Avenging April: Mutant Power
My Top 5 Mutants
By Geeky Gem
Not all Super heroes, come from another planet or just decide one day they want to fight crime, some, are very special indeed and are born with super powers. These heroes are known as mutants, they were born with their powers but may not have found out about them straight away. Here I would like to share with you my top 5 mutants, there in no real order they are just the ones I like the most.
Oh Wolverine, where would I be without Wolverine in my life. My first encounter with Wolverine was in the X-Men cartoon that I used to watch. Wolverine was created by Len Wein as a character in Incredible Hulk 180. John Romita Sr helped design his look, and Herb Trimpe drew his first appearance. Wolverine was born James Howlett and is commonly known as Logan. Wolverine is a mutant who possesses animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities with three retracting bone claws on each hand and a rather nice healing power that will let him heal from almost any wound, disease or toxin at a fast rate, it also means he ages at a slower rate to humans. What more could you want, the problem is, as Wolverine has a healing power it means lots of people want to get their hands on him and experiment on him. This led to him being part of the Super Soldier program, which lead to his evolution as Weapon X where a near-indestructible metal alloy called adamantium was bonded with his entire skeleton without killing him. Meaning his once bone claws are now sharpe metal claws. Wolverine is a well rounded mutant, with a mind for trouble and an attitude to disregrade the rules. He is the best at what he does, but what he does isn’t very nice.
Again Gambit is a a mutant I found through the X-Men cartoon, in fact all the mutants on the list are from the X-Men cartoon. Gambit’s real name is Remy Etienne LeBeau, he was created by Chris Claremont and the fantastic Jim Lee. Gambit’s mutant power is the ability to manipulate kinetic energy, he is also skilled in card-throwing, and hand to hand combat. Plus he also has a nice shiny Bo Staff which he pushes his power through in order to beat bad guys up. Gambit was a professinal thief before he joined the X-Men, he is often teamed up with Wolverine and has a on-off relationship with Rogue. One reason I like Gambit is that he is from Louisiana and speaks in a very thick Cajun accent. Which in the cartoon always sounded awesome.
Rogue was always one of my favourtie X-Men, as her power sometimes leads to some upsetting things. Rogue’s name is Ann-Marie but her surname is still unknown. She was created by author Chris Claremont and Michael Golden. As with all the other mutants Rogue was born as a mutant. However she more so than most, considers her powers a curse: she involuntarily absorbs and sometimes also removes the memories, physical strength, and (in the case of superpowered persons) the abilities of anyone she touches. Which means for most of her life Rogue’s potentially fatal power has prevented her from making any physical contact with others, including her on-off relationship with Gambit, but after many years Rogue finally gained full control over her power. Rogue was a runaway who was adopted by Mystique and the Brotherhood, which meant she grew up as a villain, something that always interested me as nearly all the mutants have shady pasts. Well at leat the ones I like do. After Rogue permanently absorbed Ms. Marvel’s psyche and Kree powers, she reformed and turned to the X-Men, fearing for her sanity. Rogue for me always showed that not all mutants are glad they have pwers and some don’t only fear what they can do but fear themselves.
Now unlike the rest of the mutants on this list I did not come across Nightcrawler in the cartoon it was in fact in the X-Men 2 movie, from then I went on to watch the X-Men Evolution cartoon and this is where I wanted to find out more about the fantastic Nightcrawler and the first of 2 blue mutants on my list. Kurt Wagner is Nightcrawler’s real name, he was created by Len Wein (the man behind Wolverine.) and Dace Cockrum. Nightcrawlers mutant powers are the ability to teleport, invisibility in deep shadows, and adhesive hands and feet. He is one of the many mutants whose physical mutations include blue skin, two-toed feet and three-fingered hands, yellow eyes, and a prehensile tail. He is depicted as being a happy-go-lucky practical joker and teaser, and a fan of swashbuckerling fiction. Nightcrawler is a German Catholic and while this is not emphasized as much in his earlier comic book appearances, in later depictions Nightcrawler is more vocal about his faith. He often mentions his time in the circus, though it is never specified from where he originated, but who cares he’s blue and can teleport.
We are nearing the end of my top 5 mutants so last bu no means least is…
I told you there was more than one blue mutant on my list. May I introduce you to Sr. Henry Philip “Hank” McCoy. Also known as Beast, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Beast has to be on my list because he is awesome and blue, did I mention he is blue? Oh i did, okay then. Beast posssesses a ape-like superhuman physical strength and agility and oversized hands and feet, though he otherwise appears to be a normal human being. Throughout his life time, the Beast undergoes progressive transformations to his physiognomy, permanently gaining increasingly animalistic physical characteristics. These include blue fur, feline facial features, pointed ears, fangs, and claws. This leads to his physical power increasing to even greater levels, as do his senses. Despite his inhuman apperance, he is a brillaint man of the arts and science and is often found in his room hanging upside down reading a book and listening to classical music. While at the Xavier Insitute he teaches mathematics and is a bit of a prolitical activist. While he fights with his beastial inctincts and fears of soical rejection, Beast dedcates his life and his mind to creating a better life for humans and mutants a like. That is way I had to have Beast on my list, some mutants never believed that humans and mutants could live together, Hank did, and he wont stop untill that becomes a reality.
Well there we have it folks my top 5 mutants, I think this isn’t bad for my first top 5 anythimg, I can already hear Hmsbeefnuts pacing around trying to think of his top 5 mutants as well…