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Your Top Teams part 26

Written by Chris Mitchell on Thursday, June 25 2009 and posted in Features
An interesting group of folks...




126. The Road trip X-Force (21 points) roadtripxforce..jpg

I was outta comics when this X-Force gotten to this point in time, I dunno if like this direction. In 1997, writer John Francis Moore portrayed the team as carefree walkers exploring the open road and had X-Force break away from Cable and the X-Men. The roster of that incarnation was Meltdown, Siryn, Sunspot, Warpath, and Danielle Moonstar. This was one of most acclaimed eras of the series, with warm reaction from fans and critics alike.

In 1998, Moore and new artist Jim Cheung had X-Force move to a new headquarters in San Francisco, returned Cannonball and later Domino to the team, and added Bedlam, a mutant who could disrupt electronic equipment. However, towards the end of this run, sales on the title began to fall drastically.

Writer Warren Ellis, who was known for his dark, cynical style, revamped three books, (X-Force, Generation X, and X-Man), as part of the Revolution revamp of the X-Men series of titles in 2000. Ellis' stint on X-Force, co-written by Ian Edginton and illustrated by Whilce Portacio, saw Bedlam, Cannonball, Meltdown, and Warpath become a covert ops superhero team under the leadership of Pete Wisdom, a British mutant and former intelligence agent who could shoot burning blades of energy from his fingers. Sales remained about the same despite the changes in creators.


125. The Noble Family (22 Points)

noblefamily..jpgOften described as "a super-hero soap opera", the series follows the lives of the Nobles, a wealthy superhero family. The stories focus less on the Nobles fighting super villains and more on their personal lives. Originally intended to be an ongoing title, it was downgraded into a series of miniseries and one-shots. It finally became an ongoing title in 2004.

Jay Faerber announced in September 2007 that Noble Causes would take a 5-year jump into the future. The characters Gaia, Race and Liz will not take active part in the family. Doc will have a new wife, Olympia and her two children will be joining the Noble family as well.

Doc Noble began his super genesis crime fighting life in college. As he got older he chose to fully operate as a public super hero. He would even build Noble Industries using his devices. Soon he met Gaia and after there marriage her media skills increased Noble Industries publicity considerably.

The two would start a family together that joins in the parents heroic deeds. Their two sons Race and Rusty and the youngest daughter Zephyr as well as Gaia’s son Frost. However Doc spent a lot of time in his lab and his robotic helper Icarus felt more like his son than the others. He even became jealous of the others and attempted to kill his “siblings”, but the family banded together to stop him and Doc ended up destroying Icarus.

Some time later a man obsessed with Gaia named Steven Dockerty switched body’s with Doc. Doc was trapped in Dockerty’s body which was in a mental asylum, however Doc was able to escape and regain his body, but discovered that Steven made Gaia feel better than Doc had and this made him better at treating his family.

At some point Gaia created and released a monster on the city in an attempt to increase the family’s publicity, but the monster was more powerful than she had expected and although defeated, many deaths were caused by its release. However only Race’s wife Liz knew the truth and she removed her memory in an attempt to hide the truth. Doc attempted to return her memory, but Gaia kept getting in the way eventually the truth was exposed and despite Gaia attempting to go to prison to make up for it the two divorced. Five years later Doc has married a new wife, Olympia and has adopted her two children. The family is now more proactive and fights worldwide threats from a hidden location in the South Pacific.


124. Top 10 (22 points)

top10..jpgAgain, never read it. Should I?

The story revolves around the day-to-day lives of the police officers at the 10th Precinct Police Station and is similar in tone to classic television police dramas like Hill Street Blues, which Moore has described as an influence. The book also addresses a wide range of prejudices and issues, but with a science-fiction twist; monsters, robots and fantasy creatures often face the bigotry and problems faced by real-world human minorities.

The series is noted for its comic-book references. For example, a caped street-corner watch-vendor uses a cardboard sign advertising "signal watches", and a hot-dog vendor cooks his wares with heat vision. One plotline involves a boy-band called Sidekix whose hit single was called "Holy Broken Hearts". Likewise, most advertising, signage and graffiti in the Top 10 universe contains references to the world of comic books and super powers (eg. a clothing store called "The Phonebooth").

The primary Top 10 series was a 12-issue series between 2000 and 2001. Follow-ups included 2003's 5-issue mini-spin-off Smax and 2005's graphic novel Top 10: The Forty-Niners. 2005 also saw the publication of a 5-issue mini-series, written by Paul Di Filippo and illustrated by Jerry Ordway, titled Top 10: Beyond the Farthest Precinct.

In 2008-2009, another 4-issue series, Top 10: Season Two, was written by Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon, with art by Gene Ha.


endless..jpg123. The Endless (22 points)

Although Neil Gaiman, the creator of The Endless, has made it very clear that he prefers leaving fans to guess at the origins and mysteries of The Endless, he has filled in some clues, most of them concerning what exactly The Endless are were revealed in the Brief Lives story arc, through Destruction. It seems, after having abandoned his duty as one of The Endless he came to truly understand what The Endless are. He says that they are simply patterns, ideas, repeating motifs and makes it clear that for their functions to be performed, no actual intervention is required on their part. In fact he goes on to say The Endless have no right to interfere with the lives of mortals.

Also, he explains his own theory about what each of The Endless represent saying that he symbolizes creation, in this same way he goes on to say that Death is to life as Despair is to hope, Desire is to hatred and Destiny is to freedom. When Dream questions what he would be in this all, Destruction says, "Reality, perhaps?" This seems to shake the very foundation of what The Endless are, as most of the others see themselves as bound to their duties while Destruction makes it very clear that without them all will go on, perhaps more sporadically, but it will continue.

Neil Gaiman has also added in the foreword to The Sandman: Endless Nights, that The Endless are not to be seen as gods, for gods need to be believed in to exist, The Endless will continue existing whether we believe in them or not, for they are The Endless.

Another thing that should be brought up is that although the first eight of The Endless may have never been human and the original seven may have never been anything but The Endless, the ninth was originally Daniel Hall, a mortal babe who was made Dream when forces outside of his control made it necessary that he take on the role, for although you can abandon your duties, there must always be one to hold the mantle of each of the seven Endless.

One thing about The Endless that seems to support the idea they were once "mortal beings" of sorts is the fact that they have been known to reproduce and bear, at least partially, human offspring.



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