Best Battles in New Comics: 05/24/13

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With great power comes great slugfests. We want to see writers develop the characters we love every Wednesday, but every now and then it's nice to see them solve their problems with their wealthy variety of superhuman abilities, too. Every Friday I'll feature my three favorite battles from the week's new issues and this week I've selected two from Marvel and one from DC. Once you're done enjoying all of the chaos, don't forget to chime in with your own top 3 in the comments section below!

Scarlet Spider vs. Beast, Iceman & Wolverine (SCARLET SPIDER #17)

Christopher Yost hates Wolverine, doesn't he? First Superior Spider-Manhumiliates him, and now the writer gives Kaine a chance to lash out at the famous X-Man! Tasked by the Assassins Guild to kill Logan, Scarlet Spider breaks into the X-Mansion (with help from "Hummingbird") and encounters Beast and Iceman before making his way to the main event. Beast certainly is formidable, but up against Kaine? It's a case of "anything you can do, I can do better." Sure, Bobby has the potential to take Kaine down with ease by his lonesome, but seeing as he's in character, doing something drastic like freezing the clone's blood just isn't logical. Yes, there's plenty of other ways Iceman can beat Kaine, but a little downplaying on his behalf is alright with me since we're all here to see Kaine go head-to-head with Wolvy, yes? Beast gets a bit of respect as he locates a cloaked Kaine (picked up his scent), but ultimately, Kaine makes short work of both of them. Then it comes down to the big match: Kaine vs. Wolverine. Let the madness begin!

Sometimes Wolverine leaves his brain at the door. This appears to be one of those times.
Sometimes Wolverine leaves his brain at the door. This appears to be one of those times.

No matter which character you prefer, there's no denying the facts about their physical differences. Logan is more skilled and, thanks to his adamantium lacing and healing factor, he can endure more punishment. However, Kaine's much stronger and definitely faster. Yost does a good job accurately representing the key differences between the two in this one. Right off the bat, Kaine thinks about how Wolverine's first strike nearly ended the battle -- if not for his speed, he'd be holding in his guts. From there, Kaine takes the edge, but as expected, it's nothing Wolverine can't withstand. Eventually, Wolverine lands a strike, but this allows The Other to take a bit of control.

You call that a claw? THIS is a claw.
You call that a claw? THIS is a claw.

Now that he's basically in beast mode, Kaine doesn't hesitate to go for the kill. With a single strike, Kaine thrusts his claw between Wolverine's ribs and straight into his soft heart. With a single motion, Kaine pulls his claw from the X-Man's body, slicing the heart into two pieces. Needless to say, the attack drops Logan. The runt is down, but Kaine still has a house of quite upset X-Men to deal with. Where will things go from here? I have no idea, but seeing as Yost continues to make this book extra awesome, I'm quite anxious to find out.

Meanwhile, Beast and Iceman just watch as their friend is stabbed to death.
Meanwhile, Beast and Iceman just watch as their friend is stabbed to death.

You all know Wolverine isn't actually dead for good, right? Of course you do.

Deadpool / Superior Spider-Man vs. The Blandtastic Four (DEADPOOL #10)

Deadpool's still serving as Vetis' hitman. Last issue he took out a not-so-subtle parody of Aquaman, and this week he's going after a parody of Donald Trump. He encounters Superior Spider-Man along the way and we're treated to a super hilarious team-up. Seeing as "Gump" has pre-cog abilities and a mountain of cash, he's hired some mercs to watch his back. While Taskmaster and Batroc are good choices, one has to question his judgment when he also uses his dough to employ the likes of Chance (I love you, but you kind of suck), Lady Stilt-Man and Paste Pot Pe...er, The Trapster (his declaration of his name had me in tears, by the way)! Despite Batroc giving the likes of Iron Fist and Captain America decent fights in the past, Wade humiliates him with a single counter. Believe it or not, that's still not a low point for the character. One time he basically trembled in fear when Crossbones confronted him -- and that was with Zaran by his side, too! Deadpool deems the group the Blandtastic Four... but wait a second, aren't there five of them? Whatever, moving on.

Merde!
Merde!

One merc down, four to go. Love him or hate him, you simply have to acknowledge the fact that Taskmaster is a boss (unless he's facing Moon Knight, that is...). However, it has been clearly established over the years that Deadpool's his kryponite and that once again holds true. Tasky gets one hit in, but Wade makes short work of him with a kick to the gut. To be fair, Taskmaster says his heart just isn't in this job. Meanwhile, while Spider-Man's occupied with Chance and Lady Stilt-Man, Wade promptly embarrasses Trapster. With a SHORYUKEN(!!!) inspired uppercut (he doesn't scream it, though... we've already seen that joke, folks), he knocks the villain on his rear. Deadpool then shoots the foe's tube, spraying his infamous glue all over the roof and incapacitating everyone except for Gump, Lady Stilt-Man and Deadpool.

