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Best Battles in New Comics: 05/10/13

This week we feature fights from BATMAN & RED HOOD, SUPERBOY and DEATHSTROKE!

DC obliterated the competition this week, earning all three spots in this feature. That said, the other publishers certainly weren't slacking. They had some great action scenes and, as you'll see, the honorable mentions section is packed with quite a few rather awesome options. But enough babbling! Let's dive right into the brawls.

Bruce Wayne vs. Jason Todd

What seemed like a legitimate bonding experience between the two was shattered when Bruce revealed his ulterior motive: it was all about bringing Damian back, not spending quality time with the second Robin. Bruce 'Buzzkill' Wayne strikes again. Todd just wanted to enjoy connecting with Bruce and feeling like a part of the family again as they took down mercenaries. Instead, he was heartbroken to find out Wayne was using him when he took him to the site of his brutal demise. Batman was hoping Todd could remember how he came back and maybe -- just maybe -- that could help him revive his son. Needless to say, Todd didn't take too kindly to it and fists began to fly. You done goofed up, Bruce!

Holy emotions, Batman!

Now, if you've been reading the entire issue, that "Because I want to watch Damian grow up, damn it!" delivered some heavy feels -- and that's exactly what I've come to expect from BATMAN AND ROBIN. Sure, the series hit a rough patch in the middle, but it's been back on track and consistently proving it's one of the best Bat-books on the market. It's such a shame that right as Todd is easing his way back into the family he's hit with a moment like this one. But hey, hopefully it'll generate some fascinating stories over in RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS.

STOP TRYING TO HIT ME AND HIT ME!

The cover had me concerned Bruce would take his anger out on Todd, but the fight takes a turn and it's clear Batman's taking it out on himself. There's no doubt Bruce could wreck Todd if he wanted to -- but he doesn't want to. Instead, he feels like he deserves punishment for what happened to his son, and I can't blame the poor guy.

Chill, Batfans. Wayne is letting Todd get the hits in.

I know Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are doing great stuff with the main title, but Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason (though he's not on art duties above) have turned BATMAN AND ROBIN into my favorite Bat-book.

Superboy vs. Dreadnought

When The New 52 first hit, I did my best to give a majority of the books an honest shot. SUPERBOY was part of that, but in time I decided to drop it. However, now that Justin Jordan is on the book (Luther Strode, y'all), I simply had to give it a chance. While I don't find myself completely drawn into the book yet, there's no denying that it had quite a sweet fight. It's time for Superboy to battle in the streets with a big ol' purple monster named Dreadnought. As you can see from the first image, it's not going that well for our protagonist.

Dreadnought's "fist bump" is maxed out.

The longer Superboy stays in the fight, the more powerful his opponent becomes. Superboy aims to swiftly drop his opponent, but the massive creature pulls a combo breaker and once again shifts the odds in his favor. In the meantime, enjoy a scan of Superboy turning the tide -- even if it's just for a moment.

4 hit combo! 9% damage!

This segment usually has a focus on street level battles, but every now and then it's nice to sit back and enjoy a battle between powerhouses. I mean, just look at the scan below. Slamming Superboy is destroying the freaking surface!

I'd have the same expression on my face if I was getting destroyed by a big purple monster with horns, too.

If you want to know who wins and how it concludes, pick up Jordan's first issue on the book!

Deathstroke vs. Jericho/Terra/Majestic/Ravager

Stop hogging the spotlight, Justin Jordan! Jordan is just starting his tale over in SUPERBOY, but he was also wrapping everything up over in the pages of DEATHSTROKE with co-writer Tony Bedard. It's a family reunion like no other as Jericho takes control of Majestic and tries to kill his father. Ravager weakens the powerhouse and Terra holds him in place, but that just ain't going to cut it against someone on his level.

You coulda broke out earlier and not wrecked her favorite sword, jerk.

Rose may not have any luck keeping Majestic down for the count, but Slade's got no problem with making the heavy hitter count sheep. It hasn't been a good day for Majestic, has it? First he gets hit in the face with a nuke, next he gets teamed-up on and smacked in the back of the head with some rubble. Certainly not one of his finest moments.

When it comes to Godlike characters, there's no shame in a cheap shot.

Jericho's lost control of Majestic, but everyone else (Slade and Rose aside) is still at his disposal. First up, he takes over Terra and launches her at Slade. Unfortunately for Terra, she's not even a minor obstacle and the mercenary takes her out with a single palm punch. ONE PUNCH! ONE PUNCH!

