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Battle of the Week RESULTS: Black Panther vs. Deathstroke

The dust has settled and only one of these cool characters is left standing. Come see who's walking away as the winner and why!

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Slade Wilson, a.k.a. Deathstroke, was our latest Character of the Month. Week after week, we'd test his abilities as a combatant against opponents he's never met before. He was able to defeat Boba Fett and Taskmaster, but his luck ran out when he faced Deadpool and Hellboy. For his final week as Character of the Month, he squared off with one of Marvel's most formidable heroes: T'Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther. Both are highly intelligent, heavily armed and very skilled, but who does the community think should win between these two popular characters? The votes are in and the community is siding with...

Black Panther!

While most voters sided with the Avenger, a majority of them agreed that this will be no walk in the park for either combatant. Even though one's a hero and one's a mercenary, they have many similarities when it comes to combat. Both are covered in incredibly durable costumes (vibranium micro weave vs. Nth metal), armed to the teeth (Slade's assortment of bladed weapons and firearms vs. T'Challa's anti-metal claws and energy daggers), and, as proven time and time again, both are gifted tacticians and praiseworthy hand-to-hand combatants.

They're comparable in many attributes, but the community believes T'Challa's combat feats (a Super Skrull and Iron Fist come to mind), the lasting power of his armor (basically immune to firearms and cannot be stabbed, only slashed), and deadly anti-metal claws will eventually earn him the victory. Again, it's a fight that's sure to leave both injured and in major need of some downtime, but the people have spoken and they think this is a fight that T'Challa's going to eventually take. Slade will give it is all and make T'Challa work for the victory, but when all is said and done, T'Challa's durability and means of damaging his opponent are big factors. Now, let's check out the poll's results and see what some Comic Viners had to say about this brutal battle.

  • Black Panther 58%
  • Deathstroke 35%
  • Too close to call 7%

Quickfingers26

"I'll take Black Panther for the majority.

While Deathstroke is stronger, possesses a healing factor and operates as if he is always morals off, in this particular battle he is out-skilled and more importantly, out-teched.

The three things that T'Challa brings to the table that will make the most difference are: the vibranium armor (pretty effective versus bullets, staffs and stabbing swords (if not slashing)), the anti-metal claws (which should destroy Slade's armor/sword) and his superior skill.

Slade will get a few wins because he is really that good. But Black Panther will tear through his weapons/armor faster than Slade can get through his.

T'Challa 7/10."

Omnicrono

"This is a pretty darned even match up if ever I've seen one. I can see either guy taking his fair share of wins. However, since this is New 52 Deathstroke, and his pre-New 52 "skill" feats also apply, I'm going with Stroke for a slight majority - 6/10. New 52 Stroke is incredibly durable, with strength and speed to match thanks in part to his Nth metal armor which enhances those traits to an even greater degree. His just plain quicker thinking will serve him well here too. Panther is easily the better martial artist, but I don't think that will be enough in a random encounter against Stroke's all-around superior physicals (in my opinion) and wider assortment of weaponry, and Stroke is no slouch in the martial arts department either. Panther has stealth mode for sneak attacking, but I'm not sure how much good it will do against a guy who can detect minor variations in air pressure to "sense" encroaching opponents. From where I sit, both are pretty equally matched when it comes to battle tactics, and neither are afraid to kill, though I do think Stroke will be much more apt to go for the killing stroke (heehee) early on - that's just his mentality - which might be the deciding factor in this particular battle.

All in all - very slight edge to Deathstroke."

God_Spawn

"I'd probably back Panther. To keep it simple, if we are using pre-52 and new 52 feats and tech for Slade, then Slade is just carrying the edge in strength and toting a decent healing factor. Using just new 52 feats, I'd say Panther is faster. If pre-52 skill includes his speed feats, it's much closer. The big difference here is T'Challa boasts the better gear. His vibranium suit is going to protect him from most of Slade's weaponry. So the guns, blast staff, explosives, and the sword on certain types of attack, will be dealt with by the suit. Now while Slade's nth armor is durable, a skilled enough fighter has been shown to bypass it, so T'Challa is skilled enough to do so and on top of that, his anti-metal claws would anyway. And with his claws, T'Challa can damage Slade's weaponry, especially if it comes down to sword vs claws, which it most likely will. Slade's best bets to deal damage would be slashing along the grain, and he doesn't need the knowledge to do so or potentially get T'Challa in a choke hold and slowly apply the pressure, but that would be much easier said than done.

T'Challa brings the better gear to provide a solid defense and a dismantling offense. He brings the better skill feats in general, and can match Deathstroke in most stats except for strength due to Nth metal armor. But that degree isn't so much that it makes a huge difference here. It won't be an easy battle, but I feel T'Challa should win a healthy majority with Slade going down swinging in each one."

SnowyMountain

"Oooh. This would definitely be one Hell of a match. The problem is that I truly believe that the pair have advantages and disadvantages over the other. Deathstroke naturally has the advantage when it comes to long range with his arsenal of weaponry while Black Panther would probably come up nearly his equal at hand to hand ranges. Both are adept in hand to hand combat and while Deathstroke might be physically superior to Black Panther, I think he would not be able to fully overcome Panther's speed and quickness. Unlike the previous week's opponent, Taskmaster (whom I voted at losing by the way) would only be at the peak of human capability as a top level athlete; Panther is most definitely beyond that level and is probably close to Captain America himself. In addition, most of Panther's weapons such as his claws and energy daggers are designed for close quarters combat--which is why I think he would hold a slight edge over Deathstroke in that particular arena.

In addition despite the New-52 Deathstroke in his suit of Nth Metal, I'm not sure that he would be able to overcome the protection of Black Panther's vibranium-mesh outfit while Panther's daggers and anti-metal claws might be able to actually bypass Deathstroke's armor.

Not to mention that both of these individuals are highly trained and skilled tacticians and strategists; in fact that I suspect that the Panther would actually edge out Deathstroke in that area as well.

Both of them are too evenly deadlocked, unable to overwhelm or overcome the other. They will immediately understand that Deathstroke has the advantage at range which the Panther will deny him the opportunity to take the maximum advantage of. While the Panther is just too dangerous at close quarters for Deathstroke to defeat. Afterwards, I think both men will take a step back and take a breath and realize "the fight is too evenly matched, there's no real point to fighting it out here today in what may result in a stalemate."

The Panther will realize that by walking away, he can limit potential property damage or loss of life. Deathstroke is a consummate professional and pros know when it's time to walk away as well. They will decide that they gained some valuable intelligence about the other and devise some sort of plan to counteract the other's advantages at a later date. Neither side really wins here, but neither really loses.

RESULT: STALEMATE!"

Do you think the right character won? Feel free to continue the conversation below! Voting for the next Character of the Month will begin next week!

232 Comments
Posted by Stormdriven

Going off the poll, there really wasn't a chance for Slade to come back :/

Posted by dondave

Surprised Jashro didn't get argument of the week

Posted by Overlander

Go T'Challa!

Posted by chaos911

Wow I actually missed this battle

Posted by darktiger
Posted by Wolverine08

The King stands tall.

Posted by dondave
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Posted by jashro44
Posted by cameron83

#Sladetears

@dondave said:

@wolverine08: He's not a King

He's the King of the Dead.

And the king of being a f*cking badass,but that works,too.

Posted by Bsaa

Why did that Deus ex Blackina win?

Posted by Knightfall225

Hopefully slade gets better feats in the New 52 in his new on going later this year

Posted by dondave

@wolverine08: @jashro44: He's been disowned by the past Black Panther's. I doubt they'd let him rule Necrosha

Posted by patrat18

Someones Jelly, where is Cable.

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Posted by The_Deathstroker

@patrat18: I gotcha....

This is rigged. Deathstroke is obviously more skilled and more likely to win. Bunch of BP fanboys you lot are.

Posted by God_Spawn

@dondave: It's too early to make that statement. They were angry at him for not pulling the trigger. They could very well come out in a couple issues and retract that statement.

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Edited by jashro44

@dondave said:

@wolverine08: @jashro44: He's been disowned by the past Black Panther's. I doubt they'd let him rule Necrosha

I just read the issue now. I guess we will see what happens in the next issue. All though I'm not sure if they have a say in the matter. He got the title from the panther god.

I will be disappointed in Hickman if black panther loses his king of the dead title. He barely even touched up on it and what it meant at all.

Posted by God_Spawn

@jashro44: He should lose the title anyway. When Namor is the only one making sense, you know you're screwed >:P.

