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Best Battles in New Comics: 02/07/14

Feast your eyes on awesome action scenes from the latest issues of FOREVER EVIL, ARKHAM WAR, and MARVEL KNIGHTS: SPIDER-MAN.

It's Friday, action junkies, and what better way to celebrate than checking out some of the best brawls in this week's new comics? We could spend some time babbling and teasing each one we're going to highlight, or we can just jump right into it. Seems safe to assume you're cool with the latter, yeah? Great, let's go.

"Hey, why isn't a fight I love being highlighted and/or 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), or we didn't dig it as much. So, be sure to make suggestions in the official Best Battles Discussion Thread from now on to put this stuff on our radar. We review that before writing this weekly feature and do our best to get our hands on the issues suggested.

FOREVER EVIL #5

On one side, we have Giganta, Blockbuster, Deathstroke, Copperhead and Shadow-Thief. On the other, there's Captain Cold, Lex Luthor, Black Manta, Black Adam, Bizarro, Catwoman and, of course, Batman. To top it all off, there's also Sinestro chasing Power Ring down in the sewers. Juggling a fight with this many characters certainly isn't an easy chore, but Geoff Johns manages to fill it with a few highlights. Odds are you've seen the preview (no? check it out here), so we'll skip what occurs in the opening three pages and leap right into what goes down next. If it was presented in bigger panels, the melee between Giganta and Black Adam would definitely have been highlighted, but unfortunately, it wasn't so instead we'll just quickly tell you what happens. First, Giganta lays into Shazam's enemy with two enormous punches. Catwoman then distracts the giant villain, giving Black Adam a moment to recover and then knock the super-sized baddie of the building with a wallop. Johns and David Finch then cut to what's going on between Captain Cold and Shadow-Thief. Spoiler alert: it's not looking promising for Leonard Snart, but it's a good thing for him that he's not alone in this fight.

Black Manta sure knows how to make an entrance.

Batman continues to assault Copperhead with his fists and feet, and Slade's able to sneak up on Lex, but what about that cosmic fight? Power Ring stops cowering in fear and brings the battle to Thaal Sinestro. The two blast each other around a little bit, but it's not long before the fight is cut short and a winner is clearly determined. We obviously won't show you how it ends, but here, enjoy a little bit of the two smashing one another into walls and such.

Sinestro's hair is always impeccable, even while being hit with a projectile.

To talk about what happens next would dive into some major spoilers, so let's just say there's some shooting and a character or two meet an unfortunate fate, okay? Even after all of the bloodshed, Blockbuster is still standing and he leaps at one of the "good guys." Luckily for said character, Bizarro has his back and the odd version of the Man of Steel makes the brute say "hello" to the ground with his face.

That's one helluva punch.

This is where we usually tease about how the fight possibly ends and what goes on beyond that, but come on, we're talking about the latest issue in DC's big event. You're going to read it anyway, yes?

MARVEL KNIGHTS: SPIDER-MAN #5

Peter Parker's latest limited series (by Matt Kindt and Marco Rudy) has forced him to endure a completely ridiculous and beyond difficult gauntlet. We've seen duke it out with most of his major villains and, five issues later, he's finally in the home stretch. Sure, he's battered, bruised and beyond tired, but he's certain the Kingpin is behind the crazy scenario and nothing will stop him from getting some revenge... not even a hallway of countless villains. Typeface is in the mix, so don't place your bets on Spidey yet!

How many villains can you identify in this scene?

Damn, that's a lot of fighting. After facing the likes of Venom, Carnage, Sandman, Kraven, Lizard and more, you really didn't think of flood of lesser-knowns would stop Pete, did you? Sure, the all-powerful Stilt-Man was in there, but odds are he was under the weather or something on that day if Parker could make it past him so easily. At any rate, after the hero flips, punches and kicks his way through the sea of enemies, he finally reaches Wilson Fisk. We wont spoil the specific plot details behind this scene, but needless to say, Spider-Man's pissed off and wants to turn the villain into a punching bag.

