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Best Battles in New Comics: 07/26/13

This week, we're featuring awesome fights from SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP, BATMAN/SUPERMAN and LARFLEEZE.

Welcome back to 'Best Battles!' Sadly, there wasn't a new edition last week because of San Diego Comic-Con, but hopefully this one helps make up for it. This week, I honestly had a pretty tough time selecting the third choice. The first two are super obvious picks, but as you'll see in the honorable mentions section, there's quite a few fights which could have easily taken the third highlight spot, too. One did involve a swarm of sharks, after all -- there's just no overlooking how rad that is. In the end, I dug these three fights the most and hopefully you'll get a kick out of them as well. Be sure to comment with your three favorite fights when your done reading!

Did your favorite melee not get a mention? Well, it's possible we didn't read that issue, 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!

Superior Spider-Man vs. Various Heroes/Avengers/Hyperion (SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #1)

This issue opens with SpOck assaulting various heroes and we have no idea why. Seriously, the guy just punches Dagger in the face for apparently no reason and that's just the beginning. He keeps having these physical encounters with heroes and we're totally in the dark over why. Superior Otto-Man is a jerk (heck, it says that twice on the opening page), but to randomly attack everyone? That's not exactly his usual strategy. Before we find out, we're treated to a page of SpOck encountering even more heroes and you can't help but want to cheer as Iron Fist's foot crashes into his face. Oh, and this is probably the most Moon Knight you'll see for some time, which is a total shame.

Hey look! Moon Knight still exists!

Upon hearing about this, Captain America won't stand for these assaults and he assembles the Avengers. The group encounters Spider-Man and like almost all hero vs. hero situations, attacks are thrown before the misunderstanding can be cleared up. To be fair, this can be credited to Spider-Man's stubborn personality. Had he blurted out his reasoning real fast, maybe they would have been more prone to chat instead of the following.

Don't explain yourself to the Avengers? You'll wind up with a shield to the gut.

In Spider-Man's body, Ock has some solid strength, agility and reflexes, but against the Avengers? The dude has no chance and his best bet would be to bolt. Unfortunately for him, that shield toss to the gut gave Hulk and Thor the opportunity to restrain him. After calling everyone idiots, Spider-Man finally explains that he's been going after heroes who have been infected by Carrion. The bad news is the latest hero infected is freaking Hyperion. The powerful Avenger gives the team massive trouble until he does what every stupid villain does: wastes time babbling. That gives Hulk the perfect opportunity to smash. We all know smashing > villainous babbling.

Hyperiowned.

Once down, Spider-Man uses his technology to make Carrion flee Hyperion's body and yay, all is well. It's all sunshine and flowers... or is it? The ending of this issue has me really stoked and I'm excited to see what Christopher Yost has up his sleeve.

Batman vs. Batman & Superman vs. Superman (BATMAN/SUPERMAN #2)

Still not sure about exactly what happened in the last issue's conclusion? No worries, writer Greg Pak spends the introduction of this issue spelling it out for you. Kaiyo the Trickster has transported the past versions of New 52 Batman and Superman over to Earth 2. We've already seen N52 Superman smack around a peaceful E2 Batman, but this issue let's the characters come face-to-face with their alternate reality counter-parts.

If Batman fights Batman, does Batman always win?

As expected, the encounter between two Bruce Waynes consists of fluid strikes and counters. It's a test of skill and mind as the two are on virtually the same page when it comes to recognizing the moves the other throws as they're surrounded by smoke. Jae Lee does a stellar job illustrating this battle and while it's pretty short, it's a real treat and the ending of their melee is priceless.

One day we'll have a BATMAN/BATMAN book.

As expected, it's not long before the two begin to talk it out. After all, having two great detectives continue to use their fists and feet in a scenario like this would be silly. "You're clearly me. I don't know how or why you're here, but let's fight instead of figuring it out!" While they put their brilliant minds to use, New 52 Superman encounters Earth 2 Superman. N52 Superman is a little more hotheaded and not in the best mood after previously dealing with Earth 2 Batman, so he doesn't exactly greet his alternate version of himself with the best manners. Earth 2 Superman opts to meet the rude character with a hilariously powerful shove.