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Edited by Rainja

@The_Deathstroker: with all due respect bro, I dont think you have a right to call anyone arguing for Black Panther in this particular fight a Fan boy. You do realize by saying that in combination of your Name,"The Deathstroker" you actually come off as a fan boy. Just saying. No disrespect though.

Posted by jashro44

@jashro44: He should lose the title anyway. When Namor is the only one making sense, you know you're screwed >:P.

Well maybe he will kill namor and than he can keep the title....Or alternatively they see that T'challa was right about namor serving his purpose.

Posted by patrat18

@The_Deathstroker: Nah. Even as a Slade fan myself, i have to admit that Bp does indeed beat New 52 Slade. He will have more feats to his name when his ongoing starts in october.

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Edited by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

@patrat18: I gotcha....

This is rigged. Deathstroke is obviously more skilled and more likely to win. Bunch of BP fanboys you lot are.

HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!

Posted by God_Spawn
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Posted by The_Deathstroker

@rainja: The user that I was replying to made a reference to a big Slade fan on the site, I responded trying to pretend I was said user, and that's the joke. I thought it was pretty obvious, but yeah, context bro. @patrat18: I was just temp filling Cable's spot. I'm not serious. And I'm sure as hell not going to get into a debate about this. @lone_wolf_and_cub: Glad someone got it.

Posted by BeaconofStrength

@patrat18: I gotcha....

This is rigged. Deathstroke is obviously more skilled and more likely to win. Bunch of BP fanboys you lot are.

#SladeTears

Edited by The_Deathstroker

@beaconofstrength:

#thispollisracist

#whitesareminoritynow

#whitepower

#comeatme

#flameon

Posted by patrat18
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Posted by BeaconofStrength
Posted by patrat18

@rainja: The user that I was replying to made a reference to a big Slade fan on the site, I responded trying to pretend I was said user, and that's the joke. I thought it was pretty obvious, but yeah, context bro. @patrat18: I was just temp filling Cable's spot. I'm not serious. And I'm sure as hell not going to get into a debate about this. @lone_wolf_and_cub: Glad someone got it.

Lmao he would say that.

@cable_extreme Jelly much?

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Posted by The_Deathstroker
Edited by BeaconofStrength
Posted by The_Deathstroker

@beaconofstrength:

#fine

#thispollisantisemetic

#thevineismostlyblacksandguesswhat?theblackmanwon

#racist

#leroy

#blacktears

#batmanripoff

#dc>marvel

#abortioniswrong

#thereisagod

#prequels>originals

#batmansucks

#herewego

Posted by BeaconofStrength
Posted by patrat18

@beaconofstrength:

#fine

#thispollisantisemetic

#thevineismostlyblacksandguesswhat?theblackmanwon

#racist

#leroy

#blacktears

#batmanripoff

#dc>marvel

#abortioniswrong

#thereisagod

#prequels>originals

#batmansucks

#herewego

Take it back!

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Posted by Cable_Extreme
Edited by patrat18
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Posted by dimitridkatsis

New character of the month?

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Damn Panther won nice

Posted by HushoftheWind

Idk I think Slade taking down teen titans and justice league are greater feats than Panther taking down a super skrull and Danny

Edited by Cable_Extreme

@patrat18: I'll strokeslap the batsh!t out of your face and cause a "Bruce". #winning, just like Stroke should do in this match.

Posted by Fallschirmjager

@k4tzm4n when is the next char of the month poll going up?

Posted by patrat18
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Posted by Cable_Extreme

@patrat18: how could he if Slade already killed him?

Posted by patrat18

@cable_extreme: Son of Batman,Arkham origins and Beware the Batman says otherwise. #Sucka

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Edited by dimitridkatsis

Idk I think Slade taking down teen titans and justice league are greater feats than Panther taking down a super skrull and Danny

Prior knowledge and prep.

@patrat18 said:

@cable_extreme: Batman would fare better, yeah i said it.

No he wouldn't.

@patrat18 said:

@cable_extreme: Son of Batman,Arkham origins and Beware the Batman says otherwise. #Sucka

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Posted by The Impersonator

Deathstroke got 35 percent? I'm surprised.

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Posted by darktiger

how can we go to deathstroke's other battles

Posted by ShadowHuntR

Not saying Slade should have won but lots of people don't know about him and probably voted for Black Panther.