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Your Top Marvel Heroes part 56

Written by Chris Mitchell on Thursday, May 06 2010 and posted in Features
A character from yesteryear, today, and the future in this batch. {nomultithumb}

85. Patriot (34 points)

patriot.jpg"When he first debuted, I really didn't care for him either way but over time he really blossomed as a character. They really need more Young Avengers books out there"

Elijah is the grandson of the black Captain America - Isaiah Bradley. After Steve Rogers was given his super-soldier serum, the government had tried other variations with little success. Isaiah Bradley was left with a child-like state of mind as the experimental serum had affected his thought process.

When a young Kang sought him out under the guise of Iron Lad, Elijah felt compelled to assist him and prove his family's worth. Not having any apparent super powers, Elijah used the designer drug MGH (Mutant Growth Hormone) to gain superhuman powers.

He soon became part of the Young Avengers. His teammates soon discovered his "drug" use and were able to convince him to stop. Patriot still remains in the team and relies on his natural intelligence and athletic skills to lead the team.

After receiving grievous injuries during a fighting between Skrulls and Kree for the right to Hulkling, his grandfather gave him a blood transfusion, giving Elijah the powers he originally pretended he had. He demonstrated these while helping his teammates to clean the remains of Avenger's Mansion.

The Young Avengers were soon faced with a difficult choice along with the rest of superhero community because of the Superhuman Registration Act. While the rest of the Heroes were drawn into a Civil War, Elijah and his friends were similarly affected. Elijah and his friends decided to join Captain America and his Secret Avengers. During the course of the war Patriot and his team discovered the whereabouts of the Runaways. Patriot took the information to Captain America, expecting aid to be sent to their fellow heroes. When Captain America declined, because of a lack of resources, Patriot defied a direct order and led his team to find them.

Upon the Young Avengers arrival, they were greeted by the youngest Runaway Molly. Frightened by their arrival Molly attacked them, and passed out from use of her powers. Patriot carried the young girl to the rest of her team. Due to misunderstanding's because of Molly's condition and the interactions between Vision and Victor the two teams began to fight. After stopping Hawkeye and Nico from fighting, Patriot was able to get them to work with him to put an end to the conflict. As Patriot and the others talked, discussing the current war and other events, a Kree was sent to abduct some of their members. The Kree attacked and managed to put the majority of the team members down, knocking Patriot away from the fight. Realizing that some of their members had been taken the two teams decide to work together to retrieve them.

Patriot and the other teen heroes are successful in infiltrating the Cube to retrieve their teammates. Patriot leads them against the soldiers, creating a distraction as Vision leads the others to safety. As a pitched battle breaks out; Noh-Varr once again attacks the two teams. In the end they are able to repair the damage that's been done to Noh and escape from the facility. Patriot is surprised when Nico and her team decides not to accompany them back. He leads the Young Avengers back to Captain America's forces. Patriot was present during the final battle of the Civil War fighting alongside Captain America's forces. Patriots team didn't manage to fully escape the war unscathed, Stature decided to join Iron Man and his Pro-Registration forces. Even after Captain America's surrender, Patriot and the Young Avengers continued their war on crime, without joining the Initiative.

After the events of the superhero Civil War, Elijah went through a tough period. He felt horrible about Steve's fate, and was doubting his identity as a hero. After witnessing Bucky leaving his home, he went inside to find out why he'd been there. He found that Caps former sidekick had come to pay his respects to his grandfather. Elijah decided to talk to Bucky and see if he could help him. Calling Hawkeye, the two went to Billy's house where he used his powers to open a portal to Bucky. They found him in an A.I.M. facility fighting drones, they jumped into battle beside him helping him to defeat his foes. After a few quick words, Bucky left. Patriot was distraught, though Hawkeye was able to help him understand Bucky's message, and revealed that he would be able to find him. Using the tracer that Kate had placed on his bike, Eli managed to track Bucky down. When he found him, the two former sidekicks had a long conversation. They discussed not only Steve, but what it meant to be an American hero, and how best to proceed. They then bonded further as Bucky told him stories of the original Patriot.

Over the next few weeks Patriot's teammates would have similar experiences, and he would have to do his part as a leader to help them through it. When Hulkling confronted the newly returned Captain Marvel about his parentage, Patriot was the one who explained to him how he must be feeling. He also managed to lead the team to victory against Robot wielding bank robbers as they did so. Later, when Stature began to have a breakdown because her step-father was hurt because of her actions, Patriot was the one who managed to get through to her. Though she was Kate's best friend, Hawkeye was the one who said Patriot should be the one to talk to her. He then allowed Billy to shrink him, and began talking to her. At first he relayed his own fears about failure, and when that didn't work managed to use reverse psychology to snap Cassie out of it. Eli next had to deal with Kate herself. The two went out on an awkward "not-date" which caused tension between them. A still partially upset Eli was furious when she later lost her bow to Ronin. After their argument he was playing video games with Teddy online, when Kate approached him again. Kissing him, she explained that she just needed time, and a pleased Eli agreed to wait.

