Axel-In-Charge: Extending "Secret Wars," Excitement for a "Totally Awesome Hulk"
Okay, so we had the Top 100 Marvel and DC Characters List. I even went a little further, and showed you the NEXT hundred on the list. But what about those characters that were less supported? THEY have their fans, too, right? So this week, each day I’m going to take a look at some characters who made only ONE ballot – but were chosen FIRST on that ballot.
And today is the last one!
Pyro – 10 points (1 first place vote)
St. John Allerdyce was an Australian mutant who was a novelist and reporter before Mystique convinced him to join her newly formed Brotherhood of Mutants (was she calling them Evil Mutants? I forget).
Pyro served with the Brotherhood for years, including when they worked for the US government as Freedom Force.
He even joined Toad’s reformed Brotherhood.
Pyro eventually contracted the mutant-killing disease, the Legacy Virus.
He searched for a cure for years, encountering different people, including Daredevil and Cecilia Reyes…
Eventually, right before he died, Pyro saved the life of Senator Robert Kelly, causing Kelly to change his stance on mutant rights.
Here is why Ethan Kaye picked Pyro #1…
Pyro’s mutant power to control flame was sadly underused in the comics. For all of his appearances, how many ended with someone enveloped in flames? Burnt so bad they couldn’t stand up? But as a reader you knew he could do it! He just didn’t want to! So every little peek we got into his out-of-costume life became an evaluation of what kind of person could have this awful, destructive power and never use it.
He could never have been a hero, but he’s a villain we didn’t mind following around. Put him on a road trip with another evil mutant or two and that could have been an interesting mini. But he’s dead now. Which is probably for the best. Someone would have slapped a dumb suit of armor on him eventually and called him “Match Point” or something stupid, and Pyro would change from a true study in character to another villain who blasted stuff out of his hands. I say fire dragons are a darn good power, and Pyro’s appearances are always a joy to re-read.
I hope y’all had fun with this look at the lesser-known characters!!
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