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Your Top Teens part 48


I have no qualms with any of these characters...

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36. Wiccan (80 points - 4 first place slots)

wiccan.jpg"Awesome awesome awesome badass awesome awesome bitch."

"Have not read Marvel lately but the ties to the Scarlet Witch and relationship with Hulkling make him a character with lots of potential."

Billy Kaplan never had a problem being different then other people. It was other people that had a problem with him.

Being raised in a normal home in New York with his loving mother (Rebecca Kaplan), father (Jeff Kaplan) and two brothers, Billy had the average problems for a gay teenager. In school, he met a tremendous amount of hate and fear because he was different. Billy's issues escalated as he grew older and entered high school where his differences became the source of endless torment and violence.

John Kessler was Billy's main nemesis and after receiving a beating that left him sore and bloody, Billy went to his favorite place to calm down--The Avengers Mansion. A woman jogger passed by and asked him if he was okay because she saw the boy was bleeding. Billy explained to the woman what happened and was shocked to see the woman was none other than Scarlet Witch. Flabbergasted, he then admitted that she was his favorite Avenger.

Once Scarlet Witch had heard the full story of his troubles at school, she told him that next time he was threatened the best thing to do would be to stand up to Kessler. Billy scoffed at her advice and told her maybe if he had powers like her he could. She reassured him that "Everyone has some gift," advised him that next time he encounter Kessler, not to back down.

Billy did not take Scarlet Witch's advice. He avoided Kessler at all costs until one day he saw Kessler had found a new victim. Unable to allow another to suffer Kessler's abuse in his place, he confronted Kessler. While being attacked, Billy's powers manifested for the first time. Unable to control them, he electrocuted Kessler, nearly killing him.

Shocked and afraid at what he had done, Billy ran back to the Avengers Mansion to talk with the Scarlet Witch but she was nowhere to be found. Billy met Iron Lad at the Avengers Mansion while seeking Scarlet Witch. Iron Lad explained he needed help protecting himself from his future self (Kang). Iron Lad had used a system he found in the remains of the Vision which helped locate alternative members for the Avengers for the next generation. Iron Lad had found Teddy Altman (Hulkling), Elijah Bradley (Patriot) and now Billy Kaplan (as "Asgardian") who all three agreed to help him, despite their lack of experience.

They started off by helping out the community, such as saving people from a burning building. However, the act only attracted unwanted press.

Kat Farrell of the Daily Bugle was at the scene, dubbing them the “Young Avengers" and after reporting to J. Jonah Jameson of the Daily Bugle he decided to put Jessica Jones on the assignment of finding out who they were. The Young Avengers later encountered both Kate Bishop and the daughter of the late Ant Man (Scott Lang), Cassie Lang. Billy and the other Young Avengers were then confronted by Iron Man, Captain America, and Jessica Jones who disapproved of their unsanctioned vigilantism. It was during this time that Iron Lad's future self, Kang the Conqueror arrived to bring Iron Lad back to the future and convince him to accept his destiny.

The confrontation led to a battle between Kang and the Young Avengers. During this battle, Billy revealed his ability to cast spells where he had previously limited himself to lightning projection and flight due to his inexperience. The battle culminated with Iron Lad killing Kang which altered the past and present. The Young Avengers agreed that in order for reality to stabilize, Iron Lad must return to his own time. Understanding that there was no choice, Iron lad returned to the future, bidding his teammates farewell.

Billy's powers appear to be magic based, although because of his mother's (Scarlet Witch) reality altering powers it is also possible to conjecture that his powers are instead based on reality manipulation. To activate his power Billy must focus on a desire or idea and vocalize, repeating quickly what he wants in order for a spell to be cast. It has been demonstrated that without the ability to hear his own words, the spell cannot be cast, though other uses of his powers have been done seemingly effortlessly and without words. His powers thus far have manifested on a localized scale in a variety of ways though the upper limit of his powers has yet to be seen.

