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GV10: [Results] Best New Team! Check page 2 for results!

DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
edited March 2015 in Graphic Violence
Our next category is Best New Team.

This category is for your favorite new team of characters. I'm going to expand this a little bit: if the team was formed before April 2005, but had a much larger run of comics during the 4/05-4/15 time period, we'll let them in. As I've said in some of the other threads: I want this to be a pretty inclusive poll. If I can find any excuse to put a team in, I'll let it in. These polls are meant to be fun, above all, and being needlessly tedious about rules isn't fun at all!

Rules

1) Nominate as many teams as you want! There's no limit
2) If you see one of your favorites has already been nominated, feel free to second or third or fourth that nomination!
3) Please talk about why you think your favorite characters deserve to be in this poll. Simply posting a character name won't disqualify your nomination, but...
4) ...this thread is also for you to state your case for your favorite teams! I won't be making a seperate voting thread, so here's where you make your case
5) And above all: keep it civil. This is supposed to be fun. I don't want to see people slagging on each other or their choices, try and keep it positive, alright?


Alright, and nominations are open...NOW

Put your nominations in BOLD TEXT. You don't need to all caps them, though

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    TurambarTurambar Independent Registered User regular
    not sure what the best name for them would, since they only called themselves X-Men, and that could be confusing
    but

    Jean Grey School Kids from Wolverine & the X-Men

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    TurambarTurambar Independent Registered User regular
    Superior Foes of Spider-Man

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    BogartBogart Streetwise Hercules Registered User, Moderator Mod Emeritus
    The Defenders, Matt Fraction's 2011 relaunch book was amazing. Dodson and then McKelvie art, incredible mix of characters, and just issue after issue of madness and fun.

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    TransporterTransporter Registered User regular
    This one kinda hurts, because there is only one team that can win this.

    The Guardians of the Galaxy:2008

    Like. thanks guys for showing up. You're all great. It's good to have you. Go ahead and get some shrimp at the bar. Have a seat. Get nice and cozy. Hell, take a nap if you want to. This whole thing should be wrapping up in a couple of minutes anyway.

    Now, keep in mind, this would have been my pick BEFORE the blockbuster, best-selling movie of 2014. A bunch of galactic misfits who fought together during the Annihilation War decide to hang out and try to make that thing not happen again. Shenanagins ensue. Starring Peter(old peter!) Quill, the snarky older Han Solo vet, Gamora:Literally the most dangerous woman in the Galaxy, Rocket Racoon: Literally a Racoon, Groot: I am, Smart Drax: May or may not be Vin Diesel, and Phyla-Vell: the newest inheritor of the Quasar Bands, and Mantis:Totally adorable. Oh, and Adam Warlock, but no one cares about him.

    Shenanagins ensue.

    It was a great little run, and an insanely lovable cast of characters, especially when Cosmo joins up. It was a legit fun run that didn't sell half as well as it should have, which, Kevin Feige smartly realized and decided to make this a movie for no financial reason whatsoever. And I LOVE him for it.

    Honorable Nomination:

    Nextwave:

    Well, there's gotta be another team that's ground into dust under Guardians Heel, so it might as well be the team that really isn't even a team in the first place.

    One of my legit favorite Ellis works, 90% of which is the cast of characters chosen.

    Monica Rambeau, aka the first female Captain Marvel, aka I'm a FUCKING AVENGER DAMMIT.

    Aaron Stack: The Machine Man

    The Captain: aka Captain $%!&$!

    Elsa Bloodstone: Demon Hunter and overall badass

    Boom Boom: .....Boom

    Seriously. Read Nextwave.


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    Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    I'd be interested on whether Guardians would be Best New Team or if they should be on a revival poll. If it qualifies, it would be a likely easy winner.

    Aside from them for me, I'd go Lumberjanes first. If you haven't had the chance to read it, I highly recommend it. It's bright, colorful and is just a joy to read. Anyone that read Lookouts or watches Gravity Falls would do well picking up the first storyline - it has the same feeling. Mythological creatures, woodland adventures, friendship and sacrifice, it is one of my monthly highlights.