Val Staples unchained.

The wall-crawler has every right to pummel Fisk into oblivion after what he's put Pete through, but can we take a second or two to praise the beyond detailed and eye-popping artwork by Marco Rudy and Val Staples? Each page has a totally unique style and layout, keeping the book refreshing with every single new panel. It's a crazy amount of detail and effort on their part and it's definitely impressive. At any rate, the slugfest between Pete and Wilson continues, and if you know even just the basics about these two characters, then it should be clear who has the edge. As big and as intimidating as Fisk may be, Parker's simply faster, stronger, more agile and has better reflexes. Peter should have this in the bag unless some other factor happens to come into play...

Good thing Kingpin can afford new teeth... he's gonna need 'em.

So, does this mini-series conclude with Spider-Man going all Back in Black on Kingpin or does Kindt find another way to wrap up the book? We won't really spoil it here, but let's just say the writer leaves us on a surprisingly positive note.

FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR #5

For the past few issues, Bane has been absolutely obliterating team Arkham's forces in this mini-series. Seriously, it's been a total stomp and nothing has slowed down the venom-enhanced villain and his army from Blackgate. However, Scarecrow has recently acquired a wild card which he hopes will even the odds: a squad of Talons. After a little bit of brainwashing, these lethal combatants are sent out to teach Bane's army a lesson. Blackgate's forces are well trained and willing to die for Bane, but they get totally decimated by these assassins with healing factors. It reaches a point where you almost feel bad for them. Almost.

Injustice 2 better have a playable Talon.

Bane's goons get sliced apart with ease, but he won't be so easily defeated. The big dude's sporting a spiffy new armor (okay, it's basically high tech Batman cosplay) and even without it, his pain tolerance is crazy high. Even though he's outnumbered in this war, he has no problem ripping into any Talon unfortunate enough to cross his path. One gets close and is able to slash Bane across the face twice. So how does the large villain respond? He hits the guy with a freaking fire hydrant then drowns the Talon in the geyser of water. Brutal stuff.

Bane's just giving the guy a water break.

Despite being a street level powerhouse in The New 52 -- the guy has undergone an impressive physical upgrade -- he's still against overwhelming odds. One on one, Bane can demolish a Talon, but with so many stabbing and slashing him, the damage beings to add up and even he can only take so much of it. It definitely seems as though Bane's arrogance got the better of him in this encounter.

It's like a classic episode of Batman with all those onomatopoeias... but, you know, way more violent.

Does Bane go all cliche on them and just break one back after another? Does he call in a "Banemobile" for assistance? The guy needs help and what happens next is vicious and honestly kind of awesome. Plus, there's a tease for the next development in the war, and that's sure to be even more fun.

Honorable Mentions

What are your top three fights from this week? Also, don't forget to make nominations every week in the official thread or tell Gregg via Twitter.

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Posted by Blizaga101

The art for that marvel knights spiderman is freakin stunning just the mix of digital and painted adds to the fight. Creates some great visual contrasts.

Posted by Maddpanda531

Well, that made me really want to read Arkham War.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Well, that made me really want to read Arkham War.

Yea, Bane wrecking every one seems pretty cool

Edited by ClawFist
Posted by Fallschirmjager

Sinestro is too cool in this past issue of Forever Evil.

Edited by mak13131313

All of the fights in Forever Evil and Arkham War were epic. "It's not long before the fight is cut short" I seen what you did there. Hahahaha! And I'm glad that Detective Comics, Green Arrow, and All New Invaders got honorable mentions. Great fights in all of them!

Posted by k4tzm4n

All of the fights in Forever Evil and Arkham War were epic. "It's not long before the fight is cut short" I seen what you did there. Hahahaha! And I'm glad that Detective Comics, Green Arrow, and All New Invaders got honorable mentions. Great fights in all of them!

