Embracing my inner geek (comic book style) part II

Brian Golden

Sorry this took so long to those of who commented on the first blog. As promised, here’s the final five of my top ten comic book superheroes from Marvel and DC Comics. Again, in no particular order.

#5 – Green Lantern (DC Comics)
I didn’t get into the Green Lantern book right away when I first began purchasing comics as a youngster (from the old Corner Cigar Shop on North Broad Street). When I did, however, I immediately fell in love with the numerous characters involved, namely Green Lanterns Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner and John Stewart. I must say I’m excited for DC’s upcoming Green Lantern motion picture, although, as with Marvel’s casting of Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, I’m a little wary of Ryan Reynolds as Earth’s second (they always have to change the story-line, don’t they) Green Lantern, Hal Jordan.

#4 – Captain Atom (DC Comics)
This one may surprise any comic book fans out there, as Captain Atom (the modern, Post-Crisis Nathaniel Christopher Adam) is relatively unknown compared to the other heroes I’ve listed. He was, however, a personal favorite, primarily due to his reluctant – yet efficient – leadership. I was originally drawn to this character when he headed-up the short-lived Justice League Europe, which was, at the time, one of the best books out there. In fact, I still have my copy of JLE #1 sitting at home.

#3 – The Flash (DC Comics)
I was drawn to DC’s faster-than-lightning The Flash primarily because of the excellent back-story that defined the character at the time I was seriously collecting comics. Flash #1, Jay Garrick, trapped with the other members of the Justice Society of America in an alternate universe, Flash #2, Barry Allen, probably the most popular and well known and Flash #3, Wally West, Allen’s nephew by marriage, who was my personal favorite. I must admit I’m a little surprised that a Flash movie is not yet in the works (what with all the other superhero flicks out there to date).

#2 – Wolverine (Marvel)
Come on, you didn’t think I was going to leave my favorite X-Man out, did you? As to the success of the character on the big screen, well, let’s just say I’m not surprised. A comic book hero with, by far, one of the most elaborate and mysterious backgrounds ever created, not to mention some pretty cool powers (healing factor, adamantine skeleton and, of course, those retractable claws). Something about the Wolverine has always piqued my curiosity and I’m hoping they continue to surprise me with what are arguably some of the best superhero flicks produced to date.

#1 – Captain America (Marvel)
Hey, you can’t go wrong with Captain America when you’re putting together a list of the best superheroes of all time, right? Although I never collected many of his books, I always enjoyed the few that did manage to find their way into my hands. Marvel’s upcoming “Captain America: First Avenger” (not to mention the – hopefully – awesome “Avengers” movie it precedes) motion picture that’s on the way looks to be pretty fantastic and I’m excited to catch it on the big screen. If you’re a comics fan like me – and you haven’t had a chance to check it out – find a copy of Marvel’s Civil War, and watch Captain America and Iron Man duke it out. Good stuff.

And there you have it, my top ten (again in no particular order) DC and Marvel superheroes of all time. As an added bonus, I decided to throw together a quick top five of my favorite superhero teams (I can imagine Melissa groaning when she reads this).

#5 – Watchmen
#4 – X-Men
#3 – Justice League of America
#2 – The Avengers
And, of course…
#1 – Fantastic Four