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Best Battles in New Comics: 09/20/13

This week, we take a look at awesome fights from SAVAGE WOLVERINE, INFINITY: AGAINST THE TIDE, and TEEN TITANS: DEATHSTROKE!

I have good news and I have fantastic news. The good news is it's finally Friday. So, find some confetti and throw it in the air like a total boss (apologies if you're reading this next Monday). The fantastic news is there were some super awesome fights in this week's new comics and we chose three that rock quite a bit.

Yes, the fight in INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US #36 was easily the best fight this week and will likely be the best of the year, but given the fact it's one of the biggest and most magnificent surprises the series has yet to hit us with, we're choosing not to include it. It's definitely something you want to experience for yourself.

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!

Taken from Image's BURN THE ORPHANAGE #1. Strongly recommend if you grew up with side-scrolling beat 'em ups.

Wolverine vs. Shikaru. Kingpin vs. Vanessa (SAVAGE WOLVERINE #8)

All this time Elektra and Wolverine thought The Hand was trying to resurrect Bullseye and he would be the one to kill the organization's leader, Kingpin. It turns out that was all a ruse and the real individual being brought back to the world of the living was the crime lord's former wife, Vanessa Fisk. Fisk may be callous, but he has no desire to fight his ex-lover... even if she does look frightening and is viciously attacking him with blades.

Marvel, if you're going to use Kingpin, please make sure Joe Mad is illustrating.

Watching Kingpin casually block and endure such brutal attacks is a much required reminder of just how badass the man truly is. Not to mention it's an extraordinary amount of will power, too. The dude takes not one, not two, but THREE savage hits with that blade before fighting back. And when he does, he throws an absolutely ferocious punch of his own.

Kingpin channels his inner Wolverine.

Meanwhile, Wolverine is tied up and Elektra is struggling against the formidable Shikaru -- a character who wrecked Logan after a good fight in the last issue. As Elektra fights for her life, the Arbiters judge Wolverine and this process forces him to go completely berserk. Logan breaks free and lunges at Shikaru, claws out and ready to slash. The X-Man let's loose, unleashing a combo of ruthless attacks with his adamantium claws and makes short work of the lumbering foe.

"Kingpin thinks he can out-scream ME in my own series? DIEEEEARRGHHH!"

While writer Zeb Wells provides a more than entertaining and fierce story, Joe Madureira's made this read extra awesome with some majorly intense and explosive artwork.

If you want to know what happens between Kingpin/Vanessa and Wolverine/Shikaru: GO BUY THE ISSUE! Honestly, it stinks this team was only on board for 3 issues, but it's an excellent ride nonetheless.

Silver Surfer vs. Aleph forces (INFINITY: AGAINST THE TIDE #2)

Norrin Radd, the Silver Surfer, against a seemingly unlimited amount of enemy forces? Yeah, that sounds like it could be fun and thankfully, it is! The Skrull planet Hy'lt Minor is being attacked by a massive amount of Alephs. These flying robots of death and destruction work for the Builders (read Jonathan Hickman's INFINITY for more details. A lot of details). Naturally, they think this planet is unfit for evolution and have begun their bombardment. Silver Surfer, however, won't just stand by as helpless Skrulls are slaughtered. Unleash that power, Norrin!

Hold on... tell me again why Silver Surfer isn't in Marvel vs. Capcom, because that would rule.

The cosmic powerhouse continues to unleash and all of the chaos and destruction looks most superb thanks to Rock-He Kim's breathtaking artwork. The attention to detail is simply outstanding. Everything from the characters -- be it organic or artificial -- to the environment to the sky is ridiculously impressive. Anyway, back to more of Norrin wiping out some Alephs.

COSMIC SONIC BOOOOM! Okay, no more talk about fighting games. Promise.

Despite his efforts, there's more and more of these robots soaring across the sky and tearing the planet apart. While this apocalyptic scenario is unfolding, Radd sees that even when the end is near, some Skrulls are focused on harming one another. This makes him contemplate if his efforts here are even worth it at all. As he ponders, there's a wonderful splash page of the overwhelming forces swarming the planet.

Eerie yet beautiful, isn't it?

Is Radd able to fend off the fleet of robots and save the planet? Does he turn his back and let the will of the universe unfold? Friends, you'll have to read the digital chapter to find out. It's only two chapters but totally satisfying thanks to some absurdly good visuals.

