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Top Five Best Supervillains From The Past Ten Years

Who are the top five best supervillains who were created in the past ten years? Let’s find out! But first, some ground rules – they have to be NEW creations, and totally new, not “The NEW Green Goblin” or “The NEW Doctor Octopus” or anything like that.

Enjoy!

Prometheus JUST barely misses out of the top five, mostly due to the horrible mismanagement of the cool character after he left the pen of Grant Morrison.

5. Quentin Quire

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Basically, Quentin Quire is an example of a post-modern X-Men student who, well, just didn’t WANT to be a good guy, and used all of his power and intelligence to do whatever he wanted.

You always encourage us to dream sir, I just wondered what you would think if we had a dream you didn’t like.

The idea of a super-powerful, anarchistic petulant teenage villain is quite clever, I think.

4. The General

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Yes, General Wade Eiling had existed before this, and so did the Shaggy Man, but “The General” really had absolutely nothing to do with either character, as Eiling was just a name Morrison seemed to pick out of a hat, as Eiling never acted like this before (although I guess you can blame the brain tumor for that).

Still, the idea of an evil General inhabiting an indestructable body? That’s an awesome idea.

3. Queen of Fables

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The Queen of Fables might not have lived up to her promise just yet, but the promise surely IS there, as the idea of an evil sorceress from another dimension who came to Earth and messed everything up, until she was trapped in a Book of Fables, and all the evil she did was turned into fiction? Then that lady freeing herself from the book then being able to attack people with all the powers of fables?

That is just brilliant.

2. Alexander Lukin

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Ed Brubaker’s Captain America got off to a grand start, as we see Red Skull planning for some major bad-guy behavior – until he is assasinated by someone else.

That someone else is Alexander Lukin, a Russian General who turns out to have been behind capturing Bucky Barnes and turning him into the Winter Soldier.

That, in and of itself (and his use of the Cosmic Cube to make him the head of a powerful corporation, rather than an evil terrorist group that Captain America can go beat up) is a cool idea.

However, we also learn that, since the Skull was near the Cosmic Cube when he was killed, he had enough power left to be stuck inside Lukin’s head!!

The two of them now are uneasy allies in evil.

It’s a great bit of work by Brubaker.

1. Cassandra Nova

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1. An evil being that exists only on the astral plane finds the infant mind of Charles Xavier.

2. The being then uses his powerful mind to create a body for itself in his womb, but in doing so, awakens the fetus of Charles Xavier, who instinctively kills her in the womb

3. She escapes, though, as basically slime, and over the years, eventually builds herself back up to a real body, and then gets her revenge on Charles Xavier, by:

4. Getting Sentinels to kill 16 million mutants on Genosha

5. Switching minds with Xavier, then outing him as a mutant

6. Taking control of the Shi’ar Empire and practically destroying it

And now, she’s back, doing all sorts of nasty stuff again, with Emma Frost.

She is all sorts of cool, and the #1 supervillain created in the past ten years.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know!

74 Comments

Basil Cronus is shedding tears (you can’t see them because his head is still suspended in liquid, but he’s shedding tears.)

Is that 5 Morrison characters out of 6?

gotta agree with the numero uno but i woulda put Hush in there somewhere…and Morlun. I thought The Void was wicked too

FunkyGreenJerusalem

October 4, 2006 at 2:33 am

No love for Omni-Man?

Beyond all that cool back story, he’s the villain with your dads moustache.

What more does a villian need?

Oh, and wasn’t Quire only so much of a villain because he had been infected by Sublime?

Basil Cronus also deserves an honorable mention!! Same with Painted Doll, now that I think about it.

Is that 5 Morrison characters out of 6?

Shocking, isn’t it? :)

Seriously, though, he seems to be one of the few writers who actually is coming up with cool new supervillains. Most other writers (even the really good ones) tend to recycle.

Actually it’s four Morrison out of six. Queen of Fables is a character created by Mark Waid in his second arc in JLA. Still, an impressive showing.

Goddamn it, if Cronin wants to choose 4 out of 6 Morrison creations, I say Let ‘Em! In fact, why not 7 out of 6? Hmmm?

And, I do like Johnny Sorrow, from John’s JSA. Cool character.

Clearly
Gepetto would kick all these pussies asses had you not restricted it to supervillains.

Cassandra Nova is pretty damn cool on the evil scale though.

