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Yout Top Teams part 20

Written by Chris Mitchell on Tuesday, June 23 2009 and posted in Features
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148. Black Panther's FF (16 points)

blackpantherff.jpgFor this one, some people voted Storm and Black Panther, and some voted for FF lineup, so again I made an executive decision and merged them into one, for my own sanity. Anywho, The Fantastic Four have been split up due to the Civil War with Reed Richards on Iron Man's side, Johnny and Sue on Captain America's side and the Thing being neutral and going to France. Iron Man was for the registration of super humans where as Captain America felt it violated an individual's civil rights. Reed even went so far as to help create a clone/cyborg hybrid of Thor with Tony Stark. The clone proves to be unstable and kills Ben Foster, also known as Goliath. In a final battle between the two sides, Taskmaster is about to shoot Sue, Reed intervened and got shot instead. Seeing this, Sue smashes Taskmaster down with an invisible construct.

When Captain America decided to surrender, the heroes had to face all the destruction their fight had caused. Sue decided to try to repair her relationship with Reed. Reed convinced her to take a second honeymoon. They leave the team and head to the moon of Titan. Worried about leaving Ben and Johnny alone, circumstances have brought the Black Panther and his wife, the former leader of the X-Men, Storm. On their first adventure, they head out into space and end up helping to save Epoch from the Silver Surfer, who is back in the service as one of the heralds of Galactus. You all know this story, this is where the infamous chokehold happened.



acolytes.jpg147. The Acolytes (16 points)

Personally, I would rather have the Marauders here, but this will do I suppose. The Acolytes were a group of mutants who embraced the teachings of Magneto. Originally led by Fabian Cortez, the Acolytes sought out Magneto in his orbital base Asteroid M. Chased by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, the Acolytes requested sanctuary. Magneto agreed, and began stockpiling nuclear weapons as a defense against an inevitable attack when the X-Men opposed his plan. After Magneto was injured by Wolverine, Cortez began using his powers to supposedly "heal" Magneto. While staging a retribution assault on the island nation of Genosha, which had only recently abandoned mutant slavery, the Acolytes captured multiple X-Men. Soon after, Magneto kidnapped Professor Xavier and geneticist Moira MacTaggert. An attempt to turn the captured heroes was thwarted by the remaining X-Men, who had stormed Asteroid M in order to rescue their comrades. In the ensuing clash, Cortez betrayed Magneto, leaving him to die as Asteroid M was destroyed. The Acolytes Chrome, Anne-Marie Cortez, and Marco Delgado sacrificed their lives to safeguard Magneto as Asteroid M crash-landed in the Middle East.

Fabian Cortez was subsequently revealed to be a member of the Upstarts, young mutants vying for their own leadership by killing mutants for "points." Magneto's "martyrdom" enabled Cortez to recruit more Acolytes such as Cargill Unuscione and the Kleinstock Brothers, who attacked Our Mother of the Sacred Heart School in upstate New York in order to capture a young boy who would become a mutant in adolescence. The X-Men stopped the attack and rescued the boy, whom the Acolytes had discarded upon discovering he had Down's syndrome. Meanwhile, an embittered Magneto recruited Exodus as his new lieutenant. Magneto created Avalon, a second space station built from the remains of Cable's space station Graymalkin as well as alien Shi'ar technology that Magneto had co-opted during his time at Xavier's School. Recapturing MacTaggert, the Acolytes hid in the abandoned Mont Saint Francis monastery on the French coast. One of their own members, Neophyte, helped the X-Men rescue MacTaggert and defeat the Acolytes after discovering the truth about Cortez's betrayal of Magneto.

The Acolytes next attacked a hospital in Wantaugh, Virginia. Government sanctioned mutant team X-Factor investigated, capturing the Acolyte named Spoor. Spoor revealed the Acolytes' plans only when X-Factor member Quicksilver, Magneto's son, was present. Spoor revealed that the Acolytes' next target was the military base in Camp Hayden, Kentucky. There, X-Factor drove off the Acolytes, only to discover that Camp Hayden was actually a front for a plant producing mutant-hunting Sentinel robots. After the attack on Camp Hayden, Magneto returned with Exodus, revealed Cortez's betrayal, and wrested control of the Acolytes from him. Magneto had Exodus retrieve members of the mutant team X-Force along with the brainwashed former Mutant Liberation Front members Rusty Collins and Skids for recruiting purposes. Magneto reversed their brainwashing, and they willingly joined the Acolytes in return. The others refused, escaping back to Earth.

