Not to be too bitter but Starfire and Beast Boy should’ve joined Justice League of America or Justice Society by now and be allowed to move on from Teen Titans like Cyborg did (although he was now never a part of Teen Titans in the first place, he went straight to Justice League). Raven could join Zatanna and Constantine and battle more mystical, supernatural forces.
They should be adults now. Let them grow up. Let other, younger heroes be part of the Teen Titans. Let characters that has been stuck in the same group for 30 years evolve. Alternatively, let Starfire be the fucking leader of the Titans, she has so much experience in combat by now, to see her ordered around by a 13 year old is annoying.
I’m disappointed that there isn’t more fan art and fanfiction that involves Danny Phantom with other heroes. Show me Steve Rogers being horrified that a fourteen year old boy died halfway. Show me Danny bonding with Bruce because they’re not exactly human anymore. I want to see Danny and Tony have a snark off. I want to see Danny be a sort of big brother figure to Billy Batson. I want to see the Justice Leauge be amazed by how powerful Danny is. I want Batman and Superman promise Phantom that they will take him down if he ever goes rouge, but have Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent comfort a boy who remembers that he failed to save his family and only got lucky to get them back by THE ghost of time. I want Danny and Robin complain about evil fruit loops who want them as a son/apprentice and a force dating situation by a girl named Kitty/Kitten. How about Danny getting to know The Team and help Megan with her food. Just. Danny Phantom with other super heroes.
My heart still can’t wrap around the fact that teen wolf is finally over. This cast has given me so much during the past year, happiness, sadness and to some people, it’s just some ‘stupid’ teenage girl show but that’s not the case for a girl like myself and many others out there in the world.
This show has made me feel all kinds of good emotions during the year that I had finally discovered the show. This show made me laugh when I was sad or angry or annoyed, this show made me smile through all of the good moments that was shown to me and cry through all of the sad moments.
This show saved so many people and to so people it may not be as much to them but it certainly is to the people that made them feel happy with their lives or content to themselves.
This show showed me that it’s okay to be yourself, take Lydia, for example, the popular girl, the ‘dumb’ one in the group. She has developed into a strong, smart and beautiful woman throughout the seasons and I am so proud of her. She is one of many characters that has become their own individual.
This show was the main reason I started this very blog because I was reading through some imagines that I had come across. I had eventually started watching the show and instantly fell in love. I had started reblogging gifs and creating my own post using a gif on the internet or on here, then I wrote my very first imagine which is forgotten.
I just want to say a huge thank you to the cast of teen wolf for getting me to where I am today. If it wasn’t for this fun, amazing and talented cast then I don’t if I would have even started an imagine blog.
TEEN WOLF YOU TRULY ARE MY HERO WHETHER OTHER PEOPLE AGREE WITH ME OR NOT YOU’RE A HERO TO ALL OF US.
For fans of Marvel’s comic book and inematic Universes, “The Avengers”
is a team whose name brings to mind different members. Some may think
of Captain America, The Hulk and Ant-Man while others think of Thor,
Black Widow and Hawkeye. As amazing as these teams are, there is
something special about the teen lineup of the “Young Avengers”, especially the team put together by regular creative collaborators Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.
While the Young Avengers’ original lineup had members that were
connected to The Avengers, this relaunched roster had each member
attempting to distance themselves from the past. With a backdrop of
gorgeous art, creative comic panels and a youthful spirit, the Young
Avengers could strike out on their own and save the world. Here are
15 reasons why this run is the best.
Fire Challenge (fatherly!Tony x teen!fem!reader) (Requested)
A/N: Hi so whoever requested this, I hope you don’t mind I made one slight change. I decided not to use any swear words. That’s about it. I hope you enjoy.
Warnings:Y/F/N= your friend’s name, it’s a little cringy
Requested: Yes by anon;
How about a Tony Stark imagine where the female reader is new superhero
with flame powers and an anger managment problem? Tony being in a father
role and Steve just being shocked by the anger bursts and swear words?
Pairings: fatherly!Tony x reader
Shield decided to do a Heroes Shadow program, where a few young heroes were chosen to stay with a group of heroes and learn from them. You and your best friend Y/F/N decided to sign up for this. It sounded cool at the time, until you were put with The Avengers and she/he was put with the X-men. They separated you two, you were getting really mad. You decided to try that breathing exercise that you learned when working with Bruce Banner, it wasn’t really working. You tried to pretend as though you weren’t mad and it worked for awhile. That was until you were introduced to The Avengers and the other group of teen heroes. All was going good until, the older heroes left the room after telling us to make sure we all know each other. We start talking and we get left there for awhile and ended up playing a game. Truth or Dare, otherwise known as ‘The Game of Stupid Mistakes’. It was all good until someone had the audacity to pour water on you. You were burning with anger and released all of it, the fact that your bestie and you were separated, the fact that you were left with these people and then they pour water on you.
After you open your eyes from your outburst, you see fire, scared teens hiding behind whatever they could, a surprised Cap, and an intrigued Tony. You roll your eyes as they send everyone out of the room and sit you down to talk. “What happened?“ Cap asked
“Life sucks.“ you respond
“Welcome to the club kid.“ Tony says as you roll your eyes.
“What happened?“ Cap restates slightly agitated.
You tell him what happened and Cap looks absolutely disappointed. “That wasn’t very ladylike nor was it necessary.“
Your hands start to heat up and you feel a hand on you shoulder. “Cap, let me handle this.“
He was a little reluctant but eventually left. “Listen kid, you have potential. You can’t let your temper get the best of you and destroy your chances of getting ahead in life. You know what I’m going to do? I’m gonna become your personal guardian. We were supposed to wait until morning to pick but I’m Tony Stark and rules don’t apply to me.“
You laugh a little at what he said before asking “Um no offense but don’t you think that Bruce would be a better choice? “
He looked as though you just slapped him “So you think I can’t help with your little anger problem, huh?“
Before you could respond he says “Challenge accepted.“ and walks out.
Now that it’s actually canon that Nadia Pym and Viv Vision read Kamala Khan’s fan fiction, I can’t help but imagine that they share them with everyone from the Champions and all the other new teen heroes and then get together to act out all of the stories she writes about them as well as all the other weird stories they find (*cough* *cough* “Ms. Marvel and the Teenage Love Triangle in Space” by Miles Morales).
I’d say that’s some crappy leadership, Rogue, but Quicksilver said so on the next page. Cannot beast a speedster.
Avengers #975 - where Earth gets stole and heroes freeze over. Or rather, most of them - it appears most of superheroes and supervillains in the world, including X-Men and Champions, were frozen/paused in time or something like that. Meaning only a very limited group of current and former Avengers - Nadia, Rogue, Wonder Man, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Hercules, Beast, General Maverick, Cannonball, Sunspot, Toni Ho, Thor, Falcon, Synapse, Doctor Voodoo and Lightning (formerly Living Lightning) - are present. On the one hand I’m glad for so many C and B-List characters to be stars in a Big Event, Thor is pretty much the only superstar in this group. On the other, a bummer more teen heroes didn’t get the spotlight, lack of any of the Young Avengers or teams who had a member also be in the Avengers like new Warriors or Runaways suggests they’ve also been frozen over. Still, I’ll be reading for Nadia at least, we’ll see where it goes.
Was too distracted by fantasizing about my Marvel kids getting tired of the Avengers letting the world get worse. Basically the thought was the surviving Avengers Academy kids and Speed (and a few other abandoned teen heroes) deciding that since fascism and white supremacy is on the rise, they should do something about it. Most of them were abused and mutilated by the government once upon a time, all of them are vulnerable, and they aren’t idiots. Their teachers rebelled against the government when Norman Osborn was in charge, why should this be any difference despite that the current oppressors do not wear colorful costumes? So they just begin to kill every white supramacist in the government as stealthily as they can, to limit their power and how much they can hurt vulnerable people, sometimes Haxmat replicates a carbon monoxide leak, sometimes Striker causes “accidental” electrocutions, sometimes Debrii causes Nazis to choke by suspending clumps of food in their throat, Speed has a lot of ways to take out Nazis too with his raw speed and his combustion ability, and they just begin to systematically kill every Nazi with power they can.
I’m not sure how quick everyone would be to just start killing, Mettle had a lot of issues with it, his peers might have reservations too, but it was just a cathartic thought I had. I wouldn’t even consider it a descent into villainy, Cap killed so many Nazis during WWII, and he is marvel’s big blue Boy Scout. And regardless it was just a fantasy. That I spent like three hours building on instead of sleeping. :/
@thefingerfuckingfemalefury@majingojira not sure if ooc or not, but I like the idea of these kids just fixing the world by cleaning it up. If you can think of any ways to tweak it so it could be more plausible let me know. I want to believe this is going on behind the scenes.
My Marvel knowledge isn’t nearly as extensive as what I have for DC, so this’ll be scaled back to 12 books from the 15 I had there (nevermind Superman and Batman’s own personal lists). Additionally, since Marvel’s even more about Right Now than DC, nothing here is earlier than the turn of the century; a lot of my older recommended reading is by my dad’s suggestion since he had plenty of firsthand experience with the Silver and Bronze ages. Also worth noting that my Marvel tastes don’t exactly fall in line with the general sensibilities of Tumblr or fandom at large - I’m not a big X-Men guy, for instance - so your results may vary. But anyway, again, if you’re following me but new to actually collecting comics and wondering what to look into to gauge your interests, I’ve got plenty for you.
