AvengersSome random thoughts about some of the greatest superhero teams of all time:

The Avengers… Their famous rallying cry is the title of this article, but I’ve never quite understood it.  I realize that before they can avenge, they have to assemble, but when they assemble, what exactly are they avenging?

The Fantastic Four… modesty, anyone? Norm MacDonald’s sketch about the origin of the team’s name is essential listening.

Justice League of America… are non-Americans welcome?
the Defenders… good, solid name… for a bunch of freaks and outcasts
Teen Titans… save the world, and deal with this problem acne?
Alpha Flight… does anyone without security clearance understand the meaning of this name?
the Starjammers… good spacey name
X-Men… maybe the best name ever
New Mutants… they never actually called themselves this, did they?
X-Force/X-Factor… let me get this straight, they thought no one would connect them to the X-Men?

Justice League of America… are non-Americans welcome?  I understand if they don’t want to let Russians or the French join, but have any Canadians been able to sneak in and have success, like in Hollywood?

The Defenders… good, solid name–for a bunch of freaks and outcasts.   Let’s take stock… giant green monster, sorcerer in leggings and a cape, blonde woman with pigtails and a sword, geriatric gargoyle, Batman wannabe.  Why didn’t this title sell well?

Teen Titans… save the world, and deal with this problem acne?  These are the real heroes.

Alpha Flight… does anyone without security clearance understand the meaning of this name?  I think that if they wanted a name that would resonate with Canadians, they should have gone with the Maple Leafs.  Of course, that probably wouldn’t have played very well in Montreal, or anywhere outside of Ontario…

The Starjammers… good spacey name, and best theme song by far of any comic book team–“Jammin’ Me” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

X-Men… maybe the best name ever.

The New Mutants… they never actually called themselves this, did they? “How can I ever thank you?”  “Just doing our jobs, ma’am… the New Mutants are here to help.”  “Mutants?!  Aaahhh!”

X-Force/X-Factor… let me get this straight, they thought no one would connect them to the X-Men?

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