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Counting down the Best Heroes of 2013 Pt. 4

Marvel.com reveals our top 25 list of the greatest good guys from the past year!

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As ever, the Marvel Universe proved a dangerous place to be a good guy in 2013, but the champions of Earth and beyond rose to the challenge. From policing galactic wars to braving other dimensions to protecting entire races, the Marvel heroes stepped up on every level.

To send last year out with a bang, Marvel.com will be counting down our top 25 heroes of 2013, as selected by staffers and freelancers. Got your own thoughts on the matter? We’d love to hear them, so send them our way on Twitter @Marvel, using the hashtag #Marvel2013!

25. SIF
24. MISTY KNIGHT
23. STORM

22. THE BLACK PANTHER
21. VALKYRIE

19. CYCLOPS
17. SPIDER-MAN (Miles Morales)
JUBILEE
16. WOLVERINE
15. THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

14. JEAN GREY
13. LOKI

12. THE HULK
11. HAWKEYE
 

      10. HAVOK
      First Appearance:
      UNCANNY X-MEN #54
      Where He Appeared in 2013:
      UNCANNY AVENGERS
      Why He’s #10:
      “Alex Summers' rise to prominence would surprise those that think of him merely as mutantkind's most well known little sibling, but this Avenger deserves every accolade he gets. As Captain America's choice for leader of the Avengers Unity Squad, Havok embodies the recently departed Charles Xavier's long held dream for peace between mutants and humans. As the brother of the man who murdered Xavier, Havok has seen firsthand just how being the face of peace can lead to violence and corruption, and he's forging ahead anyway. With every adversary he faces in his new position as Avengers team leader, from an all-powerful Red Skull to the catastrophic might of the Apocalypse Twins, Havok does so in the name of unity.” – Brett White
      Digital Comic Spotlight:
      UNCANNY AVENGERS #7 

          9. THE VISION
          First Appearance:
          AVENGERS (1963) #57
          Where He Appeared in 2013:
          AVENGERS A.I.
          Why He’s #9:
          “Despite starting 2013 as Ultron’s unwilling spokesperson, Vision survived his experience all the better for it, stronger and with his artificial intelligence substantially upgraded. He now finds himself as a role model and leader of many A.I.s.  In fact, Vision maintains hope to broker peace between humanity and this new society. As for his powers, thanks to his newly gained nanite capabilities, he can be several thousand places at once. Far from being naïve, our android hero utilized the lessons learned from his rich past to be a diverse, impressive force for good in the present.” – Tim O’Shea
          Digital Comic Spotlight:
          AVENGERS A.I. #1

              8. BLACK BOLT
              First Appearance:
              FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #45
              Where He Appeared in 2013:
              INFINITY, NEW AVENGERS
              Why He’s #8:
              “It's always the quiet ones you have to watch. Black Bolt, King of the Inhumans, will always be a man who favors action over words, and in 2013 he took major action to prevent a massacre of his people by the Mad Titan Thanos. He blew up the floating city of Attilan and sparked the dormant Inhuman gene in the Earth's population. And then he dropped the mic. When you've gone toe-to-toe with Thanos and secured the future of your race, what’s left to say?” – Andrew Wheeler
              Digital Comic Spotlight:
              NEW AVENGERS (2013) #8 

                  7. HANK PYM
                  First Appearance:
                  TALES TO ASTONISH #27
                  Where He Appeared in 2013:
                  AVENGERS A.I.
                  Why He’s #7:
                  “For years, Hank Pym has been defined by his unreliable mental health and his tragic mistakes in A.I. and 2013 started out looking like it might be more of the same. This time though, Pym rolled with his situation and when he encountered setbacks, he solved them rather than deflating. He saved Daredevil from Dr. Doom’s senses destroying machinations, rescued the world from total machine dominance, and organized a team to stop Dimitrios, the unintended consequence of what it took to save humanity. And he did it all while dealing with the realities of being an individual with bipolar disorder.” – Tim Stevens
                  Digital Comic Spotlight:
                  AGE OF ULTRON: A.I. #10 