    Second, I second Superior Foes, such a great book.

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    DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    We're not doing a team revival category, so those can be in here, too, if you'd like.

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    StraightziStraightzi Here we may reign secure, and in my choice, To reign is worth ambition though in HellRegistered User regular
    edited March 2015
    I'd like to nominate the Secret Six.

    Technically they're a revival, but the version most people know was introduced in July 2005, during DC's Villains United.

    Oh, and (Lockjaw and the) Pet Avengers. They were a short series, but they're pretty much the best and we all know it.

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    MidniteMidnite Registered User regular
    I'll nominate The Illuminati. The most powerful men in the Marvel U band together to decide the fate of their world in secret. Since Bendis introduced the concept almost a decade ago, they've been at the forefront of some the biggest stories Marvel published, from World War Hulk to Secret Invasion to the current Incursion story-line leading up to Secret Wars.

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    PhillisherePhillishere Registered User regular
    The Valiant - OK. This team is only three issues in and just got their asses kicked in their first confrontation with the book's civilization ending Big Bad, but I wanted to do something to highlight just how good the Valiant books have been. The team - The Immortal Warrior, his immortal brother/drunk Armstrong, the Geomancer, Bloodshot, Ninjak and XO Manowar - represent a broad selection of the company's newly revived superhero line.

    Doesn't hurt that even the creative team - Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera - is a superstar team.



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    Mike DangerMike Danger "Diane..." a place both wonderful and strangeRegistered User regular
    I'm going to second The Superior Foes of Spider-Man and nominate Batman, Inc. and the best new team and the best team revival, the All-New X-Men. (At least, I think they count for both?)

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    manjimanji Registered User regular
    edited March 2015
    Seconding Superior Foes

    Transformers again - Crew of the Lost Light from MTMTE. A team which has run a tonal gamut from whacky hijinks to high stakes action and horror to romance without ever missing a beat.

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    BlankZoeBlankZoe Registered User regular
    edited March 2015
    Seconding Guardians of the Galaxy

    I can't really think of any new team that has had a bigger impact or insane rise to popularity.

    They went from an obscure title that hadn't been used in decades to a beloved cult favorite book to a hugely successful movie franchise that has become a cultural touchstone.

    Not bad for a team with a talking Raccoon and Tree

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    DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    I'm going to nominate the Young Avengers, because, and this is a point I seem to keep hammering, but whatever: they opened comics up to new readers. Both incarnations of the team, really. It doesn't hurt that, aside from the inexplicably horrible Children's Crusade, they've been the stars of really good comics. The first set was slightly more traditional superhero action, with a really intriguing cast of new characters, and the second incarnation grabbed a bunch of existing characters and threw them into a narrative that crossed the multiverse and played with comics themselves in a really fun way.

    They also feature the #3 and #12 characters from the best new character list, so, I mean...there's that.

    I'm tempted to nominate the Runaways, since the second volume is firmly within the time limit, and it's also super goddamned great. Ah, you know what? I'm just going to nominate the Runaways anyways. If you don't like it, you can vote for someone else! There.

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    BlankZoeBlankZoe Registered User regular
    The only other team that comes close, to me, is the New Avengers.

    It was the beginning of the Avengers going from Marvel's B-List team book behind the X-Men to the driving force behind the entire company for nearly the whole decade. It changed up the concept of what The Avengers could be, with perennial loners Spider-Man and Wolverine joining the title alongside third-stringers like Luke Cage and Spider-Woman. It eventually took a backseat to the Avengers proper when The Heroic Age rolled around but still felt like the most genuine of the two books, because Bendis had turned it into more than just a superhero team, it was a group of friends and family helping each other out and saving the world.

