Archard is the hero of the comic book “Ruse” – published by Crossgen (which is now bankrupt). The elements of “Ruse” are very Sherlock Holmes-like; a brilliant detective (Archard), a Victorian setting, logic, mysteries, and all that… but with a touch of fantasy. Yes, Archibald deals with magic and the supernatural, but he doesn’t have any superpowers at all (He does have an assistant – Emma Bishop – who is a sorceress. Archibald is aware of this fact, even though Bishop conceals her powers to him). Aside from his “Sherlock Holmes”-esque intelligence and persona, he also makes use of a network of agents that works for him when on a case.
Forysthe Pendleton “Jughead” Jones III is the bestfriend of Archie Andrews – who is Archie Comics’ flagship character (obviously). Jughead is the deepest and most interesting character among Archie’s gang, thus, he is my most favorite character in Archie Comics (in fact, I have more Jughead books than Archie ones).
The greatest comic book villain ever is the Joker. I think a large amount of comic book fans will agree with me. Joker’s characterization and creation is so well done. The Batman mythos is made more enjoyable because of the Joker, as Joker’s twisted sense of chaos is a perfect antithesis to Batman’s gritty sense of justice. He is batshit (no pun intended) insane but a highly intelligent criminal mastermind. His madness is an advantage to him since it enables him to make lots of risky decisions without second thought. He is definitely one of the most dangerous and evil villains in comic books, even if he does not have immense powers like Darkseid or Thanos (imagine if Joker has that kind of power... yikes!)
Venom is an alien symbiote that possesses several powers including shapeshifting, regeneration, and augmentation of its host strength and speed. Its weakness includes fire, loud sounds, and electricity. First worn by Spider-Man (in Secret Wars), it initially helped Spider-Man and allowed him to become stronger and provided him with new abilities. However, when Spidy learned that it was a murderous sentient being that wants to permanently bind with him, he got rid of it. Then, the symbiote merged with Eddie Brock, which allowed him to physically manifest his hatred on Spidy (Brock is driven by his desire for revenge on Spidy, who he blames for the demise of his life, marriage, and career). The symbiote is currently with Marc Gargan (the former Scorpion), but Brock is the most popular Venom. The Brock Venom, aside from being a major Spidy supervillain, also served as a vigilante, though the murderous desires were still present.
Gambit is an early favorite of mine. The X-Men animated series of the 90’s and the “Marvel vs. Capcom” game made me grow fond of Gambit. His graceful bo-staff fighting skills and ability to throw explosive cards (due to his mutant powers) easily won me over. Or maybe I grow to like Gambit because he used his “hypnotic charm”, another mutant power of his, on me. His character is just oozing with charisma and suaveness.
The Man of Steel. The Man of Tomorrow. The Last Son of Krypton. “It’s a bird. No, it’s a plane. No, it’s Superman.”
In anyone’s “best comic book characters” lists, Wolverine will always rank high. In fact, he ranked as the number one comic book character of Wizard Magazine. He’s only number four in my list since I have three more characters who I think are cooler than Wolverine. Even so, this should not discount Wolverine’s greatness as a comic book character. He’s one of the best.
Definitely, Rorschach is the most favorite character in Watchmen by comic book fans. He is a crazier, grittier, extremer version of the Question (who is a major inspiration for the former’s creation) and Batman (another inspiration). Unlike his fellow costumed crime fighters, he did not quit adventuring (crime fighting) when it was outlawed. He, instead, started a one-man crusade against crime. He brutally hunted and punished criminals and he would even kill them without hesitation if he thought they deserved it. He’s an extreme right wing vigilante. His intense cynicism and methods are attributed to him being mentally ill. However, this does not prevent him from thinking analytically and deductively. Rorschach showed some merit as a detective.
Aside from being referred to as “The Dark Knight” and “The Caped Crusader”, he has also been called “The World’s Greatest Detective.” And rightfully so. Since he has no super powers, Batman’s main weapon is his intelligence. He has brilliant analytical and deductive skills and he is an excellent strategist, always thinking one step ahead. This plus the support of his (Bruce Wayne’s) wealth – arming himself with high-tech gadgets, equipment and vehicles – allow him to function and survive in the world of superheroes.
Spidey is my most favorite comic book character (and fictional character, before I encountered Sherlock Holmes) since I first picked up a comic book. His greatest charm is of him being, probably, the most “human” among superheroes. Yes, he has superpowers and all that, but, like the rest of us, he has human problems that we can relate to. Girl problems, school problems, how to pay the bills, etc. These he has to juggle with along with the hustles of being a superhero. As a superhero, he is sometimes (or often?) underappreciated by the populace and even thought of as a menace – thanks to the anti-Spidey media campaigns of the number one Spidey hater, J. Jonah Jameson (ironically, the employer of Peter Parker). But no matter what, appreciated or unappreciated by the people he saves, with or without the pressure brought by his personal problems, he continues to do the right thing. He saves people. He fights crime. He battles supervillains (even those more powerful than him). He indeed lives by his “with great power comes great responsibility” motto, that God gave him a gift, thus, he must use it for good, no matter what (this he learned the hard way when his Uncle Ben got killed by a robber he did not capture when he had the chance). Heavy stuff, right? More admirable still is that Spidey started being a superhero when he was fifteen! A mere fifteen-year older already having a high sense of duty and morals amidst the heavy emotional burdens of being a teenager and a superhero? Totally inspiring.