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Top 10 Comic Book Couples

Romance & comic books are no stranger to one another, it’s just that since the over saturation of Superheroes flooding the market, it’s almost hard to recommend them a comic book fan what romantic comic. There’s so much that you can do in comic books, it’s just that when you’re giving them something different than action pages, then you’ll be lucky not to get hated by the audience. I, as a fan of romance and comic books, am not blind to see that there are plenty of that I look to read. Somehow, there are new comic book series coming out that deals with love and relationship that old, established superhero comic books refuse to develop and evolve. It’s already bad enough that Marvel and DC Comics refuses to let marriages happen to their characters (Batwoman) while other comic book companies managed to bring romance into new grounds that not even movies have yet to achieved. This is a list that shows that you don’t really need to wear a costume to get the girl of your dreams.

Number 10.  –  Archie & Betty/Veronica

For many decades, the story of Archie Andrews have always been bouncing back in forth for both Veronica and Betty, in humorous fashion. There have been a lot of comic books tackling the romance genre in the past, but Archie comics withstood the test of time because the series always offered a lot of variety of humor that got many audiences laughing in nearly every issue. The Archie fanbase has been divided to who’s their favorite character, but when choosing the best girl for Archie, there’s always room debate.  Archie always opts for Veronica, except when Betty manipulates him into choosing her. And Betty often acts as Veronica’s friend, even if Ronnie doesn’t appreciate it. The eternal triangle of Betty-Archie-Veronica cannot be resolved. This is a gimmick to sell comic books, like the recent assassination of Captain America, or the death of Superman years ago. Though there’s no resolution for this relationship, it managed to make it on the list because it was something different; it was all humor.

Number 9.  –  Snow White and Bigby Wolf

The Big Bad Wolf and Snow White have worked through their differences to become the nexus of Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham’s postmodern fairy tale epic, Fables. Once a brooding, enigmatic grump, Bigby Wolf retired from stalking grandmas and pigs to raise a litter of magical human-wolf hybrids with the fairest princess of them all. There’s a lot that could be mentioned about this married powerhouse (we’re on issue #128 for those counting), including their cathartic courtship and parentage of a sentient wind baby, but Bigby and Snow form one of the most mature, stable unions in comics, leaving the drama out of their relationship to focus on the Grimm threats their magical community faces on a daily basis.

Number 8.  –  Spider-Man & Mary-Jane Watson

Peter had gone through a lot. The death of Gwen Stacy and supposed death of Norman Osborn on top of all that he endured at Spiderman was much for him. Yet, Mary Jane was about to love him, help Peter get better and become a better man. And the two seemed made for each other. She was the spunky Redhead who loved Peter and cheered him on; yet also understood Peter’s need for being Spiderman. Peter,in turn, was the loving man who helped balance out Mary Jane’s adventurous nature while finding his own. This couple loved each other. This couple had some deep seeded issues. Like Mary Jane’s need for attention at times leading her to either be a flirt to other men or demand more out of Peter when she knew it was a bad time. Or Peter not being as supportive of his wife’s career at times when he should have been. And need I remind you their BIGGEST crimes . . . One More Day & One Moment In Time. Those two shining turds are two of the greatest reasons why this couple can’t be any higher on the list. The fact that Mary Jane essentially helps Peter make a deal with the Devil (Mephisto but I am of the mind of Linkara on this . .. he’s the Devil) and later on shows how jealous she is that Peter gave up their marriage is complete and utter bull! The fact that she would tell Peter that being with him is like being a battered wife . . . okay, there was that one time a clone of Peter hit Mary Jane but seriously . .. it was a clone and Peter was not responsible for that. And you don’t compare a relationship you willing stayed with that long and compare it to being a battered wife when half the time you are cheering him on to be a hero.

Number 7.  –  Rogue and Gambit

And here we have one of the most beloved X-Men relationships ever, responsible for bringing an entire generation of readers, ‘shippers, fanfic enthusiasts, and soap opera junkies into X-Men comics. While, much to many fans’ dismay, Gambit and Rogue have been mostly on the outs since Gambit was revealed to be the long-rumored “X-Traitor,” their continued appearances together (like recently in the Gambitongoing series) constantly stoke rumors of reunion and reconciliation. The most compelling aspect of the relationship between the Cajun ne’er-do-well, and the untouchable Southern bombshell, is that it has almost always existed at arm’s length literally. It’s that whole aforementioned untouchable thing, you see. Rogue’s power has traditionally been uncontrollable, in the sense that there’s a risk for anyone who makes skin-to-skin contact with her of losing not just their super-powers, but their memories, their identity, and possibly their life. With that kind of obstacle in their way, the passion that undoubtedly exists between the two usually just smolders, unrequited, yet undeniable, so in the moments when Rogue and Gambit have been able to, for one reason or another, actually become intimate, the release of anticipation is palpable. With Gambit and Rogue it’s never been as much a matter of “will they/won’t they,” as “can they/ can’t they,” and for many fans, the question will always be more important than the answer.

Number 6.  –  Maya & Rob

For those who haven’t read this adrenaline-gushing sci-fi opus, RASL is an acronym for Romance at the Speed of Light, though “romance” might be too optimistic to describe the volatile relationship between scientists Rob and Maya. While working on a risky military project, Rob has a steamy affair with his partner’s wife before tattooing her name on his bicep and leaving his job to hijack priceless art in parallel dimensions. As can only happen in physics-bending noir, Rob finds other versions of Maya in his reality-hopping journeys and continues his fling across time and space. (Is it cheating if you seduce your best friend’s wife in a parallel dimension? Is it cheating if you’re cheating on your best friend’s wife with her parallel dimension variant? Discuss amongst yourselves). The real truth behind this pair is far more insidious than initially presented, but what Rob and Maya lack in stability, they more than make up for with a chemistry that packs more electricity than a Tesla current.

Number 5.  –  Richard and Sue Storm

Since the title first started, Marvel’s Fantastic Four has always been about family, and at the heart of that family are Reed & Sue Richards, better known as Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman. Right from the start, their relationship was rocky, mostly thanks to Sue’s attraction to just about anybody that hates Reed Richards and Reed’s attraction to science, but the Richardses have one thing going for them that nobody, not even the couple at number one, has they’ve made it work. They’ve stayed together through thick and thin, even when they’ve found themselves on opposite sides of the superhero Civil War, and have raised a family, and flourished as a couple. It’s easy to wonder how they’ve made their love last. Reed can be an emotionally absent jerk, and Sue is often depicted as flighty and given to infatuations with Reed’s enemies, but the truth is as simple as love can often be in real life; they just do. They love each other, and just like real love, their relationship is built on an emotional trust that has survived the some of the worst crises any world can offer. They rely on each other to be what the other cannot. Sue is Reed’s emotional core, and Reed is Sue’s logical center.Never as strong apart as they are together, Marvel’s premiere “power couple” are one of the best examples of love gone right in comics.

