Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Countdown, Part 2!

6. Flash aka Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen / Bartholomew "Bart" Allen II - I know this is two superheroes again, but hey, they share a name and they're family. I rank the elder Barry Allen over the replacement Bart Allen(and Wally West sucked). A lightning bolt hits a cabinet of chemicals, that spill all over, police scientist, Barry Allen, endowing him with super-speed. Being a scientist, Barry Allen creates a ring that uses gas to house his superhero uniform. He also invents a "cosmic treadmill", a device that allows him to time travel. Barry Allen married his life-long girlfriend, Iris, and she is killed by one of his villians, Professor Zoom, a reverse flash, with the same powers as Barry Allen. Iris' spirit is actually transported into a new body in the 30th century, where she meets Bart Allen, her grandson. Bart Allen has a disease that rapidly ages him, so he is sent back to our time to be healed by his cousin, Wally West; who is the third Flash, after his uncle Barry Allen, who followed Jay Garrick. Bart Allen remains in the 20th century, where he becomes a child hero, named Impulse by Batman, later renamed Kid Flash, and finally he takes his grandfathers name as the Flash. Barry Allen dies saving the world, but his spirit is believed to live on in the "Speed Force", the force that grants speedsters their power. The "Speed Force" is stripped from Bart Allen, leaving him powerless, and he is murdered by the rouge gallery of villians. Barry Allen is a founding member of the Justice League and Bart Allen is a founding member of Young Justice. I had to include the Flash in my top ten because he is "The Fastest Man Alive". The Barry Allen Flash is a DC Comics' character, and is even faster than the speedsters in Marvel Comics', beating Marvel speedsters such as Quicksilver, Runner, and Northstar. I love the Flash's witty responses to questions, his corny punchlines, and his smart-ass remarks. The Flash character was turned into a television show, using Barry Allen's name, but Wally West's actual personality and life(and it didn't suck too much).

5. Wonder Woman aka Princess Diana of Themyscira, Diana Prince - Diana of Themyscira(a land of lesbians) aka Wonder Woman, is an Amazon warrior. She possesses superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, and hearing, animal empathy, resistance to magic, flight, regeneration, and an immunity to illusions and mind control, all granted by the Gods of Olympus. Diana is a skilled hand-to-hand and armed combatant, and she wields a Golden Lasso of Truth, Bracers of the Aegis(like Ghostface Killah), and an invisible airplane. Wonder Woman became an ambassador for Themyscira and a voice between the Amazonian women and the "Man's World". Basically, Wonder Woman is one of the most powerful superheroes in the DC universe, alongside Superman, Captain Marvel and Black Adam. Wonder Woman had a television series, starring Lynda Carter, that aired in the 1970's. A motion picture is currently in pre-production. I had to put Wonder Woman in my top 5 because she can kick damn near anybodies ass in the DC universe. But she had to be low on the list because she's a woman, and emotions drive her to irrational actions, such as killing Maxwell Lord or going to war with "Man's World".

4. Superman aka Kal-El, Clark Joseph/Jerome Kent - Some may feel that Superman aka Kal-El is the greatest superhero of all time, I don't. Superman was an infant when his home of Krypton was destroyed and he was sent to Earth. Found in a Kansas field and adopted by the Kent family, he became known as Clark J. Kent. On Krypton, with it's red sun, Kal-El would be a normal Kryptonian, possessing above human intelligence and strength. On Earth, with it's yellow sun, Superman's abilities are amplified, given him various powers such as superhuman strength, speed, stamina, invulnerability, freezing breath, super hearing, multiple extrasensory and vision powers, longevity, flight, intelligence, and regeneration. Superman had a few Fotresses of Solitude, one in the Artic, one in the Antarctic, another in the Andes, and one in the Amazon rainforest. In my opinion, Superman has too many super-powers, he's too soft on villians, and to be as strong as he is, he's always getting his butt kicked by some villian. It's hard to hate Superman, because he is the "Man of Steel", probably the strongest superhero in the whole comic book universe. But I still can't help but not like him for being soft. The CW has an excellent show based on Clark Kent, called "Smallville". He was brought to life by Christopher Reeves in Richard Donner's 1978 film, Superman, which was followed by three sequels that were decreasing in quality (especially 1983's Superman 3 with Richard Pryor and 1987's Superman 4 with the Nuclear Man). There was another television show called "Lois & Clark", which wasn't actually that bad. In 2006, Superman Returns was released as a replacement for Superman 3(thank God), and it was actually good. Hey, why wouldn't I include Superman on my list of top ten superheroes, he is the poster boy for superheroes, just too soft to be above #4.