1. Daredevil by Mark Waid
What it’s about: Blinded as a child pushing an old man out of the path of an oncoming truck transporting radioactive waste, Matt Murdock grew up to become a lawyer, encouraged by his pugilist father Battlin’ Jack Murdock not to rely on his fists as he had throughout life. But when Jack was murdered for refusing to throw a fight, Matt was forced to rely on the talents he had developed in secret under his sensei Stick - the same isotopes that took away his sight boosted his remaining four to superhuman levels, as well as granting him a 360° awareness of his surroundings he termed his ‘radar sense’ - to find justice for his father and those like him, becoming the vigilante Daredevil. Now, after a crimefighting career marked by agony, loss, and an increasingly deteriorating psyche, his identity has been unofficially exposed by the tabloid press…but attempting to turn around both his life and his mental health, Matt’s chosen to try and re-embrace the good in both his daytime career and in the thrill of his adventures as the Man Without Fear.
Why you should read it: Aside from being in my opinion the most influential superhero comic of the decade, Mark Waid’s tenure on Daredevil is the complete package of superhero comics. Energizing, gorgeous, accessible, character-driven, innovative, and bold, it’s a platonic ideal of Good Superhero Comics, and most especially Good Marvel Superhero Comics, and as such there’s little better place to start.
Further recommendations if you liked it: Shockingly, few modern Marvel titles seem to operate on a similar frequency to this run, even among those that clearly wouldn’t have existed without it; of those I don’t mention in one capacity or another below, the only modern books that leap out to me as being of a similar breed are Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee’s (the latter ending up the primary artist on Waid’s Daredevil) tragically cut short Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Dan Slott and Mike Allred’s Silver Surfer, and Al Ewing’s Contest of Champions. Given the classic mood it evokes, you might also be interested in some of Marvel’s older stuff in general - as probably most conveniently packaged in the Essential volumes - as well as the more recent Marvel Adventures line of all-ages titles. For hornhead himself, most of his classic work tends to operate in a pitch-black noir mood that much of Waid’s run is meant to contrast; if you want to delve into it, go to Frank Miller’s run (primarily Born Again), then Brian Bendis’s followed by Ed Brubaker’s.
What: Following the career of photojournalist Phil Sheldon - beginning in World War II with the rise of the likes of the Human Torch, Namor, and Captain America, and forward into the reemergence of superheroes with the Fantastic Four - Marvels shows what the battles that define a world look like to the helpless spectators, from the controversy surrounding mysterious vigilantes such as Spider-Man, the fear of the “mutant menace” represented by the X-Men, and the terror when the planet is first truly threatened at the hands of Galactus.
Why: As well as being one of Marvel’s best and most defining works period - this is Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross’s coming out party as two of the most significant names in the genre, and it articulates Marvel’s avowed “it’s the world outside your window!” philosophy better than perhaps any other title - Marvel is ruled by history and continuity in a way DC isn’t. The latter may have reboots to contend with, but Marvel has a much more upfront and consistently significant timeline of what happened when and what’s important, and if you’re going to have to immerse yourself in that ridiculous lore, there’s no more fulfilling way of getting an injection of pure backstory than this.
Recommendations: There’s a follow-up by Busiek, Roger Stern and Jay Anacleto titled Marvels: Eye of the Camera; I haven’t read it yet myself, but given the pedigree involved I can’t imagine it’s anything less than entirely solid. For other Major Marvel Events, the defining one of the 21st century is Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Civil War, which set a tone that still reverberates through the line; also worth checking out the recent Marvel Legacy oneshot, which seems to be laying the groundwork for things to come. Speaking of setting a tone, while it’s not directly ‘relevant’ continuity-wise, Millar also worked with Bryan Hitch on Ultimates 1 & 2, which proved to be the aesthetic model for the current wave of Marvel movies and added plenty of ideas that have been extensively mined since.
3. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Young Avengers
What: The heroes of the group once known as the ‘Young Avengers’ have gone their separate ways, each trying to figure things out on the cusp of adulthood. But when Wiccan’s attempt at helping his boyfriend goes horribly wrong - mixed in with a pint-sized god of mischief’s machinations, an interdimensional bruiser’s attempts at routing him, and non-Hawkguy Hawkeye’s extraterrestrial hookup - the gang’s forced back together again and on the run before old age literally swallows them whole.
Why: Here’s the bummer truth, daddy-o: I am not, in the common parlance, down with the hep cats, at least as far as gateway young-readers Marvel books go. I flipped through Runaways and wasn’t compelled to pick it up; I kept on with Ms. Marvel for a couple years but always on the edge of falling out of my monthly pile. Unless it’s truly next-level spectacular or heart-pouring-out sincere, gimme superfolks routing fiendish plots and going on trippy adventures any day over a bunch of sad kids in tights figuring out adolescence all over again: Spidey already did it first and better, and when emotionally-down-to-Earth superhero comics do get me fired up it’s usually set a little later on in life (even when I was the target audience for this sort of thing). But fire it through Gillen/McKelvie laser neon sexytime pop, and suddenly you’re in business. Slick, smart, raw, and wild, this was the best comic of 2013, and’ll certainly go down as one of the best superhero titles of this decade, Marvel as the Cool Kids of superherodom dialed up to 11.