Number 4.  –  Alana & Marko 

Saga ruffled feathers a few weeks back for including some risque imagery in its latest chapter (come on folks, Saga has always featured weird aliens strutting around in their birthday suits). But the largest engorged organ behind this stunning title is its heart, beautifully exemplified between star-crossed lovers Alana and Marko. The first issue captured the endearing chemistry of its married couple as they gave birth to their first daughter, Hazel, propelling two militias on a cosmic goose chase to capture the new family. Despite vicious bounty-hunters, planet-sized monsters, and vengeful ex-fiances, Marko and Alana show that love perpetually conquers all no matter the suicidal odds. And speaking of unconventional couples, a miniseries starring The Will and The Stalk (the most creepily attractive spider mutant Paste has ever seen) wouldn’t be a terrible idea, either.

Number 3.  –  Craig & Reina

Craig Thompson’s autobiographical journey through the teenage onslaught of insecurity, lust, and self-realization is painfully evocative. The story follows a young Thompson as he meets beautiful coed Raina at a Christian Camp, then spends two weeks with her and her family under the pretense of plutonic friendship. Obviously, the two fall in fevered, mind-shattering love in a way only two unaffected high school students can, and therein lies this book’s singularity: Blankets will bring you back there. To that unadulterated, wondrous state of mind where love was a new frontier filled with angels and ecstasy. Those same angels also serve as Thompson’s main conflict, as his fundamentalist upbringing clashes against the groundswell of emotions he feels for his introductory inamorato. It’s real love with real problems. But the innocent delights Raina and Craig provide each other are only marginally greater than those given the thousands of readers who have fallen madly in love with this book. This is just simply the best romantic story I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s the one story that not only tells it so well but it speaks to you spiritually. Blankets was just simply beautiful by every sense of the word because of how Craig Thompson describes his real life story as a hurtful kid and finding Raina as his healing. I just simply felt connected with these two people (yes this is an autobiography after all) that it was once in a life time life-changing.

Number 2.  –  Sally Acorn and Sonic the Hedgehog 

Yeah, yeah, yeah, you can call “furry” all you like, but these two cartoon characters are the reason why I got interested in the romantic genre in the first place, and we’re talking about me watching Sonic SatAM back in the early 90’s. I always thought it was interesting that two characters have fought together in a middle of war with Nature vs. Machine while at the same time holding the strength together. Now when you see the SatAm series, you can see it’s a little light hearted and playful where Sonic annoys Sally and Sally get’s aggravated when she’s focused on being a team and carry out the battle. But things really started to sparkle when they finally beat Robotnick and had the power of love within each other. We never got a chance to see where the relationship continued since the SatAM AM show got cancelled, but thankfully the Archies Comic Series continued the story and the relationship by a mile away. With all the personalities that populate the Freedom Fighters—as well as Sonic not really being one for responsibility—there needed to be a character that was the emotional center as well as the voice of reason within the group. This was something that was needed for storyline to be taken seriously, which is something that both Hurst and Archie Comics wanted. And frankly, if you needed someone to be a love interest for a speedy blue hedgehog that needs a voice of reason and loves chili dogs more than a regular at a Coney Island, then all I can say is this: mission accomplished. Truth be told, these characters are teenagers, with all the emotional drama that goes with it. Fights happen. And from what I read—before the current storyline—they seemed to have made up and found a balance where they can do their things while being together.

The ultimate thing is this: there were a bunch of teams working on trying to develop the Sonic lore early on. From this came two distinctly different characters that vie for our hero’s affection. And while I’d like to say that it is clearly obvious which one is better, the truth is that there isn’t a clear consensus. I think you guys know where I stand. If you’re one of those that think that Amy Rose is better, please explain to me why you believe that. And do so in a manner where I’m a child that doesn’t understand. I don’t think you’ll convince me that Amy, Bunnie Rabbot (that actually happened), Mina Mongoose, Fiona Fox or any other relationship Sonic has been in is better. So why so much relationships in an adventure of Natured vs. Machine? What do you expect? it’s Archie Comics, they’ve been very good in romantic triangles for decades that sold millions! But one of the highlights of the comic series for me was (after so many years so Sonic and Sally together) when they broke up. Boy, after those many years of being connected with the characters, it really broke my heart to see they’ve finally separated. It was so hard to see any of the Sonic the Hedgehog issues because it reminded me of my own heart break of my first girlfriend back in high school. I do admit that I get teary-eyed whenever I see the issue when they’ve finally broken up. Miraculously enough, even though they’ve broken up, other romances of the series developed as well. Like Bunnie Rabbot marrying Antoine, Knuckles falling for Julie-Su, and much more. It was not until 2011 when Sonic and Sally got back together that made me the happiest person in the world to see that happen after those long years of separation. Hell, they even went back in time to when they actually first met in Sonic Genesis, something that we all never knew about (Sonic Genesis), but after all those years of waiting to get them back together, it hurt me even more when Sally had to sacrifice her own self to save the world from Robotnik’s planet destruction by roboticizing herself. It’s a shame that none of the video games has ever made stories and characters this engaging which is why I always say that the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series is always better than any Sonic video game. You can tell whatever is the best Sonic the Hedgehog game and I’ll still say it’s not even as good as the Comics series. There’s always a new challenge and a new shock factor that always makes this adventure more and more exciting. That’s why Sonic the Hedgehog comics is still the longest lived comic book series and Archie’s greatest success!

Number 1.  –  Zam and Dodola 

Habibi fundamentally shares the same themes as Craig Thompson’s previous romantic foray, Blankets. Both focus on inaugural love, religious introspection, and how the two inform personal identity, but Habibi is also a meticulously-researched masterwork that could almost pass as a modern Cecil B. DeMille epic. This is probably the most complex love story I’ve ever seen because we’re talking about two escaped slaves who did everything to survive and protect each other. Dodola at age 7 took Zam (as a baby) and raised him. It was strange to see if it’s a brother-sister relationship or mother-son relationship, but as they got older, they started noticing each other as Zam is trying to resist his temptation to the one who sheltered and fed him while Dodola didn’t want him to transform to the men that she hated. You wouldn’t believe what Dodola did to keep Zam safe and if I told you what she had to do, it would turn a lot of people off because of the very dark subject matter.

