THE TOP 100 COMIC BOOK HEROES OF ALL TIME

83. SPIDER WOMAN

When Spider-Woman launched long ago, she was a pretty silly character.  Her name was a clear attempt to capitalize on Marvel’s most popular character, yet she didn’t have anything remotely resembling spider powers.  But her series was surprisingly good.  Still, even with a quality comic behind her, Jessica Drew might have been wholly forgotten were it not for Brian Michael Bendis, who slightly retconned and greatly expanded her backstory to make her a major player in the Avengers universe.  Before Bendis, she was best known for being the chick who rescued Carol Danvers after her Ms. Marvel powers were stolen by Rogue.  But between the pages of New Avengers—and then in an underread but high quality miniseries by Bendis and his best collaborator Alex Maleev—she became a double-then-triple agent, and a source of constant surprise.  I think it’s time she got her own book.

Recommended reading:

  • Essential Spider-Woman Vol. 1
  • Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D.

82. ICEMAN

Bobby Drake.  He’s cool.  Pun intended.

I can’t say I have much to say about him, but dude was on Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends for goodness sake.  And he was an original X-Man.  It doesn’t get much cooler than that.

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