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Best Battles in New Comics: 09/13/13

This week, we highlight Batman vs. Superman, Deadpool vs. goons, and Eternal Warrior fighting in a huge battle.

It's Friday! You know what could make the day even better? Revisiting some of the best slugfests from this week's new comics, that's what! There were a lot of pretty good options to choose from, but there's simply no way we could resist highlighting the following three. When you're done reading this, don't forget to chime in with your own three favorites! Seriously, we want to see what you dug!

Did your favorite melee not get a mention? Well, it's possible we didn't read that issue, so be sure to make suggestions in the official Best Battles Discussion Thread from now on. We review that before writing this weekly feature and do our best to get our hands on the issues suggested!

WARNING! This edition contains a BIIIIIG spoiler for Injustice and the other two get pretty violent. You've been warned, Viners!

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Batman vs. Superman (INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US #35)

This is it, Injusticers. After 34 chapters of tension building and building, it has finally shot through the roof. After an attempt on his life and seeing his father injured, Superman loses it and goes after Batman to stop him once and for all. Wayne knows Superman is en route, but he needs to buy some time while the Kryptonian pill Green Arrow (RIP) stole is replicated. Batman isn't waiting in a DARK KNIGHT RETURNS-esque armor or anything along those lines, though. He instead tries to reason with Supes and show him the error of his ways, but unfortunately, the alien isn't in the mood to talk.

In case you haven't been following along, Clark has developed quite a bad temper.
In case you haven't been following along, Clark has developed quite a bad temper.

Clearly unable to duke it out with the Kryptonian, Bruce plays Clark and Lois' wedding video to distract him for a moment. While briefly focusing elsewhere, Batman slips into the shadows because... well, that's what he does. Despite Clark being steadfast in his mission, Bruce still tries to get through to him. He's unable to reason with the Man of Steel, so he takes action.

Who needs kryptonite when you've got dubstep?
Who needs kryptonite when you've got dubstep?

Not only does the sonic attack distract the powerful character, but it also surrounds him in a swarm of flying bats. The Dark Knight uses this momentary distraction to make a rush for the Kryptonian pill now that it's replicated. Superman, however, makes short work of the bats with a stream of heat vision and then grabs Bruce before he can reach his objective. Kal points out he's not here to stop the Caped Crusader... he's just going to put an end to his actions. With that said, Superman lifts Batman over his head and... well, pulls a Bane.

"OH NO! NOT THIS AGAI--AAAAARRGH!!"

Keep in mind, this isn't the final chapter! Writer Tom Taylor confirmed via Twitter there will be more. So, what do you think will happen next, Viners?

Eternal Warrior vs. Death Cult of Nergal (ETERNAL WARRIOR #1)

In one corner, we have Gilad Anni-Padda, the fist and the bronze! Leopard of the plains! And in the other, we have the Death Cult of Nergal, a bunch of ordinary dudes who are turned into mega monsters just for this lovely battlefield. The opposing side is massive, strong and they tolerate pain ridiculously well, but they're no immortal warrior. With his skill and lust for combat, Eternal Warrior leads his men into combat against the enormous enemies. While he's safe as his axe meets a foe, some of his allies aren't nearly as fortunate.

Welcome to the world of Eternal Warrior.
Welcome to the world of Eternal Warrior.

Gilad is exceptionally skilled and cannot die, but even those advantages cannot overcome the sheer numbers and physical advantages the enemy possesses. His brothers land what should be killing blows to ordinary humans, but they are not facing mere humans, are they? Even with guts hanging out, one of these creatures can still attack and kill its target with a scary amount of force. Realizing usual tactics aren't working, Gilad orders his men to aim for the heads (though he doesn't recommend a double tap).

Aim for their heads? THEY'RE... ZOMBIES!
Aim for their heads? THEY'RE... ZOMBIES!

Even with this realization, the enemies are too many and too mighty. Gilad, showing he's a man of morals and a true leader, orders his forces to fall back. Even though he can feel pain, he'll do what he can to hold back the army by his lonesome. He never needs to do that, though, since his daughter rides into combat with a fleet of enormous elephants. Suddenly the Death Cult's men don't seem so large and now they're on the receiving end of a vastly stronger opponent.

The elephant is mightier than the sword.
The elephant is mightier than the sword.

To continue a summary would spoil the most compelling parts (all of these images were in the previews, after all). So, if you want to dive further into Gilad's world and see what develops with his family when the Death Cult no longer poses a threat, we strongly recommend picking up this first issue.

Deadpool vs. Guards (DEADPOOL #16)

You can't kidnap Deadpool and then steal his organs and expect to get away with it. This issue shows the return of a far more serious and quite frightening version of the Merc with a Mouth. The fart jokes are cast aside as Deadpool goes into "serious business" mode and dishes out some crazy brutality upon freeing himself. Remember that warning about graphic content? Yeah, this is exactly why it was there.

