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Your Top Modern Characters part 75

Written by Chris Mitchell on Monday, April 06 2009 and posted in Features
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Sorry Zechs, no Doom-Peat.




cosmo.jpg119. Cosmo (31 points)

Year first appeared: 2008

"A telepathic Russian space dog. How is that NOT awesome?"

Agreed. How is that not awesome? DnA took something silly and made it into something else. Much like Gail did with Head, DnA did it with a mutt. Seriously, he is funny and great supporting characters while being completely unique. I know, some of you may bitch because talking animals belong in Disney flicks, all I have to say to you is you are dumb. Cosmo is great. So there.

Recently, Cosmo has become the liaison to the new Guardians of the Galaxy and assists them in plotting their passport destination and travel to trouble spots in the universe via the Continuum Cortex. Cosmo's loyalty to the team was in doubt after a group of Skrulls infiltrated Knowhere and destroyed the Continuum Cortex. Cosmo was protecting a group of Skrulls and was accused as a traitor by Adam Warlock. Cosmo convinced Adam Warlock to see the truth as he did with Drax and Quasar. Unfortunately things became complicated when Cynosure led the Luminals into Knowhere to kill the Skrulls, forcing Cosmo to protect the same group of Skrulls. Cosmo would have been killed by Cynosure's energy blast if it wasn't for a Skrull who threw himself to take the hit to save Cosmo. Cosmo was enraged and unleashed a telekinetic blast that stunned both the Luminals and Guardians of the Galaxy. Cosmo used this opportunity to explain and apologize for any confusion he had caused. Now he is the man or mutt on base when the rest of the team go out and save the universe.


speedy.jpg118. Speedy (31 points)

Year first appeared: 2001

Mia was a derailed teenager, who was in the prostitution ring, and was saved by Green Arrow (Oliver Queen) from her client. After that, Mia become Green Arrow's ward. One day, Mia comes across his longbow, and Green Arrow offers to train her in efficiently using the longbow. From there on, Mia officially became his sidekick, though she had not yet taken on the name of Speedy.

However in 2004, it was revealed that she had become HIV-positive in light of her prostitution. Even so, Mia convinces Green Arrow to let her become Speedy. After a while, Green Arrow decides that she would do well in the Teen Titans. For Speedy to earn her spot, She is pitted against Robin. Even though Robin beats Speedy, she shows herself as a skilled fighter. After their first mission, she reveals that she is HIV-positive to the team, which they accept.

One year after the events of Infinite Crisis Mia is seen as one of the Titans while Cyborg was shut down and was then revealed to have been training on an island with Green Arrow and Conner Hawke. During her stay at the island Green Arrow recruited the best teachers in everything from long distance jumping to cooking. There she trained in many skills such as cliff jumping and sword fighting. She was later seen helping Brick and Green Arrow. She was instrumental in rescuing Green Arrow from Amazon capture after he is presumed dead.


doom2099.jpg117. Doom 2099 (31 points)

Year first appeared: 1993

"Spidey 2099 maybe the most remembered 2099 title, but it was Doom 2099 was where all the fun was really at. With the new world as rotten and villainous as 2099 was, Doom was placed in the surprising role of hero. And it worked! Everything up until Warren Ellis's final issue of the book was pure fun. Not to mention this is one of the few series I have an actual complete run of. So this character and series does hold a special place in my dark cyborg heart. So here's hoping for a Doom-peat in for the #1 spot!!"

In the year 2099, Doom abruptly materialized in the ruins of Castle Doom in Latveria, after disappearing 50-100 years before. Latveria was now in the hands of a cyborg mercenary robber baron, Tyger Wylde. Doom confronted the new dictator of the nation, but was quickly defeated by Wylde's superior technology — his armor depleted of energy and destroyed, and his face was scarred. Left for dead, Doom found refuge with the last remnants of his gypsy tribe, the Zefiro, who assisted him in creating a new, more powerful suit of armor capable of competing with Wylde's futuristic technology and performed neurocybersurgery on him. Doom became a freedom fighter, and struck back against Tiger Wylde. Doom stole Wylde's shipment of tritonium, an unstable radioactive mineral, useful both as a regenerating explosive and as a power source (so powerful that a large handful could power Latveria for fifty years), thereby prompting Wylde to attack. Alongside the Zefiro, and with the use of the tritonium, Doom was able to defeat Wylde and regain control of his home nation to become Monarch of Latveria in Castle Doom once again. Doom then decided that the world has become chaotic and corrupt and to save it, he had to conquer it.

