The time has come once again to highlight this week's best action scenes. As always, the latest round of new comics had a lot of really fun brawls, but for us, three stood above the rest. First, you'll watch an Avenger make a kick-ass debut in her all-new series. Secondly, you'll see why so many people are praising GREEN ARROW. And, last but most definitely not least, we'll venture into all of the madness taking place over in one of Image's widely praised books.
"Hey, why isn't a fight I love being highlighted or even listed in the honorable mentions? What gives?!" Well, it's possible we didn't read that issue (not sure if you noticed, but A LOT come out each week), so be sure to make suggestions in the official Best Battles Discussion Thread from now on. We review that before writing this weekly feature and do our best to get our hands on the issues suggested.
Black Widow vs. Mr. Lucas' Goons (BLACK WIDOW #1)
In Black Widow's latest series -- written by Nathan Edmondson and illustrated by Phil Noto -- she's going on various jobs to atone for her not-so-peaceful past. The latest gig brings her to Dubai and she needs to get into Mr. Lucas' room, a
legitimate and respectable business man bad guy. Just like every other crime boss, the man goes around with a posse for protection. But, as you should know by now, cliche gunmen are nothing compared to Natasha Romanova. She makes quick work of the goons unfortunate enough to be in her way. She even snaps a guy's arm, so hopefully Mr. Lucas provides decent health insurance.
Alright, wave one of generic fodder is down for the count, but we all know there's never just one wave of nameless goons, right? Lucas hears the chaos going on outside the room and, as expected, commands the rest of his goons to check it out. Just like any other peaceful and polite boss would do, he orders them to "bring me their heads." While he thinks his goons are sure to protect him, they'll obviously prove to be no match for Black Widow's fists, feet and even elbows. Go on and break some faces, Natasha.
So far Natasha's been wrecking these dudes with just hand-to-hand tactics (don't worry, they're all bad people and likely deserve it... probably), but the sheer number of guys she is facing forces her to finally bust out a pistol. It's a nice little accuracy feat as she pulls off a non-lethal shot while still being in motion. It's not the most impressive feat around, but it's still pretty cool, especially since it's smoothly executed while landing after a jump kick.
Now that all of the guards are down, what happens with Mr. Lucas? It's not as straight-forward as you might think, so you'll definitely want to give it a read to find out. Plus, it was a very solid debut issue, so there's that. Go ahead and check it out, Viners.
Green Arrow, Shado vs. Shield Clan (GREEN ARROW #27)
The Outsiders War kicked off with issue #26, but damn, issue #27 REALLY kicked things off. Oliver and Shado come face-to-face with the Shield Clan and they quickly learn regular arrows just aren't going to cut it. They fired a massive volley of projectiles and these big dudes blocked every single one of 'em with their shields. This gives Oliver the opportunity to remind Shado why trick arrows are indeed the greatest thing ever. You know how we're always praising Andrea Sorrentino's artwork? You're about to see why.
The artwork lived up to the hype, right? Anyway, now that Shado recognizes trick arrows are indeed fantastic and required, Oliver tosses her a few and she immediately puts them to good use. First up, she traps a couple of her shielded foes in a net. As if being incapacitated in a net wasn't humiliating enough, Oliver them unleashes a green flame arrow on them. It's brutal and yet beautiful at the same time.
One enemy emerges from the flames and attempts to go all Captain America on Oliver with a shield toss. However, Ollie's too talented to fall for that twice in a row (poor dude got hit in the nose earlier on) and what happens next is pure cinematic bliss. Month after month, this book is such a treat for our eyes.
The fodder's down, but then the Spear Clan leader jumps into the picture. If you know what happens next, you should buy the issue like, right now or at your earliest convenience. It's without question one of the best in Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's run so far.
Lewis, Clark vs. Plant People (MANIFEST DESTINY #3)
Lewis and Clark find themselves hiding in La Charette, hoping it'll keep them safe from the all kinds of frightening buffalo people who are waiting for them outside the walls. The settlement seems deserted, but they can never be too certain. Upon looking around for people and supplies, they find a whole new problem: plant people. They're like zombies, but... well, planty. The group tries diplomacy, but these creatures aren't big on talking. So, they go for the next best thing: shooting at them.
Usually this would freak people out and the next best option would be to run away and flail like a crazy person. However, we're talking about a party who just encountered buffalo people, and running back outside would mean having to face them once again. Needless to say, these planet people are the lesser of two evils. Instead of bolting, they ready their blades and charge into action. Prepare yourself for some images that would make Poison Ivy very, very sad.
Dismemberment is usually a gory and violent thing, but it never feels too graphic since it's plant liquids squirting about instead of organs and what have you. Even though they know to go for weak points (ankles, wrists, etc), one fellow has the bright idea to straight up impale the plant zombie through the chest. We can cut him a bit of slack since he's clearly never seen a zombie movie before, but come on, you don't do that to something that survived a barrage of bullets just moments ago! As you likely have guessed by now, the stab to the chest doesn't prove effective and the creature grabs him.
We'd describe what happens next, but it would take away from the delightfully twisted moment. You'll just have to hop on the MANIFEST DESTINY train if you want to see how this all plays out. You'll make Comic Vine writer Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring a very happy man if you do!
- Deadpool, Agent Coulson, Agent Adsit vs. Paladin, Batroc, Trapster, Mercenaries (DEADPOOL #22)
- Amped Batman vs. Superman (BATMAN/SUPERMAN #7)
- Green Arrow, Black Canary vs. Goons dumb enough to make fun of Ollie's beard (INJUSTICE: YEAR TWO #1)
- Iron Phalanx vs. Red Peril (IRON MAN #20)
- Bane, Talon vs. Every villain in their way (FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR #4)
- Deadpool vs. "Invisible Vampire" (DEADPOOL: THE GAUNTLET #1)