Top 5 on The Strip: Unknown black superheroes

By Jamie Mosley, Gam­ing Insurrection

This quar­ter, I would like to pay trib­ute to those super­heroes who usu­ally do their jobs with lit­tle fan­fare or fame. Of course, all super­heroes, receive fame. But these heroes are the ones you don’t hear about often. They do their job and most are in a sup­port­ing role. But sup­port or not, these five deserve their spot in our hearts. Here are cheers to those tanned super ones that always come through in the end.

James Rhodes / War Machine


What can I say about the man who was Iron Man when Tony Stark had some “issues” to attend to? Rhodes was the one that put Iron Man in the West Coast Avengers. In many cases, Tony Stark has stated that James Rhodes’ Iron Man was the type of super­hero that he strives to be like. Rhodes’ Iron Man gained many fans, but it wasn’t until he received the War Machine suit that the fan applauded. War Machine was the hero that you called in to either stop a war from start­ing or to start and fin­ish a war. In other words, War Machine can talk the talk and walk the walk all while buff­ing the scratches off his shiny finish.

John Stew­art / Green Lantern


Selected as a back up for Hal Jor­dan, John Stew­art showed that he didn’t just want to save lives; he wanted to change them as well. He is the kind of hero that knows that he is a role model to some­one even if he hasn’t even met them. He under­stands that being a pub­lic super­hero means you must think from all angles. Although Jor­dan dis­agreed with the Green Lantern Corps’ deci­sion to make Stew­art a mem­ber of the group, he later real­ized that Stew­art is just what they needed. A smart, cun­ning guy with a bel­liger­ent atti­tude that wants to make a dif­fer­ence in the uni­verse. Could you ask for any­thing more from a per­son who can cre­ate green crea­tures to fight and pro­tect others?

Jill Car­lyle / Crim­son Avenger


OK, so Car­lyle is more like an anti­hero, but she still saves the day all the same. Car­lyle as the Crim­son Avenger is the spirit of vengeance. Any­one who received an unjustly and ill-timed end knows that Ms. Car­lyle will be there to avenge them. Although she must expe­ri­ence the death of those she receives as assign­ments, she will do what­ever is nec­es­sary to com­plete this assign­ment. This includes defeat­ing other heroes. Her guns have wounded Super­man, Power Girl and Cap­tain Atom. She is immor­tal, intan­gi­ble and has a con­stantly bleed­ing gun­shot wound to the chest. She some­times fights against heroes or with them, but the end result is still the same: The bad guy loses to her.

Misty Knight


This for­mer NYPD offi­cer is the kind of hero that we all read and hear about in the news. She solves those cases that no one seems to be able to solve. And, after Tony Stark gave her a bionic arm that allows her to lift 800 pounds, solv­ing cases becomes a lot eas­ier for her. Misty is one of the world’s best detec­tives. I don’t know about you, but I would sleep a lot bet­ter know­ing that peo­ple like her are out there working.

Sineya / The First Slayer


If it wasn’t for the daugh­ter of Sineya, would we even know who Buffy Sum­mers is? It is writ­ten that the First Slayer was tied down against her will and shamans implanted the essence of a demon into her. This allowed her to gain strength, sta­mina and ani­mal instinct. This spirit now mainly offers aid to slay­ers through wis­dom. She once told Buffy that death was her gift, which caused Buffy to later sac­ri­fice her life to save mil­lions. When Buffy was cam­paign­ing against the First Evil, the First Slayer told Buffy that her cur­rent efforts weren’t enough. So Buffy made more Slay­ers to defeat it. If it wasn’t for the First Slayer, we all either would be suck­ing blood, demon food or food for a giant insect creature.

*All pho­tos cour­tesy of the DC, Mar­vel and Top Horse comics wikia.
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