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Your Top Marvel Heroes part 37

Written by Chris Mitchell on Tuesday, April 27 2010 and posted in Features
How many of these characters should be this high? Tell me. {nomultithumb}

139. Shatterstar (19 points)



Seriously though, Peter David made him damn cool.

Gaveedra-7, or Shatterstar as he is more commonly called, hails from a planet called Mojoworld, 200 years in the future. He claims that he is a product of genetic engineering and that he has no parents, only a gestation chamber on Mojoworld, a world ruled by entertaining televised events/battles under the tyrannical rule of the "Spineless One" called Mojo V.

And since everyone is always looking for the next entertaining act., this is where Shatterstar comes in. Shatterstar's entire existence is to serve as a slave to Mojo V and provide entertainment. Being genetically created, he was engineered to have the perfect skills to make him both effective and entertaining in the Gladiator Arenas. Day in and day out Shatterstar would enter the arena to fight only so he could make others happy. The many long years as a slave and warrior in the arena, would mold Shatterstar in to the man he would become. Not only did he learn and perfect numerous fighting styles and skills while fighting, Shatterstar also developed a strong sense of honor and pride as a warrior. This helped him deal with the amount of death he encountered on a daily basis. Eventually, though, he grew tired of being a slave and he decided he would do something about it.

Shatterstar would catch wind of and eventually join the Wildways Alliance. This rebel group was aiming to overthrow Mojo V and put a stop to the slavery. The alliance knew that they needed more manpower so they sent Shatterstar on a mission to Earth #616 to enlist the help of the X-Men. He would set off at once but upon arrival, through teleportation, he doesn't find the X-Men. He finds instead the New Mutants and Cable as the team was amidst its changes to become X-Force. It's a good thing too, as he had been followed by Imperial Soldiers sent by Mojo. Cable and his team help Shatterstar and they easily defeat the soldiers. Though they weren't the X-Men, Shatterstar would still request their assistance. Cable assured that they would help and offered Shatterstar a spot on the team. He would accept and thus began Shatterstar's longtime membership into the newly formed X-Force.

While a part of the team, Shatterstar would participate in many battles. He proved to be the perfect soldier: loyal, trustworthy and effective battle. Shatterstar also became fast friends with his team-mate Rictor, building the foundation for a relationship that could withstand anything and even cause some speculation. The only odd thing was his obsession with TV.

He would spend all his free time connected to the television watching everything. This would be because on Mojoworld, television watching was the only important aspect in life. Seems Shatterstar was just hard-wired that way. Also, Shatterstar strangely began having memories that weren't his. He began to share memories with an Earthling by the name of Benjamin Russell. Not too long later, Cable holds true to his word and returns with Shatterstar to Mojoworld to aid the resistance. Not only would their ploy be unsuccessful but Shatterstar would be seriously injured in battle, nearly dying. Thanks to the timely assistance of the mystical Spiral they would be teleported to safety bringing with them Longshot and Siryn. Though they arrive back on Earth it would be at the Weisman Institute for the Criminally Insane. Spiral always has an ulterior motive and the group would find out what it was very shortly

At the Institute the four individuals (Shatterstar, Cable, Longshot and Siryn) would be lead by Spiral to one of the patients named Benjamin Russell. Once everyone could see the comatose patient all would be shocked. The man laying on the bed in a coma was identical in appearance to Shatterstar. Benjamin had been in this state since the emergence of his mutant powers. He had no living relatives and had been at the Institute for quite some time.

A string of events would ultimately lead to Shatterstar willingly merging with Benjamin Russell, body and soul. Longshot would use is psychometric powers to transfer Shatterstar's "uemeur" or soul into Benjamin's body. The result would have the two men merge completely making one body and one soul. The only difference was that Shatterstar's hair was longer. Otherwise he claims that this was the very first time he had ever felt whole in his entire life. Once he fully recovered physically and mentally he would leave and resume his duties with X-Force. But even his time with the team would soon come to an end. His best friend Rictor needed to attend to a personal matter in Mexico and Shatterstar would come along to help. They would be successful but would part ways without explanation. It would be a long while before Shatterstar would be seen again.

