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Your Top Teams part 7

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Don't worry, the ties are almost up. In fact, after this group is a couple of single entries then a few more ties once we hit 10 points But bitch at this if you wanna.

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188. Weapon Zero/The Legion of Doom (7 points each)

I really couldn't find much on this team at all, except that they are an Image title from the folks at Top Cow. They look very Top Cow, don't they? Silvestri likes to draw folks with no faces and just eyes a lot, and dudes with long hair. This pic isn't drawn by him, but he did design these folks I think. From what I gathered by reading all the solicits on this sucker is that a group of folks from all over time were abducted by aliens and given powers. The chick in the middle, she was a feudal princess now has claws like Lady Deathstrike. And the little gremlin looking thing on top of the big badass looking Mecha-Rancor, that was once a puppy owned by the dude in the blue, whose codename is Fist because his fists become energy or something. Anyway, the dogs DNA got changed and now can talk and stuff.

Oh yeah, this is also written by Walter Simonson.

 


The Legion of Doom the anti-Justice League. The leader and apparent founder of the team is Lex Luthor. They have made constant appearances in the Super Friends. In each episode they legionofdoom.jpgdevelop a mildly evil plan (very watered down villains being a kids show) and at the end of each episode the Super Friends defeat the plan. None of the TLOD are ever punished, as they always find a way to escape back to their base. The Hall of Doom, which is like the Hall of Justice for The villains, looks like Darth Vader’s head. It is located in a swamp and it can be lowered underwater and surface above water.

A version of the Legion of Doom appeared in Extreme Justice #s 17-18 led by Brainwave Jr, during a time when he had become a villain. The other members were Killer Frost, Houngan, Major Force, the Madmen and a robot duplicate of Gorilla Grodd. The 2006, DC comic miniseries Justice, the series where I got the pic from, features a version of the Legion of Doom; series plotter/artist Alex Ross is a passionate Super Friends fan. In addition to the thirteen villains featured in the Super Friends cartoon, this version of the Legion counts Black Adam, Metallo, Clayface, Parasite, and Poison Ivy as members. The Joker and Doctor Sivana also make appearances.

An updated version of the Legion of Doom is the primary focus of Season 3 of the 2000s animated series Justice League Unlimited. Although clearly based on the original Legion (down to their skull-like swamp-base) the group is never referred to by this name in the series (According to a post from Bruce Timm on Toon Zone.net, this was a direct order from DC, every script his team worked on however addressed the group as the Legion, as does the cover of the DVD season release), and is treated simply as an expanded version of the Secret Society, previously formed by Gorilla Grodd in an earlier season and on camera referred to as such. Grodd is the leader of this "Legion" who refers to the group as a co-operative, a loose organization of super-villains that primarily work on their own, but back each other up when a member is challenged by the Justice League for a 25% portion of the requesting member's take of the crime commissioned at that time.

After the revelation that Grodd's ultimate plan in the creation of the new Secret Society was the ludicrous transformation of humanity into apes, Lex Luthor ousted him and assumed the position as leader with no objections from the membership. I don’t wanna talk about this anymore cuz it makes me said the show is off the air.

 


187. Young Allies/Global Frequency/Spidey & youngallies.jpgDoc Ock/Lucifer & Mazikeen

Launched in Summer, 1941 after only a couple of appearances in the pages of Captain America, the "Sentinels of Liberty" were revised, renamed "The Young Allies" and joined by the original Human Torch's sidekick Toro. By this time, Simon and Kirby were in the process of leaving Timely for DC Comics, and relationships were strained, so while the first issue of the Young Allies series was penciled by Kirby (under the - shared - "Charles Nicholas" pseudonym), it was written by a young Stan Lee. By issue #2, Kirby had left, and the art duties were taken over by Al Gabriele and former Captain America inker (and then penciler, in the wake of Simon and Kirby's departure) Syd Shores. (Art duties would change considerably over the course of the titles' run).

The first issue saw the - mostly non-superhero - team fight Captain America's nemesis the Red Skull, and is often labeled as "the first ongoing comic to team up characters from two or more other Marvel series." The team frequently traveled the world to participate in World War II skirmishes and, in keeping with the somewhat exaggerated scope of the series, eventually literally beat up all three major Axis leaders: Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Emperor Tojo, something that none of their elders accomplished (Ha...old people suck).