                      6. HAWKEYE (Kate Bishop)
                      First Appearance:
                      YOUNG AVENGERS (2005) #1
                      Where She Appeared in 2013:
                      HAWKEYE, YOUNG AVENGERS
                      Why She’s #6:
                      “Kate Bishop’s year ran the gamut at such a breakneck pace, it’s incredible she did not end up with whiplash. From the very real horrors of natural disasters to the personal heartbreaks of a disappointing teacher and a boyfriend who likes, but does not love you, to the ‘only in the Marvel Universe’ threat of an inter-dimensional monster who looks like your friend’s mom, Bishop took on all comers. But she did not blink. A hero of unhesitating resolve, she cut loose from her mentor and her parents to taste independence, she rejected Marvel Boy and all his disappointments, and she stuck with her friends through thick and thin. A year does not get much more heroic than that.” – Tim Stevens
                      Digital Comic Spotlight:
                      HAWKEYE (2012) #5 

                      The countdown continues tomorrow right here on Marvel.com, but in the meantime, share your thoughts on Twitter with us @Marvel using the hashtag #Marvel2013!

                      As ever, the Marvel Universe proved a dangerous place to be a good guy in 2013, but the champions of Earth and beyond rose to the challenge. From policing galactic wars to braving other dimensions to protecting entire races, the Marvel heroes stepped up on every level.

                       

                      To send last year out with a bang, Marvel.com will be counting down our top 25 heroes of 2013, as selected by staffers and freelancers. Got your own thoughts on the matter? We’d love to hear them, so send them our way on Twitter @Marvel, using the hashtag #Marvel2013!

                       

                      25. SIF

                      24. MISTY KNIGHT

                      23. STORM

                      22. THE BLACK PANTHER

                      21. VALKYRIE

                      19.

                      CYCLOPS

                      17. SPIDER-MAN (Miles Morales)

                      JUBILEE

                      16. WOLVERINE

                      15. THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

                      14. JEAN GREY

                      13. LOKI

                      12. THE HULK

                      11. HAWKEYE

                       

                      10. HAVOK

                      First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #54

                      Where He Appeared in 2013: UNCANNY AVENGERS

                      Why He’s #10: Alex Summers' rise to prominence would surprise those that think of him merely as mutantkind's most well known little sibling, but this Avenger deserves every accolade he gets. As Captain America's choice for leader of the Avengers Unity Squad, Havok embodies the recently departed Charles Xavier's long held dream for peace between mutants and humans. As the brother of the man who murdered Xavier, Havok has seen firsthand just how being the face of peace can lead to violence and corruption, and he's forging ahead anyway. With every adversary he faces in his new position as Avengers team leader, from an all-powerful Red Skull to the catastrophic might of the Apocalypse Twins, Havok does so in the name of unity.” – Brett White

                      Digital Comic Spotlight: UNCANNY AVENGERS #7

                       

                      9. THE VISION

                      First Appearance: AVENGERS (1963) #57

                      Where He Appeared in 2013: AVENGERS A.I.

                      Why He’s #9: Despite starting 2013 as Ultron’s unwilling spokesperson, Vision survived his experience all the better for it, stronger and with his artificial intelligence substantially upgraded. He now finds himself as a role model and leader of many A.I.s.  In fact, Vision maintains hope to broker peace between humanity and this new society.

                      As for his powers, thanks to his newly gained nanite capabilities, he can be several thousand places at once. Far from being naïve, our android hero utilized the lessons learned from his rich past to be a diverse, impressive force for good in the present.” – Tim O’Shea

                      Digital Comic Spotlight: AVENGERS A.I. #1

                       

                      8. BLACK BOLT

                      First Appearance: FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #45

                      Where He Appeared in 2013: INFINITY, NEW AVENGERS

                      Why He’s #8: It's always the quiet ones you have to watch. Black Bolt, King of the Inhumans, will always be a man who favors action over words, and in 2013 he took major action to prevent a massacre of his people by the Mad Titan Thanos. He blew up the floating city of Attilan and sparked the dormant Inhuman gene in the Earth's population. And then he dropped the mic. When you've gone toe-to-toe with Thanos and secured the future of your race, what’s left to say?” – Andrew Wheeler

                      Digital Comic Spotlight: NEW AVENGERS (2013) #8

                       

                      7. HANK PYM

                      First Appearance: TALES TO ASTONISH #27

                      Where He Appeared in 2013: AVENGERS A.I.