I... I have no idea what you're talking about :D

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@k4tzm4n said:

@mak13131313 said:

All of the fights in Forever Evil and Arkham War were epic. "It's not long before the fight is cut short" I seen what you did there. Hahahaha! And I'm glad that Detective Comics, Green Arrow, and All New Invaders got honorable mentions. Great fights in all of them!

I... I have no idea what you're talking about :D

Hahahaha! And seeing how you are the first Comic Vine staff member to reply to one of my comments, you are officially my favorite! Of course you always were. Ha!

Posted by k4tzm4n

@k4tzm4n said:

@mak13131313 said:

All of the fights in Forever Evil and Arkham War were epic. "It's not long before the fight is cut short" I seen what you did there. Hahahaha! And I'm glad that Detective Comics, Green Arrow, and All New Invaders got honorable mentions. Great fights in all of them!

I... I have no idea what you're talking about :D

Hahahaha! And seeing how you are the first Comic Vine staff member to reply to one of my comments, you are officially my favorite! Of course you always were. Ha!

dancing (5225) Animated Gif on Giphy

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Posted by mak13131313

@k4tzm4n said:

@mak13131313 said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@mak13131313 said:

All of the fights in Forever Evil and Arkham War were epic. "It's not long before the fight is cut short" I seen what you did there. Hahahaha! And I'm glad that Detective Comics, Green Arrow, and All New Invaders got honorable mentions. Great fights in all of them!

I... I have no idea what you're talking about :D

Hahahaha! And seeing how you are the first Comic Vine staff member to reply to one of my comments, you are officially my favorite! Of course you always were. Ha!

Hilarious!

Posted by Pokergeist

@k4tzm4n: Question, this Spider man miniseries with Parker is Pre or Post SpOck?

Posted by k4tzm4n

@k4tzm4n: Question, this Spider man miniseries with Parker is Pre or Post SpOck?

I view it as non-canon, and even if it isn't, it would take place at some point in the past. So either way, it's pre-SpOck.

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Edited by Pokergeist

@k4tzm4n said:

@cadencev2 said:

@k4tzm4n: Question, this Spider man miniseries with Parker is Pre or Post SpOck?

I view it as non-canon, and even if it isn't, it would take place at some point in the past. So either way, it's pre-SpOck.

Oh thank GOD!

I was about to flip a table at all the possible Spider Man fan arguments of why Peter can never lose lol.

I was just so flabber gasted that he would survive a gauntlet like that. Wheeew.

Since the art work is great, and looks like alot of fun to read, I will check it out.

Also I thought SpOck's run was wrapped up now?

Posted by PeppeyHare

Marvel Knights:Spider-Man was great

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@k4tzm4n said:

@cadencev2 said:

@k4tzm4n: Question, this Spider man miniseries with Parker is Pre or Post SpOck?

I view it as non-canon, and even if it isn't, it would take place at some point in the past. So either way, it's pre-SpOck.

Oh thank GOD!

I was about to flip a table at all the possible Spider Man fan arguments of why Peter can never lose lol.

I was just so flabber gasted that he would survive a gauntlet like that. Wheeew.

Since the art work is great, and looks like alot of fun to read, I will check it out.

Also I thought SpOck's run was wrapped up now?

It's in-cannon but in the past. All the new Marvel Knights stuff is now in cannon.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@k4tzm4n said:

@cadencev2 said:

@k4tzm4n: Question, this Spider man miniseries with Parker is Pre or Post SpOck?

I view it as non-canon, and even if it isn't, it would take place at some point in the past. So either way, it's pre-SpOck.

Oh thank GOD!

I was about to flip a table at all the possible Spider Man fan arguments of why Peter can never lose lol.

I was just so flabber gasted that he would survive a gauntlet like that. Wheeew.

Since the art work is great, and looks like alot of fun to read, I will check it out.

