The countdown continues with a very Marvel-mutant-heavy installment.
90. Grendel (Hunter Rose)
Successful author by day, assassin by night. Hunter Rose is basically the opposite of Nathan Fillion’s character on Castle. The monicker of Grendel has been passed down to to 3 other individuals, but Rose is by far the most recognized and established of them. With a truly compelling, complex story and one of the coolest masks in comics, the fact that there has yet to be a movie based on Grendel is an absolute travesty.
Betsy Braddock has one of the more convoluted backstories in comics, but that twisting-turning history is part of what makes her so intriguing. Essentially, British X-Men member Betsy had her mind swapped with that of a Japanese assassin from The Hand. Her Asian face with a British voice, her incredible hand-to-hand combat skills, her very distinct (and skimpy) costume, and a personality that oozes sexuality, come together to create one of the most captivating characters in all of comics.
One of the X-Men’s oldest and most dangerous foes. Obsessed with the idea that there is an inevitable war brewing between humans and mutants, Apocalypse works to create an army of the fittest mutants with which to enslave humanity and establish himself as ruler. This has lead him to kidnapping, and experimenting on, the X-Man Angel…turning him into the blue-skinned, metal-winged Archangel. Few villains have ever been given the treatment of showing readers what the world would be like if they actually won. But Marvel’s mini-series Age of Apocalypse did just that.
Obviously most well-known for his breaking of Batman’s back. Bane is a true test of The Dark Knight’s skill. He has a genius intellect, is a master strategist, is in peak physical condition before he uses the steroid Venom to give him supernatural strength and speed, and a mean streak a mile wide. Batman is known for his rogues gallery, and Bane being the first of 4 villains to make this list proves just how fascinating it really is.
86. Kitty Pryde
Kitty Pryde has been an integral part of the X-Men team for decades, and has been a major player in several of the bigger story arcs in the team’s history. But never was she more important, or interesting, than in the Days of Future Past story. The future Kitty is sent back in time into the body of her teenage self in order to stop the assassination of a US senator at the hands of the Brotherhood of Mutants…an event that would have meant the hunting of not only mutants, but all super powered beings. The tension she embodies in that story along with the gut-wrenching sadness she expresses in the God Loves, Man Kills graphic novel are the perfect examples of why fans love her so much.