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Your Top Modern Characters part 96

Written by Chris Mitchell on Wednesday, April 15 2009 and posted in Features
Top List
Some of these things belong together, some of these things are kinda the same. One of these things does not belong here, now its time to play our game. Time to play our game. Bam.




46. Sentry (60 points)

Year first appeared: 2000

"I think he's cool, I'm glad he's starting to be more badass now... Him as a schizophrenic global threat is pretty badass. World War Sentry? Yeah I'd probably buy it."

"Why not?"

"From a joke to a major player in the Marvel Universe. Part of me thinks that writers want to write Sentry because they love the idea of writing Superman but hate the restrictions of 80 years of restrictive development. Sentry is bat-shit crazy and largely a blank canvas. When he's used as a plot device he's terrific. When he's just Superman in a Marvel book he's not."

Marvel promoted a limited series of The Sentry as an appearance of a forgotten Stan Lee hero of the Marvel Silver Age. This story was, of course, fabricated and further pushed by the comic magazine Wizard: Guide To Comics. The hoax involved a false discovery of lost sketches by artist Artie Rosen of a Stan Lee created superhero predating the Fantastic Four.

In 2000 a character by the name of Bob Reynolds suddenly recalls that he is the superhero known as the Sentry the man with the power of one million exploding suns. With this recollection he realizes his arch-nemesis the Void is returning to this world and Reynolds immediately begins seeking out Marvel's most prominent heroes to warn them of the coming threat.

Various heroes’ memories of Sentry were restored, as Reynolds talked to them individually. Peter Parker had taken a photo of Sentry that had earned him a Pulitzer Prize. Sentry had also flown countless times with Angel to help him overcome his fear of falling. And Hulk had never forgotten Sentry whom he only ever referred to as Golden Man. Sentry had helped Hulk keep control of his rage, later this was to be revealed to be due to a calming aura the Sentry had, and work to be a force for solely good and gaining him public approval. The people eventually regain their memory about the Sentry, even his former sidekick, Scout.

Most importantly Mr. Fantastic remembers that he and Robert Reynolds had been best friends and that Sentry had often teamed up with the Fantastic Four to fight the world's greatest threats. Over time the general public slowly remember the Sentry and the good he had done for the world.

During the course of an investigation into why the world had forgotten Sentry, Richards and Reynolds make a discovery. That Void and Sentry are two parts of the same torn psyche, and that the reason behind the world forgetting the Sentry had to do with Reynolds using his power to erase the Sentry from the world's memory including his own thus destroying Void once and for all. With the heroes of the world united and waiting for the Void to come, Reynolds comes to the realization that he must make the sacrifice again. With the help of CLOC, Mr. Fantastic, and Doctor Strange he once again erases the memory of Sentry from the world.

In the first issue of New Avengers it is shown that Robert Reynolds is a prisoner in the Raft, a prison built specifically to house super-villains. He had voluntarily imprisoned himself for the murder of his wife, Lindy Reynolds. During a jailbreak at the Raft, Sentry turns and defends several of the Avengers from Carnage who had beaten several members to a standstill. He easily overpowered Carnage, flew him into the depths of space and tore him in two.

Taking a great interest in the now free Sentry, the Avengers begin investigating his dark persona. They soon realize that the Void is actually the result of a cerebral virus created by Mastermind who was under the direct employment of Crazed General, a villain from the original Sentry story arc. This virus damaged the Sentry's ability to remember any facts of his life, in a cry for help and an amazing show of power, Sentry transferred his memories into comic book writer Paul Jenkins, who transferred those memories into a popular comic book series. Emma Frost released Sentry from the bonds of his virus and he recalls much about his life including that he never actually killed his wife and that his Watchtower stood atop Stark Tower, where he had hidden it from public view subconsciously all along.

With his memory re-instated he joined with the Avengers and began fighting alongside them. And from there he cried a ton of times and then joined the Mighty Avengers post Civil War, then the Dark Avengers after the Skrull Invasion.


princecharming.jpg45. Prince Charming (62 points)

Year first appeared: 2002

Although charming and handsome, Prince Charming is a pathological womanizer, a liar and an all-around rogue. His (known) previous wives in chronological order were Snow White, Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) and Cinderella. He lived in Europe after leaving the Homelands, living off the kindness of various nobles and ex-nobles. He returned to Fabletown just prior to Rose Red's "murder". He hatched an intricate scheme, killing Bluebeard in a duel during the Storybook Love arc, putting Bluebeard's substantial wealth directly into Fabletown's treasury, then, during the events of March of the Wooden Soldiers and The Mean Seasons, successfully running for the position of Mayor of Fabletown against Old King Cole, so he would have access to those funds. Unfortunately, he made some false presumptions (and thus promises) and had a difficult time in office with public opinion turning against him. Following his victory, he appointed Beauty and Beast to the positions of Deputy Mayor and Sheriff respectively. Spending a large amount of time with Beauty on the job, he attempted to begin an affair with her; she rejected his advances, threatening to set Beast on him if he persisted.

