Superhero Teams have been an incredibly large part of the superhero genre. Since of the inception of the first superhero team, The Justice League of America, comic fans have loved the interaction of their favorite heroes fighting evil. The following list is my personal pick for the top ten superhero teams. Each of the groups below takes into account the different incarnations and variations of those said teams, such as the Ultimate line of comics.
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The X-Men came about at a time of great strife and have long mirrored many of societys issues about fearing those that are different then the rest of us. The X-Men take the top of the list due to many reasons. They have long been one of the most popular comics in history and have spawned a mountain of, X-Titles. Multiple cartoons, TV series, and now movies have made The X-Men a juggernaut in the world of comics.
The Justice League of America is comprised of the top superheroes of the DC universe. With a roster full of A-list powerhouses, the JLA is arguably the toughest superhero team in existence. The JLA has been a huge part of the DC universe and has been widely popular since its inception.
The Fantastic Four is the first of the superhero teams to bring about a real humanness to the genre. With real world problems surfacing in the comic, this first, family of superheroes has been an incredible force in comics. Movies, cartoons, and more make the FF not number four, but three.
The Avengers assemble in position number four. There have been many different incarnations of the Avengers, such as the West Coast and Great Lakes avengers. With the latest comics The Ultimates and the New Avengers, The Avengers have rocketed to new heights. A movie is in the works based on The Ultimates and when it does, The Avengers will be knocking on the doors of numbers one through three.
The Teen Titans have had a rocky past, but presently, they are enjoying great success. A hugely popular cartoon has made the Teen Titans a smash hit with younger audiences and the comic has had an impressive run on the charts and with comic book fans.
6. The Authority
The Authority are one of the few superhero teams not from The Big Two
, to make it onto the list. Although their might may have waned in recent years, The Authority is still ranked high on the list for how it has pushed the boundaries of comic books. The Authority is ultra violent, politically charged, and boasted the first openly gay couple. These items make The Authority controversial, talked about, and one of the top superhero teams of all time.
The Justice Society of America has recently seen a rebirth into the world of comics. With a group of superheroes thought of as has beens and second stringers, the JSA have quickly shown that it has what it takes in the world of comics. We can also thank the JSA for being the first superhero team comic book. The success that JSA had early on spurred on the other comic companies to follow suit. Thanks JSA.
8. Extraordinary League of GentlemenExtraordinary League of Gentlemen The League of Gentlemen broke the boundaries of what is a superhero team. Comprised of some of the most popular characters in literature, The League of Gentlemen was brought to us by superstar writer Alan Moore. Although they havent been around a long time and the book has been plagued with issues between Moore and DC, The Extraordinary League of Gentlemen is still a great comic book team.
9. DefendersThe power cosmic, magic, brute strength and more make up this team equivalent to the superhero odd couple. The Defenders have a great history behind them and the latest incarnation of this superhero team has been widely accepted by fans. The Defenders are a rising star in the world of superhero teams.
This short series of comics helped to completely change the way comics are viewed and made. It was dark, violent, written for adults, and audiences loved it. These comic books have reached an almost legendary status, akin to Return of the Dark Knight. Its safe to say that The Watchmen will remain close to many peoples hearts for some time to come.