Deathstroke vs. Deathblow, Mercenaries (TEEN TITANS #23.2 DEATHSTROKE)

Rule #162: Never stand between Deathstroke and his job. You won't win. Despite having history with Slade, Deathblow has somehow forgotten rule #162. Luckily for him, Slade respects their history and chooses to go pretty easy on him, dropping him with a staff to the head. From there, he swiftly takes down the remainder of Michael's gang before casually stepping into an elevator.

Protip: don't say "you're going down" against someone who's better than you. You'll just look silly.

Slade's a smart fellow, so when he steps into the elevator he also counts down the seconds until he knows Deathblow will return. The two wind up hanging on the elevator cables and once again, Slade has no real issue proving he's superior to Michael. One kick and slash later and Michael goes plummeting down the elevator shaft.

Rule #162, man. Stop forgetting it!

Slade makes it to the rooftop and we finally see what the job is that they've been fighting over: assassinate an official while he's giving a speech. Slade sets up his sniper rifle and takes his shot. If you know anything about DC's mercenary, then you know he's not going to screw up such an easy hit. Immediately after taking the shot, Deathblow's gang returns and clearly hasn't learned their lesson. So, Slade has no trouble teaching it to them yet again.

I feel bad for the dude who got triple plink'd.

Just like many other Villains Month issues, this one reveals an all-new origin story for Slade. If you consider yourself a fan of the character, you'll definitely want to give it a read to see how things have changed for him.

Honorable Mentions

Taken from X-FACTOR #200. Also, hopefully you were entertained. And if not... apologies, but no refunds.

What are your top 3 fights from this week? Again, if you're going to discuss INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, please, please, PLEASE remember to use spoiler tabs. Also, don't forget to make nominations every week in the official thread or tell Gregg via Twitter.

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Edited by batsymyplaything

What about Alfred vs. Superman?!?! I mean, yes, it was one sided beating, but still.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

The art in wolverine is horrendous. Look at there giant mouths! Silver surfer looks amazing though.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

Deathstroke looks very good

Edited by lifeofvibe

Wolvverine king pin damn thats awsome

Posted by dondave

What about Alfred vs. Superman?!?! I mean, yes, it was one sided beating, but still, and when i say one-sided, it was Alfred kicking the snot out of Superman. When will we ever see that again?

Gregg didn't include it because he want's people to read the issue instead

Edited by Wilbertus

Wolverine looks amazing. Such raw power. Talking about a beast...

Posted by Chewblocka

That Deathstroke issue was surprisingly good, the art was up and down but still nice.

Posted by patrat18

Ds was badass.

Posted by THEOCITYLEGEND

What about Alfred vs. Superman?!?! I mean, yes, it was one sided beating, but still, and when i say one-sided, it was Alfred kicking the snot out of Superman. When will we ever see that again?

Ya, I am confused about that to.

Posted by jwalser3
Posted by G_Money_Christmas

The art in wolverine is horrendous. Look at there giant mouths! Silver surfer looks amazing though.

I like it. It's a real departure from the norm and it's something way different compared to a lot of artists who follow the same format. That's one thing Marvel is the best at, how diverse their team of artists is.

Posted by TheJedinator13

@allstarsuperman: Seriously! I mean its all about personal opinion but I love the wolverine art style. Joe Madureira is like my favourite artist

Posted by RageEx2

Silver Surfer was amazing, there were a lot of breathtaking moments in there

Edited by murderpool

What about the thunderbolts vs teamwork

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

The artwork for the Silver Surfer fight is amazing!

Posted by ravisher

no Alfred vs. Superman?

why?

Posted by MuyJingo

The main fight in Injustice wasn't impressive at all, but it served the story well. The brief fight at the end with Alfred was far more impressive and well done, IMO.

Edited by Dabee

The art in wolverine is horrendous. Look at there giant mouths! Silver surfer looks amazing though.

That's all kind of Joe Mad's style, which is in my opinion one of my favorites.

Also I'm surprised Villains Month versus our wallets wasn't one of them.

SPOILER: Villains month wins. DC always wins.

Posted by Owie

I don't personally care for Joe Mad's rendering of Wolverine, but that Kingpin stuff was fantastic. Looks great, and awesome slugfest.

And that Silver Surfer art looks great too.

Posted by HellionVulcan

The art for silver surfer during Infinity has been insanely good just loving that event .

Posted by Barkley

Kingpin is a badass

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Nice. The Kingpin battle was awesome.

Edited by Quintus_Knightfall

Not as badass as Stroke vs the Mercs and Deathblow, but for some reason I really liked Superior Carnage vs Klaw. It was subtle but Klaw showed some moderate skill that I didnt know he had.

