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Your Top DC Heroes part 34

Written by Chris Mitchell on Monday, January 18 2010 and posted in Features
Three characters from three different aspects of the DCU...


91. G'Nort (28 points)

"He got his ring like most get a new car on their 16th birthday or a son gets a great job in daddy's company. The difference is that he earned it once he got it."

G'Nort was a member of the Green Lantern Corps and later a Darkstar. He resembles a humanoid dog and is immensely incompetent and generally disliked by the other heroes; in fact, he is usually portrayed as being a loser and is basically used as comic relief. G'Nort became a Green Lantern due to the influence of his relative who was a famous member of the Lantern Corps. Despite having a clearly limited intelligence (not intelligent enough to read a map) and completely lacking tactical judgment, he is brave, loyal, and honorable

He was a founding member of the Justice League Antarctica, along with the Scarlet Skier, Major Disaster, Clock King, Multi-Man, Cluemaster, and Big Sir. This off shoot JLA team was a way for Maxwell Lord to keep G'Nort, the Skier, and the newly reformed Injustice League out of his hair. The JL Antarctica find their Antarctic headquarters overwhelmed by killer penguins. Their enemies are ultimately destroyed, but not before the facility itself gets demolished by Major Disaster. G'Nort keeps himself and his new-found allies alive via his power-ring until help arrives.

Presumably G’Nort lost his ring during Emerald Twilight and like many former Lanterns, joined the Darkstars. He still wears his Darkstar uniform long after the organization collapses, when he is captured by Manga Khan, who attempts to trade him to Maxwell Lord in exchange for L-Ron. This proves to be a fiasco. G’Nort was also made the sole member of Super Buddies Antarctica, exactly where Maxwell Lord wanted him. He later teamed with Guy Gardner after his home world had been destroyed by the Rann-Thanagar War, G’Nort became a more serious Green Lantern, suffering heavily from the loss of his family.

After the Sinestro Corps War, G’Nort is presumed dead, though Geoff Johns has made it a point that his death is not certain, and that his status is technically MIA.

90. Jenny Sparks (28 points)

jennysparks.jpg"The spirit of the 20th century, who like the century, ended up cynical and angry. She never saw herself as a hero, which is more or less why she was one of the greatest. Well, that and her last words: 'Save the world. They deserve it. Be better. Or I'll come back and kick your heads in.' "

"Here’s where I get a bit patriotic! The spirit of the 20th Century, hard drinking, hard smoking, sleeping around. She’s been there done that. Hell she probably thought of it in the first place! She went independence day on Buckingham Palace and electrocuted God!"

Sparks was born January 1 1900 in England. She lived in a wealthy family and went to an all-girls school in Vienna. Sadly her family was killed while onboard the Titanic. Her father’s business was taken over by his rival. Without any money she had no other place to go except move in with her godfather Albert Einstein. There she met a young Adolf Hitler when he was still a bad painter. She convinced him to leave painting and go into politics. Her powers began to appear around 1913 and in 1919 her body cease to age.

She would soon make contact with the Sliding Albion, an alternate version of Earth in which humans and a race of blue skinned aliens had been blending together since the Renaissance. She married a prince of that world named Lorenzo who wanted to overthrow his father. However he was using Jenny's world to help him over take his father because he felt he was too weak. She would go on to have many types of adventures as she journeyed through a number of different dimensions and would later become a Colonel in British Intelligence. She began a relationship with a reporter named Clarence Cornwall.

She later moved to America and became a hero and later began to see Dr. Indiana Jones and had a one-night stand with Elijah Snow as well as meet the High.

She later fought against the Nazi threat in WW II. During one mission she rescued an egg from Nazis that was supposed to grow into a being that would bring a new age of piece. She was captured but was released thanks to her old friend who had her sent to England with the egg. She returned to America and became a Detective no longer believing in heroes. She was later forced to kill Clarence who tried to destroy an orphanage full of black children and in the forties went back to England. Later she became part of a highly secretive organization called the British Space Group. Meanwhile the Sliding Albion began a World War. The people began to use chemical warfare on one another, however the bacteria had been redirected towards our home reality, luckily however as it made its way through the Bleed it was altered and instead became the cause for several humans ending up with superpowers.

