The dawn of the new millennium has introduced some interesting characters to the comic book universe. But, which ones are the best? Who’s your favorite comic book hero from the 2000s?
There’s no easy answer to these questions. They are the stuff of internet and playground debate the world over. A definitive answer hasn’t been found. Until now. Don’t believe it? Check out the following list of the 10 best superheroes:
1. She-Hulk (Lyra) – Debuted in 2008
She-Hulk is from an alternate future, separate from Marvel’s main timeline. She is the daughter of Earth-616’s Hulk and her reality’s Thundra.
Before she transforms into She-Hulk, Lyra possesses superhuman strength. She can enhance these abilities by entering a meditative fighting trance. The trance also increases her sensory perception, stamina, agility, speed, and durability. Surprisingly, she gets weaker when she turns into She-Hulk. She still maintains some of her superhuman strength, but it is a mere fraction of her power when calm.
2. Kick-Ass – Debuted in 2008
Unlike the other superheroes on this list, Kickass doesn’t actually have real superpowers or training for that matter. But, that’s what makes him so, well, kick ass.
His first attempt at being a superhero was met with disaster. He was mugged, beaten, and hit by a car. Instead of giving up on his dreams, he had several metal braces and place surgically implanted in his body while recovering in the hospital. These changes, along with the nerve damage he suffered from the initial beating, have made him practically immune to pain.
3. Miss Martian – Debuted in 2006
Miss Martian is a white Martian known as Megan Morse. When she first appeared on the scene, she pretended to be a green Martian-like the Martian Manhunter. Her ruse worked and she became a member of the Teen Titans. She has several abilities, like super strength, super speed, telepathy, invisibility, and intangibility. However, like all Martians, fire can weaken her.
4. Freakshow – Debuted in 2004
Freakshow is one of a few survivors of the island of Genosha. It was destroyed by wild Sentinel attacks under the direction of Cassandra Nova. From there, he somehow he ends up being an unofficial student of Professor X. He is a megamorph. In other words, he has the ability to transform his body into a variety of monstrous forms. Each of these forms has its own unique abilities. For instance, the dragon form is capable of breathing fire and flight. After altering his shape, his resistance to injury, stamina, speed, and strength, are increased as well.
5. King Chimera – Debuted in 2009
King Chimera is a member of the superhero team called the Justice Society of America. Very little is known about his past, no one even knows his real name.
King Chimera who was taught how to bend light and sound by his parents. He uses these skills to create illusions that misdirect his enemies and allow them to defeat themselves. He’s also very intelligent, has perfect recall, and is talented at hand-to-hand combat.
6. Blue Marvel – Debuted in 2008
Blue Marvel gained his powers when working on an experiment to harness antimatter. Unfortunately, the reactor exploded and he was blasted by mutagenic radiation. As a result of the accident, Blue Marvel gain several powers including superhuman strength, invulnerability, the power of flight, enhanced mental perception, molecular manipulation, and more.
7. Forerunner – Debuted in 2007
She is a genetically engineered Warrior that serves a race called the Monitors. However, after failing to properly follow orders, she was denounced. As a result, she vowed to stay on Earth until she regained the trust of her superiors. She has several superpowers, chief among them are resistance to injury and superhuman strength. She can also read thoughts and become invisible.
8. Spider-Girl (Anya Corazon) – Debuted in 2004
One a typical high school day, Anya Corazon was caught in a skirmish between two magical clans, The Sisterhood of the Wasp and the Spider Society. Unfortunately for her, it almost cost her life.
In order to save her, a mage from the Spider Society performed a ritual on her. It restored her life and also gave her spiderlike powers.
9. X-23 – Debuted n 2004
X-23 is a Clone of Wolverine. She was created to be the perfect killing machine. For years, she made a living as an assassin working for an organization called the Facility. After a series of tragedies, she eventually met Wolverine and the X-Men. Later, she became a member of the X-Force.
Like her abducted dad, she has enhanced senses, speed healing, and superhuman reflexes. She also has adamantium claws in her hands and feet.
10. Invincible – Debuted in 2002
As the son of Omni-man, a superpowered extraterrestrial, Invincible has superhuman strength and the ability to fly. Although, he knew from an early age that he would get superpowers. The transition was less than smooth. These new developments coupled with the raging hormones of puberty created a brooding hero who has stolen the hearts of many.
The 2000s were certainly an interesting decade for superheroes. Some were abysmal failures and others, like the ones on the above list, achieved success. What do you think of the list? Share your thoughts in the comment section.