I’d go TAO from sleeper, over Lukin.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

October 4, 2006 at 5:42 am

TAO and Painted Doll were both really cool villains.

The female Mist and that Midget (culper?) who hated the Shade from Starman were both awesome as well – but it’s probably been more than ten years since they appeared (making me feel old).

Miss Misery was cool as well.

TAO is older then 10 years though (barely). Miss Misery would be a good choice.

Tao and Misery are all well and good, but can either really top the late, lamented Genocide Jones? He may not be the greatest criminal mastermind of the past decade, but he’s got my vote for best heavy.

I have to agree that I would give Hush the nod, if you can ignore that Gotham Knights existed. Any villain that can be puppet master to the entire Batman Rogues Gallery without seeming too forced will make the top 5 for me.

Also, I agree that if this was just left to Comic Book Villains rather than Supervillains, Gepetto from Fables should be number one.

The Queen of Fables was actually developed by Mark Waid from a suggestion by Gail Simone.

I think the companies should go a full year without using an old villain. First do a year with JUST old villains and kinda reposition everybody, kill off some people that sort of thing, and THEN come back and just do new villains back-to-back.

You know, when you think about it, the only preexisting villains JMS has used in his whole Amazing run are Dr. Octopus and Loki.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

October 4, 2006 at 7:25 am

“You know, when you think about it, the only preexisting villains JMS has used in his whole Amazing run are Dr. Octopus and Loki. ”

I’ve only read the first three trades, and scanned the rest, but I couoldn’t name a single villain from his run.

There was a vampire type dude, and that’s all I remember.

Coolest villain of the last 10 years? Morrison? Did someone say “Prometheus” and I miss it?

The Four from Planetary are pretty cool, despite being derived from The Fantastic Four.

“You know, when you think about it, the only preexisting villains JMS has used in his whole Amazing run are Dr. Octopus and Loki.”

Um, what about Norman?

Oh come on, what about The Russian?

YEAH MARVEL!!! 3 of 5…and the #1.

“Oh come on, what about The Russian?”

That’s what I’m saying! Have any of those other losers been a movie? I think not. C’mon, he’s a crew-cutted, tubey-neck, gap-toothed giant with the huge tracts of land! In a striped shirt. Bring back The Russian!

But Frederic Nicklehead performs cross gender body-head transplants, quotes pop culture, and breakdances… BREAKDANCES!! If those aren’t signs of a great villain, I don’t know what is.

“I’ve only read the first three trades, and scanned the rest, but I couoldn’t name a single villain from his run.

There was a vampire type dude, and that’s all I remember.”

I didn’t say they were all memorable. And you’re thinking of Morlun. There was also the Spider-Wasp, the darkforce dimension guy, Ezekial, etc.

“Um, what about Norman? ”
He only ever appeared in flashbacks if I recall.

I personally am rather partial to Temugin from “Iron Man,” and Plunder & Cicada from “The Flash.” Temugin may be the son of the Mandarin, but he is a very different character from his megalomaniacal papa. I always thought Plunder could be a Deadshot or Deathstroke type threat (too bad he got sent back to his Mirror Universe). And Cicada is a fun, creepy guy all around.

Never much been into Morrison… his work always reads “spoofy” to me, like he is having a great laugh at the expense of the characters he is writing.

No Zoom? Come on, he’s outrageously, moustache-twirlingly evil, which is totally new for the Flash’s Rogues Gallery, which seems to be composed of ‘gimmick-of-the-month’ types and Vandal Savage, who is the George W. Bush of superevil, having failed at every plot for 40,000 years.

Zoom also has a clever power (it’s not really superspeed!), a tragic backstory, a hurtful motivation, and hell, he’s a BABY MURDERER. That’s evil. He’s not a new Reverse-Flash.

Eiling was a better villain BEFORE he was the Shaggy Man. He framed Captain Atom, arranged to have him killed, then stole his wife. That’s cold.

Also: Prometheus. They had me at “Evil Batman”. He’ll be back as quality.

No dispute with #1, Cassanda Nova is totally compelling and a perfect archnemesis for Xavier. A refreshing spin on the “evil twin” meme.

Quentin Quire? Someone want to explain to me why this super-anarchist kid enrolls in Xaver’s school and attends class in the first place?

Wait, no Solaris the Tyrant Sun? Morrison accomplished the most difficult thing in comics by creating a good Superman villain. Sure, only Morrison seems to remember he existed, but that doesn’t diminish the awesomeness of a homicidal artificial star.

