From time to time Outright Geekery brings you a slanted and biased opinion on some trivially specific topic of geekery. We call it Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot.
Being able to change one’s shapes is a pretty popular superpower in comic books. Heroes and villains, both old and new have been able to change their shape in one way…shape or form, and narrowing down my favorites into this list was definitely a tough one. But, I managed through and put only the best on the pedestal that is the Top o’ the Lot. So, without further ado, we skip the villains (mostly), love the mutants (a lot), and Are you sure he was in a comic book?, in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Comic Book Shapeshifters.
Honorable Mention: The Transformers
Really, it’s their whole schtick. From car, truck, gun, spaceship, construction vehicle, cassette tape, even a microscope and more to robot and back again, the Civil War between the Autobots and Decepticons of Cybertron has been a mainstay on comic shop shelves for decades. IDW still rocks this license hard each and every month with at least 3 different series, and if you’re not reading the surprisingly hard-hitting human/morality tales of these robots, you’re missing out.
Morph was Wolverines best-goo friend…in the 90s X-Men Animated series. He eventually made it over to comics in a couple of different forms, and that’s not supposed to be a pun. Changeling, Kevin Sydney’s other, other alias appeared way back in X-Men #35 in 1967, but Morph finally made it into an ish of Exiles in 2001. So, technically he was a comic book character, even though he was most important in the 1990’s cartoon. Martian Manhunter or even Clayface may have been a better pick here, but I just really like Morph, and this list is slanted and biased for a reason.
4. Plastic Man
Patrick O’Brian, AKA Plastic Man, simply does not get the respect from the comic book fanbase he deserves. He was integral in making superhero comic funny, and still be super hero comics. Without him I’m not sure we’d have books like Deadpool and Harley Quinn, and he’ s easily one of my favorite DC C-Listers. He’s definitely a different kind of shapeshifter, too, and having him on this list stretches the definition of the power a bit.
One of the first mutants, and certainly one of the most powerful, En Sabah Nur, or “The First One”, the mighty Apocalypse is a shapeshifter unlike any other. Apocalypse’s specific power is called Molecular Self Manipulation which, while sounding kind of perverted, grants En Sabah Nur the power to pretty much turn himself into anything he wants. If he wants to fly he simply grows some wings and some rockets, and when he wants to kill some X-Men he simply turns his arms into guns. Very convenient. I’m hoping this power translates well to the upcoming film, if it even makes it into the movie at all.
2. Beast Boy
There’s just something brilliantly amazing about being able to turn into a mosquito, flying onto a criminals head, and then turning into an elephant. And that’s just the start of Beast Boy’s powers. Exploring the depths of the sea, tunneling underground, and soaring through the skies are just a few examples. Everyone’s got their favorite Beast Boy moment, and they are all gold.
There’s a single name that’s associated with shape-changing and comic books, and she’s one of the most popular shapeshifters in all of popular culture thanks to some remarkably memorable performances on the big screen. She’s, of course, the one and only Raven Darkholme, Mystique. A name has probably never fit a comic book character is such a meaningful way, and I love reading her in stories. She just makes a comic better, and that’s why she sits alone at the tippy-Top o’ this Top o’ the Lot.
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