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    TexiKenTexiKen Dammit! That fish really got me!Registered User regular
    GOTG (2008-2012), great team, great combination of characters, they even made Phylla bearable, which is pretty hard to do. And because they were on the fringe, you knew there was a kill-off factor that could last or just in general have changes happen. From Quill's need to make the team to Gamora being a badass who didn't seem so aloof, Cosmo and Rocket and Groot's great interaction with Maximus during War of Kings and Jack Flagg just going WTF to everything, this probably captured that fun and excitement of The Blue and Gold X-Men teams more than any other team in this timeframe.

    Now the movie has really messed with the comic version because they demand synchronized characterization (just let the movie group be cool their way, let the comics be cool their way, everyone's cool then, ok?), to the point where the most interesting character is the one who is still the comics guy (Iron Man the first arc, Venom currently), but maybe Marvel will just ease up a bit and let them be that galaxy wide-team living in a Celestials head instead of just outlaws on a ship.


    Secret Six, one of the best team concepts, revitalizing pretty much every character it touched. That's impressive by itself, but making Scandal Savage grow and become something more than a pet character who could have easily been forced down the readers throat but because the right combination of C-listers in Catman and Ragdoll and Deadshot were lifting everything up, she grew as well into a great character.


    Pet Avengers. a team so amazing and powerful they beat Thanos in their first appearance and Marvel has blacklisted this from ever being known because they have to make Thanos super tough for the movies, but we know. We know. Like Mini Marvels, a concept so great and so evergreen it makes everything else pale in comparison.

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    Garlic BreadGarlic Bread i'm a bitch i'm a bitch i'm a bitch i'm a Registered User, Disagreeable regular
    Seconding Secret Six

    Nominating Young Justice (TV series team) - in just two seasons the show created a huge, well developed universe. The second season, especially, focused on a diverse cast of lesser known (to non-comic fans) characters. The team (and show) had a great balance of teenage personalities, and really showed how younger characters can work in a more "mainstream" setting.

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    Dizzy DDizzy D NetherlandsRegistered User regular
    As nobody else have mentioned them yet, the Rat Queens

    and at risk of stuffing the ballot with Marvel titles, the Future Foundation

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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    I will second the nomination for The Illuminati.

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    BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    Some honorable mentions:

    New Avengers: whatever you think of the stories themselves, which admittedly could vary wildly in quality from arc to arc, this team was a seminal turning point in the comics industry and is not only directly responsible for giving us incredible things like Spider-Man: Avenger or Poker Night at the Sanctum Santorum, but it's also the team and the book where characters like Luke Cage, Carol Danvers, and Doctor Strange found a new spotlight and new life that enabled to become bigger and better than they were before. And that's not all this team gave us, which leads me to my next two teams.

    The Illuminati : A rather brilliant idea that has only gotten better with age, as Jon Hickman took a concept that had already given us a ton of fantastic moments during the Bendis Era (that Black Bolt reveal and ensuing fight is still one of the coolest damn things ever) and turned it into the backbone of his own mind boggling Avengers run.

    Dark Avengers: in my opinion the unquestioned high point of Bendis' time on the Avengers, such a dark, weird, funny, crazy book starring a spider-man villain and then a bunch of characters no one cared about and it was the biggest superhero book in the industry for it's all too short run.

    Generation Hope: god damn did I love this book, a short lived, precious flower that gave poignancy and weight to the consequences of M day in a way most other X-books paid lip service too, and it's also probably the only book that treated Hope as a character rather than a symbol or a plot device. I miss that Hope and her wacky friends.


    But there is only one real answer here:

    Uncanny X-Force
    I still remember looking at the solicits for this book and thinking "Psylocke? Deadpool? Fantomex? Who the fuck wants to read this team." Turns out I did, as Rick Remender somehow crafted this black ops book into the best singular X-Men story I've maybe ever read, despite having exactly one character I gave a fuck about beforehand and 2 that I actively hated before reading this book. (Ok, I still hate Deadpool whenever anyone else writes him). It also features the two best Apocalypse stories ever written, despite Apocalypse not actually appearing in either one. If you have somehow never read this series please god do yourself a favor and pick it up.

