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Best Battles in New Comics: 09/27/13

Check out awesome action scenes from the pages of DEADPOOL, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, and SCARLET SPIDER.

We all love a good story, but what's the point of having characters with such awe-inspiring power and skill if they don't get to use them every now and then? Thankfully for us, these characters often choose to solve their problems with their fists and abilities instead of their words, and every Friday we highlight our three favorite non-peaceful scenes. This week, Deadpool, Captain America and Wolverine lay waste to a prison camp in North Korea, the Foot Clan declares war against the Savate Ninjas, and Ana pushes Kaine to his limit. They're all great in their own way and we're only providing bits and pieces of each one, so if you want all the details, be sure to buy 'em!

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!

Image taken from BURN THE OPRHANAGE #1.

Deadpool, Wolverine, Captain America & Faux X-Men vs. North Korean Guards (DEADPOOL #17)

Thanks to some experimenting with Deadpool, The Butler has been able to create an imitation version of various X-men. Despite the formidable powers they possess, these faux X-Men haven't tried to escape because if they do, their families -- who are being held at another camp -- will be killed. Luckily for them, Deadpool, Wolverine AND Captain America are there to save the day (buy the issue if you want to know how the two A-listers are there with Wade). The three decide there's no way they'll let these people be held in a prison camp, so their assault begins. They have one simple objective: take out the guards before they can contact the other camp. Wade and Kim (aka North Korean Nightcrawler) literally throw the first punch.

But will you accept his dental insurance, Dr. Deadpool?

Wade then picks up an assault rifle and takes out guards in other towers. The merc only uses one bullet per enemy, and considering the distance and time between shots, it's a rather awesome accuracy feat for the character. Now the "new X-Men" conduct their attack and Wolverine tells faux Colossus and faux Wolverine they should do a fastball special. What happens next is just too good for words and we'll leave that surprise for when you read the issue. After that, it's time for this version of Cyclops take action.

Shalvey/Bellaire's visuals FTW.

Two guards observing the frenetic scene realize they're totally outclassed and have no chance of survival against these characters. However, they have syringes on them and they're under the belief it'll instill "temporary changes." Hoping it'll even the odds and not just kill them, the two inject themselves and turn into bulking rock creatures which look like Rockslide. The duo rush out and are bombarded by fire from the experimental version of Sunfire. One of the guards grabs him by the ankle and throws him into the distance. For a moment, it seems like he's just being flung out of the camp, but then he violently crashes against the barbed wire fence and the panel is absolutely vicious.

Imitation Warpath leaps into action but he doesn't fare much better. Before he gets ripped in half, the very awesome trio of Cap, Deadpool and Wolverine show up and save the day. Rogers goes to work against one of them, but despite smashing the guy's face with his shield numerous times, he's also trying to convince the guard to stand down. Wolverine and Deadpool aren't so kind to the other one and they show off some truly effective teamwork.

"Live for another day" he says as he smashes part of the guy's face off.

Again, these are just three small highlights from what was a phenomenal issue. You'll have to check out the full issue if you want to appreciate all of the goodness it has to offer. And, if you've been looking to get into the book, #15 is the ideal jumping on spot -- that's where this story ('The Good, The Bad & The Ugly') begins.

The Foot vs. Savate Ninjas / Splinter vs. Stockgen Security (TMNT #26)

Manhattan's a big place and Shredder wants it all. The only problem is there are some pesky other gangs living in the area, too. So, he's going to solve that little problem by taking them out. The funny thing is the leader of the Savate, Victor, is having a meeting and telling his allies they're going to strike at Shredder when he least expects it. Moments later, Shredder, Dark Leo and a whole bunch of Foot ninjas come crashing through the windows. Let the villain-on-villain fun commence!

When it comes to energy and motion, Santolouco is easily among the best.

As chaos unfolds between everyone, Dark Leo and Victor wind up in a separate room and it is absolutely go time. Leo throws a smoke bomb, swipes Victor's gun before he can react and then shatters one of his opponent's wrists. Even though one hand is disabled, Victor refuses to surrender and the two clash in a short but very sweet melee. Victor's struggle is futile and it's not long before Dark Leo takes control of the fight, though.

