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The Best Stuff In Comics: 1-4-16

This is where we present to you, the other best stuff besides the best covers, best story arcs, and best breakfast value item.

Every week, we take a look at some of the most bizarre, exciting, and downright unique things to happen in comics. Check out our choices below of the strange and wacky things that shouldn't be overlooked from this week's releases.

There may be some teeny tiny spoilers below.

This does not include the select Marvel titles released on January 1, 2016.


Best Surprise Turn to a Confrontation

You could probably safely assume anytime you see Drax pop up somewhere, he's going to get into a fight. While searching for Thanos (because he wants to fight him), Drax actually runs into Terrax, a former herald of Galactus.

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Just as things are heating up, Terrax turns the tables.

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Best Indication That Even Cosmic Beings Are People Too

Terrax has gone through some changes. He doesn't simply fight anyone just to be in a fight. He'll only fight for something he feels is worth fighting for (like he does later in the issue). We do see that hanging out in a bar and drinking too much can bring about some normal results you wouldn't expect to see in a cosmic being.

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Best Hug

We'll admit there were actually some other good hugs this week. This was one of the more touching ones. We're finding out how rough Cassandra Cain's upbringing was. She wasn't show any affection and was deprived of expressing her emotions as well. It was all about becoming the perfect fighting machine. When she first met Batman, he told her she didn't have to be like that and all she could do was give him a hug.

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Best Failed Negotiations

Trying to negotiate with a Wookie will go exactly as you would expect it to.

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Best Surprise

One of the long-running discussions over Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope deals with the ceremony scene. After the destruction of the Death Star, Luke and Han both receive medals. Chewbacca is there but doesn't get one despite being on the Millennium Falcon with Han.

It turns out Chewie did get a medal. Perhaps he was just shy and didn't want to get it in front of everyone or maybe they realized after the fact he should get one too. Maybe Chewie just isn't really into medals and praise. In this issue, he gives the medal away, possibly because it clashes with his warrior vibe.

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Best Looking Casting of a Spell

A protection spell needs to be cast and we get a pretty spectacular looking one here.

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Best Use of a Trampoline

Harley is on the run from an evil alternate version of Power Girl. She tried hiding on the roof but was soon discovered. Jumping off, luckily there was a trampoline there to break her fall.

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Best Princess Bride Reference

Vartox just wants to marry Power Girl even though he's already sort of married to an alternate version of her (it's a long story). Power Girl just wants the teleportation ring that will take her and Harley back to Earth. Vartox responds with that familiar line from The Princess Bride.

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Best Display of a Bullet’s Impact

James has to take out a warehouse where a dangerous criminal gang is hanging out. We get to see how his bullets aren't just ordinary bullets (you can see more HERE).

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Best Surprise Move in a Fight

X-23 is now going by the name Wolverine. Like her namesake, she's the best there is at what she does. Even so, fighting someone like Taskmaster would be difficult since he can immediately mimic and counter anyone's moves. When Laura kicks him, it seems he was unaware she had claws in her foot.

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We'll leave the results for you to check out for yourself.

Best Display of Thoughtfulness

Wolverine is in a discussion with one of her clones about why they don't just have to kill everyone. Laura says they could have a family and they should show some compassion. The clone points out that one soldier whose fingers were cut off could have been a classical pianist so where should the line of compassion be drawn. Later we see another clone gather up the fingers and put them by the soldier's side for when he wakes up, just in case he is a classical pianist.

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Best Wind-Up to a Punch

Barry Allen is fighting Professor Zoom. This is their final showdown. When you have two speedsters fighting, you have to have big scenes like this one.

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Best Use of a Hammer

We've seen Thor use Mjolnir many times. In RAGNAROK, we have a different version of Thor. He shows off what he can do against a horde of Surtr's dead demons.

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Best Superman: The Movie Reference

Captain America has been focusing on what Bucky means to him in this series and how he failed to save him. We do see him save him in this instance and Bucky asks a question we've heard before elsewhere.

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Best Literal Battle of the Bands

This is what the series has been building towards. He have an actual battle of the bands happening.

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Best Long Awaited Confrontation

Spawn (Al Simmons) has entered Hell. He's looking to fight Satan and has finally found him.

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Best Superhero That Hates Horses That Isn’t Batman

There's a running joke that Scott Snyder's Batman really hates horses. (You can find out more about it HERE). In this issue, we see Nighthawk fighting an alien that just happens to look like a horse.

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Best Decorated Office

In this series, we have the versions of Superman and Lois from before Flashpoint. They're secretly living among the other heroes and citizens in the DCU. This version of Superman can't use the regular Fortress of Solitude so he makes his own.

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Strangest Daydream

What does Jughead daydream about when he's suspended from school and hanging out in Pop's Chok'lit Shoppe, waiting for his friends? Surprisingly, it's not about food.

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Best Summary of What Cyborg’s Been Doing in Since the New 52 Started

We've often wondered what Cyborg has been doing after joining the Justice League. The other members all had their own series so we joked that he's been sitting in the Justice League Watchtower on monitor duty. Looks like that might be the case.

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Best Reason Not to be Afraid of Ghosts

As Orrgo puts it, they defy logic.

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Best Do-It-Yourself Key

Plastic Man is trying to break someone out of Superman's super-prison. When he comes across a locked door, he makes his own key.

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That's it this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. Big thanks to @djfanco and @ploiken for their suggestions! If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, don't complain, contribute! Especially if you didn't offer any suggestions. Each week you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Saturdays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics. We'll give you a shout out and I'll think you're pretty groovy.

Be sure to always look for the best stuff and always be sure to urinate before you exit a drinking establishment. It's just classier than going outside.