Dodola and Zam believe in each other so very much that when they got caught and separated from the slave owners, the main thing to keep reading is to just see them comeback together. Never have I had the nervousness of just changing to the next page because it was so damn thrilling and yet so scary to see how much worse is it going to be for them not being together. I cried so hard for these two characters to get back together because it’s how much they truly love each other now as lovers. Each time I’ve turned another page of this wonderful graphic novel it’s always getting worse for them as they struggle more and more to keep each other alive. This is truly the meaning of love; sacrifice, help, love, and will. If you want to really see great romance stories, Craig Thompson is the master of telling its audience such story. It’s amazing this single man changed my life twice, that’s something  I don’t see from any artist or storyteller.
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Top 10 Comic Books of the 1990s

During the ’80s, no medium was more innovative and daring than comic books. Shedding the notion that they were exclusively for children, writers like Neil Gaimain, Frank Miller, and Alan Moore revolutionized the industry with titles such as Batman: Year OneThe Dark Knight ReturnsWatchmen, and Sandman. These books transcended the superhero genre and wound up appealing to fans with more sophisticated tastes. That decade of revolution simply couldn’t bleed over into the ’90s, however. Even though Miller, Moore, and Gaimain were still churning out great work during the ’90s, new trends started to overtake the industry. The superlative storytelling of the ’80s were replaced by flashy art and greedy publishers’ get-rich-quick schemes. The 1990’s was an era of tasteless, hyper-sexualized drawings and classic superheroes thrown haphazardly into mindless stories created purely for shock value was called the “Dark Ages” of comic books. But I not necessarily hate this era in comic books because we’ve had independent comics companies like Image comics that rose up against Marvel and DC to sell better than them to show finally have creative control instead of having no royalties and respect to the artists that has been around the industry for many generations. It’s too bad that they didn’t finish the job but there were plenty of great comic books that came out in the 1990’s and I’m here to show you that not everything from the 90’s were at all bad. Outside of the indie North American comics, there was also the rise of popularity for manga that was being translated into English. The rise of manga’s popularity is also responsible for the anime’s popularity outside of Japan. You can see that there were still artists and comic writers back then that were willing and able to make it a masterpiece and destroy the the norm back in the 90’s.

Honorable Mentions

Maximum Carnage

Believe it or not, this was my introduction to comic books and that was because I played the video game that’s based on this comic book saga. Part of putting this comic book in the list is based on nostalgia and my fandom of the symbiote mythos. I wished that I got into comics earlier because the Venom and Carnage popularity was going downhill from here. But I like to look at Maximum Carnage as the best part of the Spider-Man vs. symbiote showdown that has been going since the late 80s. Carnage was so powerful and deadly that it took Venom and Spider-Man to finally team up to face this psycho serial killer. But even worse, he had to team up with new villains such as Shriek, Doppleganger, Demo Goblin, and many more. This is too much to handle for our Spider-Man so he had to gather up his biggest allies Black Cat, Cloak & Dagger, Firestar, Captain America, Deathlok and … Venom (from enemy to ally) to save New York from turning it into a bloodbath.  But when he finds himself at odds with a number of his allies, who want to finish Carnage and his cronies once and for all, Spider-Man must decide whether to violate his personal code of honor to rid the world of pure evil. Stakes were very high in this story arc and it was just simply the best thing that Marvel has done throughout the 1990s.

Good-Bye Chunky Rice

For being his first work, Chunky Rice broke Craig Thompson is a big way. Released through Top Shelf, the allegorical tale deals mainly with an anthropomorphic turtle that’s taking his leave of a very special mouse. It sounds extraordinarily precious, and of course, there are some moments where it can be. However, it mostly a heart-tugging look at hard choices and the losses that we sometimes have to accept. Casting animals actually takes a little bit of the sting out.  As Chunky sails the ocean and Dandel drops love letters into bottles carried by the waves, not much happens to propel the narrative. Yet the artistic range displayed within the black-and-white drawings, as Thompson evokes the turbulence and majesty of the sea, shows a more sophisticated command of technique than he employs with his characters (who are almost Peanuts-like). Originally published in 1999, this reprint represents the debut of another promising artist within the Pantheon stable.

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 Number 10.  –  Solar: Man of the Atom

In the early 1990s, Doctor Solar, Turok, and Magnus, Robot Fighter were licensed by Valiant Comics, which planned to use the characters as part of editor Jim Shooter’s new superhero line. A number of changes were made to the character and his back-story. The new version (now known simply as Solar) was a physicist named Phil Seleski. Seleski was a fan of the Gold Key line, especially the adventures of Doctor Solar. One day, Seleski and his colleagues were testing a new type of fusion reactor. When an accidental breach threatened to obliterate the entire area, Seleski rushed to shut down the reactor. He succeeded, but he was exposed to lethal doses of radiation in the process. Amazingly, the exposure did not kill him. Instead, it gave him an ability to manipulate energy. Seleski tried to use his powers for the good of mankind. He became determined to destroy the world’s supply of nuclear weapons. The US government tried to stop him. Unfortunately, their efforts caused Seleski to lose control of his powers, which in turn caused Earth to fall into a giant black hole. Seleski was thrown several weeks back in time (or so he thought). The guilt over his role in destruction of his world caused him to split into two beings: Doctor Solar, who believed himself to be Seleski’s childhood hero; and Phil Seleski, who retained all the memories of the original. Seleski sought to prevent an accident that gave him powers from taking place. Jim Shooter used real science, and even explained complex ideas, to firmly ground his epic. But, the real genius of the book is its focus on one man, Phil Seleski, and his struggle to come to terms with waking up to find he has the power of a god. Barry Windsor-Smith provides his best work since the final issue of his Conan run, while Jim Shooter only had to wait six months to top this (but we’ll get to that).

Number 9.  –  Hellboy: The Corpse

Who would have thought that a supernatural investigator that looks like a devil but can’t shoot straight would spawn spin-offs, animated films, and big-budget Hollywood feature? Maybe Mike Mignola, but we’re pretty sure that the main thing he cared about was making one of the best damn comic books in anyone’s memory. Combing his wonderful dark artistry with a knack for character and smart integration of the world’s folklore, Mignola built a character universe that still thrives. And he did it in the ’90s. Anyone can talk shit about comics in the 90s, but Hellboy is always a blast to reach and his series is one of the best parts of comics in the 1990s. It’s almost like reading a classic comic book that dealt with super natural elements like EC Comics. Though all of Hellboy story arcs are all to be gathered into separate graphic novels/essentials, the best one in my mind is the Corpse. It tells the stoy of an Irish baby in 1959 who is kidnapped by fairies and Hellboy must return a corpse to its grave to return the child to her family. Seemingly a minor tale, continuity-wise, this story eventually became quite important (especially when the child grows up to become a major part of Hellboy lore).

