Comic books have been a part of pop culture for as long as I can remember. Now the real question is, which characters are the best? That is why I have brought to you my personal top 5 with explanations as to why
No. 5 - Green Lantern
Green Lantern, specifically Hal Jordan, gets the no. 5 spot on this list. He is one of the most interesting characters in the DC Universe. For those who do not know, Hal Jordan is the first person from Earth to ever become a member of the Green Lantern corps. That's right kids, before John Stewart there was Hal Jordan. Facing his fears was something that Hal had to deal with a lot which is why donning that green ring and fighting (and defeating) the Sinestro corps and their hunger for fear is more than symbolic. Although Hal Jordan doesn't have the best track record with movies, I hope DC gives him a second chance in the Justice League movie before giving up on him.
No. 4 - Star-Lord
Now the reason Star-Lord isn't higher on this list is because most of what I know about him comes from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. However, that movie was awesome and the comic books have adapted to it making the Star-Lord in the comics representative of his movie counterpart. Now Star-Lord, a.k.a Peter Quill, is just a normal kid who one day got abducted by aliens. Little did he know that he was half alien. Later on, due to the hand he was dealt, he had to lead a gang of misfits to literally save the galaxy. The main reason that Star-Lord is on this list, though, is because he is just some loser who proved that anyone can be a hero, even a punk listening to "Hooked On A Feeling," a talking raccoon, or a tree. Star-Lord's sarcastic personality and overall relatability is why he scored a spot on my top 5.
No. 3 - Green Arrow
Ever since I watched Green Arrow on Justice League Unlimited I've been a fan. Oliver Queen is a millionaire by day and a vigilante by night. Green Arrow has been in the midst of a massive popularity boost due to the success of the CW's hit show Arrow. The show has taken it's liberties, but it stayed pretty close to the origin. For those who don't know, in the comics, young Oliver Queen was raised by his uncle because he witnessed both his parents die at the hands of a wild animal (ouch). He grew up to be a party boy who inherited millions from his family's business. Later on he was shipwrecked and stuck on "Starfish Island" with nothing but a bow and arrow (he was a big Robin Hood fan). He needed to survive and that's how our hero was born. I've always had a soft spot for heroes with no powers because they are so relatable, and they prove that anybody can truly make a difference. Take that and add in the smart remarks Oliver Queen likes to make and you have a really entertaining hero to attach yourself to.
No. 2 - Deadpool
The Merc With a Mouth is one of Marvel's most talked about characters right now. Not only does he have an upcoming movie, but Marvel also plans on killing him off soon! If you ask me, I'd say Marvel is only doing this to stick it to FOX, but that's not what this article is about. Deadpool is one of the most unique characters due to how he always breaks the fourth wall. Whether it be calling out the writers of his book or the developers of his video game, Deadpool finds a way to do it. Not only is he one of comic's funniest anti-heroes, he's almost unbeatable! Fans have seen Deadpool have limbs cut off, take bullets, and even lose his head. He has a healing factor stronger than Wolverine's which is why he just laughs through these instances. That should come as no surprise, though, seeing as he is a fellow Weapon X graduate.
No. 1 - Spider-Man
Yes, Spider-Man is my favorite superhero of all time. It should come as no surprise as I've mentioned the relatability of heroes more than once in this article, and nobody is more relatable than Peter Parker. Just a normal, dorky, teenager who was miraculously struck by a radioactive spider bite. We all know this story by now. He has had two movie franchises after all! Spider-Man always plays by the book and always does what's right. Following his deceased uncle's words of wisdom, "With great power, comes great responsibility" Spidey roams the streets of New York looking to do nothing more than keep everyone safe. He emits one of the strongest connections to his readers. When something bad happens to Peter Parker, we all feel bad because we all can relate. This poor guy has seen it all: Losing his parents, watching his uncle AND girlfriend die, not to mention seeing death himself. Through all of this, Peter Parker continues to be a hero, and that is why I put Spider-Man at the top of the list. I can't wait to see what Marvel does with him now with his movie rights!