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Take 10: 2007's Top Teams

Marvel picks the 10 top teams of 2007, with their finest moments and digital comics highlighting them in action!

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By Ben Morse Every week, a secret cabal of Marvel staffers gathers to discuss the best of the best when it comes to the House of Ideas. This week on the agenda: the top ten team of 2007, what made them rock, key turning points, and awesome comics you can check out on Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited for more breathtaking brutality.
10. THE ORDER Where They Appeared: THE ORDER Roster: Anthem (team leader), Aralune, Calamity, Heavy, Hera, Mulholland Black, Supernaut, Veda Why They Make The List: What do you get when you throw Hollywood's elite and wannabes alike into a team responsible for safeguarding California and throw super powers into the mix? Scandal, romance, revenge and all the other stuff tabloids love.

No team in the Marvel Universe but the Order keeps their publicist busy hiding sex tapes and alcohol addictions while they're defending the bay area from zombies and Russian super soldiers. Since each member of the Order will only have their powers for a year, they're cramming as much living into 12 months as they can. Finest Moment: Zobos—that's "zombie hobos" for the uninitiated—would cause even a veteran Avengers team no small amount of consternation, but the Order managed to save California with only minimal beachfront destruction. For More Teamwork, Check Out… TALES OF SUSPENSE #91, future Order member Pepper Potts, aka Hera, marries Happy Hogan to form a team of their own.

9. ROGUE'S X-MEN Where They Appeared: X-MEN, "X-Men: Messiah CompleX" Roster: Rogue (team leader), Iceman, Cannonball, Cable, Mystique, Lady Mastermind, Omega Sentinel, Sabretooth Why They Make The List: There's really no reason an X-Men team where the historically unstable Rogue serves as leader, Iceman and Cannonball represent the "veterans," and unrepentant killers like Mystique and Sabretooth round out the roster should work—and it didn't, but provided for some memorable moments. This unlikeliest of X-Lineups caused property damage aplenty against Pandemic and the Hecatomb before imploding spectacularly when the Marauders swiped

half the team to their side. Finest Moment: The Hecatomb dwarfed the power of even a mummudrai, a psychic entity that had previously decimated both the X-Men and Imperial Guard, but Rogue and company threw everything they had against the extraterrestrial menace on Cable's island stronghold of Providence. Ultimately two supreme sacrifices made the difference, with Cable allowing the mummudrai to possess him and throw his powers into turmoil while Rogue absorbed eight billion psyches at the cost of her sanity. For More Teamwork, Check Out… X-MEN v2 #188, Rogue's squad assembles for their first mission, going up against the mysterious Children of the Vault.

8. X-FACTOR Where They Appeared: X-FACTOR, "X-Men: Messiah CompleX" Roster: Jamie Madrox (team leader), Strong Guy, Wolfsbane, Monet, Siryn, Rictor, Layla Miller Why They Make The List: Marvel's most multi-faceted mutant detective and his oft-dysfunctional support team found themselves on the front lines this year, defending Mutant Town from varied threats like X-Cell and the Isolationist. However, beyond the punching and sleuthing, it's the personal entanglements of these inimitable investigators that keep things interesting, from Layla's continued quirkiness to Jamie sleeping Siryn and Monet at the same time…with

two different bodies
! Finest Moment: The X-Cell, a group of de-powered mutants making up for their lack of abilities with technological stand-ins, had the element of surprise and the aid of the deranged Quicksilver on their side when launching a campaign against X-Factor, but thanks to the ingenuity of Layla Miller coupled with unselfishness and bravery of Rictor, who gave up a chance at regaining his own powers to defeat the radicals, the good guys won out. For More Teamwork, Check Out… X-FACTOR v2 #13, the X-Factor Investigations team gets a visit from super shrink Doc Samson in the sequel to writer Peter David's classic "X-Aminations."

7. THE MARAUDERS Where They Appeared: X-MEN, "X-Men: Messiah CompleX" Roster: Mr. Sinister (leader), Arclight, Blockbuster, Harpoon, Malice, Prism, Riptide, Scalphunter, Scrambler, Vertigo, Gambit, Sunfire, Lady Mastermind, Mystique Why They Make The List: The vicious Marauders have always been among the X-Men's worst nightmares, but with the infusion of good guys gone bad like Gambit, Sunfire and Mystique,

Mr. Sinister's team of mutant heavies got even more terrifying this year. With inside intel on the Children of the Atom, more firepower than ever before and, worst of all, a plan beyond just causing random chaos, the Marauders emerged as key players in the "Messiah CompleX" saga. Finest Moment: While Gambit and Sunfire blew up Cable and half of his Providence island HQ on one side of the world, Mystique and her team buried most of the X-Men under a house on the other—synergy! For More Teamwork, Check Out… UNCANNY X-MEN #213, old school X-Men vs Marauders action.

