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Your Top Marvel Heroes part 50

Written by Chris Mitchell on Monday, May 03 2010 and posted in Features
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103. Phobos (27 points)

phobos.jpgNox, being ever-resourceful and clever, posed as the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, and seduced Ares, the god of war. Nox, according to her plans, later gave birth to two sons, Deimos, the god of terror, and Phobos, the god of fear. Deimos and Phobos were raised by Nox to do her bidding, and were both sent to apprehend Thor and Hercules. In the battle, both of the brothers were killed.

Not being able to live with the death of her sons, Nox utilized the power of human fear during the Great Fear takeover by the Fear Lords in order to resurrect her sons. They held Clea and Rintrah in their captivity, but were both again killed due to the lack of fear in the humans caused by Doctor Strange, this time at the hands of their prisoners.

Again reincarnated Alexander was taken from his father by Zeus and kidnapped by the Japanese god Amatsu-Mikaboshi. Mikaboshi trained and manipulated him for years, under the guise of a mother-figure, turning him into a deadly swordsman. Mikaboshi was able to hypnotize Phobos by making the demigod drink his blood every day. During the war between the old gods and the new gods, Phobos "killed" his father Ares, which stained his katana, Grass Cutter, a deep red. He was saved from the evil deity Mikaboshi when the combination of Zeus and Ares's influences removed his brainwashing.

Alexander killed Mikaboshi with one swipe of his grass cutter blade.

It has recently been revealed that Alexander is actually the Greek god of fear, Phobos. He was held on trial by Balder, Quetzalcoatl, and Hera, to be deemed worthy of the title of a God. He was found worthy, but despite giving the title, Ares informed his son that he needed to die before he could truly become a god.

He has been recruited by Nick Fury for his team of Secret Warriors.

102. Moondragon (27 points)

moondragon.jpg"Bitchy bald bisexual telepathic priestesses who can turn into dragons who were raised by aliens on a moon of Saturn are cool!"

Heather Douglas was only a child when the villain Thanos came to Earth, and killed her parents because they witnessed his arrival (her late father would later be turned into Drax the Destroyer). She was found by Mentor, an Eternal of Titan, and was brought to Titan to be raised. Intense study of mental and physical disciplines under the Shao-Lom Monks allowed her to tap into her latent mental powers, making her the equal of a Titan in combat, and superior to most. The cosmic entity known as the Dragon of the Moon secretly played on her arrogance and mentally influenced her, causing her to believe she was a superior being, above morals. Even without the Dragon's influence however Moondragon suffers from a bit of a superiority complex as, while she seems to be on a team more often than not, she is never a popular member and is always talking down to her teammates; which is all a big part of what has made her a fascinating character. Throughout her superhero career, she would repeatedly be involved with Adam Warlock; sometimes loosely and sometimes integrally.

One of her upbringing on Titan or her heroic tendencies are touched on in her first appearance, nor is she even appearing under her proper name. When she first appears in Iron Man #54, she is a one-off villain going by the preposterous name of "Madame McEvil" and she somehow instigates a conflict between Iron Man and Namor. Appearance-wise, everything about her is exactly as it would be later on when she joins the Avengers only her outfit is all red rather than Green. No mention of her as 'Madame McEvil' is ever made after this. No mention is really even made of 'Madame McEvil's" capabilities as in this one appearance she doesn't really demonstrate any powers and is merely a schemer.

On Earth, she joined the Avengers. During one particular mission with the Avengers and Captain Marvel, Adam Warlock and Thanos killed one another. Her ego finally led her to mind-control the Avengers and conquer an alien planet; also killing her father Drax the Destroyer with a fatal mind-wipe assault when he, allied with her fellow Avengers, tried to forcibly remove her from her throne. The Avengers sent her to Asgard to learn better ways; she was put "on probation" as a member of the Defenders. Somewhere in the midst of this, Moondragon was a member of a scouting mission alongside The Thing, Starhawk and Her/Kismet that brought them to the gravesite of Adam Warlock where Her/Kismet sought to bring Warlock back to life to be her mate, but failed to do so. During her time with the Defenders, she taught Hellcat some Titanian martial arts and even helped her develop some minor psychic powers. The Dragon of the Moon again began to control her, however, leading to the deaths of the Defenders team, Moondragon herself included (although being superheroes, they all eventually got better).

The Titanian supercomputer ISAAC grew her a new body, and for a short time she traveled space with her cousin Sundragon; She tagged alongside Quasar for a time, with the ulterior motive of trying to become his mate. Failing in this, she went off on her own for a while; eventually resurfacing on a decrepit spaceship about to run out of oxygen, only to be saved by Adam Warlock and offered a spot in his new team, the Infinity Watch alongside her revived, though mentally stunted father, Drax the Destroyer.

