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""My name is Barry Allen. And I am the fastest man alive. To the outside world, I'm an ordinary forensic scientist. But secretly, with the help of my friends at S.T.A.R. Labs, I fight crime and find other metahumans like me. After defeating Zoom and saving the multiverse, I ran back in time and created the unstable alternate timeline "Flashpoint". To save my world, I was forced to merge it with several others. Now, a new age of heroes is dawning and I'm racing to find my place in it."


The Timeless past: Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, sculpts a daughter from clay that is given life by Zeus.

1942: Diana ofThemyscira arrives in America and assumes the dual identities of Diana Prince of Military Intelligence and Wonder Woman.  The Justice Society of America (including Commander Steel, Hourman, Obsidian, Stargirl, Doctor Mid-Nite, and Vixen I) form.  Wonder Woman joins as a part-time member late in the year.

1945: Wonder Woman leaves Man's World.

1966: Kara Zor-El born on Krypton

1977: Wonder Woman returns to Man's World.

1978: Kal El born on Krypton.  Both he and Kara are sent to Earth, but only his rocket arrives.  Hers is lost in the Phantom Zone.  Bruce Wayne born.

1979: Wonder Woman departs Man's World again.

1986: Thomas and Martha Wayne are murdered by Joe Chill, leaving Bruce Wayne an orphan to be raised by his butler, Alfred Pennyworth.

2001: Clark Kent becomes Superman.  Bruce Wayne becomes Batman.

2002: Kara Zor-El's rocket arrives on Earth.  Superman meets Batman, and the two become fast friends.

2007: Oliver Queen is stranded on the island Lian Yu.

2012: Oliver Queen returns to civilization and assumes the identity of the Green Arrow, lethally protecting his city.   Early into this, Queen receives an out of town visitor from Gotham who makes it clear he will clear up his act or be dealt with.

2013: Barry Allen is struck by a combination of lightning, chemicals, and energy from the Particle Accelerator explosion.  Radiation from this explosion spreads across the glove, activating a number of latent metahumans, with a high concentration in Central City.

2014: Barry Allen wakes up from his coma and becomes the Flash.

2015: Kara Danvers becomes Supergirl.  J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter, makes his first public appearance.  Numerous other metahuman and non-metahuman heroes begin to appear.

2016: Rip Hunter assembles White Canary, Captain Cold, Heatwave, Firestorm, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and the Atom as the Legends.

Late 2016: Commander Steel II joins the Legends.  Oliver Queen assembles the Outsiders (Mister Terrific, Spartan, Ragman, Wild Dog, and Overwatch).  James Olsen becomes the Guardian.  Vibe and Miss Martian debut.  Earth repels a Dominator invasion.

Early 2017: With instabilities in the timestream making time travel impossible, the Legends manage to return to their proper times and disband.

Mid 2017: Wonder Woman returns.



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So with the newest volume of the Avengers written by Hickman, I have got to say, this may be one of the worst Avengers line-ups I've seen in quite a while.  In my defense, however, I actually liked such line-ups as the one which included Gilgamesh and Reed and Sue, with my favorite being the era with Monica, Namor, and Dr. Druid.

So, I said down and I said to myself, "Self, if you don't like it, what would you like to see?" (Self being what you call yourself, when you talk to yourself)  And then I thought, okay, if I'm gonna do this, I'm gonna come up with a logical reason for it, other than just putting the people I really like on the group.

Captain America
Skills/Contributions: Leadership, tactics, heart and soul of the team
Basically, it's not the Avengers if Cap's not on the team.  More importantly, in my opinion at least, if Cap's on the team, then he's the leader.  Even the times when he's not been the leader and he's been on the team, he's felt like the leader.  Cap is the heart and soul of the Avengers, and provides a great combination of skills and spirit to the team.

Hawkeye
Skills/Contributions
: Archery, leadership, unpredictability
Hawkeye's another one it just doesn't feel like the Avengers if he's not there.  And sure, he's usually way outclassed, but not unlike Batman, he continually manages to take down people way out of his league.  Plus, he's like Cap but without the need to speechify every thirty seconds.  He's a smart-mouth, but with good leadership skills to compensate.

Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau)
Skills/Contributions: Energy Powers, leadership, big gun-ness
Ah, Monica.  She brings a lot of power to this team and has a history of leading it too.  And with respect to Carol (who's also earned it), Monica has more than earned the right to call herself Captain Marvel.  Despite some rough periods over the years, she's more than proven herself a hero who deserves to step-up to the big leagues again.

Beast
Skills/Contributions:
SCIENCE!
Hank's always been at his best when he's been an Avenger, in my opinion.  And as perhaps the best known mutant in the Marvel Universe, he'd actually be doing mutant-human relations a world of good by being a member again.  He also brings a vast array of science skills to the team, with his umpteen degrees in made-up sciences.

Scarlet Witch
Skills/Contributions: Magic, unpredictability
Poor Wanda.  So mishandled for so long.  Kurt Busiek was finally repairing all the damage Byrne had done to her, and then Bendis goes and ruins her again.  But Wanda's another mainstay, as she should be.  Her combination of mutant and magic makes for a good set of story generation and has pretty useful applications in the field.

Vision
Skills/Contributions
: Technology, heavy-hitterness, stealth
And while I'm at it, let's get Vizsh and Wanda back together.  His Pinocchio-schtick is always good, and he brings a pretty good power set to the team.  Plus he provides a pretty good amount of the Worf effect, since he can always be put back together if he gets hurt.  On top of that, Vizsh is just a good vision, with a unique look.

Sandman
Skills/Contributions
: Strength, stealth, street-level knowledge
Making Sandman a villain again after having one of the best heel-face-turns in comics was and remains a gigantic mistake.  He needs to get back on the sign of the angels again and putting him back into the Avengers is a great way to do it.  Again, another one who also makes for a unique visual, and his knowledge of various underworld workings is a pretty good story-generator too.

Stringray
Skills/Contributions
: underwater operations
...Okay, I just really like Stingray.  Awesome costume, and it never hurts to have someone around who can dive into ocean after the evil sub/torpedo/etc.

So!  Who would you like to see?

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