Just in case you ever wondered how Deathstroke vs. Terra would turn out...

The only people left standing are Deathstroke and his three children. What happens next... man, I can't ruin it. It's one helluva finale, so shell out the cash if you're interested.

Honorable Mentions

What are your top 3 battles this week? Give that comments section a piece of your mind, Viners!

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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Edited by batmannflash

the batman/jason todd one is amazing

Posted by Onemoreposter

Batman and Robin is easily my favorite bat title as well. This book is so fantastic. Half the time i want to stand up a cheer while reading and the other half I want to cry. The man really evokes an emotional response.

Haven't been following DeathStroke since the first half of the Lobo arc.......why the HELL is even standing in the same room with Majestros. He should be a puddle....

Posted by FlashDamn

Batman/Jason todd just awesome

Edited by Outside_85

Hmm, seems Bruce is doing everything in his power to really create a reason for the rest of the family to hate him.

Posted by Zeeguy91

@outside_85: Well, he is in a real bad place right now.

Posted by TheManInTheShoe

This might make me sound stupid but I just realized that Cable and Deadpool are both copies of Deathstroke.

Edited by Supermanwithatan01

It seems like Bruce really hates himself. Like he's a necessary evil and supposed to be Sherlock Holmes meets Tibetan monk meets Bruce Lee meets Judge Dredd. But I'm glad Bruce wanted Jason to really hit him and hurt him. So he could see his pain and anger instead of only feeling it. Powerful and intriguing. Though J definitely got shafted.. I liked the article btw

Edited by iceslick

Finally Red Hood stand up to Batman/Bruce Wayne and beats him down!!! :-) So, Batman doesn't always win!

Edited by longbowhunter

I haven't read Batman & Robin since the silent issue.

Posted by Chibio

Deathstroke VS Mr Majestic? What? Like seriously, what?

Posted by dondave
Posted by Nerx

Majestic with a piece of Rebar?

WTF dc?

Edited by thejman251

- It was simply splendid for Tomasi to ruin all of the recent character development that has occurred between Jason and Bruce.

- Tomasi, you can **** off and go to hell.

- I'm probably dropping this book as well as i'm tired of reading drivel that contains an inane Batman who is incredibly more insane than usual.

- Oh, and then there is the extreme amount of inconsistency in the bat books.

- Batman 20: Bruce:

- Batman and Robin 20:

- Seriously Tomasi, what's next? Bruce slaps Barbara for good measure and demands that Selina bear a child for him or threatens to toss her off a building?

- I'm honestly tired of this crap and i'm starting to dislike Bruce more than i did before and i didn't even think that was possible. Thanks alot for that Tomasi.

Posted by RolloLinsky

@thejman251: Completely understand and can relate to your complaints, but, to me the one thing i've got to say is; it's not ever yet, man! I think Tomasi isn't a sensationalist writer and i think there will be a point of cohesion for the craziness Bruce is going through at the moment. I think not like Bruce right now is kind of the point as he is being irrational and crazed and selfish; everything a grieving father should be, Batman or not.

And i think the blame for hte discrepancies between the two Bat-titles is purely an editorial one as are most of hte complaints levelled against comics these days. I think editors need to grow a spine and start making a stand against 'name' writers. It's the readers that suffer when they don't.

But as is said, i can see where you're coming from, but i'm hanging in there to see where this goes (please turn bad, Batman, please turn bad :)

Posted by LordRequiem

No Marvel, sigh.

Posted by thejman251

@thejman251: Completely understand and can relate to your complaints, but, to me the one thing i've got to say is; it's not ever yet, man! I think Tomasi isn't a sensationalist writer and i think there will be a point of cohesion for the craziness Bruce is going through at the moment. I think not like Bruce right now is kind of the point as he is being irrational and crazed and selfish; everything a grieving father should be, Batman or not.

And i think the blame for hte discrepancies between the two Bat-titles is purely an editorial one as are most of hte complaints levelled against comics these days. I think editors need to grow a spine and start making a stand against 'name' writers. It's the readers that suffer when they don't.

But as is said, i can see where you're coming from, but i'm hanging in there to see where this goes (please turn bad, Batman, please turn bad :)

- I agree.

- If Bruce is like this with Richard in "Batman and Nightwing", i'm not sure what i'll do.