When the 1960's arrived Jenny even formed a team of heroes. However tragedy struck when an indestructible member Abel Eternity became intoxicated after trying to prove his masculinity to some biker who had earlier been trying to forcibly intoxicate some innocent bystanders. It was up to Jenny to prove he wasn't so invincible by killing him herself to stop his rampage. This lead to the remaining members going their separate ways and Jenny stay in bed till 1982.

Jenny later became a member of another team of heroes made up from the children of the Albion incident, but she left this team as it was revealed that a member named Firesign used his and his teams powers to kidnap children for his deranged wife to build the parts into a perfect child.

Henry Bendix later appeared in her life asking her to join his Stormwatch group but she refused his offer, but after ten years she decided to join with Jack Hawksmoor and Swift (a former lover and possibly the being from the egg). Soon Jenny's former friend the High reappeared and although Bendix tried to hide this from her she discovered his return and his plan to destroy the current laws and society and replace it with a new utopia. However Bendix seemed to go insane and all of the High’s teammates were killed and as he flew at the Skywatch Jenny was forced to activate the complexes force field killing him on impact resulting in the death of Bendix at Jenny's hands.

Stormwatch was later broken up when the Xenomorph aliens attacked. However Jenny would go on to form a new team with her former Stormwatch teammates Swift and Hawksmoor, the successors of the Doctor and Engineer and the former Stormwatch members Apollo and Midnighter. Their mission was to make the world better at all costs.

As leader of the Authority Jenny faced the villain Kaizen Gamorra and his genetic soldiers. She also had to fight and defeat the forces of the Sliding Albion again. Soon the end of the consensus 20th century began to end and with it Jenny. However the alien creature that had originally created Earth had returned and intended to kill all humans who it viewed as parasites on its home. Jenny and her team flew into the creatures brain and she destroyed it and in doing so died at the birth of the 21st century and its new spirit Jenny Quantum.

89. Connor Hawke (28 points)

connerhawke.jpg"Didn't collect him growing up and a shame that I didn't. Such a great character and so different from his father. They are good foils to one another."

Connor, as a child, was picked on because of his mixed heritage (1/4 Korean, 1/4 African American, 1/2 Caucasian). As a child, Connor fought back and had a volatile temper. His mother was unsure what to do with him. The only legacy he carried was what his mother had told him about his father, the hero known as the Green Arrow. She let him know that he was the illegitimate son of Oliver Queen and that she had loved his father.

Connor kept and read everything he could about his father. His single mother, "Moonday" had to find work and had difficulty raising Connor. Young Connor Hawke had problems being picked on by other students because of his mixed heritage. So Connor's mother decided to sign the papers allowing Connor to attend the same monastery that Oliver fled to for a brief time years before called the Ashram Monastery in the Napa Valley. Connor had requested to attend and asked his mother to let him go when he was thirteen years old. Moonday agreed. Master Jansen, the same monk who would helped Oliver, raised Connor for the next five years in the Ashram. Through his schooling and training at the monastery, Connor spent all his efforts in becoming a student of Zen Buddhist philosophy, a master of Aikido, and a kyudo archer. Still, as he tried to put all worldly thoughts out of his head, he still had a secret passion being a fan of his father's exploits and read every article, comic, and magazine based on his father's life and also keeping scrapbooks. One time, Master Jansen caught Connor reading a HEROES magazine featuring Green Arrow and knew that would be in Connor's destiny to follow in his fathers footsteps.

Later, after a troubled time in his career as Green Arrow, Oliver Queen decided to leave Seattle after Dinah Lance (Black Canary II) had left him for good due to Oliver's unfaithfulness. Oliver Queen wanted to shed himself again and headed to the Ashram Monastery on a journey he once had gone before over a decade ago. Oliver lost the costume again as Green Arrow , shaved his head, Van Dyke beard and concentrated on finding himself and finding some sort of inner peace.