As a member of the Watch, she was given the task of guarding the immensely powerful Mind Gem, which intensified her already great mental powers. The group split from the beginning and she sought out to test her new abilities. One of her first actions was to help the Silver Surfer find the lost planet of Zenn-La. An incredibly powerful being known as the Great One had taken the planet into his mind. She was able to test her mental abilities and eventually remove all the planets the Great One held.

After the Man Beast tried to use the Watch against themselves, they finally agreed to work together. This was temporarily broken by the Goddess, who used mind control to gather heroes from across the universe to serve her in the Infinity Crusade. Moondragon was made high priestess of the Holy Guard and coordinated the Guard with the Goddess. When the control was broken, Moondragon was upset at the thought of being used and was upset with herself that she could be controlled.

Near the end of the Infinity Watch's run, Moondragon was injured on a mission and was stuck in a full body cast for a time. After the Watch disbanded, Moondragon and her father confronted Chronos, the Titan entity that had created Drax twice over and insisted that he restore Drax's mental faculties and Moondragon's health. Chronos agreed, but slightly depleted Drax's physical prowess in doing so.

Later, Moondragon floated around the galaxy on her own, resurfacing here and there, eventually becoming an active Avenger once more for a brief time as a member of the Avengers Infinity subgroup.

After Avenger Infinity, Moondragon returned to Earth seeking out Genis-Vell / Captain Marvel in the hopes of offering her aide in training him. Moondragon and her father, Drax the Destroyer both became parts of Genis' life (Moondragon much more so than Drax), as well as that of Rick Jones, who was molecularly bonded to Genis. While essentially living with Genis and Rick as their roommate, Moondragon struck up a lesbian relationship with Rick's estranged wife Marlo and the two of them went off together to explore their relationship. Their love proved short lived and, on the rebound and on a whim, Moondragon was picked up by Genis' sister Phyla-Vell and the two went off together to pursue what would actually be a healthy and happy relationship that would take them into the Annihilation war(s). Moondragon got her wish to be Quasar's lover, but not the way she originally planned; when, at the end of the first Annihilation war Her girlfriend Phyla became the new Quasar when she retrieved the late Wendell Vaughn's quantum bands from Annihilus.

During the first Annihilation war, Thanos kidnapped Moondragon and humiliated Phyla by defeating her with ease. Thanos tried to use her to get a reading on his temporary ally, Annihilus, which showed Thanos that he could not help Annihilus any more than he already had. As Thanos set about trying to undo his machinations that had imprisoned Galactus and the Silver Surfer for Annihilus, his old nemesis Drax the Destroyer arrived, ready to finally complete his destiny of killing Thanos. Moondragon tried to deter her father but was unsuccessful, and Thanos was killed; though luckily Moondragon and Drax still managed to set Galactus free, reversing the tide of war in the resistance's favor.

After the Annihilation war, Moondragon and Phyla provided aide to Kree fringe colonies ravaged by the war. Their humanitarian aide and romance is interrupted by the second Annihilation war and their mission to search for a savior of the Kree Empire, which turns out to be a reborn Adam Warlock. During this event, Moondragon discovers she has the power to become a literal Dragon, more powerful than ever, although she cannot return to human form; which puts stress upon her relationship with Phyla, though they manage to work through it. In an epic battle against the alien Phalanx and Ultron not long after becoming a dragon, Heather is killed in action by Ultron while defending Phyla. Towards the end of the war she is seen by Phyla one last time, though this is more than likely just in Phyla's head.

After a Skrull infiltration of their headquarters on Knowhere it was revealed to the Guardians that Mantis had used been asked by Peter Quill to use her mind-control powers on the team's member in order to help the team function better. As a result of this news, Quasar and Drax go of in search of the earth girl Cammi (who was lost in the Annihilation War) only to find out that Moondragon is still alive. This brought them to Mentor who promptly murdered them!

Phyla and Drax found themselves on a borderland called Oblivion, where the Quantum bands fell of Phyla's wrists seeing as the bearer was now dead. Not long after she was faced by her own demons but Drax soon send them packing. They however were joined by Maelstrom whom used Moondragon as bait to lure them for his master Oblivion with the intent of then using them to cross back over into reality. After his apparent defeat he agreed to lead them to her but he led them to the Dragon of the Moon where he said Moondragon was supposed to be within the dragon that was regaining its strength after Ultron dispatched it back to Oblivion. Maelstrom however regained the upper hand once the Quantum bands re-bonded with him and quickly encased Phyla and Drax with the intent of feeding them to the Dragon of the Moon in exchange for the Dragon using its energy to release Maelstrom from Oblivion.