As "Asgardian" he limited his abilities to that of flight and lightning projection. As "Wiccan" he now uses his powers in more varied ways. By focusing on his intent and stating his desire (much like a mantra) he is able to perform feats such as, but not limited to, tracking, teleportation, healing, tearing down force fields, concussive blasts, astral projection, and illusions.


35. Ultimate Spider-man (83 points)

ultimatespiderman.jpg"Specifically the Ultimate version of Peter Parker, the most articulate teenage superhero."

"Honestly I have to give my vote to this version of Spidey since the 616 version to me was at least once represented the more mature adult. That and I've only read like four tales of 616 Spidey as a teen while way more stories of Ultimate verse. But enough of that."

"Ultimate Pete is pretty much just like 616, just that more insane stuff happens to him. To me the reason why this character has to be put on here is due to the Clone Saga when Nick Fury and he had a conversation of all the mental trauma Pete had just gone through and Fury always pegged Pete to becoming the next biggest threat. Yet, Pete survived and endured from it remaining himself leaving Fury to apologize and instead now begin to think he was witnessing something else something magical. Which is exactly what this character is. From his memorable quips (his putdowns to Ultimate Ock or Kingpin anyone?) to the great awkward moments (Jean reading his mind). Bendis may get a ton of flack from fans over his regular 616 work but here on this book? He rules.

Rarely has he done something on this book. Everything has been gold for me. Though his series has just recently been Loebed and canned surprisingly Pete and his cast survived. And the book got even better for it. I cannot wait to see where this character goes next."

Ultimate Spider-Man was the first series to be published in the Ultimate Marvel line. Publisher Bill Jemas wanted to reinvent the Marvel Universe because he felt that, with over 40 years of back-story, it had become inaccessible to new readers, and he wanted to start with a reinvented Spider-Man. Initially, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada was skeptical because 1998's Spider-Man: Chapter One, a previous attempt at re-envisioning Spider-Man's early adventures, had failed both critically and commercially. 
Though Spider-Man's original origin story in Amazing Fantasy #15 was only 11 pages long, Bendis's retelling of Spider-Man's origin was seven issues long. Bagley was at first wary of Bendis' notoriously slow pace in advancing plot, describing it as a "real shock" at first. Previously, Jemas intended the comic to feature single-issue stories only, but Bendis chose to make each story roughly six issues long.

The first several issues were greeted with enthusiasm from fans and critics, sold well, and gave Ultimate Marvel a boost in credibility. After the release of Ultimate Spider-Man (along with Ultimate X-Men), Quesada and Jemas broadened the Ultimate Marvel line with The Ultimates and Ultimate Fantastic Four. Ultimate Spider-Man #1 was voted the "ninth-greatest Marvel Comic of All Time" in 2001 by readers of Wizard: The Guide to Comics. In addition to critical success, Ultimate Spider-Man grew to outsell the flagship Spider-Man title, Amazing Spider-Man. Bendis would later describe issue #13, in which Peter tells Mary Jane his secret identity, as his favorite issue because it showed the trust that the Marvel editorial had in him.

As the series progressed within the next two years, reception and sales stayed strong, helped by the fact that Bendis and Bagley quickly found chemistry and enjoyed working together. Over the years, many 'mainstream' characters were introduced, often with different origins, costumes, or personalities.

On August 16, 2006, Mark Bagley announced he would be leaving the book as of Ultimate Spider-Man #110. Bagley and writer Brian Michael Bendis had worked on the series together since it began. Artist Stuart Immonen, already familiar with the Ultimate Universe from his work on Ultimate Fantastic Four and Ultimate X-Men, took over after Bagley. Issue #111, named "The Talk", featured Immonen's art for the first time. The issue was divided into two parts, with Bagley covering the art for one section, and Immonen doing the other. Issue #133 was the final issue of the series before a two-issue follow-up entitled Ultimatum: Spider-Man Requiem was released, revealing the status of the title's characters after the events of Ultimatum. Despite the book's apparent cancellation, in August 2009 Ultimate Spider-Man was relaunched as Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, continuing to be written by Brian Michael Bendis and being drawn by David Lafuente, who provided the art for the third Ultimate Spider-Man Annual.


