Ok so let's face it... In the world of comic books and superheroes, the number of characters of color is surprisingly small. With that being said, there are 6 African American Superheroes who set the bar high... extremely high. Over the years they have become some of the most popular and respected heroes of all time and pasted below are the reasons why.
Storm- This tall silver-haired mutant is just as powerful as she is beautiful. A part of the second generation of X-Men, she was quickly anointed Co-leader by Charles Xavier. Throughout the years, this weather controlling powerhouse has lead the subterranean group the Morlocks, been worshipped as a goddess in Africa and even married the Black Panther, the king of Wakanda. She has easily solidified her seat as one of the popular and recognizable characters in the Marvel Universe.
Black Panther- Upon the death of his father T’Chaka, young T’Challa assumed the mantle of the Black Panther and the throne of Wakanda, an isolated African nation. Through training and discipline, he quickly became one of the world’s most brilliant combatants, earning him a place within the Avengers. Though he faces many threats to his flourishing nation, he was still able to find love and a wife in Storm, co-leader of the X-Men.
Green Lantern John Stewart- Selected by the Guardians of OA to serve as a back-up to Hal Jordan after Guy Gardner, John Stewart was one of DC Comics' first Black superheroes. Empowered by the ring bestowed to him, Stewart has the ability to create almost anything his mind can conceive and uses it to police the universe as both a member of the Green Lantern Corps and the Justice League.
Cyborg- Once upon a time, Victor Stone was a happy and healthy teenaged boy, until becoming horribly disfigured. To save his life, his father fused him with cybernetic implants, effectively transforming him into a half man/half machine blend. Now dubbed “Cyborg”, he uses his enhanced strength, durability and sonic blasters to battle villains and the forces of evil alongside the Teen Titans. BOO-YAH!
Spawn- Forget Superman, Batman or even Wolverine, here is a hero who has literally been to hell and back. Al Simmons, now known as Spawn, has been murdered, his wife married his best friend and he is now trapped in a hellish, disfigured version of himself. That sucks! Well at least he can now use his new demonic powers and living symbiotic cape to become one of the biggest bad-asses that comic books have ever seen!
Luke Cage- Originally a Hero-For-Hire, Luke Cage has moved far beyond being called simply “Power Man”. He is an Avenger, a member of the Fantastic Four but most importantly, a family man. Now married to the superheroine Jewel, he uses his superhuman strength and bulletproof skin to whip the former villains of the Thunderbolts into model citizens.