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Your Top Teams part 13

Written by Chris Mitchell on Thursday, June 18 2009 and posted in Features
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Lemme guess..."lame" or "Yawn"....?

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172. Outsiders '93 (12 points)

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If you all love good comics, you should pick this up. Just for the art alone, cuz Pelletier from War of Kings does the art on this book. Seriously, it’s fun fucking shit. And if you do not believe me, wait till you read the write up.

Markovia is taken over by a vampire lord who has Geo-Force branded a traitor. He is forced to reform the Outsiders with new and old members to battle the threat. Looker is killed during the battle. The team is also blamed for the destruction of a Markovia village sending them into hiding. Atomic Knight soon rejoins the team after tracking down the team to bring them in but is proved of there innocence. Faust, Technocrat and Wylde join the team. Halo and Technocrat’s wife Marissa are killed while the group hides in Gotham City while fighting Jean-Paul Valley when he was acting as Batman. Luckily Halo has taken over Marissa’s body but this is causing Technocrat to have a hard time dealing with her death. The team soon finds that Looker is still alive but as a vampire and is soon freed from the control of the vampire lord by her friends.

The team is soon split after the battle with the vampires. One composed of Geo-Force, Katana, Technocrat and Wylde the other includes Eradicator, Looker, Halo and Faust and because of some of the things done by some of the new members are still fugitives. The teams also learn that Halo’s original body has been reborn and is being used by Violet Harper the evil woman Halo originally controlled. The teams defeat a Kobra the group that recreated Halo’s body and Harper (now calling herself Spectra with her own powers like Halo’s) as well as Dervish and Windfall. The teams also fight Faust’s father Felix Faust who tells Wylde to betray the team in return for being human again but is turned into a real bear and imprisoned in a zoo after they beat Felix.

 


171. The Immortal Weapons (12 points)
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Shame on each and every one of you.

The Immortal Weapons were brought together during the tournament at the Heart of Heaven. Each member represents a different Capital City of Heaven, and each champion fights for their city's right to appear on the Earth once every decade instead of once every five. The oldest and most feared Immortal Weapon is the Prince of Orphans, and it was he who assembled the warriors together to face a common threat. The forces of Hydra, under the leadership of a man called Mr. Xao, were going to destroy the city of K'un-Lun. However, the destruction of that city would have led to the destruction of all the cities that made up the Heart of Heaven. Fearing for the safety of their cities, the other Immortal Weapons joined the Prince's cause. Fat Cobra, Dog Brother #1, Tiger’s Beautiful Daughter, and the Bride of Nine Spiders fought together to ensure Hydra's downfall. Only Davos refused the Prince of Orphans' offer to be a part of their revolution but came to his senses once he realized the error of his ways. The Immortal Weapons, along with Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Colleen Wing, Misty Knight, Lei Kung and his Army of Thunder, defeated the corrupt Yu-Ti, Mr. Xao and Hydra, guarantying their cities safety. After the smoke cleared, the Immortal Weapons decided to stay together on Earth to investigate Xao's claims of an Eighth Capital City of Heaven.

The Immortal Weapons found the Eighth Capital City of Heaven when they discovered a map in an apartment once inhabited by the now deceased assassin, Zhou Cheng, leading to it. Accompanying Danny to the gateway, each of them focused their chi to open the portal, but once inside, they were captured by the monstrous citizens that inhabited the hellish place. Kept separated and tortured, the Immortal Weapons thought they would become permanently trapped until Iron Fist discovered a way to communicate and form a plot to escape. During a battle between Iron Fist and his predecessor, Quan Yaozu - the first Iron Fist and ruler of The Eighth City - Tiger’s Beautiful Daughter put their plan into action. She was the first to break her bonds, and then she released the others in turn. Fat Cobra saved Danny from being killed at the hands of Quan Yaozu, but Danny stopped Cobra from killing their tormentor. The Weapons returned to the doorway, prisoners in tow, reopened the portal and returned to Earth.

 

170. The Giant Dork Avengers (12 points)
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"1st appearance of Clint Barton name change to Goliath. Feeling inadequate compared to the power of Vision and the prowess of the Black Panther, Hawkeye decides to take Hank Pym's growing serum to become the Goliath and save his lover, the Black Widow, at Coney Island from the evil Egghead giant robot."

That is the solicitation for this comic. So inadequate Clint went from pussy to giant pussy in this issue. What so special about this lineup? Gene Colon and Roy Thomas in this era wanted to focus characterization. And focusing on newbies as the all new Goliath, Vision and Black Panther (mainly the 5 heads in that little box in the top left corner). Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch join this lineup as well. Thomas also established that the Avengers are headquartered in a New York City building called Avengers Mansion, provided courtesy of Tony Stark, who also funds the Avengers through the Maria Stark Foundation, a non-profit organization. The mansion is serviced by Edwin Jarvis, the Avengers' faithful butler, and also furnished with state-of-the-art technology, and defense systems, including the Avengers' primary mode of transport: the five-engine Quinjets.

The adventures increased in scope as the team cross into an alternate dimension to battle the Squadron Supreme and fight in the Kree-Skrull War, an epic battle between the alien Kree and Skrull races and guest-starring the Kree hero Captain Marvel. The Avengers also briefly disband when Skrulls impersonate Captain America, Thor and Iron Man and use their authority as founders of the team to disband it. The true founding Avengers, minus the Wasp, later reform the team in response to complaints from Jarvis.



169. The Crew (12 points - 1 first place slot)

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"It's got Kasper Cole in the line up, it should win for that alone, this is my all time favorite series....screw you all for not buying this."

Kasper Cole is the man, I do not care what anyone says. I wanna do a Marvel Knights book, and he will star in it. And I will find a place for Cardiac as well, but yeah, Kasper Cole needs to make a comeback. Hell, he should join New Avengers. I think he would do great with that lineup. Very street-level and such.

James "Rhodey" Rhodes, formerly known as the hero Iron Man and, later, War Machine, had once set up his own company but soon found himself filing for bankruptcy thanks to an unscrupulous accountant. Almost immediately afterward, he was informed that his sister had been killed by drug dealers.

Rhodes traveled to Little Mogadishu, or "The Mog," a dangerous section of Brooklyn, New York City, controlled by gang warlords and drug dealers. Looking for his sister's killers, he demanded answers of both the police and the deadly street gangs who ruled the lawless territory. Receiving none of the answers he sought, Rhodes took matters into his own hands, teaming with Josiah X, Kasper Cole, and Junta to learn the truth and to apprehend the men responsible.
 


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