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Top Five Marvel Mercenaries

Top Five Week, she ends here (check here to see an archive of all the top five lists featured so far)! Marvel, more so than DC and most other companies, is filled with a whole pile of mercenaries. Here are the top five! Enjoy!

5. Misty Knight and Colleen Wing

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Misty and Colleen are a great pair.

Does Power Man and Iron Fist count as mercenaries?

4. Silver Sable

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This is one of Tom DeFalco’s better inventions, even though the design of the character is not that good.

3. Taskmaster

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I realized I really couldn’t have Cable on this list, as this list is CURRENT mercenaries, and Cable hasn’t been one in years.

Luckily, I forgot an awesome mercenary – Taskmaster!!

What I love about Taskmaster is that he’s the one dude who just doesn’t get caught. That’s a really cool shtick.

2. Paladin

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Paladin is, to me, the perfect ideal of mercenary-dom. He is basically immoral, but he has a certain code of honor that he lives by.

He is a great character, and he’s one that I’m constantly waiting for some writer to kill him.

1. Deadpool

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Possibly Rob Liefeld’s greatest creation?

It’s almost twenty years since Deadpool was created, and the joke has not gotten dull yet.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know!

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Deadpool and Silver Sable are two of my favourite characters and, indeed, two of the best series Marvel was putting out in the nineties, and I’ll arm-wrestle anyone who says otherwise.

My first exposure to Paladin was that fantastically corny fourth-wall-breaking story from MCP oh so long ago (I have no idea who wrote or drew it, sadly). Ever since, I’ve wanted to see him team up with She-Hulk.

What about Luke Cage, Hero for Hire?

Dude beat up Doom over $200. That’s being both a badass and meticulous about collections.

I’m glad to see Paladin ranked so high on the list. He’s a good character that I think has been largely overlooked. I’ve never really gotten into Deadpool, but at least understand what other people like about him. Overall, good list.

Ick Cable!

Double ick Deadpool!

PS– the term “Mercenary-dom” caught me completely off guard for a moment.

silver sables boobies look very apart in that picture. Painfully so.

Hey, where is Taskmaster? He rules!

Agent X should be here somewhere too…

Best,
Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Deathstroke and Taskmaster (especially Taskmaster) need to be on this list.

agent x is just a “clone” of deadpool. (I KNOW the story. But he is)

Maverick has a special place in my heart.

As for Paladin, purple? still? Pretty much everyone in Heroes for Hire gets a modern look and Paladin is still wearing bright purple. I like him alright, but I consider his look an eyesore.

Power Man and Iron Fist are not mercenaries, because they aren’t hired as soldiers. Their service is really a combination of a private detective agency and a bodyguard service, and while mercenaries certainly are called on to perform those duties (especially the latter one), you’re not really a mercenary unless you fight in a war for pay, and I don’t think that either of those two ever did.

In fact, you can probably argue that Knight and Wing aren’t so much mercenaries as bounty hunters, but I’d need to go through some back issues before I decided that one.

Luke Cage does count as a mercenary, of course, and so does Iron Fist, somewhat surprisingly – still, he _did_ work for hire for years.

Misty and Coleen… sigh. I can’t shake off this feeling that their miniseries was a refurbished “Body Doubles” script originally proposed for DC. The duo is simply WAY out of character ever since. Both of them had a dignity about them that has since been lost. Misty wasn’t one to gloat about being “street-smart” until then, neither was Coleen that obsessed with her own body.

I’m shocked that Silver Sable cover isn’t foil embossed

I recently pulled that Silver Sable issue out of the long boxes at random. Look for a review soon! I can’t wait to read that sucker.

silver sables boobies look very apart in that picture. Painfully so.

Ah…yeah. ‘The design of the character is not that good’ is putting it very, very kindly.

I like the idea that Deadpool is “possibly” Rob Liefeld’s greatest creation. Who else could it be? Shatterstar? Badrock?

How does anyone beat Silver Sable in this?

Taskmaster is, in fact, completely awesome.

Someone really ought to bring back his crime academies. Hate to see a great idea go to waste.