Shatterstar, some time later, would next appear in Madripoor. He was participating in gladiator arena fights for money. Shortly after that he would be contacted by Cable. He was requesting Shatterstar's assistance in a coming battle against Skornn. To prepare Shatterstar for the coming battle he would send him to Mt. Xixabangma. There he would be trained by the monks who inhabited that land. During his training, the battle with Skornn would be fast forwarded when Skornn's worshipers arrive, attack and kill the monks training him.

Fighting for his life, Shatterstar realized he was severely outnumbered. Thankfully the cavalry would arrive in the form of his old team, X-Force, along with the M.L.F.( Mutant Liberation Front) and two of the Fantastic Four ( Thing and Human Torch). An all out war followed and the forces of good only narrowly came out victorious. Once the fight was done all would go their separate ways once again.

Following the events of M-Day and the passing of the Super-Human Registration Act by the government, Shatterstar would be given orders he would gladly accept. Under orders of both Captain America and Nick Fury; Shatterstar, Domino and Caliban were to break the 198 out of the X-Men compound and free them. Once out they would be taken to a secret base for their protection, referring to the mutants.

All would not go so smoothly as the reduced X-Force would encounter the government team ONE, and a battle quickly followed. Shatterstar would be pitted against a one time "X" ally Micro Max, but he wouldn't hold back. Amidst the fight he nearly kills Micro Max, though he only meant to disable him. However, Shatterstar would not be apologetic exclaiming that, "During war there is not such thing as murder!", and continued on with his mission. These actions would have his seen as a HIGH LEVEL terrorist threat in the government's eyes and they would not take him lightly nor underestimate him in the future. Once the 198 were freed and taken to the secure location Shatterstar would disappear. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Shatterstar next appeared fighting the mutant team X-Factor, a group that included his one-time close friend and former X-Force teammate Rictor.

It was revealed that Shatterstar was in fact mind controlled by an entity called Cortex, which had been targeting depowered mutants for currently unspecified reasons. When the mental link Cortex had on Shatterstar abruptly wore off, Shatterstar was pleasantly surprised to see Rictor and the two shared a passionate super-gay kiss.

After Cortex was defeated, Shatterstar decided to stay with Rictor and X-Factor. He spent a lot of time watching and criticizing Gladiator movies. When Madrox announced that moving X-Factor Investigations was back to New York, Shatterstar went with them. On their first mission back in New York, Valeria and Franklin Richards recruited X-Factor's help to find their mother, the Invisible Woman. Madrox attempted to question Mr. Fantastic when Guido got into a fight with The Thing. The Thing appeared to have the upper hand until Shatterstar intervened. Using his superior reflexes and speed, he was able to strategically maneuver and knock the Thing out of the window.

138 Doom 2099 (19 points)


"Like I really put 616 Doom when I have this version? I Zechs am not that insane.

So Doom is still Doom for the most part save for the world around him has changed for the worst and no cursive Richards to hinder him Doom 2099 tries to change the world for the good. For over forty four issues his 2099 book was the compass to which we saw the whole 2099 world.

The biggest difference between this Doom and the 616 would be the former actually cares more for the lackeys around him as shown when one of them perishes and he make's a interesting example to other criminals out of their killer.

Now get to it Marvel in releasing trades of this damn series!"

A man who believed himself to be Victor Von Doom awoke from dreams of pain to find himself in Latveria in the year 2099. He quickly made his way to the capital and found a new ruler, the cyborg Tiger Wylde, enthroned in his place. Wylde explained to him that he was in the year 2099 and that after his absence Latveria was left leaderless, and it was only Wylde's intervention that saved it from being annexed by the corporations. Doom, however, was still furious and demanded that Wylde remove himself from his throne. When Wylde ignored him, they fought, but in the end Wylde's advanced technology triumphed. Doom was defeated and Wylde pulled off his mask to reveal his face, but found that he had the unscarred visage of a young man, in spite of what history had taught about Doom. Wylde then burned Doom's exposed face to match history's description. Thinking him a cheap imposter, Wylde ordered his tarot card reader, Fortune, to dispose of him, and thus Doom was ejected from his own capital city.