- I hope that Tomasi isn't going to make Bruce burn all of his bridges as it looks like that is where this book is headed.

Edited by Squalleon

@thejman251: A

ctually in Batman 18 Bruce was angry and lost.

You just mistake release date with "in world/comic date"

B&R 20 could be right before Batman 18 or even in the middle of it.

Batman 20 could be Three months away from B&R 20 for all we now.

Death of the family took only one week in Comic time and six months in real

Re-read Batman 18 and you will see similarities

Posted by thejman251

@thejman251: A

ctually in Batman 18 Bruce was angry and lost.

You just mistake release date with "in world/comic date"

B&R 20 could be right before Batman 18 or even in the middle of it.

Batman 20 could be Three months away from B&R 20 for all we now.

Death of the family took only one week in Comic time and six months in real

Re-read Batman 18 and you will see similarities

- Yes, two issues ago.

- Thank you for pointing out the obvious.

Posted by Squalleon

@squalleon said:

@thejman251: A

ctually in Batman 18 Bruce was angry and lost.

You just mistake release date with "in world/comic date"

B&R 20 could be right before Batman 18 or even in the middle of it.

Batman 20 could be Three months away from B&R 20 for all we now.

Death of the family took only one week in Comic time and six months in real

Re-read Batman 18 and you will see similarities

- Yes, two issues ago.

- Thank you for pointing out the obvious.

Sooooo if you know that then where do you see the inconsistency?!

Action Comics had a 5 year gap with Superman for 18 issues and no one complained.

I think you are complaining with no reason here.

Edited by thejman251

@squalleon said:

@thejman251 said:

@squalleon said:

@thejman251: A

ctually in Batman 18 Bruce was angry and lost.

You just mistake release date with "in world/comic date"

B&R 20 could be right before Batman 18 or even in the middle of it.

Batman 20 could be Three months away from B&R 20 for all we now.

Death of the family took only one week in Comic time and six months in real

Re-read Batman 18 and you will see similarities

- Yes, two issues ago.

- Thank you for pointing out the obvious.

Sooooo if you know that then where do you see the inconsistency?!

Action Comics had a

5 year gap

with Superman for 18 issues and no one complained.

I think you are complaining with no reason here.

- Where do i see the inconsistency? Really?

- Lets say this occurred before Batman 18. Bruce says "I'm not losing myself like i did with Jason" however, he's already gone off the rocker in several more severe ways than he did with Jason. Hence,inconsistency.

- Lets say this occurred after Batman 18. I hardly need to explain this, inconsistency.

- Around the same time? The same as above, inconsistency.

- You may think that i'm complaining without a reason however, i couldn't care less.

- I'm not about to change my opinion to please yours, or anyone elses any time soon.

Edited by Squalleon

- Where do i see the inconsistency? Really?

- Lets say this occurred before Batman 18. "I'm not losing myself like i did with Jason". However, he's already gone off the rocker in several more severe ways than he did with Jason. Hence,inconsistency.

- Lets say this occurred after Batman 18. I hardly need to explain this, inconsistency.

- Around the same time? The same as above, inconsistency.

- You may think that i'm complaining without a reason however, i couldn't care less.

- I'm not about to change my opinion to please yours, or anyone elses any time soon.

  • With Jason he lost MONTHS from his life not weeks.
  • Your second argument doensn't make any sense cause i don't see the problem with two books taking place in different sets.
  • neither do i.
  • then you are doomed to fail.Being hard headed and not open to opinions is a major flaw of character.

END OF DISCUSSION(for me anyway)

Edited by czechoslovakia

"I'm taking the car." I love how when they first met Jason took the batmobile's tires and now he straight up takes his CAR

Posted by fodigg

When I read the scene where Batman handed Jason his guns and told him to come along on a mission, my brain checked out.

Posted by HigorM

I SHALL READ THEM ALL!!

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Posted by mattwing87

Anyone know what that picture of "Are you not entertained?" at the bottom is from? Like issue, series and publisher. I am assuming it's Marvel

Edited by ULTRAstarkiller

DS vs Majestic was super cool and awesome man it was amazing.

Posted by sho3s22

Deathstroke vs Majestic (really Jericho) made my week

Posted by frogdog

@nerx said:

Majestic with a piece of Rebar?

WTF dc?

The same DC that allowed Deathstroke to kill lobo.

