Best Battles in New Comics: 6/5/15

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It's that time of the week. Time to look at the latest edition of Best Battles in New Comics. Comics often feature big battles with superheroes fighting supervillains. Sometimes we even have superheroes fighting other superheroes. Get ready to cheer and possibly cringe at the brutal punches being thrown.

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It was another tough week to narrow it down to three great battles. We went back and forth on a couple.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #41

Grail vs. the Justice League

Darkseid War hasn't fully started in the series yet but the Justice League had one heckuva fight.

Grail, Darkseid's daughter makes a big entrance, somehow locking into Flash's vibration frequency and uses him as a doorway (gross).

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Luckily it doesn't look like she ripped him apart or anything. But it must have been a bit traumatic.

Grail then makes her move against Batman. She says it's because he's the "human among others." Seems he would be the best choice to start out with so he doesn't have time to formulate a strategy against you.

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She had the opportunity to take his head off but instead, she makes him sleep and goes after Cyborg. Shazam tries coming to his bud's aid but...

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It appeared she was going to "end" him but Wonder Woman arrived.

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This isn't even the end of the fight. There's still a bit more. You'll want to check it out for yourself.

SUPERIOR IRON MAN #9

Tony Stark vs Iron Man and Pepper Potts

Tony's been a bit of a jerk lately. Pepper managed to activate a protocol Tony created that contained his brain patterns from a previous time. As this other 'Tony' fights Stark in his Iron Man armors, Tony shows he can upgrade with but a thought.

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Tony reminds all the armors that he made them so...

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The fight gets pretty brutal. We know pretty much all the different versions of the Iron Man suit can put up a really good fight. They have one mission now, to take down Tony Stark. At the same time, what's to stop him from destroying his own armor?

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Tony tries moving the fight away from his place so his stuff doesn't get "broken." When a huge suit comes and knocks him onto the Golden Gate Bridge, he decides they should move the fight elsewhere since they have a "whole city to beat ourselves up in."

This is when Tony is surprised by the appearance of a suit he did not build.

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Tony is angered by this. Is this the distraction they need to take him down? Is this the end of "Superior" Iron Man? Red the book to find out!

MIDNIGHTER #1

Midnighter vs. Misguided Freedom Fighters from Modora

Let's start out by making it clear, Midnighter is not just another version of Batman. He's a pretty different character on his own. As he points out before he clears out the room, he has a "special computer" in his head that lets him see every move a person is going to make. He likes to brag about having fought a battle a million different ways in his head before the action begins.

He also likes to use whatever is around to his advantage.

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ACO highlights certain objects to bring our attention to his and shows us the internal results of Midnighter's blows.

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Midnighter is basically a good guy. He'll do the right thing. He just doesn't care about you if you're doing bad things. Don't ask him for mercy. But you can see, he is willing to give his opponent a chance to back down.

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Is he faster? You might have an idea. We're sure not going to tell you since we're out of time. But you will want to see the full fight. This was not all of it.

We also had Spider-Man vs Venom in RENEW YOUR VOWS #1 suggested by @TylerJavier, Little AvX suggested by @frickhwa, Grail vs Justice League suggested by @Thekidfliessolo, and Nick Lachey vs Joker suggested by @qarahiyo.

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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 this thread, especially if you feel we missed a great battle. You can even make suggestions via Twitter and use the hashtag #CVBattles.

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The art on JL is gorgeous. How many issues do you think we'll get out of Fabok? I'm betting no more than 15.

I kind of wish the red and black word bubbles would have been reserved for Darkseid. I thought it was a very nice touch to make him more menacing. When I saw that I imagined hellfire and brimstone.

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You know you're a female bad-ass when you are a hybrid of a Amazon and Darkseid.

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Diana v Donna was pretty good.

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Superior Iron Man easily took the cake. You should see the full fight. He ends up fighting Hulk-Buster II (the one that fought with WWH).

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@noone301994: Yep can agree on that, I found the ending of the issue a bit depressing though, still a great final issue

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Justice league art is phenomenal

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Justice League looks insanely good.

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Superior Iron Man easily took the cake. You should see the full fight. He ends up fighting Hulk-Buster II (the one that fought with WWH).

No way. Midnighter kicks a beef steak through someone's face, that instantly makes it better.

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Why does this show in the preview section?

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Has Shazam done anything remotely impressive in the New 52?

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Justice League in a mile.

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Justice League. Best comic book action i've seen in a while. Grail is a bad ass.