Number 8.  –  Harbinger

Sometimes I blame myself for not getting into Valiant Comics sooner because if there was a big third or fourth in the comic book industry it hat to be Valiant Comics and Harbinger is the proof why it is. In the editorial, Valiant’s Editor in Chief, Jim Shooter, tells us that the book we hold in our hands is the most important since Avengers #1. 13 years later, I’m still not sure that he was wrong. When this book was first released it was a national sensation. Every kid worth his polybag and backing board just had to have one, and the resulting frenzy sent the book to the top of Wizard’s Top Ten Hottest Books List for a then-record four months. The book’s creative team reinvented the genre popularized by the X-Men. The good guys did unforgivable things, the bad guys were usually more right then the good guys, and best of all, they behaved like real people would — in the Valiant Universe, when you want to kill your enemy, you don’t challenge him to a stand-off at your base on the moon (this is actually a plot involving the X-Men), you send someone he trusts to shoot him in the back of the head. Things happen in Harbinger that would never happen in an X-Men books, but happen all the time in the movies and other arts, and definitely in real life. Most importantly, Harbinger was the book that sparked a revolution in comics that is now forgotten today.

Harbingers are these being that have special supernatural powers.Toyo Harada is the first Harbinger, and unlike subsequent Harbingers he was able to make his powers manifest at will, or activate the powers of others. Other Harbingers exhibit powers only rarely and this activation is always brought on by severe stress. There are other Harbingers out there but one that sticks out is a teenager named Pete Stanchek.  Harada is intrigued by Pete, who is the only other Harbinger to have triggered his own powers and who exhibits multiple abilities. Harada is no longer the only Omega Harbinger. Harada tries to persuade Pete to join the Harbinger Foundation and become Harada’s right hand man, but when Pete’s best friend, who had been vocal about his distrust for Harada, is murdered by the Foundation Pete realizes the truth. Pete, along with Kris (a high school cheerleader who Pete had first been unconsciously mentally controlling so that she would go out with him) become renegades. They decide to recruit Harbingers themselves, activate their abilities, and form an army capable of challenging Harada and go with war with each other!

Without Harbinger, Valiant wouldn’t have become the third largest publisher as quickly as it did. Without Harbinger, there wouldn’t have been an Ultraverse Universe or a CrossGen Universe. Without Harbinger, there wouldn’t have been a wake-up call for the rest of the industry to move away from gimmicks and hype, and back to quality storytelling.

Number 7.  –  Spawn

While Image was selling much more than Marvel and DC, Spawn was the height of the popularity in 90’s comics. The sad thing about Image comics when they were starting out is that the majority of them were more or less like team of heroes that rip-offs of the X-Men, which these artists came from. Todd McFarlane was the only one that truly gave a damn about making his own original character.  Spawn‘s inaugural issue was one of the top-selling comics in history, and unlike a number of other Image creations, has stood the test of time — the book just reached its 150th issue. But McFarlane did more than create a hit book with Spawn. MacFarlane has since added to his publishing wing by forming a major toy company built on the Spawn characters and a multimedia division that has produced a Spawn animated series and a movie. Often recognized as one of the most important characters created since Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the Marvel icons. Spawn was a murdered CIA operative who makes a deal with the demon Malebolgia, returning to Earth as an immortal Hellspawn. During his resurrection he witness that his wife is married to his best friend and they have a child together that forever pains Spawn. At the same time, he began as a traditional vigilante hero, Spawn grew increasingly dark over time, slipping further into an anti-hero role as the theology-heavy storylines became increasingly twisted. The only thing that was lacking is there was too much waste of time for the character to get over his obsession of his wife in self doubt and finally move one to be who he’s famous for!

Number 6.  –  Maus 

Maus is the Schindler’s List of graphic novels/comic books. Autobiographies isn’t a new thing in comics, but Art Spiegelman’s story during the holocaust is the of the most important creations in sequential art! The first and only graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize, Maus is the powerful and emotional story of Art Spiegelman’s father, Vladek, a Holocaust survivor. Alternating between the past (Vladek’s imprisonment in a concentration camp, the death of his son Richieu, and his survivor’s guilt) and the present (Spiegelman’s interviews with his father, the often agonizing process of creation), Maus doesn’t just present the reader with the gritty talking points; it takes an active role in the conversation. The book uses postmodern techniques—most strikingly in its depiction of races of humans as different kinds of animals, with Jews as mice, Germans as cats and non-Jewish Poles as pigs. Maushas been described as memoir, biography, history, fiction, autobiography, or a mix of genres. A game-changing, genre-defining classic, Maus is more than a personal story of survival, “it also stands among the best works of Holocaust literature in any form”

Number 5.  –  Sandman

While we had Image comics-style and generic artwork flooding the comic book market, we still have Vertigo comics that actually gave us a huge alternative from action, flashy, and stupid stories into intelligent, complex, and deep storytelling. The one comic series that build Vertigo comics was Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. The comics series that, in many ways, started it all and remains a high point for Vertigo Comics and DC Entertainment as a whole, Sandman brought a level of intelligence, beauty and self-awareness to mainstream American comics that even Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing andWatchmen hadn’t quite managed, and its success was enough to allow Berger to convince the Powers The Be to greenlight Vertigo. But there’s something else that Sandman introduced to the US comic industry that has become so well-accepted as to be overlooked in recent days: Vertigo (and Berger) allowed the comic to finish when Neil Gaiman was finished with it. No new writer and new status quo, despite its immense success, Sandman brought a new understanding of the importance of the creator to company-owned comics, and a reminder that, sometimes, it’s best to get offstage while people are demanding more. (Perhaps something that Berger herself had in mind as she announced her stepping down, yesterday…)

Number 4.  –  Kingdom Come

DC comics has done a lot of crap in the 1990s, but there’s at least one masterpiece that they’ve created that was their take against Alan Moore’s Watchmen. The concept of Kingdom Come is inspired by creating a generation gap between the heroes of classic super hero mentality and generations leading before it (reminds me of old vs. modern comics). All of the events in the story were to make a parallel to the Book of Revelation. Kingdom Come was written by Mark Waid and its artwork done by Alex Ross who is known for his photo realism in his artwork, and this is no exception. It was published back in the 1996. The story is set many years in the future in the DC universe. A rift is created between the superheroes of old (The more “traditional” ones) and the newer heroes that have become reckless and irresponsible. The Events in the story are seen from the perspective of an elderly pastor named Norman McCay being reluctantly chosen by spiritual being known as The Spectre to be his anchor to humanity and with him view the upcoming events as an omnipresent form where no one can see or hear them. Superman had gone into seclusion in his fortress of solitude attending to his own makeshift farm. He no longer goes under his secret identity of Clark Kent after the Joker killed multiple staff members of the Daily Planet, one of them being Lois Lane. At first he refuses to reunite Justice League but later joining to help the superhero community, donning a somewhat new costume with the shield being red and black as suppose to his original red and yellow. Superman attempts to bring along Batman, who the public knows that he is Bruce Wayne. He now wears an exoskeleton to support his old and feeble body after years of being the Batman now had taken a physical toil on him. Batman uses robots he created in his image to patrol the streets of Gotham City turning into a city state. However Batman refuses Superman’s offer after not agreeing to his new agenda. The majority of heroes of the current generation have gotten out of line where they ether endanger civilians or war with one another, one example violently forcing away immigrants on their way to Elis Island. Superman puts together a new justice league to police the new vigilante problem. He places Wonder Woman as his second in command. He and his league imprison the rouge heroes in prison nicknamed the gulag in the ruins of what was Kansas. Superman claims this is for the sake of educating the prisoners to not be reckless heroes.Another divide is created between superhumans and mere mortals. The United Nations begin to lose faith in the Justice League’s Gulag and its attempt to reform rouge heroes. Lex Luthor and a couple members of Batman’s Rouges Gallery help create the Mankind Liberation Front. The Front sees that putting an end to the League’s actions by destroying them completely. I find this whole graphic novel as an example of old verses new when it comes to superheroes with a generational gap, for instances having Batman and Robin (Now known as Red Robin) become separated on the meta-human vigilante issue. This story is put together show how dangerous individuals or groups with too much power can be. With all the powers and abilities that a superhero may or may not have the greater power above all of that has to be making the difference between the right and wrong. One thing about comics is that not everything is set in stone and one can take as many creative liberties with characters and storylines as they want. In the novel they had Superman absorb so much solar rays over the years that he is immune to kryptonite and have a budding romance between Wonder Woman. I have to recommend this to any who is either a big fan of comics or an art buff.