Instead of letting Doom die, Fortune saw him as her only chance to overthrow Wylde, and so she took him back to her gypsy clan, Zefiro, Doom's own descendants. There Doom found new allies, and together they flew to the headquarters of the Pixel corporation on the Isla Lobos de Afuera. They found a doctor there named Celia Quinones, who they persuaded to enhance Doom with nanotechnology, increasing his motor responses and neural capabilities. Combined with stolen Pixel technology that he built into a new suit of armor, the man who called himself Doctor Doom now dubbed himself, simply, Doom.

He then began his campaign to win back Latveria. Doom first stole a shipment of tritonium that was being sent to Wylde, increasing tension between Latveria and the Pixel corporation. Then he handed out food to the Latverian masses in order to earn their loyalty when the eventual overthrow happened. Finally, when Wylde came after Doom instead, he coerced him with a tritonium bomb to fight him alone, and eventually when their fight remained a standstill, Doom detonated the tritonium, bringing down a mountain upon the two of them, and then using his armor's phase shifter, he saved himself and passed unharmed through the mountain. Latveria, again, was under the control of Doom.

Doom's next adversary was the Pixel corporation itself, and its head, Eduardo Devargas. Devargas, uncomfortable with Doom's rise to power and the theft of the tritonium, sent a cyberspace being known as Fever against Doom, infecting his computers and even the systems of his armor. This forced Doom to enter cyberspace with the netglider gypsy, Wire, and face Fever. The human virus attacked Doom first by sending him into a gamesim in which he fought a twisted version of the 20th Century's Fantastic Four. Only after absorbing the info-gathering abilities of a discarded program named Paloma, was Doom able to gather enough power in cyberspace to face off against Fever directly, and finally, destroy him. In the process, Doom accidentally allowed the program Paloma to become sentient, but despite a brief struggly, they both realized that they needed each and came to a compromise. With Paloma's help, Doom was able to take physical control of Pixel and defeat its former head, Devargas. And with Doom's help, Paloma was able to run free in cyberspace. During this confrontation, Doom also faced a computer simulation involving a series of fictional and historical figures such as Jack the Ripper and Professor Moriarty in an attempt to regain his lost memory, but the attempt failed, leaving him more confused.

Doom later fought a pair of strange foes. First, was the resurrected patriarch of the future nation of Wakanda, a king named Thandaza, whose granddaughter, Princess Okusana, rebuilt in a cyborg body to avoid the pressures of leadership. Doom finally defeated Thandaza, returning him to a grateful death, but not before plugging in and ransacking Wakanda of its technology, including the design of their Environmental Maintenance Platforms that kept its air clean of pollutants. Next, he fought an ancient being known as Necrotek, who was once defeated by the three Eyes of Agamotto, in the hands of Caius the Spartan. With the help of the gypsy's young adept, Vox, and his single Eye of Agamotto, Doom banished Necrotek with a Caius Circle drawn in cyberspace, where Necrotek had anchored himself, using information Doom found in a hidden library of mystical texts.

When the man-beast Ravage stole the plans from Alchemax's floating city Valhalla, Doom appeared to him and deciphered them, finding that the thrusters were its weakness. Doom traveled to Valhalla and met up with one of Avatarr's nano-engineered superheroes, Loki, as well as the body of Heimdall, defeated by 2099's X-Men. Avatarr's Thor appeared shortly later and attacked Doom, angered by Heimdall's death. In an attempt to stop Thor, Doom overloaded the source of his power, Mjolnir, but the resulting explosion threw both combatants miles away. When Doom recovered, he returned to face Avatarr, and discovered that the flaw in the engines which would soon send the city crashing to the ground in the middle of New York was well known by Avatarr, who was oblivious to the damage it would cause. Finally, Doom teamed up with 2099's Spider-Man, Punisher, and Ravage to bring down Valhalla. However, once it was under control, Doom appropriated the flying city and made it a new providence of Latveria.