In spite of his persistent unfaithfulness, Prince Charming has a good side few are aware of. During the Storybook Love story-arc he expressed deep regret that his betrayal of Snow White hurt her so badly, and took it upon himself to kill Bluebeard partly because he knew Bluebeard planned to murder Bigby Wolf, whom Snow had grown fond of. Before the Battle of Fabletown in March of the Wooden Soldiers he supervised building the barricades, then fought bravely during the battle itself, defying the gun-carrying wooden soldiers while armed a sword. In the battle's aftermath, he led the firefighters that went into the damaged buildings to extinguish the last blazes. Despite the fact that he took the job of mayor primarily for its economic benefits, he has since dedicated himself sincerely to the duties of mayor, including setting up defenses for Fabletown against the Adversary and, in the Happily Ever After story, giving Bigby Wolf land next to the farm in order to live with his new wife, Snow White, and their children.

In the run-up to the war against the Empire, Charming resigned as Mayor, returning the job to King Cole, in order to focus on the war effort. During the War and Pieces storyline, he held the position of Combat Commander on the sky ship Glory of Baghdad built by the Arabian Fables and commanded by Sinbad, running the offensive and defensive operations of the ship during the war and the Glory's mission to bomb the gates connecting the Imperial home world to the rest of the Empire. After the Glory's destruction, Charming, despite serious injuries, dragged a bomb by foot to the last remaining gate, with Sinbad accompanying him to defend against hostile forces. Arriving at their destination against considerable opposition, Charming dragged the bomb into the gate site, stating that he would set the longest fuse possible to give himself the best opportunity to get clear of the blast. What subsequently happened was not depicted, but he failed to emerge before the bomb detonated. A statue in Fabletown is dedicated to him.

Theories both on and off the page speculate that he gives off powerful/magic pheromones, which are responsible for his strong ability to seduce nearly any woman he wishes. According to the answers given in the Burning Questions issue, Prince Charming had no less than 1,412 romantic conquests by the age of fifteen


44. Blink (63 points - 1 first place slot)

Year first appeared: 1994

"The original Blink. Short lived but very interesting. In four issues she showed what Generation X could have been without ever getting a codename. Remember the first time she “blinked” one of the Phalanx? Her power set was different from the Blink we got to know but none the less interesting."

"I loves me some Blink. Who would have imagined she could go from obscure one-off character, to one of the most distinctive components of Age of Apocalypse? And then, become a central attraction for the Exiles, years later? Blink has been shown to have a lot of potential. More than anyone probably imagined. It's sad that Marvel decided to squander her for...whatever the hell it was Claremont decided to do with the series."

Blink is a mutant from Earth-295, the alternate reality known as the Age of Apocalypse. Clarice was born with odd pigmentation, resulting in purple skin and pink hair. When she was four, her parents moved her from their native Bahamas to Miami, in hopes that the larger population would result in a larger amount of mutants. They never got to see if they were right, as soon after the megalomaniacal despot Apocalypse conquered the city. Clarice's parents and brother were killed, but since Clarice had obvious mutant traits from birth she was spotted by Apocalypse's henchman Mr. Sinister, and was taken in for studying.

For some time Clarice had to work in the Core, an enormous power plant, but when her mutant powers manifested she was brought to Sinister's twisted genetic researcher, the Dark Beast. He refined her powers, but was unable to experiment further as Sabretooth led a strike force in a raid on Dark Beast's labs, resulting in the freedom of the captives. Sabretooth adopted Clarice as his own daughter, and trained her to serve as a member of the X-Men. As she grew older, she began to act more on instinct rather than direct orders (infuriating team leader Magneto), but with heart and skill proved herself as a valued X-Man. During her time as an X-Man she became very close friends with another X-Man, Morph.

After a heated discussion with Magneto, Blink went into Apocalypse's headquarters to prove herself, and ended up witnessing a battle between Holocaust and Blastaar's forces. When Blink tried to follow Blastaar's forces in the hope that they would be allies against Apocalypse, something strange happened and Blink ended up on a rock in space, without her memory. To make matters worse, a mysterious man was pointing a gun at her head. Luckily Blink remembered some fighting skills Sabretooth had taught her and managed to hold her own against the stranger. The stranger and Blink felt a certain attraction to each other, and stopped fighting. The stranger introduced himself as Ahmyor, a rebel who wanted to overthrow Blastaar and restore Annihilus to power. Blink decided to join Ahmyor to stop Blastaar. Blink's powers were useful to help Ahmyor's forces defeat Blastaar's, and Blink began to fall in love with Ahmyor. A few days later, Blastaar’s captured Ahmyor’s forces, and it was revealed that Ahmyor was actually a human form of Annihilus with amnesia. With his memory returning, Ahmyor was starting to turn back into Annihilus. As Blastaar prepared to have Ahmyor executed, Blink decided to save him and used her last few quivers to save Ahmyor. With Ahmyor turned back into Annihilus, Blink was able to return to Earth. By the time she had returned, Blink had somehow regained her memory, possibly from the adrenaline.