Also I thought SpOck's run was wrapped up now?

Yeah, it's definitely downplaying a lot of the villains, but it's still an entertaining ride and really all about the visual journey. I wouldn't expect anyone to legitimately use these battles in debates.

No, Otto's still in control (but Pete's "blue ghost" has returned) and the book has a new issue next Wednesday.

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Posted by Pokergeist

@k4tzm4n: I see.

It's in-cannon but in the past. All the new Marvel Knights stuff is now in cannon.

If its canon, then why is it so Wildly PIS then? There is no way for Spidey to take on all that. I remember in Marvel Nights where Punisher beat Wolverine twice. There must be something wrong with the Marvel Knights books then if they are canon. They seem more for just fun reads.

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@k4tzm4n: I see.

@jonny_anonymous said:

It's in-cannon but in the past. All the new Marvel Knights stuff is now in cannon.

If its canon, then why is it so Wildly PIS then? There is no way for Spidey to take on all that. I remember in Marvel Nights where Punisher beat Wolverine twice. There must be something wrong with the Marvel Knights books then if they are canon. They seem more for just fun reads.

I haven't read it but there is a bunch of interviews about the new Marvel Knights stuff (one of CBR I read) said that when they reluanched Marvel Knights it was with the plan that it would be less experienced and indy writers getting to tell 100% in-cannon stories with the main Marvel characters.

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@jonny_anonymous said:

@cadencev2 said:

@k4tzm4n: I see.

@jonny_anonymous said:

It's in-cannon but in the past. All the new Marvel Knights stuff is now in cannon.

If its canon, then why is it so Wildly PIS then? There is no way for Spidey to take on all that. I remember in Marvel Nights where Punisher beat Wolverine twice. There must be something wrong with the Marvel Knights books then if they are canon. They seem more for just fun reads.

I haven't read it but there is a bunch of interviews about the new Marvel Knights stuff (one of CBR I read) said that when they reluanched Marvel Knights it was with the plan that it would be less experienced and indy writers getting to tell 100% in-cannon stories with the main Marvel characters.

Yeeesh, and look how that turned out already :/ what a shame. Again, a fun book, but horrible consistency.

Posted by Fastestmanalive

Sinestro vs Power ring was the best battle this week for me. They really made Sinestro bad ass in that issue.

Posted by StMichalofWilson

Nice choices. Still...

Wished this was an actual battle. Bat fans (like me) would go through the roof!!!

Posted by nickzambuto

k4tzm4n said:

@cadencev2 said:

k4tzm4n: Question, this Spider man miniseries with Parker is Pre or Post SpOck?

I view it as non-canon, and even if it isn't, it would take place at some point in the past. So either way, it's pre-SpOck.

Oh thank GOD!

I was about to flip a table at all the possible Spider Man fan arguments of why Peter can never lose lol.

I was just so flabber gasted that he would survive a gauntlet like that. Wheeew.

This is like, the third time he's done this doe.

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Posted by Pokergeist

@cadencev2 said:

k4tzm4n said:

@cadencev2 said:

k4tzm4n: Question, this Spider man miniseries with Parker is Pre or Post SpOck?

I view it as non-canon, and even if it isn't, it would take place at some point in the past. So either way, it's pre-SpOck.

Oh thank GOD!

I was about to flip a table at all the possible Spider Man fan arguments of why Peter can never lose lol.

I was just so flabber gasted that he would survive a gauntlet like that. Wheeew.

This is like, the third time he's done this doe.

So he beat Carnage, Venom, Lizard, and other back to back with no rest in between? No. Simply no.

Venom and Carnage alone have manhandled Spider Man. Same with Lizard. Beating them Back to back with tons more villains is truly fanboy fantasy.

Posted by micah

Those Talons sure are a deadly bunch

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@nickzambuto said:

@cadencev2 said:

k4tzm4n said:

@cadencev2 said:

k4tzm4n: Question, this Spider man miniseries with Parker is Pre or Post SpOck?

