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Your Top Teens part 27

Written by Chris Mitchell on Thursday, October 08 2009 and posted in Features

Three great characters in this batch. I cannot say anything bad about any of them.


110. Jakeem Thunder (24 points)

jakeemthunder.pngJakeem is a teenager from Keystone City, who came to possess the genie-powered Thunderbolt pen which once belonged to Johnny Thunder. When an evil genie came to Earth, Jakeem was able, with Captain Marvel's help, to merge his genie with the evil one. The now fused genie is summoned by saying the words "So Cûl" (pronounced "So cool"). It is then when he joined the renowned Justice Society of America, which he became a reluctant member of.

Jakeem Johnny Williams is from Keystone City. His mother left his father when she was pregnant. His mom died of cancer and he had to live with his Aunt Lashawn. His father doesn't know of him, because Jakeem's mother didn't tell him she was pregnant. To survive where he grew up at he became a protective cursing boy.

Jakeem got the Thunderbolt from Johnny Thunder. Johnny started to loose control of the Thunderbolt so he put it in a pen. Johnny was old and had Alzheimer’s, so he forgot where Thunderbolt was and gave Jakeem the pen which Thunderbolt was encased in.

A genie from the fifth dimension was given freedom by Triumph, who was given younger age and his powers back. The genie then started terrorizing a city. This is when Jakeem finds out the pen has a genie in it. But Jakeem thinks the genie is the devil. Jakeem with the Justice Society of America and Justice League figures out the genie is a fifth-dimensional being. And it is controlled by saying its name Yz which backwards is pronounced "So cool". Captain Marvel helped with merging the two genies together which made a purple Thunderbolt. This is controlled by saying "So cool".

Jakeem then joins the JSA, not wanting to but then comes around. Grundy being affected by Joker's laughing gas attacked the JSA headquarters but the only ones there were Stargirl and Jakeem. Grundy steals Jakeem's pen with the Thunderbolt. Here Jakeem tells Stargirl he wants to get the pen back not because it's the Thunderbolt but because it's his friend. During the fight Jakeem wished that everything that was messed up be fixed, not knowing that Johnny Thunder was close, who then was taken possession by Ultra-Humanite. Being the first one with the Thunderbolt he has more control over him and takes him back. Ultra-Humanite uses the Thunderbolt to grab all telepaths and control the worlds mind. Jakeem is one of the ones not affected. Jakeem soon take the Thunderbolt back but by the life of Johnny Thunder. Jakeem then merges Johnny and the Thunderbolt together, but tells no one but the JSA.

109. Bobby Drake (24 points)

iceman.jpgYou know, it’s really hard to find an old school pic of Iceman. The characters that are adults now, I am trying to find a pics of them being young. This is the best one I could find for Iceman. When he was more of a Snow Man then made of ice. But yeah, I love this guy. One of my top 10 of X-folks, maybe even Marvel Heroes.

Robert Drake was born in Port Washington, Long Island, New York, to William Robert Drake and Madeline Beatrice Bass Drake. When he hit puberty, his powers first started to emerge, as Bobby always had a cold, until he learned to control it. His powers first manifest when Bobby was on a date with Judy Harmon and a local bully by the name of Rocky Beasely tried to take Judy away for himself. Knowing Judy could not put up a good fight, Bobby points his hand at Beasely and encases him in a block of ice. As a result, Judy ran away, since she couldn't stand to be with a mutant. Later, the local townspeople, having heard about what Bobby did, come looking for him in the form of an angry mob. The local sheriff has no choice but to put Bobby in jail for his own "protection." While Bobby sits in his cell at the sheriff station, the outer wall is blown open, and a man named Scott Summers (Cyclops) walks in and offers to take Bobby with him. After Bobby turns him down, the two mutants get into a short battle, which is soon ended by Professor Charles Xavier. After Xavier has sat down and talked with Bobby and his parents, Bobby's parents suggest that he go with Professor Xavier to his "school for gifted youngsters." Bobby takes the suggestion and leaves with Professor Xavier and Cyclops to become the second member of the X-Men. He is later joined by Hank McCoy, Jean Grey, and Warren Worthington III as the charter members of the X-Men.

Iceman quickly befriends Hank McCoy (Beast), and the two serve as comic relief for the team. Drake, however, remains self-conscious regarding the fact that he is the youngest member of the group. Appearing in his original snow covered form, he first battles Magneto along with the rest of the team, and later the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Not long after, he takes on a new ice-covered form as his control as his mutant powers get better. He then teams with the Human Torch for the first time. With the X-Men, he visits the Savage Land and meets Ka-Zar. He then battles the Juggernaut, and is badly injured in his first battle against the Sentinels. He next battles Magneto by himself. Then, he and the Beast battle the Maha Yogi. During his original stint with the X-Men, Drake pursues a relationship with Lorna Dane, although the relationship does not last. Iceman is among the original X-Men captured by Krakoa, leading to a new incarnation of X-Men of which he is not a part. With most of the original team, he quits the X-Men.