When Blink returned, she started acting more mature, listening to Magneto more often. The time traveler Bishop appeared in the Age of Apocalypse and told the members of the X-Men that this timeline was never meant to have happened- it should have been Charles Xavier who formed the X-Men. Believing Bishop, Magneto worked out that to fix the timeline they needed a shard of the M'Kraan crystal, a time traveler and a precog. While most of the X-Men searched for these items, most of them agreed that even if their world shouldn't exist, it was still their world and that they didn't want it to go away. Having heard that Holocaust was going to start another culling in Chicago, Rogue brought a team of X-Men to stop him. Sabretooth and Blink volunteered to come along, despite that it was something of a suicide mission. Sabretooth underestimated Holocaust and was defeated. When she saw the ravaged body of her foster father, Blink freaked out and took on Holocaust. While it would seem an easy victory for Holocaust, he underestimated Blink and was defeated by her rapid teleporting. When he was free of the genetic goo Blink had tricked him into falling into, the X-Men had all recovered and were ready for him. Holocaust had no option but to escape. Meanwhile, Blink was relieved to find out that Sabretooth was not dead, as she had thought.

And then there was Exiles, which I cannot talk about because it makes me sad to think how a good title got Claremont'd.


43. Spider Jerusalem (63 points - 3 first place slots)

Year first appeared: 1997

"Hunter S Thompson in the future, Spider tells you the TRUTH, no matter how hurtful."

Spider was the most notorious journalist in the City. With his groundbreaking books he gained a great reputation and a great deal of money. Having nausea because of the filth in the City, Spider resigned to the Mountain, a place of solitude and peace. He would live in the mountain for five years, unclean and sickening to look at, he also seems to have lived off eating Mice during this retirement too. His five-year retirement however, came to an end. His editor Mitchell Royce (Better known to Spider as Whore Hopper) calls and tells him to deliver two books immediately as instructed in his contract or they'll sue. With no money nor any other choice, Spider made his comeback.

To write, Spider needs to be in the City, a place he truly despises. The place that fills him up with the hate that he needs to be productive. To remain in the City, Spider needs to have a job, after all it's not like he can just live in his car. So he raids Royce's office to ask for said job. Royce, now the chief editor of the greatest newspaper in the City, The Word gives him a column and explains to him that he wants a real story this time, not just the word "fuck" printed eight thousand times as Spider had done before.

So, Spider needs a story. And he has been away for a long time, so he watches TV, to catch the latest developments to find his first story. His first story comes to his feet when he sees his old friend Fred Christ, a former rock-band manager. Fred turned out to be a Transient (A Half Human/Half Alien), and better than that, he turned out to be a Transient leader who threatens government with a separatist secession. Spider goes to Fred to make an interview to see that separatist movement is nothing but a fiasco and only solid thing in the affair is Fred's lust for Transient women. The movement turns into a riot, which Police Department answers with brutality. However Spider's "live" column creates a public dispute and Police's interference is cut short. After the incident Spider is beaten up by the Police because of his column. Channon Yarrow, a stripper Spider encounters in Angels 8, shows up in Spider's apartment. Inspired by his journalism and determined to turn her journalism education in to something useful, Channon becomes his new assistant. Their relation is, however cut short. After Channon's boyfriend Ziang's decision to become a Foglet, Channon leaves Spider and becomes a nun in Fred Christ's newly formed Church.

Spider battles Yokels, because of a misdeed done by his dead ex-wife. During his struggle he also loses an adversary that he is not aware of. A castrated police bulldog, seeking revenge on Jerusalem leaps and falls down to his doom. If this was not enough, Spider must also avoid a headless explosive kid who claims to be his son.

Meanwhile, Spider gains a new partner Yelena Rossini and reunites with his former assistant Channon Yarrow, who is sick of Fred Christ's Church. The next thing for Spider is the election for Presidency. He starts practicing his "old school" journalism to reveal secrets of the candidate’s campaigns. The Beast, current president and old enemy of Spider runs the campaign with his right-wing methods where Callahan, "The Smiler" puts out a rather mild campaign. Which turns out to be a lie as Spider learns that Smiler puts out an even dirtier political play. Things gets worse as Vita Severn, Smiler's campaign manager gets assassinated and the sympathy votes goes for Callahan, who proves to be lot worse than The Beast. Meanwhile Spider gets more and more popular and turns in to a media celebrity, which he hates. He feels that he needs to be hated and disliked to do what he does best. Driven by his search for the Truth, and his ambition to revenge Vita's assassination, Spider plays harder than usual to reveal secrets of the Smiler. His ambition causes him to get fired from the Word and lose his fortune. He decides to write in a pirate channel, Hole feed site, to avoid the censor law, prepared by Callahan.



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