I don't post here terribly often, as you can probably tell by my post count. I was originally lured to this site due to Google. Whenever I would type in 'Character vs Character' just to see what sites had the best points, it always had this site at the top of the list... regardless of the combatants. As I joined in and added to the debates, I encountered someone who linked a 'respect thread' when defending a specific Superhero. I thought it was a great thread idea, and I searched to find out how exactly those get made. Lo and behold, it seems they're posted on the specific character's forums. I immediately jumped to one of my two favorite comic book characters, Havok (the other is my avatar), and I was a little taken aback to find that not only does he not have a respect thread, but his thread list isn't even a page long!! So unless this is reserved for certain MVP posters, I give you...
The Alexander Summers Respect Thread!
This will be his first major attribute we'll start with. Let's see, does he have any considerable leadership roles on his resumé?
1. After the original 5 X-men created X-Factor, they had decided to go back to the pages of Uncanny. Who did they ask to take the reigns of this government-run X-Men spinoff team? Alex Summers, the 10th ever X-man (Yeah, I looked it up).
2. When Havok overcame a mindcontrol plot orchestrated by the Dark Beast, he decided to create his own version of the Brotherhood of Mutants. This didn't follow any Xavier guidelines, allowing Alex to do things his own way. Just the way he likes it!
3. After an accident caused Havok's consciousness to jump to a different reality, he found himself assuming control of a twisted, though still heroic, X-Men team, The Six!
4. When he finally returned to the 616 universe, Alex was asked by his brother Cyclops to lead the X-Men in battle!
5. Then he went off into the Universe to combat his Brother. After his father had passed, Alex takes the reigns of the intergalactic pirates, the Starjammers!
6. And finally, his current position as team leader of the Avengers!
Now, I realize I haven't read every comic ever made. But I'm struggling to come up with a character who has a better list of field commander roles. Avengers, X-Men, X-Factor, otherworld X-Men, Starjammers, and a psuedo anti-hero team, descending from Magneto's very own squad! How many other characters can say Captain America took orders from THEM? How many can say powerhouses the likes of Thor, Juggernaut, Ch'od, Strong Guy, and Brute have taken orders from them? I could go on, but you get the picture.
2. Concussive Force
Havok's ability to absorb and project cosmic energy can be used in a variety of clever ways. One of the most underrated qualities of this ability is the sheer concussive force he can emit. First, the most obvious use, knocking people away:
Sending some amateurs into the air like they're rag dolls, even though he purposely avoided the direct hit:
And here we see Havok projecting a non-stop outburst of energy, using the force he's throwing around as a protective shield to prevent a super-strong character from crushing him:
Didn't know Havok could create his own force fields? Bet you didn't know he could fly either:
But just how much force can he emit? How about enough to project Steven Rogers into some thinner atmosphere:
Not impressive enough for you? How about the time he stopped the Hulk dead in his tracks?
3. Melting/Burning/Destroying Feats
Yeah, yeah okay. I know what you're thinking: "Hulk doesn't stay down for long. Fool Hulk once...." But what if Havok had a history of taking out the Green Goliath??
Still not doing it for you? Remember all those X-Men comics where it takes the teamwork of 3 or 4 guys to drop a Sentinel? This is how it's done:
You know when a heavy duty warhead goes off, it leaves a massive crater? Or perhaps when a monstrous Asteroid strikes the ground? How about this:
Havok taking out a satellite while it's in orbit:
4. Power Level
Just how much oomph can Havok absorb/release? Here he contains a centralized black hole within Xorn's head by filling it with cosmic plasma:
And in this instance Havok was defeated by his seemingly superior brother, and then was thrown into a nearby star. He absorbed the energy of the star, indicating an immunity to both massive heat and radiation, then returned to put a whooping on his kin with possibly his best feat to date: