We all love a compelling story or an insightful look at one of our favorite fictional characters, but when so many comic books are populated with individuals that are ridiculously good at fighting or have a variety of cool super powers, you can't help but want to see 'em go at it once in awhile. Luckily for us, that's something that happens each and every week and usually there's a ton of it! Usually it's tough to narrow down the options to just three of the best new action scenes and this week was no exception. That means if your top fight isn't below, go ahead and give it some love in the comments. Your praise just may motivate someone else to pick up the comic, after all. Now, we'll stop babbling so you can see exactly what you came in here to see: Awesome fight scenes!
The second highlight is pretty bloody, so skip that one if you're not too fond of graphic violence.
Who doesn't love a slugfest between two powerhouses? If you're saying, "I don't," then you should probably just skip to the next highlight. Then again, who checks out this segment and isn't a fan of powerhouse fights? For everyone else -- and we're guessing that's most of you -- it's time to take a look at Gerry Duggan, Mark Bagley, Drew Hennessy and Jason Keith's latest issue of HULK. If you haven't been following along, all you really need to know is
HulkDoc Green is depowering other Hulks and his latest target is Thunderbolt Ross, a.k.a. Red Hulk/Rulk. Doc Green isn't dumb, so he's able to use Matt Murdock to lure Ross out in the open. Before the two clash, the Man Without Fear points out these two titans need to take the fight outside of San Francisco because a brawl between these two could cause an absurd amount of damage and risk many lives. The two then hop away from the City By the Bay and eventually go crashing into Napa Valley. Realizing they're surrounded by beautiful scenery, they agree to sit down and talk about gamma radiation and see if they can reach a peaceful resolution. Just kidding, it's time for punches.
That's just the beginning of all of the craziness that's about to go down. There's a lot of history between these two and this quickly turns into a savage fight that's full of smashing, chopping, kicking, snapping (yes, snapping) and even biting. It's fierce, it's brutal, and thanks to the art team, it's awesome. Here, have another look at some big hits and the fast-paced chaos.
Once Ross falls on right on his butt, Doc Green takes advantage of the opportunity and begins to harshly pummel the guy's head into the ground over and over and over again. It's the perfect time for him to scream "Hulk smash!" but he doesn't go by that name anymore, so you won't find any of that here. Despite taking some insane hits, Rulk overcomes and gains the edge. He then wastes no time to make the most of his advantage and he does something pretty painful to his opponent. Even when you're super durable and have an accelerated healing factor, the following has got to hurt. The verbal insult certainly doesn't help.
Is Doc Green able to depower his enemy or does Rulk continue to assault him? And is there critical context to this fight that we're not revealing because we don't want to spoil anything? "Yes" is the most likely answer to that last question. A majority of this issue is one big brawl and there's even a funny bit with Daredevil in the beginning, so if you like these highlights, go give the issue a shot.
MORTAL KOMBAT X #1
The first highlight was all about the heavy-hitters that can level a town if they aren't careful with their strikes, but this next one is all about precise and bloody hits. That's right, it's time to get back into Mortal Kombat's vicious universe! Shawn Kittelsen, Dexter Soy and Veronica Gandini's first digital chapter is full of gore and violence, so if you're not the biggest fan of bloody battles, scroll down and do your best not to get a glimpse of the images! Everyone else -- especially Scorpion fans -- it's time to be welcomed back to this place with a whole lot of lethal action.
As Scorpion kills a goon, Kenshi finds himself in a very rough spot. You see, Hsu Hao has been hunting the guy down and managed to drop the blind character. There's even a pretty cool nod to X-ray moves, but we'll save that one for when you read the comic. Unfortunately, we don't get to witness Hsu Hao take down Kenshi, but we do get to witness what happens when Scorpion leaps in to save him! You have to love the way the move is handled and it leaves you anxious to see the next blow.
The next page is awesome. So awesome, in fact, that we don't want to spoil it for you. If you're a fan of Mortal Kombat, you should pay the $0.99 for the digital chapter so you can experience the glorious page in context. Seriously, don't be a party pooper and post it in the comments. If you love Mortal Kombat, support it and hopefully that'll keep this series going. Anyway, there's also a whole lot of story going on here and not a lot of time to tell it. That kid in the first panel? He's the child of Kenshi and Suchin. Kensih was going undercover in the Red Dragon to assassinate someone (Daegon) and unfortunately, it didn't go so well. His cover was blown and the criminals went after Suchin. Thankfully, she knows how to wield a blade.
What happens with Kenshi, his child and Sushin? What role does Scorpion play in this? Which other characters show up? The digital Mortal Kombat series is finally here and it's terrific. If you like the games, do yourself a favor and check it out.
THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1
Our third and final highlight is pretty much the polar opposite of the one you just saw. While MORTAL KOMBAT X is graphic and full of killing, THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL makes its fights silly and comedic. Ryan North, Erica Henderson, Maris Wicks and Rico Renzi's first issue of THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL has the seemingly unstoppable character facing off against one of Spider-Man's foes: Kraven the Hunter! She's humiliated Wolverine in a sparring match and put a hurting on an already injured Deadpool, but can she take on Kraven in hand-to-hand combat? Let's take a look.
Well, right now it looks like the answer is a pretty firm no. What makes this battle highlight worthy isn't just the entertaining handling of the actions; the dialogue is also full of greatness. Kraven's confident attitude and how Squirrel Girl responds to it kept us smiling and even laughing a few times. Anyhow, she realizes she can't beat him with her fists, but she doesn't need to! Not when she has an army of squirrels by her side!
Is this just like the scene with Doctor Doom all over again? Do the squirrels swarm Sergei Kravinoff and it's game over for the foe? Or does Squirrel Girl come up with another solution to end the fight? Luckily for the adorable creatures, they're able to dodge the sharp projectile and Squirrel Girl wonders about the best way to bring this fight to a close. Which tactic would you go with, readers?
Is Spider-Man's fiend humiliated by a swarm of squirrels or does the fight end on a different note? It's a funny conclusion, but it does manage to open the door to some legitimate story potential for the villain! Remember, there's more to the fight than what we're showing you, so that means a fair amount of the hilarious dialogue isn't in here. We also haven't shown you the glorious trading cards and there's a big teaser for the next opponent!
What are your top three fights from this latest round of new comics? Support what you love and tell the world below. Also, don't forget to make nominations every week in the official thread or tell us via Twitter. Check back next Friday for a new edition of this segment. Have a good weekend!