Number 3.  –  Battle Angel Alita

This is the only Manga that made it in the list because it is some of the richest, deepest, and most detailed manga that has ever been created! Yukito Kishiro proved to be both one hell of an artist and a storyteller of modern times! The people and cyborgs of the Scrap Yard live beneath the flying city of Tiphares, whose inhabitants dump their junk in the Scrap Yard and rules above it’s inhabitants. One day doc Ido, a former Tipharean citizen, finds the intact head of young cyborg-girl in a vast pile of scrap. He takes her in and gives her a body and the name Alita. Alita then discovers since long forgotten fighting techniques hidden in her body and decides to become a hunter-warrior like Ido. But things gotten so much worse for the two as cyborg monsters and gangs tries to ruin the Scrap Yard only to have Alita try to make a difference, but manages to make things worse than they are. This Manga series spawned 9 volumes from 1990 – 1995 and it was one hell of a comic run! With those 9 volumes it depict life as it moves forward and also going very deep that nobody is clearly good or evil. There’s a huge cast of character that are all deep and developing effortlessly. Backed that up with some of the most fascinating science fiction world ever seen, you got yourself one hell of a tale! There are so much terminology with this fictional technology that the world of Alita is in and everything has a complexity to it that it makes a reader hooked to it. It gets so dense and relatable that anything that goes wrong with your favorite character can easily break your heart or something goes well can take your breath away! You’ll get the best character development, action sequences, best surprises, and best dialog ever printed! You owe it to yourself to read Battle Angel Alita! And by the of reading all 9 Volumes, it bring an appropriately bittersweet ending to the series, with a happy ending at last for our hero, and all looked to be well with the world.

Number 2.  –  Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles

It should go without saying that the Turtles started out as a comic book satire of Daredevil into a multimedia franchise! My favorite incarnation of the Turtles will always be Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s take on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles because it so well told and so unbelievably creative that it has been repeated and retold again & again in future incarnations of the Turtles. Sure the series did have a bunch of bumps in 80’s, but in 1990 – 1993 (Issues 28 – 62) has became some of the most captivating and engaging moments of the Ninja Turtles! Each time I go back to those old issues it make me wish that there Mirage Comics was a big comic book company like Marvel and DC because they were the best underground comics studio that I can think of! We were able to see the Turtles to be so deep and at their best when facing off The Shredder, the foot, and many other enemies that dared to face them. The City at War story arc has always been my favorite moments of Ninja Turtles and since then I have yet to see a better moment for our heroes from any series of the franchise! Towards the end of volume 1’s run, it left me speechless!

Nothing could ever be more awesome than volume 1 of Ninja Turtles. Though though other volumes of the Ninja Turtles comics have came out after Issue 62, they didn’t really have that engaging and gripping storytelling that the original volumes have. Volume 2 of Ninja Turtles was just illustrations instead of good storytelling which lead to the cancelation of the series. Volume 3, when Mirage sided with Image, had cool ideas but had ridiculous results like making Leo into cyborg, Donatello was absent, and Savage Dragon (Image comics character) became a recruiting ally to the turtles (lame). The only comic series that almost lived up to volume 1 of the Ninja Turtles was Volume 4 (until they got cancelled) and IDW’s run on Ninja Turtles that’s on-going today. But I still have a huge passion to the original story that was told from the original Turtles and I continue to get inspired from it the more I read them!

Number 1.  –  Bone

Bone is a true classic in any storytelling medium. Jeff Smith describes his colossal fantasy as a cross between Bugs Bunny and Lord of the Rings, but it ultimately stands as its own legacy. A whimsical, often-times hilarious journey that straddles action, adventure and comedy with natural finesse, Bone entertains from start to finish, young and old alike. The Bone comic series is a near perfect story that will leave readers not disappointed. I loved every moment that was put into each panel with Jeff Smith’s charming illustrations, engagingly fun dialogue and the story getting intense as the characters developed maturely in this epic tale. This was simply one of the best comic book/ graphic novel series that I ever read. It combines comedy and fantasy, taking some risks to make the story more suitable for a wider demographic. Bone officially became one of my inspirations in writing and drawing that made me write and draw more original stuff these days. I’m surprised that Bone never gotten its own feature film or TV series yet because it would have been so fascinating to see the Bone characters  in motion when traditional animations were common in animation studios back then. You can get the whole series of Bone in the Complete graphic novel and it is the highest recordation of a comic book to read!

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Top 10 Scariest Comic Books

Though I do have issues with the horror genre as a whole, comic books has a fine share from going outside of the superhero genre and into the realms of nightmarish drawings. What I love about reading horror comic books is like looking at an artist’s twisted imagination with violence, disturbing character & background design, and even tone within the storytelling. It’s almost like looking at a disturb classmate’s thoughts though his drawings and it makes it so exciting to be so curious. Sure, it’s not like horror movies, television series, or video games where they depend upon the jump scares, special effects, and intimidating sound effects to get its audience scared, but I consider horror comics underrated because it captures the artists’s deep and personal thoughts that makes of us vicarious. The best thing to get scared from an actual comic book is if you read these books by yourself, in a dark room with only one light to read it, and play some horrifying music to get the mood and feel like you’re in this world. I do it all the time whenever I read a horror comic book and these are the ten that scared me the most.

