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Best Battles in New Comics: 05/03/13

This week we feature fights from INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, GREEN ARROW and HARBINGER WARS!

I look forward to writing this segment every week... but this one? Oh man, I had a lot of fun. Why? It's thanks to the phenomenal selections I've made and how much I'm in love with them. The super brawl in INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US is amazingly cool, Ollie vs. Komodo is a visual masterpiece, and HARBINGER WARS is downright vicious. Hopefully you'll love 'em even half as much as I do.

WARNING: This week's edition is rather graphic. So, the faint of heart should probably back out now!

Superman & Batman vs. Solomon Grundy (INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US #16)

Chaos has broken out at Arkham Asylum. What began as a verbal conflict between Batman and Superman took a terrible turn when Harley Quinn released the inmates. Characters like Calendar Man won't pose much of a threat, but when Solomon Grundy breaks out, it's time to step up your game a bit. There's a lot of characters in the fray, but Grundy puts his massive (and probably very smelly) hands over Damian's head. To resolve this problem, the Man of Steel makes excellent use of his heat vision.

What makes this even worse is Grundy didn't wash his hands after using the bathroom.

Damian's safe and sound, but Grundy isn't down for the count... at least not yet. Nightwing reminds Clark he doesn't have to hold back against the foe, and, oh boy, does he listen! What happens next is too astonishing for words. Just look below and soak in the awesomeness.

Xenomorphs got nothin' on Superman.

It's hard to believe writer Tom Taylor and artist Mike S. Miller can top that, yes? If you're a Batman fan, they definitely do! Despite Superman ripping through Grundy's chest, the big villain gets back up. Batman may not have super strength or super speed, but he's got some oh-so-fine technology on his side and epic moves to back it up. Prepare yourself for the most badass flip ever and what is by far Batman's most radical feat in the alternate universe.

Too cool for a caption.

That's a one-two punch that'll drop a vast majority of characters, and as expected, Grundy's no longer in a fighting mood after his chest and head are splattered across the floor. A great issue for Batman and Superman fans, but Robin fans? Well... read the issue to find out!

Green Arrow vs. Komodo (GREEN ARROW #20)

Writer Jeff Lemire plots a super exciting fight, but it's the stunning visuals that launches this battle between archers to the next level. Thanks to artist Andrea Sorrentino and colorist Marcelo Maiolo, this is quite possibly one of the best looking fights in the rain I have ever seen.

Who says he needs a goatee to be awesome?

After a short shootout in the cemetery, Ollie brings the fight to close range. In spite of suffering an absurd amount of injuries last issue, he's clearly aiming to end their feud. He kicks it off with a solid slug to the face, but Komodo returns the favor by using his bow as a melee weapon. From there, the Emerald Archer gives a respectable showing before getting a headbutt right on the nose and collapsing.

If this isn't a cinematic fight, I don't know what is.

It doesn't matter if our hero took a bunch of arrows in the last issue. It doesn't matter if that headbutt wrecked him and sent him crashing into the mud. All that matters is Oliver's drive to save his friends and put an end to this madness, and that's more than enough to overcome. This is Ollie's fight to lose, and you bet your rear he's going to make Komodo pay for all he's done. Oliver grabs an arrow from the ground and... well, what comes next is one of the main reasons this edition of Best Battles has a graphic warning.

Nick Fury's "one-eyed badasses" Facebook page has a new member.

If you're not a Green Arrow fan, this book will turn you into one. Seriously, check it out.

Bloodshot vs. Toyo Harada (HARBINGER WARS #2)

Ever since we saw a fantastic cover of Bloodshot firing at Harada, I've wondered how they can make this fight even remotely fair. I mean, anything Bloodshot does, the powerful psionic can redirect or just rip him apart with ease. And, that's exactly how the fight begins. Bloodshot opens fire and Toyo effortlessly sends the bullets right back at Bloodshot. But seeing as he's sporting an accelerated healing factor, those wounds won't stop him in his tracks. The soldier tosses aside the gun and lunges at the powerhouse with a knife. As anyone could have guessed, things go downhill for Bloodshot (I'd say having your face blown off counts as downhill, right?), but then we're treated to a nice little twist to change the tide of the battle.

Oh my...

It turns out there's a protocol in Bloodshot in case he ever got near Harada. When he does get near the man, he releases a surge that disables psionic abilities. The fight is still incredibly unfair... except now it's unfair for Harada. With his powers disabled, Bloodshot mercilessly goes to down on him. As if stabs and punches weren't enough, Bloodshot displays another new ability designed just for Harada: vomiting deadly nanites onto his foe. So yeah, this definitely hasn't gone as anticipated.

