Hello and welcome to the list of my favorite comic book super heroes/heroines! WARNING!!! Before reading, if you fight for DC in the decades long comic franchise rivalry, prepare to not see your favorite DC super-zeros. However, if this were a list of my favorite comic book characters, good ol' Batman would be on my list contending with Negan from "The Walking Dead". Alas, neither of them are SUPERheroes. So before we begin, let us all raise our glasses to the honorable mentions!
Coming in 5th place is...
THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN!
I mean honestly guys and gals, just look at the suit! It does everything from flight to taking care of your bathroom business! No really, it has a filtration system, you could drink that water... Not only is Iron Man one of the coolest and most influential superheroes in Marvel Comics, he is the one who kickstarted the modern MCU (that Robert Downey Jr. guy helped to I guess). He's a founding member of the greatest super team out there... THE AVENGERS! as well as the Illuminati. Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca's Invincible Iron Man comics were some of the first comic books I ever picked up and the character will always have a special place in my nerdy heart.
Crashing in at number 4 is...
THOR: GOD OF THUNDER!
Thor is by far one of the most powerful characters in Marvel Comics, maybe because he's a freaking GOD?! You "kill" him and he just gets sent to Valhalla, which is a minor setback when it comes to the prince of Asguard. Thor is a hotheaded, musclebound, powerhouse and also happens to be a founding member of the Avengers. Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic's God Butcher/God Bomb comics are some of my favorites of all time. They do an amazing job of creating a grittier and darker Thor story, one that I recommend to all fans of the Thunderer.
He's vulgar, he's violent, and he has multiple personalty disorder. What a combination! Much like a good Tarantino movie, you can get your fix for extreme violence and gore as well as a good laugh. Wade Willson, for those who are unaware of his deep fried awesomeness, was in the Canadian military when he found out he was terminally ill with cancer. In an attempt to save Willson, a most valuable asset, they throw him into the Weapon X program (yep that Wolverine thing). Willson comes out bat quano crazy, with a super charged healing factor and a really nasty skin disorder. Pick up a Deadpool comic at a store near you for unrelenting gore and hilarity!
Taking the silver in second place...
Daughter of Magneto, arguably one of the greatest comic book villains, Wanda Maximoff. Wanda, like her father and speedster brother, is a mutant. Not only a mutant, but the single most powerful mutant in existance. Screw Jean Grey and the phoenix, Scarlet Witch could take them out in a split second thought. Wanda Maximoff has the ability to manipulate REALITY ITSELF! A single thought has the potential to end the existence of humans and mutants alike. In Bendis and Copiel's "House of M", Wanda loses control and creates a reality without mutants, that is except for her homicidal father Magneto, who rises to lead what is left of humanity.
Taking the gold medal, in first place, the one... the only...
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN!
The Amazing Spider-Man was created in 1963 by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and the one and only Stan "The Man" Lee. Spider-Man is a character that everyone loves but nobody wants to be. At a very young age, Peter Parker loses the father figure in his life, his uncle Ben Parker, who with his dying breath tells Peter, "with great power, comes great responsibility". Losing his uncle is only the beginning of his crucible of mourning and suffering. However, after being bitten by a radioactive spider giving him super strength and senses, he decides to channel his pain into his uncle's last words, fighting crime and preventing the pain that he has become so accustomed to. Being one of Marvel's youngest heroes, The Amazing Spider-Man goes through many moral situations that young readers can relate to. Peter Parker is still human on the inside, he makes mistakes as everyone does, but he constantly learns from them to better himself as a hero. No matter how hard his life gets, Peter Parker keeps going and keeps putting everyone else before himself, that is why The Amazing Spider-Man is THE GREATEST HERO IN COMIC BOOK HISTORY.