Number 10.  –  Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing is one of the most popular classic horror comics ever. The comic book series, featuring the plant elemental, is a classic example of a monster-themed comic book. Originally penned by Len Wein and drawn by Berni Wrightson, Swamp Thing first appeared in the July issue of the House of Secrets in 1971. The legendary character was quite popular till the early ‘90s. Still today, many DC comic book aficionados love to read the adventures. Filled with bizarre monsters and heroic adventures, The Swamp Thing is absolutely a must-read this Halloween. Sorry to put this comic series at the bottom of the list, but Swamp thing isn’t as scary as he used to be, however I’m still a fan of the whole mythos and the creation of Swamp Thing, which makes him still one of my favorite characters in the DC Universe.

Number 9.  –  GYO

Some of the best horror manga can surely be quite terrifying, but GYO is grotesque in every possible way! It has an unimaginable story that invades your olfactory senses. And yes, the theme is bizarre; zombie fish! An experiment goes awry and causes fish to mutate and develop a strange structure. The stinking zombie fishes attack people in the most unimaginable way. he artwork is vintage manga. The level of grotesqueness shown in Junji Ito’s GYO is beyond your imagination, so better be ready to get your senses invaded before you grab this manga. Sure, the whole concept is like a cheesy B-movie, but it’s one of those kinds that does scare the audience successfully. The best horror comics enthrall readers with their original storyline and excellent artwork. These comics are worthy to be in your horror comic book collection.

Number 8.  –  The Walking Dead

No matter how hard you try, zombies to me are more discusting than scary. The Walking Dead is no acceptation, but what really is terrifying is how the characters, all are human, changes over time as they adapt to the zombie-apocalyptic world. Basically this is just zombies mixed with a soap opera, but that’s what makes it so engaging to read. At times, I prefer reading the comic series more so than the popular television series currently going on. It’s crazy to imagine how everyone you met or know changes from being friend or ally to possibly be a worse enemy than the zombies themselves. As  you follow the character development, it gets the audience more anticipated and yet more intimidated because so of us have experienced betrayal and frustration towards each other. Every character of the series have their flaws but grows over time the more they become adapted to the zombie world that they’re living in. Whenever there’s a huge plot twist or a big surprise it leaves all of us a huge impression that would last for a lifetime.

Number 7.  –  Salem Brownstone

This is a gothic masterpiece. I am really stunned at how this graphic novel took so much imagination and creativity to its limits. The eponymous hero is a young launderette owner who one day receives an urgent telegram informing him of his estranged father’s death. He inherits an imposing old mansion, some magical artefacts, and some terrifying foes. It turns out that his father was one of the mystical guardians who defend the Earth from otherworldly threats, and Salem must now take up his mantle. Fortunately, he is not alone; there is a colourful cast of circus characters to help him, with such splendid names as Cassandra Contortionist and Roscoe Dillinger, Tiger Tamer Extraordinaire who are all very creepy and disturbing in nature. It took similar art styles like Tim Burton and Edward Gorey and goes an extra mile by not being light-hearted whatsoever. There are just monsters that will you on edge and even a scary moments whenever there are scenes that doesn’t make any sense but keeps you wondering. If you thought the acid trip with the Yellow Submarine was beyond fucked up, just wait till you get to the part of the graphic novel where they enter another dimension. That part of Salem Brownstone blew my mind away. All in all, Salem Brownstone is a must have for any fan of the horror genre in general because if you have legends like Alan Moore praising another person’s work, you know what you’re in for!

Number 6.  – The Calling: Cthulhu Chronicles 

This obscure limited series from Boom Comics really had a lackluster story, not much use of the Cthulhu mythos, and it’s another one of those mystery stories that just has a cult trying to take over the world. So how did this comic manage to make it to the list? Well, there’s a side-plot in this story that became the scariest concept and art I’ve ever seen in my life. Basically, they took inspiration from Ju-Oh the Grudge where you take a picture of yourself and you see an unforeseen picture of a stranger coming closer and closer to the image you of took yourself. This stranger can’t be seen anywhere, but in the picture that our main character, Clay Diggs, continues to take. During the course of the comic, Clay often checks how much closer till his time comes.

***SPOILERS***

Oh yes, the final page of the issue does include a shocker that makes this story feel like Michael Alan Nelson and Johanna Stokes have channeled Lovecraft, Stephen King, Rod Serling, and Koji Suzuki to scare the bejeezus out of any who dare read the story between the cover. I wasn’t too thrilled when the opening pages contained the murder of a mother and son, but as the pieces began to fall into place, I realized this is a spook story to be read during the daytime only. That very drawing is so frightening that I drop the comic and had goosebumps all over my body. I never had that effect before and it was sure as hell a humongous surprise that such a limited media (such as a comic book) could even do such a thing. I still find it uncomfortable to see that very image of that stranger finally touching Clay up close and personal, becoming the best final page of any comic book. I never felt so scared at a single drawing so much as the pictures he took kept building up to some of the biggest scares I’ve ever had from this medium. It was almost like it can be you that this person is coming to next and since then I don’t  want to take pictures of myself as I normally do. If only they put that side-story was the main story, this would have been number 1 for me.

Number 5.  –  Tales from the Crypt

Everyone is more familiar with the show with the same title, but little does anyone remember of the monthly comic book back in the 1950’s. Each month, comic fans were given stories that deals with crime, monsters, witchcraft, satanism, sorcery, and all the horror you can think of. This was the pinacle of horror comics because it departed away from the typical superhero genre that still floods the entire media. Horror comics like Crypt had balls to show its audience scary images like they never seen before. There were legends like Johnny Craig and Wally Wood,George Evans, Jack Kamen, Graham Ingels, and the rest that wanted to share their twisted stories and drawings to show how fearful they can really be. The thing that sucks about this short-live comic book release is that they were in the time where the U.S. Government was very paranoid and wanted to get rid of comic books int the mid-1950’s. There was no way they could win their case against the U.S. government so EC comics had to shutdown and put an end to Tales of the Crypt. Some of the artists who worked on the project regretted being part of it, but we all know that this was a huge part of comic book history for being so damn original and we couldn’t let that go. That’s why there are reprints, references, and even a television show based upon the comic series years later! It gave us all a huge impression and inspired many to become better storytellers & artists in horror.

Number 4.  –  Black Hole

Regarded by many as the best graphic novel of all time, Charles Burns managed to make his most personal and darkest story stand out more than any other in the medium. You wouldn’t think a book about growing up in a small town would necessarily be terrifying, but Charles Burns book about a monstrous STD has a slow feeling of dread that suffuses every single panel. And really, what’s more terrifying than being a teenager who carries STD’s? This graphic novel is filled with a somber tone and the consequences of premarital sex as it has the worst outcome. I was very intimidated at how dark the subject matter really was and how much I really relate to the main characters for being so tempted and distracted with sex. We sometimes want our dream girl so bad and Charles Burns reflects on those issues that we all faced in High School. But the story doesn’t bang you over the head by giving the message of not have premarital sex, instead they did what Requiem Dream did; they show the aftermath of it all. And that’s the scariest part of Black Hole!

