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Your Top Modern Characters part 99

Written by Chris Mitchell on Thursday, April 16 2009 and posted in Features
Top List
More great characters. Enjoy.




35. Genis-Vell (76 points - 5 first place slots)

Year first appeared: 1993

"Why not?"

"Again, when Peter David wrote him. The beginning of his book after Avengers Forever was very, very good. I loved the interplay with Rick Jones and Marlo and Moondragon. Another hero who was far from perfect with a lot of potential."

"The guy actually goes nuts! With his cosmic awareness he sees an infinite number of outcomes to his every action, and it overwhelms him. He cracks and leaves Rick Jones stranded in the Microverse."

Five first place slots. Niiiiiiiiiice!!! Glad he made it.

Genis-Vell is the cloned son of Captain Marvel and Elysius. His growth was accelerated and false memories implanted so he would be old enough and mature enough to face his enemies quickly.

He was given his father’s Nega-Bands and took the name "Legacy," but it was some time before he gained true understanding of what it meant to be a hero. He began calling himself "Captain Marvel," which put him in conflict with, Monica Rambeau (Photon) but this was resolved when she decided to take the name "Photon."

In order to save the life of Rick Jones, he bonded with him at the molecular level very much in the same manner that his father before him had. Thus he and Rick would split time between Earth and the Negative Zone. That was until an encounter with a young girl who was losing control of her nigh-omnipotent abilities altered the nature of their dimensional/molecular link through the Nega-Bands, which led to them now splitting their time between Earth and The Microverse rather than The Negative Zone.

Genis developed Cosmic Awareness, but this ability eventually drove him mad. He helped Entropy and Epiphany, the children of Eternity, destroy the universe, then helped re-create it. He had a son who grew up to be far more powerful than him and an evil dictator in the far future. He resolved to kill his son in his Cipro, thus preventing him from ever growing into the evil, powerful dictator.

Genis later joined the New Thunderbolts, was killed by Atlas, healed by Baron Zemo, changed his name to "Photon" (and Monica Rambeau changed her name to "Pulsar"), then was killed again to save all of time-and-space.


34. Layla Miller (77 points - 1 first place slot)

Year first appeared: 2005

"She knows stuff."

"She knows stuff."

"She knows Stuff."

"She knows stuff."

"She knows stuff."


"Same sentiments as Puck but without all the caps."

"Ditto what PUCK said. Not the lame Bendis Layla. She was annoying. PAD's Layla became an instant favorite of mine. To the point that I do think X-Factor has suffered while she’s been gone. I look forward to her return. Imagine how much more stuff you'll know after spending time in the future."

"She knows stuff."

"She knows stuff... and PAD has created a vivid and interesting character."

"As Peter David writes her. Just interesting and mysterious and quite amusing."

"She knows stuff."

So yeah, there ya have it. Apparently she knows stuff.


33. Madman (83 points)

Year first appeared: 1990

"Was awesomely hip the minute he burst onto the scene."

"Pure pop art love of comics, Frank first seemed like a Salinger character caught in long pants and has evolved to become simultaneously more human and more two-dimensional. He plays like fried zucchini sticks and a diner jukebox of Top 40 oldies."

"The snappiest hero around."

The life of Madman prior to the car accident that "killed" him was unknown. His body was found by a police officer friend of scientist Dr. Egon Boiffard (he owed him a favor). Dr. Boiffard managed to resurrect him with the side effects of super human agility and precognitive abilities. He could not remember anything of his life save for his childhood hero, Mr. Excitement. Dr. Boiffard named Madman after his artistic and intellectual heroes, Frank Sinatra and Albert Einstein. Thus, Frank Einstein was born.

Modeling himself after his hero, Frank likes to try to get in the way when bad things happen to good people. He and his scientist friends get into many adventures but Frank prefers to spend time with his girlfriend Joe (short for Josephine).

He was given the name "Madman" when chasing the evil Mr. Mr. Monstadt through a circus. He shot himself out of a cannon and an onlooker in the crowd shouted, "He's a Madman!" He later befriended the alien Mott, from the planet Hoople. Mott was on the run from crazy alien, Zenelle, who wanted to marry and eat him. Frank is 6', has pale blue eyes (and skin), weighs 190 lbs, and has brown hair. He likes paper airplanes and dislikes surly beatnik mutants.

Beginning his life as Madman, Frank had many questions. Being resurrected from the dead left huge gaps in his memory. He didn't know who he really was. He wrote in his journal about the regret of some of his actions that didn't seem like stuff he should do and how Dr. Boiffard was his only hope in finding the answers. He was attacked by two of Mr. Monstadt's men. Monstadt wanted his head on a platter. Frank, using his skills and yo-yo, quickly put them in their place. Frank even went so far as to grab the one called Jake, plucked out his eye, and ate it in front of the other, Arnie. Freaked out, Arnie pressed himself against the wall. Frank "touched" him and got a psychic reading off of him to get information about Monstadt. He told Arnie to grab Jake, take him to hospital, and leave town. As soon as they were gone, Frank threw up. Frank needed to find Dr. Flem since a car hit Dr. Boiffard. Boiffard told Frank to freeze his body before he died. If he did die, there wouldn't be anyone that could stop Monstadt. Flem was the only one that could bring Boiffard back.

Fran eventually found Dr. Flem. Before he could help Frank, Flem needed Frank's help first. While experimenting with cloning, things didn't go according to plan. Dr. Flem's clones began deteriorating. One had bitten Flem and he too became infected. The infection began spreading and he needed Frank to chop off his head and place it in a special solution until it could be reattached to an unaffected body.

At the hands of Mr. Monstadt, Frank was believed to be dead. Frank found himself questioning his entire existence as part of Monstadt's plan. Dr. Flem sends Astroman to try to save him since he's a digital imprint of Frank. Astroman appeared as Mr. Excitement. Astroman's robot body seemed to overload as a result of interacting in Frank's mind. Frank and Astroman made their way through Frank's subconscious to try to find their way back to Frank's body. Unfortunately, it was too late. Dr. Flem, Joe, and the others believed Frank to be long dead. Both Frank and Astroman's bodies were sent to a burial in space in one of Dr. Flem's experimental rockets. The two wake up in deep space.

Madman meets Haley Foofoo and is put on a mission to save the universe, members of The Atomics join him. They succeed despite some casualties and return to Haley. As thanks, she says she sent engineers from her planet to Earth to build a base with some of their technology to help them in fighting the good fight.

Frank's rocket has also been fixed and modified so that it is easier to navigate. Frank is given a new spacesuit and It Girl is given a re-animated Metal Man. Haley is confused at her distress. She figured they'd want to use him, as a Zom-bot. Next is the arrival of Joe. Haley figured Frank would want to celebrate with her there and she is being brought in a sphere. As she approaches, Frank realizes that he's having deja vu. This is when she dies. It Girl stretches out her arms to save her. Haley stops her saying she'll be killed too. With an explosion, Joe is gone.

Frank departs on his own. Eventually Mott finds him and is seemingly with Joe! Joe then changes to It-Girl. The two have somehow been merged into Luna Joe



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