We Rank Your Favorite Superhero… Or Villain
Mary Jo Duffy
April 7, 1981
In our short-story of love, passion, destruction and extinction, we begin with Uatu in the Earth-616 universe. To begin,the Watcher ponders the Phoenix's journey with the X-Men. In his musings, he contemplates an alternate reality... Here, Phoenix did not die! Instead, the X-Men lost their battle against the Shi'ar and the Phoenix Force was psychically lobotomized from Jean Grey. But in reality, this was further from the truth. On a fateful day, the X-Men were called into battle by Lilandra. On the alien planet Arama, our children of the atom were to face Galactus trying to consume the planet... and his herald Terrax! A fierce battle followed during which Terrax struck down the X-Men, even threatening Cyclops. At that moment, we realized that the Phoenix had been laying dormant. Violently, she emerged and removed the Power Cosmic from Terrax. Then, she valiantly engaged Galactus in combat. Soon, she defeated him and repelled his invasion. However, Jean is overwhelmed by the fury and the passion of the Phoenix. A cosmic fiery bird of death and rebirth, Phoenix destroyed asteroids and consumed a star. Eventually, the X-Men returned to Earth. When Shadowcat berated Jean for losing control, the telepath killed her. Soon, Dark Phoenix destroyed the X-Men one by one. Finally, the death of her lover, Cyclops, was the last straw. In a fit of rage, folly and cosmic madness, the fiery bird consumed Earth, then the galaxy, and finally, the universe and beyond. Here ends the story of the Phoenix which should serve as a cautionary tale to not let this fiery cosmic bird to reign unimpeded in the cosmos.
In Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel (2008) #1, is Blue Marvel’s explosive debut. For the origin story, Adam Brashear was born in Chicago, Illinois. At a young age, Adam attracted the attention as a child prodigy. As an adult, the young man attended Cornell University. There, he was a fullback on the football team and graduated magna cum laude. Incredibly, Adam had Ph.Ds. in electrical engineering and theoretical physics.
Really, Adam was an alpha male. During the Korean War, he served as a private in the Marine Corps. There, he met Sergeant Conner Sims. On his first day of combat, Adam saved Sergeant Sims’ life. In fact, Adam earned two Silver Stars.
In Ultimates (2016) #4, we learn the origin of Blue Marvel. In 1960, Adam Brashear was working on Project Pegasus. At the time, the now agent of the Army Security Agency, Connor Sims, visited his lab. To this end, they aimed to retrieve anti-matter from the Negative Zone through a Negative Reactor. Through the singularity, they would stabilize the positive and negative energies. Certainly, they intended to generate limitless clean energy. Suddenly, the device exploded and forever changed both men. Adam was knocked unconscious while Connor dissipated away. Later, Adam became a stable antimatter reactor while Connor would become Anti-Man, his nemesis.
As Blue Marvel, Adam possesses a plethora of super powers: Anti-Matter Energy Absorption Physiology, Superhuman Strength, Nigh Invulnerability, Anti-Matter Manipulation with Concussive Force Bolts, Energy Pulse, Force field, Flight, Longevity, Matter Manipulation, Energy Manipulation, Hyper-Cosmic Awareness.
Even more impressive, Blue Marvel possesses these powers at a level comparable to Sentry.
In Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel (2008) #1, racism in America forces Blue Marvel into early retirement. During a battle, Blue Marvel’s full-face helmet is damaged. At that time, America discovers that their hero is an African American. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy grants the #BlackSuperman the Presidential Medal of Freedom. On the same day, he orders Blue Marvel to retire. Though initially conflicted, Blue Marvel eventually retires.
In Adam: Legend Of The Blue Marvel (2009) #4, Blue Marvel and Uatu the Watcher’s friendship starts. On the Blue Area of the moon, Blue Marvel leaves the Presidential Medal of Freedom. There, he meets the Watcher. Later, Blue Marvel will have multiple conversations at important moments. In Mighty Avengers (2014) #10, Blue Marvel and Uatu become peers. Amazingly, Blue Marvel becomes the godfather of Uatu The Watcher’s baby. Indeed, family ties of cosmic proportions.
During Civil War II, Ulysses’ visions guided Blue Marvel into a fight with the Squadron Supreme. To begin, Nighthawk decided the Squadron Supreme’s next mission. Simply put, they must stop an organization called Think Tank from irresponsibly harnessing black holes.
