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Doctor Octopus Finishes Spider-Man

VILLAINOUS MOMENTS

And The Worst Happens!

~Excerpt from Avenging Spider-Man #15.1 (2013)

There's been lots of clues, even spoilers out there, and it's all been culiminating to Superior Spider-Man #1, an issue coming out in January 2013. Previously released in December 2012, Peter Parker met his fate, defeated by Doctor Octopus.

The story has been building up over the last couple of years, finally exploding as a new title emerging from the Marvel NOW! event. For those of you following the Web-Crawler, he's been fighting Otto Octavius to prevent the villain from destroying the world. We thought he won!

But in a villainous plot of uncanny proportions, Doc Ock had another agenda. His body had been failing and we thought it was only months before he would succumb to natural (yes, I said natural) causes. Little did we know, he was preparing Peter Parker as his new host.

Obviously this new...dare we say "Superior" Spider-Man is going to cause an uproar with fans. But for now, Parker is history...

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The Trapster Sucks At Math!

SUPERFUNNIES

But Doc Ock Places His Life On The Line, Anyway


~Amazing Spider-Man #700 (2013)

There's only a few hours left in the failing body of Dr. Octopus. But...we're rooting for him!

This is the final issue: Amazing Spider-Man #700, and we're about to get a glimpse of some seriously messed-up super-villains. Hydro Man and Scorpion are just lackeys, but Trapster has to do some serious calculations to keep the mechanically-armed mastermind alive.

Does Dr. Octopus make it? Does it matter? Well, this issue is so messed up, you have to hope he wins. Because if he loses, Peter Parker becomes a changed man. (Yeah, that's a hint.)

Are heroes and villains smart? Naw. #SuperFunnies updates every week (usually Thursday) on The Superheroes List. Here are the bloopers, flip-flops, and all-together moments of levity during exchanges of humor and snapshots of utterly ridiculous decisions in comic books.

Dr. Manhattan, Wave Rider, and Linear Woman Have Time

THE TOP 10 TEMPORAL SUPER POWERS

Chronal Power #2: Time-Space Immersion


~Jon Osterman aka Dr. Manhattan from Before Watchmen Dr. Manhattan #1 (2012).

Gifted to only a small handful of superheroes, there is one ability that transcends typical temporal abilities, going beyond the scope of human thought. It could have been number one on the list with its god-like qualities and paranormal traits, but lacking one additional power, it rests here nicely as the second greatest power of all Time: Time-Space Immersion.

Extremely uncommon, this is the ability to join the timeline. A hero of this magnitude seems omniscient and capable of moving through the timestream at will or appear, mentally or physically, at multiple times simultaneously. Because of this strange phenomena, Time-Space Immersion usually puts this hero in a state of evolution and transcendence, and can change their demeanor.

WaveRider aka Matthew Ryder is one such DC Comics superhero with Time-Space Immersion as his fundamental power. First appearing in Armageddon 2001 #1 (1991), he was later killed.

Later, Liri Lee would gain WaveRider's abilities when Black Beetle and The Linear Men fought over his corpse. Gaining the upper hand, she fused with his chronal matter and because known as The Linear Woman, seeming to have all the same abilities.

And finally, the one superhero gaining the most attention lately is Jon Osterman aka Dr. Manhattan. His fame started with Alan Moore's The Watchmen mini-series in 1986. One of the most enigmatic characters of the plot, Jon becomes so aware of time that he loses more and more of his connection to reality, eventually leaving the earth. His struggles become even more apparent in the 2012 series Before Watchmen.

Chronologically correct and temporally precise, this is The Top 10 Temporal Super Powers, a Countdown of Time-Wielding Abilities and Characters provided by The Superheroes List provided every Wednesday (except this week because of Christmas) for the 2013 New Year. (And no, Father Time is not a superhero.) Want to read more? It's about TIME! Read the List!

The Joker Doesn't Just Kill You, Nightwing

VILLAINOUS MOMENTS

He Kills Everyone Else, Too.


~Excerpt from Nightwing #15, part of the Death of The Family event.

He's been terrorizing DC Comics for the last month, and just murdered a member of Haley's Circus.

The Joker is no joke; that's what Nightwing has learned over the years. But now he appears to know Dick Grayson's identity. In a cruel, senseless act of violence and madness, the super-villain kills "Jimmy", one of the Haley's Circus clowns, just for looking similar.

This is only the first death. For the second, you'll have to read Nightwing #15 and follow Death of The Family.

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Hawkeye: Superhero Landlord!

SUPERFUNNIES

...And All-Around Fixer-Upper


~Hawkeye #6 (2013)

Clint Barton runs a building; he's the Landlord. But just because you're a superhero AND the owner of a residential property doesn't mean everything will go right.

Titled "Six Nights in the Life of Hawkeye", Hawkeye #6 shows us that being a civilian and a business owner comes with a whole new list of problems. Especially when those pesky problems arise from fighting crime.

This issue is part of the Marvel NOW! event.

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What Does Iron Lad, Mr. Fantastic, Rip Hunter, and Hourman Have In Common?

THE TOP 10 TEMPORAL SUPER POWERS

Chronal Power #3: Time Travel


If there is one power that always fast forwards the clock and finds its way into the superhero universe, it's Time Travel, a power so uncanny that it's use will typically cause creative designers and writing teams to pull their hair out (if they have any left, of course). Oddly enough, it's also the most prevalent temporal power due to the extremely useful ways it can fix things that go wrong.

Most people are surprised when they find out how pervasive Time Travel is in the superhero world. And then when they think about it, it's obvious. Did Charles Xavier get killed in a villainous act? Is the world about to collapse because their is no Flash? Did the Justice League never exist? If there's ever a problem that seems so convoluted and complicated that the answer is near impossible...go back in time.

Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic actually has stretching powers gained by Cosmic Rays, but since then, he's been worked on and developed technology that constantly sends the Fantastic Four into different times and dimensions (but you can thank Dr. Doom for much of it). In 2013, as part of Marvel NOW! the group will be doing just that to save their own lives.

Iron Lad is a young teenager (actually Nathanial Richards) who is visited by his future, villainous self called Kang the Conqueror. Deciding to alter course from evil, he adopts his own brand of Iron Man stylized gear and travels time often with The Young Avengers. (He first appeared in Young Avengers #1 2005.)

Although there is one other iteration of Hourman, the version relevant to this countdown is actually a sentient android from the 853rd century. (The previous Hourman, Rex Tyler, had not temporal powers.) A colony of intelligent nanite machines, it could access an "Hour of Power", where it could move through time and access most of the chronal powers.

Rip Hunter, first appearing in  Showcase #20 (1950), is one of the oldest superhero time-travelers around. His expertise and genius is his power, developing the tools and technology to make moving through the timeline his specialty. An icon of DC Comics, he can be used as one of their typical tools for repairing an "irreparable" plot.

The Linear Men (which Rip Hunter also took part in) is another group of time-traveling companions bent on a mission of fixing chronal distortions and temporal paradoxes. Commissioned by DC Comics, they first appeared in Adventures of Superman #476 (1991) with members such as Travis O'Connell, Liri Lee, Rayak The Ravager, and Matthew Ryder.