Yes, that just happened.
Yes, that just happened.

One helpless scientist viciously killed, two armed men to go. Instead of simply beating them with his fists and feet, Wade makes use of his surroundings and puts those pointy tubes to horrific use. Wade immediately disables one of his opponents and displays a bit of martial arts to drop the other. He then makes the injured guard wish he merely got a kick to the chest like his co-worker did.

I can't help but think of Futurama's Leela whenever a
I can't help but think of Futurama's Leela whenever a "KI-YAH!" is used.

Deadpool goes for stealth while escaping, so when he does encounter someone, he does something very... I'll just say "unique" to silence the shot from his pistol. I don't want to ruin it, so go read the issue if you want the bloody details. Upon getting out, he makes a startling discovery: he's in North Korea. There's some major plot developments I don't want to ruin (seriously, you should be reading the story) and Deadpool is once again incarcerated. A new ally, however, busts him out and the two realize they need to break into a warehouse. While the teammate goes his own way, Deadpool is forced to take out the two men guarding the door. Prepare for cinematic awesomeness courtesy of Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn, Declan Shalvey, and Jordie Bellaire.

Badass level = fully maxed out.
Badass level = fully maxed out.

Deadpool fans, you're doing yourself a terrible disservice if you're not reading 'The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.' In the event you're not and want to rectify that, it started with issue #15.

Honorable Mentions

Did you love these as well or do you have a different top 3? Let the world know below!
Did you love these as well or do you have a different top 3? Let the world know below!

Don't forget to make nominations every week in the official thread or tell Gregg via Twitter.

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Edited By tikhunt

Didn't really like any fights in comics this week which is a shame.

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Posted By HellionVulcan

Finally proving Superman is better than Batman but most of us already knew that lol .

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Posted By TheJedinator13

Where is avengers arena kids vs Cullen?

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Posted By AllStarSuperman

Cant wait to read eternal warrior and deadpool!

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Posted By Outside_85

That backbreaking move is turning into Batman's Kryptonite.

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Posted By UltimateSMfan

Do do do That's Superman!!

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Posted By jwalser3

Am I the only one unimpressed by Eternal Warrior battle?

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Posted By dbatdog

well at least Sups didn't break Batman's neck

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Posted By HybridComics

When Superman broke Batman's back I was laughing at the thought Bane would sue for copyright infringement lol

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Posted By G_Money_Christmas

What about X-Force vs. Revenants? That's the only comic I got this week so far at least with a battle worth mentioning.

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Posted By k4tzm4n

What about X-Force vs. Revenants? That's the only comic I got this week so far at least with a battle worth mentioning.

Seeing as it's a book I'm not reading and no one suggested it in the options provided in the second paragraph or signature...

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Edited By ccraft

That backbreaking move is turning into Batman's Kryptonite.

yeah he needs some Nth Metal protection back there.

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Posted By dauntes_patron

Where's Scarlet Spider canceled VS angry loyal fans

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Posted By SupremeHyperion

really, batman got his back broken again... ugh

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Edited By ckal

Lol I love the fake out for the Kryptonite plot device.

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Posted By aaunderoath

Who's the artist on Eternal Warrior? Those pages look awesome

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Edited By k4tzm4n

Who's the artist on Eternal Warrior? Those pages look awesome

Trevor Hairsine is the artist and Brian Reber is the colorist.

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Posted By Guardiandevil83

I gotta start reading Deadpool!

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Posted By murderpool

Damn the one week I have to wait for my deadpool and it looks sick as hells!

Wait for me Wade, I'm coming

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Posted By medulaoblaganda

There is no interesting fight here. Sorry

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Posted By Killemall

Where is avengers arena kids vs Cullen?

Well i did recommend that on the battle recommendation thread, i am guessing Greg didnt like the fight. Meh! personally i think it at least deserved a honorable mention.

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Posted By Killemall

@k4tzm4n said:

Seeing as it's a book I'm not reading and no one suggested it in the options provided in the second paragraph or signature...

To be fair Greg that wasnt really a big fight, which is apparently due not the next issue but the issue afterwards.

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Edited By The_Titan_Lord

Deadpool looks wicked.

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Posted By CaptainHoopla

Deadpool for the win! One of my favorite books and my pick for book of the week.

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Edited By Extremis

Nice to see you guys giving some love to Valiant.

I seem to recall X-O getting a pass during Planet Death which was a big mistake.

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Posted By _Glacier_

So, is this version of Deadpool getting more serious or what? Cause it might ruin the character....

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@extremis said:

Nice to see you guys giving some love to Valiant.

I seem to recall X-O getting a pass during Planet Death which was a big mistake.