    Note: not to be confused with the really shorty Sam Humphries written version of the team with the same name that happened after Remender's run.

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    ElderlycrawfishElderlycrawfish Registered User regular
    I'll second the Superior Foes and Guardians, and nominate Nick Fury's Team White, the Secret Warriors.

    On the outs with SHIELD, Fury stays in the game and secretly puts together a team from his Caterpillar files; they're the cavalry that steps in during Secret Invasion, and when the a shocking revelation comes about SHIELD,
    hail hydra

    it's up to Fury and his team to take them out.

    Also going to nominate the Rat Queens. These ladies are rowdy, foul-mouthed, and will totally kick the shit out of orcs and monsters to get the gold and they're totally better than the Four Daves or any of those other fellas.

    And totally better than Gary. Fuck that guy.

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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    I would also like to, if possible, nominate the Marvel Now version of the Thunderbolts.

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    LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    second New Avengers and Illuminati

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    LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    also second the Jean Grey Past X-men

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    BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    Dizzy D wrote: »
    As nobody else have mentioned them yet, the Rat Queens

    and at risk of stuffing the ballot with Marvel titles, the Future Foundation

    Oh fuck how did I forget both of these (UXF is still the number 1 answer tho)

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    Disco11Disco11 Registered User regular
    Put me down for Rat Queens also. Ass kicking female's portrayed in a sincere and realistic way? Yes please!

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    BlankZoeBlankZoe Registered User regular
    edited March 2015
    Hey @The Geebs That Knows Everything About Animorphs can I get a ruling? I want to nominate the X-Men because they've gone through the most changes and revamps over the decade (Astonishing superheroes to endangered species to sovereign nation to warring tribes) but am not sure if just THE X-MEN is too broad for one nomination since they've been using old names but having wild new directions

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    Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    This thread makes me think I need to seek out Rat Queens to read.

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    DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    Blankzilla wrote: »
    Hey @The Geebs That Knows Everything About Animorphs can I get a ruling? I want to nominate the X-Men because they've gone through the most changes and revamps over the decade (Astonishing superheroes to endangered species to sovereign nation to warring tribes) but am not sure if just THE X-MEN is too broad for one nomination since they've been using old names but having wild new directions

    I mean, you can straight up nominate the X-Men, but if you want a team to have a serious shot in the polls I would maybe suggest narrowing it down

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    TransporterTransporter Registered User regular
    edited March 2015
    Blankzilla wrote: »
    Hey @The Geebs That Knows Everything About Animorphs can I get a ruling? I want to nominate the X-Men because they've gone through the most changes and revamps over the decade (Astonishing superheroes to endangered species to sovereign nation to warring tribes) but am not sure if just THE X-MEN is too broad for one nomination since they've been using old names but having wild new directions

    I think the breakpoints of All New X-Men, The Jean Grey School of Higher Learning, and the Uncanny X-Men:aka The Cyclops team should all be valid as long as you're specific with what era of the team you're choosing.

    I also second New Avengers, since it was the book that got me to pay attention to comics.

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    ManetherenWolfManetherenWolf Registered User regular
    I'll whatever number it is now for Guardians of the Galaxy. I don't think any more explanation is necessary.

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    Chomp-ChompChomp-Chomp Shonen Princess Registered User regular
    Seconding Rat Queens!

    And Young Justice (if it counts).

    And Future Foundation.

    Jeez, you guys got all the good ones already. But damn, they're good ones.

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    Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Registered User regular
    Guardians of the Galaxy: There can be no other winner in my mind. No other team book elevated its members like this book did. No other team book carved out half of an entire subline for a publisher. No other team book went from existing to being a top grossing film in a mere 6 years. Giffin's concept of a rough and tumble paramility team starring d-list space characters was sharpened and honed by D&A, and though it only lasted a mere 2 years, it made such a lasting impression that has become a subline on par with Soider-Man, and only just behind X-Men and the Avengers.