Throughout the first half of the series there was speculation that Doom may not be the real Victor von Doom. Doom was younger than the real Victor von Doom would be, his face was unscarred (when he first materialized) and his memory was fragmented; he had no recollection of how he came to 2099, and only a few memories of conflict with the Fantastic Four. Doom would later in the series recall the end of the Age of Heroes, killing Reed Richards, growing old, and some vague memories of a war. (Readers' letters speculated that he was actually the original Doom's heir Kristoff Vernard.)

His confusion increased when another man showed up, claiming to be the real Doctor Doom. This man was accompanied by Margaretta von Geisterstadt, a woman Doom remembered he once loved. Myridia's ruler, General Czerny told Doom that he was in fact Erik Czerny, his son, kidnapped by the real Doom and Margaretta as a pawn in one of their lethal games. Doom faced his duplicate and in the battle, he learned that the duplicate was a false Doom, and, apparently, he was the real Doom. Several years ago, his body had been nearly destroyed after an accident and Margaretta had placed him within a regenerating bath, which would repair his damaged body and rejuvenate him. Margaretta had brainwashed Erik Czerny into believing that he was Doctor Doom to amuse herself during Doom's regeneration. To make the 'game' even more interesting, Margaretta decided to implant some of Czerny's memories in Doom's to see who would win in their inevitable battle. Doom defeated Czerny and left Margaretta to die in her base. It is important to note that it was never definitely established that Doom was the real Doom.


samaritan.jpg116. Samaritan (31 points)

Year first appeared: 1995

In the dystopian future of the 35th century, a man was selected to go back in time to prevent a catastrophic event whose consequences ultimately ruined the future world. Launched into the time-stream, he was caught in empyrean fire, the strands of energy that make up time itself. Crash-landing near Astro City in late 1985, he spent the remainder of the year learning to master the empyrean forces that had suffused his body, and to alter it to change back to a more normal appearance (the empyrean forces had changed his hair to a bright shade of blue). Desperately working to control his powers, he succeeded barely in time to prevent the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, the event he had been sent to amend. Upon placing the Challenger on the ground, he was besieged by the media, who pressed him for details on himself. Briefly dismissing himself as just "a Good Samaritan", he departed immediately to better figure things out.

Eventually deciding that he could do a lot of good with his powers, he added a cape to his outfit and took the name "Samaritan", basing himself in Astro City. Additionally, he used his Zyxometer, a living bio-computer shaped like a diamond with tentacles to create a civilian identity for himself as "Asa Martin" (an anagram of "Samaritan"), a fact-checker for Current, a newsmagazine based in Astro City. With the quiet his job affords, Martin has programmed the Zyxometer to do his daily duties at Current, enabling Samaritan to simultaneously continue performing his heroics and protecting the people. Unfortunately, this has caused Asa to appear to his colleagues as standoffish. His sense of duty has led to a similar problem as Samaritan, leading him to attempt to ameliorate it with what he considers non-essential activities. For example, he consents to attend dinners and banquets held in his honor, lest he seem arrogant by those he serves. The plaques and trophies given to him at these events end up in an alternate dimension, nicknamed "the Closet", that he can access.

The stress of his responsibilities has affected Samaritan as of late. With little time to himself, he often (though silently) grouses that the need to fly rapidly to various locations to stop crimes and prevent disasters leaves him little time to enjoy the sheer sensation of flight. He also frets over the fact that he cannot be omnipresent and deal with every problem that warrants his attention. His problems were further compounded when on a time-traveling mission back to his home future, he discovered that saving the Challenger changed the timeline (as planned), turning the barren wastelands he'd come from into a prosperous near-utopia. However, this also resulted in a paradoxical future in which he never existed; thus, he has no home to which he could ever conceivably return.




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