6. THE INITIATIVE Where They Appeared: AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE Roster: War Machine (instructor), Yellowjacket (instructor), Justice (counselor), Gauntlet (drill sergeant), Henry Peter Gyrich (administrator), Armory, Cloud 9, Hardball, Komodo, MVP, Trauma...and many more Why They Make The List: Less a team and more of an army, the Initiative has quickly become the Marvel Universe's one stop shopping hub for any kind of adventure you're keen to hop aboard. Looking for all out action against classic foes? Yellowjacket and about 80 flying super heroes just thwarted a Hydra incursion in Texas. Black Ops more your speed? The mysterious Scarlet Spiders and the rest of the Shadow Initiative has a recon mission into the heart of the Hulk's warship

at 0600 hours. Jonesing for a good mystery? Well somebody just kicked the crap out of Gauntlet and it's gonna take a team effort to figure out who. Finest Moment: Defying all conventional odds and any rules of logic, the fledgling Shadow Initiative and half a dozen new recruits actually held their own against the Hulk longer than Iron Man and half the Avengers! Thanks to Trauma's fear-inducing powers and his teammates array of unique abilities, the kids actually had the Green Goliath on the ropes for about two rounds longer than they had any business. For More Teamwork, Check Out… CIVIL WAR #1, the road to the Initiative begins.

5. THE RUNAWAYS Where They Appeared: RUNAWAYS Roster: Sister Grimm (team leader), Karolina Dean, Molly Hayes, Chase Stein, Victor Mancha, Xavin Why They Make The List: 2006 saw the Runaways endure their greatest tragedy to date when founding member and heart of the team Gertrude Yorkes died, but 2007 saw the kids from L.A. rebound, regroup and emerge to take on new challenges. With the unexpected—and unrevealed—help of deceased teammate Alex Wilder, the kids prevent Chase from sacrificing himself to the

Gibborim and actually defeat the monsters that killed their parents. Not skipping a beat, soon after their big triumph, the Runaways hit New York City and embarked on perhaps their greatest adventure to date, tumbling backwards in time to the dawn of the 20th century! Finest Moment: With the Gibborim about to consume Nico—Sister Grimm—as a sacrifice, Molly and Victor improvise their own version of the X-Men's "Fastball Special," with the pint-size powerhouse hurling her half-robot pal at the big nasties. For More Teamwork, Check Out… RUNAWAYS v2 #22, the kids confront their greatest enemies.

4. THE NEW AVENGERS Where They Appeared: NEW AVENGERS Roster: Luke Cage (team leader), Ronin, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Wolverine, Echo, Dr. Strange, Iron Fist Why They Make The List: With no government funding, fancy tower HQ or heavy hitters from Avengers rosters past, Luke Cage's ragtag band of underground heroes fought on to keep the dreams of the fallen Captain America alive and take out some bad guys in the process.

Tested externally by the Hand and the Hood as well as internally by the growing Skrull conspiracy, this truly new breed of Avengers has hung tough and held their own. Finest Moment: Outnumbered and outgunned by the Hood's super villain army, Cage has Dr. Strange create the illusion of unexpected backup consisting of every white hat from Thor to Howard the Duck long enough to distract the baddies and let Iron Fist, Ronin, Wolverine and friends get down and dirty. For More Teamwork, Check Out… NEW AVENGERS #27, a new team of Avengers spins out of Civil War and into conflict with the Hand.

3. THE NEW X-MEN Where They Appeared: NEW X-MEN, "X-Men: Messiah CompleX" Roster: Surge (team leader), Elixir, Prodigy, Dust, Hellion, Mercury, Rockslide, X-23, Anole, Gentle, Pixie Why They Make The List: The X-Men's next generation stepped up to the plate big time this year, hitting one home run after another even when the adults kept insisting they stay on the bench. After dispatching one of their mentors' deadliest foes by sending Nimrod back in time, the depleted New X-Men squad pulled together despite the shared tragedy of seeing so many friends and teammates die to

save Mercury from the Facility, prevent Belasco from taking control of Limbo, and enter the fray of "Messiah CompleX." Finest Moment: They don't come much badder than the Facility, the warped geniuses who created X-23, and their latest monstrous experiment, Predator X, would have even the most seasoned X-Man shaking in their boots. But under Surge's leadership, the New X-Men fearlessly raided the Facility and blew a Predator X prototype sky high in order to liberate Mercury. For More Teamwork, Check Out… NEW X-MEN #20, Cyclops and Emma Frost have the students battle it out to decide the New X-Men roster.