3. Wolverine aka Logan, James Howlett, Weapon X, etc. -Even though he is a Canadian, I still love Wolverine as a superhero. Born to wealthy parents in 19th century Canada, James Howlett is sick and frail. When his parents former groundskeeper murders his father, James uses his claws to kill the groundskeeper and his son. He then runs off with a young girl and takes the alias Logan. When the young girl is killed, Logan retreats to the woods, goes mad and becomes feral like a wolverine. Logan becomes a commander in the Canadian armed Forces during World War 1 and World War 2. He joins the American CIA's Black Ops section, called Team X. Logan gets his skeleton bonded with Adamantium steel by the Weapon X Project, ran by Canada's Department H. After fighting against the corrupt Canadian government(never thought you'd hear that), he moves to America and joins the X-Men. Besides Adamantium-laced skeletal structure with retractable claws, Wolverine also possesses powers such as a regenerative healing factor, superhuman senses, strength, stamina, agility, and reflexes and a resistance to telepathy. I like Wolverine because throughout history he has been a ladies man and a warrior. He first ran off with a named Rose, who he fights over with and kills Dog for. He then moves onto Silver Fox, who is killed by Wolverines arch-nemesis, Sabretooth. Logan fights with his commanding officer, Cyber, over a woman named Janet. During this fight, Logan loses an eye and begans wearing an eyepatch, the origin of his moniker Patch. During WW1, Logan begins a relationship with Natasha Romanova aka Black Widow, who is almost assasinated by The Hand, but saved by Logan. He also spends some time with Storm, Jean Grey, Yukio, and some others, having two sons and two adopted daughters. Wolverine is actually considered an anti-hero, being that he is a vigilante and doesn't conduct himself in the conventional ways that other superheroes would. Logan is probably one of the most skilled superheroes, being a spy for several decades, a trained samarai, a trained assassin, a military tactician, and an expert in nearly every form of martial arts. He is also verse in almost every language in the world. Wolverine is probably the most famous member of the X-Men. Wolverine was the main character in the X-Men movies(to Halle Berry's disappointment). A Wolverine motion picture is currently in pre-production. I love Wolverine as a superhero because his past is shrouded in mysterious and he never gives up during fights. Wolverine is harder than Superman, but not as entertaining as Spider-man.

2. Spider-Man aka Peter Benjamin Parker - Peter Parker was a science whiz kid from the Forest Hills saction of Queens, NY, who gets bitten by a radioactive spider during a science demonstration at a museum. The spider bite endows him with special powers that include Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and durability, the ability to stick to solid surfaces, a clairvoyant "spider-sense", night vision, an accelerated healing factor, and the ability to produce both organic and synthetic spider-webbing. He first attempts to become a wrestling star. He fails to stop a thief, and weeks later the same criminal kills his Uncle Ben. Learning that with great power comes great responsibility, Spider-Man becomes a vigilante. After his uncle's death, he and his aunt become desperate for money, so he gets a job as a photographer at the Daily Bugle, selling photos to J. Jonah Jameson, who vilifies his alter ego in the paper. Enemies constantly endanger his loved ones, with the Green Goblin managing to kill his girlfriend Gwen Stacy. Though haunted by her death, he eventually marries Mary Jane Watson, and much later reveals his civilian identity to the world, furthering his already numerous problems. Spider-man was on iron Man's side at first during the events of "Civil War", but later defected to the anti-hero registration side of the fray. Spider-man is a young hero, so he is still very much immature, shown in his wise-crack remarks toward J. Jonah Jameson and his villians. I love Spider-man because, even though he is young, he became a great superhero rather quickly. Peter is the epitomy of a scrawny geek coming into his own, which he's done pretty well. Some may think that Captain America should be Marvel Comics' hallmark superhero, like Superman to DC, but Spider-man has gained that title. Since readers can identify with the character of Spider-man, it has led to a series of impressive films. I had to put Spider-man as my #2 superhero because he's beaten practically every other hero in the Marvel universe. He's always seemed to beat every villian that he has come up against. Though he is not as strong as Superman, he seems to be able to fight better than him. Though not as skilled as Wolverine, he was able to defeat Wolverine on numerous occasions. As a child genius, Peter Parker is probably one of the smartest heroes on my list.I also put him at #2 for a very simple reason, he's from the greatest borough in New York City, Queens.

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Stay tuned for my #1 superhero, who is probably richer than Tony Stark, as smart, or smarter than the Hulk and Spider-man, as skilled, or more skilled in combat than Wolverine, Wonder Woman and Captain America, harder than Superman and the Green Latern, and a better police scientist than the Flash. And he doesn't even have super-powers!

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