Posted on June 4, 2012 AT 04:55pm
Hello and welcome to the latest installment of Comic Countdown, the top ten list of random comic book topics. In a world where there are so many people who are together for such long periods of time, it’s not difficult to imagine that some of them will eventually have romantic feelings. And that those feelings would eventually lead to children. Being the kid of a superhero seems like it could have all sorts of complications, especially when that child is also super-powered. While this countdown will focus on Marvel and DC characters, there are many out there in the comic book world (just not as many that are in the mainstream). With all that being said, let’s get on with the countdown!
#10: Franklin and Valeria Richards (Marvel)
Being the children of Reed and Sue Richards, one half of the Fantastic Four, has got to be pretty crazy sometimes, what with the fleeing, fighting, and being trapped in the Negative Zone. But inheriting their fathers intellect and their mothers will and empathy hasn’t been all bad. These children are growing up fast, and showing that they are a force to be reckoned with, despite their age.
#9: Connor Hawke (DC)
Son of Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow, Connor went through some tough times, but has really made a name for himself as a hero. He and his father have had some rough times (See: Blackest Night), but Connor has stepped out of the shadows of being the son of Ollie Queen, and into the role of being the new Green Arrow.
#8: Skaar (Marvel)
Being the son of the Hulk, and also from space, has got to be pretty rough. After some battles, some helping on Earth, becoming a double agent of the Avengers, and the like, Skaar has become an individual, and no longer some far off child of a well known character that can be used as a quick storyline.
#7: Scandal Savage (DC)
Vandal Savage and an unknown woman from Brazil had a child, and that child is supervillainess Scandal Savage. A member of the Secret Six, as well as one of the few characters to be in an open relationship with a member of the same gender, Scandal is a pretty unique character. Not often is a child of a well known character brought into the fray as an evil-doer, and especially not as someone who leads a lifestyle such as hers.
#6: Daken (Marvel)
Daken is an annoying, self-centered, evil little brat who does whatever he wants, stabbing and killing because he finds it fun. He’s also the son of Wolverine, so that’s not actually much of a surprise. From his run with the Dark Avengers to his work trying to kill Deadpool, with tumultuous clashes with his father in between, this bad apple hasn’t fallen far from the feral tree.
#5: Cable (Marvel)
Nathan Summers, the son of Cyclops, is a future soldier who eventually uses his telekinetic abilities to attempt to save the world. This doesn’t go over well, but as an X-Man, a former world leader, and all around awesome mutant, his abilities and his history (even in the future, it’s still his past) makes for a pretty special offspring, especially when his father is such an integral character in Marvel canon.
#4: Offspring (DC)
The son of Plastic Man, Offspring isn’t actually too important a character in DC continuity, but the things he went through with such a dynamically messed up father is worth taking a look. Also possessing the ability to stretch like his father, as well as having an immunity to telepathy, Offspring’s history could really just be getting started, especially considering he has his power more controlled than his father, who was always wildly unpredictable.
#3: Scarlet Witch (Marvel)
Being the daughter of Magneto has to be tough, but when your powers also make you completely insane, you really come into your own as an individual. Known as being the mutant who nearly destroyed all mutant-kind, Wanda Maximoff’s reality-bending powers are on the list of the most powerful of all mutants. By saying three small words, she changed the landscape of Marvel’s future, taking a growing mutant community and narrowing it down to 198. Despite some of her other issues (her rocky marriage to Vision, the weird storyline with Quicksilver, her brother), Scarlet Witch is a huge part of Marvel’s canon, in more ways than one.
#2: Damian Wayne (DC)
Son of Batman, one of the many Robins, and in one reality, the Bat himself, Damian has had a long, rich storyline. The son of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al-Ghul, Damian has multiple possible futures in store, and with his differences from his father (such as being markedly more violent, as shown in other timelines), he is sure to be someone to keep an eye out for in future DC titles.
#1: Hope Summers
While not technically related to any of the Summers family, Hope is the first mutant born after M-Day, in which the Scarlet Witch basically ruined all of mutant-kind. After being saved by Cable, Hope, thought of as the mutant messiah, has gone through a lot, and is going through much more in the newest Avengers Vs. X-Men run. Her relationship with Cable, her adopted father, is always going through some kind of flux, but as with all Messiahs, her impact is always felt.
Thanks for reading, be sure to check out all the other topics that have been talked about in previous versions of the Comic Countdown! After a quick week’s vacation, the Countdown will be back soon. See everyone in two weeks!
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