Then, Maelstrom dropped Phyla into the Dragon's mouth, who was rising. After a short battle with the original Quasar, Phyla tore herself out of Dragon of the Moon, carrying Heather in her arms. With the Dragon dispatched and Maelstrom gone Quasar tried to return the bands to her but Phyla declined stating that she had powers of her own.

Together with Drax and Phyla, Heather returned to Mentor's place. Then, Drax and Phyla rejoin the rest of Guardians of the Galaxy back on Knowhere accompanied by Heather. Upon learning of the upcoming war between the Shi'ar Empire, with their new Emperor Vulcan, and the Kree, now led by the Inhuman's and their King Black Bolt, all of the Guardians reunite and make a plan to stop the aggressions before they destroy the very fabric of reality.

Adam Warlock returns with Gamora to the Guardians and informs the team of the War of Kings. Starlord and Rocket Raccoon decide they should split in 3 teams to avoid this war growing out of proportions:

1. The Kree Team with Starlord, Bug, Gamora, Jack Flag and Martyr (Phyla-Vell)
2. The Shi'ar Team with Rocket Raccoon, Drax the Destroyer, Adam Warlock, Major Victory and Groot
3. The Coordination Team with Moondragon, Mantis and Cosmo the Spacedog

The Kree Team asked Black Bolt to stop the war, a request he denied. The Shi'ar team becomes separated from Adam Warlock, who is transported on to a Shi'ar vessel and is attacked by Vulcan, emperor of the Shi'ar. The rest of the Shi'ar Team works with the Starjammers to free Lilandra from Emperor Vulcan. In her short time with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Moondragon has seemed to discover a sense of belonging. She has become close friends with the rest of her Coordination Team and enjoys being able to interact with other telepaths.

But Moondragon only has a short time to be reunited with her love, Phyla. Phyla had made a deal with the Dragon of the Moon and had changed inside. Moondragon noticed this change but before they could really talk about it, Phyla was killed in battle with the Magus, along with many other team members. This left Moondragon even more confused and empty since her resurrection.

When the Luminals investigated a rip in space-time known as the Fault without the cooperation of the Guardians, they released a strange creature from within it. Once it came on Knowhere, all havoc broke loose. Moondragon's mental abilities were the only weapon they had to battle the creature. In order to stop it's destruction, Moondragon took the creature inside of her self, making her appear to be pregnant with the creature. She used her mental powers to keep the creature from destroying her.

101. (Arch)Angel (27 points)

archangel.jpg"Y'know how people talk about DC heroes and Marvel heroes? Like there is some big divide? Well, if there is, Warren really is a DC hero in a Marvel world. Why does he do what he does? He's a rich playboy who discovered he had wings. For all the talk of mutant rights and acceptance, he's been one of those X-characters that's been outside of the mutant universe on different teams, fighting with some of the universe's best.

But why does he do what he does? He was a hero before joining the X-Men. He just decided to do it. No tragedy. No great injustice. People needed help and he did it (in fact, he may be the richest comics character to just decide to be a superhero). And he's continued to do it. Funding superhero teams. At times giving up his secret identity... Honestly, he has more in common with the Flash Family than the other X-Men.

And what of his Archangel alter-ego? One of the best designs in all of comics (thank you, Walter Simonson) and a great -- though often underutilized -- dynamic for the character: the higher you soar, the deeper your darkness."

I love Arch Angel. I loved how and why he got transformed, I loved the look, I love everything about the new Warren. I think my two favourite AA moments are these: The first one was during Inferno where Rogue tried to put ol' Archangel out of commission who was shooting his poisoned feathers down from above. So, she flew up and kissed him straight on the lips. What happened? She saw a picture of Apocalypse wearing the Archangel outfit. He then promptly grabbed her face and thru her to the ground completely unaffected by her. I loved that. The second one? During X-Tinction Agenda where Cameron Hodge forced both Wolverine and his old friend Archangel to battle it out in a pit. It was a bloody vicious mess. Glorious. Anywho.

