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Your Top Teams part 30

Written by Chris Mitchell on Friday, June 26 2009 and posted in Features
A few more for ya....




109. Fabe's X-Force (26 points)

xforce-fabe.jpg"Badass. These guys take no prisoners. My favorite team growing up. The rebels WITH a cause. Nuff said."

After Liefeld left for Image, X-Force continued with Nicieza writing and Greg Capullo illustrating. Nicieza, who also wrote X-Men, helped plot the X-Cutioner's Song storyline that overlapped into most X-Men related books in the fall of 1992. In that story, Stryfe frames Cable for an assassination attempt on the X-Men’s founder Professor X, leading to a clash between the X-Men and X-Force. The crossover boosted Cable's popularity, despite the character's apparent death in X-Force #18, leading to his own solo series being launched in 1993.

After X-Cutioner’s Song, X-Force continued under Nicieza and Capullo, and later penciled Tony Daniel. Having temporarily lost their leader, X-Force attempted to develop an identity of their own. The team gradually developed into a dysfunctional family after Cable's return in #25, and the title regularly combined soap opera plot threads, such as romance and Siryn's alcoholism, with violent action. Nicieza fleshed out previously unknown elements of each character's history, including Siryn's family in Ireland, Rictor's in Mexico, and Cannonball's in Kentucky, as well as the mysterious origins of Shatterstar. This period also saw the reintroduction of characters from the group's New Mutants days, such as Rusty and Skids, Danielle Moonstar, and Cypher and Wolfsbane. A long-simmering sub-plot about Reignfire and the disappearance of Sunspot came to a climax just as the book went on hiatus for the Age of Apocalypse crossover event in 1995.

Cover to X-Force #46 by Adam Pollina, the title's longest-running artist. Depicted: Sunspot, Mimic, Caliban, Cable, and Warpath (partially visible). Due to falling sales, X-Force emerged from the Age of Apocalypse event with a new creative team of writer Jeph Loeb and illustrator Adam Pollina, who significantly revised the team with issue #44. Loeb introduced new team uniforms, had the team move in with the X-Men at the X-Mansion, and placed emphasis on character-driven stories with fewer fight scenes. Rictor quit the team and Cannonball joined the X-Men. Caliban, a super-strong albino mutant who possessed the mind of a child, joined the team. Loeb's stories included revelations about Shatterstar’s origin and the transformation of Boomer (formerly Boom Boom) into the more aggressive Meltdown. Fan response was generally positive


108. The Dru-vengers (26 points)

druvengers.jpgRight after Avengers got Under Seige’d, a lineup change happened. Hercules left and so did Wasp, but its ok, they got replaced by She-Hulk, Namor and Doc Druid. Yeah, awesome eh?? "War on Olympus" in which Hercules' father Zeus blamed the Avengers for his son's injuries and brought them to Olympus for trial and "Heavy Metal" in which the Super Adaptoid organizes several other robotic villains for an assault on the team. New members during the 1980s included an African American Captain Marvel named Monica Rambeau (who became the team's new leader); She-Hulk; Tigra, Namor, Starfox and Hawkeye's wife, Mockingbird, while Henry Pym emerges from retirement to join the West Coast Avengers. Stern also created the villain Nebula, who claimed - falsely - to be the granddaughter of Thanos. The team also relocated for a period to a floating island off the coast of New York called Hydrobase.

Personally, I never liked this team. I stopped reading the Avengers after Under Siege so I really cannot go into this deeper. This is one of the weakest lineups I think the Avengers had. I mean, Doc Druid? Really? Well, he has a son now who is hanging out with Nick Fury in Secret Warriors. If you are NOT reading Secret Warrior punch yourself in the crotch for me. Why? Cuz you should be.

Didn't Doc Druid turn evil as well? Really? What the fuck is that about?


107. Power Pack (26 points)

powerpack.jpgAlex, Julie, Jack, and Katie met Aelfyre "Whitey" Whitemane, a member of the Kymellian race resembling humanoid horses, who came to stop there father from using his new invention, an antimatter generator that siphoned energy from an alternate dimension, knowing it had the potential to wipe out entire planets. Their rival species, the Snarks attempted to steal it. Whiteman suffered fatal injuries in the following battle, but before dying he bestowed one of each of his abilities to the four Power children. They became the super heroic Power Pack, and took on the identities of Alex, "Gee", the power to control the effect gravity had on him and whoever/whatever he was touching, Julie, "Lightspeed," was given the power of flight at speeds equal to that of light (with a rainbow trail), Jack, "Mass Master," could dissipate into a large cloud-like form or compress himself into a "Barbie-doll" size while retaining his original weight, and Katie, "Energizer," could absorb molecules with a touch and convert them into pure energy making her glow brightly and able to shoot energy balls from her body.

Their mission began as a rescue mission to save their parents, Dr. James and Margaret Power, from the Snarks. An evil Reptilian race of aliens who were the mortal enemies of the Kymellian. Hiding their duel identities from their parents, the Power Pack dealt with alien threats and employed Whitey's intelligent spacecraft, the Smartship Friday. Power Pack aided the Morlocks during the Mutant Massacre, and fought Apocalypse's horsemen during the Fall of the Mutants. Franklin Richard's using the name Tattletale due to his ability to perceive possible futures, became an unofficial member of the team, as did Kofi a Kymellian relative of the late Whitemane.

Power Pack's powers often switched from one member to another. After one such incident, the children adopted the names of Destroyer (Alex), Molecula (Julie), Counterweight (Jack), and Starstreak (Katie). The team helped relocate the Kymellians to a new world. Alex even appeared to transform into a Kymellian, though this was revealed to be a pseudoplasm duplicate planted by Technocrat a domineering Kymellian.

Alex joined the New Warriors, stealing the energies of his brother and sisters to become Powerpax and then Powerhouse. He restored his siblings' powers when he left the New Warriors. Power Pack is once again active, with Alex going by the name of Zero-G. The team recently fought off a squad of Snake invaders. They continue to fight for our planet.


106. World's Deadliest (26 point)

worldsdeadliest.jpgI really do not know what to say about this pairing cuz I do not actually remember them pairing up in the comics, maybe I am just old. Or tired. Or both, but I am actually kinda brainfarting on this. But since a number of you voted for this dastardly duo, I kept it on the list. So, I thought I’d give you a DVD review on the Worlds Finest Episode where the pic is from.

The World's Finest” crossover sees Supes teaming up with Batman to take down the team of The Joker and Luthor.

The series featured crisp bright animation - a break from the style established in the different animated Batman series - and paved the way for the current Justice League Unlimited hit series. Like Batman, it featured lots of villains that were lifted straight from the comics and had plots that often seemed like the Superman comics came to life on the screen. Many of the series’ villains had their powers changed or cranked up to better challenge the man in blue, but the creators never made any changes that would send comic fans into protest.

Along with the “World’s Finest,” the two-disc set has some of the best episodes from the series including “Identity Crisis,” “Bizarro’s World,” “The Late Mr. Kent,” and “Mxyzpixilated.” Most of the show followed a basic formula of Superman discovering some crime or problem, doing an early battle, and then figuring out a way to save the day.

Out of the set, “World’s Finest” is probably the best episodes to watch – especially if you are a Batman fan - and the show’s writers do an excellent job of making all the characters be clearly defined. It is not enough that Superman and Batman are opposite in their personal quest for justice, but the show’s writers also make it clear that Joker and Luther are miles apart in their quest for crime. These are some great cartoons for comic fans and written so that adults can enjoy them as well as kids.



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