No John Sublime?

He goes back and forth, but I would’ve stuck Hieronymus Alloy on the list.

What? No Onslaught?????

(sarcasim)

I’d have to second Omni-Man, from Invincible, who was a great surprise villain. Initially a familiar Superman analogue, only it turns out he’s not here to save us but enslave us and soften us up for his original species to come in and wipe out our civlization. He’s maybe the best original idea Kirkman ever had.

Other than that… do the Marvel Zombies count? I mean, they’re pre-existing characters, yes, but Millar succeded in giving them a completely fresh spin, and I think their popularity attests to what a great spin they offer.

I wouldn’t have Alexander Lukin on there, either. He was good for a few issues but has been completely superceded by the Red Skull now and is scarcely even much of a factor in the series.

TAO is older then 10 years though (barely). Miss Misery would be a good choice.

Yeah, Tao was too old.

And while I dig Miss Misery, she wasn’t much of a supervillain.

Coolest villain of the last 10 years? Morrison? Did someone say “Prometheus” and I miss it?

Basically, yes. :)

Omni-Man was a good supervillain.

So was Solaris!!

Man, Morrison sure does rock with the supervillains, doesn’t he?

“Quentin Quire? Someone want to explain to me why this super-anarchist kid enrolls in Xaver’s school and attends class in the first place?”

Because he wasn’t always that way. After being sent to the school, he found out that he was adopted and started taking “Kick”, the power-enhancing drug. This kicked his telepathy into high gear and, like most people who experience an altered perception, it affected the way he thought about the world.

I know it’s not the usual course for an X-Men character, but he actually evolved and changed over time.

…and Vandal Savage, who is the George W. Bush of superevil, having failed at every plot for 40,000 years.

And here I thought George W. Bush was the George W. Bush of superevil.

I can’t take issue with any list that includes Quentin Quire and Cassandra Nova. Well played, sir.

Hush was created by Jeph Loeb, which automatically disqualifies him from consideration for best anything.

“Hush was created by Jeph Loeb, which automatically disqualifies him from consideration for best anything.”

Even we occasionally agree on something.

Yeah, I really can’t fathom how Hush could be in the best of anything.

Maybe sneaking in there on “Top Five Best Villains Who Are Covered With Bandages.”

What about villains from outside of comics, like Syndrome or Dr Evil?

“What about villains from outside of comics, like Syndrome or Dr Evil?”

Doesn’t really fit with the name of the blog…

I agree no love for Basil Cronus is disappointing. He got high of alien dog blood. How is that not awesome.

I want to nominate Mr. Glum from Savage Dragon. He took over the world. That’s got to count for something.

Invincible spoilers

Omni Man isn’t a bad guy anymore.

And what about Fishy Pete from The Goon? Who doesn’t love Fishy Pete?

I disagree about The General, mostly because I feel it destroyed two good characters to create one “meh” character. His first appearance was cool, but after that it went downhill (I didn’t even enjoy his appearance in Morrison’s WW3 arc).

But still, it was a good list. I wish more writers would create new villains. There are way too many “Dr. Doom comes back from the dead… again!” stories.

Regarding, Omni-Man, I’ve gotta say: that’s the best idea Akira Toriyama ever had.

I agree, Lex, that losing Eiling was a blow, but there was no chance we were ever going to see Eiling in a role again, unless some future writer decided they needed to cast the role of an evil American general (which I am sure has come up plenty of times since 1998).

As for the Shaggy Man – seriously? The Shaggy Man ruined?

The character wasn’t that great WHEN used, but even then, it hadn’t been used in, what, 25 years at that point in time?

FunkyGreenJerusalem

October 5, 2006 at 1:01 am

“Because he wasn’t always that way. After being sent to the school, he found out that he was adopted and started taking “Kick”, the power-enhancing drug. This kicked his telepathy into high gear and, like most people who experience an altered perception, it affected the way he thought about the world.”

Wasn’t it more that Sublime was in Kick and affected his thinking?

“Wasn’t it more that Sublime was in Kick and affected his thinking?”

Possibly. I’m a little hazy on all the details on Sublime. Wasn’t a lot of it specified by subsequent writers?

I feel like there are a lot of “facts” about Sublime that weren’t in the actual run. Was that stuff that was in the Endsong book?