<3 Dark Leo.

While all of that villain-on-villain violence goes down in the city, Splinter proves he's a rat man of his word and agrees to help Old Hob on one mission. In exchange, Old Hob and Slash say will help him in his effort to save Leonardo. Old Hob's mission is straightforward: break into Stockgen and steal some mutagen. This would be impossible for some, but for Splinter, it's a cakewalk.

Splinter in action is always a treat.

Does Shredder finally have Dark Leo cross the line and Victor's his first victim? Does Old Hob betray Splinter? If you want to find out -- or if you just want to read a fantastic story --- then it's strongly recommended you pick up this issue. In the event you've been meaning to jump on board, City Fall started with issue #22. Honestly, can't recommend it enough.

Scarlet Spider vs. Ana Kravinoff (SCARLET SPIDER #22)

Last time these two met, Ana got a few hits in before Kaine made it more than clear he's her superior. However, this time around Ana has prep and a home field advantage (Houston Zoo) on her side. The fact Kaine isn't exactly at 100% doesn't hurt her chances, either.

Things kick off when Ana surprise attacks Kaine with a slash to the back and then flees. She then fatally injures a security guard and uses him as bait. Kaine of course goes to the injured man's aid, but it's a trap and the two swooped up in a net. The guard dies from his injuries and naturally, Kaine doesn't take too kindly to this. Quite pissed off, Kaine busts out of the net and tries to attack Ana. However, her speed and skill grant her an immediate advantage against his reckless attacks.

Her words cut deeper than her blades.

Even though she lands the first few hits, it's safe to assume we all know Ana doesn't have what it takes to hang with Kaine for too long. She's very impressive, sure, but the anti-hero has a massive physical edge. It's not long before that physical edge truly shows and Kaine is able to grab her ankle. Scarlet Spider then brutally slams her against the ground, making it more than clear her lucky has run out.

Yeah, this fight's over.

Kaine gets close to let her know he's done toying around with her, but he then realizes she's stabbed him with something. That something turns out to be a police badge belonging to his close friend. Kaine's been trying to do the right thing and be a good man, but now that someone he cares about is in danger, he begins reverting to his villainous ways. The super-strong character begins to lash out at Kraven's daughter, demanding to know what she's done with his friend.

"WHERE'S THE TRIGGER?! WHERE IS IT?!"

As if that wasn't bad enough, Ana then says she's killed all of Kaine's supporting cast except for Aracely, but promises she'll die next. Understandably livid over this development, Kaine pops one of his stingers and then...

Wait, you didn't think we'd actually reveal what happens next, did you? It's a big moment for Kaine -- one that totally deserves reading in its entirety.

Honorable Mentions

Image taken from X-FACTOR #200.

What are your top 3 fights from this week? Also, don't forget to make nominations every week in the official thread or tell Gregg via Twitter.

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Edited by tikhunt

Looking good this week.

Posted by scouts1998

why didn't "BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #23.4 JOKER'S DAUGHTER vs. Reviews" make it to the top 3?

Posted by Teerack

Someone explain to me why Raph has The Foot logo on his arm. Did Raph actually join the foot in the current run? If so that's amazing and I need to catch up.

Posted by RisingBean

@teerack: It's Leo and yeah Shredder has Leo on his team. It's referenced in the text.

Edited by Wardishy

Dark Knight reference made me chuckle. Scarlet Spider looks awesome though.

And holy cow, busy week for Cap as always...

Posted by Gritterr

That Jupiter's Legacy fight was brutal. Those images have scarred me.

Posted by TheManInTheShoe

Scarlet Spider and TMNT are often here

Posted by LCazT1996

why didn't "BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #23.4 JOKER'S DAUGHTER vs. Reviews" make it to the top 3?

This

Posted by jwalser3

  • BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #23.4 JOKER'S DAUGHTER vs. Reviews

Lol.

Edited by sagejonathan

@jwalser3 said:

  • BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #23.4 JOKER'S DAUGHTER vs. Reviews

Lol.

XD

Posted by jwalser3
Edited by Caladorcp

@teerack: Yes you do need to catch up. TMNT is amazing right now.

