There are a lot of things that go into making a great superhero. The powers, the costume, the personality, their alter-ego/ secret identity all play a huge role. But what really defines a hero is the villains that they face. Whether it be thwarting would-be world conquerors or sending back alley lunatics back to whatever jail it was they broke out of this time, the villains are a quintessential part of any superhero story. But who has the best collection of villains to face off against? I'm not including The Avengers or the Justice League on this list because, whilst they do have fantastic rogues galleries of their own, often they may end up fighting villains belonging to one of their members rogues galleries (Loki, looking at you here), so they'll be left off so we can keep things simple. Other superhero teams not made up of All-Star line-ups do count though.
Warning: 'Ere be opinions. Beware.
So, Tony Stark is to be replaced as Iron Man by Riri Williams, a 15 year old African-American student who also happens to be a girl. Apart from the obvious misnomer, this could be either a really inspired move or a cynical shock value based cash grab with allusions to appeasing people who are demanding more heroes of ethnic minorities, and lets be honest, it's probably a bit of both. This also means that within the last 6 years, Marvel have replaced all 6 of their big 6 heroes (Spider-Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Captain America, Thor and now Iron Man) with new characters. So what better time to look at some of the heroes that took up the mantel of an already established hero and actually succeeded. As a rule I am going to be excluding characters created during DC's Silver Age revival of the superhero genre (e.g. Barry Allen replacing Jay Garrick or Hal Jordan replacing Alan Scott), as, whilst these characters are probably the definitive versions of of that superhero lineage, these neither character existed in the same universe at the time and as such were not aware of the lineage they were taking on (unless you count Barry Allen reading Flash comics and thinking Jay Garrick was a fictional character).
Warning: Opinions below. You have been warned.
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I think we can draw the safe conclusion that I am not as good at this as MadJack, but oh well. Thanks to everyone who entered this year, I know this poster is missing a few people (in particular Stulte for obvious reasons. Hope you come back to us soon dude, I'll replace this version with your version), but it's the best I could do on such short notice. Also, sorry for all the debacle with getting everyone to resubmit, but at least we got it done.
What a bunch of posers!!!
Now I could pull out my hype cards and tell you all about how I have some of the most spectacular poses in the history of heromachine.
I could tell you how I pulled out my trusty clicker finger and dove, head first, through the depths of the old post, and brought back treasure the likes you've maybe never seen!!
I could! I could do that...
What I can't begin to describe to you though, is that feeling...
your gonna get, deep inside, when you think back to the day...
#3 came out!!!
*Pauses for applause*
Without further ado..
Challenges, Challenges, CHALLENGES!!!
Lets be honest... We all face 'em.
For some of us getting out of bed in the morning is a challenge.
Deciding what to wear... School drama... Work will get you down. Family matters... the list goes on, right?
Luckily for you guys...!!! 😀 :d 😀
What I have for you isn't!
This is not a challenge. I repeat. THIS IS NOT A CHALLENGE!
Was at one time maybe... but not anymore!
That's right guys today I'm highlighting some of the most ever, best in the world, entries from:
PoP Quizes, CDCs, CCs, FNFs, HOTMs, DVDs, ABCs, 123s...
Are you guys ready?!?!?!
Hows it going everybody? I'm Nug and I want to welcome you to the First Ever instance of...
Ok, so, after covering Iscarioto last week, now I'm going to follow up on the suggestions that everyone made two weeks ago. And we're gonna take a look a Nug to kick off.
One thing I have noticed in looking through peoples galleries for this series is how peoples styles change over time. It's really interesting to just spend a bit of time and go from start to most recent in someones gallery and see how much it changes, though obviously make sure you have a spare hour or two if you plan to look at any galleries with over 50 pages.
Anyway, on with the show.
So, last week I asked everyone who I should cover this week on Gallery Grabs and there were some great suggestions, so naturally I've ignored them all (for the time being anyway), because one of my favourite creators just decided to show up again after being M.I.A for around a year. So you really think I'm gonna pass up this opportunity to revisit his gallery?
Warning, I go all odd half way through this. Sorry.
So, moving away from our Canadian contingent now, we're going to take a look at someone whom has a thought train much like a Salvador Dali painting, if his comments are to be believed. However, whilst the stuffffffffffffff that comes out of his mouth might be a tad… odd, his art is, well, it's the stufffffffffff you're gonna see below the jump.
So, as last week we had one consummate Canadian as featuree, why not have another one this week. And as we had a theme of shading last week, lets go with costuming for this week, because, if you haven't twigged yet, we're talking about djuby this week, so the word costume is going to appear a lot (and I mean a lot). So buckle up, you're in for a ride.