By TJ Dietsch
"And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth's mightiest heroes and heroines found themselves united against a common threat. On that day, the Avengers were born-to fight the foes no single super hero could withstand!"
As the Heroic Age dawns on the Marvel Universe and we prepare for a new chapter in the ongoing saga of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, each Friday Marvel.com will present a different column focusing on the one and only Avengers. From line-ups to costumes to villains to classic stories and beyond, we've got you covered on the history of Marvel's most prolific team of heroes!
So let the call go out: Avengers Assemble!
For this month's look at a particular creator's five favorite Avengers, we asked artist Phil Jimenez of ASTONISHING X-MEN fame his top picks are. He came back with a killer list filled to the brim with female team members who have all held their own with the fellas over the years.
5. The Scarlet Witch
"Always loved her, always love her reality-altering power. Plus, she was the mutant daughter of Magneto and serving as a member of Earth's greatest super-team. Symbolism galore: you don't have to grow up to be your abusive parent; you can chart a different course, with the right android husband by your side."
4. Captain Marvel/Photon
"I will always refer to hear as Captain Marvel! And how amazing was she-the first African American woman to lead Captain America into battle, and one of the most powerful Marvel characters around. Her energy powers were never truly tapped, in my humble opinion."
1. Ms. Marvel
"Probably [makes the list] in her early days, [definitely] post-Rogue and Binary. Another powerful woman who fights crime across the universe in a one piece bathing suit-a type of icon I'm uniquely familiar with and tend to gravitate to, apparently!"
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