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Best New Comic Book Battles This Year: 2012

Find out what we picked for the 3 best fights this year!

2012 was an excellent year for battles. Clenched fists crashed against soft faces, feet harshly collided with groins, and writer Rick Remender treated us to what will easily go down as the most creative use of teleporation ever.

As expected, reflecting on the past 12 months and trying to pick just 3 fights wasn't easy. My brain went into overdrive as I tired to recall anything and everything when it comes to the slugfests between the fictional characters we all love (and loathe). In the end, I decided it would be best to pick 1 from Marvel, 1 from DC, and 1 from any other publisher. There were so many great battles this year and so many of them deserve praise, but ultimately these are the 3 that hold a special place in my heart. I've also selected 1 honorable mention for each publisher.

Fellow staff writer Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring was also kind enough to pick 3 of his own. Once you're done reading the article and gazing at the images, be sure to share your own top 3.

AoA Nightcrawler vs Blob

Best. BAMF. Ever. Forget trying to nitpick the details behind this one (space for the shark, durability of his organs, etc.), this was by all means one of the most jaw-dropping moments in Remender's UNCANNY X-FORCE (and trust me, there's a lot of 'em). Words cannot fully express just how shocking and gruesome Age of Apocalypse Nightcrawler's victory over Blob truly is. The visuals do a more than able job with conveying the torment Blob is going through, but Remender's twisted captions add a whole extra layer of delightfully sick details. I know "jumped the shark" is a negative saying, but let's try to turn "ported the shark" into a positive one. A fight leaves you stunned? It totally 'ported the shark.

Relive this painful moment with the panels below. And yeah, you might want to hold off on eating anything while you do so.

Prepare for unlimited nom nom, brave shark.
Such a dark and ironic way to end the Blob's life. Bravo, Remender. Bravo.

Goodnight, fat prince.

== TEASER ==

TMNT vs Shredder

Oh, nostalgia, you have such a powerful influence over me. Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman's IDW comic had the Turtles and Shredder facing off for the first time and it's clear the encounter was heavily inspired by the classic rooftop battle in the first Mirage comic. The villain makes short work of a tired Master Splinter, but naturally, the Turtles appear just in the nick of time. The Foot Ninjas, Karai and others don't prove much of a match and the Turtles quickly face down the classic arch enemy. Just like the original run, he's too skilled for them to handle on their own. But by fighting together they can eventually overcome their foe. Unlikely the first issue in the Mirage series, Shredder lives to see another day at the end of this bout.

Below are the highlights for your eyes to enjoy.

Palm to face always wins.
Shredder's a thief!
Donny, you missed the perfect opportunity for a crotch strike.
Raph's words cut deeper than his sais.
Moments like this fill me with joy.

I anxiously await round 2.

Batman vs Nobody

Man, you know you're totally screwed when Batman drops a death threat your way. Writer Peter Tomasi's brilliant opening story arc in BATMAN & ROBIN concluded with a superb and brutal fight between two former allies -- Bruce Wayne and Morgan Ducard aka Nobody. The struggle is incredibly violent, but what makes it so special is everything that has led up to this point. Batman is forced to listen in on Ducard torturing Damian, the son he's been struggling to protect. Nobody thinks he's delivering sweet revenge, but all he's really doing is setting himself for a horrific beat down, courtesy of a bloodlusted Dark Knight. The look on Damian's eyes as he witnesses his father about to cross the line is astonishingly powerful material.

This was my favorite from 2012 and therefore I'll treat you to a lot of the fight. I recommend listening to some epic music as you read on.

Sh*t just got real.
Batarang to the face is always a sound way to begin a fight.
Batman has gone full beast mode.
Soak it all in.
Can't help but cringe over the daggers in his back being pushed even deeper. Ouch.
The bat-headbutt conquers all.
"So this is how Bane felt."
Gripping stuff. Pun wasn't intentional, I swear.
This page is just too fantastic for words.

As if that wasn't enough, Damian then kills Nobody while he's incapacitated.

Honorable Mentions

Marvel: Deadpool vs zombie Presidents

DC: Batman vs Lincoln March

Other: Bloodshot vs Chainsaw

As promised, here's staff writer Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring's picks

Deadpool vs undead F.D.R.

Sometimes, a fight is so darn ridiculous and over-the-top that it becomes the most memorable fight of the year. In DEADPOOL #1, Deadpool finds himself fighting the ghost of ex-United States President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who is in a wheelchair. Don't the wheelchair fool you though. FDR puts up one heck of a fight as Deadpool's first challenge in this new series. Aside from the epicness of this battle, we get some fantastic FDR-related one-liners, and Deadpool ends up riding on FDR's lap. Now that's what I call an amazing battle.

Aric vs Vine Members

X-O MANOWAR #5 has a fight scene that is so over-the-top and awesome that I high fived a buddy about it. A group of military men make their way into the jungle, looking for Aric, only to find their helicopter blown up. Afterwords, a few of them get shot at by Aric, one guy gets shot in the face, and Aric shoves a live grenade in one of the military members' stomach AKA the gut grenade. It's just a few pages of amazing action that not only establishes this book as amazing, but also establishes Aric as a complete bad@$$.