Recommendations: Nothing else quite like this out there - the closest in feeling is Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones’ excellent original Marvel Boy miniseries, though that’s more about becoming a 20-something out in the world in the sense of wanting to burn it all down to the ground - but as I said, Runaways and Ms. Marvel do generally appeal to the same audience (and to be clear, I did like the latter just fine), as do the original Young Avengers run and Avengers Academy. Personally, I checked out and liked Avengers Arena, where all the fun teen heroes got forced into Hunger Gamsing each other on a murder island run by Arcade, followed up by them breaking bad in Avengers Undercover - please note that I’m like one of the three people on Earth who liked this book as opposed to ravenously despising it, which probably has in part do to with my lack of prior attachment to the characters involved. Also, important to note that this book is in the middle of a thematic Loki trilogy, preceded by Gillen’s Journey Into Mystery (which I haven’t read but don’t for a second doubt the quality of), and completed by Al Ewing and Lee Garbett’s truly magnificent Loki: Agent of Asgard; also worth noting that these books, and really modern Loki as a whole, are deeply rooted in Robert Rodi and Esad Ribic’s Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers. And for perfect entry books, I don’t think there’s much of anything better out there, especially for young readers, than Ryan North and Erica Henderson’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, probably Marvel’s most consistently high-quality ongoing of the last several years.
4. Hawkeye: My Life As A Weapon
What: Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, aka Hawkguy, is the Avenger who’s Just A Dude. No super-steroids and vita-rays, no magic hammer or Pym particles, a distinct lack of multi-billion dollar armor or immortality serum. Dude has a bow and arrow, and while he is very, very good with that bow and arrow, he still gets his ass kicked a frankly disproportionate amount relative to his teammates. Between meeting a dog, buying a car, and hanging out with friends - even if each incident goes significantly more wrong that they would for anyone other than Clint Barton, with non-Hawkguy Hawkeye Kate Bishop typically along for the ride - this is what he gets up to when he’s not helping save the world.
Why: Gonna show my heresy again: I’m not actually over the moon about Fraction/Aja’s Hawkeye past the first arc. But that first arc? Man oh man oh man, are they about as good as Marvel gets. This is absolute next-level storytelling on every front, with Aja and Pulido pulling out all the stops and Fraction - who by all accounts thinks more about the process of how comics work than anyone else in the field - just pouring heart and style all over the thing. It’s as tight and energetic as comics get, and the perfect introduction to Marvel’s street-level corner.
Recommendations: Aside from the rest of this run, there’s also the current Hawkeye (starring the non-Hawkguy Hawkeye Kate Bishop) by Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero, and there’s a generous helping of Hawkguy in Ales Kot and Michael Walsh’s Secret Avengers, a book as tight and out-of-the-box and oddly joyous in its own way as this. If you’re looking for other Marvel material that gets this explicitly experimental and afield of the house style, go for Jim Steranko’s much-loved work with Nick Fury. And for the other, considerably grimmer side of the street, aside from the Daredevil stuff I mentioned above, check out anything and everything you can get your hands on from Garth Ennis’s work with the Punisher, along with Greg Rucka’s and I hear Jason Aaron’s.
5. Moon Knight: From The Dead
What: Marc Spector was a mercenary until the day he died, betrayed in the desert before an Egyptian temple by his comrades…and then he kept going. No one knows for sure whether the truth is what his doctors have to say - that sharing his head with the likes of Steven Grant and Jake Lockley is a manifestation of DID, and he’s a profoundly sick man - or his own interpretation - that his fragile human personality buckled and shattered before the immensity when dying by its temple, he bowed his head at death’s door to the moon god Khonshu and let it seize his soul. Whatever the truth, he now knows his purpose: to defend travelers by night from whatever horrors would cross their path.
Why: There’s no story as such to be told here; Ellis and Shalvey simply show six adventures over six issues that establish Moon Knight and the scope of what he’s capable of when handled properly, ranging from straightforward detective work to psychedelic journeys through a rotting dream to a jaw-dropping issue-long fight scene. Marvel has a proud history of material skewing slightly to the left of the rest of their output, tonally and conceptually, and this is your ideal gateway to Weird Marvel.