Together, Hyperion, Thundra, Doctor Spectrum, Blur and Nighthawk embark on their mission. On the way, they are intercepted by Blue Marvel. During the battle, Blur narrates that Blue Marvel is as powerful as Hyperion. Using Ulysses’ visions, Blue Marvel incapacitates the Squadron Supreme. Until, he is in a stalemate with Hyperion. In the end, the Squadron Supreme retreats.
In Adam: Legend of The Blue Marvel (2009) #5, Blue Marvel engages in an all-out fight with Sentry and the Mighty Avengers. To stop Anti-Man from destroying the Earth, Blue Marvel plans to detonate the villain. In fact, he intends to contain the explosion and dissipate it into space. However, Iron Man and Mister Fantastic disagree. Violently, Blue Marvel storms out of Avengers Tower with the Mighty Avengers in pursuit.
After a brief scuffle with Iron Man, Ms. Marvel and Ares, Blue Marvel fights Sentry. Brutally, Sentry bludgeons Blue Marvel. When Robert realizes Blue Marvel has pushed him to the limits of his power, the #BlackSuperman punches him into orbit. Then, Sentry returns. Finally, aided by the Avengers, Robert gains the upper hand.
In the end, Blue Marvel collapses in the rubble.
Originally, Anti-Man sought to combat racism by destructive methods. Though, he ended up nearly killing his best friend, Adam, an African-American. At the end of Adam: Legend Of The Blue Marvel (2009) #5, Blue Marvel detonates Anti-Man.
In the issue, Anti-Man is causing antimatter storms that are opening an aperture to the Negative Zone. Together with the Mighty Avengers, Blue Marvel succeeds in destabilizing Anti-Man’s molecular vibration frequency. Then, Blue Marvel causes the villain to explode in space. Fortunately, Blue Marvel successfully contains the explosion then dissipates the energy into space.
A propos, in an editorial, Michael Granger at You Don’t Read Comics shares his personal experience regarding Blue Marvel as #BlackSuperman and racism:
Some people love street-level heroes, Batman, Black Panther, Daredevil, and Spiderman, and so on. But my heart always had a place for the big heavy hitters, and finally, here was one that looked like me, who experienced racism, and whom I related to directly. As someone whose parents and uncles were raised in the Jim Crow south, who attended a predominantly white high school, and as a soldier, I couldn’t help but relate to the character.-“Black Superman? The Potential Of Blue Marvel,” YOU DON’T READ COMICS
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Among Marvel superheroes, Black Bolt is a powerhouse. As Inhuman King, the silent monarch hosts a plethora of super powers: super strength, super speed, superhuman durability, a powerful sonic scream, matter and energy manipulation, particle and electron harnessing and manipulation.
On his brow, Black Bolt has a metallic fork-shaped antenna. In order to channel his particle and electron super powers, Black Bolt focuses them with his antenna. Let’s look at how Black Bolt’s chief super powers extend to the Galaxy Level.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1993) #375, Doctor Doom has stolen Aron the rogue Watcher’s powers. Given that Uatu the Watcher’s power can shake a galaxy, Aron is comparably Galaxy Level. In order to stop Doctor Doom, the Fantastic Four and the Inhumans have teamed up. Ingeniously, Mister Fantastic has invented the Optimizer.
In short, it is a machine that absorbs Doctor Doom’s cosmic energy from his storage battery and fires it back at him. In this instance, Black Bolt speaks his sonic scream into the Optimizer and fires it at Doctor Doom. As a result, Doctor Doom’s storage battery is overloaded till he reaches critical mass. In the end, Doom vanishes in an explosion.
Definitely, Black Bolt demonstrated a Galaxy Level of Energy Projection since he was able to overload Doctor Doom’s storage battery.
In ‘Marvel Two-In-One Annual’ (1979) #4, Black Bolt performs an incredible feat. During a battle against Graviton, Black Bolt has to stop a solar flare from striking the Earth. Incredibly, Black Bolt uses his electron manipulation powers to stop the solar flare.
Considering a solar flare produces 1032 ergs per second or 1025 Watts of power, Black Bolt demonstrated a Stellar Level of Energy Projection.
In ‘War of Kings’ (2009) #1, Emperor Vulcan is at the head of the Shi’ar Empire. Meanwhile, Black Bolt rules the Kree. In a declaration of war, Vulcan attacks the Kree. During an all-out war, Black Bolt attacks Gladiator and briefly overpowers him. In the meantime, White Noise has to put an end to the fight.
Considering Gladiator has Stellar Level Super Strength, Black Bolt demonstrated a Stellar Level of Super Strength.
Really, a feat that has been talked about on the Internet. In Doctor Strange (2018) #16, Galactus returns to the Marvel Universe. Previously, Galactus sated his hunger in another dimension. Now, he has returned to conquer the Marvel Universe.
