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Your Top Teams part 8

Written by Chris Mitchell on Tuesday, June 16 2009 and posted in Features
A tie and to single teams. This is a fun group.




186. The X-Babies (8 points)

xbabies.pngI am not gonna lie. I cheered when I saw these little cuties on multiple lists, mind you they got eight last place slots, but still, that means eight people out there rock!!!

The X-Babies are a group of Mojo-manufactured child clones of the X-Men. They first appeared in Uncanny X-Men Annual #12 and were created by Chris Claremont and Art Adams. In Uncanny X-Men Annual #10 (also by Chris Claremont and Art Adams), Mojo had de-aged the X-Men into children; this is what most likely inspired the creation of the X-Babies.

In Uncanny X-Men Annual #12, the X-Men are assumed to be dead (having died in Dallas, only to be resurrected by the goddess Roma). Mojo, missing his greatest rating generators, had his people try to recreate his own version of the X-Men. After many unsuccessful attempts, the X-Babies were created. They soon rebel against Mojo. Mojo was about to kill them when he was told that their instant ratings were the highest ever recorded.

There have been several incarnations of the X-Babies over the years, usually resembling whatever the current team of X-Men is. There has also been a similar team instead based on the Avengers, called the Mitey 'Vengers, who appeared in the X-Babies Reborn one-shot. There have also been several X-Babies villain teams including the "Brotherhood of Bullies" based on the Brotherhood of Mutants (X-Babies Murderama, 1998).

In Excalibur: Mojo Mayhem (1989), Kitty Pryde, interrupted on a train trip, helps a team of X-Babies flee from a Mojo enforcer who is intent on getting them back by tricking them into signing contracts. In this incarnation, the children's child-like faults and crushes on each other are cruelly exploited by their adversary. Kitty, with backup, ends up saving the day.

Several incarnations of the X-Babies are friendly with Ricochet Rita, the good past self of the villain Spiral. Due to Spiral's time travel abilities, Rita, the babies and Spiral can all exist at the same period simultaneously.

In Exiles #8, it is shown that the reality-hopping Exiles encountered a version of the X-Babies. It is not stated whether these X-Babies are the creation of Mojo or the X-Men of the reality in question. In fact, no further details are given except for the narrative commentary "The less said about this, the better."

Dazzler would encounter juvenile versions of the four main villains from the Age of Apocalypse timelines. These entities would cause major death and destruction throughout Mojoworld.

Mojo once again reduced the X-Men to infancy during Uncanny X-Men #461. As kids, they were able to defeat the villains and restore their rightful ages, though Juggernaut had second thoughts.


185. The Walking Dead Folk (8 points)

My brother and I were talkin’ how this show would be awesome on HBO. Just imagine a black and white show based on this comic. Mind you, it will be violent as fuck, but yeah, I think it would be awesome as hell. But, it will never happen. Lamesauce to the MAX!!! Anywho, I am surprised to see these folks on this list, I really do not see them as a "team" per say, but some of you did.

Anywho, I love this comic. And at first I was skeptical about this, never really cared for the premise but Kirkman makes it work. The randomness on how the characters come and go in this series is just wow. So yeah, kinda glad to see them here, kinda shocked as well.

The Walking Dead is centered around Rick, a small-town police officer from Cynthiana, Kentucky, his family, and a number of other survivors who have banded together in order to survive after the world is overrun with zombies. As the series progresses, the characters become more developed, and their personalities shift under the stress of a zombie apocalypse. Fighting growing despair — and sometimes each other — the group searches for a secure location, which they can finally call home.


184. The Headmen/Teen Titans GO! (8 points each) headmen.jpg


And these dudes beat the Trinity!!!

The Headmen are a group of would-be masterminds who use magic, science, and surgery to gain superpowers. They fought the Defenders, She-Hulk, and Spider-Man on different occasions.

The members are Dr.Arthur Nagan, Chondu The Mystic, and Dr. Jerry Morgan, a.k.a. Shrunken Bones.

They were later joined by Gerber's newly created Ruby Thursday (Thursday Rubinstein), who ran for President of the United States and was the instigator of the death of Omega The Unknown. In the same issue, Doctor Strange declared that Chondu's real name was Harvey Schlemerman, and Jack Norris the husband of the body Valkyrie was inhabiting.

They were later seen using a Doombot to team up with them to defeat the Humbug and steal his body. Though they are defeated and Humbug got his body back, the Doombot kills Orka.

Most recently they were in an issue of Guardians of the Galaxy giving Jack Flagg some trouble when Blastaar was attacking the 42 prison.


There was a Teen Titans animated series (2003-2006); the team lineup and some stories were based on the New Teen Titans era. The team nominated here, is from Teen Titans GO! The comics based on the TV series, which was based on the comics. Ya got that?

The team roster is Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Beast Boy. However many other Titans characters appear, including Aqualad, Speedy, Slade (Deathstroke), Terra, etc. Because the program was made for children the characters appear younger than the comic version.

The cartoon had many other episodes that were loosely based on Teen Titans' storylines like The Judas Contract. The series was canceled after five seasons, with the final episode airing January 16, 2006.

Zechs, I give you permission to rant on how awesome Slade was in this cartoon. And go!



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