Later, while searching for signs of the alien life that he remembered from the 20th Century, Doom stumbled across a source in Antarctica that was sending and receiving a signal from deep space. Doom traveled to Antarctica to investigate the signal and found a being called Radian who used a technology based on manipulation of light itself, who bested Doom and transported himself to the Chin Shan Space Station, where Doom's ally Fortune was held captive by a woman named Feng Huang while Fortune was searching for her lost brother she presumed dead, along with Fortune's guide Lei Fong, Huang's sister. Doom downloaded some of the technology from the spherical craft that had sent the signal and followed Radian to the space station. Once there, Radian announced that he was an emissary of the alien race the Y'Lestja and the Collective, who offered human beings a place in its benevolent quest to gain all universal knowledge. The Collective then accessed the minds of Earth, pulling out all the important symbols and archetypes that gave meaning to Earth culture, and left, but first gave Radian his autonomy as a separate being. Feng Huang immediately attacked the vulnerable Radian and set her station to self-destruct. Doom then fought Feng Huang for Radian's armor, but both failed, and Doom rocketed away from the station in an escape pod just as it exploded, falling to Earth into the Savage Land.

Doom crawled from his escape pod as his armor malfunctioned and he faced against an attacking Tyrannosaur, which he killed with his last remaining energy. Though the fight against the dinosaur exhausted the last of his armor's reserve and it began to burn his skin, forcing Doom to remove it and finally collapse unconscious into strange dreams of a soldier's life, leaving Doom with more questions about his true identity. The X-Men's Bloodhawk appeared and confused him for a hunter. Angered, Bloodhawk took him to the Village of the Sky where a group led by Chalda and Carson Leibowitz, who told Doom about an Alchemax executive named Christian L'Argent who came to the Savage Land to obtain drilling rights from the local tribe, but then became obsessed with local traditions and magic. Doom led the group back to the sight of his escape pod crash to find his dropped armor, but a member of the local swamp tribe had taken it, and Doom's group eventually tracked the armor to the tribe, but was captured by L'Argent, his men, and the swamp tribe. L'Argent appeared deranged and mutated thanks to a local herbal drug, and he decided to sacrifice Doom and his group to the gods to stop the earthquakes which were being caused by L'Argent's own drilling. But during the ritual another earthquake interrupted L'Argent, bringing down the temple on everyone. While the rest escaped, Doom face L'Argent, who revealed to him that the world corporations were secretly controlled by a pair of shadows who manipulated them from afar, once of which was the supposed true Victor Von Doom. But before Doom could find out more, one of L'Argent's men, an android spy, shot him. Doom killed the android in response, finding the robot technology strangely familiar.

After returning to Latveria and repairing his armor, Doom consulted Fortune who prophesized that Doom would soon face a great threat. Then Doom, filled with the dread that he was actually the mercenary soldier in his dreams, traveled to the info city Myridia, and blackmailed its leader, General Tibor Diaghilev Czerny into turning its resources over to him, making him the new head of Myridia. The General agreed, believing that Doom was actually Erik Kristofer Czerny, his lost son. But before he could find out more, a rebuilt Tiger Wylde, sent by a mysterious figure that appeared to be the real Victor Von Doom, attacked Doom. He defeated the android, but the General was killed in the process, and Doom was forced to reprogram the computers of Myridia that were hooked up to the General's life signs, fooling them into thinking the General was still alive. Doom then traveled in the floating city Valhalla to the hidden island in the middle of the Pacific, and after finishing off Tiger Wylde, who had followed him, he finally faced the man claiming to be the true Doctor Doom. After a fight which took the combatants through a series of different time periods, Doom bested his double, discovering in the process that he was the true Doom, but his partner Margaretta Von Geisterstadt had rebuilt him using the soldier's DNA, and stuck scattered memories of the soldier's life in his head to confuse him as part of a centuries long game they played against each other. Un-amused, Doom abandoned Margaretta, and left her and her creation to the temporal destruction caused by their frantic time-shifting. The island fortress then disappeared into itself, killing both inhabitants.

Doom then began a plot to become the President of the United States, a position that had atrophied since the corporations came to power, but still retained its original powers. He started by inciting riots in Makhelastan to destabilize the American corporation, Angel's Breath. Then, when his part-time ally Poet was killed in a fight with drug dealers, Doom used his funeral to make new connections with infobrokers and data pirates. His next step was to build an organized strike force of netgliders called the Cyberdive Cadre, headed by the expert netglider, Indigo Eshun. She, in turn, helped to rebuild Doom's gypsy hacker, Wire, who was previously killed by Margaretta, into a being that lived half in cyberspace with his lover, Paloma, and half in the real world, giving Doom a constant, physical link to the Cyberdive Cadre. Using his diplomatic pull with Wakanda, Doom also hired their crack troop squad, the Panther's Rage, as well as their commander, Nkrumah. Along with the mutant, Morphine Somers, and the mercenary, Sharp Blue, Doom was ready to invade America.