Young Allies Comics lasted until issue #20 (October, 1946), and also appeared in a handful of other titles in some form. Toro and Bucky would continue to team-up briefly, "as members of The All Winners Squad but Knuckles, Jeff, Tubby and Whitewash weren't seen again."

In the Young Allies Comics 70th Anniversary Special (2009), their comic book adventures are retconned as fictional retellings of their real exploits. Their real names are Pat O'Toole, Washington Carver Jones, Geoffrey Worthington Vandergill and Henry Yosef Tinklebaum. The first two are still alive in the modern day.

 

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The Global Frequency is an independent, covert intelligence organization headed by a former intelligence agent who uses the alias of Miranda Zero. There are reportedly 1,001 people on the Global Frequency, forming an active smart mob communicating by specially modified video mobile phones through a central dispatch system coordinated by a young woman code-named Aleph.

The purpose of the organization is to protect and rescue the world from the consequences of the various secret projects that the governments of the world have established, which are unknown to the public at large. The people on the Global Frequency are chosen and called on for their specialized skills in a variety of areas, from military personnel, intelligence agents, police detectives to scientific researchers, academics, athletes, former criminals and assassins. These threats that the organization deals with are equally varied and usually world-threatening, ranging from rogue military operations and paranormal phenomena to terrorist attacks and religious cults.

The existence of the organization is an open secret, but its membership list is anonymous, the identities of its field agents unknown to even each other before they meet on a mission. Often the only way to tell a member of the Global Frequency is by the phones that they carry or the Global Frequency symbol—a stylized sun—that they sport somewhere on their person.

Who exactly funds the Global Frequency is not known. Zero has said that at least some of the money comes from the G8 governments who pay the Frequency for not revealing the various secret horrors they deal with. Although the presence of an independent, unaccountable agency with strike capability makes some authorities nervous, they also recognize the fact that the Frequency has the skills, the reach and, more importantly, the will to act where they cannot. As a result, the organization gets tacit approval for its activities, and is sometimes called on by governments to deal with extraordinary crises. Mostly, however, the organization acts proactively as it discovers such threats.

In a departure from the usual serial nature of modern comic books, Ellis designed the comic like a television series with standalone "episodes", allowing the reader to come in at any point in the series and be able to understand what was going on. As a result, the only regular characters in the series are Miranda Zero and Aleph, with only a few other characters making a re-appearance in the twelfth issue of the series. This also heightened the suspense, as the reader did not know if these characters would survive the mission, which sometimes they did not.

 

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I know, I know, I KNOW!!! You are all thinkin’ the same thing I did when this little duo popped up on the list. These two are archenemies, how the hell can they be a team? Well, I asked the person who nominated them that same question, and well, this is what they had to say:

"Spidey and Ockie teamed up twice that I know of: once in ASM #55 and #56, and again in ASM #159. In ASM #55 and #56, Spidey was suffering from amnesia, didn't realized that Ockie was a bad guy or that he was a good guy, and decided to help the good doctor out. (The cover of ASM #56 is beautiful, with Spidey and Ock side by side and a newspaper headline in behind that reports their sinister team up.) Then, in #159, Spidey formally teamed up with Ock to save Aunt May from Hammerhead, who had just come back from the dead. Great stuff."

Speaking of Aunt May, we know she is getting hitched in #600 and we know Doc Ock is returning in that same issue. How many are you thinking we are gonna have a wedding crasher this ish? You think Dr. Otto Gunther Octavius still have feeling for the old bag? I say yes.

 

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Mazikeen was Lucifer's consort and is a daughter of Lilith. Half of her face is normal, but the other half is skeletal and grotesque, though for a period of time her face was completely normal, something she hated extremely. She is also often seen right at his side assisting him whenever possible. It is also notable that she primarily speaks in an ancient undecipherable tongue, which only Lucifer can understand.

I haven't read this series, I really should. I have picked up the first two issues of The Unwritten, which is by the creative team who did the Lucifer series, so yeah. I should look into that. Besides the voter, has anyone else know anything about the Lucifer series? If so, tell me if I should get this or now.

 


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