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Your Top Teens part 59

Written by Chris Mitchell on Wednesday, October 28 2009 and posted in Features
Ladies and gentlemen, freaks and geeks, I want to welcome you to the Top 10 of your Top Comic book Youths. That’s right, here and now we will see who you decided is the personification of youth in comics. As stated before, there are seven DC characters, two Marvel characters, and one character that is non-Big 2. Who will be in the top slot? Read and find out and watch the internet crack in half...


10. Stargirl (183 points - 4 first place slots)

"One of Johns' greatest creations. I'm glad she joined the JSA. She may be young, but she's a veteran."

"A cool concept: A teenage girl who becomes a superhero just to piss off her step dad and along the way she learns about being a hero. Along with a Superboy or Impulse cartoon I think her story has great potential for an awesome TV show."

"Still Geoff Johns' greatest creation. Yes, even better than Agent Orange."

"Is hilarious, and awesome! A much needed light-hearted hero amongst old fogies and grumpy twentysomethings."

"As realistic a teen as one can find in comic books, she quickly became a favorite JSA'er of mine early on in the Johns/Goyer run."

"A breath of fresh air to the JSA and fun character to mix with the older set."

The only female to make the Top 10, congrats Court!

Courtney Whitmore is Stargirl. Courtney was born to couple that broke-up when she was only just a little kid. She remembers her mother not coming home until late and the last time she saw her father. Courtney would not be taken in by the man that her mother brought home named Pat Dugan. Courtney may not have liked Pat but her mother did, and they eventually got married. Courtney was at the wedding and when she went through his stuff she found the Cosmic Belt. Now knowing about Pat's history as a former superhero, she became Stars to annoy him. Pat would make a Mech suit to follow her around and thus the team "Stars and Stripes" were formed.

Courtney did not become Stargirl until after Jack Knight gave her his Star Rod. At the end of the Stars and Stripes series Courtney jumps ahead of Pat’s mech and declares herself Stargirl. This leads us to the first appearances of the JSA. Courtney plays an important role then she did in most series. For a time she was with Captain Marvel but when Jay pressured him about being 25 and her 16 Captain Marvel choose to stop seeing Courtney rather then telling Jay the truth about his identity. Courtney would then go on to be a hidden crush of Jakeem Thunder. Courtney’s biggest love interest has been Al Rothstein or Atom Smasher. Courtney was heartbroken when Atom Smasher joined Black Reign. She didn’t trust him after that but teamed up with him to stop Per Degaton from destroying the past JSA in the Past and Present storyline which also resulted in her family being killed. This fact was however changed and they are still alive. The next major storyline was Black Vengeance when to save Khandaq, Albert sacrifices himself to Spectre. Stargirl cries about this, but the death is short lived. Black Adam saves Albert before the JSA carries him away. Albert is sent to a year in Belle Reve prison and Courtney says. ”I’ll Wait for him” Courtney then goes and attempts to help the original Liberty Belle who seemed to have lost control of her powers. Stargirl does help and later on Shade appears to tell her that her father has died. She cries into Pat’s shoulders not sure why she cares. The Gentleman Ghost storyline showed Courtney learning how to drive and she couldn’t be harmed by the Ghost because she was pure (virgin).

With the Ghost Storyline done we moved into Fifty Two when she didn’t’ appear until with the help of Atom Smasher the JSA went to save Black Adam. When they did that Black Adam goes on his Rampage and it leads us to World War Three. Stargirl was one of the attackers though she was not badly hurt.

The new series of JSA has Stargirl as more of little kid. Stargirl quickly befriends Maxine Hunkel, aka Cyclone. Stargirl’s appearances have not been heavy, rather then being found out that she was Maxine's idol as well in JSA 4 when she cares for her family. Stargirl seems to regret her decision to be named Stargirl in JSA 2, referring to the fact that nobody creates her like anything but a kid. Stargirl has let to interact with Albert after World War Three and they are on two different sides of the world. Atom Smasher is looking for Teth-Adam and Courtney has lately been seen battling Superboy Prime.