Chronologically correct and temporally precise, this is The Top 10 Temporal Super Powers, a Countdown of Time-Wielding Abilities and Characters provided by The Superheroes List provided every Wednesday for the 2013 New Year. (And no, Father Time is not a superhero.) Want to read more? It's about TIME! Read the List!

Tony Stark vs. Stephen Strange vs. Reed Richards

VILLAINOUS MOMENTS

The Illuminati Has A Territorial Dispute

~Dark Avengers #184 (2013)

In what appears to be a war of the New Avengers Illuminati, Doctor Strange, Reed Richards, Tony Stark and possibly others, have separated New York and the region into territories and are attempting to destroy their opponents.

Dark Avengers #184 has it all. And it's part of the Marvel NOW! revolution. Moonstone, Skaar, and the other criminals-posing-as-heroes have fallen into an alternate universe where the good guys aren't so good anymore.

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The Avengers Give The Hulk His Shot

SUPERFUNNIES

Spider-Woman Draws The Short Straw

~Avengers Assemble #10 (2013)

Part of the Marvel NOW! event, the Incredible, or Indestructible, Hulk is still part of The Avengers in this issue. Unfortunately, he's contaminated. And angry.

Avengers Assemble #10 reveals it all when Tony Stark and Bruce Banner have a bet that turns a bit sour. By the end of this issue, the Hulk is host to an organism from the water he drank.

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The Flash, Kid Flash, Impulse, and All The Rest

THE TOP 10 TEMPORAL SUPER POWERS

Chronal Power #4: The Speed Force


Of all the powers related to time and its mastery, one concept has been so categorically profound and important, that it has become a central and reoccurring theme of their superheroes. Called The Speed Force, it's also become one of the most mysterious and hard to define.

Right: Barry Allen is surrounded by a strange, lightning-like energy which would later be termed the Speed Force. Excerpt from Flash: Rebirth #1 (2009).

For those of you familiar with it, The Speed Force is the underlying dimensional energy that powers The Flash, whether your referring to Jay Garrick (The Golden Age Flash), Barry Allen (The Original Flash), or Wally West (The Next Flash Incarnation). It also seems to be linked to every super-speedster in the DC Universe, which includes (or included): Jesse Quick, Johnny Quick, Max Mercury, Bart Allen (Impulse), Professor Zoom, Zoom, Savitar, and likely heirs of the Allen family yet to be born. Whether a stream of lightning-like force or a place that exists outside the realm of time, it has become the integral power that gives super-speed, allows vibrational intangibility, and gives the controller the ability to breach his current dimension and move through time.

But fast feet, rapid-punching, and these incredible feats are only a side effect of this power. In actuality, it has been revealed that the Speed Force is the guiding principle that governs time. This makes The Flash and all the other characters ambassadors of Time by association. And to a greater sense, it seems that The Flash is fundamentally bonded to it, giving him access to its miraculous gifts by a greater degree.

Whether traveling forward or backward in time, entering the dimension through vibratory relocation, or using simple super-speed, the Speed Force and those who use it are some of the greatest actors in the field of time. DC Comics has turned it into an upper-tier power and given it the potential for even greater temporal revelations.

For those interested in learning more about the Speed Force, one of the best sources, although dated from the 1990's, is Flash: Terminal Velocity. This Trade Paper-Back covers The Flash V2, #96-100. Written by Mark Waid, it goes into great clarity as many of the aspects of this dimensional power are learned by the heroes.

Chronologically correct and temporally precise, this is The Top 10 Temporal Super Powers, a Countdown of Time-Wielding Abilities and Characters provided by The Superheroes List  provided every Wednesday for the 2013 New Year. (And no, Father Time is not a superhero.) Want to read more? It's about TIME! Read the List!

The Evil, Insidious, Spider-Man

VILLAINOUS MOMENTS

Should He Be Killed?

~Amazing Spider-Man #699 (2013)

Who's this mysterious villain, hanging on to life with only a few hours left? And why are we rooting for him to capture Spider-Man?

If you've missed the recent revelations of Amazing Spider-Man #698-699, a fiendish plot has been uncovered, a trap so diabolical it may destroy Peter Parker's legacy forever. And it was accomplished by one of his greatest arch-enemies, the figure shown in this picture above. Do you know who it is?

Here's a big hint: It's Peter Parker! (Or is it?)

The latest issue is too big, too evil, and too villainous to spoil. And the last page sums up the inevitability of our hero. There's only 700 minutes left before the Spider-Man you knew...is gone.

Villainous Moments is a column from of The Superheroes List, updated weekly (usually Tuesday). What are the bad guys doing this week? Macabre and unthinkable, grotesque and unbearable; here's your answer! Look for #VillainousMoments on Twitter.

Slipstream and Gateway

THE TOP 10 TEMPORAL SUPER POWERS

Chronal Power #5: Temporal Displacement

~Slipstream, from X-Treme X-Men #14 (2002)

The 7th power was Temporal Summoning, the ability to call people from the timeline. The 6th power was Temporal Distortion, the changing of the rates of time. Now that we understand those incredible abilities, we can move along to the next awesome phase of our chronology: Temporal Displacement! Based on physics and the consensus that time and space are related, we're beginning to get into the real red meat of Time Control. It only follows that those who can manipulate time, also have a fundamental relationship to reality as we know it. (That's why we now call it the Time-Space Continuum.)

Dispacement means teleportation, and those who can temporally displace are able to teleport through time as well as space.

Slipstream, aka Davis Cameron, was a mutant capable of generating a "warp wave". The true extent of his abilities were never actualized, but he could blow a hole in reality and ride it to his next destination. In all likelihood, this Australian-born superhero - had he continued in his career before M-Day (The day almost all mutants were neutered) removed his powers -  he would have evolved into a time-surfer. Davey's first appearance was X-Treme X-Men #6 (2001).

Gateway is another time-space teleporter, and -you guessed it - another mutant who has been associated with the X-Men for years. His first appearance was Uncanny X-Men #229 (1988), a silent, unnamed aborigine who used his bull-roarer to create dimensional rifts.

In the guises of Temporal Displacement, the key is the ability to teleport; once the hero starts moving across distances, the probability is that time travel is next. Please note, though, that not all teleporters are equal. For example, Nightcrawler, a popular figure of the X-Men, teleports by using a psionic link through the realm of Limbo, which doesn't correlate to this subject matter.

The H'el On Earth Reading Order

EVENT: H'EL ON EARTH

The Last Survivors of Krypton Must Fight To Survive

It started with its prelude from October 2012; Superman, Supergirl, and even the clone, Superboy, faced a showdown against a threat of Kryptonian origin in the DC Comics action-packed event, H'el on Earth. This mini-series ran through December 2012, a crossover involving the entire Kryptonian family.

~H'el makes his first appearance, excerpt from Superman #13 (2012)

Who is H'el?
A Brief Note on The Kryptonian Super-Villain

Although H'el appearance and origin has been revealed, it may turn out to be something else by the end of the story.

According to H'el, he was once, before the fall of the planet, Krypton, Jor-El's most praised student and assistant. Before its demise, he was sent into space in a craft and managed to avoid the devastation. Over the decades, he traveled through the cosmos, only to arrive to Earth in the recent months.

H'el also states that his ship carried all the vestiges and records of Kryptonian culture. His self-recognized mission is to restore the planet and he wants to bring Supergirl (Kara) and Superman (Kal-El) with him to accomplish this feat. Superboy, on the other hand, is a hybrid clone; H'el immediately believes he should be destroyed.