Recommendations: For the further adventures of Moon Knight, by recommendation would be Max Bemis and Jacen Burrows’ current volume, which is following up on the seeds Ellis and Shalvey laid down quite satisfactorily, with a few twists of their own on top. Ellis himself used Moon Knight before this in his run on Secret Avengers with a number of different artists, which was very much a precursor to his work above in its high-concept done-in-one style; also check out his book Nextwave with Stuart Immonen, which is as out there as it gets for Marvel and also the best comic ever. If you really want to go to ground zero of Weird Marvel, you’re in the market for Steve Gerber’s work, primarily Defenders and his own creation Howard the Duck (who had another very entertaining via Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones recently worth checking out). Another notably out-there character worth checking out is She-Hulk, particularly in Dan Slott’s run and Charles Soule/Javier Pulido’s (her cousins’ had a surprisingly low batting average over the years, though The Indestructible Hulk by Mark Waid’s a hoot) Two more figures existing on Marvel’s weirder end are Doctor Strange - whose ‘classic’ work would as I understand it be Steve Englehart and Frank Brunner’s run, and who’s worth checking out more recently in Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin’s miniseries The Oath, Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo’s run, and the current ongoing by Donny Cates and Gabriel Hernandez Walta - and the Inhumans - while contemporary attempts to push them have been a failure, there have been excellent individual successes in Ellis, Gerardo Zaffino, and Roland Boschi’s Karnak, Al Ewing and company’s Royals, and Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward’s ongoing Black Bolt. And I’d be remiss in the extreme not to bring up Gabriel Walta and Tom King’s Vision, which I don’t want to give anything away of, but has a serious claim to being the best thing Marvel’s ever published.
6. Ultimate Spider-Man by Bendis & Bagley
What: When bitten by a genetically mutated spider Peter Parker thought he could use his newfound powers to make a quick buck, and come on, you already know this.
Why: This is the foundational modern Spider-Man. The first arc’s aged a little wonky in bits as Bendis was trying to make late-90s/early-00s Teen Slang work, but by and large, Brian Bendis and Mark Bagley’s original 111-issue tenure on Ultimate Spider-Man reimagining his early years was pound-for-pound one of Marvel’s all-time most engaging, exciting, dramatic, and authentic long-term runs. This is the template for every movie (especially Homecoming) and TV show he’s had in the last decade, a sizable part of what got me into comics in the first place, and one of the company’s most reliable perennials. You want to get onboard with maybe the most popular superhero in the world, you do it here.
Recommendations: With the remainder of the list I’m getting into more character/concept-specific reccs, and for other great Spider-Man, your best bet truly is the classic early material by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, and John Romita as collected in the Essential volumes, which has aged unbelievably well compared to its contemporaries; Bendis’s post-Bagley material just doesn’t hold up, even with the introduction of fan-favorite Miles Morales. For other ‘classics’, your best bests are Spider-Man: Blue, and by my understanding the runs of Roger Stern and J.M. DeMatteis, particularly the latters’ Kraven’s Last Hunt. For the modern stuff, Chip Zdarksy’s current Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man is just getting better and better, I’ve heard very good things about Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane, I personally enjoyed Mark Millar and (at his peak) JMS’s runs, and while most agree Dan Slott’s soon-concluding decade-long tenure on the character has outstayed its welcome, he’s also turned in some stone-cold classics like No One Dies and Spider-Man/Human Torch, as well as other entertaining work such as the original Renew Your Vows and Superior Spider-Man.
7. Thor: God of Thunder Vol. 1
What: Though Thor, the god of thunder and mighty Avenger, has faced limitless threats to even divine life and limb over his many millennia, only one figure has ever truly frightened him. Now, as he discovers a serial killer of deities is loose in the cosmos, he must turn to his past and future alike in order to survive the coming of the God-Butcher.
Why: The pick on this list most directly relevant to those coming in from the movies right now, I’m afraid that while a bit of this was plucked for Ragnarok, this isn’t remotely on the same wavelength. This is black metal death opera screamed through the megaphone of wild space-spanning superheroics, and not only is it the best Thor comic, it’s the perfect introduction to Marvel’s cosmic side.
Recommendations: Along with the Loki books I namechecked above, the defining run on Thor (though the rest of his continuing work there is also very much worth checking out) is Walter Simonson, which laid down a lot of the fundamentals of the character as he exists today; along with that and the rest of Aaron’s run, my understanding is that Lee/Kirby’s original run holds up very well. For more satisfying fight comics, I’d also suggest World War Hulk, and I hear Marvel’s early Conan comics were standouts. On the cosmic end, I know the Guardians of the Galaxy are where it’s at these days; they sprang to life in their current incarnation in the much-loved Annihilation, and while I haven’t been reading their current Gerry Duggan/Aaron Kuder run, it’s well-liked and probably a good place to drop on, as would be the recent Chip Zdarsky/Kris Anka Starlord, and I’d personally recommend Al Ewing and Adam Gorhan’s Rocket. Beyond them, Jonathan Hickman’s comics are where it’s really at, from his Fantastic Four to S.H.I.E.L.D. to Ultimates to Avengers/New Avengers to the big finale to his overarching story in Secret Wars; it’s a complicated reading order to figure out, but oh-so-worth it.
