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Comic Countdown #74: A Change Of Pace

Posted on June 23, 2013 AT 06:48pm

Welcome to the seventy-third installment of the Comic Countdown! After a week off, the Countdown is back with more comic book related  nonsense. This week, after the announcement of the newest addition to team Venom, the symbiote named Mania, the idea came about that this character, despite being an original and individual character, could pave the way for others, or at least for a new version of a beloved character. Plus, there have been tons of gender swapped characters over the years that have made things  lot of fun in many different comic book canons. With that, here are a few opposite views to some characters that everyone has known and loved, proving that this isn’t just a new thing, but something that has been a staple in comics for ages. And now, it’s time for the Countdown! (Note: Marvel did this quite a bit, occasionally to some strange results.)

#10: Konnie Weiss (Marvel Comics)

A small part of an older Elektra series, Konnie Weiss was a friend of Elektra’s who was originally a man who was reborn into the body of a woman where she did some stuff that wasn’t all that important. What was important was the way this character was treated, which was as a human being. This is a huge effort to this day, making it a pretty important part of comics culture, despite it having no impact on anything canon.

#9: Matter Eater Lad (DC Comics)

This ridiculous character got even more ridiculous during a storyline where, to infiltrate a gang of all-female space pirates (yep, it’s one ofthose kinds of comics), is turned into a woman. This had mixes results, as you’d expect from a character named Matter Eater Lad (or Lass, in this case).

#8: Mister Sinister (Marvel Comics)

Mister Sinister is a weird dude. He is continually messing with genetics, the human DNA helix, and all sorts of weird body perfection stuff. As a primary villain in the Marvel Universe, Sinister has gotten into some odd things, but when he cloned himself into a female body, that was one of the strangest. Though, given the ways Mister Sinister works, it’s nothing all that out of the ordinary.

#7: Walter Langkowski(Marvel Comics)

Alpha Flight is a pretty progressive group, dating back to their inception in the eighties. In 1987, the Alpha Flight team did some interesting things, including creating a Lady Sasquatch, turning Walter Langkowski into Wanda as he was transported into is teammate Snowbird’s body.

#6: Lady Punisher (Marvel Comics)

While not really bearing much relation to Frank Castle, Lynn Michaels was a vigilante police officer that took on the mantle of The Punisher at one point in the Marvel Universe. Basically as side-kick to Frank, Lynn works to clean the streets of crime, even after Frank apparently sacrifices himself in order to save others. She lived on, even though she wasn’t mentioned in Frank’s “War Journals”, despite finding them herself. She wasn’t happy about that one.

#5: Lady Deadpool (Marvel Comics)

This character is one of the classic “alternate reality” versions of one of Marvel’s most popular heroes. She wasn’t a great character, though she’s made a few appearances here and there, but she did kick some ass during theDeadpool Corps. series, as well as in a few other of her appearances, making her at least a fun alternative to the Merc With A Mouth.

#4: Stephanie Brown (DC Comics)

A usually male character, Stephanie Brown was the first female version of the “Boy Wonder” Robin. She’s been in and out of canon for a long time, but her skills were a great addition to the Batman. She was also a version of Batgirl, but her appearance as Robin, as short as it was, made her a very important addition to the cast of Robins over the years, especially as the first female version of the character.

#3: X-23 (Marvel Comics)

Laura Kinney is an incredibly popular Marvel character that would not exist if not for the man she was clones from, Wolverine. Having the healing factor and going through the same process that her donor clone, she’s faster and more agile, but is lacking in the social skills that Wolverine has adapted over the years. She’s still a great addition to the Wolverine family, however.

#2: Loki (Marvel Comics)

Loki, for a time, was having a grand old time being reborn into the body of Lady Sif. He did his thing as the God of Mischief during this time, making things quite complicated for his brother Thor and the rest of the Marvel Universe. Though he didn’t get to stay a woman for long, it’s sure done quite a number on the Marvel fanbase, as Lady Loki is an incredibly popular cosplay character.

#1: Archie (Archie Comics)

Sabrina the Teenage Witch and her cat Salem took matters into their own hands when they swapped all the genders of those crazy Riverdale kids, changing lead characters Betty, Veronica, Archie and others into gender-swapped versions of themselves. This was a fun move, as Archina, Billy and Ronnie continued on their misadventures, including the inescapable love triangle that has lasted for decades.

That’s it for this week, everyone. Hope everyone enjoyed this installment of the Countdown!

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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