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Best Battles in New Comics: 08/02/13

This week, we feature really awesome fights from TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US and WOLVERINE: JAPAN'S MOST WANTED.

It's Friday! Throw some confetti if you've got it and then prepare to enjoy this week's best brawls in the latest comics. I'm really excited about this edition's picks and hopefully you'll dig them at least half as much as I do. Ninja Turtles fighting Leo? Martian Manhunter showing how powerful he is? Wolverine vs. ninjas? Yes, yes and yes! This feature does contain spoilers, so if you haven't read these books yet and don't want to know what goes down, now is the time to flee.

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!

*This does contain spoilers, so if you haven't read these books yet and don't want to know what goes down, now is the time to flee.*

Raphael, Michelangelo & Donatello vs. Dark Leo (TMNT #24)

The last chapter of 'City Fall' revealed why Leo switches teams, and now we get Dark Leo's debut... and it's TERRIFIC. The Turtles and Splinter think they're rescuing their ally from the Foot, but their world is shattered when Leo kicks Splinter in the face and declares Splinter isn't his father. Naturally, Raph has a few choice words for his brother's betrayal. And Leo? He responds once again with his foot. Man, this version of Leo sure does like kicking people in the face.

Holy $@#*!
Holy $@#*!

Now that Raph's suffered a foot to the face, it's up to Donatello and Michelangelo to bring down their villainous brother. Yeah, that won't happen, will it? Don't get me wrong, I adore those two, but against a darker and determined Leo? They're quite screwed and it goes pretty much how you'd expect. But hey, A for effort, right?

It's okay, Donatello. I still love you.
It's okay, Donatello. I still love you.

Taking a kick to the face and then watching his brothers get humiliated isn't exactly something Raph is going to take lightly. As expected, the hotheaded Turtle leaps into action, but despite what you want to believe, Leo has a skill edge over Raph (the guy missed their earlier training periods, after all). In an extended fight, Raph's rage and brawling mentality may serve him well, but for this short encounter, Leo flat-out embarrasses him.

Brace yourself! Outraged Raphael fans are coming.
Brace yourself! Outraged Raphael fans are coming.

I guess you'll just have to buy the issue if you want to know what happens next.

Superman, Green Lantern & Wonder Woman vs. Martian Manhunter (INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US #29)

Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern approach Batman in an attempt to rescue Hawkgirl (who's actually already free, by the way), but instead of bumping into Batman, they encounter someone far more powerful: Martian Manhunter. The trio pursues the alien but he vanishes into the clouds. Hal says he can use his ring to locate their target, but before he gets the chance to do so, J'onn takes him out of the fight.

I'm sorry, Hal Jordan fans.
I'm sorry, Hal Jordan fans.

With Hal and Diana out of the way, Martian Manhunter uses his telepathy to show Superman why he's on the wrong path. Kal thinks he's doing the right thing, but J'onn tries to make him see it'll lead to nothing but suffering and an unjust world. Wonder Woman rudely interrupts and the alien quickly makes them realize he's not an individual they should ever underestimate... and he does so in a rather gruesome manner, too.

I'm sorry, Wonder Woman fans.
I'm sorry, Wonder Woman fans.

Super-strength and astonishing reflexes won't do much good when your enemy has traveled inside your body and can do as he pleases with your vital organs. The real question here: would J'onn have actually crossed the line, or was he merely trying to show them they're not unstoppable "Gods" in this world who can rule without being questioned? At any rate, we'll probably never know because the Amazon tells Superman to do what he has to do. If you're vulnerable to fire, pissing off someone with heat vision isn't ideal.

I'm sorry, Martian Manhunter fans.
I'm sorry, Martian Manhunter fans.

The attack appears to kill Martian Manhunter, but I wouldn't jump to conclusions yet. The character's ending in the video game claims this universe's version of J'onn has a bigger role down the road. Hopefully, next week's issue will confirm that J'onn is indeed still alive and this event is what causes him to avoid the conflict for some time.

Wolverine vs. Shin Harada & his ninjas (WOLVERINE: JAPAN'S MOST WANTED #4)

Last time Wolverine appeared in this feature he wasn't doing too hot. The dude was struggling with just a moderate amount of ninjas, took an arrow to the knee neck, and then got smacked around a bit by Victor Creed. Well, it's time to rectify that and show you that yes, Wolverine is still quite formidable. Sure, he's treated like a jobber and is thrown through the meat grinder from time to time, but he's still the best at what he does, and what he does is make 'Best Battles in New Comics' remotely tolerable to read.