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I'm really surprised DC is keeping Darkseid War contained in JL, first issue already blows away that Convergence mess, with this and SW its going to be a grand summer indeed!

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I'm digging the MK x-rays in Midnighter.

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#18  Edited By the_stegman  Moderator

Grail tapped the JL's a**

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Has Shazam done anything remotely impressive in the New 52?

No

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You know you are a complete bada** when you can take on the Justice League and make them look like a bunch of 8 year olds. Only thing was Superman wasn't involved in the fight. I thought the art on JL #41 was awesome and can't wait for #42. I think the Darkseid war is going to be epic and better than Convergence. I didn't pick up Superior Iron Man because it has lost my interest in the last few issues, looks like I may need to pick it up on my weekend runs. Comic shop near me is having a 20% off everything sale (except new issues) so I will be headed there Saturday.

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@dondave said:

Diana v Donna was pretty good.

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Shazam really needs his own comic. DC needs to unleash him now. When he grab grail from behind that image was wicked.

Then grail counter by stabbing him in the back it was from better to best.

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#23  Edited By BlackLegRaph
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@blacklegraph: You didn't think this was impressive? ;)

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Wow. That's actually pretty cool. I guess being the fun magical guy on the team should count for something.

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The Justice League and Superior Iron Man fights are pretty good

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Midnighter kicks ass¡

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@sog7dc said:

The art on JL is gorgeous.

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Yikes that Superior Iron Man art is bad. Looks like DeviantArt quality linework.

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Midnighter, easy. He kicked a steak through someone's head. And I wouldn't call what happened in Justice League #41 a fight; it was a very one-sided ass whooping.

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#29  Edited By Gracetrack

Justice League 41 was excellent overall. It seems Johns finds new ways to humiliate Batman in every new story arc. Even his turning Batman into a "New God" feels like a tongue-in-cheek way of poking fun at the character. It's actually growing to be quite humorous. Bring on issue 42!

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#30  Edited By Zeeguy91

@omnicrono: I don't think Batman was any more humiliated than the rest of the League. Hell, he didn't even get the worst of the beating from Grail. That honor would probably go to either Shazam or Flash. I'm loathe to think of something more humiliating than having someone use you as a human tunnel.

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Seriously she can take Shazam that quickly? An equal to Superman, and yet Wonder Woman can hold her. Terrible writing for that fight.

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Tough call between Midnighter and JL.....

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@zeeguy91 said:

I don't think Batman was any more humiliated than the rest of the League. Hell, he didn't even get the worst of the beating from Grail. That honor would probably go to either Shazam or Flash. I'm loathe to think of something more humiliating than having someone use you as a human tunnel.

That's true.

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Is it just me or has Shazam become the justice leagues clown ? The writers downplay him all the time to the point his only role is the one of Cyborgs buddy.

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#35  Edited By Saint_Sophie

All those unanswered questions around Grail. Does this mean that she was made through the union of a rogue Amazon and Darkseid? And still, ugh. Wonder Woman's lasso worked on gods and I believe it technically worked on Darkseid, but why did it not work on Grail? Aah. Way to go DC. Looks like I'll be shelling out the extra cash for the next issue.

On a side note though, the Diana vs Donna fight was great and an improvment from the other lackluster action scenes from the current WW comic.

xoxo, -Saint Sophie

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#36  Edited By Dr_Cheesesteak

@sog7dc said:

The art on JL is gorgeous. How many issues do you think we'll get out of Fabok? I'm betting no more than 15.

Why do you say that? Think DC will put him on something else to help another title's sales? Or just put a "bigger" name back on JL?

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@sog7dc said:

The art on JL is gorgeous. How many issues do you think we'll get out of Fabok? I'm betting no more than 15.

Why do you say that? Think DC will put him on something else to help another title's sales? Or just put a "bigger" name back on JL?

It's my experience that great artists rarely have extended stays on books. We got 3 of Opena on Avengers, 12 of Lee on Superman, 12 of Lee on Batman, 9 of Lee on Unchained, 7 of Turner on Superman/Batman, 11 of Daniels on S/W etc. it just seems to be the case that you shouldn't expect more than 2 years out of guys like Fabok. I hope that I'm wrong and he stays for 30+ issues, but I don't think there's even a remote chance of that.

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@sog7dc said:
@dr_cheesesteak said:
@sog7dc said:

The art on JL is gorgeous. How many issues do you think we'll get out of Fabok? I'm betting no more than 15.