He'l On Earth Reading Order
The Basic Listing of The Mini-Series

Prelude: He'l On Earth
001 Superman #13

Chapter 1: Main Event: H'el On Earth
002 Superboy #14
003 Supergirl #14
004 Superman #14
005 Superboy #15
006 Supergirl #15
007 Superman #15

Chapter 2: Assault on The Fortress of Solitude
008 Superboy #16
009 Supergirl #16
010 Superboy Annual #1
011 Superman #16
012 Superboy #17
013 Supergirl #17
014 Superman #17<--Released: 03/06/2013


FINAL Update: 03/06/2013


H'el On Earth Reading Summaries
Chapter 1: He'l On Earth!

001 Superman #13 (The prelude to H'el on Earth. After battling for his notion of what newspaper reporting and journalism should be, Clark quits, or is fired, from the Daily Planet after an argument with the boss, Morgan Edge. Soon after, a huge draconian creature is witnessed towering over Metropolis. Clark switches to Superman and confronts the creature, but realizes this entity is stronger than anything he's ever faced. Using the vast array of his incredible powers, the fight continues across the globe until Clark manages to ignite the beast, killing it. All appears well...until Supergirl arrives in anger; she then exclaims that the creature was actually a prehistoric Tripedal Curosiananiun, once native to Krypton. In the background, the being known as H'el watches, emotionless.)
002 Superboy #14 (Kon-El begins to lose hope while pondering the villain Harvest and the people attempting to use him; fortunately Bunker manages to cheer him up. While they are walking and talking, H'el appears, sensing that he is a clone, and decides to test his abilities. They fight, but it is quickly one-sided with Superboy losing. Bunker calls in the Teen Titans, but they are easily overmatched as well. Instead of killing Superboy, H'el decides to teleport away and use him for a future scheme.)
003 Supergirl #14 (Resuming hours or days after Superman's battle with the Kryptonian Dragon, Kara and he bring it to The Block, a research facility near the center of the earth. She points out that if this creature can exist, so can other Kryptonians. Superman disagrees, though, and the two argue. Kara then heads to hear Sanctuary for rest, when she is teleported out by H'el who introduces himself as another survivor of her homeworld. He explains his origin and his mission: to bring the Krypton survivors back and revive their world. As an offering, he presents Superboy, whose neck he plans to snap. Supergirl asks him to hold off killing Superboy, and requests a chance to speak to Superman. H'el says he'll be hard to persuade, but lets her go anyway.)
004 Superman #14 (Resumes at the point where Kara arrives as Clark's apartment, in Supergirl #14. The issue starts with Lois at Clark's apartment, trying to get him to return to his job. Clark and her argue over his moral beliefs and her boyfriend status; that's when Lois states that Clark and her are just good friends. Suddenly Kara barges in and the two leave Lois and head to Centennial Park. Kara begins revealing H'el to Superman, and that's when the mysterious Kryptonian appears. He tries to convince the son of Jor-El of his origin, but Superman has none of it. In the same gesture as before, H'el produces Superboy and prepares to snap his neck. Superman quickly springs to action and stops H'el; the two begin fighting. While H'el has a chance, he appears to Kara as Superman and knocks her out. It appears his goal is to make Superman look like her enemy. After some lesser skirmishing, H'el vows to continue his mission, leaving Superman behind with a nearly dead Superboy.)
005 Superboy #15 (Continues immediately from Superman #14. Superboy awakens amidst auto debris after being thrown by H'el; for some reason, he is completely paralyzed with numbing senses. Superman, though, comes to his aid and whisks him off to his Fortress of Solitude. While there, he learns that Superboy has three strands of DNA and that they are separating. To fight off the deteriorating condition, he places his crest - which also means his armor - on Kon-El. Superboy immediately gets better, and super-strong, but has now lost his tactile kinesis abilities. Elsewhere, the issue cuts to H'el convincing Supergirl that he's on her side; he leaves her and reaches Superman's Fortress, to throw them out and claim it as his.
006 Supergirl #15 (Continues from Superboy #15. H'el returns to Kara and brings her to the Fortress of Solitude. Meanwhile, blocked from entrance and outside, Superman and Superboy ponder how to reenter. Superman comes up with an idea which eludes to "combining their powers". Back at the Fortress, H'el shows Kara the City of Kandor and shrinks her down inside. Inside, he shows her his true form from an astral projection because he is unable to shrink. Kara sees all the citizens in stasis, and then remnants of Brainiac's forces find her and attempt to put her in stasis. Kara destroys them and locates the Quantum Crystal, a Kryptonian power source. She leaves Kandor, gives it to H'el, and he thanks her for trusting him. In the last frame, finally enthralled, she embraces him with a kiss.)
007 Superman #15 (Continues from Supergirl #15, where Superman's idea comes into play. Trusting his intuition, Superman takes Superboy to a military installation that acts as a prison for one man: Lex Luthor. Both heroes makes their way through the several forms of security until they are face to face with the villain and begin questioning him. Surprisingly, Lex knows a great deal about what's going on, and confirms that H'el is going to use the Kandorian power source to fuel his time-jump and save Krypton. Unfortunately, the reaction will cause earth to explode. As they part ways, Lex ultimately states that Superman didn't need to come see him, and only visited because he needed to understand that to be stopped, H'el would have to be killed. In the last few frames, Superman summons Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and The Flash, updating them to the crisis and informing them that they need to assault the Fortress of Solitude.)