As badass as Tasky is in all forms his current “another super killer guy people pay to do super killing” thing is not as cool as his original function.

Also Paladin should be in every comic book.

What about Moon Knight? One of his alter egos, Marc Spector, was a mercenary, even if his super-hero identity wasn’t.

Does Deathstroke not count because he’s only an assassin for hire? He won’t fight for you, just kill someone for money?

/Hey, where is Taskmaster? He rules!

Agent X should be here somewhere too…

Best,
Hunter (Pedro Bouça) /

Erm…did you miss no. 3?

Nah, I edited Taskmaster in after the fact!

People asking for Deathstroke should read the title of the post.

Does Deathstroke not count because he’s only an assassin for hire? He won’t fight for you, just kill someone for money?

He doesn’t count because he’s a DC character. :)

“I like the idea that Deadpool is “possibly” Rob Liefeld’s greatest creation. Who else could it be? Shatterstar? Badrock?”

People seem to like Supreme. Either that or some people mistake his version of Shaft for the original bad mother-shutyo’mouth version.

Best Marvel Merc? Terror, Inc.! I mean, he rips body parts off of people and stick them on himself, that’s pretty effin’ crazy, lol.

Ack, the list was edited after it was posted! Because I was late in getting around to reading it I will never know who was tossed off the list. Oh well, they were probably losers who would get kicked to the curb by the mercs who earned a spot in the rankings anyway.

What is it about the Marvel universe and mercenaries? Does the DC have that many ‘good’ ones let alone that many period? It seems like there is always a new mercenary coming out of some writer’s imagination.

Oh, and blanketedly dismissing Deadpool (or Cable) is sad and doesn’t make you ‘cool’. They have had bumpy histories and slow starts to be sure, but they have become succesful, fully formed, and interesting characters in in their ‘life times’. Deadpool holds a slot that no one else does in the Marvel U. Cable too.

James Kislingbury

October 28, 2007 at 1:48 pm

What? No Barracuda?

For shame!

Mark Hazard’s giant forehead creeps me out. I think that alone should disqualify him. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Silver Sable, as I do for most of the secondary characters who popped up in the Spider-Man comics when I was five years old. I first started to like Paladin when he was showing up in Grunewadld’s Cap, and I have to shamefully admit that I’ve liked Deadpool since he first got stomped by X-Force, although I have an inherent bias to wise assed, agile super characters. Probably Spider-Man imprinting on me at such an early age.

What? You couldn’t find a good Taskmaster cover with the OG badass costume and yet you pick the uber-craptastic Jason in a Hoodie Taskmaster look?

Shame…..

No Colonel Slaughter? No Donald Pierce? No Cable? No Maverick? No Corsiar and the Starjammers? (okay they’re star pirates but they’re also mercs right?)

And are Bullseye and Elektra mercs or specifically assassins because I’ve heard them defined as both.

Not sure I’d classify Misty and Colleen as mercenaries in the purest sense — they work for hire, yes, but mostly as detectives or bounty hunters rather than as armed combatants. But I love ‘em, so any list they’re on is a list I like. Silver Sable, too.

Paladin has always been one of my favorite Marvel villains. Although I wish he’d print up business cards with a chess knight and the tagline, “Have Gun, Will Travel” on them. Then he’d be totally awesome.

I’d say Paladin is “amoral” not “immoral”–there is a difference. But he and Silver Sable and Tsakmaster would be on my list.

Silver Sable over Colleen and (double especially) Misty?

For. Shame.

What? You couldn’t find a good Taskmaster cover with the OG badass costume and yet you pick the uber-craptastic Jason in a Hoodie Taskmaster look?

Shame…..

I don’t like that costume, either, Du, but if I’m going by Taskmaster as a MERCENARY, that’s the costume he wears when he’s working as a mercenary, right?

HEY!

The Udon suit is cool.

It’s also the one he wears when Power Pack beats him up.

