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Your Top Marvel Heroes OPC part 6

Written by Chris Mitchell on Thursday, May 20 2010 and posted in Features
The last group of One Pointers... {nomultithumb}


killraven.jpgLess than 10 years from now, an alien race using Mars as a staging area, will attack the Earth bringing us to our knees.

Earth's females are enslaved as breeders and farmed as food for the ‘Martians'. The men would be slaughtered except for a select few that are sparred for either breeding purposes or for gladiatorial games.

One such gladiator, Jon Raven takes the 'stage' name Killraven, escaped and hooked up with a band of freedom fighters called the Freemen. Killraven vows to stop the Martians and find his missing brother.

Killraven is the defacto leader of the group as they travel across war torn America. Killraven, M'Shulla, Hawk, Frost, Grok and Old Skull form a strong bond as they encounter various Martian monstrosities as well as assist the scattered human survivors from Martian experiments. Along the way he allies himself with Volcano Ash, Mourning Prey from New York to Florida to Battle Creek Michigan, Killraven always stands for the hope and betterment of the Human Race.

Recently pursued by the android Skar and after numerous conflicts with the likes of Abraxas, the High Overlord and the Death-Breeders, Killraven at last gets a lead on his brother. With the assistance of a time traveling Spider-Man, Killraven will eventually be reunited with his long lost sibling only to find that he is a now a Martian collaborator (the brother is killed soon after this discovery).

It takes time, but after many long battles, Killraven is finally ready to take the battle to the Martians. He releases a plague of zombies to eliminate the Martians food supply and starves them to death.

With Earth free, Killraven gazes out upon the sunrise of a new era.

Kiden Nixon

kideonnixon.jpgWho the fuck is this crack head?

Living with her loving parents and three brothers in the fictional X-District of New York City, Kiden's life changed forever as a young girl when her police officer father was gunned down in front of her. The traumatized Nixon grew up to be a troubled teenager.

Her mutant power first manifested itself at school when she got into an altercation with gang leader Hector. As her friend was being attacked by Hector's friends Kiden screamed "Stop it!" which suddenly caused time to seemingly freeze around her as she found herself in an accelerated personal time stream. She was free to move around at normal speeds as everything around her slowed to a virtual standstill. However, as soon as she poked Hector on the arm, everything around her snapped back to normal speed and she had also accidentally broken Hector's arm due to the relative velocity with which her finger hit him.

The next day Kiden met with the principal who wanted to suspend her, but Ms. Cameron Palmer, her 20-something teacher, sympathized with Kiden and convinced him to reconsider. Later, Hector smuggles a gun onto campus and fired it at Kiden, but Kiden used her power once again to slow time step out of the bullets path. However, she accidentally touched Hector and when time resumed around her, the bullet continued on its path and hit Ms. Palmer instead.

Shocked by being responsible for what looks like the death of her teacher, Kiden immediately ran from the scene of the crime. Instead of going to her friends and family she becomes a runaway. For the next six months she traveled the country, living on the streets while exploring her powers and meeting other runaways. At one point she spent four months in the accelerated state she called "no-time", during which only three days passed in the real world.

When she returns home, she meets her older brother who, tells her that their mother had remarried and, angry with her for disappearing, that life got better for everyone when she was gone, causing her to get upset and hit the streets once again. She resurfaces some time later at the apartment of a heavily medicated Ms. Palmer, who survived the shooting six months ago, but had been severely traumatized ever since. Kiden shows up at Palmer's apartment unannounced, but up just in time to find a passed out Ms. Palmer in her bathtub, her wrists cut open after trying to commit suicide. Kiden manages to call an ambulance in time and saves her life. Later Kiden tells Ms. Palmer about her mutation, the fact that she was responsible for her getting shot, and that the reason she showed up at Palmer's apartment when she did was that an apparition of her deceased father told her to. Cameron finds it all hard to swallow and tells Kiden to stop lying.

While spending the night at Palmer's place, Kiden is once again visited by the apparition of her dead father, who gives her the address to a nearby Hotel and a room number, and orders her to go as soon as possible. Kiden leaves with Ms. Palmer and when they arrive at the hotel room they find a dead body and the mutant X-23 sitting on a bloodied bed with her adamantium claws out. X-23 tells them that she had been working as a prostitute and that the man had actually killed himself. Kiden and Palmer leave, taking X-23 with them. Kiden later explains that the apparition of her father had only told her when and where to find them, and that they will all need each other later on. Back at Palmer's apartment, Kiden's father appeared once again to warn her that X-23's pimp, Zebra Daddy, wants her back, and he has already sent gunmen to Palmer's place to retrieve her and kill the rest of them.

The three manage to escape the apartment just before it is raided and windup spending the night on the streets as they try to figure out what to do next while Zebra Daddy has his thugs combing the city looking for them. The next day they run into another teenage mutant named Catiana who was being chased by a mob after her mutant ability to transform into animals manifested for the first time. Later, an angry and frustrated Ms. Palmer tells Kiden that she did indeed ruin her life and that she should feel guilty for everything that has happened but then apologizes. The three then decide to head back to Palmer's apartment later that night to get some cash and credit cards.

Unfortunately the thugs have staked out the apartment and Ms. Palmer's is captured inside. X-23, Kiden, and Catiana who are waiting outside are found by another teenage mutant named Bobby Soul aka Felon, who has the ability to possess the body of others. Felon had been hired by the Pimp to look for them, but for some reason Kiden's father had also appeared to him earlier, and has asked him to help the girls out, promising that this in turn will help his younger brother who is comatose. The newly formed group of four is then confronted by the pimp and his thugs. Upon meeting him for the first time Kiden recognizes Zebra Daddy as the man who murdered her father all those years ago. The four mutants use their powers to take down the thugs, and as the pimp holds Kiden, Felon, and Catiana at gunpoint, X-23 swiftly kills him and the rest of his gang. Kiden also uses her power to save Ms. Palmer from being thrown from a window.