Can we PLEASE get a movie that's just Wolverine taking on ninjas? Please?
Can we PLEASE get a movie that's just Wolverine taking on ninjas? Please?

Shin Harada's advanced ninjas may be sporting some sweet tech, but against Wolverine, they're still kind of chumps. Cloaking is totally counter-acted in the snow because Wolverine can hear that footsteps, and even though he's surrounded, it totally doesn't matter. One slash and he already takes two out of the equation. But the new Silver Samurai is also in the picture, and while the fight between them is massively lackluster, we at least get one cool clash between the two.

YES!
YES!

The group falls through the rooftop and it's not long before their numbers finally warrants a slight advantage. Realizing this, Logan attempts to get away, but one of them uses a chain to grab the X-Man by the neck and lures him back in. Upon bringing Logan back into close proximity, the ninja impales him through the back and the blade sticks out of his chest (adamantium sternum be damned!). Tis but a scratch for Mr. Howlett, though! He then claws a power device on the ninja's wrist and the damage causes a massive outburst of energy. Soon enough, they all get Michael Bay'd.

"What if 'The Wolverine' was directed by Michael Bay?"

So much better than the time he walked away from an explosion in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, right?

Honorable Mentions

What are your top 3 fights from this week's comics? Post 'em below!
What are your top 3 fights from this week's comics? Post 'em below!

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

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Posted By Vaeternus

As for TMNT, I think we all know Leo always has a slight edge over Raph however...Splinter would own Leo if he had to...

I doubt MMH is dead, probably just damaged and will heal.

...I gotta start reading Injustice....

Indeed, don't listen to the haters. Injustice is epic.

As for TMNT, I think we all know Leo always has a slight edge over Raph however...Splinter would own Leo if he had to...

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Edited By RedheadedAtrocitus

Man that Samurai and Wolverine is one epic fight, and so is the Turtles vs. Dark Leo fight! These are great :) Truly entertained!

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Edited By thesleuth

TMNT wins this week IMO.

Such an awesome comic!

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Posted By BaneStrokeLoboGrundyBatArrow

Ah Wolverine

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@ostyo said:

No, Raph fans deserve that if think for a second he could beat Leo.

Shut up *goes off and cries*

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Posted By cameron83

@k4tzm4n I thought Thanos was always tall?

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Edited By jesusdisciple001

@k4tzm4n: please extend best battles to five from three.

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Edited By stephens2177

Superman's body has been shown to be to hot inside for anything or anyone to survive inside it,so if MM entered his body he would start burning right away.the MM vs supermans HV while in WW's body is simple,supes blasted her with HV and it psycholigically effected MM to the point he left WW's body,then the full force of that HV burned MM to a crisp.

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Posted By drgnx

@k4tzm4n said:

@citizenbane said:
Should have made it
Should have made it

You know, I was going to give you crap because I thought you didn't nominate it, but it turns out I just didn't see it -- only spotted people chatting about CV Battle of the Week. Oh well.

Definitely my favorite read for the week!

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Posted By CaptainHoopla

Hah! Honorable mention, Thanos vs a growth spurt! The growth spurt definitely won.

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Posted By MadFacedKid

So, if Martian Manhunter went inside Superman, could he not burn himself? If he could it would give Supes a big advantage in thee old Supes vs MM debate.

He's also not affected by mental attacks. Which MM is a very powerful telepathic.

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Edited By Bio Guyver

Leonardo > Raphael. Blue has always been the superior fighter. I really don't count the last TMNT film fight between Leo and Raph as a standout victory for Raphael. Leo was obviously holding back. And the barn fight from the old Mirage comics doesn't standout either. Leo was going through self-esteem issues. So it's safe to say he was handicapped during both scenarios.

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Posted By Alak

While I don't like the idea of Leo going dark, I really love the fact that the writers gave him a really good showing. He's always been the most skilled turtle but he always holds back and/or jobbers.

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Posted By TheWolverine04

...I gotta start reading Injustice....

Yeah you gotta! Injustice and Earth 2 are far better than the main new 52 continuity.

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Edited By Birthright

The game confirmed that Martian Manhunter is OK. The reason why he was burned was because he was inside Diana's head and physiologically he couldn't withstand the fire. Once he left Diana's body he burned but this is Martian Manhunter. He can regenerate from a finger.