9. Jaime Reyes (190 points - 3 first place slots)

"Jaime Reyes: Spider-Man en Español."

"His book was the best that no one was buying. Plenty of done-in-one issues that all worked together to tell a larger story. It was funny, touching, exciting, and witty, due in large part to the supporting cast, but Jaime is the heart of the series."

"You knew this was going to be my #1 pick. Jaime is my favorite new character of the last 10 years. I loved his solo series, love his supporting cast, love his animated appearances, love his team book stuff, love his team ups in The Brave and the Bold comics, love his relationship with Batman, and generally love the character in every way. One of the best supporting casts of all time. A beacon of fun in a sea of grim and gritty. Great powers and great respect for his predecessors, not just Ted, but Dan as well. It's a damn shame his book was canceled."

"A new character, but a really cool one at that. Jaime is just an awesome creation, and I'm so glad McKeever introduced him to the Teen Titans."

"Jaime may not be a leader or a heroic figure, but he is a very interesting character to follow. Jaime is a multidimensional character that manages to grow from the beginning of his solo series to the very end and kept you coming back for more."

"You see what I'm holding in my hand, DC? It's called money. Why don't you like it anymore?"

"Fun. I can't wait until Bart rejoins the Titans, so we can see these two interact."

"I haven't really read many comics with him in it, but his premier is pretty cool and his costume is awesome."


Pure awesome.

Some time before his death, however, Ted Kord left Dan Garrett's scarab in the Rock of Eternity with the wizard Shazam. Following the destruction of the Rock by the Spectre, the Scarab landed in a vacant lot in El Paso, Texas. There it was found by a high school student, Jaime Reyes. The scarab bonded itself to Jaime's body, and entered into a far more interactive relationship with the boy than it had with Dan Garrett. The scarab now allows Jaime to cover himself in a kind of biomechanical armor, which can be modified to enhance his speed and strength, as well as to create weapons, wings and shields. Batman and his group tracked down Jaime because the Scarab was the only thing that could find Brother Eye and with his help stopped it. After Brother Eye's destruction Jaime was trapped between dimensions for a whole year and was forced to reveal his secret to his family and friends.

Jaime has met a number of members of the DC universe since his return, including Superman, Phantom Stranger, and Oracle. Oracle, worried for his safety, dispatched Peacemaker to keep an eye on him. Jaime has had some magically influenced adventures, such as meeting the magical street gang the Posse and encounter with the Phantom Stranger. The Sinestro Corps and the Reach recently teamed up to attack the Beetle, by making Peacemaker a secret agent. He removed the scarab they implanted in him by cutting it out, and though he had to be hospitalized, he is still alive.

The nature of the scarab is still unknown. It has a strong reaction to the Green Lantern rings as Guy Gardner attacked him, and is driven to escape from them whenever possible. It has recently been revealed that the scarab is a peace of ancient alien technology created by a conquering race called the Reach.

Jaime has fought Livewire, Eclipso and a metahuman gang called "the Posse" and has meet Superman and has started a relationship with Traci 13 and has recently trained at Titan's Tower. Jaime first teamed up with the Titans in Teen Titans#50 fighting Lobo, which is also seen in Blue Beetle #18. Jaime also came face to face with the Spectre. Jaime also confronted Luis, the man that crippled his father, although Jaime was forced to forgive Luis and keep the Spectre from killing a group of prison inmates.

As of Blue Beetle #23 Jaime has been battling the Reach. He infiltrated their mother ship where his scarab was forcefully removed, "killing" the scarab. Jaime, powerless and unclothed, accessed the information that the scarab had input into his brain in order to fight without the armor. He made his way back into the Reach's hands and right at the point where his last words were asked for, gun in face, he says, "Just two. Khaji Da!"

