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Your Top Teams part 55

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We break into the Top 25, the Top 10 is just around the corner. Oh, are you as giddy as I am?

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24. The Ultimates (90 points - 1 first place slot)

ultimates.jpg"Millar's take on the Avengers is one of coolest comics I've ever read. I thought the Ultimate version was at times far more interesting than its predecessor. Volume 1 and 2 are just amazing I loved the whole thing. Volume 3 isn't nearly as bad as people try to make it out to be, but still the less said about it the better. Millar needs to hurry back."

"Just what the doctor ordered to make the Ultimate Imprint a success."

"The series that fully brought me into comics, a realistic modern and brilliantly well conceived take on the Avengers. Ultimates 1 and 2 were exactly the sort of epic story Earth’s Mightiest deserve and I’m looking forward to these characters being revisited with Millar’s Ultimate Avengers (because they haven’t been touched since the end of Ultimate 2 do you understand me? Loeb Ultimates DID NOT HAPPEN.).”

"(...before Loeb)"

"IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THIS SERIES WAS CANCELED AT THE END OF VOL2 #13 AND THESE CHARACTERS HAVE NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE. NEVER."

Just want to say that all the votes for the Ultimates, people wanted to make sure it was pre-Loeb. So, in case you were wondering.

General Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. establishes a strike force of government-sponsored meta-humans which includes Captain America; scientist couple Henry and Janet Pym (Giant-Man and the Wasp); Bruce Banner (the Hulk) and Tony Stark (Iron Man). Together they are based at the S.H.I.E.L.D facility, the Triskelion. When Banner injects himself with the super-soldier serum and goes on a bloody rampage as the Hulk, he is eventually stopped by the other meta-humans with the aid of Thor. The team then join forces with the mutants Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch and agents Hawkeye and Black Widow against the alien shape-shifters the Chitauri, who they defeat.

The Ultimates go head to head against the X-Men and recruit Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. While Magneto comes out as still being alive, the Ultimates face him and with the knowledge that Xavier and Magneto were friends in the past they go against the X-Men. The X-Men defend themselves and go against each other in an epic battle. It is also seen that the Ultimates know that the Wasp is a mutant. The X-Men and the Ultimates end their battles on bad terms and S.H.I.E.L.D. captures Xavier.

The Ultimates have captured the Green Goblin, Kraven the Hunter, Electro, Dr. Octopus, and Sandman. They have them in S.H.I.E.L.D. jails but Osborn breaks them out. Once out Norman threatens Peter that he will hurt his aunt unless he helps the bad guys. The six go and attack the White House including Spider-Man. S.H.I.E.L.D. takes May into protective custody and have Mary Jane looked out for. When the Ultimates arrive to defend the White House, they tell Peter that his Aunt is fine. Spidey turns sides against the now five. Nick Fury uses Harry Osborn as bait to make Osborn stop and while distracted they take down the five.

A year later public opinion has turned against the team when it is discovered that Bruce Banner is in fact the Hulk and was responsible for hundreds of deaths. The team is undermined further when Thor is accused of being an escaped mental patient and is incarcerated. This is the doing of his brother Loki, who also facilitates the creation of a new team of anti-American multi-nationals called the Liberators. With the aid of the Black Widow - who betrays the team to the Liberators - the Ultimates are captured, but eventually escape and battle the Liberators to the death. With the aid of Asgardian warriors, the Ultimates defeat both Loki and the Liberators.

 


23. The B.P.R.D. (90 points - 5 first place slots)

bprd.jpg"The Top Modern Characeter needs to be represented on this list."

The BPRD was founded in late 1944 by Professor Trevor Bruttenholm to combat various occult threats uncovered in operations against Nazi Germany. It initially had strong links to the USAAF and was based at a military airbase in New Mexico, but later relocated to a custom built facility in Fairfield, Connecticut. It maintains strong links to various branches of the United States Armed Forces to this day. It is a private organization that receives funding from several major governments (mostly the United States and United Kingdom, although other countries like Canada, Japan, France, and Italy have been mentioned).

