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Your Top DC Heroes part 56

Written by Chris Mitchell on Thursday, January 28 2010 and posted in Features

Welcome to the Top 25 of your DC Heroes. This is it, the last little bit before we reach the Top 10. Who makes the final cut and who does not? We have three remaining Green Lanterns, how many of them will be in the Top 10? We also have both Barry and Wally, will either of them make the Top 10? Or just one of them, if so who? Oh, and both Tim and Dick aka The Robins have yet to show up. So stay tuned, I think you may be shocked at the outcome. Or not.


25. Aquaman (147 points - 9 first place slots)


"Since I saw him in Super Friend he became one of my favourites."

"The silver age origin is what I like best, but I like how David fleshed out more of his personality."

"A character I never really paid attention to until he appeared on Superman: The Animated Series. After JLU, he definitely became a favorite, although his appearances in the actual comics continue to leave me wanting."

"Forever and always my top hero, no matter how badly DC mishandles him."

"I'm making him #1 strictly for the point value. He's realistically my #3. Anyways, I was first introduced to him during his brief tenure with Justice League Europe. I had never seen an episode of Super Friends, so I had no preconceived notions, and thought he was pretty cool. Picked up his soon to be canceled series, and eventually picked up the preceding 80's mini's and one-shots. He quickly became a favorite and has remained so ever since. Loved the PAD run (of course) even liked most of the Veitch weirdness, but my favorite Aqua-stories are currently the awesome ones told in the Will Pfeifer and John Arcudi issues. I have been happy with 90% of the DiDio era DCU, however what was done with this series and Hawkman's by OYL remains unforgivable!"

Orin is the son of the Atlantis Queen Atlanna and a powerful wizard named Atlan (who would later train Tempest). Every Atlantean was looking forward to a new heir to the throne, but there was a problem: Orin was born with blond hair, which Atlanteans considered to be a curse called the mark of Kordax. Every Atlantean but one wanted to destroy the child; the Atlantean was called Vulko who was one of the top scientists in Atlantis and had no time for myths. Vulko fought for Orin to be kept in Atlantis but he was overruled and Orin was left on the Mercy Reef to die.

Knowing he would soon be dead, his body defenses used its telepathic abilities to send out a telepathic S.O.S to the sea life. The S.O.S worked and Orin was saved by a dolphin called Porm. Orin spent a few years with Porm learning to swim and contacting her telepathically. A few years later Orin was found by a lighthouse keeper called Arthur Curry, who gave Orin the name Arthur Curry (after himself). Arthur had to teach the boy how to walk and how to speak and how to be a human being. For some reason when Orin was growing up he wasn’t affected by the lack of salt water, and he had strong connections to the sea and often dreamed about swimming. Orin never told his adopted father about his memories of his life under water, and still ventured out into the sea, but never too far out or too deep.

He stayed with Arthur until he was in his teens when one day after he came home from school he found his adopted father had disappeared without a trace. He wandered around the country for a year where he met his first love, Kako. It was around this time that Orin first encountered Orm, who would be the future Ocean Master. It would also be revealed that Orm was the son of Atlan and a human woman, which made Orm Orin’s half brother. Kako became pregnant but before Orin found out he was driven away by Orm.

Orin has many powers, but his telepathic ability to communicate with marine life is known most widely. He can summon from great distances. Although this power is most often and most easily used on marine life, Aquaman has, demonstrated the capacity to affect any being that lives upon the sea, or even any being evolved from marine life.

Aquaman has a number of superhuman powers, most of which derive from the fact that he is adapted to live in the depths of the ocean. He has the ability to breathe underwater. He possesses superhuman durability, high enough to be unaffected by the immense pressure and the cold temperature of the ocean depths, this also makes him strong enough to be invulnerable to gun fire. He also possesses superhuman strength. He can swim at very high speeds, capable of reaching speeds of 10,000 feet per second and can swim up Niagara Falls. He can see in near total darkness and has enhanced hearing granting limited sonar. Although he can remain underwater indefinitely without suffering any ill effects, Aquaman grows weak if he remains on land for extended periods.

After the loss of his left hand, Aquaman initially replaced it with a cybernetic retractable hook, then a cybernetic hand. The mechanical hand was replaced by a magical hand made out of water given to him by the Lady of the Lake, which grants Aquaman numerous abilities, the ability to dehydrate anyone he touches with it, killing them instantly, the ability to change the shape and density of the hand for example Orin can make his hand into a sword or harder that steel, the ability to shoot jets of scalding water, healing abilities the ability to create portals into mystical dimensions the ability to communicate with the Lady of the Lake through the water bearer hand and the ability to nullify magic even powerful sorcerer’s like Tempest.