I view it as non-canon, and even if it isn't, it would take place at some point in the past. So either way, it's pre-SpOck.

Oh thank GOD!

I was about to flip a table at all the possible Spider Man fan arguments of why Peter can never lose lol.

I was just so flabber gasted that he would survive a gauntlet like that. Wheeew.

This is like, the third time he's done this doe.

So he beat Carnage, Venom, Lizard, and other back to back with no rest in between? No. Simply no.

Venom and Carnage alone have manhandled Spider Man. Same with Lizard. Beating them Back to back with tons more villains is truly fanboy fantasy.

Never read Amazing Spider-Man #500? He had to re-fight pretty much every battle he'd been in. He, at the very least, fought all of his main villains in a row, including Morlun, Venom, Lizard, and Carnage.

Posted by Pokergeist

@cadencev2 said:

@nickzambuto said:

@cadencev2 said:

k4tzm4n said:

@cadencev2 said:

k4tzm4n: Question, this Spider man miniseries with Parker is Pre or Post SpOck?

I view it as non-canon, and even if it isn't, it would take place at some point in the past. So either way, it's pre-SpOck.

Oh thank GOD!

I was about to flip a table at all the possible Spider Man fan arguments of why Peter can never lose lol.

I was just so flabber gasted that he would survive a gauntlet like that. Wheeew.

This is like, the third time he's done this doe.

So he beat Carnage, Venom, Lizard, and other back to back with no rest in between? No. Simply no.

Venom and Carnage alone have manhandled Spider Man. Same with Lizard. Beating them Back to back with tons more villains is truly fanboy fantasy.

Never read Amazing Spider-Man #500? He had to re-fight pretty much every battle he'd been in. He, at the very least, fought all of his main villains in a row, including Morlun, Venom, Lizard, and Carnage.

Morlun, he fought Morlun who requires plot device to beat. Im done here.

Posted by nickzambuto

@vegandiet said:

@cadencev2 said:

@nickzambuto said:

@cadencev2 said:

k4tzm4n said:

@cadencev2 said:

k4tzm4n: Question, this Spider man miniseries with Parker is Pre or Post SpOck?

I view it as non-canon, and even if it isn't, it would take place at some point in the past. So either way, it's pre-SpOck.

Oh thank GOD!

I was about to flip a table at all the possible Spider Man fan arguments of why Peter can never lose lol.

I was just so flabber gasted that he would survive a gauntlet like that. Wheeew.

This is like, the third time he's done this doe.

So he beat Carnage, Venom, Lizard, and other back to back with no rest in between? No. Simply no.

Venom and Carnage alone have manhandled Spider Man. Same with Lizard. Beating them Back to back with tons more villains is truly fanboy fantasy.

Never read Amazing Spider-Man #500? He had to re-fight pretty much every battle he'd been in. He, at the very least, fought all of his main villains in a row, including Morlun, Venom, Lizard, and Carnage.

Morlun, he fought Morlun who requires plot device to beat. Im done here.

You're just jelly because some nerd is five times the man Ultimate Captain America is.

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Edited by GraniteSoldier

@k4tzm4n: I see.

@jonny_anonymous said:

It's in-cannon but in the past. All the new Marvel Knights stuff is now in cannon.

If its canon, then why is it so Wildly PIS then? There is no way for Spidey to take on all that. I remember in Marvel Nights where Punisher beat Wolverine twice. There must be something wrong with the Marvel Knights books then if they are canon. They seem more for just fun reads.

It is mentioned in one of the other issues when Spidey fights both Venom (Eddie Brock, so this is going way back) and Carnage that they aren't trying, they they don't seem to want to be there any more than he does. Some of the villains are implied to be there against their will, so it isn't really downplaying them. Only some of them villains are going full bore, some are going but not fully, Venom and Carnage weren't even trying.

