Top o’ the Lot Comic Book Characters by Color: White
Hello, Geeks, and welcome to a very special installment of Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot. I say it’s special because I’ve decided to get back to the spirit of what Top o’ the Lot was originally conceived to be, namely, the completely weird, slanted, and biased rundown of some trivially specific and arbitrary list of geek goodness. So, I’ve decided to do a series of comic book lists all revolving around characters and color, and what better way to spotlight all of the colors of the rainbow, and kill a Roy G. Biv’s worth of ToLs in a single day, then running down the colors in order? But just because we’re out of the rainbow doesn’t mean were done with the series. Oh, no! So, without further ado, we go monochrome, come up short, and are so thankful to be almost done, in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot Comic Book Characters by Color: White!
Honorable Mention: Perry White
A Siegel/Shuster original debuting in 1940’s Superman #7, Perry White was the EIC at the Daily Planet, and the only man on Earth who could boss Superman around besides, of course, Batman. Although he may have been created for the radio serial, Perry has remained a staple of the Superman universe for going on 80 years now. There’s movie versions, TV versions, radio versions, but my fav is still the good ole comic book Perry. I guess you CAN beat the original.
5. The Great White Shark
There once was a man named Warren White, who stole all the cash he got in his sights; he faked insane to stay out of prison, and even the Joker called him a villain. White is probably the villain of all villains due to the fact that his crimes were based reality. In 2003’s Arkham Asylum: Living Hell by Dan Slott and Ryan Sook it was revealed that The Great White Shark was the king of embezzlers, stealing cash from pension and college funds of the rich and poor alike. A quote from the Joker on White, “I’ve killed people; but I didn’t steal their kid’s college funds.” Yeah, with that kind of endorsement, he makes the Top o’ this Lot.
4. The White Queen
The DC one. The Amanda Waller one. The leader of the team known as Checkmate. In 1988 there was an all-different version of the Suicide Squad and Amanda Waller, The White Queen, was their government liaison and leader. Waller has always been the female Nick Fury of the DCU, and her role as The White Queen was where she really had a chance to shine. While I think she gets bogged down a bit in all the heroics of the Suicide Squad, The White Queen’s ruthlessness can not be denied.
3. White Rabbit
Lorina Dodson, AKA White Rabbit, was born from a wealthy family, and took her name from Lewis Carol’s great work, but she’s really most notable for being a Spider-Man villain that was pretty much a knockoff of a Joker/Harley Quinn combo, and she works really well as a Spidey villain, but not much else. So, why is she smack dab in the middle of this Lot then? Giant robo-rabbit. Case closed.
2. White Tiger
Although she’s the 4th Marvel character to use the name, Angela Del Toro is by far my fav. Keep your Black Panther reboots and High Evolutionary rejects, this is the White Tiger you should be reading. Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev for Daredevil #58 in 2003, Angela was a great way for Bendis to show off with a strong female character, and White Tiger can keep up with Matt Murdock in hand-to-hand combat. White Tiger’s story also stands as a great modern-day super hero origin story in the context of other heroes already being established. The Big 2 publishers can always use fresh blood, but when they get it, it tends to fail…miserably. I contend it’s all about the follow-through, and, like most new characters, White Tiger got absolutely none.
1. The White Queen
There was really no other choice for number 1 here. The Hellfire Club’s resident Queen, the leader of the Hellions, Xavier School teaching staff member, and Cyclops’ second and only true love, Emma Frost is the mind-reading, diamond form becoming, snarky, and beautiful psychic extraordinaire. Where do you even start with all the awesome that is Emma Frost? From Hellfire Club to Bendis’ Uncanny X-Men and the fallout of the Phoenix Five, she’s absolutely done it all. By all accounts she’s an X-Men hero, but, even after all this time, I still don’t trust her.
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