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Posted by k4tzm4n

@ravisher said:

no Alfred vs. Superman?

why?

What about Alfred vs. Superman?!?! I mean, yes, it was one sided beating, but still.

@batsymyplaything said:

What about Alfred vs. Superman?!?! I mean, yes, it was one sided beating, but still, and when i say one-sided, it was Alfred kicking the snot out of Superman. When will we ever see that again?

Ya, I am confused about that to.

Read the intro.

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Posted by DecoyElite

Nice picks. I need to read that Silver Surfer thing, the art is great. Shame non of the Valiant stuff had any crazy fights, although the issue were still pretty good.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@_caesar_ said:

Not as badass as Stroke vs the Mercs and Deathblow, but for some reason I really liked Superior Carnage vs Klaw. It was subtle but Klaw showed some moderate skill that I didnt know he had.

Slipped my mind! I'll add it to the honorable mentions. Thanks for the reminder.

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Posted by Quintus_Knightfall

@k4tzm4n: (just re-read the intro and see I should have mentioned it in the discussion thread and not this one. My bad lol)

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Posted by DecoyElite

@_caesar_ said:

@k4tzm4n: (just re-read the intro and see I should have mentioned it in the discussion thread and not this one. My bad lol)

Re-read the intro again. He had specific reasons for not using the Injustice fight.

Posted by Quintus_Knightfall

@_caesar_ said:

@k4tzm4n: (just re-read the intro and see I should have mentioned it in the discussion thread and not this one. My bad lol)

Re-read the intro again. He had specific reasons for not using the Injustice fight.

Huh? I wasnt the one who mentioned the Injustice fight. I mentioned the Superior Carnage vs Klaw fight :)

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Posted by DecoyElite

@_caesar_: WELP.

Who wants breakfast? BECAUSE THERE'S EGG ON MY FACE

Posted by CitizenJP

The artwork for Infinity looks incredible.

Posted by Vaeternus

Now I see why the DS issue was sold out near me lol. So I have to pick it up next week :(

Posted by Lvenger

Did Surfer beat multiple Alephs that soloed the entire Hickman Avengers team? And people think he can be beaten by Thor. Great picks this week Gregg!

Posted by Lykida

Great fights, but Shatterstar put the biggest smile on my face. I'm so gonna miss this great X-Factor series. :-(

Posted by Arkhamc1tizen

cool fights

Posted by DCWarFan73

@allstarsuperman: I totally agree, guess if you draw with feces and slap on an X-men label people will buy it regardless of how crappy it is.

Posted by cameron83

Silver surfer was amazing.

And Joe mad's art is amazing, one of my favorites.

And that wolverine issue looks awesome

Posted by THEOCITYLEGEND

@k4tzm4n: Oh lol, sorry man. I usually skip reading the intro.

Edited by AllStarSuperman

@allstarsuperman: I totally agree, guess if you draw with feces and slap on an X-men label people will buy it regardless of how crappy it is.

i totally agree with you, the art is just horrendously revolting. i couldnt get threw the whole book with it lokking like that.

Edited by batsymyplaything

@k4tzm4n My apologies, I didn't see your note about the last issue of Injustice: Gods Among Us. Thanks, for editing my previous post, lol.

Edited by HushoftheWind

c'mon people, im actually impress at the maturity, not one single Deathblow joke. i love comicvine

Posted by WaveMotionCannon

JOE MAD+ Wolverine=5 kinds of AWESOME!!

Rock He Kim blew my mind with the Silver Surfer art and demonstrated how badass Surfer truly is.

Posted by donlee18007

Wolverine is the beast! Super healing power, and just his rage makes him awesome.

Posted by LordRequiem

I simply love the artwork with the Silver Surfer. That duff colour is really cool.

Posted by XImpossibruX

Needs more Surfer fights!!!

That artwork was fantastic.

Edited by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

@lvenger said:

Did Surfer beat multiple Alephs that soloed the entire Hickman Avengers team? And people think he can be beaten by Thor. Great picks this week Gregg!

Well they were usually surprise attacked and ambushed and you should know they always dumb down powerful characters in team books so Thor was obviously holding back. Plus in Thor GOT Thor took a blast that would have killed all gods and he took it in himself. Not saying Thor beats him but just saying :p

Posted by medulaoblaganda

Silver surfer art is muah!!. I wanna see silver surfer fight hand to hand combat not only cosmic energy. He can fight without is board on air and land right? I also love kingpin. Kingpin should not be underestimated in comics.he is truly bad ass.

Posted by Jake Fury

Eh, thought the Deathstroke issue was pretty boring.

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