Friday, September 2, 2016
Top 5 Fridays: Top 5 Professors In The DCU I Want To Learn From.
Welcome to another exciting installment of Top 5 Fridays! Well, it's that time of year where both kids and young adults, such as myself, go back to school and work for that diploma or degree. Education is very important, but for us in college, there is one type of person we need to turn to in order to learn: Professors. Yes, a professor can make you feel like the smartest student in class, or break your hopes and dreams with a single sentence. It actually made me think: what professors in the DC Universe would I want as my own, and that's what we'll be talking about today! As always this is an opinion based list, so if you don't see someone you like, I apologize. Enough talk! Sit down at your desks and prepare to learn!
5: Isla Macpherson
I don't know if it's either that I went to school in the middle of nowhere, or it's just for private schools, but I never had a professor teach me in high school. That's beside the point because professor or not, Isla is a kind hearted intellectual. She cares about her students as much as the history she teaches, and that's nowhere more seen than with Olive Silverlock and Tristan Grey. Both these kids have pretty rough cases, as Tristan is afflicted with the Man-Bat disease, while Olive lost her mother and basically her entire life. She spends her free time at Gotham Academy taking care of them, as they have nowhere else to go.... Oh and let's not forget her class: The History of Gotham. WHO WOULDN'T WANT TO TAKE THAT?!
4: Kirk Langstrom
Weren't we just talking about how the Man-Bat disease was infecting Gotham, effectively ruining the life of Tristan at Gotham Academy? Well, yes, which is why he's so high on the list. But why is he on the list at all? Well let's face facts: He had good intentions. He wasn't trying to make some kind of legendary breakthrough such as finding an alien civilization or creating a device that can change matter itself. He just wanted to try and create something that could help a common problem: deafness. He was losing his hearing, so he created a serum to try and help create a way for humans to have a bat's sonar hearing. While it did work... well you saw the results. When the 900 block got infected with the bat serum, he dedicated himself to curing those infected, starting with Tristan. He's a good guy, just ended up with a bad deal.
3: Martin Stein
This guy is not nice. Like at all. Unlike the last two, he doesn't care about your feelings and does most things in the name of science.... Which is why he makes it to the middle of our list. Yeah, he can get really annoying, especially when he wants to have more control over his surroundings(THE GUY DRUGGED HIS OTHER HALF JUST TO GET HIM WITH THE OTHER LEGENDS!), but I can't lie when I say that having him around would be one of the best learning experiences we can get. The guy created a device that can alter matter as we know it! He knows more about science than most characters in the DC universe, and with the powers of Firestorm to show off some very fascinating experiments. He may get a C+ in the friendliness department, but an A in the teaching qualifcations.
Now in comparison to the last guy, Ray Palmer is a very decent and sometimes fun guy to be around. He might be called a Boy Scout, but think of the microscopic adventures you can go on in a class run by him. If he doesn't get destroyed this time, right could shrink entire class down to spend time out to learn what it's like to be The size of an ant. He could shrink you down with an entire ship and show you how the body works first hand rather than through a book. Heck, if he wanted to, he could shrink a class far enough to cross into another world... though there may be no way back... I don't know about you, but I think learning about the world through tiny eyes would be one heck of an experience.
Marvel Mention: Adam Brashear
I know this is a DC-based list, but I just had to give a shout out to the coolest Ultimate who has in fact been a professor at the university of Maryland. If I had to describe what Adam Bracher is, it would be a"Super scientist". Yes, he definitely can hit like the man of steel, but his most interesting feeds are more in the realm of science. Just take a look at the Ultimates series. This isn't a crime-fighting unit. They are solving the universe's biggest problems through more science-based means, often thought up by Adam himself. Where the avengers would have blown apart the infinaut, seeing it as more of an invader than explorer, Adam created a device that allowed Giant Man to hold the traveler into their reality. Everything he does makes him feel more scientist than hero and it makes me love him more.
Space. The Final Frontier. What if you could learn about an entire civilization? Not one of ours on earth, I mean ones out in the great unknown. Wouldn't you love to learn about an entire alien civilization? Well, Who better to teach you than a guy who spends most of his time on another planet? Adam Strange is an Anthropologist, which means he studies aspects of human society both past and present. He's a perfect canidate for a teacher who wants to teach about alien races, and it's best to start with the one he knows best: Rann. He could host an entire class on just Rann alone, while still teaching about what he's learned on Earth. It might be my inner sci-fi geek, but I would love to learn from this space traveling professor.
That's it for this week's Top 5 Friday! Who would you want as a teacher? Leave a comment and I'll see you next time!