Surprisingly, what Oliver found instead was a young man named Connor Hawke. Unknown to Oliver at the time, this was his son. During his six month stay, Oliver would teach Connor aspects of himself, his beliefs, his thoughts on the role needed to be the "hero" Green Arrow and he would become his friend. Ollie was his roomate and looked after this kid in the monastery who was having problems with some archery and philosophical points.

Unfortunately one day about six months after Ollie had re-entered the monastery, an assassin came looking to kill Oliver Queen. With the help of Connor, they defeated the assassin who committed suicide so Oliver Queen wanted to investigate who was still after him. He figured Eddie Fyers may help. Connor persuaded Ollie to allow him to travel with him. The two of them wandered together for some time, met up with Eddie Fyers, and had a few adventures out together. Still, during this entire time, Connor was waiting for the right time to tell Ollie that he was his son.

Unfortunately, Parallax (Hal Jordan) got a hold of Oliver first and informed him that Connor was Ollie's son. This sent Ollie over the edge because he thought Connor was plotting something against him. Oliver confronted Connor and they departed on bad terms.

But before Oliver and Connor could really sort things out, Oliver was killed in an explosion as he was in the role again as Green Arrow, attempting to save Metropolis from a terrorist group who were going to explode a mutagenic bomb. (Oliver's body was never found leading Connor to think that his father could be possibly alive, but since, has put those thoughts away and has carried on thinking in his mind that his father has died).

Connor continued to travel with one of his father's former allies, Eddie Fyres, accompanied at times by Connor's martial arts mentor Master Jansen, as he tried to find his place not only in the hero world, but also in the legacy of Green Arrow. Akin to the friendship between his father and Hal Jordan, Connor became quick friends with the new Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner, who himself was struggling to live up to a legacy. Connor also met Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance), Ollie's former and longtime romantic interest, who gave him one of Ollie's old bows, which Connor would use from then on. (However, the news that Ollie was dead would send Black Canary, who was already suffering from a string of misfortunes – loss of income from the destruction of her florist shop and the loss of her superhuman ability – into a despair which would only be ended by her association with Oracle.)

Besides making friends, he also came face to face with Lady Shiva, said to be the deadliest assassin in the world, and was able to fight her almost to a stand-still, making him one of the very few to have survived battle with her.

Connor also applied for membership in the JLA, taking his father's place. On what would be his second interview, he single-handedly saved the League from the hands of the Key. Connor defeated the Key's robots using his father's old trick arrows since his own were destroyed. In the end, he knocked out the Key using the famous boxing glove arrow, and was accepted as a member of the League

He would later be used by Batman as a "traitor" in the League in a ploy to defeat Lex Luthor's Injustice Gang. Connor would leave the League afterward, feeling he was better suited for the street-level work, and out of his element in the epic adventures of the Justice League, although he did remain on reserve status. Eddie Fyres and he would then return for a time to the ashram where Connor was raised, although they both often returned to the outside world, aiding Robin, Spoiler and Batgirl.

When Ollie returned from the dead, Connor left the ashram and tracked him down. Connor and Ollie moved in together in Star City. The two live with Mia Dearden, a former prostitute that Ollie has taken in and trained as his new sidekick Speedy.

Since returning to the superhero life, Connor has been wounded seriously twice, once by the villain called Onomatopoeia and once by Constantine Drakon, but he continues in his hero role. He is the voice of reason for Ollie, and the two have since formed a real father-son relationship. Recently he spent time on the Marshall Islands with his father and Mia recovering from his injuries, as well as honing his skills in the martial arts.

Connor takes Dinah's adoptive daughter Sin to a safe location at Oliver's request. Connor later appears with the Black Canary on the cover of Green Arrow/Black Canary #1, set after the events of The Green Arrow/Black Canary Wedding Special. Connor shows that he approves of his father's marriage to Dinah and sees her as a great mother. Connor then states that they are "one big happy family". Well, until the Fall of the Arrows shit happens...


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