Yay Deadpool! Definitely Rob Liefeld’s best creation, and home to Joe Kelly and Fabian Nicieza’s best writing. Arguably also Gail Simone’s best. Truly, Wade is one of Marvel’s most underrated characters, so I’m glad he got some love here.

Not a damn thing wrong with Silver Sable’s “design”, sir.

And Deadpool? Erm, no.

That Taskmaster LS was a lot of fun. Honestly, I like that costume a thousand times better than the original skull with eyes. While a cool look in the eighties, it just never really did anything for me after the LS came out.

Marc Hazzard from the New-U gets an honorable mention in my book. I mean, the title of thi book is MERC. What else do you need?

Dictionary.com has several definitions for mercenary. All include “someone working for money”, most have the military version. By that defination, even the Avengers are mrecs. They get a decent paycheck! But I understand the intent of this article was focusing on the military viewpoint, so let’s go with that one.

For the debate, PM/IF qualify as mercs just as much as Wing/Knight do. W/K started as Nightwing Investigations – a pair of PIs. PM/IF were the original Heroes for HIRE. If you think of PIs as scouts & spies, or as covert intel agents for hire, then PM/IF are clearly a combo of infantry and elite guard. All are aspects od military roles, so both pairs qualify as mercs.

Seeing the totle of the column, I felt PM/IF were a shoe-in for #1. Then I saw that it was limited to currently active mercs. Even still, don’t you feel tha tthey deserve an honorary spot?

Can’t argue with the top 4…I’d put Foreigner in there, though he’s really straight up as an assassin, but he’s just awesome and one of Peter David’s greatest characters and gets no love these days.

Does the first Spymaster count as a mercenary? If so, he’d be number one on my personal list, at least as portrayed in the Micheline/Layton runs of Iron Man. Despite having no superpowers, he was depicted as a major threat to both Iron Man, the super-hero, and Tony Stark, the industrialist (a few Spymaster stories center on him trying to assasinate Stark or sabotage his company). Plus, he a constant source of amusing wisecracks.

As much as I like Deadpool, part of me will always view him as a Spymaster rip-off.

That Paladin cover cracks me up: “The man-stalker with no equal!”

Deadpool is absolutely not underrated. That character gets plenty of attention and praise and has been present in the Marvel Universe for a good few years now.

I think he’s overrated, actually.

Oh, and blanketedly dismissing Deadpool (or Cable) is sad and doesn’t make you ‘cool’.

I thought we went over this whole thing of assuming what the other person’s motivations are.

Let me catch you up to speed, if you missed it:

Doing it is lame. You don’t know what they think. Stop it.

The “You’re just saying that to be cool!” one is really the lamest, too.

Wait… Wait… Wait… “Deadpool holds a slot that no one else does in the Marvel U. Cable too.”

Ok, I kinda like Deadpool and Cable… Good things HAVE been done with them… But, the above statement is false…

I’ll focus on the claim that Cable “holds as slot that no else does in the Marvel U.”

Cable is a child of an X-men who has arrived from the future… (like Rachel Summers). He has a sketchy history (like Wolverine). He has white hair (Like Magneto), one of his eyes glows, (like Longshot) and is a cyborg (like Forge). He came from the future (like Rachel Summers and Bishop) with an agenda. He carries big guns in spite of being a mutant (like Bishop). He is willing to use lethal force (like Wolverine) in the pursuit of whatever obsessive quest he’s currently on (like Punisher)

It seems Cable occupies a number of slots that are held by other Marvel characters.

You know what would be cool? If he had a flaming head (like Ghost Rider) and was green (like Hulk) Then Cable would be infinitely cooler than he is… (which is infinitely cool already!)

Fuck you asswhole you suck and swallow mother fucker

as much as i would like to see Liefeld raped to death by a troop of rabid baboons i can’t fault some of the charecters he left us with. I can’t imagine the Marvel universe without Deadpool or Cable.

No Luke Cage?

He is willing to use lethal force (like Wolverine) in the pursuit of whatever obsessive quest he’s currently on (like Punisher)He is willing to use lethal force (like Wolverine) in the pursuit of whatever obsessive quest he’s currently on (like Punisher)

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