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Your Top Teams part 19

Written by Chris Mitchell on Monday, June 22 2009 and posted in Features
3 for your disapproval.




151. Freak Force (15 points)

freakforce.jpgI haven't read Savage Dragon in years, it was one of the few Image Comics I did collect just before I dropped out of comics for my 10-year hiatus. So when this team came up I was kinda shocked. I enjoyed this team quite a bit. I love how Larsen created his characters, they have a great visual to them. So, well done Freak Force. And well done to the non-Big 2 teams that have still yet to appear.

With the exceptions of Superpatriot and Mighty Man, the team was part of a failed "freak force" program, in which the Chicago Police Department attempted to recruit super-powered police officers. Dart, a vigilante from Detroit, was among the first recruited. Horridus joined soon after the Dragon rescued her from abusive captivity in her parent's basement. Ricochet and Barbaric were led to the program from a meeting with the Savage Dragon, although Ricochet was rejected as too young to be a police officer. While sulking, she helped rescue Rapture from a homicidal pimp.

Their tenure as police officers was brief and fraught with disaster. Barbaric almost killed members of the Vicious Circle criminal organization during a prison escape. Dart gravely injured the villain Cesspool, who later filed a lawsuit. The police department also wanted the crew to wear standard police uniforms, instead of superhero costumes. The heroes complained that this would restrict their fighting ability. This, and other factors, soon led to the team leaving the police department.


150. Preacher and Co. (15 points - 1 first place slot)

preacherandco.jpg"If you can judge a person on the quality of his friends and enemies then Jessie Custer is a flawed hero who possesses the best and worst of both. The Preacher, The Vampire, and the Gunslinger took on God and his unholy minions and loved and lost and violated and saved and maimed and forgave each other along the way."

Not shocked that this group is on the list, and not shocked at the number of points for they received. Why? Most people did put teams created by the Big 2 and secondly most people do not consider these three a "team" per say.

Preacher tells the story of Jesse Custer, a down-and-out preacher in the small Texas town of Annville. Custer was accidentally possessed by the supernatural creature named Genesis in an incident, which killed his entire congregation and flattened his church.

Genesis, the product of the unauthorized, unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon, is an infant with no sense of individual will. However, as it is composed of both pure goodness and pure evil, it might have enough power to rival that of God himself. In other words, Jesse Custer, bonded to Genesis, may have become the most powerful being in the whole of living existence.

Custer, driven by a strong sense of right and wrong, goes on a journey across the United States attempting to (literally) find God, who abandoned Heaven the moment Genesis was born. He also begins to discover the truth about his new powers, which allow him to command the obedience of those who hear his words. He is joined by his old girlfriend Tulip O'Hare, as well as a hard-drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy.

During the course of their journeys, the three encounter enemies and obstacles both sacred and profane, including: the Saint of Killers, an invincible, quick-drawing, perfect-aiming, come-lately Angel of Death answering only to "He who sits on the throne"; a serial-killer called the 'Reaver-Cleaver'; The Grail, a secret organization controlling the governments of the world and protecting the bloodline of Jesus; Herr Starr, ostensible Allfather of the Grail, a megalomaniac with a penchant for prostitutes, who wishes to use Custer for his own ends; several fallen angels; and Jesse's own redneck 'family' — particularly his nasty Cajun grandmother, her mighty bodyguard Jody, and the 'animal-loving' T.C.


cablesmutants.jpg149. Cable's Mutants (16 points)

Not gonna lie. I loved when Liefeld came aboard this title. Anywho, this is the first of three New Mutant entries on the list. Again, when the votes came in some people asked for a specific lineup and such and others just said New Mutants, so I decided for them. And other times, some put down a lineup that was really, really close to one of them and so I meshed in the voted. One person wanted the New Mutants with some of the X-terminators on the list or as he put it "The Essential New Mutants" I put them in with this one, because no other New Mutants were voted for that specific lineup he had.

Anywho, sales of the series had slumped for several years, but took a sharp upturn after Rob Liefeld took over the penciling and co-plotting chores at the end of 1989. With the introduction in Cable and Liefeld’s pencils, the books sales just jumped. Cable became a new instructor for the young team and reintroduced the Danger Room back to the X-Universe after a long, long absence. He told them about a war that was coming and they had to prepare for it, so Liefeld gave them new costumes. During this time many characters who joined the team prior to Liefeld were either killed off or left the team for whatever reasons, which paved the way for Liefeld to bring in characters of his own, like Feral, Domino, and Shatterstar. And along with old fav Warpath of the Hellions the New Mutants title ended at issue 100 to pave they way for X-Force, which will be seen later on the list.

I really liked Liefeld’s design for Sunspot.

Just sayin’.


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