8. Iron Man: Extremis
What: Faced with the horrors of his amoral past and the questions of a future coming quicker than he can manage, Tony Stark faces his most dangerous enemy yet when experimental post-human body modification tech is let loose into the world and lands in the hands of a white supremacist terrorist cell.
Why: More than anything other than Robert Downey Jr. smirking and quipping, this story is the definitive model for the modern Iron Man, taking a C-lister most notable for dealing with alcoholism decades earlier and hanging out on the B-list team in the Avengers (at least until 2012), and redefining his personality, aesthetic, and role in the 21st century as a man who might be smart enough to save the world if he can ever pull together enough to somehow save himself from his own compromises and weaknesses. The road to this guy becoming a household name is paved here.
Recommendations: Prior to this, his biggest stories were Demon in a Bottle, showing his first reckoning with his alcohol abuse, and Denny O’Neil’s 40-issue run introducing Obadiah Stane and showing Stark’s darkest hour as he sinks completely into his illness. Post-Ellis, the big run is Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca, which seizes both on the ideas here and the momentum granted by his Hollywood debut to cement his status as an A-lister; after that check out Kieron Gillen’s, which is not only a fun big-idea series in its own right but paves the way for Al Ewing’s spinoff Fatal Frontier, easily one of Iron Man’s best and most overlooked titles. Finally, while it was derided in its own time (that it was a spinoff of an event that turned him evil but the comic never especially explained the circumstances didn’t help), Superior Iron Man is also worth a look as a horrifying contrast to the rest of these.
9. Captain America: Man Out Of Time
What: A sickly young man who volunteered to participate in an experimental super-soldier program to serve his country in World War II, Steve Rogers became Captain America and protected the world from the Nazis with unimaginable courage and distinction, until the day he died disarming a drone plane rigged to blow aimed at America’s shores. He was honored throughout history…until the day he was found alive by the Avengers, frozen in the Atlantic and ready to emerge into the lights of the 21st century when needed most. Most people know that story. This is the story of what happened next.
Why: The search for the definitive statement on Captain America is one that’s driven his character for decades: after all, handling him doesn’t just mean talking about one man’s character, but the character of a nation. Successes are typically qualified, but one of the more successful creators in the pool is Mark Waid, who’s up to his fourth time at bat with Steve right now on the main book. His own most notable effort however is here, showing Rogers’ earliest days post-iceberg as he adjusts to living in what is to him the far-flung future, seeing the ways the nation has both surpassed his wildest dreams and fallen short of his humblest expectations, leaving him in the end to make the choice of whether this is truly the world he wants to defend.
Recommendations: As I mentioned, Waid’s had a few times up at bat with Captain America, and while he initial 90s stints might not be ideal for new readers for a number of reasons, his current run with frequent partner Chris Samnee is a solid crowdpleaser and a perfect place to jump onboard. Prior to that, worth checking out are Jim Steranko’s bizarre and transformative 3-issue run, Steve Englehart’s legendary Secret Empire (not the recent contentious Marvel event comic, to be clear), Ed Brubaker’s turn of the character towards grounded espionage, and his co-creator Jack Kirby’s bombastic, passionate 1970s tenure on the Captain. Regarding related characters, for the Winter Soldier I’d suggest Ales Kot and Marco Rudy’s unconventional cosmic thriller Bucky Barnes: Winter Soldier; Black Widow had her own recent and excellent Mark Waid/Chris Samnee run, and I’d also recommend the one-shot Avengers Assemble 14AU by Al Ewing and Butch Guice, and issue #20 from Warren Ellis’s previously mentioned time on Secret Avengers; for Black Panther, his definitive runs are under Don McGregor and Christopher Priest, and I’d also note Jason Aaron and Jefte Palo’s Secret Invasion arc as showing T’Challa at his best.
10. Fantastic Four By Waid & Wieringo
What: Bathed in cosmic radiation on an ill-fated journey to the stars, Reed Richards, Sue and Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm were transformed, and became the Fantastic Four, first family of an age of heroes! Now, years into their careers and with Reed and Sue’s young children in tow, they continue to explore new frontiers, whether battling a sentient equation gone mad, contending with an extradimensional roach infestation, or perhaps most perilous of all, Johnny trying to deal with getting a real job.
Why: Plenty consider the Fantastic Four one of Marvel’s most difficult groups to get right, but Waid and Wieringo nail the formula here as well as anyone ever has, just the right mix of high adventure and family dynamics to draw just about anyone in; this is as crowdpleasing as comics get and the perfect introduction to the best superhero team out there.