    Also Seconding

    -Illuminati: As, exemplified by Hickmans run, this team pushed some beloved characters into bold new directions, but in a much more mature fashion an comics often manage.

    -Rat Queens: a fun, rough and tumble group of gals living out what is effectively a demented D&D campaign.

    -Nextwave and the Superior Foes both did a fantastic job of weaving hilarious tales with z-list characters. Commendable.

    -Future Foundation: Hope and cheer can often be in short commodity in superhero comics, so let's do a comic about super smart kids learning about crazy science and making the world a better place.

    Nominating the The Warbound from Planet Hulk. A group of misfits and monsters form a bond with the Hulk and each other that leads them to overthrow an oppressor, and eventually to follow the Hulk in vengeance against Earth. Also, they had a Brood who isn't evil long before Broo, and I love it when "bad guy" races are proven to not be entirely evil.

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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    edited March 2015
    Damn, I'll second the Warbound from Planet Hulk as well.

    I really liked them.

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    WiseManTobesWiseManTobes Registered User regular
    Bah Runaways was 2003 heh

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    HeatwaveHeatwave Come, now, and walk the path of explosions with me!Registered User regular
    Crew of the Lost Light from MTMTE. So many great characters. You get Ratchet, Rodimus, Ultra Magnus, Swerve, Tailgate, Cyclonus, Whirl, Chromedome, all your favourite characters...and Drift. Hell even Drift can be entertaining in this crew.

    Rat Queens. Foul mouthed group of female RPG fantasy adventurers. Yes please.

    Team Hawkeye. It may only be two people and a dog, but damn if they're not entertaining.

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    HadjiQuestHadjiQuest Registered User regular
    I will second Jean Grey School Kids, Guardians of the Galaxy, Future Foundation, Illuminati, and New Avengers.

    Man, I can't think of a single new DC team from when I started regularly reading comics in 2009 that has 1. actually been good, and 2. lasted more than 18 issues.

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    WiseManTobesWiseManTobes Registered User regular
    Did the team-up of Frog Man, Captain Marvel, Jessica Jones and Hawkeye ever get a name, because I nominate that team if so !

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    MidniteMidnite Registered User regular
    How about the Inhuman Royal Family? Not really a team in the traditional sense, but they are group of characters that interact mostly with each other, and Marvel's been giving them a huge push over past few years. They went from c-list status to getting put in an increasingly bigger spotlight in events and the overall direction of the Marvel universe thanks to writers like Bendis, DnA, Hickman, and Soule. And by being the MCU's proxy mutants, that push will only get stronger. In May Marvel will publish two separate Inhuman books, and another six featuring Inhuman characters (five with members of the Royal Family). That's nuts!

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    DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    I'm going to nominate X-Factor Investigations, for taking a bunch of great characters and putting them in the direct aftermath of House of M. I forgot to nominate Layla Miller for best new character, and I forgot to nominate Jamie Madrox for best revival, so I feel like I'm super obligated to get them a spot here.

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    ElderlycrawfishElderlycrawfish Registered User regular
    I'd also like to throw the X-Treme X-Men team in the mix. Dazzler stepping up to lead a team of alt-reality X-people to save the multiverse by killing evil Charles Xaviers? Now there's an interesting, Exiles-ish hook.

    The cast was rounded out by a kid Nightcrawler (from a world completely destroyed in an AI rebellion), a Civil War-era African-American Corporal Scott Summers, and James Howlett, Governor-General of the Dominion of Canada and Viceroy of Her Majesty's expedition to Shangri-La (also, totally in love with Hercules; they make a great couple). Together they fought all kinds of evil Xaviers, from the my little pony one to the Nazi one to the Space whale one.

    It was a short-lived series that I wish could've lasted a little longer (or at least ended better), and it's a shame that nobody has done anything with the characters ever since.

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