Magneto returned to Earth during the funeral of Illyana Rasputin, a young mutant killed by the Legacy Virus. Magneto offered the mourners membership in his Acolytes. The offer was rejected by all except for the X-Man Colossus, Illyana's brother, who lost faith in Xavier's dream after his sister's death. Colossus returned with Magneto to Avalon, and the X-Men soon assaulted the base. The attack ended when Professor Xavier wiped Magneto's mind clean, reducing him to an inert state. Exodus assumed leadership of the Acolytes. Cortez resurfaced in an attempt to seize control of Genosha, taking Magneto's non-mutant granddaughter Luna as a hostage. Luna was rescued by the combined effort of the X-Men and the Avengers, including Luna's parents, Quicksilver, and the Inhuman Crystal. Cortez was apparently killed by Exodus during the rescue.

Exodus and the Acolytes returned to Avalon, where they later found the dimensionally-displaced mutant Holocaust floating in space. Rescued and reawakened, Holocaust killed the Acolytes Rusty Collins and Francisco Milan, and confronted Exodus. The Acolyte Amelia Voght enlisted the aid of X-Men members Cyclops and Jean Grey, albeit too late to prevent Avalon's destruction. Colossus escaped with Magneto in a life-pod, while Cyclops and Jean found themselves separated, each with a group of Acolytes. Cyclops' section of Avalon crash-landed in the Australian outback. He led the Acolytes to the X-Men's former Australian base, after which the Acolytes were arrested. Later, the Magneto-clone Joseph sought the truth about his past, a search that led him to Avalon's ruins in South America. There he encountered a group of Acolytes who believed him to be their savior reborn. Meanwhile, in Antarctica, Exodus formed his own group of Acolytes and began rebuilding Avalon, intending to launch it into space. Seeking to stop this destruction, Joseph led his Acolytes against Exodus, resulting in a war between the two factions. Ultimately, Joseph convinced all assembled that he was Magneto, and ordered the Acolytes to disband.

Reforming the Acolytes once more, Exodus attacked Wundagore Mountain in search of the High Evolutionary's power-enhancing Isotope E, but he and his followers were defeated by Quicksilver and the Knights of Wundagore. Following Magneto's return, the Acolytes once again rallied to his cause and were opposed by the X-Men. Magneto was ceded control over Genosha by the United Nations after threatening to launch an electromagnetic pulse that would bring human civilization to a standstill. Cortez resurfaced and was taken back by his former lord and master, who sought to keep Cortez at arm's length. Other members of the Acolytes soon flocked to the island nation to help rebuild its economy and way of life. Some, such as Scanner, joined the Genoshan Unified Patrol defense force. Others rebelled against Magneto, and helped the township of Carrion Cove deny him access to a device that would restore his full power. The Acolytes were last seen in Genosha before an attack by Sentinels commanded by Xavier's genetic twin, Cassandra Nova, devastated the island nation.

Recently, following the advent of "M-Day", several of the remaining Acolytes are no longer mutants due to the machinations of the Scarlet Witch. Seemingly, only Cargill, Voght, and Exodus have retained their mutant nature and powers. Exodus recently reformed the Acolytes that formed an alliance with the Marauders.


christian-deena.jpg146. Christian and Deena (16 points)

I have heard so much of this and it kills me I haven't read it yet. People say, "If you love Bendis (which I don't), you will love this. And if you don't like Bendis (and I am one of those people), you will love this as well" so, I have to find me this in trade or something. Can someone give me info on this, are the Image stories and the Icon stories completely different? Is one series better then the other? Give me the 411 and I will try to find them this week. Cool? Cool.

Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, police officers in a Homicide department devoted to cases that involve "powers" (people with superpowers). Walker himself used to be a costumed superhero named Diamond, but became a police officer after he lost his abilities. Though stripped of his powers, he still retains his contacts within the superhero community, even becoming engaged to an ex-colleague, who is later killed. In later issues, Walker is offered the chance to become the world's latest secret Guardian as part of The Millennium Guard, a secret group of intergalactic guardians, accepting the responsibility and the powers that come with it.

Deena Pilgrim, his partner, is also hiding at least one troubling secret. She contracted superpowers during a fight with an underworld thug named the Bug, an event that she kept under wraps. As a result of this, she unintentionally kills her abusive boyfriend in self-defense, and hides the evidence, although coming under investigation by Internal Affairs.