Few things in life are more frightening than a faceless man vomiting technology all over you.

Eventually, one of Harada's powerful allies stuns Bloodshot and the psiot uses the brief opening to telekinetically launch Bloodshot into the air. The fight's far from over, though. They're fighting on Bloodshot's turf, and he's taken plenty of precautions with the location. One of these precautions is a whole lot of explosives. While the super soldier plummets back to the ground, he makes sure everything around his enemy goes boom.

MICHAEL... wait for it... BAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYY'D!

Where does the fight go from there? Come on, I'm not going to tell you! HARBINGER WARS rocks and you should buy it to find out for yourself.

Honorable Mentions

What are your top 3 fights this week? Give the comments section a piece of your mind.

Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine and IGN Entertainment. This is the part where he shamelessly plugs his Google+ and Twitter page in hopes of getting a new follower or two.

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Posted by Saren

Arrgh....I was hoping the Emperor Penguin fight would make it, but that Harbinger Wars fight was pretty rad.

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Posted by longbowhunter

Damn this was a rather brutal week.

Posted by TheManInTheShoe
A physical and mental battle

Posted by Cezar_TheScribe

Graphic violence doesn't make people want to read comics more. DC reboot is a huge fail.

Posted by Waddly_Hobbins

<3 Green Arrow. I'm absolutely in love with this series.

Posted by Ninjablade09

lol Dan Slott vs. Twitter. You should have made that an actual pick for the laughs.

Posted by Mrgreenlantern

Emperor Penguin/ Emperor Blackgate needs to get some dang respect...its like hes the rodney dangerfield of the batverse

Posted by matchesmalone21

@cezar_thescribe: I think Dc isn't the only publisher that does that...don't you think?? Funny no one complain about Wolverine,Sabrethoot and many others violents characters. If you notice INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US #16 isn't part of New 52,it's based on the videogame,where have you been?

Posted by SupremeHyperion

man, they just whooped grundy's butt. That was cool and I'm a big fan of pretty much everything about Injustice....

As far as violence, how would one not expect there to be some violence when people/things with this much power start to enter conflict.... Violence isn't in my mind used to sell anything (minus a few horror titles) but used to make it seem more "realistic" in those unverses.

Posted by Hawkguy

@cezar_thescribe said:

Graphic violence doesn't make people want to read comics more. DC reboot is a huge fail.

Do you follow the Walking Dead? Invincible? Any Valiant Comics? When it comes to it, heroes have to do what they have to do. If that means impaling an eye or tearing through a body then so be it, desperate times lead to desperate measures.

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@cezar_thescribe said:

Graphic violence doesn't make people want to read comics more. DC reboot is a huge fail.

I think theres a time & a place for it as long as it fits the story which it did for superman to save Robin/Batman .

Posted by frogdog

LOL at Dan Slott vs twitter

Edited by RedheadedAtrocitus

The first shows just how awesome a team Batman and Supes can be when they work together. Green Arrow's fight against Komodo is just how I'd want him to be. And Harada vs. Bloodshot? Another good reason why I love Valiant :). Great picks!

Posted by jwalser3

Harbinger Wars is the best this week. Hands down.

Posted by k4tzm4n

Arrgh....I was hoping the Emperor Penguin fight would make it, but that Harbinger Wars fight was pretty rad.

I was quite torn, man. The art alone made this a clear contender. How much did you love their rematch?

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Edited by The_Vein

Graphic violence doesn't make people want to read comics more. DC reboot is a huge fail.

But Injustice isn't part of the New 52...

Posted by Lvenger

.... So my 3 favourite characters all engage in lethal force in this issue. I know one is against an undead zombie but it's still disconcerting. Nonetheless that Green Arrow vs Komodo fight was badass and the Harbringer Wars one violently funny. Nice picks this week!

Posted by Hermatt

SKLORRP

Sound effect of the week.

Posted by Zeeguy91

@cezar_thescribe: Dude. If you think the reboot is what made comics graphically violent, then you haven't been reading comics for, like, the past 10-20 years. Btw, of all the DC comics I read this week, Green Arrow was the only one that had a really graphic fight scene and only one of two that had a fight scene at all.

Edited by BaneStrokeLoboGrundyBatArrow

Awesome!

Edited by Saren

@k4tzm4n: Classic Batman moment. I'm looking forward to Layman's Wrath arc now.

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Posted by Deadknight

Heh. Superman plowing through Grundy looks pretty much exactly like something you'd see in Image's Invincible.