Patriot and the Young Avengers were the first heroes to respond to the Skrulls assault on New York. They were downtown when the first ship arrived, and leapt into action against the threat. They were surprised by the abilities of the Super-Skrulls and almost overwhelmed. They managed to hold on, but even after the intervention of the Initiative and the Runaways they were defeated. The team was then separated, while some ended up with the Runaways, Patriot and the others were rescued by Nick Fury and his Howling Commandos. They were then taken to his secret base. Understanding the severity of the threat Patriot and his team did all they could to support Fury against the Skrulls. Patriot and the Young Avengers were present during the final battle with the Skrulls. Patriot fought with everything he had, using his shield ,and even following the new Captain America's lead and using a firearm to fight against the Super-Skrulls alongside the other superhuman of New York. Even after Hawkeye was injured, Patriot continued fighting alongside his fellow heroes. In the end, the heroes were able to defeat the Skrulls.

84. Rachel Summers (34 points)

rachelsummers.jpg"Truly an outcast of outcast because when she came to this time (from an alternate future) she received proof after proof that she'd never exist. Still she made a place for herself while doing her best to honor her parents. The fire in her soul is matched by the flames that engulfed her when she was the Phoenix."

"Rachel was one of the best characters Claremont added to the X-Men, and the reason I started reading Excalibur for the first time."

Rachel Summer > Rachel Grey.

Yeah I said it.

Rachel Summers is the daughter of Scott Summers and Jean Grey, Cyclops and Phoenix, on Earth-811 (Days of Future Past), Her reality diverged from the regular time line when Senator Robert Kelly was assassinated by the Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants. In her world, this event caused the mutant/human relations to escalate to the point that an anti-mutant candidate won the next presidential election. He put forth the legislation that brought the giant mutant hunting robots known as the Sentinels. The goal was to eliminate all mutants. The Sentinels adapted and decided the best way to do so was to take over North America. They did not stop with just mutants. Several super-powered humans were also killed or imprisoned. When Rachel was a child, the X-Men's base, Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, was attacked. Rachel was the only survivor. Rachel was taken and brainwashed. Using her psionic powers, Rachel became a mutant "hound" and tracked down other mutants. Her face was tattooed with the mark of a hound. Rachel was even forced to kill some of her fellow mutants.

After some time, Rachel ended up at a Mutant Containment Facility where she found other surviving X-Men. In a plan to end the nightmare that was their world, Rachel used her psionic powers to switch the psyche of the X-Man, Kate Pryde with that of her younger self. Kate found herself in the body of a young Kitty Pryde who was still new to the X-Men. Together they prevented the assassination of Senator Kelly.

Unfortunately, history couldn't be changed. Rather than switching psyches with her younger self, Kate was actually sent into a different reality. So even though the assassination was stopped, the Sentinels still ruled their world. With everyone killed except for Kate and Rachel, Kate hypnotized Rachel to use her powers to tap into the Phoenix Force. Kate forced Rachel to travel back in time when the two were trapped in the laboratory of Project Nimrod, the next evolution in Sentinels.

Rachel was followed by Nimrod and found herself, not in her past, but that of the mainstream reality. She was finally able to come to terms with her situation and found a home with the X-Men of this world.

Upon hearing about the death of Jean Grey, Rachel decided to take on the mantle of Phoenix in the hopes of clearing her mother's name after the destruction the Phoenix Force had caused while in the guise of Jean. She locates a crystal with the mental imprint of her "mother" and relives the most indelible memories of Jean. Through experiencing what a woman her mother was in this time she feels confident that she can carry on with the good her mother had accomplished before becoming tied with the Phoenix Force.

Rachel was a helpful but sometimes unreliable teammate who was driven mostly by her emotions and ghosts of her past. In an early mission, she, Wolverine, Shadowcat, Nightcrawler and Rogue were sent to save Banshee from James Proudstar who would later be known as Warpath. When given the task to locate Banshee with her telepathic powers, Rachel is unable to come to terms with this use of her power as she spent so much time as a Hound in her time. She panics and becomes a liability to the team.

On a mission to Asgard, she proves her worth and confidence as a member of the team, donning a costume resembling the Phoenix which was a problem for Cyclops.

Rachel is finally pushed to her limits when targeted by the External, Selene. When doing battle with Selene, Rachel gains the upper hand and is about to execute her when Wolverine steps in a nearly fatally injures his teammate. His intention was to save her from doing something that would haunt her but he nearly killed her in the process. She runs off and even though the X-Men search, especially her best friend Kitty Pryde, they can find no sign of her anywhere.

Rachel was next found as a prisoner of Mojo and Spiral, forced to perform for the people of Mojoworld. She is rescued by her former teammates Nightcrawler and Shadowcat and are later joined by British Superheroes Captain Britain and Meggan to form Excalibur. During her tenure with this team she came into her own as a confident woman and is frequently shown having to stave off advances from men all around England, much to the chagrin of her teammate Shadowcat. Rachel was a huge asset to the team and battled with several forces such as the Technet and Sat-yr-9. The team ventured through many adventures through time and even found themselves becoming a part of history in World War II.

