Friday, October 7, 2016
Top 5 Fridays: Top 5 Teenage Marvel Heroes
Welcome back to another teenage filled Top 5 Fridays! Before we begin, I want to get one thing out-of-the-way… This is a MARVEL list that plays off of last week's list(click HERE if you haven't read it). If you don't want a Marvel list to read, you'll have to wait till next week.
So why am I making this list? Well as I made it apparent in the Marvel mention last week, Marvel has some great teenage heroes in their roster. With their book, the champions, a team consisting of teenage heroes, being released this week, I felt it was time to show some of those heroes some love. Same rules apply from the last list, but Spidey won't be a part of it as he was already a Marvel mention. As always this is an opinion based list, so if you don't see any heroes you like I apologize. Enough talk! Let's dive in...
5: Laura Kinney aka X-23
This girl's story can be considered a story of redemption. She was made as part of the Weapon X program, and from a young age has been sent out to carry out dangerous assassinations. The head researcher and X-23's mother, Dr. Sarah Kinney, helped her escape the compound. Unfortunately, Sarah was killed by X-23 due to the person Funding the project using 'trigger spray' on her. As Sarah dies, she tells X-23 her name: Laura. After that tragic death, Laura would grow up, and while she would walk a darker path, she would find herself fighting alongside the man that is technically her father. Now Laura has taken her father's place and has become a hero of the Marvel universe. So why is she so high on the list? Two reasons.
1: Her actual age is a mystery, but most sources I've searched put her at 17.
2: I find the retractable foot claw silly.
4: Hank McCoy
For decades, the X-Men have kicked ass and have become a staple in comics today. When people ask, "whose your favorite x-man?" It goes right to the first character that had brain AND brawn. Hank McCoy is best known for his blue fur, so it surprised me that his teenage self was furless. Soon after I learned it's not the fur that made the mutant as he still acted and thought like his current self. It made me giggle to see the teen Hank and adult Hank work together, with teen Hank pointing out the apparent glaring flaw in the elder's algorithm. Hank McCoy may go through changes, but young or old, he's still one of the best.
3: Robbie Reyes
I know this might be confusing to some people who only just learned of the character in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Despite the dark nature of Ghost Rider, he was still in High School in his short-lived series. When he wasn't in school, Robbie was doing everything in his power to support his brother. This is what makes him the most interesting of the ghost riders. Daniel Ketch and Johnny Blaze are great ghost riders, but they also are adults who ride solo, both as the hero and the civilian. Robbie not only has to carry the burden of being a Ghost Rider(which constantly tries to take over his body mind you.) AND be a surrogate parent to a physically challenged child. If you aren't impressed by the ghost rider, I bet you're impressed by the guy under the skull.
2: Sam Alexander
You know what I think is tough for comic writers? Making a character replace a popular one that died. So is the example of Sam Alexander. While I haven't read any of his adventures, Richard Rider was a very popular character, so replacing him would be quite a feat. While I can't say he outshines what I've heard of Rider, I think Sam has stood tall as he grew into the hero he was meant to be. His series before Secret Wars is kind of like the New Super-Man series we have out now: a teenage boy gets the powers of a superhero and grows into the part. It was fantastic to watch this kid from Arizona grow up and become a hero just like his father before him. While I'm sad to see him lose his solo series, I can't wait to see where he goes with the champions.
1: Ms. Marvel
For our number one, I'm giving it to one of the few heroes that hail from the garden state! Kamala Khan might be one of the best modern superheroes to date. She's funny, adorable, nerdy, and a genuinely likable character. In that sense, she's also kind of like us. She loves superheroes, so much so that she practically rules online forums on the subject, and always wanted to become one. It was a fun journey to watch her grow into becoming one of the earth's mightiest heroes. Hopefully, she can lead the champions into becoming something better.
That's it for this week's Top 5 Friday! Who is your favorite Teenage Marvel Hero? Leave a comment and I'll see you next week!