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Comic Countdown #66: Symbols Of Hope

Posted on April 21, 2013 AT 09:25pm

Hello and welcome to the Comic Countdown! In this, the sixty-sixth installment of the series, the Countdown is going to take a look at some of the most welcoming and heroic symbols in all of comics. While not every hero can be represented here, hopefully this will be a good dynamic for fans to check out the greatest and most inspiring symbols of the comic book medium. With that, it’s on with the countdown!

#10: The Green Hornet (Dynamite Entertainment)

The Green Hornet has been a staple of the heroic community for years throughout his many incantations. From the original NOW Comics version to the current Dynamite Entertainment runs, the Hornet has been placed in one of the upper echelon of the heroic world for some time. The symbol of the Hornet  has been a beacon to the helpless, the downtrodden and the oppressed. He fights for justice with his partner Kato and makes sure that the world is made a safer place. The Hornet is a beacon to those who do evil as someone not to cross, and Britt Reed doesn’t look to be disappearing any time soon.

#9: B.P.R.D. (Dark Horse Comics)

Agents of the supernatural, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. have fought against the unknown evils of the world for a very long time. From vampires to demons to creatures that could only come out of the mind of creator Mike Mignola, this group of strange characters protect the world from forces they don’t even know exist. The symbol of the B.P.R.D. is one of justice and the fight against evil, and one that has lasted several years, and one that has saved the world many times over.

#8: The Fantastic Four (Marvel Comics)

The First Family of comics has been around for decades, and the unmistakable “4″ insignia on their uniforms is an image that has pasted through the ages. They’ve saved the world from Galactus, Doctor Doom and many others, and have stood together against them all. The Fantastic Four are lasting beacons of solidarity, family and heroism.

#7: Wonder Woman (DC Comics)

Wonder Woman is one of the premiere members of the Justice League, a daughter of the Gods and a Queen all in her own right. With her allies, her Lasso of Truth and the rest of her arsenal have afforded her the ability to not only fight against evil, but be a true light in the dark of the DC Universe, looked to as a leader, a friend and a symbol of hope.

#6: The X-Men (Marvel Comics)

The “X” surrounded by a circle is the universal image of hope in the mutant community. The fight for mutant equality seems never ending, but with the X-Men on the case, the likelihood of it happening is much greater. The Children of the Atom have always been heroes, and with the Merry Mutants still going strong, the mutants will be taking the power back from humans quite soon.

#5 The Green Lantern (Dark Horse Comics)

The symbol of the Green Lantern Corps. is one known the universe over. With many Lanterns scattered across the universe (the most obvious the Lantern of Earth), this heroic team is a symbols of justice, power and will, providing the universe with a source of hope and the knowledge that their world will be sage as long as the Green Lantern Corps. exists.

#4: Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)

The mark of the spider is the universal symbol of the wall-crawling Spider-Man. This man has traveled the world in order to fulfill his great responsibility, and this is something that he has done around his home city for years, and in many other places of the world as well. He’s a hero, and Avenger and one of the most accessible characters in all of comic book history. His spider symbol is recognized across the globe as the symbol of a hero.

#3: Batman (DC Comics)

The Bat symbol is something that very few people in this world don’t recognize. The Caped Crusader is a vigilante that punishes those that would cause harm to others in every way he can. Nearly everything he owns carries the mark of the bat, and without the justice dealt out by the Dark Knight, Gotham would never be safe. The light that illuminates Gotham carries the symbol of this man, and there are few places a person can go without seeing this symbol on something significant.

#2: Captain America (Marvel Comics)

Nothing says America like the Stars and Stripes, and the first Avenger’s star is something known not only across the United States, but across the world. When the red, white and blue is flying into the face of his enemies, it’s hard for those who wish to wreak havoc across the world to forget what this symbol means. Patriotism, justice and the American Way, Captain America’s star-spangled shield is a sight to never forget.

#1: Superman (DC Comics)

The “S” that adorns Superman’s chest is the world-wide symbol of being the absolute best person you can be. Superman is the best of the best, the most important non-human in human history and the symbol on his chest represents exactly that. He’s not good, he’s not ordinary, he’s not like anyone else. He’s super. That symbol represents being a good person, fighting for justice and remaining super, something that no one should, or could forget.

That’s it for this week, make sure to join in next week as the Countdown takes a look at the flip side of this discussion, the symbols of the villains!



Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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