The most epic "talk to the hand" ever.

Don't worry, the Kents step in and stop this fight before anyone gets their neck snapped.

Larfleeze vs. Laord of the Hunt (LARFLEEZE #2)

We're just two issues in and I officially adore this book. A fair portion of this series is dedicated to the selfish Orange Lantern battling a massive threat which comes from the other side of the creation point: Laord of the Hunt. Larfleeze displays some huge power as he takes on the gargantuan, but it's not long before his personality puts him at a disadvantage. After disarming their enemy, I imagine most characters would follow through. Larfleeze? He hugs onto the weapon and declares it as his -- it's hilarious stuff.

The fight is every bit as wacky as it looks.

It's a bright and hectic space battle and that alone warrants recognition in this feature, but what really makes it shine is the writing from J.M. Dematteis and Keith Giffen. From Larfleeze's remarks during the brawl (my favorite one is below) to Stargrave and Lou observing the fight and having such a casual conversation about it, the entire issue is basically one big laugh and a total blast.

"Eat orange axe" = best line all week.

Laord's a creature with a sense of honor and relishes the hunt, but eventually, the being decides that it wants to call it wraps. It begins to utilize different technology and even calls in Lou to give a helping hand. It's just too bad Larleeze apparently can't count on Stargrave to have his back in a fight. Then again, he'd probably wouldn't want anyone else taking any of the glory. Regardless, Larfleeze continues to give it his all and the only thing more entertaining than the attacks is the nonstop banter.

"I'm going to take your life -- and then take all your shiny stuff!" Priceless.

Does Larfleeze overcome the odds or does Laord actually emerge victorious? If you really want to know, you should buy this book because it's absolutely worth it.

Honorable Mentions

There ya go, Viners. But what were YOUR 3 favorite fights? Give the comments section a piece of your mind.

Don't forget to make nominations every week in the official thread or tell Gregg via Twitter.

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Posted by jwalser3

That Batman/Superman art is wonderful. But Supermans faces look kind weird.

Posted by Mucklefluga

I looved the Hulk and Carol 'team-up' against Hyperion was so good!!! Loved that bit! Batman/Superman fights were great too.

Posted by DATNIGGA

@barkley: Its not so much that he wants to be a hero its just hes obsessed with out doing his worst enemy. his #1 goal is to be a better spiderman than peter. by reading the books you can tell hes still a murderer however he starting to change mainly because within peters body it gives him a fresh start. he can suddenly accomplish things that he couldn't do with his own body. Doc ock always complained how people didn't take him seriously and he wasn't as recognized scientifically as stark, pym or Richards... but within peters body he can accomplish that he can invent stuff and progress with his life without being hunted down by S.H.E.I.L.D for being a mass murderer...

And um... bland? I wouldn't call it bland you can call it alot of things but not bland Lol every issue changes the status quo every issue hes doing something new and interesting (like using his tech skills to create an spider army) hes basically taking spiderman places peter was to complacent to go. peter gets innovative but over all he basically stays the same. doesn't permanently upgrade never get proactive about crime fighting ect.... but thats just my opinion peter is supposedly coming back real soon though based on the new art that was released.

Posted by KRYPTON

Lol, "before anyone gets their neck snapped" good one.

Posted by Barkley

@datnigga:

im mean bland because it has no heart....he may be better at being efficient and clever to a degree...if e get pushed to save lives or himself....I know what Peter would do....spideyock..not so much...this would good story for about 5 issues...now it just bothers me....if the premise is wrong no matter how good the writing is..... its just not for me

Edited by New_World_Order
Edited by hamlet33

No Shazam-powered Constantine vs transformed MopMop? Talon and Wolf-Spider was pretty good tho...