Recommendations: The FF’s another group where it’s worth going back to their earliest days of Lee and Kirby; while much of the writing’s aged awkwardly at best, they’re the absolute foundational comics of the entire universe and lay down concepts that are still getting use today throughout that universe. Past that initial run, John Byrne and Walter Simonson’s are among the best by reputation, as well as Jonathan Hickman’s as I discussed before (Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch’s is worth tracking down as well, especially since concepts there end up feeding directly into Hickman). For more outside-the-box material, Joe Casey and Chris Weston’s First Family is worth a look, as is Grant Morrison and Jae Lee’s 1234. And for the all-time best showing of bashful Benjamin J. Grimm, the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing, find Marvel Two-In-One Annual #7 to see him defend the entire planet in a boxing match at Madison Square Garden. And while the team’s sadly off the table at the moment, Thing and the Torch are returning in Chip Zdarsky and Jim Cheung’s new volume of Marvel Two-In-One as they set out to find their missing family.
11. Mighty Avengers by Al Ewing
What: When Thanos takes to the skies as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are off-planet, it’s a day unlike any other, as those left standing are forced to band together as the Mighty Avengers. And as the danger passes, the team remains, looking to truly work alongside those they protect rather than above them to make things better, even as forces conspire in the background to enslave them all.
Why: This title is something of a limitus test, in that it’s one where you’ll have to deal with it being constantly, infuriatingly forced to deal with crossover nonsense. It’s one of the big prices to pay for engaging with a larger universe, but the trade-off is that this is where Al Ewing gets set loose on the Marvel universe, drawing on every weird corner to pull together a run of genuine moral intent, note-perfect character work, and all-out adventure. This may be the ‘secondary’ team, but it’s as perfect as the Avengers have ever gotten.
Recommendations: The title itself is relaunched as Captain America and the Mighty Avengers, and as that ends but Ewing continues his time at Marvel, the characters and concepts end up divided among a number of titles: Contest of Champions, where a number of heroes are plucked from the timestream to duel for the power and amusement of the Grandmaster, New Avengers (later turned U.S.Avengers), where former X-Man Sunspot assembles a new team to act as a James Bond-ified international strike force, and Ultimates (later turned Ultimates2), where some of Earth’s most powerful and brilliant heroes band together to proactively defend against unimaginable cosmic threats; also try his mini-event Ultron Forever with Alan Davis sometime. Based on your response to numerous aspects of those titles, there’s a good chance you might be in the market for David Walker’s Luke Cage titles, Matt Fraction’s Defenders, and Jim Starlin’s cosmic 70s books such as Captain Marvel and Warlock (and make sure to read Nextwave at some point, Ewing actually follows up on that gonzo delight in some surprising ways here). For the ‘main’ team, aside from Hickman’s previously mentioned run - which while spectacular is pretty far afield of the usual tone - some suggestions might be Kurt Busiek and George Perez’s much-loved run, Roger Stern’s Under Siege, I have to imagine given the pedigree of the creators Earth’s Mightiest Heroes by Joe Casey and Scott Kolins, Brian Bendis’s extended ownership of the Avengers books, and The Kree-Skrull War.
12. Wolverine & The X-Men by Jason Aaron
What: Dwindled down to a few in a world that hates and fears them as much as ever, mutantkind has been split in two, with by-the-books Cyclops taking a hardline approach against oppression and feeling that the youth in the X-Men’s charge must be made ready to fight, while Wolverine has grown tired of throwing children into battle and has left to find a new way. Founding the Jean Gray School For Higher Learning, Logan’s found himself in the most unexpected role of all as a professor, fighting just has hard to keep the unimaginable high-tech academy and the hormonal super-powered student body in check as to fend off the supervillains inevitably sent their way.
Why: The X-Men aren’t exactly my forte, with a wobbly batting average at best over the years as the books devote at least as much effort to trying to juggle the continuity and soap opera demands as the actual sci-fi premise. There have been successes though, and few so geared towards new reader engagement as Wolverine & The X-Men, where Aaron strips the franchise down to the base essentials of a team living in a school for super-kids. It’s poppy, it’s weird, it’s touching, and it’s accessible. It’s the X-Men at its best.
Recommendations: The most direct predecessor to this run (aside from its actual lead-in miniseries X-Men: Schism, which is actually worth checking out) is Grant Morrison’s New X-Men, which takes the sci-fi aspects of the concept to the very limit in what I’m inclined to consider the best X-Men run, though it’s proven controversial over the years among longtime fans. The base of the team as it exists today is in Chris Clarmemont’s work, which I’m not wild about myself but has a few hits such as God Loves, Man Kills; if you’re looking for a modern update on the formula developed there, Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday is probably your ticket (and the follow-up run by Warren Ellis is a great weird paramilitary sci-fi book for a bit). For classic material, I understand the Roy Thomas/Neal Adams run was an early success, and Jeff Parker’s X-Men: First Class is by all accounts a charming look at the team’s earliest days. Jason Aaron’s work elsewhere on the X-Men proper was limited to the first 6 issues of the short-lived Amazing X-Men, but he had a very extended and successful tenure on Wolverine which would be my go-to recommendation for him; past that, Death of Wolverine actually satisfies, and the current All-New Wolverine starring his successor Laura Kinney is the best X-Men book on the stands right now (and writer Tom Taylor is actually about to launch a ‘proper’ X-book in X-Men: Red). As for the group’s many spin-offs, I’d suggest Rick Remender’s X-Force, Peter Milligan and Mike Allred’s X-Factor/X-Statix, and Joe Kelly and Ed McGuiness’s Spider-Man/Deadpool, which should serve as a decent introduction to the latter dude’s own oddball territory in the franchise.