Born into an extremely wealthy family, young Warren attended a prestigious East Coast boarding school where he roomed with Cameron Hodge. Warren's life changed forever the day he began sprouting wings from his shoulder blades, and he hid them under his clothes. Later, when fire struck his dormitory, Warren discovered while escaping that his wings enabled him to fly. Donning a blond wig and long nightshirt to disguise himself as an anonymous "angel," Warren saved the other students. Warren soon became the costumed crime-fighting Avenging Angel and attracted the attention of Professor Xavier, who recruited him as a founding member of the heroic, mutant X-Men team. After the young telepath Jean Grey joined the X-Men, Warren was instantly attracted to her. Eventually realizing that Jean loved their teammate Cyclops, Warren stopped pursuing her. Soon after, Warren rekindled his old college flame Candy Southern and the pair became inseparable. After his father was killed by agents of the criminal Dazzler, Warren investigated and was shocked to learn that the Dazzler was his uncle Burt, who had been using his brother's company as a cover for his crimes. In the ensuing battle, Warren dropped the Dazzler from a great height and presumed him dead; but Burt survived, and plotted to marry Warren's mother Kathryn in an effort to secure the family fortune. Furthermore, Burt had arranged for Kathryn to be secretly, gradually poisoned. Warren and the X-Men foiled Burt's plan, though too late to save Kathryn.

When the sentient island Krakoa captured the X-Men, Professor X assembled a new squad of X-Men to rescue them. After this, most of the original students - including Warren - left the team. Warren inherited his family fortune and used a portion of it to fund a Los Angeles-based super-team, the Champions. Warren revealed to the general public that he was the Angel, though his connection to Xavier's school remained secret. After the Champions disbanded, Warren eventually rejoined the X-Men, but his constant clashes with Wolverine soon led him to quit. After declining the first of two invitations to join the Avengers, Angel teamed with Spider-Man, Ka-Zar and the X-Men to defeat Sauron and the Savage Land Mutates; helped the Avengers battle his rampaging ex-Champions teammate Ghost Rider (John Blaze); defeated his French counterpart Le Peregrine during the Grandmaster's Contest of Champions; and befriended the new Dazzler, mutant singer Alison Blaire, whom he romantically pursued for a time. Later, Angel joined the Defenders when that group reorganized as a more formal team under the guidance of his fellow X-Men graduate Beast. Angel served as financier of the new group, which was managed for a time by his girlfriend Candy, but they disbanded after most of its members seemingly died in battle with the Dragon of the Moon.

Angel then reunited with the other original X-Men in forming X-Factor, an organization that posed as mutant hunters but secretly helped fellow mutants. Warren's old friend Hodge was employed as X-Factor's public relations manager, but he had come to hate mutants, and he secretly used X-Factor's resources to fuel anti-mutant sentiment. Soon after, Warren's status as X-Factor's secret financial backer was leaked to the media, causing great controversy. During the Marauders' massacre of the subterranean Morlocks, Warren's wings were damaged by the Marauder Harpoon. Warren was hospitalized, and Hodge tricked the doctors into needlessly amputating his wings. Unaware of his friend's manipulation, Warren named Hodge beneficiary of his assets. With Warren deeply depressed after the loss of his wings, his break-up with Candy, and the controversy surrounding X-Factor, Hodge sabotaged Warren's plane in an attempt to kill him and create the appearance of suicide. Though the world believed him dead, Warren was rescued by the eternal mutant Apocalypse, who offered to restore his wings.

Desperate, Warren agreed, and through technological and genetic manipulation, which turned his skin blue, he was given razor-sharp metal wings. Warren became Apocalypse's Horseman Death, but after being tricked into believing he had killed Iceman, he was eventually able to break Apocalypse's programming. Warren then hunted down Hodge, who had kidnapped Candy. In the ensuing clash, Hodge killed Candy and Warren decapitated Hodge. Warren subsequently rejoined X-Factor as Archangel, and soon saved the life of policewoman Charlotte Jones. The two became romantically involved, helping Warren reclaim his humanity. Following an attack on the various heroic mutant teams by agents of the island nation Genosha, Warren learned that Hodge had survived, having bargained with a demon that granted him eternal life, but Hodge was ultimately defeated by the heroes. After X-Factor's members rejoined the X-Men, a mutual attraction developed between Warren and his teammate Psylocke. During this period, Warren teamed with Spider-Man, the New Warriors, the Avengers and other heroes to battle Darkling, whose Darkforce temporarily corrupted and controlled Archangel and other morally conflicted heroes before Darkling's defeat; and the mystic Doctor Druid tricked Archangel and Iceman into participating in a Secret Defenders mission that pitted them against old Champions foe Swarm, who was driven off before the duo ever learned who had manipulated them.