Professor Bruttenholm served as director until the late 1950s when he stepped down to return to field work. The current Director is Dr. Thomas Manning. Under Manning a couple of "advanced skills agents" have been added. The first of which is Elizabeth "Liz" Sherman who reluctantly uses her ability of "fire starting". Liz was born in Kansas City, Kansas, April 15, 1962. Her pyrotechnic ability first manifested at age eleven when she accidentally blew up an entire city block. The incident killed 32 people including three firemen her mother, father, and, Will, her brother. She became a ward of the Bureau in 1974. Abraham "Abe" Sapien was found in a long forgotten chamber while plumbers were working in the basement of St. Trinidad Hospital. There was a piece of paper in his chamber that read "Itchyo Sapien, April 14, 1865." His name derived from 2 things: Sapien from Itchyo "Sapien”, and Abe because April 14, was the day "Abraham" Lincoln died, thus the name Abraham Sapien. Abe has found out many facts about his past life as Langdon Everet Caul. Caul was a wealthy ship captain from Virgina. In 1853 Caul gave up his life at sea and settled down in Little Poet, Rhode Island. He built a mansion and married a local girl, Edith Howard, in 1861. While living in Rhode Island he entertained a "curious foreign gentlemen". He went missing on February 22, 1865 (which is when his transformation to Abraham Sapien occurred). Edith went insane and threw herself off a cliff. Abe has since then met his dead wife and the "curious foreign gentlemen" who were living in Victorian living devices; they plotted to make new bodies for themselves and absorb all of the souls of the people who live in the Caribbean.

The B.P.R.D. is a well known and respected organization that has excellent relations with most international governments and United States government agencies, with the exceptions of China and the CIA. The Bureau was the United States' only defense against an onslaught of frog creatures (originally featured in Seed of Destruction). Though the 'frogs' originally began operating on the East Coast, they spread west on both sides of the US-Canadian border. To cut costs, the Bureau moved from its traditional headquarters in Connecticut to an abandoned research facility in Colorado. This facility was last used to house Nazi scientists who defected to America after World War II. As such, the facility contains vast amounts of secret files that the B.P.R.D. has yet to explore.

The frog monster invasion reached its peak during the events of The Black Flame. A Nazi madman called the Black Flame insinuated himself as the leader of the frogs, and together they raised Katha-Hem (one of the Ogdru Hem, the 369 spawn of the Ogdru Jahad) from the ground. The mountainous beast ran rampant across the American heartland until Liz Sherman used an ancient artifact to amplify her pyrokinetic powers a thousand fold. After she burned Katha-Hem alive, the frog monsters dragged the Black Flame into a vast pit and the invasion came to an end.

 


22. The Green Lantern Corps (91 points - 3 first place slots)

glc.jpg"Possibly the greatest team ever! 7,200 members and all of them with power on the cosmic scale."

"Honestly, I could take any era of this team, but what Geoff Johns has done since taking over this franchise has been nothing short of amazing. Rebirth was a perfect "repair-job," as Johns is wont to do; and Sinestro Corps War was nothing short of brilliant. They have managed to create a space opera crossed with a cop drama crossed with good, old-fashioned super heroics. The two current titles, Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps, are always amongst the best comics published by any company."

"Tomasi managed to flesh out a corps that previously was little more than support characters to the human Lanterns. The alien part of the corps comes to life under Tomasi's writing, even if the human Lanterns still take center stage most of the times."

The Guardians of the Universe created the Green Lantern Corps around 3 billion years ago and since then they have essentially become the galaxy's police force. The Guardians realized their failure with the Manhunters was due to their creations single-mindedness, lack of emotion (such as fear and courage), and most importantly the absence of morality and honor in the androids. The Guardians chose to assign sentient beings that excelled in fearlessness and morality. These beings would then watch over their sector of the galaxy (The sector that includes Earth is Sector 2814). The mission of the Green Lantern Corps is to protect the galaxy from interstellar threats of all kinds, from individual planets' problems to forces threatening entire systems.

The origin of the Green Lantern as a symbol of justice is derived from the first accounts of a police force in the universe. The police force emerged within a foggy world, where the officers would carry a lantern lit by a green flame. This legend was symbolic of justice piercing through the darkness and uncertainty of the universe. The various symbols of the Green Lantern Corps reflect this legend.

Originally the Green Lantern Corps wasn't as large as it is today. After an encounter and defeat at the hands of the embodiment of evil, Darkseid, a Green Lantern urged the Guardians to recruit an army to repel this evil should it ever become necessary. This recruitment nearly doubled the corp.

Each member has a great deal of autonomy as to their methods in their jurisdiction, subject to review by the Guardians if they feel the Green Lantern in question has abused their assigned authority. The individual Lanterns are responsible for arranging their replacements (when possible) if they are near retirement or death. If a Lantern dies before that obligation is met, the ring will find and seek another to be trained on its own. In rare circumstances, Guardians will personally go out into the field to recruit a replacement.

