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Top Five Month (check here to see an archive of all the top five lists featured so far) continues with a three-part take on “Keeping Up With the Joneses” by looking at the top five comic book artists, comic book writers and comic book characters with the last name of Jones.
Today we look at the top five characters with the last name of Jones!
First off, I am not doing licensed characters named Jones, like Indiana Jones. In addition, I’m only counting characters who are specifically referred to as ____ Jones, not characters like Firestar whose secret identity is Angelica Jones.
Genocide Jones was a psycho villain who also one of the few real friends that Holden Carver had during Sleeper. He was not a good guy, but he was a good character.
Short-lived western hero from Marvel – gotta give them credit for trying a black western hero as a co-star in a comic book!
Casey Jones is probably best known for his adaption to other media other than comics, like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon and the film series.
The Department of Scientific Investigation is a really great idea, and Darwin Jones was the head of it and a recurring character in Strange Adventures for a number of years. Grant Morrison brought him back recently in Final Crisis and James Robinson has been using him, as well.
He was shipwrecked on a deserted island with 734 books. He memorized them all, therefore becoming a genius. You have to love Golden Age comics. This genius, who would answer anything or solve any problem for a dime, was recently (and awesomely) brought back to the forefront (of sorts) by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang.
An original member of the Howling Commandos AND an early member of SHIELD, Gabe Jones has been a long-time supporting cast member of Nick Fury (and Captain America). SPOILER WARNING!!!
I hope he is still alive somehow after recent events in Secret Warriors. I mean, come on, LMD, people!!! LMD!!!
A tough omission from the top five, as Warren Ellis did a great job on this former operative who had been experimented on and then thrown into Los Angeles (which is secretly a sort of living prison for all the various “retired” government operatives from around the world) to eke out a living as a private investigator who caters only to fellow former government agents.
5. Jessica Jones
The star of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos’ Alias, this former superhero eventually began working as a private investigator. She has become a favorite character of Bendis, as he took her from Alias to the follow-up series, The Pulse and then on to New Avengers, where she eventually married (and had a kid with) the Avenger Luke Cage. Her journey from damaged hero to, well, just a plain hero has been great to follow.
4. J’onn J’onzz
J’onn would be higher except, I dunno, J’onzz isn’t REALLY Jones, per se. Okay, I admit, I just want an excuse to rank…
3. Halo Jones
higher on the list. Halo Jones is a really great character by Alan Moore and Ian Gibson who starred in a stunningly well-crafted series by the same name (it was a serial in the pages of 2000 AD). Jones is an “everywoman,” she just happens to be an everywoman who lives in the 50th Century, and besides the well-told plots of the comics themselves, one of the joys of reading Halo Jones comics is how well-crafted the reality of the 50th Century was by Moore and Gibson. It’s a joy to read.
2. Jughead Jones
One of the top comic book characters period.
1. Rick Jones
But Rick Jones slightly beats Jughead just because of the remarkable place Rick holds in the Marvel Universe. He was directly involved in the Hulk’s origin, then became his sidekick, of sorts, then became Captain America’s sidekick, then began a sort of Billy Batson/Captain Marvel relationship with the Marvel Captain Marvel, then became a partner of sorts to Rom the Spaceknight then became a close friend and partner to the then-intelligent Hulk then became merged with the SON of Captain Marvel and then, most recently, became a new Hulk-like creature himself called A-Bomb.
That is one stunningly involved history, huh? That’s enough to get #1 on the list!!
That’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!
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