The PoP!-Stars narrow it down to the cream-of-the-crop in categories ranging from (but not limited to) Comics, Movies, Toys, and Geek Culture in general. This is the PoP! Top 6-Pack.
Family. No concept is more powerful or prevalent. Family makes us act in ways no one else can; we go insane talking to our mothers, we’d risk life and limb for our children, and we ALL know a crazy aunt or uncle. Because of this, familial ties have been a core concept in storytelling throughout the ages; whatever cultural barriers may exist between an author and their audience, everyone understands the importance of the bonds of family and the absence thereof. So let’s take a look at a few of comicdoms most notable families and the impact they have on the world around them.
Magneto’s Family Tree
What do you even call this particular bit of lineage? The Lensherrs? The Maximoffs? There are so many different surnames in play here, none of it will ever sound quite right. At our core, we have the X-Men’s longest running frenemy, Magneto. His two children, Pietro and Wanda (aka Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch) served beside him as members of his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants well before they even knew they were his children. Eventually, like so many rebellious teens, they turned on daddy dearest and made their way to the side of the angels as part of Captain America’s new roster of Avengers. While Magneto has bounced from villain to hero and back more times than a ping pong ball, his children have remained relatively straight-laced; unless you count the time Wanda went crazy and killed her friends or the time Pietro convinced her to rewrite all of reality. Coupled with Magneto’s crazier gambits for world domination that have included such less-than-beneficent gestures as reversing the polarity of Earth’s gravitational field, you can see how this family earns its place on our list.
But we’ve only scratched the surface…
Aside from Erik and his twins, the family tree includes their half-sister Lorna Dane (aka Polaris) who has long served alongside the X-Men and X-Factor, and who has most often been romantically linked with Alex Summers (aka Havok – more on him later). Polaris herself has been a fairly unremarkable character over the years, though as the thrall of Marauder Malice, she served as a more-than-serviceable villainess for the merry mutants.
The real fun begins when we come down a generation and consider Magneto’s grandchildren, of which there are three. Billy and Tommy are the Scarlet Witch’s children (sort of), and fight crime as the Young Avengers Wiccan and Speed. The former has magic based powers, like his mother, and can literally make anything happen so long as he can maintain his focus. The latter is your run-of-the-mill speedster like his uncle and, as such, fairly unremarkable on the surface. But to truly understand Tommy’s potential as a character, remember that the same speedster uncle was partially responsible for the rise of the House of M, and is father to Magneto’s third grandchild, Luna. Luna is daughter to Crystal of the Inhumans, who is currently married to Ronan – the leader of what is left of the Kree Empire. How important is a little girl? Before she could even talk, she was the catalyst for the “Bloodties” storyline that pitted the X-Men and Avengers first against each other, and then against Magneto’s lost sheep Exodus and Cortez. As she’s grown older, she’s been given powers through exposure to the the Inhuman process of Terrigenesis and now has both empathic and precognitive powers. Not too shabby for a little girl.
One über-powerful sometimes terrorist, two magic-wielders with almost limitless power between them, and the heir apparent to one of the most powerful alien races in the entire Marvel universe. THAT is a family not to be trifled with.
Not every family needs an interstellar imperial presence to be noteworthy…