Upon recruitment each Green Lantern in the original Corps received a Power Ring, a Power Battery shaped like a lantern (with which the ring is recharged), and a uniform. The default uniform design for humanoids was a green section covering the torso and shoulders, black arms and leggings, green boots, white gloves, green domino mask and a chest symbol of a stylized Green Lantern icon on a white circle. Lanterns were allowed to customize their uniforms as long as the color scheme and the symbol were present. When the nature of the being precludes a standard uniform, an equivalent arrangement is expected as a substitute. For instance, Mogo, a sentient planet, arranges his foliage to create a green circling band and lantern symbol on his body. Jack T. Chance, a humanoid, refused to wear a uniform, but conceded to wearing a badge on the lapel of his coat. Lanterns were also allowed the option of a secret identity as a security measure and it is implied that the Corps were instructed to honor that choice by taking care not to expose them. Training in the use of the ring was optional and appropriate facilities and personnel were available on Oa upon request. In addition, a senior Lantern can be assigned to coach a recruit while in the field in their sector.

The New Green Lantern Corps being built by the Guardians is far more formal and structured than the old one that was destroyed by Parallax. Recruits, after being found by their Power Rings, are taken to Oa for training. Not all recruits will make it through training - indeed a great many of them might even fail, forcing the ring to find another candidate. Lantern trainees have a simplified version of the old Green Lantern uniform (with green covering more of the torso) with the white circle on their chest blank, presumably until the Lantern insignia is added upon completion of their training. Additionally, all Power Rings, not just Kyle Rayner's ring, now work on the color yellow, provided the user can feel the fear behind the color and overcome it.

Each member is given a Lantern Power Ring. The ring can perform whatever the wielder can imagine, so long as they have the willpower to channel and control the energies of the ring. There are no limits to what the ring can do, limited only by the wearers own fear and uncertainty. For this reason the ring is considered "The Most Powerful Weapon in the Universe".

The power ring has its own intelligence and is able to understand the thoughts of the wearer. Though the ring itself is not sentient, if a Lantern is to ever die the ring is able to find a worthy successor. The ring does have a finite amount of energy before having to be recharged. Some Green Lanterns speak an oath to strengthen their will and reaffirm their determination during this time. The energy source of all this is fed by the Central Power Battery of Oa. If the lantern dies with their ring the power tends to die out, but in the past it has been known that the Green Lantern spark never entirely dies out. When untied with another lantern who has not passed away, the spark is recharged.

The Corps has expanded to an organization of 7,200 Green Lanterns, with the average ratio of two Lanterns per sector. The specific arrangement of the sectors has changed over the years. If the universe is viewed as a sphere (or oblate spheroid), the sectors were originally described as wedges of that sphere, each 1/10 of one degree wide. This effectively meant that each Lantern had a sector of infinite size, since the universe is theoretically infinite. Later, sectors were described as being of non-standard location and size. A large area of vacuum between galaxies might be one large sector, while a galaxy like the Milky Way may be comprised of several sectors. The latest description amends the original one - sectors are now a one-degree by eighteen-degree section of the sphere-shaped universe, with the origin points meeting at Oa, which is located at the center of the universe. While this still results in an infinitely-sized sector, is not as spread out. Since the sectors all meet and begin on Oa, this means that Oa is in every Lantern's sector, and while a Lantern is on Oa, he is technically still patrolling his home sector.

Green Lantern Corps headquarters are on the planet Oa, in the center of the universe. Oa was destroyed shortly after Hal Jordan became Parallax, but was later reconstituted by Jordan's friend Tom Kalmaku. Formerly a natural if barren planet, the reconstructed Oa is now a vast labyrinthine planet-sized construct. Primary features include a great hall for the Guardians to meet in conference, training facilities for recruits, prisons called Sciencells for dangerous criminals, and tombs dedicated to honoring fallen lanterns. Oa's most prominent feature is the Central Power Battery, a gigantic version of the Lanterns' personal power batteries.

The central battery channels the same green energy of the Guardians and amplifies it, broadcasting energy to the individual power batteries across the universe which can then be used to charge the Lanterns' power rings. Particularly dangerous beings, such as Sinestro or Parallax, are sometimes imprisoned within the central battery. Maintaining security on this device is vital as major damage to it would prevent individual Corpsmen throughout the universe from recharging their power rings, thus de-powering the entire Corps in a single blow.

The Guardians recently increased the capabilities of Oa's defensive systems by creating an armored structure that protects the planet, which is now destroyed and the little blue shits are gonna get SO fucked up in Blackest Night.\

In the words of Monty Python "Bring out the dead."

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