On the way back to the present, Captain Britain got lost in the time stream and Rachel switched places with him. Rachel found herself in far future where the evil mutant, Apocalypse ruled. She started the Clan Askani who had a hand in saving and raising her half-brother, Nathan Summers, also known as Cable. Rachel used her psionic abilities to bring Scott and Jean's consciousness forward through time to care for Nate. This caused a great deal of strain on Rachel's body.

With Excalibur, Rachel was a big help. Galactus came to earth sending one of his Heralds to tell Excalibur to render Rachel. The herald tells them that Galactus wants take the Phoenix out of Rachel saying Rachel it too dangerous to Galactus to have the Phoenix. Rachel laughed it off and asked was the Herald joking. She use her telekinesis to hit the Herald out of the Earth's orbit and onto the moon. Galactus made a machine that would take the Phoenix from Rachel and send it into orbit. Rachel goes to other dimensions and finds out she is the only Rachel Summers anywhere. She comes back and the Herald returns and charges at her. Rachel use her telekinesis to swing her around and throw her at Galactus.

Later Cable was able to save Rachel and bring her back to the present.

83. Captain Mar-Vell (35 points)

captainmarvel.jpgMar-Vell is a soldier in the Kree army. He rises to the rank of Captain and is assigned to spy on the planet Earth under the command of Colonel Yon-Rogg.

Yon-Rogg isn't a big fan of Mar-Vell because the medic aboard their space ship, Una, loves Mar-Vell and not him. He begins to plots for the untimely death of his young Captain.

Once on Earth, Mar-Vell assumes the identity of a scientist that had just died. Now known as Walter Lawson, Vell can spy on Earth's abilities by continuing his masquerade as a NASA scientific contractor.

NASA uncovers a giant robot (a Kree Sentry) and it activates and attacks. Mar-Vell dons his army uniform and battles it. During the attack the Sentry refers to him as Captain Mar-Vell and post fight, the by standing humans dub him Captain Marvel. Also on hand is Security Director Carol Danvers who looks at Marvel & Lawson with suspicion.

Yon-Rogg meanwhile uses every trick in the book to kill Mar-Vell. None of them work as the Captain defeats Skrulls, the Metazoid, Quasimodo and others. Frustrated beyond belief, Yon-Rogg finally manages to get a treason charge to stick. As Mar-Vell is about to be executed when an alien attacks, kills Una and is then defeated by the Captain. Yon-Rogg escapes and Mar-Vell gives chase.

On a desolate world, a creature called Zo offers to give Mar-Vell powers in exchange for his servitude. He agrees thinking the abilities would help him find Yon-Rogg. His first mission is to battle his own people. It's soon discovered that Zo is a rebel Kree in league with Yon-Rogg. Mar-Vell exposes the plot but ends up exiled in the Negative Zone.

While trapped there, Mar-Vell is able to make limited mental contact with the human called Rick Jones. He pushes ones to visit a cave where the Nega-Bands are discovered. Rick puts them on at clangs them together and suddenly he finds himself in the Negative Zone. At the same instant though, Captain Marvel finds himself back on Earth. The two are now able to completely communicate mentally and together they share their existence.

In an early adventure, Mar-Vell finally gets his revenge against Yon-Rogg (and unbeknownst, exposed Carol Danvers to an energy that would lead to her becoming Ms. Marvel).

Captain Marvel, through Rick, meets the Avengers and would team with them on a number of occasions. One major skirmish was the Skrull-Kree War which found both Mar-Vell and Rick play key pivotal roles.

Their co-existence continued for a few years and in that time Captain Marvel (and Rick) took many adventures. The first time they battled Thanos, Mar-Vell was summoned to stand before Eon. Eon was a cosmic being that powered up Mar-Vell as well as giving him cosmic awareness. Captain Marvel would now be the Protector of the Universe.

More battles would ensue. During a fight against Nitro, Mar-Vell was exposed to gas called Compound-13. He didn't know it at the time, but this would have a major ramification for him years later.

In a battle against the Super-Adaptoid, the android adapted Mar-Vell's Nega-Bands and when he clanged his wrists together, it was sent to the Negative Zone and in his place was a freed Rick Jones. The two go their own ways.

Mar-Vell still has a number of adventures with the likes of Thor and Black Bolt and during a long battle against a mad computer of Titan, he first fought and then romanced the Titan called Elysius. Captain Marvel spent much time with her and the two formed a strong relationship together.

But then Mar-Vell began to start coughing and not feeling well. A medical exam revealed he had what the Kree call the Black Death and what humans call cancer. A heroic effort by Earth's most brilliant minds couldn't have him.

Mar-Vell died content that he did all he could to make the universe a better place.


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