Prometheus isn’t an original villain; he’s a revamped Wraith from Mike W. Barr’s Batman Special.

Nickelhead really deserves a spot on the list.

Hush sucked even in the original arc. He’s a boring, nothing villain who’s ID pretty obvious.

Quire should have been #1.

Cove West was right; Solaris the Tyrant Sun should have been on there. I mean, he created a super-plague to devastate humanity in order to force the Justice League to create him! How cool is that? I ever get a writing gig for DC, I’m using him.

The Russian, too, should have been on the list. “I am big fan of Mighty Thor. Has big hammer. Is good Communist.”

How do we feel about the Pride? I’m still catching up on Runaways…

Solaris: yes yes yes! He (it?) and Prometheus could vie with Nova for the #1 slot. Solaris is such a great concept (with a great look) and I was so fascinated by it, I carved it into a pumpkin the year DC One Million came out. It stayed in great shape for a long while as other carved pumpkins withered, then one day suddenly oozed a huge pool of orange liquid everywhere (though it hadn’t shown any other signs of decay). Plasma vent indeed.

Prometheus should not be faulted for being woefully miswritten in Gotham Knights. And Gail Simone resurrected him appropriately in Birds of Prey just a couple issues ago.

If the General rates as “new,” then so does Zoom, and I agree with Tenzil 100% on that choice. Johnny Sorrow and Painted Doll also rock. Fatality (nemesis to Kyle’s GL) had great potential but was also poorly written. Someone oughtta restore her to her potential.

Unless you want to play “kewl,” then Hush has it all over Quentin Quire. We’re not discussing how obvious the mystery was, we’re looking at the characters. Yes, yes, picking on Loeb is the in thing, but this isn’t “Top Five Internet Trends.”

If you must have a Morrison NXM villain on there, drop both the posers and use Sublime instead. A whiny teen hopped up on goofballs and a half-assed evil clone? Been done. Give me the centuries-spanning evil bacteria that was actually the driving force behind BOTH those villains, instead. Sublime has pretty much been ignored since Morrison left – most of the revelations about it came out in that 150-year flashforward at the end of his run.

And I agree, if we’re counting the General, then Professor Zoom counts, as well. So:

5: Ezikiel
4: Queen of Fables
3: Prometheus
2: Prof. Zoom
1: The Sublime

With Hush as #6…

“Unless you want to play “kewl,” then Hush has it all over Quentin Quire. We’re not discussing how obvious the mystery was, we’re looking at the characters. Yes, yes, picking on Loeb is the in thing, but this isn’t “Top Five Internet Trends.”

Uh, no, it’s because he’s a crappy writer. And Hush was a crappy character. Boring, obvious, and unoriginal. Calling Quentin Quire a whiny teen on goofballs is not accurate, it’s just attacking. I don’t see how ideologically challenging and unnerving Professor X and starting a school riot can be reduced to “whining”.

see, it’s the “Jeph Loeb is a crappy writer” thing that’s kewl. He’s one of those guys it’s hip to hate, no matter how he actually writes. Which is anything but crappy.

And ideologically challenging and unnerving Professor X? If Magneto wasn’t in hiding, he would have been the one doing that…

Jeph Loeb is insanely good at writing scripts that play to the strengths of specific artists. Look at how well he wrote for Jim Lee compared to how well Frank Miller’s writing for Jim Lee.

I think he’s a crappy plotter, but he plays well with others and has a great sense of narrative beats. Alround good writer, says I.

Thank you, Mark – you’re smarter (or at least better spoken and less of a jerk) than I am…

I dunno about Jeph Loeb, but Hush, the character, was awful.

I will still hold a place for him, though, on the Top Five Villains Covered With Bandages list.

And sure, feel free to count Zoom. I wouldn’t put him on the list, but I’d consider him eligible!

And who is Ezikel?

And Sublime is basically just That-Which-Endures. Like, to the tee. So I can’t give Sublime all that much credit, especially as they’re both the SAME company!

I like Johnny Sorrow, though. He didn’t show up in Starman at all? That’s why I didn’t mention him, as I thought he was in Starman (and therefore, more than ten years ago). I don’t think I’d have him Top Five, but he’d be close. Him, Prometheus, Basil Cronus, Nickelhead and Solaris all deserve honorable mentions!

Casey and Morrison – cool supervillain makers supreme!

