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Best Battles in New Comics: 02/14/14

Come feast your eyes on awesome action scenes from the latest issues of SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN, DEADPOOL, and FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION.

Hey again, action junkies! It's Friday and that means it's time to take a look at the best brawls from the latest flood of new comic books. This week, we've selected two from DC and one from Marvel. Over in the DC universe, villains are fighting each other because of what's going on in Geoff Johns' FOREVER EVIL (you're reading that, right?) and Man of Steel's two big villains have busted into the pages of SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN. Meanwhile, Deadpool pulls his best Xenomorph impression on a whole lot of unfortunate bad guys. Ready to check 'em all out? Of course you are.

"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.

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #5

As if relationship trouble with Wonder Woman wasn't difficult enough, two of Superman's incredibly dangerous villains have broken free from the Phantom Zone: General Zod and Faora. In spite of all his strength, Kal-El isn't as well trained as these two foes and the fact he's outnumbered obviously doesn't help matters, either. It's probably not easy to defend yourself when one person is blasting you with heat vision and the other is hitting you in the back of the head with super-human kicks. In fact, that sounds pretty obnoxious, doesn't it? But he's the Man of Steel! He's endured worse, right? Keep focused, Clark, and maybe you overcome the odds.

Zod and Faora are such bullies.

Bad news: Superman isn't doing that well in this fight. Sure, he lands a punch every now and then, but the numbers advantage is just too much and the fact Zod's willing to fight dirty makes matters even worse. As if they didn't have a big enough advantage as it is, Zod sets fire to a forest located right next to a town. This obviously diverts Big Blue's attention, allowing these cheaters to get yet another hit on him. Clark's able to backhand them away and put out the fire, but the fact remains that he's still pretty outclassed. Luckily for him, Diana was told what's going on and she's come to save the day. Prepare to see why Wonder Woman rocks.

No attempt at a decent caption here. Just look up and enjoy the awesomeness all over again.

Superman fans, it sucks Clark was basically a punching bag, but come on, the Man of Steel has already had more than a few times to shine in this book. It's great to see the Amazon step up to the plate and kick all kinds of butt in a swift and effective way. Not to mention it's a very nice chance of pace to have Wonder Woman coming to Superman's aid and saving him. Anyway, as the fight progresses, Diana continues to do fine. Supeman? Not so much. Okay, this isn't the most flattering issue around for Superman fans, but hey, he tried.

Whenever Superman and Zod are together, something ends up getting snapped.

Where does the fight go next now that Superman's been injured? Does Wonder Woman continue to hold her own? Do they all decide to grab some coffee and talk it out? Do yourself a favor and buy the book to see how it all goes down.

DEADPOOL #23

Deadpool has his sights set on getting Agent Gorman, but a helicarrier full of U.L.T.I.M.A.T.UM. troops (man, that's a pain to type) is standing in his way. Instead of having one big shootout and stabfest -- you know, something we've seen plenty of times before -- co-writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn turn this issue into one big love letter to Alien(s). Sadly, these goons never received that memo and Rick one of them didn't bother to look in the air vent.

Warning: things get graphic, so if buckets of blood and people melting isn't your thing, you may want to pass on this one.

Viciously cinematic.

The two soldiers then react how anyone else would in such a situation. No, not soil themselves and run away! They open fire like complete madmen at the vent above them. After unleashing a volley of bullets at the ceiling, the two are certain they've taken out the creature that's lurking above them. It tuns out the Merc with a Mouth has a bucket of acid waiting for them and uses it right as they look up.

Somewhere, Bill Paxton is smiling.

You may have noticed that Deadpool's acting a tad more brutal than usual and there is a legitimate reason for that. We won't spoil what happened in the last story (because you should read it), but its events left a major impact on Wade. Yes, he's still dropping jokes left and right, but he's definitely letting his more tormented side show -- something we haven't witnessed very often over the past few years. Needless to say, having this version of Deadpool gunning for you is a scary thought, so Agent Gorman keeps running and running, but nowhere on the ship can keep him safe from Deadpool. No amount of cannon fodder will be able to protect him.

A nice example of how Deadpool can pull off hilarious and frightening in the same scene.

Does Wade get his precious money? Can Gorman make it out alive? If you even remotely like Deadpool, you need to be reading this book. If you're looking for a jumping on point, pick up the trade for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and catch up. Trust us, it's worth it.

FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION #5

DC's latest event, FOREVER EVIL, hasn't exactly been the most positive experience for the Rogues. The team is now down to just Mirror Master, Trickster and Weather Wizard. However, a not-so-friendly encounter with the Royal Flush Gang makes Weather Wizard walk away from the group. Now there's just two of 'em and they still have business with the card themed group (long story short: they're holding Golden Glider). The duo came prepared to take on the Royal Flash Gang, but little did they know it would actually be the Crime Syndicate of America they would be battling. As Atomica and Johnny Quick arrive, the masked gang decides to sit back and enjoy all of the madness as the two groups face off.

