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Take 10: Teen Teams

The Secret Cabal salutes tomorrow’s heroes and those that paved the way for them

Every week, a secret cabal of Marvel staffers gathers to discuss the best of the best when it comes to the House of Ideas. The Marvel Universe can always use more heroes, so it's a good thing there always seems to be new do-gooders popping up to join the fight. While some wait until they've hit adulthood to don a pair of tights and fight crime, many Marvel mainstays get their start as teens and link up with other like-minded folks. So it has been since the Young Allies and X-Men, and so it continues to be with the Runaways, Young Avengers and others. This week, the Secret Cabal spotlights the heroes of tomorrow who have become the heroes of today, and those still working on it. For each team you get the quick rundown as well as a special spotlight comic courtesy of Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. As always, these picks reflect the personal choices of the Secret Cabal, not the official opinion of Marvel or Marvel.com, and can be considered subjective at best. Enjoy!

10. THE LONERS First Appearance: RUNAWAYS #1 (2005) Learn More About Them…here Notable Members: Darkhawk, Lightspeed, Ricochet, Turbo, Phil Urich Why They Make the List: "There has never been a another team, teen or otherwise, quite like the Loners. Technically, they're not even a team—they're a support group. For anybody in their 20's or beyond who have trouble living in the now when they remember their past so fondly, you can relate to the Loners; and for kids and teens who aren't quite there yet, the Loners still have a lot going for them, from Ricochet's dope costume to the amusing way no two members seem able to get along for more than five minutes." – Secret Cabal member Annihilator882 Spotlight Comic: THE LONERS #1—These former costumed heroes try to live normal lives, but it's not so easy!

9. THE SECRET WARRIORS First Appearance: SECRET INVASION #3 (2008) Notable Members: Nick Fury, Quake, Druid, Hellfire, Phobos, Slingshot, Stonewall Why They Make the List: "Despite still being new to the scene in the Marvel Universe, the Secret Warriors have already made quite the impression. First, they get to hang out with Nick Fury 24/7, which doesn't always look that fun, but you can be sure you'll come out the other side a total badass. Second, they've got training and tactics that guarantee if there some sort of Capture the Flag Game in the Marvel U, they're seriously not taking prisoners. And, of course, with a parentage ranging from questionable heroes like Doctor Druid to unquestionable villains like Mister Hyde, make it a monthly guessing game as to what side they'll ultimately end up on." – Annihilator882 Spotlight Comic: MIGHTY AVENGERS #13—Meet the Secret Warriors!

8. GENERATION X First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #318 (1994) Learn More About Them…here Notable Members: Banshee, Chamber, Emma Frost, Husk, Jubilee, M, Penance, Skin, Synch Why They Make the List: "Generation X was a different kind of young X-Team from the New Mutants or X-Force. For one thing, they weren't pretty; from a strictly physical standpoint, characters like Skin and Penance simply couldn't blend in with normal society. For the 'pretty' characters like Jubilee and Synch, this meant they had to choose between being accepted and standing by their friends. Beyond that, there was always a darker edge to Generation X, from the mystery of M to the semi-tragic romance of Chamber and Husk. Never did the concept of a 'world that hated and feared them' seem so apt and never did the challenges facing mutants feel to close." – Annihilator882 Spotlight Comic: GENERATION X #63—The kids' world gets turned upside down by a Revolution!

7. THE ORIGINAL X-FORCE First Appearance: NEW MUTANTS #100 (1991) Learn More About Them…here Notable Members: Boom Boom, Cable, Cannonball, Domino, Feral, Shatterstar, Warpath, Siryn, Sunspot, Rictor Why They Make the List: "Aside from Cable and Domino, the first team to call itself X-Force may have been made up mostly of teens—with a couple twenty-somethings thrown in for good measure—but it certainly didn't feel that way. These were 'kids' forced to grow up hard and fast on the front lines of the war between humans and mutants, and that made for exciting adventures with very cool characters. Later on, this X-Force would morph into more of a traditional youth group, road trips and all, but they always stood out." – Annihilator882 Spotlight Comic: X-FORCE #1 (2004)—Cable brings X-Force back together for a crucial mission!

6. POWER PACK First Appearance: POWER PACK #1 (1984) Learn More About Them…here Notable Members: Alex Power, Jack Power, Julie Power, Katie Power Why They Make the List: "The concept was unlike anything on stands: a family of kids, ranging from age 5-12, who are given powers by a dying alien, and had to defend the world from an impending invasion—welcome to the Power Pack. These kids went on to face more than anyone their age should face, from the Mutant Massacre, to a New York overrun with demons to alien abductions. They've gone on to their own lives now, trying to be teens, but you never know when the Pack will be back!" – Secret Cabal member RunawayJ Spotlight Comic: POWER PACK: DAY ONE #1—The origin of Power Pack!

5. THE YOUNG AVENGERS First Appearance: YOUNG AVENGERS #1 (2005) Learn More About Them…here Notable Members: Hulkling, Patriot, Wiccan, Hawkeye, Stature, Vision, Speed Why They Make the List: "For years, the X-Men had all the protégé teams while the Avengers always just integrated their up-and-comers into the main team, but that all changed in 2005 with the emergence of the Young Avengers. The interesting wrinkle when the kids first appeared on the scene was that they were attempting to fill a void by 'Avengers Disassembled,' but the last thing the adult team wanted following those tumultuous events was a group of youngsters following in their footsteps on the road to possible tragedy. Still, with persistence and pluck, the Young Avengers proved themselves to Earth's Mightiest Heroes and to the Marvel Universe at large, something they continue to do today." – Annihilator882 Spotlight Comic: YOUNG AVENGERS #11—It's a new Kree/Skrull War with Hulkling and the Young Avengers caught in the middle!