34. Firestar (86 points)

firestar.jpg"She just does not get enough exposure, has great potential and very powerful."

"loved her from the first episode of Amazing Friends, loved her comics intro and mini, and bought New Warriors almost solely for her in the beginning; spunky, full of heart, and one hot redhead to boot! Angelica's my kind of hero, inherently good and likable, with just enough angst to make her real."

Bart Jones was a hard working employee of the nuclear industry, a job that kept him and his family moving around the country. Although he was widowed, he had help from his elderly mother to raise his 13 year old daughter Angelica. The two would often disagree over how to treat Angelica, with her "Nana" trying to raise her spirits and convince her that she was special, and her "Daddy" trying to be more realistic. Moving around the country had been difficult on Nana's health and Angelica's ability to make friends.

After their last move, Angel found it more difficult than ever to make new friends. The local girls were initially spiteful, and became exceptionally jealous when the most popular boy in school began to show a romantic interest in Angel. Their taunting in the school cafeteria caused her to subconsciously over-heat her carton of chocolate milk, which subsequently exploded over a teacher and landed her in detention. They later destroyed her entry for the school's ice-sculpting competition, the anger and pain of which caused Angel's powers to melt all the other entries. Terrified, she ran to a public telephone to try and speak to her Nana. However, Angel panicked when Nana didn't answer the phone, causing the telephone to melt in her hands. Scared, hurt and confused Angelica ran home to discover an ambulance there. It transpired that on the day that Angelica's mutant powers manifested, her Nana had passed away from a heart attack.

Angelica has kept her powers a secret, for fear of being further outcast in a society that lived in fear of dangerous mutants. She chose to reveal her secret to her father after her Nana's funeral. In the snow covered cemetery Bart Jones refused to listen to his daughter's claims that she was "special" until she began to glow and the snow around her began to melt. Her father was just a working class man who had nothing to do with the political implications of mutants in society, but he was scared of what his little girl was growing into.

Unknown to Angelica, there were two mutant specialists in North America who were constantly on the look-out for new mutants to train. One was Professor Charles Xavier who was currently training the New Mutants, and the other was Emma Frost, White Queen of the Hellfire Club and mentor to the Hellions. Both of the telepathic head-teachers had mutant detecting machinery which traced Angelica's mutant signature when her powers first manifested. However, by the time that Professor X arrived at the Jones family home he realized that he was too late; Angelica's father had already agreed that she was to attend the White Queen's prestigious Massachusetts Academy.

Angelica was devoted to Emma Frost. She had been given a beautiful gold bracelet, a new home, excellent schooling, free use of the school's stables, and a new father figure in the shape of her bodyguard, Randall Chase. Although Angel wasn't allowed to go far without Randall's supervision, the two grew close like an older brother and younger sister. He would often accompany her while she was out riding her favourite horse, Butter Rum, and remind her not to be late for class. Unlike Angel, he suspected the White Queen's personal interest in Angelica's development.

The White Queen had manipulated Angelica's fear of her own mutant powers, to the point that Angel wouldn't associate with any of the 'normal' students at the Academy. Unlike the Hellions, Angelica was not involved in any group training sessions, which resulted in a combination of intrigue and contempt from her peers. While Thunderbird attempted to invite her to activities, Empath and Roulette would taunt and bully her with their powers. She had become a social outcast, and remained awkwardly shy and clumsy during the school dance. Emma Frost had invited the New Mutants to the Massachusetts Academy for a formal dance, and with a little telepathic coercion (and some friendly cajoling from Roberto DaCosta) Sam Guthrie asked Angelica to dance. Neither one of them was confident enough to dance so they went for a walk outside. In the night air Sam and Angel shared a brief kiss, before Emma Frost telepathically interrupted the moment. She scolded Angelica for endangering Sam's life, causing Angel to run away. She headed for the stables, but everything suddenly burst into flames. Despite pulling Butter Rum out of the barn, the horse immediately lost all strength and died in front of Angelica. Distraught that her powers had killed one of the few living beings she cared for, Angelica ran away into the woods where Emma Frost found & comforted her.