Iceman moves to the American west coast to attend UCLA and becomes a founding member of The Champions of Los Angeles. However, the Champions soon dissolve. Iceman is then abducted by the Master Mold, and alongside the Angel, he encounters the Hulk. Iceman next aids the Thing in battling the Circus of Crime. Drake retires from life as a superhero to earn a college degree in accounting - but apparently at a college on the east coast, not UCLA. While in college, he briefly rejoins the X-Men to rescue the captives of Arcade's henchman Miss Locke.

Iceman is reunited with the Beast, and encounters Cloud, and then returns as a full-time superhero in an incarnation of the Defenders alongside his former teammates, Angel and Beast. He also battles Professor Power's Secret Empire while with the Defenders. After the Defenders disband, Drake embarks on his career as an accountant. Some time later, Iceman encounters Mirage, the "daughter" of Oblivion. Iceman journeyed back in time and met his parents before he was born, and battles Oblivion and Mirage. He then achieves reconciliation with his parents.

108. Batman Beyond (24 points - 1 first place slot)

batmanbeyond.jpg"Why not?"

"This guy is one of my favorite characters of all time. He's from the future, he's my age, and he's the Batman what isn't cool about everything I just said?"

"Got the name of a beer in his name and he's a freakin' awesome batman. On the side he's also Batman and Iron man's love child."

Terry was born in Gotham City on August 18, 2023, to Warren and Mary McGinnis, a research scientist at Wayne-Powers and an astronomer at Astro-Tech respectively. By his own admission, he was once a "bad kid." A member of a street gang run by youthful racketeer Charlie "Big Time" Bigelow, Terry has his fair share of run-ins with the Gotham City Police while in his early teens, even serving a three-month stint in juvenile hall. Years after Batman is last seen, he finds himself on the run from another street gang, the Jokerz, who model themselves after the deceased Clown Prince of Crime. Terry flees onto the grounds of Wayne Manor, where an aged Bruce Wayne comes to his defense. The strain of the fight places substantial stress on Bruce's heart, and he collapses. Terry helps Bruce into the mansion and gets him his medication; Bruce proceeds to fall asleep afterwards. Before leaving, Terry notices a bat stuck inside a grandfather clock. As he tries to free it he stumbles upon the entrance to the Batcave.

After Bruce kicks him out, Terry returns home to find his father murdered, and later discovers that Derek Powers, who has assumed leadership of a merged Wayne-Powers, is responsible. He seeks Bruce's assistance in bringing Powers down, but despite Terry's insistence, Bruce, still shaken from an ordeal years earlier of having relied on a gun for self-defense, maintains that he has given up the cowl. Terry takes matters into his own hands and steals the latest incarnation of the Batsuit. Bruce admonishes him through the suit's communicator, and even shuts down the suit, leaving Terry helpless in a fight. Terry, however, is able to convince Bruce to help him confront Powers, who ordered Warren's death after the latter discovered Powers' plan to mass-produce biological weapons. In the end, Powers, who has been exposed to his own hazardous chemicals, experiences the onset of his mutation into Blight.

Convinced that there is still a need for a Batman, Bruce hires Terry as his "personal assistant" and begins secretly training him for his new role as Batman. In addition, Bruce assists Terry in the field primarily by keeping in continual contact with the boy at the Batcave.

After Powers' criminal identity is revealed to the public and he finally brings retribution to his father's killers, Terry decides to continue his role as Batman to make up for his past sins, in hope that his heroic role is his chance at redemption

Terry goes on many adventures as the Batman, growing into his role to the point where eventually even Bruce accepts him as his heir as the Bat. Eventually, he is recruited by Superman to root out a traitor in the team... who turns out to be Superman himself, under the control of the extraterrestrial creature Starro. Though initially the rest of the team distrusts him due to his perceived inexperience, Terry gains their trust by saving their lives and freeing Superman from the alien's mind control. However, he says that he would prefer to be like his mentor and only partially serve on the Justice League.

When Static is sent 40 years into the future, he is forced to work with Terry to rescue future Static from the KOBRA organization. While Terry doubts his abilities at first, he eventually develops respect for Static. Terry also sees the resemblance in both the teenage and adult version.


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