4. THE RUNAWAYS First Appearance: RUNAWAYS #1 (2003) Learn More About Them…here Notable Members: Karolina Dean, Molly Hayes, Nico Minoru, Chase Stein, Alex Wilder, Gertrude Yorkes, Victor Mancha, Xavin, Klara Prast Why They Make the List: "Arguably the most unique team of the past 20 years, these kids sprung onto the scene, unconnected to anything in the Marvel U, hitting the ground running, and haven't looked back since. They have gone on to make a name for themselves, attracting the attention of villains like Ultron and the Skrulls as well as heroes like Captain America and Wolverine. They have suffered love, loss, and second chances. Be awesomed by them!" – RunawayJ Spotlight Comic: RUNAWAYS #9 (2005)—Cloak takes the Runaways on a field trip to New York City!

3. THE ORIGINAL X-MEN First Appearance: X-MEN #1 (1963) Learn More About Them…here Notable Members: Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Marvel Girl, Professor X Why They Make the List: "In their original incarnation, the X-Men broke new ground as a group of teenagers who weren't sidekicks to more established heroes, but rather gifted youngsters looking to make it on their own. The school environment provided by Professor Charles Xavier also gave the X-Men a unique environment and different feel. Once the mutant metaphors of being different and even outcast kicked in, it became clear the X-Men would be something special. While it would take a couple decades and some breakout characters for the Children of the Atom to become a true phenomenon, the original five paved a special kind of road." – Annihilator882 Spotlight Comic: X-MEN #14 (1963)—The first encounter between the X-Men and the Sentinels!

2. THE NEW MUTANTS First Appearance: MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #4 (1982) Learn More About Them…here Notable Members: Cannonball, Karma, Dani Moonstar, Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Magma, Magik, Warlock, Cypher Why They Make the List: "Don't call them the X-Babies! These students represented a more diverse cast than most books at their time of inception and seemed like the most misfit gang ever. But looks can be deceiving! These were Xavier's 'second class,' and most have gone on to either become X-Men themselves or teach the next generation, actually fulfilling their potential. And now they're back, reunited and better than ever! Everything new is new again!" – RunawayJ Spotlight Comic: NEW MUTANTS #16 (1983)—The Muties against their archrivals: the Hellions!

1. THE ORIGINAL NEW WARRIORS First Appearance: THOR #411 (1989) Learn More About Them…here Notable Members: Firestar, Justice, Namorita, Night Thrasher, Nova, Speedball, Rage, Turbo Why They Make the List: "The New Warriors break the tradition of most younger Marvel teams in that they weren't brought together by any sort of mentor figure and didn't set out to follow in anybody's footsteps; they were a group of somewhat established teen heroes who each had nobody and found each other. The Warriors' unique group identity, which didn't hinge on them being the next X-Men or Avengers, likely contributed to their longevity and the attachment fans still feel to the original group today. Nova and Night Thrasher were never running off to any adults for approval or permission, which made them appealing characters to follow. The Warriors also tackled issues pertinent to young people, from the environment to child abuse, and did so in a way that didn't feel like an afterschool special. During their 75 issues together, the New Warriors made hard choices and tried to change the world—we got to make the easier decision to follow their efforts." – Annihilator882 Spotlight Comic: NEW WARRIORS #1 (2005)—The New Warriors reunite…for a reality TV show? Check out the official Marvel Shop for your favorite Marvel Heroes! Download episodes of "X-Men: Evolution" and "Wolverine and the X-Men" now on iTunes!

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How did the New Warriors take it? New Mutants def earned their spot, but Power Pack??I agree with rabid_gamer though, let PP grow up some and give 'em their own book, put it on the Marvel Knights house, better yet, publish it under MAX. How amazing would that be.No Hellions? woulda been nice to see some "evil" teams on their too.And I don't think you're allowed to use the original X-force AND the New Mutants, that's like double dipping.Secret Warriors shoulda been well up their too. They're a slick outfit with great exposure and the illest high profile (to us) but covert mission. Respect.Oh, and I guess it's good to see some someone (coupedeville) is reading the current Iron Fist books (but kinda confusing on the same thread).


I agree with theshock621, the origional X-Men should have been #1. :x-men:


I think the Original X-Men should have been #1!They were the first and only team of mutants when the only well known mutant was Namor at the time. Not only that, but they were/are the only Marvel team to have all members of the same species, that being mutants. :x-men:


I liked the Loners a lot, too bad they only got that one six issue run.But I'd really like to see an Adult Power Pack, well, at least an older Power Pack. Since Julie is 17 in the Loners that would make Alex 19, Jack 15, and Katie 12. But for some reason they seem to be young kids in those kiddie Marvel books. Lets age them up and see what they are like in a post Civil War/ Dark Reign world. :wanda: says " My babies made the list!


Is it just me, or didn't they do this exact thing a few weeks ago.