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Your Top DC Heroes part 1

Written by Chris Mitchell on Monday, January 04 2010 and posted in Features
Welcome to your Top 180 DCU Heroes, though, I am going to use the number 180 loosely because you will see a lot more then 180 characters on this list with all the ties that appear, and also everyone’s favorite, One Point Club characters. So yeah, what do you have in store on this list? Well, we have everything from A-List characters to Z-list characters. We have Leaguers, we have Titans, we have Society members, we have Legionnaires, we have Freedom Fighters, we have Secret Sixers, and we have characters with no team affiliation whatsoever. As for the Top 10 on this list, well, I really like it. In my mind, it has a nice mix of power levels and all great characters. I wouldn't mind seeing those 10 characters as the line up for the JLA comic, maybe with one or two exceptions but overall you folks did good.


The way the voting was conducted, each voter picked their ten favorite characters, ranked from 1-10 (1 being most favorite, 10 being least favorite). For first place, the character was given 10 points, for second - 9 points, for third - 8 points, and so on and so forth. Then, all the points were added up, and ranked in order of points received.

Also in any case of a tie, they will be broken by who got more first place votes. If that number was tied, it went to second place votes, etc etc etc. We do have several ties on the list, I did my best to apply the "Tie Breaker Rule" to the best of my ability. Between the 2 point and 20 point mark we have around 15-20 ties, but do not worry, most of the ties are just two characters and not fifteen like the Top Modern List was.

Get your eye rolling smilies ready for this list will be a wild ride? Will it break the internet? Who knows, it will be an interesting trek that’s for sure.

So, without further adieu, lets do this Rockapella!!

180. Lightray, Frankenstein, and Dashiell Bad Horse (2 points each)


lightray.jpgNot my favorite New God, but good to see he got some recognition on the list (even if it’s just two points). Solis is a native of New Genesis, the planet of light that balances dark Apokolips. Even among the people of that bright world, Solis was a beacon of happiness and light. Growing up he befriended Orion, the scion of Darkseid. Solis's happy, peaceful nature was a counter-balance to Orion's innate anger. While exploring on New Genesis, the pair encountered soldiers from Apokolips preparing for battle. These soldiers had been turned into living light. They spotted Solis and attacked him with their light weapons. Solis was rescued by Metron, but was already in a coma. When Metron finally revived him, Solis had absorbed the light energy and gained new powers. He eventually mastered these new abilities and became Lightray.

For the most part, Lightray was content to live his life on New Genesis. However, he has come into contact with the heroes of Earth, most notably Superman. He is fascinated by Earth and it's people and briefly helped to defend it as part of the Justice League of America, notably during the Panic in the Sky! incident, when Brainiac threatened to take over Earth. Recently in Countdown to Final Crisis Lightray crashed to Earth and was found dead, what this means is currently unknown. The death has really affected Jimmy Olsen who was the first person to meet Lightray and a good friend on top of that.


frankenstein.jpgI have never read this, and really not plan on doing so.


Frankenstein is an undead body composed of parts from several corpses stitched together, created by Victor Frankenstein some time in the 19th century. He was assumed dead in Europe when he sank beneath the ice, but he survived and swam to America, having 'many adventures'. In particular, Frankenstein became a frequent enemy of Melmoth, the Ringmaster of the Circus of Maggots. In a climactic battle in the year 1870, Frankenstein faced Melmoth and stopped him from destroying a town with maggot-hominids. The fight derailed the train the involved parties were on, and Frankenstein's fate was left unknown.

In 2005, a high school student, called 'Uglyhead' by all the other children, acquires telepathic abilities, which he uses to torment his peers. At the senior prom, the now-docile students are killed by the Sheeda maggot-hominids. This caused the return of Frankenstein, who had survived in a state of hibernation underneath the town, who makes short work of the maggots and the boy, before burning down the school to cover the bodies. Afterwards, Frankenstein tracks down Melmoth and makes his way to Mars through an Erdel Gate, where he confronts the villain once again. Frankenstein frees the children Melmoth has enslaved to work in his gold mines, and feeds Melmoth to the flesh-eating, praying mantis-like horses of Mars. Before he is consumed, Melmoth reveals that it was not lightning that brought the monster to life, but several drops of his own immortal blood, sold to Frankenstein's creator, that still course through Frankenstein's veins.

In the third issue of the series, Frankenstein meets an old acquaintance greatly resembling the "Bride" in James Whale's Bride of Frankenstein, albeit with four arms. She is now an agent of the Super Human Advanced Defense Executive (S.H.A.D.E., a parody of Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D.), a secret government agency who temporarily drafts Frankenstein as well. Of their previous relationship, she says, "It's nothing personal, but you were never my type."

In the final issue, he stows away on a time-ship which brings him to the Sheeda realm in the distant future. There, he destroys their world-destroying fleet, kills the Sheeda-Queen's time-yacht's steersman, and hijacks her ship to the present. Once in the present, though, Klarion gains control of Frankenstein using a witch-brand and forces him to take the castle back to the future.

He appears briefly in Infinite Crisis #7, which takes place one week after the Frankenstein miniseries. He is seen fighting against General Wade Eiling. Frankenstein is armed with a three-foot-long sword, which he claims once belonged to the Archangel Michael, and a large antique pistol, which he calls his 'steam-gun'.

A character called Young Frankenstein has appeared in Teen Titans as a member of the team during the "Lost Year" covered by 52. Young Frankenstein is apparently killed by Black Adam during WWIII, but actually survives as shown in the Infinite Halloween Special and Countdown to Mystery #2.

Frankenstein and S.H.A.D.E appear in Final Crisis #3, also written by Grant Morrison. He again appears two issues later, leading a squad of superheroes against Darkseid's forces, who are led by Kalibak. He is also seen in the final issue fighting in humanity's last stand before Superman gets the Miracle Machine working.

Frankenstein confronts Solomon Grundy in the latter's current limited series, and again during the Blackest Night. Grundy, having been transformed into a Black Lantern, rips out Frankenstein's heart, but, due to having an extra one in his chest, Frankenstein survives this attack.

Dashiell Bad Horse

badhorse.jpgDashiell Bad Horse is a member of the Ogala tribe who has returned to the Prairie Rose reservation after fifteen years of absence. He was sent from the reservation by his mother when he was thirteen, and after that served in the army in Kosovo in 1999. While in the army, “Dash” became highly trained in hand to hand combat and is a master of the nun-chuks. When he returned to the Prairie Rose he would often pick fights with whoever crossed his path. Upon his return he got the attention of the newly appointed Chief Red Crow by taking on a whole bar himself and not being killed. Chief Lincoln Red Crow, head of the Ogala tribe took note of Dashiell’s penchant for violence and hired him for the tribal police, of which he is the chief as well. Bad Horse's primary duties are the taking out of meth labs.

Bad Horse soon found out why Red Crow needed to have the tribal police in his pocket, it seems some of the tribe were upset that Red Crow was opening a casino on tribal land. The members of the tribe opposed to the casino protested the building of it saying that it was against the old ways and would destroy their culture. Unknown to Red Crow, Bad Horse is an undercover FBI agent, whose immediate superior meaning to bring Red Crow to justice for the murder of two FBI agents, thirty years ago, back when Red Crow and a few others, including Gina Bad Horse, Dashiell's estranged mother, were militant Indian-Rights activists. While under cover on the “rez” Dashiell develops a strange obsession with Red Crow's estranged daughter, Carol, who rebels against her father and the boredom on the rez by sleeping with as many men as she can.


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