Number 3.  –  Panorama of Hell

Even bad drawings can still scare many, thanks to the twisted composition by Hideshi Hino. This is one of the biggest examples that most Japanese need help because you’re really more disturbed at the nature than anything else from this comic. Anyone can actually draw disgusting stuff like this, but Hino was just so sick that he made it stick out more than a suicidal high schooler’s drawings. It’s been a while since Tales of the Crypt where we actually see such a damn project filled with this very graphic comic. It is nearly 200 pages of disturbing imagery, but Hino wonderfully transforms the horror of the story as the book goes along from graphic otherworldly violence to, well, violence that is very much of this world. The story follows a strange artist who paints with his own blood in a post-apocalyptic world. As the story goes on, the artist shows us some of his paintings as he discusses the painting of his masterpiece, “The Panorama of Hell”. As you read it, it feels like you’re looking at drawings from a disturbed kid that you’ve met in school to only regret being too curious. It deals with thoughts of murder, hurtful experiences, and his deepest fears. There was at a point in the comic where I just couldn’t turn another page because it was just too much for me to bear. But I had to comeback and read the rest on my own. This is really a graphic comic book and one of the innovators of the indie-style drawings seen in indie comics, online comics and cartoons like Invader Zim.

Number 2.  –  Domu: A Child’s Dream

This manga was created by the great Katsuhiro Otomo who also made Akira. Though Akira has a compete sense of intensity within a post-apocalyptic world, it still does not compare to the horrors of Domu. Domu is just some of the most twisted manga I’ve ever seen. It’s a slasher, psychological horror, and pure horror into one. It’s about a little girl being haunted by mysterious senile killer.  She moves into the complex who also has powers and she eventually becomes his nemesis (you would think that this would be a bizarre coincidence, but according to Otomo’s work, every third person in Japan has mental powers). The old man torments her in a chilling sequence that Jamie specifically cited as wanting me to reference. At times, you can see yourself looking at this very bizarre concept, but it became more of a neon like journey that turned out to be a horror come to life. Remember, this was the early 1980’s and nobody (not even Stanley Kubrick) could even innovate this style and dynamics that Otomo offered in this manga. It even inspire the likes of Guillermo Del Toro to create stories like this one. That should say a lot about Domu: The Child’s Dream.

Number 1.  –  Uzumaki

Sick! Sick! Sick! Japanese can be some of the most disturbing people you can ever meet, and I have never see anything quite like Uzamaki and I’m most afraid to see anyone more disturbing than Junji Ito! I’ve seen drawings of corpses, supernatural elements, and other stuff seen in the horror genre, but it was just shocking to see everything go above and beyond that I’ve seen in the horror. Well, this strange obsession with curls has engulfed a small town, where the inhabitants find themselves becoming strangely attracted towards spirals. The story begins with a man’s strange obsession with anything spiral, from spiral drawings to objects. He collects them and just stares at them in rapt fascination. So, what’s terrifying if a man gets gripped by spirals? This is where Junji Ito’s superb storytelling skills come into play. The obsession infects every inhabitant slowly, which then turns into a horrific nightmare, with surprising twists that can certainly make your skin crawl. Uzumaki is a vertigo-inducing classic that can even make Stephen King shriek with fear. It perfectly fits into the J-Horror definition: bizarre, skin-crawling and grotesque. This was the first time that I ever have to put down a manga/comic because it was just too much to bear. Yet when I got settled down month later, it got me more shocked to see any of this stuff to continue to get worse. This is one of those cases where the artist’s skills is so good that it’s scary. He creates a terrifying scene after another and delivered with some of the scariest drawings that I’ve ever seen. The only way any other comic book out there could even be number on the list is if they manage to become more insane than Junji Ito and be better in his drawings as well.

Top 10 Hottest Comic Book Women

Well, I’m continuing off with ending this month by giving a Top 10 Hottest Women lists for all the reviews that I’m doing on my wordpress site. Already I’ve made a Top 10 Animated Women list, now it’s time to do one for comic book women as well. Just to make this loud and clear, I never bought comic books for sex or pornographic material. I have the utter full respect for comic books and appreciate the talent by the artists who made them. But I will admit that there has been more than plenty of comic book women that I just find undeniably attractive to see in our pages. Well there are more than enough female characters to go around and comic books over sexualized them for that sex sells business strategy. Not to say anything is wrong with that but with such a reputation towards super heroines, I think I can pull off a list of my very own favorite comic book babes that I consider the hottest ever.

Number 10.  –  Silk Spectre

Due to the fact that Watchmen was such a very deep and revolutionary tale of superhero downfall with all of their characters having their own point of view as a hero, Silk Spectre just didn’t have much of a character or any great standpoint as a super heroine in the Watchmen, outside of being the Comedian’s legitimate daughter. That being said, she made it on the list for being a great sex symbol. She’s been in a relationship with Dr. Manhattan (who gave her god-like sex) and the Nite Owl (who provided her great security). I like the fact that she’s following her mother’s footsteps (making her Silk Spectre II) and proved herself to be as good if not better than the original Silk Spectre. However, my issue with her is that she’s just there for sex. Now be honest with yourself, if you were in either Dr. Manhattan or Nite Owl’s shoes and you have a shot with her, you’ll take the opportunity to nail the job!

Number  9.  –  Jean Grey

Jean Grey was just that girl that we should give up because she’s up tight with Cyclops who’s the leader of the X-Men. However there are some like Wolverine that just can’t accept that because she’s so affectionate towards others in the X-Men group. She’s proceeded as Professor Xavier’s right hand woman due to the fact that she possesses similar abilities as he does. She’s just so powerful and deadly that we can’t forget such a woman like her. However her only downfall after all the wonderful things about this woman is that she has an evil split personality that destroys anything without any reason, The Phoenix. This would really complicate a relationship as seen with Cyclops multiple times that she doesn’t want anyone to her, but net she’s unstoppable once she turns into the Phoenix.

Number 8.  –  Rogue

Unlike Jean Grey, Rogue has a problem that any one can maintain a great relationship with. For a tragic beautiful woman who never wanted to be a mutant and she can even come close to killing anyone once she touches them, who wouldn’t want to help her out? She’s a woman worth dying for because she needs the help to make her life the way she always wanted. I mean, when she had her first kiss she put her then-boyfriend in a coma. Throughout her miserable life she never can have the opportunity to touch another person without putting then close to death. This shows how really out of our league she really is which even makes her even the more hotter. It’s really tragic to see that she couldn’t experience all the wonders of romance with the power she possesses and yet many of us can’t let her go because she is in need for some loving. Don’t let a woman who’s stronger than many men in the world intimidate you because that makes her better than the typical Victoria secret model!

