The world of comics is really big, and there are a lot of characters. Everyone knows the big players like Batman, Spiderman, Iron Man, and Superman. And everyone is familiar with their villains like The Joker, Green Goblin, or Lex Luthor. It’s impossible to know every single DC and Marvel character, no matter if you’re reading the comics or not.
We took the time to show you four extraordinary characters from our favorite comics. These characters may not be the strongest or most heroic characters but they are special in their own ways. It’s worth it checking them out, especially for the people they don’t like typical comic characters. Maybe you become friends with one of these beautiful babies. Oh and: SPOILER ALERT!
Specie: Fragments of different Cosmic Cubes that spontaneously assembled and took a human form.
Here we start with sweet Kobik. Kobik is a Marvel character and a “reality-warping energy from a cosmic cube made manifest in the form of a 4-year-old girl.” I think she is the cutest Marvel character. If you don’t know her, it’s probably because she is kinda new. Her first full appearance was in the Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1 comic that was published in April 2016. Kobik is a creation of S.H.I.E.L.D. experiments with the cosmic cubes. Basically, she is just pure energy from different cosmic cubes that decided “to adopt the form it felt it most resembled in its confusion.” As many other characters from Marvel, her character follows different storylines. To explain her character, we follow her appearance in the latest Thunderbolts comics written by Zub, Malin, and Yackey.
The Thunderbolts are a group of anti-heroes who have Bucky Barnes as their leader. They all have been in Pleasant Hill, which is sort of a prison run by S.H.I.E.L.D. Why do these “bad” guys follow Bucky? Well, he gave them the chance to escape so they owe him. The relationship to Kobik is different.
Bucky chooses to take Kobik with them when they leave Pleasant Hill. He identifies himself with that little girl, and as he says himself, he couldn’t leave her there. The special relationship between these two is the cutest thing ever! Bucky protects her. He seems to have daddy-feelings for her, which makes it even more hurtful for readers when other Thunderbolts-members remember Bucky that she isn’t even a human. She is just energy and if she wanted too she could kill everyone around. Some are convinced that she doesn’t even have feelings but does she? If she has a heart, I’m pretty sure that Bucky is in it.
This is Cassandra Gillespie; Get ready for some massive Spoilers. Just like our dear Kobik, she is also new introduced to the Marvel Comic Universum. She had her first appearance in the comic International Iron Man #1 (published May, 2016). The ex-flame of Iron Man Tony Stark was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. She is not a main character in the comic series, but her past with Tony makes her really interesting. They meet again after breaking up with each other when they were teenagers. It’s kind of a Romeo and Juliet story because Cassandra Gillespie is the daughter of a weapons manufacturer rival of Howard Stark. The families knew each other although Tony and Cassandra were the only members from the different families, they liked each other. In the latest International Iron Man Comics, Tony Stark is trying to find out who are his real parents (yeah, he was adopted but that is another story; You can read it in the The Secret Origin of Tony Stark comic book series), and Cassandra seems to know something about it. After hiding from Tony, trying to kill him, kissing him… yeah. What happens then?! Check out the International Iron Man comic book series to find out. The relationship between her and Tony is explosive.
He is my favorite animal of all animals in comics; We’re talking about real animals. People like Batman or Hawkgirl do not count! Titus is actually a dog as you can see on the picture. Just a dog. Nothing special about it. He can’t talk, and his only weapons are his claws. But he is special anyway. Created by Patrick Gleason and Peter Tomasi, Titus had his first appearance in the Batman and Robin #2 – Bad Blood comic. When Titus was 7 months old, Bruce Wayne bought him companion for his son Damian Wayne, and since then, this little guy has appeared in over 60 issues. OVER 60! THE DOG! But it’s worth it. Titus, who was named after Shakespeare character, makes every single one of these issues more adorable. He is even with the Bat Family when they pose for the Wayne Family portrait.
Specie: Human mutated by the Goblin Formula; Son of Normal Osborn and Gwen Stacy
Let me introduce Gabriel Stacy aka The Gray Goblin to you. Yes! Gwen Stacy and Norman Osborn had a son. Actually they also have a daughter because Gabriel is the twin brother of Sarah Stacy. But that is not why Gabriel is in this list. It’s because he is comparatively unknown for his character history and the fact that this character exists since 2004. If you only read issues Gabriel Stacy appears, you get a lot to do and get to follow amazingly different storylines. It starts with the story of Sarah and Gabriel’s origin: learning about their mother, their father, how they thought Spider-Man was their father… all of that stuff. Gabriel and his sister are different to others from their birth on because of their father. For example, they age 2-3 times faster than normal. They became adults within the span of a few years. To stop this fast aging process, Gabriel inhaled the goblin formula and became a new villian of Spider-Man – the Gray Goblin. He is really crazy, but one day, he drops the Goblin Mask and becomes the American Son. But does that make him one of the good guys? Not really. That character is complicated and fascinating. And the storylines are anything but boring.
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