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Battle of the Week: Deathstroke vs. Black Panther

Marvel's badass from Wakanda or DC's most feared mercenary? Come pick a side in our latest poll!

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Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke, is our latest Character of the Month and it's his final week in the spotlight. The Terminator's had a good run -- we've shared his must read stories, best covers, and best battles -- but it'll soon be time for him to step aside and let another character receive all of the attention. However, before he waves goodbye, we're going to put him in one heck of a fight. Can Slade Wilson defeat T'Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther, or will his opponent from Marvel prevail? You have plenty of time to give this one some thought, so go read the rules and then cast your vote once you've made up your mind.

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Match Rules

  • Combatants are in character.
  • This is a random encounter (aka no prep for either side).
  • They're fighting in a generic downtown city setting. It's unpopulated, at night and all standard city lights remain on. Assume they start roughly 30 feet apart and visible. There's a fair amount of cover in the location (parked vehicles, bus stops and such). The entire area is on limits. This means alleys, rooftops, building interiors, the sewer, etc.
  • Black Panther: has his enhanced physicals (provided by the herb) and his traditional gear (vibranium micro weave, energy daggers, anti-metal claws, etc.).
  • To keep things as balanced as possible, Deathstroke has his New 52 gear and skill feats from pre-52 are applicable.
  • Incapacitation, knockout or death all count as elimination. Making a tactical retreat counts as a loss, too.
  • Hey, you know what would be really cool? Treating everyone else in the debate with respect. If you think someone's saying something that just isn't true, go ahead and stick to the facts to point out why. There's no need at all to drop insults just because you disagree with someone. Seriously, this is just talking about a fictional fight, there's no need for immaturity and mudslinging.
  • If you think the poll isn't going how it should, making an informative post about why a character is being underestimated and spreading the word is far more useful than complaining. Just saying.
  • One more thing: you don't need to write an essay to have your post highlighted in Friday's article. Sometimes concise posts can be way more effective than a flood of paragraphs.

Check the homepage this Friday for an updated article with the following:

  • Thoughts from the staff.
  • Viner Arguments for both characters (can't include scans and must be in the poll thread).
  • If we're lucky, blurbs from industry talent.

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26 Comments
Posted by Twix_Right_Side

Damn.

Bp for me,though

Posted by velle37

Panther due to Vibranium.

Posted by BoringPerson
@velle37 said:

Panther due to Vibranium.

Isn't it still able to be cut by normal steel weaponry? I don't really think Slade with promethium offensive gear should be at much of a disadvantage.

Posted by Perfect 10

black panther

Posted by jwrose5

Panther has skills to set him up physically on par with Deathstroke. Both are master combatants, but the Panther has a skill set developed solely in Wakanda. The vibranium suit, energy daggers and claws definitely make him a threat without the panther fighting style or enhanced abilities. Even without the enhancements he's still able to dodge quite a few bullets. Slade's weaponry wouldn't last too long against T'Challa's. This would be a hand to hand battle. It comes down to superior healing meets superior tech.

It would be a damned close if this was a fight between Captain America and Deathstroke but considering the Panther easily put Rogers out of business, Slade won't be the first to walk away.

Posted by Jayc1324

BP because of gear.

Posted by Hyperlight

deathstroke should come out on top since he is superior to BP in every way except for senses and fighting skills

Posted by Oscars94

Black Panther takes this.

Posted by jashro44

@velle37 said:

Panther due to Vibranium.

Isn't it still able to be cut by normal steel weaponry? I don't really think Slade with promethium offensive gear should be at much of a disadvantage.

Depends. If you slash along the grain you can cut it but straight stabs won't work. Here is an example:

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Posted by AmazingWebHead

Month is almost over. I'm guessing next will be either sidekicks or arch-enemies.

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Posted by ReyLeopard

Black Panther's skills, intelligence and equipment would be too much for Deathstroke. BP ends this very quickly.

Posted by jashro44

@jwrose5 said:

Panther has skills to set him up physically on par with Deathstroke. Both are master combatants, but the Panther has a skill set developed solely in Wakanda. The vibranium suit, energy daggers and claws definitely make him a threat without the panther fighting style or enhanced abilities. Even without the enhancements he's still able to dodge quite a few bullets. Slade's weaponry wouldn't last too long against T'Challa's. This would be a hand to hand battle. It comes down to superior healing meets superior tech.

It would be a damned close if this was a fight between Captain America and Deathstroke but considering the Panther easily put Rogers out of business, Slade won't be the first to walk away.

To be fair to Steve he was testing Black Panther to see if it was the real black panther.

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Posted by Spideysense44

BP

Posted by CosmicOldGuy

Panther all the way - Slade will be crushed!

