Batman, welcome to the 616 universe! The objective of the Batman Battle of the Month is to test the Dark Knight's skill against characters he has no knowledge of. We all know Bruce's gifted mind, hand-to-hand abilities and variety of equipment means he has the ability to beat a wide array of characters he's previously studied, but what about the threats he's never met before? Can he hold his own and eventually snatch the win? Or will he fall trying? It's a simple yet always fun scenario we ask you to think about, but this week, we decided to switch it up just a little bit. He's still squaring off against threats he's never met before -- Captain America and Wolverine -- but now he has Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man on his side! Why is Peter Parker joining forces with Batman, you ask? It's because he's the Character of the Month, so we have him invading plenty of features. So, which team did the Comic Vine community side with? Well, let's just say they believe the odds are not in Captain America and Wolverine's favor.
Spider-Bat earned 69% of the votes and Captain Wolverine received 25%. Only 7% see this one as too close to call. Why do so many people think Spider-Man and Batman defeat this dangerous Marvel duo? Batman may have his name in the title, but Spider-Man's impressive physicals and use of webbing cannot be overlooked and he's going to be critical here. Not only is he the most physically impressive combatant in the fight, but he also has experiencing bumping into his two opponents. While he has nothing but respect for Captain America, his large physical edge means he can eventually bypass Rogers' superior skill and tactics. He'll likely take some good hits along the way, but when all is said and done, a stronger case can be made for Spidey in that fight. One very good connect is all he'd need to take the edge, after all. Wolverine has the durability and endurance to withstand Peter's fists for quite some time, and this is something Parker knows by now. Spidey's not stupid and he's aware that eventually he'll have to incapacitate Logan with webbing... or else parts of his body will be saying "hello" to those adamantium claws. Simply put: Spider-Man has the potential to earn a majority over either enemy. Whether Batman can beat the opponent he faces is obviously up for debate, but he most certainly has the skill, resources and physicals to keep either occupied while Spider-Man does his work.
Now, this isn't to say team Marvel can't earn a win. If Wolverine faces off against Bruce, it's very possible that the fight will end first with the mutant walking away as the victor. Bruce has the means to eventually best Logan, but in a random encounter, it seems more probable Logan's own impressive degree of skill, durability, physicals and accelerated healing factor will allow him to triumph before Batman realizes he should use one of his nifty magnets. If that Bruce falls, Wolverine will be able to come to Captain America's aid against Spider-Man, and that would make things very interesting. No matter which side walks away as the winners, this would be a fight many of us would happily pay a whole lot of money to witness. Anyway, let's see what some Comic Viners had to say about this melee.
"Team Spider-man for sure... and largely thanks to Spidey.
However, considering the OP (if you read it in full) I do think Batman would be much more of a factor here than people seem to be giving him credit for, at least against Captain America. All pre-52 and New 52 feats apply for him. New 52 Bats is a physical powerhouse, perhaps even more so than ever before, and if all of his Morrison mental prowess is intact then he most likely will be two steps ahead of any other fighter here at all times. At the very least, he should be able to go toe-to-toe with Cap for a good long while, giving Spidey ample time to tie up Wolvie and then help Bats tag team Cap.
Anyway, that again just goes to say - Team Spidey/Bats has this locked, in my opinion."
"Peter is the MVP of this battle. Look to other battle threads. There is no one here that Pete can't beat 1v1.
Conversely, Batman is the weak link here, but only physically and not by much. Batman will be able to hold his own against either Wolverine or Captain long enough for Spider-man to win his match up and come in as back up.
This isn't to say Batman doesn't have a potential win all on his own. Lets not forget his standard gear usually includes knock out gas, tasers, and more. Bats easily has the most versatile standard gear. If Cap and Wolverine aren't completely on top of their game the Dark Knight has a potential win.
Team 1 just brings more to the table. I give them the win 7/10."
"This fight could go either way. Logan & Steve are definitely at the bottom end of the popularity schtick in this contest on the Vine so the vote was never really in question. Spider-Man and Batman are THE two most popular characters in comic-dome bar none. (Certainly on this site they are in any rate.)
With that blurb out of the way, Batman vs Captain America is, as always in a random, a coin toss. Steve has his shield and his serum. Bruce has his utilities and slightly superior martial abilities to abridge the physicals gap. Those that argue Steve is equally as skilled are, in my opinion, wrong. Just as those who argue Batman is equally as enhanced as Steve are, in my opinion, demonstrably wrong. It's a debate that's raged longer and harder than Superman versus Thor, or I daresay Spider-Man versus Wolverine. It comes down to flavor and personal preference. It really is that even. I've always personally felt Steve would edge it out ever so slightly due to the aforementioned physical superiority. I also feel he has underrated combat feats. But that's just me. At the end of the day, I have to acquiesce that it's 5/5 all the same. Even Steven ('ahem').
Spider-Man versus Wolverine. La sigh. Webbing. Nuff said. Really though. I think 8/10 times Parker wins via incapacitation. I see no reason to assume anything will change herein - especially given the setting. That said, I believe Wolverine and Cap have teamwork advantage. But will that be enough?
Let me argue as though I truly believe Logan and Steve win this. Here's the only way they can IMHO; Captain America has studied how Parker moves and has, effectively, gotten the better of Peter in a fist fight as a result. While we all know how that fight will truly end, Peter idolizes Steve all the same. He'll be pulling his punches. Steve won't have to and he knows it. I'm saying Steve can contain Peter, or at least engage him longer than I believe Batman can engage with Logan due to the difference in dynamic. Peter will pull his punches on Steve far more than Logan will on Bruce. Steve's studied Parker extensively. Bruce knows bump-kiss about Logan and, worse for Bruce, vice versa (SNIKT).
So, if CA can keep Parker on him long enough for Logan to deal with Bruce, and I believe he can, Wolverine and Cap can take this fight by teaming up against the Wall Crawler. Otherwise, they end up webbed up together in an uncomfortably humiliating fashion."
Agree? Disagree? Speak your mind below. Seeing as Moon Knight has been declared as the next Character of the Month, it's very possible the next Batman Battle of the Month will find a way to include him. In the meantime, you're welcome to make suggestions for future battles right here in the comments, in the official thread, or via Twitter.