At least that's what I recall reading.

Posted by jashro44

So he beat Carnage, Venom, Lizard, and other back to back with no rest in between? No. Simply no.

Venom and Carnage alone have manhandled Spider Man. Same with Lizard. Beating them Back to back with tons more villains is truly fanboy fantasy.

IIRC Carnage and venom were being affected by sonics and I think fire when he was fighting them. I haven't read this issue yet because the art work is so....Different?

You're just jelly because some nerd is five times the man Ultimate Captain America is.

LOL

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Posted by Pokergeist

@jashro44 said:

@cadencev2 said:

So he beat Carnage, Venom, Lizard, and other back to back with no rest in between? No. Simply no.

Venom and Carnage alone have manhandled Spider Man. Same with Lizard. Beating them Back to back with tons more villains is truly fanboy fantasy.

IIRC Carnage and venom were being affected by sonics and I think fire when he was fighting them. I haven't read this issue yet because the art work is so....Different?

@nickzambuto said:

You're just jelly because some nerd is five times the man Ultimate Captain America is.

LOL

Your mom was jelly, and I was her Peanut butter. MMMHHMMMM.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

You left out the best part from Forever Evil Katz!

Edited by k4tzm4n

@madeinbangladesh said:

You left out the best part from Forever Evil Katz!

The segment tries to leave out big spoilers, foo!

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Edited by Ishkafel

Golgotha vs Onyx, from Green Arrow simply because of that one image. I mean yeah it was one sided but that was wallpaper material.

Posted by Perfect 10

@clawfist: yeah well rogue is "dead" in uncanny avengers but alive and kicking in avengers a.i. its comics, dont expect consistency across the board

Edited by ClawFist

@perfect_10: lol, death is kind of different don't you think? She's dead in a story arc that's not even done yet, I don't expect her to be instantly dead in every book she's in, especially if they're in the middle of a story arc themselves like Avengers A.I. It's not so much consistency, than just fair character expectation. If they say Superman is bullet proof in one comic, I don't expect him to get shot in another unless they say it's a special bullet or he's suddenly not bullet proof anymore in a story arc, you know? What if Wolverine just stopped healing but they didn't say why or acknowledged it at all, he's just taking permenant damage for no reason? It doesn't add up and I'd expect questions to be asked.

Edited by Strider92

@cadencev2: I'm interested to know for sure if MK: Spider-man is really canon because not only did Pete have a significant stat boost in that he also had pre-cog that bordered on Midnighter level haxed lol.

Posted by Billy Batson

I remember in Marvel Nights where Punisher beat Wolverine twice. There must be something wrong with the Marvel Knights books then if they are canon. They seem more for just fun reads.

It was satire. Why can't comic fans take satire well?

BB

Edited by Pokergeist

@strider92

@cadencev2: I'm interested to know for sure if MK: Spider-man is really canon because not only did Pete have a significant stat boost in that he also had pre-cog that bordered on Midnighter level haxed lol.

For real.

@billy_batson said:

@cadencev2 said:

I remember in Marvel Nights where Punisher beat Wolverine twice. There must be something wrong with the Marvel Knights books then if they are canon. They seem more for just fun reads.

It was satire. Why can't comic fans take satire well?

BB

I hate Satire.

Posted by Billy Batson
Posted by Perfect 10

@clawfist: thing is rogue didnt pop up into avengers a.i. and until AFTER she "died", she's not part of the main cast.

Posted by ClawFist

@perfect_10: She did and she isn't a part of the main cast, but the arc from which she died isn't even complete yet, nor is the arc that she's a part of in Avengers A.I., making it impossible until they are both complete to place them into continuity. But like I said earlier, my issue with Shadow-Thief is about continuity, she didn't suddenly have a status quo change. I asked about her suit, shouldn't she be impervious to Black Manta's laser vision if she's impervious to the Red Lantern's lasers?

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