 Assault on The Fortress Of Solitude
Chapter 2
008 Superboy #16 (Continues from Superman #15 after a brief, undisclosed period. After planning a strategy in Dr. Veritas's lab, Superboy joins a distractive, frontal assault with Batman and Wonder Woman and reaches the Kryptonian force field. Using his Tactile Kinesis, he destroys it. Superman and Cyborg are standing by and activate a boom tube into the Fortress. Unfortunately, He'l is ready and misdirects their teleport to the deadliest security bots. Fighting continues on both fronts, each side battling their way past Kryptonian wonders until they come together against a mysterious prison-tech object. It hits Superman and teleports him into a series of pocket dimensions. All appears lost, but hoping to aid the Man of Steel, Superboy follows him, leaving uncertainty in their wake. The final pages of the issue diverge from the main story and show tremors in the Himalayas as a research witnesses the unearthing of a strange, gigantic and alien creature.)
009 Supergirl #16 (The events in this issue happen during events in Superboy #16, near the middle and end. As Superman, Superboy and the Justice League lead an attack on the Fortress, The Flash is vibrating into it to find Supergirl. Too late, though, she's found him. They battle as he tries to explain H'el is misleading her, ending up in other alien habitats, until they randomly come upon Krypto. The Flash uses the opportunity to find a special kinetic weapon and uses it on Kara. He's about to take her down until H'el shows up and teleports him to The Watchtower, failing his mission. H'el warns her that he won't let them win this battle. Elsewhere, on the other side of the galaxy, aliens recognize a power signature and a picture reveals The Oracle.)
010 Superboy Annual #1 (The events in this issue occur within the span of approximately 3 minutes and resolve to coincide at the end of Supergirl #16. Superman and Superboy now find themselves in an pocket dimension of an alien device obtained awhile back in the Fortress of Solitude. They battle through an ever-changing reality landscape until they come upon the manipulators of their torment, Blastor and Lasara. These two were imprisoned long ago by Blastor's brother, Garzo, and now Blastor believes Superboy's power could free them. The fight begins until Superboy leaves the fray and communes with the dimension with his empathy powers. Together, they free everyone, but he sends Blastor and Lasara to a desolate place on the other side of the universe. By the end of the issue, Superman and Superboy return, learning they've only been gone for about 3 minutes. On another panel, H'el and Supergirl are getting ready to activate the device that will cause the Solar System to collapse.)
011 Superman #16 (Continues immediately from Superboy Annual #1. The fight continues within the Fortress of Solitude. Each time Cyborg attempts to Boom-teleport them, H'el relocates their destination. That is, until Batman devises a plan. They send Superman towards H'el, alone and at super speeds. Once they prepare to teleport, he attacks H'el. Now together, the forces of the Superman, Superboy, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Cyborg face H'el and Supergirl. But it's a short fight; gaining a moment's control, H'el teleports the Fortress away from it's initial location. He then turns on the device. Elsewhere, the Oracle is now awakened, preparing to watch the end of the world.)
012 Superboy #17 (Continues immediately from Superman #16. Kon-el watches as the Starchamber where H'el and Supergirl are waiting, activates. Batman and Cyborg return to the Watchtower and Superman, Wonder Woman, and he continue to fight. Superman stays behind to fight H'el, but before Superboy can leave, H'el attempts to destroy him again. He barely manages to keep his DNA together with the help of his powers. While trying to to navigate his way into the Starchamber, he faces Kara. He's no match for her right now, so he let's her throw punches while he tries to convince her to give up her quest. Fortunately for him, Wonder Woman intervenes and carries on the battle. Kon-el, now having a distraction, continues to move closer to the Starchamber in the final pages. And this entire story continues with scenes of The Herald summoning Oracle to earth to prepare for its final destruction.)
013 Supergirl #17 (Continues from Superboy #17, but also happens near-simultaneous to the event within that issue. Taking place as Kara faces Wonder Woman, the two females square off with near-equal speed and power. Diana, however, has experience on her side and lassos Supergirl into submission. Confronted with impossibilities, Kara does break free, but ultimately sees that the sun is about to explode or collapse and the world is dying. Confused, she faces H'el who finally admits to his plans. That's when Kara goes ballistic, threatening him. H'el decides to give her one last chance, though: Earth or Krypton.)


Conclusion
The Finale

~Supergirl delivers the final blow. Excerpt from Superman #17 (2013).

014 Superman #17 (Continues from Superboy #17 and Supergirl #17. Superman is now in space after being heavily struck by H'el. Strangely though, his trajectory is stopped short. Taking it all in, Superman sees The Oracle and begins having visions of his past when looking in its eyes. A sense of impending doom comes over him, but he ignores it and flies back to the battle. All across the world now, tremors, storms, and destructive events are heralding earth's final moment. Superboy, however, finally achieves the destruction of the Star Chamber, believing he may have stopped the villain. It's only a trick, though; secretly H'el planned for this and the act frees him ship for takeoff. The heroes are completely at H'els mercy, even as Superman arrives to make another attack. At the end, it is Kara, appearing to succumb to his plans and join him, who gets the final blow. Secreting a piece of green kryptonite in her hands, she gets close to H'el and stabs him in the heart. With death nearing him, H'el disappears with some ominous parting words. The world is saved by this single act, but Superman fears that H'el may be more dangerous, now wounded. In truth, they don't know what happened or where he went, but the issue then shifts to Krypton, 12 years before it's demise, and a younger Jor-El during an archaeological dig. He stumbles upon the body of H'el with the kryptonite in his chest. The issue concludes by questioning how the future may have changed with this event.)
 


H'el On Earth Release List
The Issues For The Event

The following issues have been released by DC Comics as part of this event. If additional titles are added, they will appear here.

Superman #13-17
Superboy #14-17
Superboy Annual #1
Supergirl #14-17


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Throne of Atlantis Reading Order

MINI-EVENT: THRONE OF ATLANTIS

It's Not Safe To Go Into The Water!

Atlantis vs. The Justice League. Aquaman vs. Ocean Master. The sea-dwelling kingdom leads an attack on the surface world! All this, with the writing of Geoff Johns and art of Ivan Reis and Joe Prado culimate in the DC mini-crossover called Throne of Atlantis. The prelude for this event released November 28, 2012, and it will be continuing through February 2013.

Throne of Atlantis is considered one of the important story arcs leading up to Trinity War, the major DC event for 2013.


What You'll Find Here
Welcome aboard, mateys! This is a Reading Order and Summary Page for the Throne of Atlantis event. Here, we'll be displaying a list of the titles, background details, and information that may be useful and you collect the issues and enjoy it for yourself. And if you have any comments or questions, feel free to ask them below.
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Throne of Atlantis Reading List: Chronology
FINAL Update: 03/06/2013

Throne of Atlantis: Prelude
001 Aquaman #14 (November)

Throne of Atlantis: Main Story
002 Justice League #15 (Part 1)
003 Aquaman #15 (Part II)

  January 
004 Justice League #16 (Part III)
005 Aquaman #16 (Part IV)

  February
006 Justice League #17 (Part V)

007 Aquaman #17 (Epilogue)



Update Notes
Additional Information For This Event

Disclaimer: The event has concluded. The Reading Order is now final. 

03/14/2013 - Closing down this list now that the event is over.
03/07/2013 - I'm about to close down this page, just waiting to review some issues ahead of schedule and determine there's nothing more needed in this crossover.

02/27/2013 - The final issues of the event have released and are implemented.
02/14/2013 - No releases this week.
02/06/2013 - No releases this week.
01/30/2013 - Updated the Reading Order with Aquaman #16 today.
01/23/2013 - Justice League #16 released today.
01/16/2012 - No releases this week, but I updated anyway, just to let followers know.
12/26/2012 - Established the two issues this week into the Reading Order.
12/19/2012 - No releases this week. I'm updating this page every week to make sure readers are informed.
11/29/2012 - Established the Reading Order and Summary Page. Added Release List, Order, and prelude summary.

Throne of Atlantis: Detailed Notes
Issue Summaries of The Event

The following summaries are descriptions of the titles, including spoilers. These are provided below the Reading List so you can avoid them if you wish.

Above: Arthur meets with his brother, the king, looking for answers. Excerpt Aquaman #14 (2013).

001 Aquaman #14 (The official prelude to the Throne of Atlantis event. Beginning in Amnesty Bay, Maine, Arthur uses his aquatic telepathy to summon his brother, the current ruler and king of Atlantis, for a meeting. Once together, he reveals that Black Manta has been stealing the powerful Atlantean relics for some purpose and fears that whoever is doing so may be preparing an attack on the surface world. The king rebuffs Aquaman, though, and states he has no desire to assault the surface-dwellers. After some underwater politics and history are exchanged, the two separate and Arthur has no answers. A second, brief part of the issue shows Vulko, who has lived above water for some time, over the body of an Atlantean. He fears something has gone wrong in the kingdom and dives into the water. Elsewhere, Black Manta is at Belle Reeve. It turns out that Amanda Waller seeks to enlist him into her Suicide Squad for underwater missions. At the interview, though, he becomes violent, overpowers his guard, and emphatically states that he will only die for Aquaman, giving us a glimpse into the level of determination in this super-villain. By the end of the issue, someone is near the depths of The Trench with the scepter of the dead king and unleashes it's power, reopening the crevice, and unleashing the hungry, man-eating sea-creatures to fed.

