Since I missed out on Friday, I am giving you two batches of 5 characters. Do not say I don't do anything for you...
49. Scott Summers (56 points)
"The best field leader the X-Men have ever had (although Storm is close). I know he's not popular, but Scott has always been one of my favorite X-Men. Just a great character that makes a lot of terrible choices in women."
"Who would have figured Scott Summers' teen years would be his most normal? I mean, he hadn't even sacrificed his dying infant son to a hellish, uncertain future yet."
Scott Summers grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. He is the son of Katherine Ann Summers and Major Christopher Summers of the United States Air Force. When his father took his family for a flight in his airplane, they were attacked by a Shi'ar ship. His parents strapped him and his brother Alex to a single parachute and tossed them out of the plane in hopes they would survive. Unfortunately the parachute caught fire and Scott landed on his head causing brain damage. This caused him to lose the ability to control his optic blasts and amnesia about his childhood.
Scott lived in an orphanage in Nebraska where he would be used in experiments by the owner Mr. Milbury. As he grew up, Scott developed a destructive mutant power; his eyes would produce incredibly powerful concussive blasts. He couldn't control his power because of the damage to his head he'd experienced when falling from the plane. Whilst living in the orphanage, Scott was given a pair of red-lensed glasses. He didn't understand why, but he knew that they restrained his mutant power. It transpired that Mister Sinister played many roles in Scott's formative years, including Mr. Milbury, the head doctor at the orphanage, and the orphan bullies 'Nathan Masters' and 'Lefty'. As Lefty he tormented Scott often by killing his potential foster parents so that they wouldn't adopt him. Even when Scott befriended staff member Robyn Hanover due to their shared liking of planes, Sinister brainwashed her so that she would be as cold as all the other staff.
When Scott was 16 years old, he ran away from the orphanage and found a mutant named Jack O'Diamonds. Jack wanted Scott to help him break into the nuclear power plant, which had triggered his mutant abilities in the first place. Scott only agreed because he knew Jack would kill the guards there if he didn't help him. While the two broke in, Professor X heard of the break in and tried to stop them. Eventually Jack absorbed so much radiation that he was atomized, and so Professor X offered for Scott to join the X-Men. He accepted so Xavier could teach him to control his abilities. As such, Scott adopted the codename Cyclops and became the first X-Man. The Professor provided Cyclops with a Ruby Quartz visor to help him restrain his destructive eye blasts. Although Cyclops could never control his power, he finally had a means to use it with confidence. He soon met new team-mates, other mutants his age. They bonded well together and they called him Slim Summers, due to his slight-frame. Together they became the original five X-Men.
Whenever Professor X wasn't around, Cyclops became their team-leader. Cyclops was such an efficient leader that for a short while he led the X-Men without Professor X there. Although he was serious about dedicating himself to the X-Men, Cyclops fell in love with his team-mate Marvel Girl. However, he didn't want to start a relationship since he was afraid of hurting someone with his uncontrollable powers. He was also insecure about his own attributes, believing that she would prefer to date the handsome Angel. Eventually Jean realized that Scott loved her, and so the two started a relationship. From then on, the two were inseparable. Even when Xavier was thought to be dead and the X-Men split up at the request of the FBI's Fred Duncan, Cyclops & Marvel Girl stayed together.
Cyclops proved he still had his brilliant leadership skills when he managed to disguise himself as "Eric the Red" and infiltrated Magneto's base of operations when he was building an army of mutants.
48. Justice (57 points)
What a stupid ass costume. Really.
Vance Astrovik was born in Saugerties, New York. When he was a teenager he was visited by his time traveling future self named Major Vance Astro of the Guardians of the Galaxy. This future version became an astronaut and was caught in a cryogenics suspension which froze him for years. He convinced his younger self not to become an astronaut. This gave time so that Vance can learn that he had telekinesis. After Vance powers started to show his father would physically abuse him. Vance ran away from home becoming a professional wrestler. There he met the Thing. The Thing convinced him to go home and give his parents another try, so he did. When he got home his parents told him it would never happen again. Vance started calling himself Marvel Boy. He applied to be a member in the Avengers but was rejected. He started a team called the New Warriors led by Night Thrasher. The New Warriors they fought the White Queen and her Hellions. Vance started a relationship with Firestar. His powers also increased in strength and he was more precise. Vance's father started abusing him again and started abusing his mother. One night Arnold (Vance’s father) was attacking Vance while he was hurt from a fight with Terrax. Arnold hit his wife, Vance with his power accidentally killed his father. He turned himself in and went to trial. He was found innocent of murder but was convicted of aggravated assault. Vance served his time in the Vault. Later Vance was let out and took the name Justice. When the Sphinx came he put the former New Warriors throughout time. Vance went to the past and saw his father, and saw that his father was homosexual and was abused by his father to have a heterosexual life. A magical incident happened when everyone who was an Avenger was attacked by monsters and creatures. Vance and Firestar went to a meeting to the Avengers mansion. Then Morgan LeFay attacked altering reality. Vance and Firestar were turned into Morgan's super-powered enforcers. He broke free thinking about the team. After defeating LeFay they became Avengers. Justice and Rage learned that someone was hunting down former New Warriors because they blamed them for the explosion in Connecticut. They find out it was hindsight who put up a hate site.
Vance joined Captain America fighting Iron Man. But later on he joined the Initiative. He led a youth outreach group of the Initiative. It later showed that he was seeing Ultra Girl secretly and when it came down to it he quit the Initiative and Iron Man could not arrest him because he done nothing illegal. After leaving the Initiative, he was enraged and confused that a New Warriors team had been re-invented without extending an invitation to the living members of the old roster. Vance and some of the old New Warriors (Silhouette, Rage, and Debrii), and some Initiative recruits (Slapstick, the Scarlet Spiders) went after the new team. Vance confronted their leader Night Thrasher (an original member), assuming he was a Skrull for not extending the invitation to join the team.