The scarab, supposedly dead, flew from the receptacle that the Reach had put it in and latched itself onto Jaime's spine once again, after explaining in English text, no longer the cryptic text as seen from the first issue, that it revealed its name, Khaji Da, to Jaime. Khaji meaning its Infiltrator Function, Da being it's serial number, although it is the first scarab to take that as its name. Receiving help from many different organizations, The Posse, La Dama, and a portion of the Justice League, Jaime is set on destroying the mother ship, even with the cost of self-sacrifice. Booster Gold, however, saves him at the literal "last moment" prior to activating the destruct sequence.

In issue 26 Jaime and Traci arrive at a family reunion and he introduces her to his extended family members, There Jaime finds that his grandmother knows about him being the Blue Beetle and his mother told her. Although Jaime is not quite happy his grandmother accepts him as a hero and even defends Blue Beetle from another family member who disrespected his alter ego (not knowing his secret). He has to leave the reunion after Khaji Da picks up the energies of the Posse. He finds that they have been attacked by Parasite who drained their combined powers. He at first seems like too much for the Blue Beetle but Jaime reveals he can allow Khaji Da to take over and this increases their power enough to easily defeat Parasite. He returns to the reunion and even gives his grandmother a ride flying.

After Jaime helped the Teen Titans against Lobo he was given the chance for a trip to the tower. He finally took the chance but sadly this came upon when the Titans from the future choose to travel to the past and make sure their future happens. However these Titans are from a far more violent future and make sure things will happen their way by force. To make matters worse Starro has begun to use his powers on super villains do to the Sinestro War. Jaime fights along side the Titans and helps fight against not only the Starro controlled foe but the army of future Titans. However it should be noted that through out the battle Kid Devils' future self Red Devil said Jaime could not be trusted.

Around this time Jaime was also called together by various Blue Beetles to help save the life of Ted Kord. However doing so altered reality and it was revealed this was planned by the Blue Beetle who was actually Black Beetle a future enemy of Jaime's. However Ted allowed himself to die to fix reality (although later it was implied he may have found a way to live and secure the time stream.)

Despite his distrust of him Kid Devil was forced to work with Blue Beetle when the two where attacked by Shockwave. Jaime attempted to settle their issues as Kid Devil distrust him not only because of his future self's words but also because of his closeness to Ravager but Blue Beetle assures him he has no feeling for Rose and is somewhat afraid of her. The two soon work together to beat Shockwave and the experience allowed Kid Devil to activate new powers and after he decided to change his name to Red Devil and showed a new friendship towards Jaime.

8. Johnny Storm (198 points - 5 first place slots)

"The matchstick, the hothead, the exuberance of the FF to counteract the team's brain, heart and soul, Johnny is another superhero who always made his job look like fun; Torch/Spidey team-ups remain one of my favorite staples of the Marvel U."

"All right aside from the fact that Johnny has a kick ass real name he's also part of Marvel's greatest superhero team. Johnny is that cocky goofball kid in your math class only he's got super powers. He's also one of the few characters in the Marvel Universe who LOVES his powers. They aren't a burden to him they are an awesome kick ass gift. As a teen he was a joy to read always messing with the Thing and working on his cars. Johnny is everything Spidey isn't and that's why he's so much fun."

"Stan's 2nd great teen character, the less responsible one."


I thought he would be Top 5.

Growing up in suburban Glenville, New York, Johnny Storm suffered in his young life. He lost his mother in a car accident whereas his father, Franklin Storm, a talented surgeon, managed to escape from the accident unharmed. Despite his professional skills, he was unable to save his wife's life and spiraled into alcoholism and financial ruin. After killing a loan shark in self defense, Franklin was sent to jail and Johnny was primarily raised by his sister, despite their closeness in age.