I've been heavily expressing my love for their stuff since the reboot and they've been on this feature A LOT (most notably X-O and Bloodshot, but others have made appearances, too). In fact, Venditti joked about how he had 3 or 4 issues in a row which made this segment!

And yeah, there were two battles in Planet Death that got an honorable instead of a highlight. Why? Because there was some GREAT competition those weeks and I thought they deserved it. Valiant gets more than enough love from me in this segment, it should really come as no surprise by now. :P

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Posted By MixMastaMicah5

So, is this version of Deadpool getting more serious or what? Cause it might ruin the character....

If you're reading you should know that it's serious AT THE MOMENT, alibi still humor, for a reason. If not, then start reading! It's great! :)

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Posted By _Glacier_

@mixmastamicah5: Brazil is late a whole year on comics matters =P A WHOLE YEAR!

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Posted By k4tzm4n

@mixmastamicah5: Brazil is late a whole year on comics matters =P A WHOLE YEAR!

The story definitely calls for a more serious take on Deadpool. They've shown they can make him really funny time and time again -- now they're showing they can make him frighteningly badass, too :D

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Posted By _Glacier_

@k4tzm4n said:

@dell_conagher said:

@mixmastamicah5: Brazil is late a whole year on comics matters =P A WHOLE YEAR!

The story definitely calls for a more serious take on Deadpool. They've shown they can make him really funny time and time again -- now they're showing they can make him frighteningly badass, too :D

He is both =) The comics here are stuck after his battle against Hulk, after being cancelled two times. Really pissing me off.

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Posted By Omnicrono

Finally proving Superman is better than Batman but most of us already knew that lol .

Except that it's apparently not over yet.

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Posted By iaconpoint

So Superman has gone the way of the Plutonian? I'll have to check this series out when it makes it to trade.

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Posted By MixMastaMicah5

@mixmastamicah5: Brazil is late a whole year on comics matters =P A WHOLE YEAR!

HOW DO YOU SURVIVE????? haha If you're a fan of the character I promise you'll like it. Badass + comedy = Deadpool!

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Posted By 14NC3

Is that superman vs batman breaking back caption a reference to robot chicken? I laughed my ass off when I saw it

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Posted By RedQueen

@14nc3: That's what I thought when I read it... "do do do do, that's bane." :)

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Edited By Hel

Deadpool made me flinge..a first in a long time - good comic

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Edited By THEOCITYLEGEND

Finally proving Superman is better than Batman but most of us already knew that lol .

How does this prove one hero is superior to another?

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Posted By DecoyElite

Can't wait to read Eternal Warrior, just gotta get through one villain month comic first.

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Posted By HellionVulcan

@hellionvulcan said:

Finally proving Superman is better than Batman but most of us already knew that lol .

How does this prove one hero is superior to another?

Batman had nothing to stop Superman's attack plus i don't get how Batman didn't get ripped in half or just out right kill Batman off that back breaker .

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Posted By ptigrusmagus

CLONE 10

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@hellionvulcan said:

@theocitylegend said:
@hellionvulcan said:

Finally proving Superman is better than Batman but most of us already knew that lol .

How does this prove one hero is superior to another?

Batman had nothing to stop Superman's attack plus i don't get how Batman didn't get ripped in half or just out right kill Batman off that back breaker .

So the definition of better hero is the one who wins the fight in the Injustice comic?

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Posted By Mister_Sensational

Do do do That's Superman!!

LOL!!! Why was that exactly the same thing I was thinking? I see you also watched the Robot Chicken DC Universe Special!

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Edited By kingmark14

Poor bats. He'll probably take the super pill and get all better next issue, and kick Clarkie's delusional,murderous booty.

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@extremis said:

Nice to see you guys giving some love to Valiant.

I seem to recall X-O getting a pass during Planet Death which was a big mistake.

Agreed. Aric took out an entire alien empire in like 2 issues. Maybe it didn't get any love here because it really wasn't much of a fight...

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Posted By k4tzm4n

@olbassey said:

@extremis said:

Nice to see you guys giving some love to Valiant.

I seem to recall X-O getting a pass during Planet Death which was a big mistake.

Agreed. Aric took out an entire alien empire in like 2 issues. Maybe it didn't get any love here because it really wasn't much of a fight...

X-O Manowar has been on this feature pleeeeeeeeeenty of times. There were two times in Planet Death where it was instead an honorable mention because I enjoyed the other battles more.

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Posted By YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

I just did a marathon of Deadpool from Issue #1-16. The last issue's fight was insane! Definitely should be number 1 in my opinion.

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Posted By k4tzm4n

I just did a marathon of Deadpool from Issue #1-16. The last issue's fight was insane! Definitely should be number 1 in my opinion.

The three I highlight aren't in any kind of order.

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