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Posted by k4tzm4n

@k4tzm4n: Classic Batman moment. I'm looking forward to Layman's Wrath arc now.

I wouldn't be surprised if we see scans of that in the Battles forum.

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Posted by Cezar_TheScribe

All the comments to me. I have others you can reply to. ;)

I know it's not part of the new 52. I just don't care for the reboot.

Many don't.

I am talking about mainstream comics. Not independent comics.

Even though, graphic violence isn't going to make me want to buy your comic.

I have not started collecting any new Valiant comics.

I do watch Walking Dead.

Posted by DadaHyena

Sheeeesh! Poor ol' Solomon Grundy can't catch a break.

Posted by Pokergeist

@cezar_thescribe: Man, made one comment and stirred a hornets nest lol.

@k4tzm4n: Cant wait to I get this Blood Shot series.

Edited by Mucklefluga

Man Pete tearing off his face was freaky!

Posted by LaserLambert

Gruny's blood is green in the game...

Posted by Xwraith

I knew I'd see Green Arrow on here.

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Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

Bloodshot's body position in the last panel (on the last scan) is freaking hilarious.

Edited by wade_wilson22
Posted by reaperOnyx

The old green arrow I like so much more.

Posted by TDK_1997

I hoped that the fight between Emperor Penguin and Batman will be one of the three battles and not just be part of the honorable mentions.

Posted by Eternal19

Graphic violence doesn't make people want to read comics more. DC reboot is a huge fail.

Thats Injustice: Gods among us its non canon and isnt part of the new 52

Posted by MuyJingo

What was Nightwing vs a rock? It wasn't in Injustice or Detective...was he in one of the other bat books?

Posted by Hanson724

@cezar_thescribe said:

Graphic violence doesn't make people want to read comics more. DC reboot is a huge fail.

There's a lot of comics with little to no violence out there. The Simpsons,My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake to name a few.

Posted by HereComesTheBoom_Headshot

I will certainly check these titles out.

Posted by jesusdisciple001

MICHAEL... wait for it... BAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYY'D! i laughed so hard when i saw this

Posted by RustyRoy

@tdk_1997 said:

I hoped that the fight between Emperor Penguin and Batman will be one of the three battles and not just be part of the honorable mentions.

Agreed. That was better than the Injustice one.

Posted by TDK_1997

@rustyroy said:

@tdk_1997 said:

I hoped that the fight between Emperor Penguin and Batman will be one of the three battles and not just be part of the honorable mentions.

Agreed. That was better than the Injustice one.

I give credit to the Injustice battle only because it made me laugh.

Posted by FlashDamn

didnt batman just kill someone

Posted by CaptainMexico

Wow. If Grundy had green skin and black hair, he would looke exactly like the hulk.

Posted by k4tzm4n

MICHAEL... wait for it... BAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYY'D! i laughed so hard when i saw this

:D

Bloodshot's body position in the last panel (on the last scan) is freaking hilarious.

Yeah, it's a tad ridiculous.

@muyjingo said:

What was Nightwing vs a rock? It wasn't in Injustice or Detective...was he in one of the other bat books?

It's in the latest Injustice. After Damian hits him in the temple with an escrima stick, he falls over and his neck violently crashes against a rock.

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Posted by MadeinBangladesh

wooo superman is damn violent in Injustice. Green Arrow is always awesome.

Posted by MuyJingo

@k4tzm4n said:

It's in the latest Injustice. After Damian hits him in the temple with an escrima stick, he falls over and his neck violently crashes against a rock.

Oh, ha! I had to reread it to see that, I only remembered the escrema stick. I was still surprised he died though.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@muyjingo said:

@k4tzm4n said:

It's in the latest Injustice. After Damian hits him in the temple with an escrima stick, he falls over and his neck violently crashes against a rock.

Oh, ha! I had to reread it to see that, I only remembered the escrema stick. I was still surprised he died though.

Aye. The video game revealed that future Nightwing is actually Damian and he previously killed Grayson. Nice to see it wasn't done intentionally.

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Posted by Queso6p4

Another riveting article. Loved the return of Michael Bay and the "too cool for a caption" bit. XD

Posted by k4tzm4n

@queso6p4 said:

Another riveting article. Loved the return of Michael Bay and the "too cool for a caption" bit. XD

I'm humbled. Thank you.

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Edited by Queso6p4
@k4tzm4n said:

@queso6p4 said:

Another riveting article. Loved the return of Michael Bay and the "too cool for a caption" bit. XD

I'm humbled. Thank you.

Thank you, sir. :-)

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