2. THE THUNDERBOLTS Where They Appeared: THUNDERBOLTS Roster: Norman Osborn (leader), Moonstone (field leader), Songbird, Radioactive Man, Swordsman, Bullseye, Penance, Venom Why They Make The List: Being bad never looked so good—or so sinfully enjoyable. This team of government-sanctioned psychos and mass murderers may be a ticking time bomb, but waiting for them to go off provides more entertainment than an all-day "American Gladiators" marathon. Whether it's Norman's gradual slide back into his psychotic past, Moonstone and Songbird's ongoing

behind-the-scenes catfight and power plays or Venom's growing cannibalistic tendencies, there's always something nasty going down in Thunderbolts Mountain, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Finest Moment: The T-Bolts had their share of dropped balls in the field over the past year, needing Bullseye to "save the day" against D-lister Jack Flag and struggling against the likes of the Steel Spider, but hey—their new action figures keep flying off the shelves! Get your Terrorist Captain America today! For More Teamwork, Check Out… THUNDERBOLTS #109, Civil War lays the final groundwork for a new team of T-Bolts.

1. THE ASTONISHING X-MEN Where They Appeared: ASTONISHING X-MEN Roster: Cyclops (team leader), Beast, Colossus, Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, Emma Frost, Armor Why They Make The List: Not even Unstable telepathic teammates, alien prophecies of doom and their most implacable foes aligning could derail Marvel's premiere team of unstoppable mutants in 2007. Under the mental domination of Cassandra Nova, Emma Frost almost singlehandedly brought down her team and pushed Kitty Pryde over the edge, but the last second—and gutsy—intervention of Cyclops and a good ol' fashioned steel-spitting firearm saved the day just in time for the gang, including new rookie member

Armor, to rocket off to the Breakworld and face an army of hostile extra-dimensional enemies. Finest Moment: Without a word exchanged between them, the Astonishing X-Men pulled off perhaps the most intricate and ingenious plan of the year, with Cyclops utilizing Emma's telepathy to have the team fake out the spying denizens of Breakworld with talk of a non-existent super weapon, allowing Scott Summers to leap to his own death, get resurrected behind enemy lines, and clear the way for the rest of his squad—astonishing! For More Teamwork, Check Out… ASTONISHING X-MEN #5, Colossus returns from the dead.

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      18 comments
      Kharyzmatiq
      Kharyzmatiq

      For those of you who don't know, the X-Men is the absolute BEST superhero team of all time. Hence the reason their are so many X-titles on this list.

      ultimatespidy13
      ultimatespidy13

      my top 101. NEW AVENGERS :hawkeye: :spiderwoman: :thor: :shehulk: 2.MIGHTY AVENGERS3.AVENGERS THE INTIAVE4.ILLUMINATUI5.WARBOUND6.THUNDERBOLTS7.XMEN8.NEW WARRIORS9.RUNAWAYS10.HEROES FOR HIRE

      benetarmada
      benetarmada

      good apart from the Avengers should come [u] #3[/u] and the New Avengers should come [u] #2[/u]

      CaptainStacy
      CaptainStacy

      My top ten:1) New Avengers2) Mighty Avengers3) Fantastic Four4) The Illuminatti5) X-Men6) The Warbound7) The Inhumans8) Heroes For Hire9) Runaways10) Thunderbolts

      CPaddock
      CPaddock

      [quote@palaba 6. New Warriors

      excalibur88
      excalibur88

      I cant believe the Orders there too. Any one else hear that its already getting canceled?

      Venin
      Venin

      I can't believe the New Avengers are not #1!Also that Ms. Marvel's Avengers are NOT even on the list!Come on...Avengers are the best. Nothing comes close.

      Web-Head3003
      Web-Head3003

      I love to see that the X titles are finally getting some love on these lists, but I think that the lists they keep making are being a little to X sided. But what do I know I'm just a reader not a member of the Secret Cabal

      Ben_Morse
      Ben_Morse

      Keep those lists and opinions coming, gang. Just 'cos the Secret Cabal has their own picks doesn't make 'em right. ;-)

      palaba
      palaba

      As much as I love the mutants I think this list is a little "X" heavy. And the Order? >yawn

      julio
      julio

      I was expecting the Warbound (Hulk) to be in this list. And the Fantastic Four, as someone already said it. Too many X groups... :P

      dempseyg
      dempseyg

      [quote@DRock1 They'll give love to lamers like The New X-Men, The Order and The Initiative but won't give love to The New Warriors and The Exiles? The staff's out of touch!Still, they were dead on about the X-teams and The Thunderbolts. I was surprised when the T-Bolts/Steel Spider-Sepulcre-American Eagle fight didn't make the top ten fights, but overall that book has been great.[/quote] wow forgot the Exiles and i guess excaluiber would make two more X-teams

      DRock1
      DRock1

      They'll give love to lamers like The New X-Men, The Order and The Initiative but won't give love to The New Warriors and The Exiles? The staff's out of touch!Still, they were dead on about the X-teams and The Thunderbolts. I was surprised when the T-Bolts/Steel Spider-Sepulcre-American Eagle fight didn't make the top ten fights, but overall that book has been great.

      ross444
      ross444

      Well, I haven't much to say about the rest of the list, but I'm happy to see Astonishing X-Men take the number one spot.

