Alan Coil suggested this Top Five Month entry (check here to see an archive of all the top five lists featured so far), a look at the top five Marvel Comics acronyms!
H.A.T.E. falls a bit short because it isn’t all that clever – Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort – although HATE is awesome.
B.A.D. girls is also not that clever (their first initals – Black Mamba, Asp and Diamondback)
S.W.O.R.D. is a good one – Sentient World Observation and Response Department – but a bit too derivative.
5. U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M. (Underground Liberated Totally Integrated Mobile Army To Unite Mankind)
Flag-Smasher’s group has a pretty awesome name, no?
4. A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics)
AIM is one of the longest running villain groups in Marvel history.
They recently spun off R.A.I.D., which stands for Radically Advanced Ideas in Destruction. That’s awesome!
3. H.E.R.B.I.E. (Humanoid Experimental Robot B-Type Integrated Electronics)
HERBIE might have shown up as a lame replacement for the Human Torch on a pretty mundane Fantastic Four TV series, but he is now appearing in the excellent Franklin Richards series by Chris Eliopoulos and Marc Sumerak!
2. S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intervention, Espionage Logistics Directorate)
SHIELD is amazing, of course, but gets a BIT of a knock for its name not sounding THAT cool, which is why they’ve changed it already for no real reason, except that the new name is slightly cooler than Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division (and it probably will change to the one used in the Marvel films – Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division).
Still, SHIELD is amazing!
1. M.O.D.O.K. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing)
There is some debate over whether it is Mental or Mobile, and MODOK originally was meant for computing, not killing, but in either event, the acronym stands for something cooler than what SHIELD stands for!
And besides, MODOK is the most awesome thing thought up!!
That’s the list!
Agree? Disagree? Let me know!