I have been knee deep in comics longer than I will probably admit. I remember growing up with Batman the Animated Series and the X-men cartoons. I read all kinds of X men and DC books. Then in 2008, I went and saw Iron man and from then on have been hooked on this crazy world of comics. From the works of Geoff Johns and Joss Weadon, I have found many characters with good writing I have grown fond of. So sit down, get some food, and enjoy my list of my five favorite comic book characters.
Yes, the man who shoots beams from his eyes. The majority of people will have you believe that Cyclops is a horrible character and that there are so many better choices for X men. However these people fail to see all that he has done and will do. Scott Summers started out as Xavier's first student and lead the team for years, and in more recent years, became the headmaster of the school. He also has developed from the "boy scout" days of the 80's and 90's thanks to better writing, namely Joss Weadon. Cyclops has grown as a character and a leader, and has made many hard calls when necessary. His mutant power also makes him a force to be reckoned with, as the concussive force of the beams when concentrated lead to some powerful and brutal damage. His powers have been affected in the aftermath of AvX, leading to his beams firing off in irregular ways, but have grown in power. In addition to all this he was the one who started the modern X-force back during Messiah Complex, and kept the X men together when they relocated and formed Nation X. Love him or hate him, Cyc has kept the little mutants the 616 verse had left together through their roughest times, and continues to do so in the mess of a anti mutant world.
If anyone is well versed in Green Lantern lore as I am will know why sinestro is on this list. The man once hearled as the greatest green lantern of them all has developed significantly of the last decade. Originally a Green lantern who "enslaved" his own home planet to keep it safe, he was exiled from the corps after being discovered, and for years was Hal Jordan's greatest enemy. Once Hal went insane and destroyed the corp, Sinestro was "killed" and eventually returned during the Rebirth storyline. Not long after, Sinestro created his own Sinestro corps, fueled by fear and waged war on the entire DC universe. Once the dust settled and Sinestro was captured, he taunted Jordan about his failures and how he had no idea the danger that was coming. He would go on to help the other leaders of the fellow corps as the Blackest Night approached and the dead rose. He also helped Jordan use and be freed of Parallax's influence during the event, and even helped the new lanterns search for the spectrum avatars in the aftermath. In the aftermath of the war of the green lanterns, Hal's ring choose Sinestro as its new wearer, but he did not approve. He enlisted Hal's help to free his home planet of the Yellow Lanterns, but not without berating him the whole time how he was always superior. Once his home planet was destroyed however, Sinestro snaps and takes in Parallax to fight the first lantern for revenge. Once they defeat him, the Guardians where promised to him, and he slaughtered all but one. After all of this, Sinestro and Hal have a important talk:
Despite all he did, Sinestro has always been Hal's friend, which shows how he evolves as a character. Starting as the foil to another superhero, he grows his own identity due to his moral beliefs, his protection of his family, and devotion to the corps. Sinestro might be evil, but he does what must be done for the benefit of the galaxy.
3. Star Lord
I think it's fair to say the majority of Star Lord's fans come from the recent GotG movie where he was portrayed by Chris Pratt. While I did love his portrayal, I was a fan of the man known as the Star Lord from the pages of marvel cosmic. I was introduced to Peter Quill when I began reading Annihilation and found out he wasn't the star lord anymore. This provoked me to go read up on his history and how the man is no hero like Captain America or Iron Man. Taking up the mantle and destroying a inhabited planet to wound a powerful being, Quill regretted what he had done, giving up his mantle and abandoning the hero work. After spending a few years floating around space and doing time, Quill helped the alliance against Annhilius during the Annihilation event. After the war was over, the kree forced Quill back into the field under his old title to lead a ragtag band of criminals, many of whom would become the first modern Guardians of the Galaxy. It wasn't long after the Annihilation Conquest event, Quill formed the Guardians to help combat and fight whatever came next.
I almost made it work. The Guardians were more than I could ever have hoped for! But the universe is also more dangerous than I ever imagined! The galaxy doesn't need guardians! It doesn't need brave souls! If it's going to survive another one of these, it's going to need absolute bad-asses! - Star Lord
Star Lord is more than some charm and some cheesy one liners. He's a scoundrel with mostly good intentions, and wanted to save the galaxy, putting his life on the line countless times. His sacrifice at the end of the Thanos Imperative is even more evidence of that. Star Lord is a character that is out of this world.
2. Captain America
I know it seems like a obvious choice, but hear me out. Steve Rogers represents a lot to the comic book community, besides the red, white, and blue. Cap represents the good in everyone and what you can do with it. I have to credit much of my liking for cap to Ed Brubaker's 8 year run on the character that made me respect him. Captian America is a born leader and can rally his allies with the trademark phrase "AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!" The man fights against any force he and his friends must face, even having the balls to stand up to the mad titan Thanos when he was nigh-omnipotent...
Yeah...you gotta have some guts to do that. Not to mention Cap is at the figure head of every major event in the marvel universe, ready to meet the challenge. He lead the resistance in Civil war, against all odds. He was there when the Avengers where picked apart and dissassembled. And he was there when everyone had to meet the Builders head on in space. For such a small man that came from humble beginnings, Cap has ascended to the peak of being a hero and icon to everyone. Not to mention, he was deemed worthy of Miljor.
1. Green Lantern
While many tend to write off Hal Jordan as a boring cookie cutter Lantern, they obviously haven't read too much of him. The man is the original modern green lantern, and he is the reason I started collecting comics. I read Rebirth on a whim while in high school, and I instantly became a fan. I had to read more, so I looked up the timeline to read all that I could.
Hal Jordan is the one lantern with all the weight on his shoulders once he returns. Hal must readjust to life, his corps, and the new threats that have arisin since he was dead. He is the figurehead for the corps to relay on when they go to war with the Sinestro corps. He beats down his former mentor with his own fists. He becomes a part of almost every corps, with or without his consent. He is the one who has to figure out what all is going on, and how to fight what comes his way. After surviving the War of Light, the Blackest Night, Brightest Day, and the War of the Green Lanterns, Hal had to be normal again. This made him realize how much he needed to be a green lantern, and how natural it felt. Hes a rare hero who loves being in the thick of it and being a hero. Even death couldn't stop this man, as he came back as a black lantern and used Neckron to end the first lantern's rampage. Hal then takes up leadership after this and must lead them through a new era in the corps history. Hal might seem stale to some people, but he's actually more relatable than one would expect. Hal is the one the reader follows and grows attached to seeing how he will save the day. You cheer when he wins, you get mad when he loses, and you get excited for his next adventure. He lives to protect his sector with his brothers in arms, and he is why I collect comics to this day.