Despite the dramatic manner of his mother's death, Johnny was drawn to automobiles and became quite the mechanic at a young age. While still a teenager, he selflessly rescued two of his friends from a burning building. No stranger to adventure, he was nearly chosen as the human host of the demonic Zarathos, the Ghost Rider. He was attacked by the legendary St. Germaine, who sought the power for himself. Johnny escaped the lure of Zarathos with the help of archaeologist Max Parrish, the uncle of Cammy Brandeis, who Johnny had a bit of a crush on. This was an example of his normal life, until the life altering rocket ride into space.

Following his sister Sue, a now-16 year old Johnny joined Reed Richards' crew in a space flight. Riddled with cosmic radiation, Johnny transformed into a flaming monster when the flight crashed back to earth. Calling himself Human Torch in tribute to the World War II era hero of the same name, the youthful Johnny found new adventure as part of the Fantastic Four, proving to be an invaluable if somewhat volatile member of the team. In the team's first appearance, he battled the Mole Man for the first time. He first fought the Skrulls soon after that. Falling out with his teammates after a battle with the Miracle Man, Johnny left the group and encountered amnesiac World War II hero Namor the Sub-Mariner. Recognizing Namor from comic books, Johnny dropped him into the sea, hoping to restore his memory. The plan worked, but after Namor found Atlantis in ruins, he declared war on humanity. Johnny rejoined the Fantastic Four and they drove Namor off. Johnny fought Doctor Doom after his encounter with Namor. The immature Johnny again considered quitting the Fantastic Four, this time to join his cousin Bones' circus, but quickly returned to the team.

Though a member of the world-famous Fantastic Four, Johnny was still a teenage Glenville High student, albeit one who regularly clashed with super-powered menaces. Johnny even tried to conceal his dual identity from most of the locals at first, though this soon proved futile (the true identities of all four Fantastic Four founders being widely known almost from the start). Eventually, he decided that it would be impossible to do so, and embraced the public attention and his powers. In solo action, he fought the communist Destroyer (Charles Stanton) and Rabble Rouser; the Wizard (born Bentley Wittman); Zemu, Warlord of the 5th Dimension; Paste-Pot Pete; Acrobat (Carl Zante); Vilhelm Von Vile, the enigmatic Painter of 1000 Perils; the Sorcerer of Glenville Woods; the Asbestos Man (Orson Kasloff); the Eel (Leopold Stryke);the Plantman; modern-day pirate Captain Barracuda, whom Johnny defeated in the first of several team-ups with his super-heroic opposite number Iceman; and the Terrible Trio. Sometimes the Thing helped Johnny to fight against enemies like Kang the Conqueror and the Mad Thinker. Super-villains, however, weren't Johnny's only rivals. Mike Snow, a member of the Glenville High wrestling squad, bullied Johnny until an accidental flare-up of the Torch's powers scarred Snow's face. Despite their animosity, Snow concealed the incident, blaming the injuries on a prank gone wrong and maintaining that Johnny had actually saved his life that night by flying him to the hospital. While Mike tried to move on with his life, Johnny did the same, dating fellow student Dorrie Evans, although she eventually grew tired of his constant disappearances and broke it off. Johnny met another teenage hero, Spider-Man, who broke into the Baxter Building hoping to impress the Fantastic Four. Despite their early misunderstandings, the Torch and Spider-Man eventually became good friends, and Spider-Man, feeling the Torch was reliable, recently chose to share his secret identity with Storm.

When the Super-Skrull (Kl'rt), possessing the combined powers of the Fantastic Four, attacked the team, the Human Torch managed to trap him inside a cave, but the Super-Skrull escaped and impersonated Franklin Storm. The Four exposed the Super-Skrull, but the Skrulls strapped a bomb to the real Franklin's chest, and Franklin sacrificed his own life to save his children. A trip to the Skrull home-world and the death of Warlord Morrat, the Skrull who authorized Franklin's murder, brought some measure of revenge, but this was not the last time the Skrulls would interfere in Johnny's life.


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