techniques to make this blog even better.

Flashpoint...and reboots.

Just in case you haven't been following along, DC has announced they will be rebooting a huge amount of titles (50+) after the conclusion of the Flashpoint event, which will be August 31, 2011. This information was gleaned from Comic Book Resources.

Feeling like a yo-yo? I'm not surprised. There's a trend of confusion hitting the superhero titles. Lots of changes, for sure; just when I thought they were killing off some good guys, they end up coming back - no wait - they're being rebooted. No, WAIT! They're being killed off again.

But all that aside, I have to be fair about Flashpoint. I'm extremely impressed with the story so far and the large scale implications it has in the DC Universe. Only a few weeks in, I'm spellbound by each tie-in. For example:

  • Thomas Wayne is now the vigilante Batman, far more severe than his deceased son. He plays a much older version and is not willing to kill his opponents.
  • Captain Cold is now a hero. Or is he? Turns out he has a criminal background and will stop at nothing to keep it hidden.
  • Aquaman and Wonder Woman are battling over a decimated western Europe. The entire area is pirated and a superhero/villain war zone.

...and there's much more. Geoff Johns is running a great event. And while I'm mystified with the amount of reboots and retcons since DC's Final Crisis, Flashpoint is a true hit.

Captain America vs. Wolverine

On one side of the battlefield stands the true American patriot, metaphysically augmented, decorated, honored, and bestowed with an unbreakable star-spangled shield; on the other crouches twin, razor-sharp and unbreakable adamantium claws bonded to the skeleton of a beserker mutant. Each squares off against the other in an all-out contest to determine the better hero.

What could this mean? Why...surely this is the newest addition to The Superheroes List, the VS. Section, with Captain America vs. Wolverine as this month's guest stars.

Introducing a myriad of scenarios, you can view the strengths and weaknesses of each participant, pitting them against each other. Think it's an easy task? Not so fast! What if it's an urban battle? Jungle? What if it's a mass battle laden with traps? This point is it's not always a rosy clear picture. So head on over to Captain America vs. Wolverine and cast your vote. Who do you think would win?

Eat me! DC's #8 Strangest Superhero.

Every once in a while, we hit a moment, wondering what where the publishers thinking? How's this hero going to fit in? Can we make him useful in the story? Well, that's exactly the problem that came up when the Legion of Super-Heroes were inducting members on their roster back in Adventure Comics #303 (1962). More specifically, that's what came to pass when they were introduced to Tenzil Kem, the superhero of the planet Bismoll, also known as Matter Eater Lad.

It's not that Matter Eater Lad is powerless or worthless. Sure, he has the astounding ability to bite through, digest, and metabolize any substance (of course, there's no telling how his powers would work against adamantium), but how do you fit such a unique ability into a fight? If someone throws a punch, does he slurp the villain's fist? More...

Matter Eater Lad arrives at #8 on DC's Top 10 Strangest Superheroes, a weekly countdown provided by The Superheroes List, heading all the way to the #1 spot. Feel free to follow along as we check out some of the most unique, and sometimes outrageous superheroes that (somehow) graced the pages of our favorite comic books.

There's a Storm brewing: Marvel's #7 Hottest Lady Mutant

After the original X-Men had parted ways, Professor X was determined to continue his legacy, training mutants far and wide to use their extraordinary abilities for the betterment of mankind. In Giant-Sized X-Men #1 (1975), that dream came true, adorned and represented in the enchanting figure of Ororo Munroe, a beautiful blue-eyed, white-haired descendent of an African priestess and Kenyan tribe.

Already having a great deal of mastery over her powers, Ororo adopted the code-name "Storm" for her talent in controlling sheets of rain, driving fog, and the furious forms of weather at her behest. More...

Ororo Munroe, Storm, arrives at #7 in Marvel's Top 10 Hottest Lady Mutants, a weekly countdown all the way to #1. If you like superheroes with an interesting twist of commentaries and comparisons, check out The Superheroes List.

Class is in session! The TSL review of X-Men: First Class

Perhaps you were thinking that this was just going to be another superhero reboot, you know, like Superman or Batman. Much of the focus this summer has actually NOT been on X-Men: First Class; it's been on Thor, Captain America, and Green Lantern. But what may surprise you is that this movie is pretty good.

No, wait. It's good. Okay, it's great!

X-Men: First Class releases today, June 3rd, in the US theaters and stars James McAvoy as the psychic mentor, Professor Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender as Eric Lensherr, also known as Magneto, the master of magnetism. Joined with them, an assortment of other stars, some you know and others new, create the makeup of a new species of people, homo superier, forming the basis of the first coalition of The X-Men.