In order to stop the Devourer of Worlds, Doctor Strange assembles a coalition of mages and cosmic heroes. Together, they battle the Star God. Though, their efforts are futile. Indeed, Galactus will not be conquered.
Alone, Black Bolt steps forward. Moreover, amped by magic, he delivers a powerful sonic scream. Incredibly, the sonic scream staggers Galactus. At a time when Galactus did not have his jobber aura, he was still a cosmic force.
In The Last Galactus Story: Chapter Seven (1985), a sated Galactus once survived the gravitational force at the core of the Milky Way galaxy. Definitely, considering the incredible durability, Black Bolt performed a Galaxy-Level of Energy Projection.
Definitely, Black Bolt is as powerful as a herald of Galactus. Let’s list the Top 4 heralds in terms of energy manipulation.
In ‘Incredible Hulk’ (1980) #250, Silver Surfer is stranded on Earth and seeks the help of Bruce Banner. In order to break through Galactus’s space barrier, Bruce Banner constructs machinery to bombard the Silver Surfer with gamma rays. Soon, the gamma-powered Silver Surfer goes into space to break the barrier.
After a gamma ray explosion, Bruce Banner transforms into the Hulk. Returning from space for more power, Surfer ends up fighting the Green Behemoth. On Silver Surfer’s surfboard, they end in space. There, Surfer has the idea of absorbing Hulk‘s gamma ray radiation. Afterwards, Hulk reverts to Bruce Banner.
Eventually, Surfer breaks the space barrier. However, the Sentinel of the Spaceways has to return to Earth to save Bruce in free fall, who fell off Surfer’s surfboard. Finally, Surfer has to return Bruce’s gamma power to save him, transforminging him into the Hulk. In the end, the Silver Surfer is again trapped on Earth.
In “The 10 Most Powerful Heralds of Galactus, Ranked”, Chris White at CBR.com ranks Stardust number three. Namely, Stardust was the last surviving member of his race known as the Etherals. In fact, these were beings of pure energy. Named Lambda-Zero, she became Stardust, a ruthless and murderous herald of Galactus.
In ‘Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta-Ray Bill’ (2005) #4, Stardust and Beta-Ray Bill engage in a cosmic clash over Galactus’ attempt to feed on New Korbin. In order to assist in her struggle, Stardust summons Asteroth. When the demon causes untold damage, both fighters agree to battle field remove it.
Uncannily, one of Stardust’s super powers with the Power Cosmic is to open portals to black holes. In order to BFR Asteroth, Stardust opens a portal to a black hole. Though, the ploy fails and both Stardust and Beta-Ray Bill begin to be sucked in.
In the end, they are saved by Alpha Ray who drives the evil spirit into the black hole.
In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1987) #9, Nova and Silver Surfer have to save Galactus from the Elders of the Universe. In a grand scheme, they have built a device powered by the Soul Gems to destroy Galactus. Mischievously, they have kidnapped Shalla Bal and Mantis in order to lure the Silver Surfer. In exchange for the women’s freedoms, Surfer hands over the Soul Gem.
However, the Grandmaster sends the women in a ball of energy that will explode if touched. Unfortunately, Norrin manages to save only Shalla Bal. Angrily, the Surfer vows to make them pay and departs to save Galactus. Meanwhile, the Elders of the Universe have activated their machine which is slowly killing the Devourer of Worlds.
Under Surfer’s direction, Nova triggers a star to collapse into a black hole. Miraculously, Galactus can recover by feeding on the energies. Meanwhile, some of the Elders and the Soul Gems are sucked into the black hole.
Definitely, a feat requiring a high end energy manipulation. On a scale, it requires the power output of a galaxy within seconds. Without a doubt, a Galaxy Level of Energy Projection.
In ‘Avengers’ (1989) #302, Firelord removes the flames off Invisible Woman’s construct in re-entry. Considering Firelord withstood heat from re-entry, this is both an energy projection feat and a durability feat.
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The contestants enter the arena of New York City. On the left side are the Fantastic Four and on the right side is Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1966) #50, the Fantastic Four aided by the Silver Surfer and Uatu the Watcher battle Galactus as he prepares to feed on the living energies of Earth with his matter-energy converter.
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‘Galactus Trilogy’ (1966) marks the first appearance of Galactus and the Silver Surfer in Marvel continuity as Silver Surfer arrives on Earth to summon Galactus. ‘Galactus Trilogy’ covers Fantastic Four #48-#50.
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