Number 7.  –  Psylocke

Diversity is what we all want from our comic books. Having a sexy asian super heroine like Psylocke is something that got more people into comics. I personally like to see Psylocke as the Cammy of comic books because whenever you turn her around already, we just want to see that great ass of hers. Pylocke is a ninja assassin who turned out to have power of telepathy, affect people’s memories, project mental illusions; and generate psi-bolts that could stun, injure, or kill others. Any girl who dream of being a super heroine would love to have powers and abilities like Psylocke’s. Most amazing about her is that she’s Japanese that has a British accent; you couldn’t ask for a more diverse character. Having such a cultural chick to be in a relationship with you just makes the job of super-heroism to feel much more adventurous.

Number 6.  –  Power Girl

You can throw in Wonder Woman or Super Girl, but we all have to admit that Power Girl is the more interesting and sexiest of the super heroines. She was an evolution to Super Girl and brought something new on the table. It’s obvious that the only place to put a symbol on a super hero is on the chest, but Power Girl doesn’t want a Symbol, she just exposes her cleavage at the world. Us guys are normally distracted by the beautiful ta-tas, but she sticks out as her own character by having very interesting story arcs and adventures that is really reminiscent to anime/ school girl manga. I think that’s all we want to see in our comic books now since all we get to see is Super heroes kicking super villain’s butt all the time. Power Girl just turned out to be a lovable goddess who just does what’s best for the world and her friends.

Number 5.  –  Witchblade

Let’s be honest here, we never read Witchblade for it’s storytelling (though it’s poor) or character study (hardly any), we just want to see Witchblade to be as sexy and as kick ass as humanly possible. Top Cow really over exposed Witchblade as their Superman of the company though it is their best concept, till The Darkness was created. Sara Pezzini was a suicidal cop who somehow had a criminal situation that had a spell casted upon her that made her the Witchblade that she is. It is simply exotic in a good way. It almost reminds me of Specie the movies or Sarah Karrigan from StarCraft. First off the only parts of her body that’s covered by the metal witchcraft armor that exposes her cleavage and stomach. She’s so popular in the comic scene that she made so many cross-overs and cameo appearances in so many comic books that it sells more than it should.

Number 4.  –  Alana (Saga)

In so many ways, she’s just like Lana from Archer; she’s stubborn, always being defensive, very feminine, ect. But unlike Lana, she isn’t a cold hearted bitch. Find it weird if you will, but for a woman who has wings on her back, surrounded by so many bazaar alien species seen in Saga, and is in a media where super heroine exists, Alana is actually the most human comic book character ever. The creators of Saga knew how to make their female characters interesting and Alana just makes the stereotype of comic book female characters to be turned upside down. I just fully enjoyed reading her dialog and see how much intelligence and emotion she give to her husband Marko as they do their best to protect their young baby Hazel from everyone who’s after the family. Alana has just a dynamic and flexible personality that it is what makes Saga worthwhile for every science fiction fan. Alana is some of the most enjoyable female characters that we’ve seen in comics and I just find it so fascinating how did they make a character on a flat paper to stick out as a real person that we might know of in our daily lives. She swears like any ordinary woman, she refuses to back down from any one, and so much more that actually shows that this is how you make a female character! As for sexiness, she is a MILF who is just that dark skinned, athletic woman that you want to keep as a wife. She never quits once she makes her decision, she keeps going to the very end to reach that goal of hers.

Number 3.  –  Sue Storm / Invisible Woman

Now speaking of MILFs, no other woman could ever look as good in a tight suit than Sue Storm. Reed Richards should know that he’s a lucky man to have such a woman like Sue for she has all the qualities of being the perfect wife! She’s motherly, always strong at will, and she’s just as feminine. The Invisible Woman has been the backbone of the Fantastic Four for she always tries her best to put the four together after all the fights and conflict the team has had with each other over the years. She is that perfect angel that you want to fall in love with and also treat her like the lady that she deserves. She really is a woman to die for and it’s a rarity to find someone who has that 10 out of 10 look and that perfect personality that all guys dream of!

 

Number 2.  –  Poison Ivy

It’s about time to actually put a villainess in the list and to be honest I think that Pamela Isley (Poison Ivy) is the most interesting woman in the Batman series. You heard me right, I think she’s more fascinating than Catwoman, Talia al Ghul, and even Harley Quinn. How can nobody see that a woman who’s obsessed with plants can go far to protecting mother nature by becoming an ecoterrorist. Not only that, she knows that she’s sexy; almost everything she does she’s confident in every movement that she makes, the lovely voice coming from her every breath, and even the seductive nature with such a lifestyle with plants. I love Poison Ivy’s motivation when becoming Batman’s enemy, but it also makes us wish that we were all her plants in her garden just to get enough love from her. Poison Ivy is just that gorgeous that being kissed (her poisoning move) by her is our number 1 choice of death for us guys. She is that fiery redhead that every man would like to take that girl out to dinner and it’s possible to have a healthy relationship with someone like Ivy if you love plants as much as she does.  I would really love to put her as my number 1 hottest animated woman, but unfortunately she never had her moment comic books where she made her motivation closest to success, plus they changed her skin color green. It’s really hard for me to get attached to a female character that has, now, a weak motivation towards saving plants but instead just uses them to just destroy Batman. Other than that, I would die for a woman that would look just like Poison Ivy from the animated series because, to be perfectly honest with you all, she was my first crush ever. I mean, watching Batman: The Animated Series as a kid was frightening, but after seeing Poison Ivy for the first time, I have a reason why to watch the show. It’s really fun to have her as a villainess because it makes capturing her (as the good guy) a lot more fun than saving the damsel in distress. If I were Batman, I would do this for eternity with her instead of the Joker. *wink!*

 

Number 1.  –  Mary Jane Watson

No doubt about it, MJ is both the perfect girl next door and the girlfriend that almost every comic book fan wants. While on my Top 10 list of the hottest women in animation had a really “bad girl” to reign on top, the nicest and kindest girl make it on top on this one. She has been Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s motivation to help everyone in New York City and she is there to support him any way she can. She’s always there in the most troublesome times and you can rely on her to keep your identity secret as humanly possible. Though she is a damsel in distressed in so many occasions, she has been involved with some of Spider-Man’s wildest adventures. Now since the Spider-Man franchise has been around over a decade, there are many  versions of Mary Jane from different universes, but I’ll have to say the Ultimate Spider-Man version of Mary Jane Watson is my favorite. She’s almost like the best high school sweet-heart that you want get to know the most and you would want to let her know who you really are. Ultimate version of MJ has been in deeper situations that makes her stand out as a more complex character than any other entities of the character. She actually made High School drama to actually feel engaging and you would really want to help her anyway you can. Mary Jane was just a girl who we all want to keep for all the help, support, and passionate love that she gives to her man. What more can you ask for from a single woman?