First: What's Wrong?
If you're a big comic book reader or a fan of the X-Men, the first thing that will hit you are the continuity issues and the inaccuracies. The actual first class of the X-Men consisted of The Beast, Iceman, Angel, Cyclops, and Marvel Girl. Of all these mutants, only Hank McCoy, the blue-furred Beast remains. Instead, you'll be meeting Banshee, a boy who screams with power, Darwin, a mutant whose body instantly adapts to its environment, and a host of other uniques. Notably, you'll meet Havok, the brother of Cyclops, and Mystique, at a younger age.

All in all, the story is not going to fit into the original X-Men comic book series. After all, in X-Men #1 (1963), Magneto was the villain. Here, he starts off collaborating with Professer X.

Character Development (3 out of 5)
The development of the characters may have been a bit weak. Personally, the main focus is on Professor X and and Eric Lensherr. They develop a bit of a back and forth and steal the show. (But it's not going to win any awards or anything.) You'll get to know the other mutants and see what they do, including a bit into their backgrounds, but nothing too in depth.

Plot (5 out of 5)
Personally, I saw the plot as something much better than the other three X-Men movies. And I have to say, part of this is because they centered it in the 1960s, around the Cuban Missile Crisis theme. Working on the threat of possible war, the X-Men are assembled to help avoid a crisis. It's perfect because it allows full warfare style use of abilities (like the blowing up of missiles), while also having one on one fights and uses of abilities. Basically this follows my belief that superhero movies in older settings have it easier; they don't have to worry about certain technologies or complicated, modern-day threats.

Action (3 out of 5)
Although there are a good amount of power uses, this is not a two-hour, moment-to-moment, grind of battle. There's a lot of action in that the characters are natural with their powers; it's a part of them. But if you wanted Punisher: War Journal, you're barking up the wrong tree. Still, I don't think you'll feel let down; the action that's provided is quite good.

CGI (4 out of 5)
Anyone remember Ang Lee's Hulk movie? Well, don't worry; that's not going to happen here. While a carefully trained eye can say "that's a bit of computer animation", it's almost seemless and on the edge of what's capable today. In truth, the director Matthew Vaugh made some great decisions in how he applied the script, carefully laying out scenes where the special effects would blend in perfectly.

Overall: 4 out of 5

X-Men: First Class is a great movie. Personally, I liked it better than the other three in the X-Men franchise. Starting it off in 1962 really added a great plot element: that mutants have been among us for awhile, working inside and outside of the government. Combined with the excellent special effects and CGI, you'll see a flick packed full of interesting and conflicting moments. And although the character development is average, this is clearly a surprise -- a welcome one -- for the avid comic book enthusiast. Well done!

Fear Itself #3: Captain America may be dead...again?

In the last few weeks, the rumors have been percolating that Captain America, currently identified as the Bucky Barnes, might be killed in Fear Itself #3, which released on June 1st, 2011. While unfortunate, this is not a great surprise. The original Captain America, Steve Rogers, has always been the favorite persona handling the shield and makes complete sense to create an opening and let him take the star-spangled role back.

And apparently, that rumor has now been verified. At least, it appears to be verified.

Don't worry, I'm not suggesting a conspiracy or anything; on the last pages of FI #3, it's clear to everyone that the Red Skull's daughter, Sin (now transformed into one of The Worthy, named Skadi), has struck a fatal wound -- an enlarged hole -- in the chest of Captain America. In other words: he looks dead to me!

Dead enough that Steve Rogers may be picking up that patriotic shield by the next issue...

...Oh wait! That's just in time for Captain America: The First Avenger movie! How ironic!

Fear Itself is a major Marvel Publisher's comic book event that started in April 2011 and will run with numerous Tie-ins. If you're interested, you can follow the plots, comments, and reading order at Fear Itself, sponsored by The Superheroes List.

Evil becomes me: The #9 Strangest DC Superhero

Most superheroes have to go out on the hunt, looking for evil and bad guys to prove their loyalty to justice. Sounds typical, but that's not entirely true when it came to Rory Regan, a down-to-earth Good Samaritan. In his case, finding evil is his heritage.

Not just poor, Rory and his father were poverty-stricken, purchasing used goods from the underprivileged while attempting to resell them at his shop Rags'n'Tatters. But that all took a mysterious, supernatural turn once a local group of drug dealers decided to take over. Using their wealth and brute resources, Rory's father was killed while he was heavily wounded and kicked out into the street. More...

Rory Regan, aka Ragman, takes the #9 spot on DC's Top 10 Strangest Superheroes, a weekly list that works its way to the #1 spot. Do you like DC Comics and their wacky assortment of characters? If so, check out this List!