Posted by Baberaham_Lincoln

@killemall: It wasn't even a fight really... Thor was getting thrown around everywhere.... they'll fight next issue i assume =D

Posted by Killemall

@killemall: It wasn't even a fight really... Thor was getting thrown around everywhere.... they'll fight next issue i assume =D

Oh well.. hehe

Really hope Sentry just outright kicks Thor arse next issue :p

Yeah, yeah i am a Sentry fan sue me :p

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Posted by CyberWarrior

Moon Knight still exists! This appearence is more than enough to buy the issue.

Posted by ptigrusmagus

Wow lol chill the F out people. Dr. Strange was not himself thus Ock defeated him via strikes, obviously a normal healthy Sorcerer Supreme would have put up a better fight.

Posted by Guardiandevil83

@killemall: You are not alone. Golden, Guardien of Good team Go!

On another note. Superman should check his temper. Imagine if things had gone differently during Superman vs Superman.

Superman 0: 'Who the hell are you

Superman E2: 'Language'

Superman 0: Who The Hell Are you!?!'

Superman E2: 'Super push'

Superman 0: aaaaaggrrrh what the fawk is wrong with you maaan!?'

Superman E2: 'Wait...where is your Kryptonian durability?'

Superman 0:'What are you on dope? Im a paid actor hired by Warner Brothers to attend San Diego's con for the New 52 Stuff'

Superman E2: 'New fifty watta?'

Superman 0: New 52. Wait are you really Superman?'

Superman E2: 'Why yes I am.' The man of steel stands there arms to his waist.

Superman 0: Well last I remember Im at the con snapping photos and flirting with this pink haird anime cos-girl. Trying to give her a lil tentacle action ya dig? Ya'know, 'Unleash my full power?' Anyway I look up, see you dressed like That! And figure WB hired another actor, next thing I know your breaking every bone in my body!'

Superman E2: 'Well, I thought you were attacking me'

Superman 0: 'So you cripple me! Your Superman! Couldnt you have taken the hits to see if I was your match? Why not freeze me? If I break free we fight, if not then Im weaker then you. Your X-vision could show my temp dropping.'

Superman E2: 'ummmmm......'

Superman 0: Gman was right about you! your a fawking maniac! Neck Breaker! Killer!

Superman E2: 'now look pal...'

Superman 0: NECK BREAKER!!!

Superman E2: ' Uh, Ma can you get on the phone and have an Operator patch you to the Marvel Universe? Ask for a Mattew Murdock, I am going to need him'

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

Dont be silly Moon Knight was in Age of Ultron

Oh wait that never happened because the time stream broke

So I guess this comment doesn't exist eith-

Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie

Yes, we must have a Batman/Batman book.

Posted by dbatdog

Earth 2 heroes are amazing...only because their older :)

Love the first time Clark sees Diana...'wow' :)

Edited by StMichalofWilson

The first and second one are good, but the referring Superior Spidey as SpOck? Starting to really annoy me...

Posted by Kid_Nacho

@thecheesestabber: Cheese? CHEEEEEESE?!?!? *goes back in time to kill Pym to stop this from happening*

Edited by TheCheeseStabber

@kid_nacho: -er. Hunh Do you ever have that feeling that your entire body has been ripped out of the time stream atom by painful atom....then each atom is resent to the correct time stream. Hey has my Laptop always been run by a magical Rune?

Posted by Super_SoldierXII

@kaine8 said:

Wolverine vs a razor... not funny!

How can that webbing hold Cage? Even if he couldn't break the web he could rip it out of the concrete wall.

Captain Marvel knocking Hyperion on his back was cool.

My favorite battle of the week is honorable mention Kaine and Wolverine vs The Red Death.

Was thinking the same thing. How the heck does Cage not effortlessly break free ... makes no sense. Unless he had JUST been webbed and was very temporarily restrained (like, the second it took Fist to kick Parker) ... I dunno. Seems silly.

Writers and artists are really going to have to work harder all round. Comic fans are demanding more and more thought and sophistication in their reads. Harder and harder to just turn our minds off and accept crap we know shouldn't fly.