Why do you say that? Think DC will put him on something else to help another title's sales? Or just put a "bigger" name back on JL?

It's my experience that great artists rarely have extended stays on books. We got 3 of Opena on Avengers, 12 of Lee on Superman, 12 of Lee on Batman, 9 of Lee on Unchained, 7 of Turner on Superman/Batman, 11 of Daniels on S/W etc. it just seems to be the case that you shouldn't expect more than 2 years out of guys like Fabok. I hope that I'm wrong and he stays for 30+ issues, but I don't think there's even a remote chance of that.

Well, the Lee examples are b/c it's Jim Lee...he cant stay on any comic for long. Ditto for Daniels. They just can't keep a steady schedule. The Opena example is just Marvel being Marvel. It's known since the Image exodus in the 90s that they don't like giving too much power to artists, so they rotate them alot.

I think of Reis who was on GL for a few years and he was on Aquaman for almost 2 years. I think Pichelli was on Ultimate Spidey for a few years, too? Most "great" artists usually just can't keep a monthly schedule. There are exceptions who are always on time - Reis, Immonen, Mahnke, Pichelli, etc. It appears Fabok isn't a tardy artist, so if he leaves JL, it should be b/c they're putting him on another book to increase sales, since Fabok should be pretty "big" by now.

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Seriously she can take Shazam that quickly? An equal to Superman, and yet Wonder Woman can hold her. Terrible writing for that fight.

How is that terrible writing? I think you're stuck in the past because this Shazam is far from being Supermans equal, and this Wonder Woman has more feats than him also.

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@klaus said:
@lordrequiem said:

Seriously she can take Shazam that quickly? An equal to Superman, and yet Wonder Woman can hold her. Terrible writing for that fight.

How is that terrible writing? I think you're stuck in the past because this Shazam is far from being Supermans equal, and this Wonder Woman has more feats than him also.

Yup

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Love Midnighter's quote in that last scan

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Darkseid War is already better than Convergence was IMO, the art is also amazing; Dc might actually match Secret Wars for where they failed with Convergence...

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Wonder Woman needs to fight Grail [Darkseid's daughter with an Amazonian woman; probably Diana's mother] in a hardcore fight to the death or at least a KO with Diana winning after a bloody, tired, and almost dying fight.

I want Grail to have this powerset: Superman abilities, Darkseid abilities, Wonder Woman abilities, Batman abilities, and Flash abilities----------add these too-------------dimensional teleportation, time manipulation, energy manipulation & absorption--beyond Silver Surfer's level, telepathy & telekinesis--on par with Shaman Nate Grey's level, advanced combat--Batman & Wonder Woman's combined levels, lightspeed flight, magical immunity, and telepathic immunitiy.

Sidebar, I request these upcoming fatal fights:

1. Wonder Woman & Maxima--Maxima winning after KO Diana with telekinetic punches & kicks combinations ,

2. Wonder Woman & Big Barda--Wonder Woman winning after blocking the mega boom & then speedblitz Big Bards through the sun and into War World, where she then took the mega boom & blast her for a KO,

3. Wonder Woman & Grail--see above,

4. Wonder Woman & Dark Raven--Wonder Woman is immune to telepathic & empathic attacks & is protected from magic thanks to the Gods and her lasso. Diana is teleported into limbo & is attacked by demonic creatures & Raven's siblings, but she defeats them all after cutting their heads off--later grew back because of their high level magic--and finishes off Dark Raven with a stab through her heart--is later revived thanks to her soul.,

5. Wonder Woman & Starfire--Starfire absorps all energies suck as kinetic, but is stopped after being lassosed & KO after being body slamed,

6. Wonder Woman & Captain Atom--Captain Atom wins after creating unlimited duplicates of himself that continues to beat Diana. He is immune to all magics, and he will just absorp her kinetic attacks until he KO her with a powerful quantum bitchsmacked from Oa,

7. Wonder Woman & Dr.Fate--Wonder Woman kicks his behind as her lasso will protect her from any of his magical attacks. Her speed is neutralize because of the spell he casted on her, but the Gods borke the enchantment & she catches him in her lasso where magic is powerless against and his is slammed hard into the ocean, where Aquaman saves him & engages Diana in a fist fight--to which Diana wins after spearing him with his own trident., and

8. Wonder Woman & Martian Manhunter all fighting and then joining forces together--after she cuts him hundreds of times & then KO him throwing him into a volcano's core & then the sun so he won't regenerate quickly.