I am just going to start off by saying....there are so many comic book characters to choose from in the comic book universe, and you all know that! I really had to sit down and think about this one! But, luckily I got around to thinking of my top 5 favorite comic book characters (as said in my title). So here goes nothing!
1. Fantastic Four (preferably Ultimate Fantastic Four)
Now, I know this is a group of comic book characters, and not just one, but I am sure my actions are justified. Anyways, the reason the Fantastic Four are my all time favorite comic book characters is because they just represent family, science, and I have been reading them ever since I got a pretty rare Fantastic Four where Spider-Man makes his first appearance (which later my brother decided to rip up). They just wowed me! Never once in my life have I read a comic so Fantastic (pun intended) and just plain mesmerizing! I was glued to the comic book pages, and I have been reading all their comics ever since! My favorites being the Ultimate Fantastic Four comic book line, because it mainly focuses around science and the next generation of super heroes. And yes, I am excited for the new Fantastic Four movie coming out in August. Sue me.
2. John Constantine
My second choice was actually a pretty tough one because I was torn between John and someone to be mentioned next, but I ultimately chose John because he so badass! I mean he was created by Alan Moore for crying out loud, so that should just make him a God! One of the main reasons I love Constantine is because he is a foul-mouthed, witty, wise-cracking, stubborn-as-a-horse type of guy and he deals with the Dark Arts! What more could you ask for? (Another season of Constantine, maybe) No one compares to him and he stands as one of the greatest DC antiheroes, let alone best comic book antihero of all time!
3. Swamp Thing
Swamp Thing was the one I was torn between for second place against John Constantine, but sadly for Swampy over here, Constantine reigns supreme. But, I have got to hand it to Swamp Thing for introducing Constantine! And, yet again, Alan Moore strikes again with his own take on the Swamp Thing, and it was brilliant! Swamp Thing is a really underrated comic book hero, because of all the mega star heroes such as Batman and Superman. He really didn't have anytime to shine except in his own comics and Justice League Dark (and now, from what I hear, they are canceling these two comics, unless that was just some lie) Swamp Thing will always go down in my heart for my first comic book movie I have ever watched!
4. Howard the Duck
Now, I bet you are all wondering "Are you serious?" And yes I am very serious! I love Howard the Duck and I am not afraid to admit it! His comics are just plain hilarious, and I love how they add all this political satire and blatant jokes against other mediums of media! This duck is just plain iconic in my eyes, and his recent cameo in (SPOILERS!!!) Guardians of the Galaxy made me jump out of my seat, and I swear to god they better make another Howard the Duck movie! (With, hopefully, less duck boobs)
Shazam, Shazam, Shazam...you're just plain brilliant! I always thought as Shazam/Billy Batson as a kind of answer for Marvel's Spider-Man, because they want a kiddish/witty super hero and Shazam was the man! I remember when I first saw him in one of Warner Bros. animated films where he faces up against Superman, and I was like "Who in all of Gotham is Shazam?" I asked my father. He then handed me a Shazam comic, and said "Read Up!" And I did...and I loved it! It was such an exhilarating comic, and it was really nice to see a not-so-serious super hero in the DC comic book universe!