Posted by Nerx
Posted by BaneStrokeLoboGrundyBatArrow

That was cool

Posted by TheManInTheShoe

@dondave: Yeah, I know. I just thought the whole gray haired eye-patch thing looked recognizable.

Posted by TommytheHitman

Wait... how does Aquaman appear in Deadpool?!

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Edited by bob808

Batman/Red Hood fight was the best.

Edited by thejman251

@squalleon said:

@thejman251 said:

- Where do i see the inconsistency? Really?

- Lets say this occurred before Batman 18. "I'm not losing myself like i did with Jason". However, he's already gone off the rocker in several more severe ways than he did with Jason. Hence,inconsistency.

- Lets say this occurred after Batman 18. I hardly need to explain this, inconsistency.

- Around the same time? The same as above, inconsistency.

- You may think that i'm complaining without a reason however, i couldn't care less.

- I'm not about to change my opinion to please yours, or anyone elses any time soon.

  • With Jason he lost MONTHS from his life not weeks.
  • Your second argument doensn't make any sense cause i don't see the problem with two books taking place in different sets.
  • neither do i.
  • then you are doomed to fail.Being hard headed and not open to opinions is a major flaw of character.

END OF DISCUSSION(for me anyway)

- You don't know the time that has passed in comic books remember? Try again kid.

- Sure,Bruce's character being incredibly inconsistent makes perfect sense to you. I couldn't care less. Inconsistency.

- Doomed to fail? Try again kid, i have better things to do than to "be open" to the opinions of random people illogical people on the internet such as yourself. That being a "flaw" is simply your opinion which you are free to shove up your rear.

- Additionally, i'm supposed to be open to the inane opinion of some child who posts "END OF DISCUSSION" when he/she can't brainwash another user to share his/her opinion or when he/she does not get his/her way? What foolishness.

Edited by StMichalofWilson

I gotta admit, Bruce is getting reckless. Damian is dead, he'll never come back.

As for the Deathstroke vs. The lot of them. That was one hell of a battle.

Posted by ptigrusmagus

I used to worry about all the same things thejman251 but now I just relax and enjoy.

Posted by russellmania77

awesome :D

Posted by w0nd

@iceslick said:

Finally Red Hood stand up to Batman/Bruce Wayne and beats him down!!! :-) So, Batman doesn't always win!

It's not really a bragging point when the person you are beating up wants you to beat him up ....

Edited by k4tzm4n

No Marvel, sigh.

Well, what would your top 3 look like?

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Posted by The Stegman

@nerx said:

Majestic with a piece of Rebar?

WTF dc?

It was stated why that worked in the comic, Rose apparently now has an ability to cancel out the invulnerability of other metahumans...yeah, weird I know.

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Posted by Nerx

@the_stegman:

At least it is not as bad as a batmobile or a batkick, I bet that rose power will not get mentioned again or no selled by the super family. Goddamn you DC.

Its like everybody drops their balls when faced with a mercenary type

Posted by DarklyDreamingDeadpool

i really love batman and... it's still one of my favorite series, though i still miss damian.

Posted by Saren

Anyone know what that picture of "Are you not entertained?" at the bottom is from? Like issue, series and publisher. I am assuming it's Marvel

It's Shatterstar from Marvel's X-Factor #200.

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Edited by Vaeternus

Not to rain on your "Red Hood" parade @iceslick, but Bruce LET himself get beat up...by Todd. Even the O.P. admits Bats could have wiped the floor with Jason but chose not too...he even partially mocks Jason at the end saying "I'm still standing" lol

Great issue. I didn't buy it but read it. I don't want to start reading another series...too many to follow already lol

Edited by Lvenger

Batman vs Red Hood = DEM FEELZ! Even though I don't like Jason that much. Didn't approve of Majestic getting jobbed but the Superboy fight was very nice.

Posted by Lvenger

@lvenger said:

Batman vs Red Hood = DEM FEELZ! Even though I don't like Jason that much. Didn't approve of Majestic getting jobbed but the Superboy fight was very nice.

Don't you think it was a little selfish of batman to do something like that to jason?

Yes it was but he has lost his son. It's at least partially understandable even if it is out of character for Batman. And inconsistent with his portrayal in other titles.

Posted by Kid_Nacho

@frogdog said:

@nerx said:

Majestic with a piece of Rebar?

WTF dc?

The same DC that allowed Deathstroke to kill lobo.

THEY LET HIM DO WHAT?!

Posted by lifeboy

Todds costume looks cool!

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