In case anyone’s curious–this is some of my homework for my art class. Character Design! Which is frankly the funnest part of being an artist. I’ve literally spent the last several days putting this together.
I very specifically was assigned a Sailor/Pirate/Etc theme to work within. And I had to take design cues from Nicolas Marlet (the character designer for Kung Fu Panda and How to Train your Dragon, if you’re not familiar with the name). Though keep in mind I merely had to draw inspiration from him–not copy his style exactly.
The rest is copy-pasta from my homework submission:
“This definitely required me to
delve into a more Disney-esqe style than I’m used to, which I found to be
a fun and engaging challenge.
This hypothetical story features a heroic privateer, Captain
Amelia–and her ongoing conflict with big, nasty, and infamous pirate
Nicolas Marlet, the artist I was tasked to emulating rarely
never seems to draw adult heroic females so I had to extrapolate a lot
based on his other designs, specifically a few examples of female
child/young-teen heroes. He’s fond of reducing characters to their
elemental shapes–very cartoony. I tried to emphasize the contrast of
thinks and thins, and didn’t deviate from primal shapes. I incorporation
costume details, expressions (Wish I had time to do more), and a
silhouette/height comparison frame–Obviously for a full production
there’d be more characters, which is why I’ve left space on the sides of
I borrowed a lot of costume design elements of Amelia from Master and
Commander (I love that movie). I went tried to encourage circular and
square shapes, as is textbook for heroic designs–but I made her hair
style very wide and prominent, something Marlet seems fond of in his
designs. Her color scheme is also largely reds, blues, golds, and white,
to help suggest heroic and noble themes. I was tempted to add a lot
more trims to her designs for flair–but past experience has taught me
to be wary of over-designing characters that will be drawn hundreds of
times over the course of a project, so I restrained myself.
Dread-Pirate Grissom, is just one big block of a man. He’s a brute, a
bully, and a thug, but I also wanted to subtlety suggest he is smarter
than he looks by giving him dramatic eyes/eyebrows for an emotive face
(as opposed to say, a perpetual dull expression). His colors tend
towards darks and reds, suggesting death and danger; I also tried to
have his color scheme inversely mirror Amelia’s, but honestly it’s
something I’d want to work more on. His pose too, I think needs to be
more dynamic, now that I’m getting a fresh look at it. Oh well.
I had a lot of fun with this assignment. I really enjoy character design.”
for the headcanon thingy: stephanie brown and damian wayne
A: She’s the best manipulator in the batfam. Tim may be the smartest, Cass may be the best fighter, Dick may be the best leader, but Steph? She’s the one who got Bruce’s ability to form contingency plans and undercover operations. If she wants something, she’ll push every button to get it.
B: She has food hidden inside of the giant T-Rex’s mouth.
C: One day, long after she and Bruce had patched things up, she went to the cave while only he was there. She started looking at the Robin suits, and noticed something different. Damian’s had been moved over, and another one was between it and Tim’s. Bruce had finally put her costume on display. He walked up to her unprompted and apologized, out of the blue. He told her that he screwed up, and that she deserved better. That if he could go back, he would slap himself upside the head and force himself to give her a real chance. The two stood, silent, for a few minutes before Steph took a chance. She asked if he wanted to give her a real chance that night, just for one night. Batman & Robin, working together and trusting each other. By the time she went to bed that morning, Stephanie thought it had to be a dream. It wasn’t.
A: He ends up staying in the Robin identity longer than anyone, up until he turns 22. He realizes by then that he doesn’t really want to be Batman, but he isn’t sure what he wants to be. Dick finally sits down with him and they figure out an identity for him, and the Robin mantle is finally passed down again.
B: His favorite movie is The Princess And The Frog.
C: He compares himself to every other teen hero he meets. He doesn’t have as much raw power as Blue Beetle, or as high of potential as Firestorm, and Red Arrow is a far better archer than him, Cassandra Cain is a better martial artist… he talks himself up but he knows that everyone else can outdo him in some area or another. He just wishes that he could outdo somebody in their area of expertise.
A Cute Boy Is Sleeping In The Bunk Under Mine (and other camp adventures)
fandom: my hero academia rating: teen pairing(s): tododeku (main), kiribaku, tsuchako, momojirou chapters: 1/?
When Midoriya Izuku is sent to Camp Yuuei to disconnect and live with other teens for six weeks, he expects to learn about himself and gain independence; the normal sleep-away camp experience. What he doesn’t expect is getting a crush on one of his cabin-mates.