7) NOVA

In one of several ‘What If?’ worlds where Rhomann Dey didn’t bequeath his Nova centurion powers to Richard Rider, Helen Taylor was traumatized when her husband was murdered by a mugger.  Her acquisition of Xandarian power redoubled Helen’s thirst for vengeance, and she set off on a killing spree, taking down anyone and everyone she deemed evil.  Granted, her Joe Bob totals included The Kingpin and other noteworthy criminals, but she finally had to be neutralized by Reed Richards and exiled into the Negative Zone forever.  Despite her bloodthirstiness, it’s hard to not empathize with Helen’s rage at having a loved taken away by a brutal twist of fate…

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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