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Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always loved superheroes and villains. I remember watching some of the 90s cartoons on Fox and Disney XD with my sister and dad. From Batman and Superman the Animated Series to X-Men the Animated Series, I learned so much about the concepts of heroism and villainy in regards to who is right and wrong in society. I still try to analyze each character and see if I can identify with them. Below are my top comic book characters from DC and Marvel.

1.) Catwoman

Selena Kyle AKA Catwoman has been my idol from the DC world since I was a kid. She’s so classy and brilliant yet very sneaky and vindictive. Kyle’s origins are very similar to other DC characters: she works full time and is bullied by society. Nevertheless, she gets murdered and turns into a Catwoman. Catwoman represents the dark side of most kindhearted women. 

2.) Captain America 

Formally known as Steve Rodgers, this superhero has taken everyone on several journeys throughout his appearances in Marvel films. Before he became Captain America, he was a patriotic soldier who wanted to serve his country. However, he was bullied in the military for his size, and I remember crying because I could relate to his issues. The captain is always sacrificing himself for other people’s happiness and never gets to live his own life. But that changes in Avenger’s Endgame!! 

3.) Spider-Man

Peter Parker is one of the most uniques superheroes of all time. First, he has a passion for science and uses his knowledge to help defeat his enemies. Second, his love for the people of Queens, New York is everlasting because he never tries to harm the bad guys. Lastly, I think that Spider-Man has crazy relationships with women. From Mary Jane Watson to Felicia Hardy, Parker is always in a love triangle with the mask on and off. One of the funniest moments from the animated series is that Felicia Hardy was Black Cat, but Peter never figured it out.

4.) Harley Quinn

For a woman with a Ph.D., you would think that Harleen Frances Quinzel is the smartest woman in the world. However, she fell into the love trap as most women do, and as a result, she ends up turning mad. When I look at Harley, I see a woman who is constantly manipulated by a toxic man. But both the Joker and Harley are so crazy that they both deserve each other. 

5.) Wonder Woman

Princess Diana of Themyscira is more than just a pretty face and a gorgeous body. She saves the world from the evil hands of mankind. As a kid, I watched Wonder Woman on Justice League The Animated Series.  I was blown away by her confidence and the level of respect she has as a woman. The only thing I disliked about this character is that she never gets to be in love with the men she desires. It would be nice to see her with Batman or Superman.

6.) Joker

Joker is hilarious. When I watched Batman the Animated Series, I couldn’t stop laughing for hours. His makeup and wardrobe match his juvenile personality. However, the 2019 film made me realize that his origins are devasting. He suffers from depression, and he’s constantly bullied by society. As a result, all of his troubles manifested inside of him causing him to go mad. 

7.) Batman

Bruce Wayne is just the perfect DC character. Not only is he an intelligent billionaire, but he’s living with depression.  Wayne uses Batman as a masquerade to cover up how lonely and sorrowful he is. I mean if you lost both of your parents, wouldn’t you feel the same way? He also lost his first love Andrea and never really coped with that feeling. The movie shows you that Batman never settles with any woman for a long period. 

8.) Storm 

Storm is one of the most powerful of the X-men but the most underrated one. In the animated series and films, Ororo Munroe is a weather witch who works with Professor Charles Xavier and other mutants to help society understand that mutants should be treated equally with mankind. There’s much more to Storm than just her being the mistress of the elements. In the comic books, she is married to Black Panther. Yes, the Wakandan King!! I wish to see a movie about those two being together. The idea of having a black power couple in the comic book world is just amazing.

Hello, everyone. My name is Nikiya Alfred. I’m a third-year college student from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a passion for problem-solving issues in the CPS system. As an Urban Education major with a concentration in English Language Arts, I want to explore more on Educational policy. In high school, I was a part of the Poetry Club. I occasionally purchase journals from 5 Below to practice creative writing. This is the perfect opportunity for me to build relationships with other women who have a passion for writing. Please follow me on Instagram @Moondool_7.
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