Mike's Dumb Picks:
Why Mike Likes Him: Mike says Green Arrow's strength lies in – surprise – his arrows. The masked archer can shoot three different types of projectiles: ice arrows that freeze enemies in their place, electric arrows that stun and damage enemies, and fire arrows that deal massive damage. Green Arrow also has a "keep away" ability, which allows him to jump backwards and shoot an arrow at the ground to keep enemies at bay. Mike can characterize that as an ability all he wants, but I'm guessing it's just his excuse for being a bad shot.
Why Mike Really Likes Him: I think Mike just really likes Robinhood, since that's clearly what DC was going for when it designed Green Arrow. Well, that or some kind of rejected fifth Ninja Turtle. Either way, I'm guessing Mike dressed as either the Green Arrow or Robinhood for Halloween sometime in his past. Fess up, Mike!
Official Rating: Like Robinhood, only he doesn't help poor people
Why Mike Likes Him: At first I thought Mike was crazy for picking Superman's bald-headed nemesis – until I learned he's wearing some kind of cheap supersuit. Mike says Luthor's Warsuit slows the villain down considerably, but it packs a mean punch and provides the player with decent ranged attacks. Luthor also has a powerful super move that lets him call down a laser attack from an orbiting satellite, which he then turns into a ball of energy and blasts his opponent with – creating an explosion visible from space. How is that even fair?
Why Mike Really Likes Him: Well, aside from the fact that Luthor sounds ridiculously overpowered, I'm guessing Mike likes him because he secretly dreams of taking over the world. In fact, I have it on good authority that he's building his own supersuit in his garage.
Official Rating: Cheap but effective
Why Mike Likes Him: Deathstroke's arsenal of weapons provides players with a healthy assortment of both short- and long-range attacks, and his speed makes him a force to be reckoned with. DeathStroke's super move riddles his opponent with bullets and sword slashes, while his character ability makes his bullets temporarily unblockable, forcing opponents to move in close to disrupt the gunfire.
Why Mike Really Likes Him: Arrows, lasers, bullets – I'm starting to notice a pattern here. It sounds like Mike prefers ranged projectile attacks that keep his opponents at a distance. It seems to me like our new news editor may have commitment issues, keeping the people he cares about the most at arm's length. Is this why Mike works remotely from New Jersey? We may never know...
Official Rating: Very helpful from a psychoanalysis standpoint
Why Mike Likes Him: The Flash's move set is built around his incredible speed, which allows him to string together lightning-fast combos. While not a good long-range fighter, The Flash has the ability to slow down time to dodge enemy attacks and perform extra-powerful combos. The Flash can also build up a super punch by running around the entire world before striking his opponent, which sounds like a huge waste of energy if you ask me.
Why Mike Really Likes Him: At first I thought the close-range nature of The Flash's fighting style contradicted my theory of Mike having commitment issues – until I realized the connection. The Flash is really good at running – which I assume includes running away from things. Case closed.
Official Rating: What are you running from, Barry?
Coming Up Next: I carefully analyze Reiner's picks while trying not to get fired...