145. The All-Star Squadron (17 points)

allstarsquadron.jpg"OK, I'll admit it, I never liked DC's multiple Earth stuff very much. I like the characters from the multiple earths, but I prefer them all together in one place. That said, the one time I ever did like the concept, was in this book. Roy Thomas, helped by at-the-time young bucks named Garcia-Lopez and Ordway, crafted a fantastic book set smack in the heart of Earth-2 WII, and made me care about characters that up until then I found "lesser" to their E-1 counterparts. Basically, the Squadron was the JSA writ large; it was the original Society plus pretty much every other costumed hero on Earth-2, so you got Supes, Bats, Wondy, the Society, and everybody else. But the key to the book wasn't that it always juggled that huge's key was that its major focus remained on the book's heart, the lesser characters carried it. Guys like Robotman, Commander Steel, the Hawks, Shining Knight, Tarantula, Johnny Quick, Liberty Belle, and an all-time personal fave (thanks to this book) Danette Reilly/Firebrand. Mixing in guys like Jay and Alan and Ted and the Atom and Starman, etc, etc, and putting them up against baddies like Per Degaton, Brainwave, and the Ultra-Humanite made one rocking great book"

After Pearl Harbor was bombed, President Roosevelt called all "Mystery Men" to help the U.S. fight in the war. He called this team the All-Star Squadron. The Squadron consisted of members from Freedom Fighters, Justice Society, Seven Soldiers of Victory and many solo heroes. From their base in the Perisphere, built for the World's fair, the Squadron would go on many classified missions answering only to F.D.R. and the War Department.

As the adults had their missions, the super powered kids had their own battle. Calling themselves the Young All-Stars and being lead by former JSAer, Sandy the Golden Boy, the Young All-Stars fought Axis Amerika and others on the home front.

The All-Star Squadron was an example of "retroactive continuity" or "retcon", as it rewrote the already-established history of DC superheroes that had been published during the 1940s. The first known use of the term "retcon" was by Roy Thomas in the letter column of All-Star Squadron #20 (April, 1983).

Wanna see the member list? Well, here ya go: Air Wave (Larry Jordan), Amazing Man (Will Everett), Americommando, Atom (Al Pratt), Black Condor (Richard Grey, Jr.), Bulletgirl, Bulletman, Captain Triumph, Commander Steel (Hank Heywood), Crimson Avenger (Lee Travis), Doctor Fate (Kent Nelson), Doctor Mid-Nite (Charles McNider), Doctor Occult, Doll Man (Darrell Dane), Dyna-Mite, Firebrand (Danette Reilly), Flash (Jay Garrick), Flying Fox, Fury (Helena Kosmatos), Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Guardian (Jim Harper), Billy Gunn, Hawkgirl (Shiera Sanders Hall), Hourman (Rex Tyler), Human Bomb (Roy Lincoln), Ibis the Invincible, Jester, Johnny Quick (Johnny Chambers), Manhunter (Paul Kirk), Manhunter (Dan Richards), Merlin (Jock Kellogg), Midnight (Dave Clark), Minute-Man (Jack Weston), Miss America (Joan Dale), Mister Scarlet (Brian Butler), Mister Terrific (Terry Sloane), Iron Munro, Neptune Perkins, Phantom Lady (Sandra Knight), Pinky, Plastic Man, Quicksilver, Ray (Lanford Terrill), Red Bee (Richard Raleigh), Red Tornado (Ma Hunkel), Robotman (Robert Crane/Paul Dennis), Sandman (Wesley Dodds), Sandy the Golden Boy, Sargon the Sorcerer, Shining Knight (Justin Arthur), Spectre (Jim Corrigan), Spider (Tom Ludlow Hallaway), Spy Smasher, Starman (Ted Knight), Star-Spangled Kid (Sylvester Pemberton), Stripesy, Stuff the Chinatown Kid (Danny Leong), Tarantula (Jonathan Law), Johnny Thunder, Tigress (Paula Brooks), TNT, Tor (Jim Slade), Tsunami (Miya Shimada), Uncle Sam, Vigilante (Greg Saunders), Whip (Rod Gaynor), Wildcat (Ted Grant), Wing, Wonder Woman (Hippolyta), Zatara the Magician; possibly others


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