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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

So, Who Would Win?: The Great Lakes Avengers VS. The Freak Force


Ahh the Great Lakes Avengers....I don't know if they were meant to be created as an intended MU companion to the Giffen/DeMatteis JLI, but that's what it feels like with the Great Lakes Avengers.


Created by John Byrne, and debuting in West Coast Avengers#46(1989), The Great Lakes Avengers seem to be the epitome of comedic relief, and based of their history of ever changing names and lack of respect form the rest of the proper MU, that doesn't look to change anytime soon.


Likewise, Image Comics' Freak Force, created by Erik Larsen, and debuting in Savage Dragon#4(1992) is another motley crew of super-powered individuals that were brought to together for a purpose of joining a special division of the Chicago police department, only for it all to go bust, and the team forced to become bounty hunters.

Now let's check out all of who's going to be in this one, as we check out the rosters for each respective group.

GLA:

-Mr. Immortal
AbilitiesHighly skilled acrobat and athlete
Immortality via resurrection
-Flatman
AbilitiesExcellent hand to hand combatant
Elasticity
Flat body
Origami shape-shifting
-Big Bertha
AbilitiesSkilled aircraft pilot
Superhuman strength and durability
Ability to alter size and mass of her body and leap great distances
-Doorway
Team affiliationsGreat Lakes Avengers
AbilitiesPortal generation
Flight via skis
Intangibility
Ability to bring souls to the afterlife
Formerly:
Levitation
-Dinah Soar
AbilitiesFlight via razor-tipped wings
Limited sonic powers
Emphatic calming
Agelessness

Freak Force:

-Superpatriot
AbilitiesSuperhuman strength, agility, stamina and endurance
Regenerative powers
Telescopic/Microscopic/Night vision
Decreased aging
Flight via aid of unpleasant drug
Cyborg limbs can stretch, and grow many types of guns and weaponry

-Horridus
AbilitiesHer body thorns and teeth can cause much damage. Bulletproof, less so on palms and stomach. Superhuman agility, strength and senses.

-Dart
AbilitiesUses variety of trick darts. Skilled martial artist and gymnast.
-Rapture
Powers
Agility
Electricity Control
Stamina
Unarmed Combat

-Mighty Man
Powers
Flight
Invulnerability
Leadership
Magic
Stamina
Super Speed
Super Strength

-Barbaric
Powers
Healing
Invulnerability
Stamina
Super Speed
Super Strength
Unarmed Combat


-Ricochet
Powers
Agility
Unarmed Combat

Damn..just right off the bat it looks like Freak Force has the edge in this, with superior numbers and powers. Even throwing in Squirrel Girl might not help the GLA's odds much.
The scenario for why these two teams will duke it out is the simple and very cliched, mutual super-hero misunderstandings that are still a hallmark of the big two, as well as in any other superhero publishing company.

Let's say Freak Force are still bounty hunters and someone with a lot of money has put nice-sized bounty of a group of super-powered freaks that just so happen to look A LOT like the GLA, and the GLA don't know about this little development at all.

And....ACTION!!!!!


So,


The Great Lakes Avengers








VS.

Freak Force











Who wins and why?



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