The Main Event
002 Justice League #15 (Starts the story after the events in Aquaman #14. Beginning in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean, the USS MABUS has a corrupted missile testing which inadvertently goes off below the sea levels; we recognize that it hits the hidden city of Atlantis. Cyborg is notified that the carrier is missing while in the Watchtower and contacts Batman. Almost at the same time, Aquaman and Mera appear in Gotham and he discusses the strange behavior of the fish. The issue cuts to Superman and Wonder Woman, basically on a date in Metropolis as Clark Kent and Diana Prince, when the lights go. Tidal Waves hit and they fly to save the city. During the rescue, they encounter the Atlantean, Vulko, who passes out, but says he needs to meet with King Arthur. Meanwhile, Cyborg transmits to Batman that Metropolis and Boston have been hit by a tidal wave and Gotham City is next. Arthur immediately recognizes the danger: this is an Atlantean War Plan and attack is imminent!)
003 Aquaman #15 (Continues from Justice League #15, a very short period later. As the issue opens, Gotham City is hit by the aforementioned tidal wave. Arthur and Mera, still present, attempt to save as many Gothamites as possible. Batman moves Aquaman in the Batwing to the next city to help more people and questions the Atlantean's motives. Arthur explains some of his history and adamantly denies that they are his people. Suddenly, the Batwing is downed by an explosion. Batman and Arthur escape, but Arthur tells him that the Atlanteans are specifically targeting the Dark Knight as part of the war plans. In Metropolis, Superman and Wonder Woman examine Vulko, he awakens and throws a fit, but Wonder Woman puts him at bay. All parties end up at the Watchtower and Aquaman explains how the Atlanteans, led by his brother, Orm, are reacting. They tell him Orm needs to be brought in. Soon later in Boston, Orm appears looking for his brother, Aquaman appears, trying to reason with him but Orm has none of it. Finally having enough, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman appear and tell Arthur their bringing him in. Unfortunately, Arthur won't allow it and grabs Batman.)
004 Justice League #16 (Continues immediately from Aquaman #15. With Vulko in The Watchtower explaining things, Cyborg locates Dr. Shin and sends a Boom Tube down to the surface to extract him. Immediately, though, Atlantean units appear and attack, fearing Shin may know how to defend against their strategies. Elsewhere, Aquaman attempts to keep the sides from battle, but is unsuccessful. Batman, then Wonder Woman, engages. Orm rebuffs their attempts and calls the Atlantean Armada out of the water. It's war now! Back at The Watchtower, Cyborg manages to get Shin after defending against their assassination attempt. He calls on his father at STAR labs, who is working with Dr. T.O. Morrow. Morrow is ready to bring his weather controlling tech robot online and Silas is asked to upgrade his son's cybernetics. Cyborg, however, has an additional mandate: he is calling in new Justice League members! As the battle between Orm and the original members subside, Orm has used his trident and crown to suck them all into the ocean!)
005 Aquaman #16 (Continues from Justice League #16, after a brief period. At STAR Labs, Victor is now undergoing the removal of his lungs. Elsewhere in Boston, the newest members to the JL are on duty and fighting down the Atlantean Troops. Orm is now setting charges and preparing to blow the surface area. Meanwhile, the main part of the story is occurring down in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, in The Trench. The Main League members are entombed down there, waiting to be eaten alive. Aquaman races down there and with Batman's aid, finds that the Sceptre controlled by Orm should be able to control the mutant race. Ironically, though, this is not the sceptre in Orm's hands. Vulko has it. At the end, Cyborg leads Mera down to Aquaman's location and they fight the remaining Trench-dwellwers. The rest, however, have been led to the surface world, where Vulko has them attack!)
006 Justice League #17 (Continuing very closely from Aquaman #16. Now realizing Vulko is behind the staging of the war, The Justice League, Arthur leading, attempts to route and convince Oceanmaster of the trickery. Arthur confronts his brother, but Orm believes none of it until he is thoroughly beaten by the hero known as Aquaman. Finally down, he yields, giving Arthur the throne of Atlantis.Vulko is located, but by now it doesn't matter; this, too, was all of his plan. He willfully hands the ancient Sceptre to Arthur, who then commands the creatures of the Trench to retreat. The battle over, Arthur now prepares to be king while Orm sits in prison at Belle Reve. And lastly, as all this occurs, the last page snaps to Amanda Waller, looking through photos of criminals, saying a new team is needed.)
007 Aquaman #17 (The Epilogue of Throne of Atlantis. As the war had wound down, someone is scavenging the ocean floor for Atlantean weapons and selling them globally. Arthur and his Atlantean team try to stop them. Waller, later, has a conversation with Arthur; it's clear she's trying to size him up and learn things, but he remains an enigma. As he leaves, she gives orders to bring Mera is now before it's too later. Aquaman heads to the waters below, releasing a full wave of aquatic telepathy to let the ocean-dwellers know their king has returned. Deep within the Antartica, though, one mysterious-shrouded figure appears to disagree.)



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The Trench
Need To Catch Up?

For those of you just getting into the Throne of Atlantis event, you might find yourself wondering about some of the past events.

The Complete Aquaman Catalog (Amazon)

The trench is opens up the brand-new vision of Aquaman with his own series from 2011 and The DC New 52. Sea Creatures have emerged from the depths of Atlantic to spill forth and fed upon the denizens of the surface world. Arthur and Mera start searching for clues and unlock the secrets of The Trench in this mystery.

This collects Aquaman #1-6 with writer Geoff Johns and artists Ivan Reis and Joe Prado.

One of the most spectacular returns of all, Arthur has returned with his wife, Mera, and been vitalized as a character surpassing the Aquaman stereotyping and stigma of before. From the beginning, Johns addresses the role of the hero beyond some simple, underwater, breathing, fish-talking, 3rd-rater. As the story progresses, we learn that he is warrior born and bred, a survivor, and an in-depth character that will draw fans for years.


Release List
What You'll Need

Throne of Atlantis is classified as a Mini-Crossover, meaning there should be less than 10 issues associated with the event. Regardless, it's story arc is broad and will have a large impact on Atlantean politics.

Within the scope of the story arc, we have these issues currently listed below. If any additional titles become affiliated, they will be added when they appear.

Aquaman #14-17
Justice League #14-17


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Tony Stark Has One Problem: Pryde!

SUPERFUNNIES

Re: A "Minus" X!


~Iron Man and Kitty Pryde, from A+X #2 (2013)

After inviting Kitty Pryde to Stark Resilient and offering her a job, Tony Stark, the one-time Invincible Iron Man, had to quickly send her off.

In the recent release of A+X, a new edition from the Marvel NOW! event, the team consisting of Peter David and Mike Del Mundo bring you a skit with the golden avenger and an unlikely mutant, Kitty Pryde of the X-Men. Now one of the Headmasters of The Jean Grey School For Higher Learning, Stark sees potential PR in Kitty and brings her to his headquarters to offer her a position.

And of course, it doesn't work out.