Arthur still had memories of his time in the sea so he decided to find out who he really was and where he came from. He swam deeper and further than he had ever done before, and after a time he came across the place of his birth, Atlantis. However his joy was short lived; he was captured by Atlantean soldiers and was thrown into an Atlantean concentration camp. It was revealed that the Atlantean Queen Atlanna (Orin’s mother) and her government had been overthrown by a dictatorial and cruel group that wanted to rule Atlantis with an iron fist. They had thrown Atlanna and her government and anyone who supported her into a concentration camp.

Orin was scared, alone, and an outsider. Fortunately, two people recognized him: Atlanna and Vulko. Vulko felt the need to help the young prince so he taught him how to speak Atlantean so he could understand the other prisoners. Atlanna revealed her identity to Orin, and told him that he was her son and the rightful heir to the throne of Atlantis. She was killed soon after.

Orin managed to escape the camp and vowed he would one day return to save the people of Atlantis. He returned to the surface world where he met the first Flash, Barry Allen, who convinced Arthur to become a superhero. Arthur and Barry became friends and the two became founders of the Justice League of America along with other costumed hero’s and even became the leader of the team at one point. He went on many adventures with the JLA until he left the team because he wanted to return to Atlantis.

24. Barbara Gordon (159 points - 7 first place slots)

barbragordon.jpg"Getting crippled is the best thing that ever happened to her, as Oracle is way better than Batgirl. I love what she's become after that issue. She's become one of the most respected and useful heroes in the DCU, and she does it without hardly ever throwing a punch. Without her connections and skills, many of the heroes would be lost."

"Other then Dick Grayson, no one else in the DCU has evolved like she has."

"Either the fun of Batgirl or the triumph over tragedy of Oracle."

"I never really liked Batgirl, but when Barbara became Oracle I thought it was a brilliant and inspired evolution."

Barbara Gordon is the niece (adopted daughter) of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon. Barbara started her crime fighting career as Batgirl when she was on her way to a costume ball dressed as a female Batman. Barbara accidentally stumbled on an attempt to kidnap Batman by Killer Moth.

Eventually Barbara would reveal her secret identity to her father, James Gordon. However, he had already discovered his daughter’s alter ego on his own. Barbara would give up her career as Batgirl to pursue politics. Batgirl would be brought back in Superman comics when she was set up as a blind date for Clark Kent. They developed a great friendship and also fought along side each other.

While Barbara was still into politics, she (as Batgirl) would eventually team up with Robin ( Dick Grayson). Dick worked for Barbara was her intern during the summers. He had a crush on her but she was currently dating a Senator. Eventually they would both discover each other’s alter-ego and continue fighting crime together. Batgirl has also teamed up with Supergirl many times, and the two have become close friends.

Barbara Gordon’s back story was changed after Crisis on Infinite Earths. She was now the daughter of Roger and Thelma Gordon. Jim Gordon was Roger’s brother and Barbara’s uncle. Her mother and aunt were killed in a car accident because of her father’s drinking. Her dad became a heavy drinker and started taking his aggression out on Barbara, eventually died from too much alcohol and self-abuse. Jim would adopt Barbara to live with him, his wife also named Barbara, and his son in Gotham City. At first Jim and Barbara did not get along, but with time they grew close. However when Batman discovered a letter that Barbara had been keeping in a safe, it reveals that Barbara knew that Jim had been dating her mother before she married Roger and that there is a chance that Jim is her biological father. She also says that she does not want to confront him with this because it might not be true.

Barbara was a gifted child and she quickly became a skilled martial artist and graduated High School at an early age. She had always wanted to work in law enforcement but Jim Gordon her father disapproved of this saying she did not meet the height requirements and she needed a less dangerous life. She applied to the FBI but was dismissed because her body was not physically built for the job.

She became angered at her father’s disapproval of her wanting to go into law enforcement that she crashed the Gotham City Police Department annual ball dressed as a female Batman. Coincidentally Killer Moth attempted a robbery at the ball and this helped launch Batgirl’s career. Batman and Robin would take her in and help train her. Also, Dick and Barbara had also been dating for a long time already. With Supergirl’s origin being retconned, her early adventures with Supergirl was changed into adventures with Power Girl.

On one fateful day, Barbara and her father James Gordon were in their home when someone came knocking on the door. Barbara opens the door and was shot and paralyzed from the waist down by the Joker in The Killing Joke story arc. Barbara would never be able to return to her role as Batgirl. However, it did not stop her from fighting crime. She is currently operating under the identity of Oracle and leader of the Birds Of Prey.


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