By Tom Hairston

This month Marvel has once again released several new ongoing series, and something caught my eye about three of them, The Legendary Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, and Storm. These three titles might seem like they’ve got very little in common, but I couldn’t help but notice that each of these three characters have always been viewed solely as Team Characters — characters that would only be seen on their respective teams and never have their own solo series (Star-Lord had his own series in Marvel’s European line of books, but that whole line was considered by many to be only semi-cannon, plus this Star-Lord is so different from the old European incarnation I’m not counting it for this argument). And I for one love that they’re getting their own series, because it’s been a long time since “team characters” were allowed to break out on their own. In the old days, being on a team was kind of like your pathway to getting your own series, but most recently if a team is full of popular characters, those characters tend to just appear on more teams.

So hopefully we’ll see some more “team characters” get their own series, because everybody out there who picks up the Avengers, Justice League, X-Men, or any other team book has their favorite character on that team, and they want to see those characters break out on their own adventures. So for those fans, I’ve put together our list of the top five characters we would love to see break out into their own series.

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DC Comics

#10-#8, #7-#5, #4-#3, #2-#1

By Raph Soohoo

The Top 10 Toughest DC Superhero Countdown begins with #10-#8! Have we left anyone off this list? Read on and let us know your thoughts!

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DC Comics

#10-#8, #7-#5, #4-#3, #2-#1

By Raph Soohoo

Hands down, one of our most viewed posts on our blog has been the Toughest Marvel Heroes post we did about a year ago. It was an interesting revisit of something Wizard Magazine did years and years ago. I’ve been asked multiple times when we’d do a DC version of this list, so here it is! The criteria are as follows:

1)     Character has to be a hero, or does the right thing most of the time (sorry Zod).

2)     Character is not a being enhanced beyond measure (sorry White Lantern Kyle Rayner)

3)     This will measure the characters pre-Forever Evil. As of this writing, Forever Evil hasn’t resolved and we don’t know how that’s affected the characters.

4)     This is not a measure of power levels, this is about a fight to the finish between 2 characters.

5)     We’re going to rank them in terms of Win-Loss record vs. the other 9 characters.

Of course, this list is not the be-all, end-all list. In retrospect, guys like Apollo, Constantine, Swamp Thing, and Zatanna may feel left out. Feel free to add them in or disagree and post in the comments! There’s no absolute answer here, so have fun, and let the battle begin! Find the full countdown below!

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Superhero comics are what make comic books epic, mythic even. While it’s nice to see someone reveal their life to us in their own art and words, it’s still pretty cool to see Superman uppercut Darkseid into space! With that said, here are our 5 favorite superhero books right now!

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