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Sway, Tempo, and Velocidad

THE TOP 10 TEMPORAL SUPER POWERS

Chronal Power #6: Temporal Distortion


~Velocidad, from Generation Hope #6 (2011)

As we move further into the aspects of time-changing powers and abilities, it's now a perfect spot for those people who are special in how time works around them. Known as Temporal Distortion, these powerful individuals technically move through the chronal sphere at a different rate of speed.

The key to a Temporal Distorter is their aura; that's how it's mostly portrayed in the comic books. In almost all cases, these superheroes projects a field where time slows down or speeds up in some way. In fact, this could be considered time-traveling, but the drawback is that it lacks the magnitude of moving across years, centuries, or millennium.

Three known superheroes have appeared with the Temporal Distortion ability:

Sway, Suzanne Chen, originally appeared in X-Men: Deadly Genesid #3 (2006) and had the ability to slow time as well has replay past images. According to the storyline, she could influence chronitrons and nearly bring time to a halt with a specific target or within a limited area of effect. She is believed to be dead at this time.

Tempo, Heather Tucker, first appeared in New Mutants #86 (1990). She was originally more of a villain (but didn't really have the demeanor or heart for it) and later often worked on behalf of mutants. With a greater degree of power, she could slow down or speed up time around her with deadly results. She is also believed to have been killed.

Velocidad, also known as Gabriel Cohuelo, is one of the newest superheroes to appear, but will unlikely be one for long. Gifted with the ability of super speed, he recently learned that his mutation is actually speeding up his localized temporal field. In other words, he isn't actually running faster, but moving through time faster. As a consequence, he is also aging faster, and therefore the more he uses his power, the older he gets. His first appearance was Uncanny X-Men #527 (2012).

Chronologically correct and temporally precise, this is The Top 10 Temporal Super Powers, a Countdown of Time-Wielding Abilities and Characters provided by The Superheroes List provided every Wednesday for the 2013 New Year. (And no, Father Time is not a superhero.) Want to read more? It's about TIME! Read the List!

Is Cheetah Working with the Legion of Doom?

VILLAINOUS MOMENTS

A Nefarious Alliance Revealed!


~Cheetah, from Justice League #14 (2013)

Something sinister is about to happen at Belle Reve, and it appears to be the Legion of Doom.

This story comes from the pages of Justice League #13-14, where Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League are taking out Cheetah, her one-time friend named Barbara Minerva. After tracking her down and learning the secret of her powers, she's been imprisoned in a special cell for an undefined period.

But apparently that's what Cheetah wants. The JL should have checked her for bugs because Cheetah is now in direct communication with other super-villains. Black Manta is one of her confirmed allies, and with those two on the roster the likelihood is that we'll be seeing the Legion of Doom in the near future.

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Blue Beetle Battlesuit Beauty?

SUPERFUNNIES

Bulky Body Bodes Big Bum


~Blue Beetle #14 (2013)

Jaime is fighting for his life on the planet of The Reach. But that doesn't mean he can't look good while doing it. Can he?

In this thrilling issue of Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes and his battlesuit, Khaji-Da are back on the homeworld of The Reach. Unfortunately, he barely knows how to use his powers. Elsewhere, though, an old wearer of the suit is coming for him; the broken husk wants the scarab back. And within all the danger, sometimes it's best to remember that Jaime is just a teenager.

His name is Flashback!

THE TOP 10 TEMPORAL SUPER POWERS

Chronological Power #7 Temporal Summoning and Connectivity


~Flashback meets his past...and future, from Alpha Flight #8 (2004)

One theme surrounding many of the time-controlling superheroes seems to be mutations. Marvel Comics, late in the 80's and early in the 90's, decided to play around with mutants having unique talents that could affect the temporal sphere; it was part of their "X-Men Explosion", a period where The Uncanny X-Men title, Wolverine, and mutants gained lots of popularity. (Just a note: DC Comics had their own special time-altering effect which involved many of their heroes, but you'll learn about that later.)

Mutants, therefore, have been leading the charge for time-affecting powers for many years. We've seen how some look into the future and some invariably alter it. Meanwhile, others are in mental contact with their future or past selves. So now it's time to move forward. And in that line of thinking, what could be the next weirdly, time-controlling ability is next?

Easy enough, his name is Flashback. Born Gardner Monroe, you may have not heard a great deal about him, but his power, a mutation of unique temporal quality, fits in a class all its own: Temporal Summoning. This is the ability to reach through the future (and potentially past) and have an object or person appear in the present.

This can also be labeled Temporal Connectivity, the important note is that somehow the hero is able to pull something out of the timeline and move it to present. Flashback, as the prime example, grabbed future versions of himself.  First appearing in Alpha Flight #11(where his name was actually given) we learned that each copy of him was a future self. Where his costume was white with black, his other versions were black with white.

With Flashback's amazing power was the designer conceptualization of the disadvantages it might bring. Written in the Alpha Flight v3 (2004) series, Flashback, eventually, was going to be one of the future selves pulled backwards in time. The fear then become his eventual death, which occurred to one of his summoned travellers in Alpha Fligth #28 (v1, 1985).

Chronologically correct and temporally precise, this is The Top 10 Temporal Super Powers, a Countdown of Time-Wielding Abilities and Characters provided by The Superheroes List provided every Wednesday for the 2013 New Year. (And no, Father Time is not a superhero.) Want to read more? It's about TIME! Read the List!

Commissioner Gordon, Target of The Joker!

VILLAINOUS MOMENTS

Batman Watches His Friend Fall


~Commissioner Gordon falls, excerpt from Batman #14 (2013).

Having escaped from Ace Chemicals, Batman learns that Bruce Wayne's Butler, Alfred Pennyworth, has been taken hostage. He immediately rendezvouses with Jim Gordon, who turns out to be the next target.

The Joker is now on the rampage in The Death of The Family event, involving Nightwing, Red Robin, and the entire cast of Bat-supporting heroes. The event started in October 2012 and features Batman's greatest nemesis.

And now he seems to know all their secret identities. With a purely psychotic intentions beyond repair, The Joker is now taking out key figures close to Caped Crusader as his insane plot unfolds.

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Team 7 Is In The House!

SUPERFUNNIES

...They're Just Not Sure Where They're Going.


~Bronson Attempts To Control His Suit, excerpt from Team 7 #2 (2013)

The best of the best. A group of extraordinary men and women brought together in crisis, specialists outfitted with the latest advancements a superpower can afford.

The race to establish the dominance over super-powered people has begun; Team 7 is the American response towards that solution. Currently, there mission is to infiltrate Facility 9 - a special prison for metahumans - and bring it back under control.

Team 7 is John Lynch, Dinah Drake, Kurt Lance, Alex Fairchild, Slade Wilson, James Bronson, Cole Cash, Dean Higgens, Summer Ramos, and Amanda Waller. And if you're looking for a clash of egos and unique individuals with major personality flaws, you came to the right place.

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Domino and Longshot

THE TOP 10 TEMPORAL SUPER POWERS

Chronal Power #8: Unconscious Future Manipulation


It's obviously interesting, and sometimes useful, to be active witness of your past and future; you can be an active participant in adventures before they occur (or reoccur) and make the information work for the present. But what can you really do about it? What "chance" do you have altering a timeline when you're mostly an observer? That's almost like being a prisoner to fate.