Cloned Alan Fisher vs Young Alan Fisher

DANCER is a game of cat and mouse between a man and the younger, cloned version of himself. The last couple of issues, of this mini-series, are incredible suspenseful as cloned Alan Fisher tries to get best of his non-clone self in an incredibly suspenseful, back and forth game of cat and mouse. In the final issue, cloned Alan is near moments away from killing the Dancer, Quinn. Across the way is older Alan, bleeding out after being shot, trying to reach his sniper rifle. It's an incredibly suspenseful and thrilling, and ends with one amazingly blood page. It's a fight that will keep you on the edge of your sear.

What are your 3 favorites from 2012?

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Posted by StMichalofWilson

TMNT vs The Shredder and Batman vs Nobody were the best

Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Didn't know about that Batman one, Awesome stuff :)

Posted by thespideyguy

What about Punisher vs. Spider-man from Punisher: War Zone #1.

Or Hakeye vs. Angel and Psylocke from Avx vs.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

awesome stuff

Posted by pspin

Nightcrawler vs Blob was great

Darth Vader storming the Ghost Prison was pretty epic too.

Posted by Batmarcus

1. Batman vs Nobody

2. Nightwing vs Saiko

3. Hawkeye vs Angel

Posted by Spideycap

Epic stuff. Pretty much every Bat book kicks major ass in the new 52, cant get enough of it.

Posted by Wolverine0628

That is an awesome Batman fight! And I'm glad to see that Batman vs. Lincoln March got an honorable mention.

Posted by Nefilim927

@thespideyguy: this lost major point for me for being written out of continuity for Angel

Posted by Cavemold

i cant wait to read the final installment of uncanny x-force in trade and Bloodshot vs Chainsaw was pretty cool.

hawkeye vs the bros in issue 3 deserve a mention as well.

Posted by iancoderre3

Doc Ock vs. Spidey for sure. It was a fight not so much about throwing fists and octo arms, but more about the spiritual, emotional battle that Doc Ock tried to fight but lost. So even though Peter died, Peter still won because he was able to use his memories and struggles to make Doc Ock a good man, and change him forever.

Posted by Jake Fury

Almost forgot how good the first 8 issues of B&R were.  
The Fury List:  
Batman vs Nobody
Bat-Family vs League of Assassins (Batman Inc #4)
Spidey vs Doc Ock  (nearly the entire issue of ASM #700) 

Posted by Man of Lengend

Deadpool vs Dead presidents has been totally action packed and shows off Deadpool's abilities pretty well and my personal favorite

\Batman vs n nobody was totally # 1 because it was incredibly rare to see Bats brought to the point of almost killing .

Hawkeye vs Angel was really impressive too

Posted by wessaari

i think the two issue battle with Batman and William Cobb, was more psychological than physical, but that was one hell of a fight. The Batman vs Nobody was good, but I dont like Tomasi's dialogue for Batman

Posted by SebastianShawShank

Aquaman vs BlackManta Harley Quin vs Joker Hulk vs iron man Where all Epic.

Posted by TheLog

It's a all about that bat-headbutt, though. Seriously.

Posted by RedOwl_1

@Jake Fury said:

The Fury List:
- Batman vs Nobody
- Bat-Family vs League of Assassins (Batman Inc #4)
- Spidey vs Doc Ock (nearly the entire issue of ASM #700)

I agree

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Dat Shark though..........

Posted by k4tzm4n
@pspin said:

Nightcrawler vs Blob was great

Darth Vader storming the Ghost Prison was pretty epic too.

Indeed it was. That story was a masterpiece. 
Posted by God_Spawn

Batman vs Nobody

Namor vs The Avengers

Bucky vs Daredevil.

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Posted by Azrael66

Batman vs Nobody was pure unadulterated awesomeness.

Posted by The_Dreadnought

It is always good to see new ways to kill old foes. Nightcrawler takes the cake, there. The Nobody fight was just beautiful.

Edited by WWAJfan

Venom vs Carnage (Venom 27, Minimum Carnage part 5) This was Epic as Hell!!!!!

Posted by Queso6p4

I was almost giddy with excitement when I saw this article's headline. Awesome comic picks and music choice. I didn't even know about the Shredder one.

@k4tzm4n said:

@pspin said:

Nightcrawler vs Blob was great

Darth Vader storming the Ghost Prison was pretty epic too.

Indeed it was. That story was a masterpiece.

So much yes! That was my favorite limited series of the year.

@thespideyguy: Don't know how I forgot about that one.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

The TMNT fight takes the cake for me!

Posted by k4tzm4n
@Queso6p4: Happy to hear it :D
Posted by snootchie_bootchies

The TMNT art looks bad-@$$! Im sorry I missed it! FROWNY FACE!

Posted by Reignmaker

More proof that I should have went with Batman & Robin over Detective in '12. Damn.

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

The Deadpool fight is by far my favorite.

Posted by mattydeNero

I'm shocked that Spider-Man vs. Phoenix-Colossus and Phoenix-Magik didn't make the cut. That fight was by far the smartest, most memorable and most unexpected finish to any that I had read all year.

Posted by Decoy Elite

@mattydee007 said:

I'm shocked that Spider-Man vs. Phoenix-Colossus and Phoenix-Magik didn't make the cut. That fight was by far the smartest, most memorable and most unexpected finish to any that I had read all year.

Best moment in AvX, even if it was kinda silly.