      Ben_Morse
      Ben_Morse

      [quote@will44 who got to chose this any way[/quote] Exactly who it says in the intro: a secret cabal of Marvel staffers! Fear the cabal!! :twisted:

      bjason316
      bjason316

      My vote goes to the team of JMS and JQ. This dynamic duo did what the Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Venom, Carnage, and all the other super-baddies could not......they killed Spider-Man.

      dempseyg
      dempseyg

      Ok so who comes up these lists They have included all of the X-teams ROGUE'S X-MEN - The Roster from X-men V2X-FACTOR - From the X-FACTOR bookTHE MARAUDERS - From Messiah CompleXTHE NEW X-MEN - from THE NEW X-MEN THE ASTONISHING X-MEN - from THE ASTONISHING X-MEN The onlyone missing is Uncanny but since that is lead by Scott and Emma it the same as THE ASTONISHING X-MEN which is the only book to stand outside of the Messiah CompleX corss overThen the Avengers-teamsTHE ORDER - from THE ORDER THE INITIATIVE - THE INITIATIVE AvengersTHE NEW AVENGERS - THE NEW AVENGERS ThenTHE THUNDERBOLTS THE RUNAWAYS So what teams are left out wellUncanny X-menMighty AvengersFantastic FourNew WarriorsHEROES FOR HIREThe TwelveHere is my Top teams 1. Thunderbolts 2. Runways - although it seems to be on a break 3. X Factor - This is one of the best X-teams for a long time (hoping its staying after CompleX4. Heroes for Hire - even though most of their runs have been during crossovers5. X-man V2 (after the manga style - the last issue of Blinded by light had the best art in a marvel book for ages)The rest of the teams seem to be boring at the moment (of course most of the x-men are on stand still during Complex - and i get the picture their is not going to be standing still after this cross over - at least two teams should go and I think the Scott should only be running one verson on the X-men meaning goodbye to Astonishing or Uncanny This part of the list is harder becasue not many of the books are intersting me at the moment6 Astonishing X-men would find its place here (although the long wait between comics hinders its placing on the list)7.The New Avengers - Although i can see this team roster changing again soon what with Spider-man's Brand new day Wolverine and the CompleX issue and with the lead up to secret invasion staring here and the story taking a back seat to the hood story i am again not that interested.8. Cable and Deadpool - I will have to cheat here because they are not quite a team and with cable taking time off to be dead and compleX cable has a great team of Weasal and Bob as well as group of friends popping up.9. Starlord/Wraith - ok so these guys are from a crossover but both Starlords team in his solo book and Conquest and Wraiths team up with Ronan/SuperSkurll & Co. and The Resistance are the best teams going (so low down again because the are not real teams10. The Fantastic Four/The New Fantastic Four - Ok so this one got very confusing what with two books containing the team FF/Black Panter - and the stories mixing but not mixing - this team still makes the list for what is to come in the futureThe RestTHE MARAUDERS only in Complex and the only interesting members are Gambit/Mystique and SinisterTHE NEW X-MEN - This story line has gone down since they defeated the new Nimrod - We can let if off with the fact the Complex cut in (but will they make it through as the team seems to contain a host of guest shot stars and a number of key players a sneeking into other teams)Uncanny X-men had one of the best storyline just before CompleX but my feeling that scott is on too many teams maybe Storm or Prof X should take over this one but who would be left on the team The Starjammers - Ok so a limited run team and they are doing good - I hope thay come back to earth soon (maybe Alex can take over Uncanny and that would sort out that problem but I can see him returing to X-men V2 if that book stays.THE ORDER - An interesting team but it still has to take off for meTHE INITIATIVE The baby avengers - Bring back the Young avengersMighty Avengers - This looks like a back up roster for the old Avengers - with big wigs placed their under Tonys TumbMs. Marvel - This is like a back up roster to the Back up Avengers and Carol seem to have spent more time on this than avengers New Warriors - Yet another X-spinoff - This one has the power to be good but again has yet to really take off. The Twelve - A new team with the power to be good (lets see)

      operations_man
      operations_man

      astonsihing xmen, new avengers #1 always, thunderbolts, and the new xmen, are my favorites, as well as the starjammers