47. Altar Boy (59 points- 3 first place slots)
As a young boy, Brian Kinney came to Astro City to meet and frequent super-heroes. In order to do so, his first step was to find a job as a waiter at Bruiser's Bar and Grill, a bar catering for super powered being.
Seeing he was a good boy but not fit for the underground population of his bar, the owner K.O. Carson, an ancient vigilante known as the Black Badge recommended him for Butler's, a highly exclusive and private club for top super-heroes, where Brian found a job as a busboy.
On the third day on the job, the club was attacked by Glue-Gun. Brian, held hostage by the villain, proved himself a great fighter, defeating him with one kick in front of the all assistance. The Confessor saw great potential in the young man, and decided to train him as his sidekick, Altar Boy.
Towards the climax of his career he began mentoring a sidekick, Altar Boy, who discovered his vampiric nature. The Confessor sacrificed his identity and life to expose masquerading alien invaders, but posthumously was nonetheless falsely blamed for a string of unrelated murders in the Shadow Hill, district of Astro City.
The mantle of The Confessor was then taken up by Altar Boy. Although the original Confessor had traditional vampiric weaknesses, and was thus defeated by traditional methods (i.e. crucifixes, holy water, and a stake), his successor Altar Boy, not being a vampire, is immune to these methods, to his great advantage when fighting enemies who mistakenly view him as a vampire.
46. Nova (62 points)
"Sure back in the day he was basically a cosmic powered Spider-Man. Didn't care as he was fun and had a cool costume. The New Warriors furthered his awesomeness and Annihilation just solidified it. Richard Rider is now one of the best heroes in the 616 and it's about time."
The Nova Corps was a peace keeping force based on the planet Xandar. The planet was destroyed by the space pirate known as Zorr. When Rohmann Deya Nova Prime member was dying, he chose, at random, Richard Rider to receive his powers. This was a lot for the teenaged Rider but he started a superhero career with them. Rider would often team-up with Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. In fact Rider showed so much potential that Nick Fury recruited him to help S.H.I.E.L.D. against the Yellow Claw. During this time in Rider's life he often fought Condor, Diamondhead, and the Sphinx. Even making an alliance with the villains to form The Champions of Xandar. When the Skrull Empire threatened Xandar, Rider and the Champions of Xandar went to give their aid. The Champions would lead forces of the Nova Corps against the Skrulls. The Skrull attack force was eventually defeated with a little help from the Fantastic Four and then from Rom the Spaceknight. Rider longed to return to Earth, so he agreed to give up his portion of the Nova force powers to be used on Xandar to live a normal life.
A few months later he was approached by Night Thrasher. Night Thrasher was starting a new superhero team and believed that Rider still contained the power inside him. To prove this, he threw Rider off of a rooftop. Luckily, he was right. They formed the New Warriors with other teenaged superheroes and fought on many missions. Nova spent his time with the Warriors and on his own. During Rider's absence is when Nebula attacked Xandar and destroyed the remaining portion of the planet. Along with most of its habitants.
After fighting Super-Nova, a Xandarian that had gained the rest of the Nova force and was driven mad, with the help of former Galactus' heralds, Firelord and Air-Walker, Nova became the Centurion Prime. He was to be the guardian of Earth's sector of space.
The New Warriors broke up and reformed a few times. The last time they were stars of a reality TV show. They traveled across the country to small towns without superheroes and battle criminals on television.
45, Bucky Barnes (66 points)
"There has never been a more loyal teenager in the history of comics."
"HE IS OLD SCHOOL AND THOUGHT DEAD FROM THE 1940S BUT HE AND CAP AND HIS BUDDY TORO FOUGHT NAZIS AND HITLERS AND JAPENESES SINCE AS LONG AS THERE WERE MARVEL COMICS!!!"
"Although Brubaker has mostly concentrated on Bucky when he was older, he has done something really cool with teenage Bucky Barnes. Gone is the rather silly “he stumbled upon Steve changing into Cap” origin. In its place is the idea that was brought in purposely to serve as a propaganda symbol for the youth of America during World War II. Then he also secretly transformed him into a badass Solid Snake-esque assassin, actually giving him a value to the Invaders."
Wow. Raise your hand if you are shocked to see him here? Yeah, me too. Me too.
After losing his father, a soldier, at a young age during World War II, James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes was adopted as the mascot for Camp Lehigh and nicknamed "Bucky." There he stumbled upon the secret identity of Captain America and quickly became Cap's sidekick, undergoing rigorous training. Bucky certainly got his hands dirty, doing all the brutal jobs that needed to be done. He'd sneak into enemy territory undetected, swiftly clearing a path for the U.S. soldiers and Captain America to come in and clean house. He soon joined Cap as a member of the Invaders, fighting alongside such other heroes as Namor, the Sub-Mariner, Jim Hammond, the Human Torch and Thomas Raymond the Toro. Being about the same age, Bucky and Toro would become close friends.
During this time, he also teamed-up with other sidekicks to form the Young Allies and later the Liberty Legion to help the Invaders against the Red Skull. Bucky also teamed-up with some teenage superheroes called the Kid Commandos. But in the closing days of World War II, during a mission overseas to take down Baron Heinrich Zemo, Cap and Bucky hopped on a plane hoping to disarm it. Cap couldn't reach it, but Bucky hung on. It was booby trapped and the bomb detonated. Bucky found himself too close to the explosion, which presumably killed him and dropped Captain America into the waters below. While Captain America's body was frozen in a state of suspended animation for years, Bucky's body was never found...
Or was it?
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