I would have depicted Cage in the midst of ripping through the webbing or something ... and then it begs the question, are we supposed to assume Parker actually defeated those heroes? I think both Iron Fist and Cage together should take a strong majority over SpOck. Guess he could take out Dr. Strange if we're to assume he got the drop on him. But, whatever.

Posted by jashro44

@kaine8 said:

Wolverine vs a razor... not funny!

How can that webbing hold Cage? Even if he couldn't break the web he could rip it out of the concrete wall.

Captain Marvel knocking Hyperion on his back was cool.

My favorite battle of the week is honorable mention Kaine and Wolverine vs The Red Death.

Was thinking the same thing. How the heck does Cage not effortlessly break free ... makes no sense. Unless he had JUST been webbed and was very temporarily restrained (like, the second it took Fist to kick Parker) ... I dunno. Seems silly.

Writers and artists are really going to have to work harder all round. Comic fans are demanding more and more thought and sophistication in their reads. Harder and harder to just turn our minds off and accept crap we know shouldn't fly.

I would have depicted Cage in the midst of ripping through the webbing or something ... and then it begs the question, are we supposed to assume Parker actually defeated those heroes? I think both Iron Fist and Cage together should take a strong majority over SpOck. Guess he could take out Dr. Strange if we're to assume he got the drop on him. But, whatever.

He didn't really defeat them. He was just following a virus. We don't see anything other then what is shown.

All though if its worth anything Otto was using impact webbing in amazing spider-man 700 which was designed to hold super humans. Admittedly yes Cage should have been able to rip the wall to escape.

Posted by laflux

@super_soldierxii: First off, how do mistake SpOck for Parker *throws razors at you >:P*


Second of all Yost is writing. Considering what happened in Avenging Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider to Logan, I don't think this is too bad (as long as carrion didn't know Strange's spells).

Edit. Considering Logan's current state.......... wait I won't kick a man when he is down. But I will throw more razors at him >:DDDD

Posted by Super_SoldierXII

@laflux said:

@super_soldierxii: First off, how do mistake SpOck for Parker *throws razors at you >:P*

Second of all Yost is writing. Considering what happened in Avenging Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider to Logan, I don't think this is too bad (as long as carrion didn't know Strange's spells).

Edit. Considering Logan's current state.......... wait I won't kick a man when he is down. But I will throw more razors at him >:DDDD

*Shakes his fist*

@jashro44 said:

@super_soldierxii said:

@kaine8 said:

Wolverine vs a razor... not funny!

How can that webbing hold Cage? Even if he couldn't break the web he could rip it out of the concrete wall.

Captain Marvel knocking Hyperion on his back was cool.

My favorite battle of the week is honorable mention Kaine and Wolverine vs The Red Death.

Was thinking the same thing. How the heck does Cage not effortlessly break free ... makes no sense. Unless he had JUST been webbed and was very temporarily restrained (like, the second it took Fist to kick Parker) ... I dunno. Seems silly.

Writers and artists are really going to have to work harder all round. Comic fans are demanding more and more thought and sophistication in their reads. Harder and harder to just turn our minds off and accept crap we know shouldn't fly.

I would have depicted Cage in the midst of ripping through the webbing or something ... and then it begs the question, are we supposed to assume Parker actually defeated those heroes? I think both Iron Fist and Cage together should take a strong majority over SpOck. Guess he could take out Dr. Strange if we're to assume he got the drop on him. But, whatever.

He didn't really defeat them. He was just following a virus. We don't see anything other then what is shown.

All though if its worth anything Otto was using impact webbing in amazing spider-man 700 which was designed to hold super humans. Admittedly yes Cage should have been able to rip the wall to escape.

Following a virus, yet dealing with their hosts how? Was he hitting, administering the antidote, then running?

Guess we can assume he was using some kind of super duper impact webbing ... still lazy writing / penciling due to the fact Cage could sneeze down a brick wall. Guess I'm starting to expect more from the creative teams over at Marvel and DC :P

But thanks for the input.

Edited by frogjitsu

Ha Ha, loved Spider-pus vs. Doc Strange! Reminds me of 1967 Spider-man socking crooks. BOOOOP!