Forget the snakes. Medusa, Queen of the Inhumans, serves beside her husband Black Bolt. Every strand of her stronger-than-steel hair is controlled by thought: Medusa is both diplomat and diva. It's said that behind every great leader lies someone greater, and this is certainly no exception.
Her genetically-engineered race continues to evolve: Black Bolt, with a whisper, could level a city. You can imagine, then, that he doesn't give many speeches leaving Medusa to speak for him. (And order his meal at restaurants.)
Medusa is Queen first, superhero second, and even Queen Elizabeth couldn't afford her tab at Great Clips.
It's an exciting time to go Rogue. The character first appeared as a skunk-haired, misguided member of foster-mother Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, taking on the Avengers and "permanently" absorbing (her mutant power, via skin-to-skin contact) Ms. Marvel's superhuman strength and flight.
Her gift has always been her curse, providing the character with a level of depth and tragedy. While Ms. Marvel's powers made her a valuable asset to the X-Men, she could never touch the man she loved.
In recent years, Rogue has led a squad of X-Men on her own and undergone yet another metamorphosis. Thanks to Professor Xavier, Rogue has finally learned to control her powers. She'll still zap you dry, but only if she wants to.
Sorry, Abe: a top hat's never looked so good.
Zatanna, DC's go-to-gal for all things magic, is normally adorned in the aforementioned top hat, a bow-tie and some fish nets. It'd be very easy for a character in such a get-up to border on the ridiculous but it works.
Zatanna's appearance is a testimony to magic in the form of stereotype, but the character is anything but. Her incantations, words uttered backwards in memory of her magician father, have been used to alter memory of hero and villain alike.
As an original member of the next generation of next generation X-Men (Generation X), it would've been easy for Monet St. Croix to fall by the wayside.
After a few years of inactivity, M is back and hotter than ever as a premiere member of X-Factor. She's a telepath who possesses flight, superhuman strength and an array of abilities many would envy her for.
And she's not afraid to tell you that you should.
Poison Ivy is definitely a character who's "gone green." Pamela Isley, one of Batman's deadliest villains, has been terrorizing Gotham City and the DC Universe for years in the name of plantkind everywhere.
No man, no woman, can resist her or those lips.
The human X-Man at least for now. Dani Moonstar has served on multiple X-Teams over the years, but the character has come full circle as a member of the newest incarnation of The New Mutants.
After The Scarlet Witch decimated the mutant population, Moonstar lost all of her psionic and telepathic powers. Even so, she's never been quite as tough, quite as resilient, or quite as interesting and she'd even spent some time as a Valkyre for Asgard.
It seems Moonstar's currently negotiating a deal with Hela, Queen of Asgardian Hel, possibly to regain her mutant abilities. As a human, mutant or reborn Valkyre, Dani Moonstar is a definitive X-Man.
More specifically, Sara Pezzini. The Witchblade, an intelligent supernatural weapon, currently has two wielders. Sara, the character who launched the series under Michael Turner's artwork and Christina Aguilera or something.
The mythology of the series has expanded greatly, Detective Pezzini now representing single mothers everywhere. When she isn't saving the world, she's saving money for formula.
Chew on that, Wonder Woman.
The character of Batwoman, originally created in the 50s to deter rumblings of a romantic relationship between Batman and Robin, recently received her own ongoing series in Detective Comics.
The latest inception, Kate Kane, is a fascinating character of potential: a worthy addition to the Bat-family. She's as scary as Batman and looks great in red.
DC may have a highly publicized new Batgirl, but what Gotham City needed was a woman.
Aside from the number one hottest woman in comics deserving the top slot, the only other reason Loki isn't number one is... that's a man, baby!
Thor's brother Loki, God of Mischief, has resurfaced as a major force in the Marvel Universe.
When Asgard fell and the Gods were scattered across the winds, it was only a matter of time before Thor and his kin returned to the pages of Marvel Comics. What no one saw coming, however, was that Loki (an eerie, odd-looking man with a tendency to wear green) would be reborn in the skin of Sif, Thor's true love.
God or Goddess, Loki is truly the Master of Mischief.
Ororo Munroe first stormed her way into the comics scene in 1975. Far from stereotype, a feat considering the year and previous history of African Americans in comic books, Storm quickly evolved into the powerful character she was always destined to become.
She's led multiple X-Teams, at one time even dethroning Cyclops as de facto leader. She's lost her powers, regained her powers, ripped the heart from then mutant-terrorist Marrow, led the mutant underground known as The Morlocks and even served as a member of The Fantastic Four.
In her recent marriage to The Black Panther, Storm has finally found true love and become Queen of Wakanda. Munroe's love of the skies only points one way for the character: up.
There are, of course, honorable mentions and reasons they were excluded.
EMMA FROST: The former White Queen. Sure, she's got sex appeal and blue lipstick with barely any clothing. Emma's never looked as good as when she was bundled up as Headmistress of Generation X.
POWERGIRL: Google her. I dare you. There's nothing hot about a woman with a chest that could flatten Superman.
WONDER WOMAN: Is actually kind of dull. She looks great, yes, but the most interesting thing that's happened with her in years (she killed a villain, a big no-no for the Justice League) is completely ignored. She needs some depth.
JEAN GREY: While Jean may be the hottest of the hot (she is The Phoenix, after all), she's currently M.I.A. But if it's one thing a Phoenix does, it's rise from the ashes.
KIRSTIE ALLEY: She's a comic... right? Okay, I felt bad for the waistline comment. She's still very beautiful and a superhero to me, but Look Who's Talking.