He first sent the Cyberdive Cadre to tie up America's communications. Then, Doom personally invaded the country using the floating city Valhalla, now named Libera Cielo (Clear Sky in Latverian), and destroyed both the Angel Breath headquarters and the Senate, killing everyone inside. Next, Nkrumah's troops attacked the White House honor guards, the American Captains, and Doom himself broke into the White House and forced the former President to commit suicide instead of being killed.

Doom's first act as President was to create his Black Cabinet. This consisted of Indigo Eshun as his Minister of Signal, Nkrumah as his Minister of Enemy Relations, Morphine Somers as his Minister for Humanity, and Sharp Blue as the Minister of Order. He also dissolved the Public Eye and other security forces, and rebuilt them as a new incarnation of S.H.I.E.L.D., with Jake Gallows, the former Punisher, as the head and Doom's Minister of Punishment. Additionally, Doom hired 2099's Ghost Rider as his Federal Marshall to keep order in Transverse City.

He continued to make changes, putting cyberspace-connected Dive Booths in every city. Then he created a national corporation called Cynex, and arrested the heads of the previous corporations, downgraded the credit levels of all citizens from the unlimited Black Cards to Gold Cards, and forced the corporation CEOs to choose one amongst them to be killed. They unanimously chose Avatarr, and when Doom attempted to kill him off-handedly, Avatarr revealed himself as a powerful alien with hallucinogens for blood. Doom eventually killed him, but not before he was affected by the hallucinogens, and recorded a public broadcast where he threatened the American populace for allowing Avatarr to pass unknown amongst them.

Using Doom's resulting damaged reputation as a lever, Anthony Herod, the head of the Chicago Reserve, a secret vault full of outlawed technology, created a puppet version of Captain America and started his own attack upon the Presidency of America. Herod sent Wave Spiders, genetically-engineered, living weapons, against Doom's cabinet, sending Nkrumah back to Wakanda, forcing Sharp Blue to flee to Mexico, and killing Indigo Shun. The Wave Spiders then destroyed Doom's Libera Cielo and traveled to Latveria where they bombed the populace using necrotoxins, which reduced all living matter to a protein-rich sludge. Next, Herod destroyed the White House and rebuilt it using nanotech robots as the Red House, putting Captain America in the President's seat as a false leader.

Herod also attacked Doom, who abandoned Washington D.C. and saved a young mutant named Annie Wagner from Shield troopers, then retreated to the mutant haven, Halo City. Doom used the resources of the city, which he created, to again rebuild his armor. He also attacked the leader of Halo City, Morphine Somers, whom he had put in place, and threatened him to use his power properly, or he would come for him. Doom left Halo City and headed to Washington D.C. Back at the capital, Doom used nanotech robots to take apart the Red House, along with everyone inside, including the fake Captain America, then used the same robots to eat away at Herod, sentencing him to a life of constant pain. Then, after putting Shakti Haddad in charge of the young mutant team, X-Nation, Doom used a hidden teleporter to travel back to Latveria to rebuild his home nation.

Armed with a plan to repair the problems of the world by making small changes to every nation, Doom plugged himself into the dataweb to start his worldwide machinations. But his plan backfired, and his consciousness expanded to the point where he felt the deaths of every one of his subjects from the necrotoxin, and he was forced to unplug to save his mind from the emotional pain. He then decided to travel into the past to find a way to save his people before they were attacked, and to that end he found himself again in the late 20th Century. Doom discovered a species of crab which secreted an addictive substance being used by drug dealers, which he found could make a populace all but immune the effects of necrotoxin over time, so against his principles, he decided to addict all of Latveria in the late 1900s in order to save them in the future. Though the Fantastic Four, Namor, Daredevil, and the younger incarnation of Doctor Doom distrusted his intentions and fought with him to stop his plans. Eventually, Doom was able to analyze the chemical and store the information in his armor's mask before returning to the future.

