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Subj: Re: Who is the best there is at what they do?
Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 at 11:03:19 pm EST (Viewed 139 times)
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Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 at 10:51:19 pm EST (Viewed 160 times)

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Yeah, I know Wolverine says that ad nauseam, but I'm putting together a list of common comic book abilities and I notice that Wolverine doesn't rate even near the top on most of them. I've tried to place these abilities in alphabetical order, and if I've missed any I apologize, and please feel free to add.  Also, I know my list is kind of Marvel-heavy, that's just who I read more of.    Please feel free to any any names you think are appropriate, and if you like where they and others rate on a scale of 1 to 100.

Best Acrobat
I put Spider-Man on top here, with honorable mention to Daredevil, Captain America, and Nightwing


Best Detective
In this category, Batman's (Bruce Wayne) the best, with Dick Grayson coming in second. I'd also give a nod to all the investigative reporters in each universe, many of whom don't have superpowers. This includes Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Ben Urich, etc.


Best Energy projector
This is a hard one for me to figure out. As many energy projector as there are in comics, there doesn't seem to be a general consensus over which ones are the most powerful. Superman? Thor? Green Lantern? Cyclops? Iron Man? Does Iron Man even count as an energy projector since he does it using machinery?


Fastest
Flash of course. In fact he's so fast that there aren't even many good stories about him now.


Best Flier
Just like energy projection, this is a hard one to figure out. I've noticed that the two most overused powers in comics are flying and throwing zaps.


Best at Healing
I think it's Wolverine, with the Hulk a close second.


Best Improviser
Spider-Man shows this in his solo books more often than anyone else. After that, I'd go with Captain America, especially while he's leading a team.


Best Inventor
Reed Richards in first place. Hank Pym, Tony Stark and Doom tie for second.


Best Leader
Captain America hands down. He's both inspirational and leads by example. (Something Superman btw is not so good at.)


Most invulnerable
Superman, Hulk, and Juggernaut. Put those 3 in any order you like.


Most magical
Thor, Doctor Strange, Doctor Fate, Loki.


Best Power suit user
Iron Man. Doctor Doom may often have a better suit, having the resources of an entire nation to utilize, but Iron Man will use his suit more effectively.


Richest
Bruce Wayne, Tony Stark, Lex Luthor, Norman Osborn, Doctor Doom. Place those in whatever order you want.


Stealthiest
Daredevil. Since stealth is more about being silent than being non-odorous, Wolverine can only get second place at best. After that, Batman, Nightwing, Electra, etc.


Strongest
The Hulk, then Superman


Best Tracker
This is the only one I can think of where Wolverine comes in first. Unless you mean tracking as a detective does, in which case Logan would be way behind Batman.





Best Acrobat
I put Spider-Man on top here, with honorable mention to Daredevil, Captain America, and Nightwing

Don't forget Nightcrawler.


Best Flier
Just like energy projection, this is a hard one to figure out. I've noticed that the two most overused powers in comics are flying and throwing zaps.

Perhaps judge by where they are limited to flying. In this case, Heralds can fly in space - and hyperspace - and even through time.


Best at Healing
I think it's Wolverine, with the Hulk a close second.

Don't forget Madcap - who beats them both.


Best Improviser
Spider-Man shows this in his solo books more often than anyone else. After that, I'd go with Captain America, especially while he's leading a team.

I'd like to throw a vote in for the Punisher.


Best Inventor
Reed Richards in first place. Hank Pym, Tony Stark and Doom tie for second.

Plus, it's kinda Forge's whole thing.

Best Leader
Captain America hands down. He's both inspirational and leads by example. (Something Superman btw is not so good at.)

Wholeheartedly agree.


Richest
Bruce Wayne, Tony Stark, Lex Luthor, Norman Osborn, Doctor Doom. Place those in whatever order you want.

Here's my order:
Annihilus
Doctor Doom
The Mandarin
Tony Stark, Lex Luthor, Norman Osborne
The Kingpin (at his height)
Warren Worthington III and Janet van Dyne


Stealthiest
Daredevil. Since stealth is more about being silent than being non-odorous, Wolverine can only get second place at best. After that, Batman, Nightwing, Electra, etc.

I'm throwing a vote in for the Spot!


Strongest
The Hulk, then Superman

I'd say Superman is above Hulk when both are at base levels, but Hulk will get stronger and surpass Supes.

Best Tracker
This is the only one I can think of where Wolverine comes in first. Unless you mean tracking as a detective does, in which case Logan would be way behind Batman.

Or there was Caliban (although only mutants).