I considered the Pride, but I ultimately didn’t think they were all THAT interesting. More like a bunch of cliches for their children to rebel against (the kids are really interesting, though!).

Young Geoffrey Wilder was awesome, though. Maybe I’d give him a nod.

“see, it’s the “Jeph Loeb is a crappy writer” thing that’s kewl. He’s one of those guys it’s hip to hate, no matter how he actually writes. Which is anything but crappy.”

So, you’re telling me that my opinion is not actually my opinion and just something I buy into to seem cool. And not only do you suppose to know exactly what I think, but also the subconscious motivations behind it. Nice.

Unfortunately for you, I actually dislike his writing and you don’t know what you’re talking about.

“And ideologically challenging and unnerving Professor X? If Magneto wasn’t in hiding, he would have been the one doing that…”

Point being?

Point being that “Magneto Jr.” is, as a character, on par with X-23: a younger stand-in for an existing one. Like if the Young Avengers were all who they seemed to be at first blush.

And while I’m not saying your opinion isn’t your opinion, I am saying it’s informed more by prevaling trends than fact. Calling Loeb a crappy writer isn’t accurate, it’s just attacking. You not liking Loeb no more makes him a crappy writer than me not liking Quitely makes him a crappy artist.

Brian – Ezekiel is the old guy from JMS’ Spider-Man run who introduced the idea that maybe Parker’s powers weren’t radioactive after all. Even if the angle is retconned later (which I wouldn’t mind), he still did a great jod of screwing with Pete’s head and came closer than anyone since Kraven to actually destroying Spidey…

“And ideologically challenging and unnerving Professor X? If Magneto wasn’t in hiding, he would have been the one doing that…”

wasn’t the whole point of the Morrison run *not* repeating the past 30 years of stories? And Mags tried it on in Planet X, but the whole point of that arc was that his time had passed, and perhaps it’s down to younger, newer rebels (like QQ) to push things forwards a little bit. Masterful bit of commentary on the X-Men-as-genre, if you ask me.

Egh. No. Cassandra Nova is a sickeningly bad character in the same old stupid comic book “forgotten twin” mode.

How about having a villain who’s NOT so closely related to the main hero?

Nova’s a boring character, and her near omnipotence makes her so.

A better character from the last 10 years? Hush is a good example, yes.

Oh yeah. I wasn’t defending Hush the character at all. I liked both the Lee/Loeb issues and the Gotham Nights story, but he’s still more of a series of plot points than a functional character.

Kind of a cool visual, though.

Although I wonder if the bandages and trenchcoat guy from 100 Bullets didn’t come first.

The top 5 NON super villains so we can have Lono. And the living tarot deck.

Jedeye
“wasn’t the whole point of the Morrison run *not* repeating the past 30 years of stories?”

Nooooo…. That wasn’t it.

And has anyone mentioned the Fu Manchu rip-off from the Authority. Would’ve made MY top five.

“And while I’m not saying your opinion isn’t your opinion, I am saying it’s informed more by prevaling trends than fact. Calling Loeb a crappy writer isn’t accurate, it’s just attacking. You not liking Loeb no more makes him a crappy writer than me not liking Quitely makes him a crappy artist.”

You are factually wrong. The problems with Jeph Loeb’s writing lie with his poor plot construction, transparent and often convoluted character motivations, and unoriginality in storytelling. Just because you like him doesn’t mean I’m wrong. It means we disagree.

And you saying that my opinion is more informed by prevailing trends than fact? That’s you telling me what I think and don’t think. That’s you telling me my opinion isn’t my opinion.

Yeah, I’d really like it if people could just argue what someone says, and not concoct a motivation behind what they said and argue THAT.

Amen, Brian. I can’t STAND when people do that online– it’s like talking to a wall. Maybe I actually think exactly what I’m saying?

Man, it must be in the execution, because NONE of those concepts sound remotely interesting to me. And I don’t dig long-spanning retcons, so Cassandra Nova just makes me shake my head.

Vaughn’s the Hood should be an honorable mention at least…

You missed Morningbright the dragon from the SMAX mini series.
More badass than even Sir Miles Delacourt.

DUDE JOKER IS #######11111111111111111111111

Prometheus shouldn’t be penalized for Lieberman misusing him post-Morrison, as Simone recently did a great Prometheus story in BOP and nothing Lieberman did (heinous though it was) was any worse than Johns having the General KO’d by Hal Jordan throwing a jeep at him.

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