Back in 2099, Doom found the remains of the Latverian people being led by Fortune and her brother, Kazmierz Rosikon, previously repaired by Margaretta while she was alive. Few of the populace had survived, and many that had were mutated into beings Kaz called mutalocos. Despite their lack of gratefulness, the Latverians again banded together with Doom when a massive planetoid arrived to orbit Earth, destroying the planet's environment and endangering the entire populace due to its gravitational pull. A man claiming to be the original Reed Richards, transported from the 20th Century, implored Doom to help against the Atlanteans and their leader Attuma, who had used the surface world's confusion to invade. Doom agreed and helped forced back the Atlanteans, saving the populace of New York and the surrounding areas long enough for them to escape to the Savage Land to rebuild.

Doom also fought back an attempted invasion on Latverian soil from the Atlanteans, and taunted Attuma with death or self-destruction. Then, responding to a summons from Fortune, Doom found Wire, who had previously committed suicide when the woman he loved was killed in Doom's American bid for power, had been reassembled from cyberspace by the Collective. Doom accepted Wire's invitation to meet with the Collective's emissary and found himself transported elsewhere. The Collective threatened Doom, telling him that they were going to assimilate all of Earth and needed him to help him find the scouts that they implanted on their last visit, but before they could force him to comply, Kaz appeared, dressed in Radian's armor. Kaz claimed he was sent by the Y'Lestja and pronounced himself the protector of planet Earth. Despite this, Doom still offered to make an exchange and give the Collective one of their scouts in exchange for the restoration of his beloved Latveria.

137. Groot (20 points) groot.jpg

"I am Groot!"

Groot Is an alien known by the Kree as a Floral Colossus, though this species was once thought extinct. He was recruited/apprehended by the Howling Commandos, despite his ability to hide in plain site by looking like a tree, because he smells nothing like a tree. He is currently on Hala, as part of a team led by Peter Quill, AKA: Starlord, on a suicide mission to stop a mass-assimilation weapon being developed by the Phalanx Covenant. How Groot got out of SHIELD custody and into Kree space is unknown.

Groot is blown up and seemingly killed on this suicide mission, though he is pleased to have this happen as he surveys the situation he's in and deems that it would be a good and honorable death. This is not to be, however, as part of Groot survives and catches up to the rest of his team. The twig-size Groot perches on Rocket Raccoon's shoulder for a time in a bit of turnabout as Groot's shoulder or outstretched hand had been Rocket's preferred gattling gun perch throughout the story up till then. Groot requests moisture and is spat upon by Rocket. Ignoble, but it helped.

Later, restored to full size, Groot again allows himself to be used for suicide tactics. He infiltrates a phalanx base and grows his limbs outwards into the base's command center before allowing himself to be blown up; taking the phalanx structure with him. Before he went off to die again, however, Rocket Raccoon had broken off a twig of him in the hopes that they would be able to grow him back again with it. After this mission, Rocket dutifully waters the Groot twig and in time he does return once more, now to join Starlord's new revamp of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Much of Groot's dialogue is merely him saying "I am Groot!" again and again, which, strangely, allows him to function as comic relief.

In Guardians of the Galaxy #17, Lord Maximus reveals that while it may sound as if Groot is only able to say "I am Groot!" he is actually saying quite a bit more. He can only say the same phrase because of the condition of his larynx, to truly understand him "you must listen to the sigh of breeze beneath it. The nuance of meaning." Groot is also extremely intelligent with extensive knowledge of quasi-dimensional engineering. With his knowledge, he and Maximus were able to stop Attilan from being consumed by the Fault.

After saving Attilan, the team had to face the Fault itself. Adam Warlock was able to stop it's expansion by overlapping the time line with an unused future. But the future he used was the future in which he became the Magus. As the Magus, he immediately attacked the team. Groot tried to help, but the Magus was far too powerful and blew apart one of Groot's arms when he tried to attack.

In battle with the Magus, many team members were killed including Groot's friend Mantis. In the end, Starlord was able to revert the Magus back into Adam, but was forced to end his life. The Fault had been stopped from expanding and the Magus defeated, but the cost of the battle was very high.


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