Having inherited Hellfire Club membership from his father, Warren declined an offer from the Club's then-Black King Shinobi Shaw to join its Inner Circle as the White King. Following a savage attack by the feral mutant Sabretooth, Warren and Psylocke, who had since become lovers, left the X-Men for a short time to recuperate. During this time, Warren's metallic wings molted, revealing that his original, feathered wings had grown back underneath. Later, when Professor X disbanded the X-Men in an attempt to ferret out an alien impostor, Warren joined an ad-hoc team of X-Men to help the young mutant Mannites battle Apocalypse's latest Horseman Death. Warren then returned to the X-Men as a reservist, his responsibilities as head of Worthington Industries taking precedence. Ending his relationship with Psylocke, Warren later committed himself to the X-Men full-time, becoming team leader.

After Professor X was publicly exposed as a mutant, Warren took a more public role in his business activities, speaking to the G8 summit about mutants in the world economy. When the X-Men were captured by the plant-like mutant Black Tom Cassidy, Warren's skin reverted to normal after Tom drained some of his life-force. Subsequently recovering from his injuries, Warren underwent a secondary mutation that gave his blood healing properties. When Xavier Institute student Husk uncovered corruption within Worthington Industries, she and Warren encountered the mutant werewolves the Dominant Species, whose leader, Maximus Lobo, claimed to have been the one who killed Warren's father. When Husk was severely injured by the werewolves, Warren used his newfound power to save her life, and the pair soon became romantically involved. After Cyclops became co-headmaster of the Institute, he asked Warren to establish a high-profile charity to improve mutantkind's image. Inspired by Robert A. Heinlein's story, "The Menace from Earth," Warren established "Wings over the World," a recreation center wherein visitors don artificial wings and fly by means of anti-gravity. Warren later also established "Mutantes Sans Frontières," a global outreach organization that sends trained mutant volunteers to places where the X-Men have no official presence. Setting up office in Zanzibar, Warren and Husk became involved in an attempt by the Hellfire Club's White Queen Courtney Ross to destabilize the country by employing the mercenary Viper and the Weaponeers. Alongside the country's President - who was secretly the superhero Askari - and Genoshan reinforcements, the heroes managed to repel the invaders.

Following the events of "M-Day," when many of the world's mutants lost their powers, a mutant named the Ghoul began murdering fellow mutants. To help lure him into the open, Warren faked losing his powers and was interviewed by journalist Sally Floyd. When the Ghoul appeared and captured Floyd, he was opposed and defeated by the X-Men. Recently, the powers of Warren come back and during the Civil War, he returned to the X-Men.

X-Force recently reformed with the team now using Angel's Aerie as their base of operations. During their first mission, Rahne is captured by the Purifiers. X-Force rescues her, but the apparent rescue turns out to have been a ruse; Rahne was conditioned to complete one of the Purifier's missions as an unknowing "sleeper agent." She attacks her healer Elixir and savagely removes Warren's wings, which she takes back to the Purifiers.

Adam Harkins experiments on some of his feathers to locate the "Apocalypse Strand," the Celestial Technology Apocalypse grafted onto Warren in his transformation into the Horseman of Death. Harkins discovered that every cell of every feather of both wings was the Apocalypse Strand and that, when exposed to blood, the cells rewrite its host's DNA and begin to grow into metal wings. The Purifiers used this to create similar beings they called "The Choir."

Back at Angel's Aerie, Elixir repaired Warren's injuries and then attempted to re-grow his wings. Elixir is unable to re-grow Warren's wings because those cells are not actually organic. Warren discovered that the feathered wings which he thought he had regenerated since discarding the Horseman Death persona were not his own, but just another form of Apocalypse's metal wings. When Elixir tried to bypass the Celestial Technology and regrow organic wings, the Celestial Tech blocks his powers. Soon, Warren has a massive seizure and his body reverts to its Horseman form, with its blue skin and razor-sharp steel wings. The process of creating the Choir is what created the seizure and sent Angel's nervous system into complete disarray, putting him into excruciating pain.

X-Force attacks Archangel, who eventually asks for relief from the pain of losing his wings and transforming into Archangel. Nevertheless, Archangel escapes into the night, intent on taking vengeance against the Purifiers. Archangel appeared to be the strongest he has ever been: defeating X-Force, nearly out-flying a jet, and taking on the Purifiers. Warren arrived at the Purifiers' headquarters and slaughtered the Purifiers in an attempt to reclaim the wings that were stolen from him, killing every member of the Choir and a substantial portion of the Purifiers' recruits. However, once the battle was over, he reverted back to his normal angelic, feather-winged appearance. He commented to Logan that he can still feel the metal wings inside him however, and that they want to come out again. According to Elixir, Warren's transformation is permanent, implying that he is fully capable of transforming back into Archangel again at any time.


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