This is my first article, so go easy on me.
NOTE: This is all just my opinion. I'm saying these heroes are who I think are the greatest heroes in comic book history, not that they are period.
Now, let's start off with a little bit about myself. I love both Marvel and DC, I even enjoy Dark Horse and Image. I'm sorry, but only Marvel and DC make this list, but let's face it, they conquer the superhero department.
This will be the typical 5, 4, 3, 2, honorable mentions, 1 type of list, so if you just came here to see who made my number 1, go to the bottom...
Still here? Good. Let's begin then.
#5: Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)
I tried to be diverse with this list, but the only thing I was able to capitalize on was the female character (sorry guys, all of my choices are white superheroes, but my honorable mentions are a little more diverse!).
So why Captain Marvel? She's a strong female character. She was basically created as an answer to the feminist movement. That's right ladies, your first female superhero that will be gracing the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2018 is essentially a superhero version of "Rosie the Riveter". She debuted in 1968's Marvel Super-Heroes #13 as a member of the United States Air Force. in 1977 she became Ms. Marvel due to an accident which infused Kree DNA into her own (thanks from her close friend who she worked with, the first Captain Marvel). Eventually after some botched story arcs she became the lovely Captain Marvel as a tribute to honor her fallen friend.
She's a born leader! The heroine ended up leading The Mighty Avengers in the aftermath of Civil War, and at the end of the day, her entire story is about redemption (which you'll learn that I love a good redemption story). How has she been redeemed? Well she rose above a lot of tragedy including losing her memories, alcoholism (a story arc in which Tony Stark defended her due to knowing his own shortfalls to alcoholism), and getting an awful story arc where her lover is actually her son who births himself through her. Confused? Good. It's an awful story that should have never been created, right up there with busty Captain America and Bat Nipples.
Come on... You know he had to make this list in one way or another. It's Deadpool.
This character is one of the best characters in all of comics (not even just superheroes) because of how unique and comparable he is all at the same time! The guy breaks forth wall better than Woody Allen ever could and he's self-aware to a point where he has, in the past, pointed out that his story is all some sick and twisted tale typed up by some Average Joe at a computer. He's bent reality in both comics and his own games and he is so brave (or stupid) that he has an affair with death.
Deadpool is not only a hilarious character who will say just about anything because he can, break any rule, any story type, anything in general, but he's a mirage of gun after gun, and duel katanas. He's witty, never serious (unless it's about death), he's a clown without the scary make-up, smile, big shoes, and red nose. The guy has experienced a dysfunctional childhood, cancer, accelerated cancer, mutilation, mental instability, killing his own friends and has died dozens of times only to come back even better.
Deadpool has KILLED THE ENTIRE MARVEL UNIVERSE! But not really because it wasn't canon, but hey, it happened in some weird, isolated universe.
Let's not forget the best factor here... Deadpool (AKA Wade Wilson) is a winning character that trolls DC's Slade Wilson (AKA Deathstroke) up and down. Yeah. He's that awesome. Yes, he's that funny.
Ugh...Finally a DC character. Yeah, yeah. I know. Hey, at least they're up high.
So Batman? Why?
He's a superhero who's not super! WHAT? He has valor, he's not afraid to die, he's goal-oriented to bring justice to the city of Gotham, and is a star member of The Justice League (also worth mentioning, a founding member).
While in his first few issues he starred in, he used a gun, he doesn't use one now and in fact despises them. It shows that while he uses violence to ensure justice in Gotham, he has a line. Which brings me to my next point. He has a moral code, and a strong one at that. While some of the material we've viewed in the past few years doesn't show how much of a code he has, he does have one of the strictest methods of staying a hero (even though he's a dark hero).
He's HUMAN! That's right, he's only human. He's trained himself from the ground up, traveled the world to become a master martial artist and the best detective in the DC universe. He's rich with money and potential. And the best part? Technically speaking, someone out there can be Batman. Yes, you can be Batman. Just save your pennies and maybe someday you can bring justice to Gotham, Madrid.
Not only does Batman inspire many, but he's got a heck of a rogues gallery. In fact, one of the best to ever grace a comic panel, screen, printed page, or otherwise. His villains include The Joker, Scarecrow, The Riddler, Ra's Al Ghul, Hush, and so many more! And as we've all learned...a hero...is only as good as their villain.
Ooh...That's right. He didn't make #1. Sorry guys, this list is a little different.
Superman! The original superhero (he's got super in the name after all). The idea of everything good and right in the world, Superman is known as the most popular superhero ever created (alongside Batman and Spider-Man). His original abilities make him the greatest hero, but going off of the mainstream version now-a-days, his abilities have become overpowered, making the concept of his existence lackluster. Why? Well because we, as an audience, do not become as invested knowing that he's pretty impervious to anything but a rock and reboots. He's not in much danger at all...almost ever... And he's said it himself before, he feels like he lives in a world made of cardboard. Well we need something we can be scared for. Something more than nah, he's Superman, he'll win in the end. Yes, he's died before, but he hasn't stayed dead for long, and they only killed him because we stopped getting invested into the character.
BUT! He's still a symbol of truth, justice and most importantly...Hope. Superman puts the good of the people above anything else and he's an awesome superhero.
Green Lantern (John Stewart)
Red-Hood (Jason Todd)
The Incredible Hulk (Bruce Banner)
Iron Man (Tony Stark)
Shazam (Billy Batson)
Wonder Woman (Diana of Themyscira)
Star-Lord (Peter Jason Quill)
Spider-Man (Miles Morales)
Daredevil (Matt Murdock)
Black Panther (T'Challa)
Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett)
Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
FINALLY... At #1
#1: Captain America (Steve Rogers)
Arguably the most inspiring comic book character of all time, Captain America has had many ups and downs through his printed (and cinematic) career. BUT! This man embodies the idea of the American Way, The TRUE American Way. He's not only inspiring as Captain America, but even as his alter ego, Steve Rogers. He's the little guy, an underdog, who becomes top dog, and doesn't forget the little guy.
His story isn't just a redemption story, it's a "Rise From Nothing" story.
He's a great leader who fights for freedom, justice, truth, heroes, and civilians alike. He always throws himself into everything and gives it his all, no matter what! Let's also not forget... He socked Adolf Hitler in the jaw!
So why is he better than Superman you might ask? Well though Captain America was enhanced with a super soldier serum in order to become the man he is today, he is still human. He's not impervious to bullets, he can't fly, he can't phase through walls, or shoot lasers from his eyes... He's just a man. He could die at any moment. He's super, but still human. At best he's a body builder with some great military training and the courage of a lion, if you want to dumb it down to a base. Captain America is a source of inspiration and hope for all, and he never corrupts his moral code for anything. He does what is right, it doesn't matter whose side he's on. He's faced villains, S.H.I.E.L.D. and even his own comrades because of his great sense of morality (Something we'll see in next year's Captain America: Civil War). Truly a righteous man.
So what do you think? Am I wrong? Am I right? Did I pick any of your favorite heroes? Tell me what you think down below! And thank you for reading!