Some time later Ms Frost arranged for Angelica to go home for a visit. Angel was thrilled at the prospect of going home, and Randall accompanied her for the trip. Her father met them at the airport, but the atmosphere between them was tense. As soon as she arrived home Angel scooped up her cat Pum'kin for a cuddle, but her father verbally lashed out at her and snatched the cat away. He didn't trust her powers, and feared that she would burst into flames at any moment. This tension caused a great rift between father and daughter. As such, the visit was cut short and Randall made arrangements to fly back to Massachusetts the next day. At the airport, Randall was held back by his fellows Hellfire Club henchmen while other under-cover operatives incited anti-mutant violence against Angelica and her father. Confused and scared, Angelica lashed out at the henchman who had been kicking her father. Under extreme circumstances, she had finally used her powers against another human being.

Angelica had no idea that the White Queen had manipulated all of these events in order to strengthen her and turn her into an assassin. However, despite Emma Frost's best efforts to keep her away from the Hellions, Angelica did have one brief adventure without adult supervision. In his grief over the loss of his brother, Thunderbird blamed Professor X for the death of John Proudstar. Therefore he assembled the Hellions to attack the X-Men. Empath emotionally manipulated Firestar into joining their cause, and she successfully held her own against the more experienced mutants. However, the emissions from Angelica's microwave powers weakened Empath's control over her, and as such she returned to bullying her where and whenever he could.

As such, Angelica remained a social outcast within the Academy, and estranged from her family. The only people who were friendly to her were Randall and Ms Frost. However, Randall's suspicions about the White Queen ultimately cost him his life. He discovered the truth about the Hellfire Club's plans for Angelica; that she was being groomed into an assassin. With a combination of hallucinations induced by the gold bracelet Emma Frost had given her, and meticulously planned tragic events such as the fire in the stables & the riot at the airport, Emma Frost had ensured that Angelica wouldn't trust anyone but her. Frost had already begun to insinuate that she as the victim of a murderous plot by someone known as the Black Queen. This was all part of her plot to have Angelica assassinate Selene. However, Randall's thoughts were unguarded, which were evidence enough for a telepath like the White Queen. He was kidnapped and beaten by other Hellfire Club guards, while Emma Frost told Angelica that he had died. Randall escaped, but was shot as he fled back to the Academy.

It was only by chance that Randall reached Angelica's room. As he lay dying in Angelica's arms, he revealed all he knew of Frost's plans and how Angel had been lied to during all the years she had attended the Academy.

Enraged, and in full control of her powers, Angelica went after Emma Frost. She successfully defeated all the Hellfire Club guards, and battled through Emma Frost's version of the Danger Room with ease. Her fiery onslaught left the White Queen exhausted and unable to focus enough strength to fire a protective mind-blast. Since she was left powerless against Angelica she agreed to leave Angel alone and not to pursue any vengeance against her friends of family in the future either. A promise that was reinforced by Sebastian Shaw's anger at the time and money which had been wasted in training Angel.

For the first time in her life Angelica Jones was a confident young woman, who had full control of her powers. She returned home to her father, Bart, and assumed a normal school life

It was only by chance that Randall reached Angelica's room. As he lay dying in Angelica's arms, he revealed all he knew of Frost's plans and how Angel had been lied to during all the years she had attended the Academy.

Enraged, and in full control of her powers, Angelica went after Emma Frost. She successfully defeated all the Hellfire Club guards, and battled through Emma Frost's version of the Danger Room with ease. Her fiery onslaught left the White Queen exhausted and unable to focus enough strength to fire a protective mind-blast. Since she was left powerless against Angelica she agreed to leave Angel alone and not to pursue any vengeance against her friends of family in the future either. A promise that was reinforced by Sebastian Shaw's anger at the time and money which had been wasted in training Angel.

For the first time in her life Angelica Jones was a confident young woman, who had full control of her powers. She returned home to her father, Bart, and assumed a normal school life






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