All too easy.

As you can see above, the speedster from Earth-3 completely humiliates Mirror Master, effortlessly tossing the Rogue aside after he could fire only one blast. Moments before that, Atomica struck Trickster with an impactful wallop to the face. So yeah, things aren't going too well for the team, are they? To top it off, the Rogues -- well, two of them -- brought local authorities to the fight. They thought they'd get into a shootout with the Royal Flush Gang, not face two members of the Crime Syndicate. They're out of their league and it shows as Quick speedily disarms all of them and then Atomica... well, see for yourself.

I'm guessing she could use some Purell right about now.

The villain with super-speed proceeds to embarrass everyone in his path. He's obviously enjoying every second of this, however Grid contacts them and says they need to wrap it up and return. Atomica aims her gun at the Rogues, but one of their teammates returns just in the nick of time: Weather Wizard! Not only does he give the alternate Earth villains a much-deserved zap, but he also hits them with a verbal jab, too.

Hell of an entrance there, Weather Wizard.

The fight doesn't go on for much longer, but it's still well-worth reading. There's a stunning splash page, a jaw-dropping display of raw power and a cliffhanger that'll definitely make you want to read the next one.

Honorable Mentions

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

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Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

So many people thought Superman/Wonder Woman was going to be a BS book, but now it's being praised as one of the best books for both character development/interaction, and amazing fight scenes. I'm also glad to see Rogues Rebellion making a comeback to best battles.

Edited by AllStarSuperman

these all look awesome. i need to read some deadpool.

Posted by iceslick

Yeah, those fights were definitely awesome and I think Deadpool and Batman with Bluebird was definitely my top pick. I still have Superman/Wonder Woman to read, so I definitely gotta check out that awesome battle.

Posted by ColaNicole

That fight with the Rogues looks like one of the better fights of the entire event.

Posted by Wardishy

Maybe it's just me but the SM/WW fight scenes above seemed just a little hard to follow at times. It's not 100% clear what is going on.

Posted by Cap10nate

The Secret Avengers fight was fantastic this week. The layout was very cool with a large panel showing the whole scene and a bunch of in laid smaller panels showing the up close action. It was very effective in conveying the scene.

Posted by WaveMotionCannon

The Deadpool issue was hilarious as usual and the "Aliens" references cracked me up. The SM/WW fight was cool too, I like to see injuries in fights it makes sense that two individuals as strong as these guys striking each other would bruise and draw blood.

Posted by dondave

Martian Manhunter vs Despero doesn't even get an honourable mention?

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Posted by Nahuel

The Rogues fight won my heart...

Where can i start a petition for a Rogues ongoing series? with the same artist, writer and everything!

Posted by Sovereign91001

@dondave said:

Martian Manhunter vs Despero doesn't even get an honourable mention?

That fight was brutal with a capital B.

On a personal note The SM/WW was my favorite, seems like a legit way to introduce Clark to the finer points of fighting in the New 52.

Posted by myerlanski

I am enjoying the SM/WW comics. I may be a slight bias here....and though she is Amazonian,princess goddess, it is very satisfying to see an Earthling giving a beatdown to a kryptonian. Well the Zodinites anyway....they can be somewhat arrogant....Bow, yield, kneel!!!!!! :-)...I had to do it. I enjoy that version of GENERAL Zod.

Edited by The Stegman

WW laid the smack down on those Kryptonians.

Posted by Wolverine08
@dondave said:

Martian Manhunter vs Despero doesn't even get an honourable mention?

Scans? Sounds like a dope fight.

Posted by FoxxFireArt

This week, Rukia had a surprisingly bad-ass battle in BLEACH. With these ice-cased powers she now has, she can freeze whatever her blade touches. Think of the cold version of a lightsaber. She slices Äs Nödt in the shoulder, and it won't bleed because of how cold she makes it.

In ONE PIECE, Sabo has an awesome clash with Jesus Burgess. He's still covered up to impersonate Luffy in the tournament. Not only does Sabo cancel out Burgess' attack, but he also shatters the armor he's wearing.

Posted by RaggedScarecrow

The Rogues versus the Crime Syndicate was glorious. Especially the beatdown Weather Wizard put Johnny Quick.

Edited by Fallschirmjager

SM/WW vs Zod/Faora was completely epic.

They should bring back Zod to life just so we can see that in movies.

Also, nice Vader reference.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Man superman/Wonderwoman looks so good.

Edited by RisingBean

That Deadpool...Wow.

Posted by longbowhunter

Damn, makes me wish I read Deadpool. The throwdown in SM/WW was a treat. Diana was a total take charge bad ass.

Posted by HolySerpent

Damn Wonder Woman

Posted by murderpool

Mike Hawthorne has left me in awe. This books art has been so awesome and matches the tone of each arc to a tee. I can't decide who my favorite deadpool artist is but I would like to see another Tony Moore run on this book.

Posted by Darth Coleslaw

Superman/Wonder Woman was awesome. In addition to kicking major butt, Diana got some great character moments too. But yeah, poor Supes...