The four of them agree that there must be a purpose for them being brought together and decide to figure it out. In the epilogue of the final issue, Kiden's family, plus her mother's new husband and his son, are seen packing the last of their possessions into a car as they are moving somewhere else. Her mother seems slightly hesitant to leave as Kiden's brother never told her about her daughter's return, but eventually tells her new husband that she's ready to leave. Just as they begin to drive down away from their old home, a mailman runs after them, yelling for them to stop. They don't notice him however and drive off as the mailman gives up, holding a letter from Kiden addressed to her mother.

Shooting Star shootingstar.jpg

Victoria Starwin loves the rodeo. And as soon as her wealthy daddy allows it, she signs up as an Annie Oakley type sharp shooter. Given a customized gun that shoots stars she becomes a headliner at the Rodeo in time as the incredible SHOOTING STAR.

Later, a down on his luck, the would be her/mercenary called the Texas Twister asks for a job at the rodeo. With his whirlwind powers he soon become a star and teams up with Victoria in center ring (or whatever they call it in a rodeo). The two get along so well on stage that they complete it after the show in her trailer. The two begin a long relationship.

Answering a call for help, Shooting Star and the Twister find themselves in a battle against the Hulk. Other heroes from the area are also there and afterward they decide to team up as the Rangers. The Rangers never really amounted to anything so it was mainly back to the rodeo for her).

The Twister, losing his powers, asked a demon for help in getting them back. The demon agreed but at the cost of his soul. Twister agreed and he was repowered but then immediately begged to get out of the deal. The demon agreed and possessed Shooting Star instead.

Fellow Ranger, Firebird had senses something was up and after getting the West Coast Avengers involved Shooting Star was eventually released. She forgave the Twister and they continue to work and live together.

Shooting Star was last seen fighting some Skrulls.

Mattie Franklin

mattiefranklin.gifWhen Jeremy Franklin declined an invitation from former business associate Norman Osborn to participate in the arcane ritual called the Gathering of the Five, his precocious 15-year old daughter, Mattie, took his place. The mystical Gathering required five participants: three were granted power, knowledge or immortality, while two were cursed with insanity or death. Mattie received the gift most coveted by Osborn, power, while Osborn was driven more deeply insane. During a time when Peter Parker (alias Spider-Man) had resigned from super heroics, Mattie disguised herself as her role model, Spider- Man, in a padded costume. After she was injured fighting the fiery Shadrac, recipient of a living death from the Gathering, Spider-Man came out of retirement to assist her. Mattie continued crime-fighting, now calling herself Spider-Woman. Charlotte Witter, granddaughter of Madame Web, was genetically manipulated by Doctor Octopus and sought to claim the Spider-Woman name, siphoning the powers from former Spider-Women Jessica Drew and Julia Carpenter before confronting Mattie. Despite Spider-Man's interference, Witter absorbed Mattie's powers. Guided by Madame Web, Drew, Carpenter, and Mattie located Charlotte. By force of will, Mattie reabsorbed her powers, as well as the other powers Charlotte owned or stole.

Moving in with the Jamesons, Mattie stayed in New York to pursue her role as the sole Spider-Woman. Aided by Madame Web and Drew, she had several adventures battling the grotesque Flesh and Bones sisters, their parents Miss Itch and Mr. Scratch, the ancient Egyptian magician Shadow Caster, the Cluster (aliens in Death Valley testing if Earth was conquerable), the psionic exomorphic projections of Brian Leighton (creating a Rhino/Dr. Octopus/ Venom amalgam), and a cloistered werewolf-nun. With each adventure, Spider-Woman experimented with her costume's appearance. The Jamesons sent her to attend a private high school where she encountered vicious bullies and befriended meek Cheryl Lansing. Gradually, Spider-Woman's borrowed powers returned to their owners, reawakening Witter. After another defeat by Spider-Woman (with help from Spider-Man), Witter was once again rendered unconscious, allowing Mattie's continued retention of her powers.

Mattie's father died, leaving her an orphan since her mother had died of an illness when Mattie was very young. The Jamesons accepted the role of Maddie's foster parents, with J. Jonah Jameson honored and humbled by the opportunity. She was later seduced into a dark world of drugs by boyfriend Dennis "Denny" Haynes, who used Matte's own flesh to produce the drug called Mutant Growth Hormone, temporarily granting the user superhuman powers. With Madame Web's aid, she was rescued by Jessica Drew and Jessica Jones, and her abilities revealed to Jonah. Mattie has been in counseling, and has not pursued super-heroic activities since this tragedy.

A while after this, Mattie went to Los Angeles to join the team the Loners, who were all former teenage heroes who wanted to give up being heroes, as their powers gave them nothing but trouble. However, at one of their meetings, she ran out on the group, and revealed to Darkhawk when he followed her that she had only come to L.A. to take down the drug dealers who had exploited her, as she'd found out that they'd moved to L.A. She only joined the Loners because otherwise she wouldn't have been allowed to come to L.A. Despite this, she did believe in the views of the group. Mattie then managed to take out the dealers with the help of Darkhawk and Ricochet.

It also turned out that Mattie had joined the Loners because she had been hired to find Dusk, a former team mate of Ricochet's. After several failed attempts to get alone with Ricochet and question him, Mattie managed to make it to Ricochet's apartment, where she found no evidence of Dusk. Unknown to her, a mysterious shadow in the shape of Dusk was on the wall behind her...

Mattie quit the Loners after their fight with Phil Urich, deciding that she didn't like being a member of such a dysfunctional team.


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