I have to admit that I adore superheroes. They are our modern myths, legends, and stories that resound in us because they always have. They aren't something new. Superheroes have always existed and to me comic books were my genesis. Superman is Perseus, a hero from beyond the heavens that has been gifted with amazing powers and chooses to protect those that surround him because it is in his nature. Spider-man is Odysseus, averse to the concept of being a hero until fate forces him too. The Hulk is Jekyll and Hyde, the personification of our own internal battles. For these reasons and more I will always love superheroes. They are in many ways the new epics, myths, legends. So here's my list of my favorites.
What can be said about his character? He is by far no hero. In fact, it wouldn't be accurate to call him an anti hero. Jackie uses his powers to kill for the mafia, to create a drug empire, to enslave a small country, and to survive...occasionally he does the right thing but mostly he is just in it for himself. Yet, he has the powers of creation itself. I've always enjoyed The Darkness because its much more mature...it doesn't play in the land of black and white like most comics. The Darkness lives in the murky grey. Sadly, from what I hear this character is now officially dead. However, when the comic was at its prime you could expect beautiful artwork. In fact, some of the best of any Superhero I've ever picked up. Especially in the later runs by Stjepan Sejic.
People are never really willing to give this Image comic a chance (because well...Image), but anyone reading this really should. It starts off a bit slow, you'll probably think you are reading a parody of the DC universe, but once you get around, 7 issues you'll see the brilliance and won't be able to set it down. Here you will find everything that makes heroes like Spider-man and Superman great. Invincible makes wrong choices, he destroys and injures while trying to help, but what more could we expect from someone as young as he is with the power that he has? Invincible grows as a character and never becomes stagnant. Robert Kirkman is a master storyteller setting up villains and groundwork that comes into play in the future. Honestly, you don't even have to like comic books or superheroes to like this Superhero. Being a Kirkman book you can expect it to not hold back any punches.
Speak of the devil and he shall appear!
He was the first Superhero I truly followed. He was a kid, relatable, but went toe to toe with everything and everyone. Spidey exemplifies the definition of "hero" more than Superman or most other ever could. Here we have a kid in his teens facing life threatening situations daily simply because it is the right thing to do. Stopping an armed robber for superman is nothing...he is in no danger or peril...for Spider-man it could possibly his last time out. At only fifteen he gained his incredible powers and lost his surrogate father Uncle Ben almost instantaneously. Similar origin stories have produced villains but Uncle Ben's words, "with great power comes great responsibility," became Spidey's life. He has worked some down right menial jobs, has had his life destroyed by his refusal to quit, has constantly loved and lost, but he just won't quit. Web Head here sets the heroic standard. Plus, despite all the hardship he's never lost his sense of humor.
Batman is only human...Only HUMAN...and as such is unique to the world of Superheroes. He was created from the evil of people. Yet, he never sought vengeance. Instead, Bruce Wayne devoted his life to trying to right the wrongs in his city. Sacrificing his own needs, using his massive fortune to fuel his crusade and casting aside a complete life. Instead he trains and becomes a great detective, master strategist, seasoned fighter and brilliant scientist all without super powers. The truth is that Batman IS justice. He will always be relevant for that. We will always want a hero that is above vengeance. As we know justice and vengeance don't go hand in hand.
Also no matter the challenge Batman doesn't back down.
Unlikely right? Most people would definitely not have put this guy as their number one pick. But I have to say when handled correctly this guy is amazing to read. His original introduction was sheer genius! The concept that he was just so powerful that he was both the hero and the nemesis—that the only way to rid the world of The Void, was to deny it The Sentry also—was sheer genius. This man was literally in a battle with himself an the world was the war zone. I will admit that the character lost its way sometimes...I blame bad writers more than anything. However, his turn as a villain was a welcomed change and that ended with him being killed. I was sad to see him go but he returned with a death seed implanted in him and is now back...and better than ever. He is now the self proclaimed protector of earth an intriguing anti hero that is going to shake the marvel universe up. Also, let's be grateful he isn't being over emotional anymore.
Okay well those are my top favorite masked/caped/high flying heroes, anti - heroes and just selfish pricks pretending to be super heroes. Oh and don't hate on me liking the Sentry...I like him. That's all there is to it.