Really enjoyed seeing Weather Wizard displaying his power and taking Johnny Quick down a peg too.

Did anyone else notice the error with Weather Wizard saying "about about" on the page he starts the blizzard?

Posted by Jayc1324

@captainmarvel4ever: I'm actually kind of getting into the book now but I think its being praised for being the best for the two characters simply because their other books aren't that good. Superman action comics and wonder woman aren't that great.

Posted by mak13131313

Great picks this week! I loved the Rogues battle with Johnny Quick and Atomica. I haven't read Superman/Wonder Woman yet, so I can't wait to read it. The Batman and Bluebird battles were great as well. The Nightwing vs. Spinebender fight wasn't bad either. I'm glad to see them get honorable mentions.

Posted by CantDance93

Hopefully this issue of SM/WW will shed some light on all the WW fans that were complaining how Superman beat Apollo without WW's help.

Posted by Lvenger

Well at least Wonder Woman is doing something constructive in this series now. That Rogues fight was pretty cool.

Posted by TheTrueBarryAllen

God I love the Rogues, I love them so much.

Edited by BR_Havoc

I really really hope someone kills Johnny Quick and Atomica, they are by far the most annoying villains in resent memory.

I wanted to try to get into Deadpool but I'm unsure I really do not want gore for gore's sake. Can someone tell me if his series is normally like that?

Edited by timelord

Great picks I loved Zod's fight with Superman just goes to show training and experience trump raw power every time.

Posted by Maddpanda531

Seriously loved this week's SM/WW and Deadpool issues. As a long-time fan of the Alien films, I found myself smiling like an idiot after reading page in DP. As for SM/WW, Charles Soule is one seriously talented dude. That and the absolutely beautiful work of the art team, make this one of my favorite books to read each month. My only gripe with this issue--and it it, admittedly, a very silly one-- is the face that Faora makes when she's being burned by Wonder Woman's sword. Instead of conveying a sense of agonizing pain, it kinda just looks like she's bored. As I said, it's kinda silly and nitpicky of me to even really care, considering how much of a joy this fight was to read.

Posted by Onemoreposter

Weather Wizard is such a bamf

Edited by Experio

About time Diana shined.

Posted by SandMan_

I don't mind WW kicking ass and taking names, that is awesome. But...Superman knows how to box...

Edited by Vaeternus

Forever Evil event made me by Flash for the Rogues, they're so interesting and unique. Not evil nor really good, just kind of want to do their own thing and be left alone lol.

I feel for them this entire event, was nice to see them kick some CS butt!

The DP was cool, and not too astonishing since it's DP swords etc but I have to admit, Atomica is messed up goes into peoples heads and explodes them? What the hell man lol. And the scan wasn't posted but Johnny quick literally speed blitzing that cop who shot Weather Wizard into paste was great lol.

Best gore of the week Atomica head explosion and acid from DP lol.

I liked how Superman was holding his own vs. Faora and Zod, imagine once he gets better trained to fight ;) plus clearly you can tell Clark was holding back, he was doing more warning and trying to reason with Zod more then actually fighting them, but once WW got there things got serious lol. She was owning Faora.

@br_havoc said:

I really really hope someone kills Johnny Quick and Atomica, they are by far the most annoying villains in resent memory.

I wanted to try to get into Deadpool but I'm unsure I really do not want gore for gore's sake. Can someone tell me if his series is normally like that?

lol I agree, they need to DIE like Power Ring did!! At least he wasn't a complete douche! lol Atomica especially for her betraying the JL, would be fitting if Dr. Light did it or Superman.

Anyone else LOL when Weather Wizard called Johnny Quick "a half assed Flash" LMAO @ that, had me rolling and Quick getting pissed at being compared to Flash haha.

Posted by Kuyamu

@foxxfireart:

you should keep up your reviews! just make them a bit meatier! ^.^

Posted by FoxxFireArt

@kuyamu:

I write my reviews every week on Anime Vice in the News page, and they are fairly detailed.

Posted by New_World_Order

WW laid the smack down on those Kryptonians.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

@br_havoc said:

I really really hope someone kills Johnny Quick and Atomica, they are by far the most annoying villains in resent memory.

I wanted to try to get into Deadpool but I'm unsure I really do not want gore for gore's sake. Can someone tell me if his series is normally like that?

Deadpool is violent but right now and this issue particularly it was a bit more then usual. It isn't gore just for gore though.

Posted by justice teen

WW entered that fight saying "I'm a boss ass bitch", I love their comic its officially my favorite.

Posted by Kuyamu

@foxxfireart:

does it also have a "best battles of the week" ?

Posted by FoxxFireArt

@kuyamu:

Well, there are far too many series for me to cover on that particular topic. I only review ONE PIECE, NARUTO and BLEACH, and they don't always have battles each week. I review their stories.

I just wanted to share in the comments in this week because the battles were pretty cool. Rukia was especially bad ass.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Nice.

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