                      Why He’s #7: For years, Hank Pym has been defined by his unreliable mental health and his tragic mistakes in A.I. and 2013 started out looking like it might be more of the same. This time though, Pym rolled with his situation and when he encountered setbacks, he solved them rather than deflating. He saved Daredevil from Dr. Doom’s senses destroying machinations, rescued the world from total machine dominance, and organized a team to stop Dimitrios, the unintended consequence of what it took to save humanity. And he did it all while dealing with the realities of being an individual with bipolar disorder.” – Tim Stevens

                      Digital Comic Spotlight: AGE OF ULTRON: A.I. #10

                       

                      6. HAWKEYE (Kate Bishop)

                      First Appearance: YOUNG AVENGERS (2005) #1

                      Where She Appeared in 2013: HAWKEYE, YOUNG AVENGERS

                      Why She’s #6: Kate Bishop’s year ran the gamut at such a breakneck pace, it’s incredible she did not end up with whiplash. From the very real horrors of natural disasters to the personal heartbreaks of a disappointing teacher and a boyfriend who likes, but does not love you, to the ‘only in the Marvel Universe’ threat of an inter-dimensional monster who looks like your friend’s mom, Bishop took on all comers. But she did not blink. A hero of unhesitating resolve, she cut loose from her mentor and her parents to taste independence, she rejected Marvel Boy and all his disappointments, and she stuck with her friends through thick and thin. A year does not get much more heroic than that.” – Tim Stevens

                      Digital Comic Spotlight: HAWKEYE (2012) #5

                       

                      The countdown continues tomorrow right here on Marvel.com, but in the meantime, share your thoughts on Twitter with us @Marvel using the hashtag #Marvel2013!

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                      ablackraptor
                      ablackraptor

                      How the hell did Havok get ranked higher than Cyclops? I like Havok, but jesus is that undeserved praise. He got handed the role of leader of that team for almost no feasible reason (it almost feels like Cap only picked him as a publicity stunt), and his time as leader has seen the whole group at each other's throats constantly, without any 'unity' to speak of. Cyclops may have had some questionable moments and he lost the loyalty of his team eventually, but the guy held of repeated attacks by armies coming for his people, utterly destroyed a nation of vampires and stared down an army of Celestials, all in the past ten years. Sure, Havok's a great guy and he's fairly cool, but at no point has he demonstrated anything to deserve that high a rank on this list.


                      Also, while I friggin' love Kate Bishop, her ranking higher than Clint feels off. Not to mention, Mockingbird isn't here at all, when she's more than earned a spot on a list like this over the past few years.

                      Leowyld
                      Leowyld

                      I hope I am not disappointed by the top five, but I have a bad feeling I will be. *sigh*

                      Waller85
                      Waller85

                      Hope Nightcrawler makes #1. After all, he's not dead anymore ;D Technically.

                      Infinitepower
                      Infinitepower

                      I can't buy comics within an hour-radius so I don't know how to rank them... :'(

                      jasonconort
                      jasonconort member

                      @Infinitepower  May I suggest digital? You could buy individual comics that way..usually between $1.99 to $2.99 Comixology is the best way to do this. You can get a monthly/yearly subscription to Marvel Unlimited for about $5.00 a month and read any and all marvel comics 6 months old or older. You can go to either DC comics or Marvel comics website and subscribe to get pretty much any of their main titles in the mail, usually about %25 off cover price if not more.  Sadly comic book stores in some areas are sparse, but there are always options. 

                      Leowyld
                      Leowyld

                      @4dheran @Leowyld I think Marvel has many amazing heroes, do not get me wrong. My concern is one hero who has not yet appeared on the list is gonna be snubbed and if Marvel wants to prove to me this list is awesome, that better not happen. Seriously, I will complain about it for weeks, everywhere. (Not good at letting stuff go.)

                      colton7218
                      colton7218

                      @Leowyld @4dheranI think many of us feel that way and if I had to guess by looking at this list who the final 5 will be.  Just hope we don't get a repeat with the villains list where a villain like boomerang beat out a heavyweight like Thanos.  Don't get me wrong I have read boomerangs comic it was not in anyway close to beating who he beat in that list.