Top 10: DC Rogues’ Galleries by Jerry Whitworth
A hero is only as good as the villains they face. Captain America and the Red Skull, Spider-Man and the Green Goblin, X-Men and Magneto, Fantastic Four and Dr. Doom, Iron Man and the Mandarin, Thor and Loki, Wolverine and Sabretooth, Hulk and the Leader, Daredevil and the Kingpin, Dr. Strange and Dormammu, Ghost Rider and Mephisto, Punisher and Jigsaw: good villains define great heroes. DC Comics quickly became the ground bed of superheroes following the popularity of Superman and equally gave rise to its share of memorable supervillains. Lets examine which rogues’ galleries are the best the multimedia brand has to offer.
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We open on Star City, and Speedy appears to be going it alone against metahuman street thug Brick and his gang. Brick has some good monologuing about Green Arrow sending his kid to do his job. Speedy’s not alone however, the three original Young Justice members are there as well. It’s a social visit, but Speedy neither wants their company nor help. When they ask him to join, he declines. He doesn’t need them, Arrow, or the League. Wow.
In the wake of seemingly coordinated attacks by ice villains – Mr. Freeze, the Icicle (Jr.), Killer Frost, and Captain Cold – four of the Justice League’s junior partners have been invited to the team’s headquarters, the Hall of Justice in Washington DC.
Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad are thrilled, but Speedy not so much. The angry youth calls out the adults for giving the ‘sidekicks’ an overrated tour rather than actually accepting the young heroes as full members. As brash and impulsive as the Speedy of the Silver Age Teen Titans, he storms off. Superman then asks for help with a fire at Project Cadmus, but before he can finish, Zatara (!) radios in for full League help to stop Wotan from blotting out the sun.
If I’m being honest, I have to admit I was not a fan of the Young Justice comic series. First the concept of a second generation of Teen Titans didn’t sit well with me. I wanted a Teen Titans series, why not just give me that? The creators were iffy for me. Peter David is one of those writers who runs hot or cold for me, I either love him or hate him. And artist Todd Nauck is a great guy who I’ve interviewed a couple times. I love his Wildguard, but again, if I’m being honest, I just wasn’t into his style back then.