Posted by Antihero_Jaymok

I really need to read some BP to see what he can do. All I've seen is him being mostly a tactician, but never really fights. Am i missing something?

Posted by kidstandout

slade's brain is the deciding factor here. that panthers feats don't really compare taking on an entire b league of heros and holding his own like slade

Posted by Mister_Sensational

For the first time in a while I'm forced to go with "too close to call" here not because they are two of my favorite characters, but primarily because of their gear. BP is using his vibranium lace outfit and New 52 Deathstroke's armor is made of N'th metal, however in this area I'm willing to give a slight advantage to BP because I believe it was in Deathstroke #18 that his armor was pierced by what at least appeared to be normal steel samurai sword so I have to question N'th metal's dexterity in the New 52.

Posted by MonsterStomp

Stop bumping the thread that doesn't count!

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Posted by kidstandout

For the first time in a while I'm forced to go with "too close to call" here not because they are two of my favorite characters, but primarily because of their gear. BP is using his vibranium lace outfit and New 52 Deathstroke's armor is made of N'th metal, however in this area I'm willing to give a slight advantage to BP because I believe it was in Deathstroke #18 that his armor was pierced by what at least appeared to be normal steel samurai sword so I have to question N'th metal's dexterity in the New 52.

keep in mind that was during liefield tenure where in the same run, it deflected blows from lobo

Posted by JoshuaDBr

armor - vibranium weave vs n'th metal

weapons:

mellee - anti metal claws vs titanium sword (is that new 52 or not? I'm not sure.)

range - energy daggers vs guns and titanium bullets...maybe (not sure if they're New 52 or not)

strategy - I think Black Panther is better than Slade with long term prep, but I think Deathstroke's better with in fight quick thinking due to his access to more of his mind.

physical - I think Deathstroke has better strength, reflexes and senses, but I think Black Panther may be more talented.

winner - I think Slade but just maybe. Some things go his way and some go Tchala's. I'm going to go with too close to call.

Edited by jashro44
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Posted by velle37

Panther and DS have roughly equal physical stats, due to the herb T'challa eats vs the super soldier serum Slade has taken. This includes agility, speed, strength, and stamina.

They are also both intelligent, resourceful tactitions.

Panther is more skilled in combat, having been trained from birth and mastering arts from around the world, while Slade was nearly an adult when he began training, and is still below Batman when it comes to pure martial skill, which he admitted himself.

BP's tech is a nice advantage, and his vibranium should repel and protect against Slade's artillery better than Slade's Nth metal and Promethium will protect him from energy daggers which have penetrated the adamantium of Ultron. Plus his anti-metal claws will shred most of Slade's equipment.

I'm not aware of many low showings Panther has against street levelers. Panther's speed has surprised Spiderman, Beast said his agility is on par, he's beaten Kingpin and Red Skull, who are top street level characters, and had good showings against Captain America and Wolverine. Slade has beaten Batman, as well as taken on teams of street levelers and above all at once. Inconsistent with this is the situation where Deathstroke was outfought by Oliver Queen, who trained for a year with one of Slade's former masters and prepped for the fight; Similar to how Jason Todd trained with Batman's former teachers then prepped and surprised Bruce in their fight. Dick Grayson has also had good showings against Deathstroke, on a regular basis, due to skill, agility, intelligence, and experience with Slade; I liken these instances to the brief scuffle between Daredevil and Panther.

IMO Black Panther should be able to outfight Slade in the end given his superior skill level, and Wakandan tech.

Edited by jwrose5

@jashro44 said:

To be fair to Steve he was testing Black Panther to see if it was the real black panther.

@jwrose5 said:

Panther has skills to set him up physically on par with Deathstroke. Both are master combatants, but the Panther has a skill set developed solely in Wakanda. The vibranium suit, energy daggers and claws definitely make him a threat without the panther fighting style or enhanced abilities. Even without the enhancements he's still able to dodge quite a few bullets. Slade's weaponry wouldn't last too long against T'Challa's. This would be a hand to hand battle. It comes down to superior healing meets superior tech.

It would be a damned close if this was a fight between Captain America and Deathstroke but considering the Panther easily put Rogers out of business, Slade won't be the first to walk away.

Yeah, but Rogers has also been put down by the Panther before. Not T'Challa. BP has tested the Avengers and gave the whole team a run for their money at times. Its logical to assume that T'Challa has the same skills, tools and abilities that previous Panthers' had.

Posted by Mister_Sensational

@kidstandout:

Actually that was after Liefeld's run when Justin Jordan and Edgar Salazar had taken over the title and it was starting to get good again.

Posted by kazekaine1

Deathstroke wins Nth Metal armor and Promethium sword GG BP