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Posted By hart7668

Hentai fans everywhere rejoiced to Wonder Woman vs MMH

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Posted By danhimself

if you aren't reading TMNT then you are WRONG!

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Posted By TheCheeseStabber

Batman vs BatCows Feelings

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Posted By StMichalofWilson

Cool battles this week!

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Posted by Outside_85 - August 02, 2013 at 1:15 AM

@colanicole: He could burn himself, but it would require the Manhunter to be in a place Superman can see. But that scene is just wierd, if J'onn was inside of Diana, he should have been protected from Superman's heatvision since she can withstand it.

This!! I was reading this like if he's inside WW he's protected from Supes HV. Is this an example of PIS or WIS?

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Posted By Trodorne

isnt it funny? now that disney owns both marvel and lucasart, we are already getting light sabers in marvel comic.

"use the force, Nova"

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Posted By Skyfire

Wasn't MM weakness to fire psychological? Why did it seem kill him and not seem to harm WW?

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Posted By k4tzm4n

...I gotta start reading Injustice....

Yeah man, give it a shot and judge for yourself. Hopefully you'll dig it.

@hamlet33 said:

Come on. No Pandora vs Vandal Savage and Giganta? Not even an honorable mention?

The second paragraph is your friend!

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Edited By hamlet33

Come on. No Pandora vs Vandal Savage and Giganta? Not even an honorable mention?

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Posted By k4tzm4n

Should have made it
Should have made it

You know, I was going to give you crap because I thought you didn't nominate it, but it turns out I just didn't see it -- only spotted people chatting about CV Battle of the Week. Oh well.

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Posted By venomoushatred1001

ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!?!? Raph lost to Leo?!?!?! WTF!!!! *Goes off to rage*

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Posted By G_Money_Christmas

Man, TMNT was the only comic I was planning on getting this week and my LCS didn't have any copies. I guess they didn't arrive this shipment? So now I have to get it online which I hate doing.

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Edited By ColaNicole

@sundipped_superman: It's the comic world, something in one comic may be contradicted in the next. I've read comics where Manhunter has been seriously wounded by fire, even killed ( or something like that). Someone will remove that weakness just so another writer can put it back. Superman just recently got mental blocks put in his head by Orion but it will be overlooked soon enough. I personally consider Fire to be a big weakness to him.

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Edited By Wolverine008

TMNT was just incredible this month, as usual. Definitely one of the top ten comics being published right now. It would be a top seller if it had a Marvel or DC logo on its covers. *sigh*

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Posted By Sundipped_Superman

@colanicole: But wasn't his weakness to fire supposed to be just psychological and he was still invulnerable to it?

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Posted By Saren
Should have made it
Should have made it

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Posted By MuyJingo

Shouldn't Wonder Woman's skin, being invulnerable, have protected MM from the heat vision?

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Posted By ColaNicole

@sundipped_superman: Also, this isn't a stronger version of Supes, just one that doesn't hold back as much.

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Posted By ColaNicole

@sundipped_superman: Martian Manhunter would be get obliterated by a heat blast. Shazam however I believe would take it well. When it comes to Supes and MM it all depends on who gets the 1st move. They can take each other out in an instant.

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Edited By Jonny_Anonymous

I loved this months TMNT it was freaking great. Best part was when Splinter said "Hear me, devil. If I cannot have my son.... I WILL HAVE YOUR HEAD!!!"

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Posted By Sundipped_Superman

Aren't characters like Martian Manhunter and Shazam durable enough to tank superman's heat vision or you know at least not die like they did? Am I missing something here, is he like an amped up version of superman? Sorry but I've really not been following the injustice series.

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Posted By Outside_85

@colanicole: He could burn himself, but it would require the Manhunter to be in a place Superman can see. But that scene is just wierd, if J'onn was inside of Diana, he should have been protected from Superman's heatvision since she can withstand it.

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Posted By Ostyo

No, Raph fans deserve that if think for a second he could beat Leo.

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Edited By ColaNicole

So, if Martian Manhunter went inside Superman, could he not burn himself? If he could it would give Supes a big advantage in thee old Supes vs MM debate.

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Edited By darknightspideyfanboy

lol gregg why are you apologizing for

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Posted By Arkhamc1tizen

...I gotta start reading Injustice....

this.

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Edited By Dredeuced

...I gotta start reading Injustice....

I warn you, it is not even close to good.

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