Yet another proud moment for Taskmaster fans.
Yet another proud moment for Taskmaster fans.

Lady Stilt-Man grabs the wealthy fiend and attempts to flee. Deadpool, however, has snagged Spidey's web shooters and is in pursuit. He eventually catches up with them on a rooftop and dispatches the tall enemy with virtually no effort. Then it's just Deadpool and his target... and it obviously doesn't end well for his target. Can we all just take a moment to appreciate how badass the heavily shaded panel of Deadpool is? I mean, seriously, look at it. It's great.

Tony Moore did a great job on the book, but WOW. Mike Hawthorne is killing it.
Tony Moore did a great job on the book, but WOW. Mike Hawthorne is killing it.

Superior Otto-Man eventually finds Wade and makes him see stars with a superhuman slug to the face. Otto webs him up with the other villains, but naturally, Wade escapes.

Atom, Element Woman, Firestorm, Martian Manhunter vs. Despero (JUSTICE LEAGUE #20)

Despero's a character you don't want to take lightly. The tyrant is a team-buster and a massive threat... one that the new Justice League recruits are totally not prepared to face. Unfortunately, they aren't given any say in the matter and are forced to hold their own against the villain. Element Woman, Atom and Firestorm are each powerful in their own right, but they're clearly inexperienced in The New 52 and it's not long before the huge enemy takes them down.

So much fast food was wasted on this day.
So much fast food was wasted on this day.

Martian Manhunter aka "the most dangerous character" shows up to save the day. The two have a brief melee battle but it's not long before Despero attempts to best the hero with his telepathy. Bringing him to "Mars," Despero defeats J'onn J'onzz in a terribly violent manner. Apparently, ripping his skull from his head isn't enough -- you've gotta crush it, too! But surely that's not the end of it, right?

Suddenly I want Despero as a DLC character in Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Suddenly I want Despero as a DLC character in Injustice: Gods Among Us.

You really didn't think this would be the death of the powerful hero, did you? J'onn reveals he's been in control this entire time and, unlike their last encounter, he has no reason to limit the use of his telepathy. Reversing the flow of his synapses, Martian Manhunter defeats Despero, leaving the villain incapactated and it'll take his mind anywhere from days to weeks to recovery.

Nom nom nom.
Nom nom nom.

J'onn informs Atom she cannot tell the Justice League he was here, so she's now forced to lie about how she "defeated" the massive threat. Yeah, good luck with that one, Rhonda!

Honorable Mentions

What are your top 3? List them below!
What are your top 3? List them below!

Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine and IGN Entertainment. This is the part where he shamelessly plugs his Twitter page in hopes of getting a new follower or two.

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#1  Edited By Strider1992

Scarlet Spider Vs The X-men was a beastly fight!

Taskmaster getting kicked in then nuts was amusing......even though i'm a fan of his!

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Cyclops vs Dormammu? WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!!!!

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#3  Edited By ptigrusmagus

Wow Despero so big, powerful, menacing, evil, and scary with junk the size of a Ken doll. Draw some pants on the dude looks absurd with no penis.

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Not even an honorable mention? You bring shame upon our famirees!
Not even an honorable mention? You bring shame upon our famirees!

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#5 k4tzm4n  Moderator

@citizenbane: Sorry man, couldn't get the issue and I don't add something to the list without at least seeing it first. Now that you've provided a scan, I'll update.

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#7  Edited By laflux

@k4tzm4n did Frank Hurt get an honorable mention due to @strider92 ?

Also old Taskmaster shouldn't be too annoyed- Deadpool did what he said :P

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#8  Edited By k4tzm4n  Moderator

@laflux: Yes, it did. He provided scans in the vs. Luther Strode thread.

@citizenbane: Should be updated in a few moments. Thanks for providing a scan.

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Who's Rhonda?

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@k4tzm4n said:

@laflux: Yes, it did. He provided scans in the vs. Luther Strode thread.

Awwww shucks! Glad it got a mention :)

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Lol at Deadpool insulting Doc Ock/ Spidey.

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#14  Edited By xblah_blahx

@k4tzm4n: You forgot Natalya vs The Bat Signal. Ouch! Was that too mean?

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Deadpool was the best this week. And, I had even forgotten that it was coming out.

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@k4tzm4n I think Taskmaster was smart, he didn't wanna do a sucky job and still get paid so he threw the fight. That's genius.

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@k4tzm4n Gregg where you supposed to put "Kaine vs. Scarlet Spider" ? :L

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@k4tzm4n Gregg where you supposed to put "Kaine vs. Scarlet Spider" ? :L

Yes, yes I was! Fixed.

@k4tzm4n I think Taskmaster was smart, he didn't wanna do a sucky job and still get paid so he threw the fight. That's genius.

It's certainly a possibility! Based on their history, it's clear the outcome is inevitable, so it's also possible it was Tasky's way of saying "we both know you'll win, so please don't mess up my face in the process."

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No Superman vs Orion? :P

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Cyclops vs Dormammu? WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!!!!

That wasn't even a fight, only 1 blast. I agree about Scarlet Spider, though.

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Superman vs Major Force in Firestorm.

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That Scarlet Spider fight was amazing!

There is no doubt that Peter is stronger than Wolverine in all aspects.He's simply higher on the ladder.And Kaine is Peter's physical equal.However with Wolverine's durability,healing factor,adamantium claws,etc....I think that he may be able to take Kaine down eventually.However,this is mainly due to kaine's more direct fighting style and just a few of Logan's hits (a good placed one) is capable of greatly weakening him.He is,after all,the ultimate weapon.But Kaine is more physically superior.

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Deadpool = WIN

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Chris Yost hates Wolverine eh, well that certainly casts X-23 in a whole new perspective LOL

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That splash page wher sinestro and Hal go at it just wow has to be my fight of the week and art pic of the month. Just wow.

Superior Spider-Man was a bit of a let down fight scene wise this week. Superman and Orion was awesomely city levelling. I can't wait to see the flash and reverse flash go at it the art for that should be mind blowing.

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Not even an honorable mention? You bring shame upon our famirees!
Not even an honorable mention? You bring shame upon our famirees!

this.

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So Taskmaster vs Deadpool wasn't dumb enough the first time? We all needed a second serving of stupid I guess.

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So Taskmaster vs Deadpool wasn't dumb enough the first time? We all needed a second serving of stupid I guess.

stupid sells faster than pop tarts dear

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Ouch! Firepits of Apokolips that's hot.

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@nerx said:

@amaranth_strix said:

So Taskmaster vs Deadpool wasn't dumb enough the first time? We all needed a second serving of stupid I guess.

stupid sells faster than pop tarts dear

If my memory serves me right, this is the third time Deadpool has defeated Taskmaster in direct combat. First under Joe Kelly, then in CABLE & DEADPOOL and now. There may be another example eluding my memory, though.

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I don't really like Gene Ha's Justice League art...

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#34  Edited By laabitres

the justice league issue was meh the battle was ok n they shouldve put the batman inc one

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Ok, you've finally convinced me. I'm going to start reading Scarlet Spider.

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Travesty that the battles in GL weren't part of the main feature of this article...maybe Greg wanted to avoid major spoilers? I dunno...

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Travesty that the battles in GL weren't part of the main feature of this article...maybe Greg wanted to avoid major spoilers? I dunno...

Yes, that was the objective. For an issue that big, I didn't want to post images so soon after.

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@k4tzm4n said:

@sinestro_gl said:

Travesty that the battles in GL weren't part of the main feature of this article...maybe Greg wanted to avoid major spoilers? I dunno...

Yes, that was the objective. For an issue that big, I didn't want to post images so soon after.

I was thinking the same thing when I changed my avatar...but then I thought 'what the hell...why not?'

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#39  Edited By EnigmaLantern

That Deadpool / Superior Spider-Man vs. The Blandtastic Four fight looked funny as hell, especially the Taskmaster part.

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#40  Edited By GreenFuse

Scarlet Spider issue was disappointing. It generally doesn't bode well when you have to dumb characters down to make it a fight. Hummingbird apparently has Xavier strength brain powers as she was able to walk over three powerful TPs, and Iceman lobs snowballs...right. And the X-Men stand around while Logan gets stabbed...why didn't Jean telekinetically snatch him up? Did Storm take an ambien or something?

Make the Scarlet Spider (and Hummingbird) look good by having them take down poorly written X-Men.

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Tornado vs. Despero for me. That was epicness personified!

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You regularly have Scarlet Spider and Venom battles on here and absolutely deserved! Some of the best fight scenes in those 2 books for sure

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Scarlet Spider issue was disappointing. It generally doesn't bode well when you have to dumb characters down to make it a fight. Hummingbird apparently has Xavier strength brain powers as she was able to walk over three powerful TPs, and Iceman lobs snowballs...right. And the X-Men stand around while Logan gets stabbed...why didn't Jean telekinetically snatch him up? Did Storm take an ambien or something?

Make the Scarlet Spider (and Hummingbird) look good by having them take down poorly written X-Men.

Pretty much this. Yost strikes again. Was entertaining, but predictable.

Respect to Yost for at least acknowledging that Scarlet Spider was essentially striking adamantium though. So many writers gloss over this fact when having peak humans, let alone a 20+ tonner like Kaine, unload on Wolverine's skull with no ill effect.

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I love how you put "potential" for Iceman in Italics.... all this talk about his potential, and poof all talk.... no action -_-... Buuuuut i'm hoping the Current Arc of Astonishing X-men really shows Bobby's powerhouse abilities.

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#45  Edited By j_impulse

@oscars94: What comment and issue is this?
SN: First reply ever. Cool.