Greetings from the Odinson,
Winters here in Texas can be pretty mild. Sure it can get cold from time to time, but as the saying goes here, just wait. One moment it can be cold and rainy but by lunch time it can be short sleeve and shorts weather. Once every three years or so, the Metroplex gets blanketed in an ice storm.
It’s such an unusual occurrence around these parts that it’s almost like something out of a comic book like that time the Casket of Ancient Winters was opened in the pages of Walt Simonson’s Thor, or a bad plot for a movie like when Mister Freeze told everybody to chill in Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin.
And though those that live in the north tend to be better suited to living in colder climates, there are characters in the realms of fiction that downright thrive in the cold.
These are my favorites.
The Odinson’s Top 10 Cold Based Characters
10 – Coldsnap – Alongside his super powered brother, Seahawk, Coldsnap serves in the super hero strike force known as Brigade, under the command of Battlestone. The brothers were granted superhuman powers through Atlantian sorcery and super science. Coldsnap can manipulate and produce cold. However, his power can tend to run wild, so he wears a special harness to help him keep it under control. But, in a battle with Bloodstrike, Coldsnap’s harness was damaged and his cold powers engulfed him. Miraculously, he did not die. He mutated into Coldsnap 2.0, a hulking monstrosity encased in ice and empowered with immense strength that rivals the strongest beings in the Image Super Hero Universe.
9 – Killer Frost – She’s a deadly femme fatale that has clashed with Green Arrow and Green Lantern. However, her greatest adversary is the super cool Firestorm. Her cold-based powers have almost did the Nuclear Man in on many occasions. A most awkward dynamic was established between these bitter enemies during Crisis on Infinite Earths when Psycho Pirate used his emotion manipulation powers to turn Frost’s ire for her enemy into love.
8 – Captain Cold – Leonard Snart is a blue collar criminal and arch nemesis of the Flash. He utilizes a ray gun that can drop the temperature of anything it hits to absolute zero. He can use this for many different effects. One of the most stunning is when he froze a man’s jaw and then shattered it. Snart is the leader of the Rogues, a small army of the Crimson Comet’s greatest foes. The Odinson was first introduced to this classic villain through the amazing Saturday morning cartoon Challenge of the Super Friends. On the show, Captain Cold was a member of the sinister Legion of Doom!
7 – The Lich King – Once upon a time, Arthas Menethil was a noble paladin. However, he fell from grace. Now, he resides in the frigid tundra of Azeroth where he sits upon a cold, frozen throne. Known and feared as the menacing Lich King, he leads the Scourge, a vast army of the undead whose sole purpose is to spread across the world like a plague and devour all that come into its path! The Lich King’s incredible look and amazing backstory put him on par with other fantastic villains of fiction like Magneto and Darth Vader.
6 – Jack Frost – He is a mischievous little imp whose powerful cold breath brings with it winter. He has been both an antagonist of Frosty the Snowman, as seen in Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, and a powerful ally, as seen in Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July.
5 – Elsa – She is a princess with the ability to manipulate ice and snow, but when her abilities go out of control and plunge the kingdom into an eternal winter, she becomes isolated and exiles herself to the a snow covered mountain top where she constructs an ice palace. Luckily, Elsa’s sister, Anna, and her friends, are able to show the snow queen that love is the way to controlling her powers. Thus, restoring the kingdom to normal. Plus, Elsa has one hell of a singing voice.
4 – Sub-Zero – He is a deadly Chinese ninja warrior with the ability to produce ice and freeze his adversaries. As one of the world’s greatest warriors, Sub-Zero enters Mortal Kombat, a supernatural tournament where combatants fight to the death and the winner will decide the fate of the world!
3 – Mister Freeze – Victor Fries is a Batman foe that has been around since Batman #121 and has come in many different incarnations, even appearing on the Batman ‘66 TV series and in the afore mentioned 1997 film Batman and Robin. But, hands down, the best incarnation of the character is the one that was developed for Batman: The Animated Series. He is a compelling villain with a tragic backstory and has proven so popular that this is the version we see in the comics to this day.
2 – Ymir – He was one of the very first primordial beings to emerge from the dawn of creation. He was the father of all giants and a creature of such immense size that after his defeat, the old gods used his body to create the world. His bones became the mountains and his blood became the oceans and rivers.
1 – Iceman – Was there truly any doubt whose name would top this list? Bobby Drake was a founding member of the X-Men and has valiantly served with many other super teams including the original Champions, the Defenders, and X-Factor. However, he will always be a made man in the eyes of the Odinson as Iceman was a star player on the Odinson’s All-Time favorite Saturday morning cartoon – Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends!
Don’t fret, those of you living in colder climates. Stay warm, for winter is almost over.
This is Odinson bidding thee farewell
NOTE: Be sure to check out my new book – Autumn Dawn: A Glen Haven Tale. Available in Paperback and on Kindle.