The answer to this dilemma is Unconscious Future Manipulation. This can also be called probability control, the ability to change your luck. Possibly another chronal-anomalous power, there are a lot of things going on in the background which link this to a form of time control.

Right: Domino, from AvX: Vs #6 (2012)

Although it could technically be done in a number of ways (such as through magic) Unconscious Future Manipulation has been located in two mutants, Domino and Longshot, which suggests a psychic mutation capable of duplicating the effect. Based on research and some speculation, the explanation is that these two superheroes are unconsciously looking into the future (precognition or clairvoyance), and then causing random, also unconscious, telekinetic acts that benefit them during activation.

Domino, also known as Neena Thurman, is basically as lucky as you can get for a mutant. Her powers activate during stressful situations such as fighting, arguing, and pain elevation levels. According to reports, the occurances are localized to her line of sight, suggesting that the future observation is only visual.

Left: Longshot, the mutant who creates luck, but only if doing good things.

Longshot, on the other hand, is technically an engineered slave from Mojoverse, an alternate dimension. His powers are part of his genetic makeup, also psychic in nature, pushing him into the mutant category. According to his origin, the luck-manipulating power he has only works when he is doing something benevolent and innocent. If he were to turn evil, he'd be powerless.

Unconscious Future Manipulation is not directly a step up from Temporal Consciousness, but it deserves a higher spot on the list because of the indirect intervention with the near future.

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Meet The All-New X-Men

VILLAINOUS MOMENTS

Mutants Are Now The Enemy


~Magik, Cyclops and Magneto, from Avx: Consequences #5 (2012)

After the conclusion of the 5-part AvX: Consequenses series, we've learned that Cyclops is now going to be a super-villain. (At least for awhile.)

From AvX: Consequences #5, Scott Summers orchestrated a jailbreak and is now the bad guy; it was done through an alliance with Magneto and Magik. The escape, though, is only the beginning. After nearly destroying the earth in the Avengers vs. X-Men event, and subsequently killing Professor X, he's been more of a political figure, even a terrorist to some degree, to the world populace.

It's all going to unfold during the Marvel NOW! event and the release of All-New X-Men #1. Now the leader of wanted, mutant criminals, he's part of a true revolution that will redefine mutants forever.

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Thor and Deadpool vs. Godzilla

SUPERFUNNIES

Is This A Team-Up?


~Marvel NOW! lastest release, Deadpool #1 (2012)

Wade Wilson is back and he's part of the Marvel NOW! revolution.

After concluding his adventures from Deadpool #63 (2012) in October, Wade's been given his latest comeback, self-titled "Deadpool". Previously, he had been fighting an evil clone of himself; the twisted duplicate had formed from left-over parts of Wade, attempting to kill him for revenge (well, no one really ever knew why, but we think it was revenge). In Deadpool #1, we're not really sure what happened, and to commemorate the plot, Marvel simply started a new one.

But it's a funny one. In the scenes above, a gigantic, green lizard terrorizes the city and the Asgardian, Thor and Deadpool are on the scene.

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Timeslip and Blindfold

THE TOP 10 TEMPORAL SUPER POWERS

Chronal Power #9: Temporal Consciousness


~Blindfold, from X-Men Legacy #231 (2010)

We've seen that the initial abilities to work with time are sometimes anomalous - meaning they don't always necessarily control chronology or alter the continuum. And more definitively, we've also delved into the those precognitive heroes that observe the future without actually being there. But now we're taking a deeper step into the temporal levels of power. This particular item on the list represents those superheroes, the ones that operate on multiple levels of time...at the same time.

Coined Temporal Consciousness, you'll find few good guys have the ability. In truth, this is a power that few would want; it's confusing and often as misleading and troublesome as it is clarifying. Those who fall under this phenomena carry similar traits: they talk in the past or future tense, even during the present, and they interact in the present as if they are in the past or future.The truth of feat is that this is what they are doing; superheroes with this power are operating in the past, present, and future at the same time.

It almost makes the brain explode. Or melt. To have this level of mental functioning means you're not simply observing event future (precognitive) or past (retrocognitive) events. You are there, living them at all times.

Right: Timeslip uses her power to exchange her consciousness with her future self. Except from New Warriors #75 (1996).

There are two noted heroes with Temporal Consciousness both happen to be mutants. And if you know of more, please be sure to speak up:

Blindfold, is the name of  Ruth Aldine, and she first appears in Astonishing X-Men #7 (2005). Born without eyes, her consciousness constantly shifts through the timeline and includes some psychic ability to read thoughts and astrally project. As a side effect of her temporal power, she also appears immune to reality shifts that would alter timelines.

Timeslip, aka Rina Patel, is actually one of the older temporal mutants. First appearing in New Warriors #59 (1995), she originally had no idea what was going on because she was operating in her future. Not necessarily psionic, she also had limited time traveling ability and some ability to slow time.

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Superman vs. General Samsa

VILLAINOUS MOMENTS

The Man of Steel Faces...Government


~Superman, Earth One, Volume Two (2012)

In a stunning exchange, the legitimate ruler of the Island-Nation of Borada faces Superman and orders him to evacuate the country. The threat is real, and he backs it up with further atrocities if his demand is ignored.

In the Trade-Paperback Superman, Earth One, Volume Two (2012), Clark Kent is brand new to the city of Metropolis and only now establishing his morals as The Man of Steel. For the first time he has to encounter and mitigate Lois Lane and her prying intuitions, the emergence of The Parasite and his lust for Superman's energy, and the nations of the world, dealing with a man who is invulnerable and unstoppable.

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Destiny, Slingshot, and Wither

THE TOP 10 TEMPORAL SUPER POWERS

Chronal Power #10: Precognitives and Temporal-Anomalous Powers


Sometimes, that's the point. And to introduce the avid Comic Book fan to time-using powers, it's best to start off with this category, where the primary power isn't necessarily the key, but the temporal side effect is, causing them to fit on this list.

In theory, then, these superheroes qualify because their super abilities seem to be using, or having...or causing, a temporal anomaly. It's not always their primary feat, but sometimes their offshoot consequence. Precognitives are also going to fit into this section; although their power allows them to see the future, their only way to change it is through natural action.

For a description of the superheroes in this category, Read More...

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Swarm Attacked Wolverine and The X-Men

SUPERFUNNIES

But You Probably Won't Hear About It


~Swarm, The Nazi-Bee Super-Villain, from Wolverine and The X-Men #19 (2012)

Bad Guys! You're on notice! The Jean Grey School for Higher Learning has a zero tolerance policy.

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The Scarlet Witch and Her Powers of Hex

THE TOP 10 SCARY WITCH SUPERHEROES

Superhero Witch #1: The Scarlet Witch


~Scarlet Witch, from Avengers vs. X-Men #12 (2012)

Wanda Maximoff, also beloved (or hated) by fans as The Scarlet Witch, is possibly the greatest superhero to ever wear the title. Then again, she's also single-handedly responsible for destroying most of the mutant race, ending the Avengers, and killing multiple people within the span of days. That's the problem when you're having a mental breakdown.

From an emotionally disturbed past wrought with deception manipulation, Wanda was one of the original members of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, inducted by her (then unknown) father Magneto. This was her first appearance (X-Men #4, 1964). Later, though, she would become an Avenger and serve as one of their greatest members. During that long career, she would study magic and learn the true art of witchcraft, disputably becoming one of their greatest practitioners.

From earlier times, numerous stories and events have seen the Scarlet Witch, a mutant herself with the ability to create probability-altering hexes, as their focus. Avengers Disassembled was the moment she took out the entire group, killing a few of their members. House of M details the aftermath of that time when she created an entirely new world and later removed the powers of 90% of the mutant population. In most cases, it's never been an intentionally destructive act, just misguided suggestions and advice that caused her to do bad things.

But Witches never seem to be that good - they've always got some strange agenda - and let's face it, Wanda is truly "witchy". Although considerably good of heart, she's performed incredibly powerful and destructive acts. She's been judged as an unpredictable ally. There is one caveat, though; in her latest adventures, part of Avengers Vs. X-Men, she turns out to be a force that saves the world. Go figure.

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Who Punishes The Punisher? Not Spider-Man!

VILLAINOUS MOMENTS

There's No Such Thing As A Fair Fight

~Frank Castle vs. Spider-Man, Punisher War Journal #1 (2012)

After being out-maneuvered and pummeled by Spider-Man, The Punisher ends the fight with an explosive the wall-crawler can't dodge.

The Punisher has never played by the rules and has no problem killing bad guys; that's why he's about to be the number one target of interest with Spider-Man and The Avengers. Starting in the five-issue mini-series, Punisher War Journal #1, Earth's Mightiest Heroes have decided to end the manhunt for the vigilante.

Here's the problem, though: The Punisher won't go down without a fight.

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The Luck of The Flash

SUPERFUNNIES

Barry Has Rogue and Gorilla Problems


~The Flash #13 (2012)

In the middle of fighting the Rogues Gallery and being betrayed by Captain Cold, The Flash is called out by Gorilla Grodd and an  army of intelligent apes. Just another typical day for The Fastest Man Alive.

It's a SIEGE ON CENTRAL CITY! Gorilla Grodd is back and The Flash is in his cross-hairs in The Flash #13. With a story that started in issue #12, jumped over to The Flash Annual #1, now continuing, Barry is once again plagued by numerous problems simultaneously. That's how it goes when speed is your power.

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In Magic, Zatanna Sets The Stage

THE TOP 10 SCARY WITCH SUPERHEROES

Superhero Witch #3: Zatanna


~Excerpt from Zatanna #1 (2010)

She calls herself a magician. Maybe that's because she's - yet another - member of the Homo Magi race. Let's be fair, though, Zatanna Zatara is a pure witchcrafting work of art with backwards incantations and syllabic intonations. With no known limits to her power, this daughter of the infamous Giovanni Zatara started off as a stage magician before it became apparent that she was the real deal.

Zatanna has (pardon the pun) set the stage as DC Comics most important magic-user. After a first appearance in Hawkman #4 (1964), she's been an instrumental part of the universe and multiple plots, including a key component of their Identity Crisis, giving advice and sometimes stretching the lines of morality in all things of mystical importance. She was also witnessed reviving the entire city of Metropolis from devastation. Perhaps it's her sleek, half-stocking tuxedo-suit and top hat that makes her look comical, but don't be fooled; even the Justice League trusts her with important missions.

Things are a little different lately with Zatanna, though. Although she was originally conceived as an additional appearance to some of Batman's encounters, she's grown independent over the years, and become updated to a world where she stands on her own contributions. Now, she's part of an elite magical fighting group called Justice League Dark. The tux seems to have disappeared, but she's still garbed in black and can perform a mean Circle of Invocation.

Halloween is one of the best Holidays for comic book fans; that's when it's actually cool to dress up with a cape! To commemorate the occasion we have The Top 10 Scary Witch Superheroes, a Countdown sponsored by The Superheroes List. Spells will fly, incantations may be called, but who can blame them; it's time to be horrified and Read this List!

Nick Fury and Agent Coulson vs. Marvel NOW

VILLAINOUS MOMENTS

Six Months Left...And Counting


~Marvel NOW Point One #1 (2012)

The newest incarnation of Nick Fury, his son, has taken over the franchise; now he's a field agent who operates with his long-time buddy Agent Coulson. Their immediate assignment, however, is a stranger who showed up all-of-a-sudden and began taking over the stock market. SHIELD immediately picked up this anonymous figure without a title and he began explaining how the world would end...

It's all unfolding in Marvel NOW Point One #1. Fury and Coulson are witness to a series of stories landmarking the event: The New Nova, The Origin of Starlord, Loki and the Young Avengers, and more!

Time is no longer on their side; the problem is they don't know who's the bad guy.

Villainous Moments is a column from of The Superheroes List, updated weekly (usually Tuesday). What are the bad guys doing this week? Macabre and unthinkable, grotesque and unbearable; here's your answer! Look for #VillainousMoments on Twitter.

Any Other Dumb Ideas, Hawkeye?

SUPERFUNNIES

This Arrow Does What?


~Hawkeye #3 (2012)

Clinton Barton, aka Hawkeye aka The Bow-Slinging Archer-Avenger is trying to get "the girl" back. In the meantime, he has done some dumb things.

Want to see what Barton does when he's not avenging? This week's release Hawkeye #3 is a highly slapstick-style issue surround by the plot of a fast-paced car chase. During the adventure, you'll be privy to lots of his gear: the acid arrow, the smoke bomb arrow, the sonic arrow, even the rocket arrow. Most people think being a superhero is an automatic advantage; Hawkeye shows you that it's not.

Are heroes and villains smart? Naw. #SuperFunnies updates every week (usually Thursday, but today Friday) on The Superheroes List. Here are the bloopers, flip-flops, and all-together moments of levity during exchanges of humor and snapshots of utterly ridiculous decisions in comic books.

Magik Can Be Good...Or Bad

THE TOP 10 SCARY WITCH SUPERHEROES

Superhero Witch #3


~Magik, on the cover of X-Infernus #1 (2008)

Did you know Colossus aka Peter Rasputin had a sister? Well, not many do unless you're a true fan of mutants or the X-Men. First appearing in Giant-Sized X-Men #1 (1975), we barely had an idea what this innocent young child was capable of when her brother went off with Charles Xavier to became an X-Man. But, she grew up. And it turns out she's quite powerful by all observations.

Illyana Nikolievna Rasputina is her name and she's gifted with the ability of Limbo. (No, not the skill that requires flexibility.) Apparently, she has an intrinsic connection to that plane of existence and its demonic denizens. Originally, when she was brought in as a mutant, her power was teleportation. Later, though, it grew to uncanny proportions.

Nicknamed Magik, Illyana has been elevated to the dimension's Sorceress Supreme. She's their elite spellcaster and perhaps one of the most deadliest masters of the mystic arts in existence. It's even debatable that she's a superhero because her latest endeavor saw her attempting to enslave the human race (The Avengers vs. X-Men event).

Regardless of her current status, though, Illyana has served in the capacity of goodness. Maybe she's just misunderstood; you would be too if you were wielding a soulsword with demonic armor.

Halloween is one of the best Holidays for comic book fans; that's when it's actually cool to dress up with a cape! To commemorate the occasion we have The Top 10 Scary Witch Superheroes, a Countdown sponsored by The Superheroes List. Spells will fly, incantations may be called, but who can blame them; it's time to be horrified and Read this List!