Here's what happened to Leo: Leo was brain-washed by Kitsune. He now thinks Shredder is his "father" and that Splinter and the other turtles are his enemies.

It's EPIC!!!

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

DP for me.

Posted by inferiorego

No ULT SPIDER-MAN?

i'm an angry commenter!

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Posted by k4tzm4n

No ULT SPIDER-MAN?

i'm an angry commenter!

And just like all angry posters, you've blatantly ignored the second paragraph.

WHERE WERE YOU WHEN I NEEDED YOU, MAT? :(

Edited by Edstone1
Edited by Cable_Extreme

Nice battles

Posted by Owie

I would have put Xorn-Jean Grey vs young Jean Grey, Emma Frost, and the Stepford triplets as an honorable mention. Not a streetlevel battle, but awesome!

Posted by inferiorego

@k4tzm4n said:

@inferiorego said:

No ULT SPIDER-MAN?

i'm an angry commenter!

And just like all angry posters, you've blatantly ignored the second paragraph.

WHERE WERE YOU WHEN I NEEDED YOU, MAT? :(

Teaching the next generation of young adults where to put commas. Also, working here. I'm too busy to read things!

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Posted by Xwraith

I can't remember the last time TMNT didn't make it to the top 3.

Posted by Mrgreenlantern

issue of Scarlet Spider had me torn between who kaine IS and who he has BECOME, this issue was an emotional roller coster for anyone following Kaines days in Houston.

It's safe to say I really really love the supporting cast and hope they all make it out , Aracely ,Wally,Donald and Annabelle all must survive!!!

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@owie said:

I would have put Xorn-Jean Grey vs young Jean Grey, Emma Frost, and the Stepford triplets as an honorable mention. Not a streetlevel battle, but awesome!

Fights don't need to be street level to make the cut. It's not on the list because I didn't read the issue you're talking about and no one recommended it to me on the site or via twitter.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@xwraith said:

I can't remember the last time TMNT didn't make it to the top 3.

The last 3 issues, Karai, Hun and #25, were all honorable mentions.

Edited by Michael_Moran

Turtles fight was real good

Posted by NICKXH

Scarlet Spider and TMNT are often here

Because Gregg Katzman is bias.

Edited by k4tzm4n

@nickxh said:

@themanintheshoe said:

Scarlet Spider and TMNT are often here

Because Gregg Katzman is bias.

Thanks for making other recommendations this week!

Gregg Katzman is sarcasm.

But really, it could be because they frequently provide rather awesome fights. I was actually considering another fight instead of Scarlet Spider (GotG), but it received a vote in the discussion thread and that motivated me to use it.

Posted by Strider92

@k4tzm4n said:

Thanks for making other recommendations this week!

Gregg Katzman is sarcasm.

But really, it could be because they frequently provide rather awesome fights. I was actually considering another fight instead of Scarlet Spider (GotG), but it received a vote in the discussion thread and that motivated me to use it.

Guilty!

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

When are the Faux X-men gonna get a book dammit!

Posted by TheManInTheShoe

@k4tzm4n: I hope I it didn't sound like I was complaining, just a statement

Posted by k4tzm4n

@k4tzm4n: I hope I it didn't sound like I was complaining, just a statement

No worries, I took no offense to what you said.

Edited by DCWarFan73

The art in Deadpool looks like crap....

Edited by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

Scarlet Spider vs. Kraven will be the BOMB next week!

Posted by Strider92

Scarlet Spider vs. Kraven will be the BOMB next week!

That it will! I'm just bummed we aren't gonna see Kaine Vs Shathra.......stupid Marvel canceling Scarlet Spider.......hopefully it'll start up again in Marvel Now phase 2.

Edited by Dabee

These Deadpool fights have come really out of nowhere. This whole arc was really unsuspected, but it is just SOOOO good! Also the TMNT fight looks great, and I know I'd love the title, but I know at the same time I'll never get around to reading it if I try it out...

Edited by Baberaham_Lincoln

Guardians of the galaxy #6 was amazing. Anything by Pichelli is amazing actually ^_^

Posted by Admiral_IronBeast

@dcwarfan73:

yeah im not too big of a fan of the way they portrayed Cap. Sure it fits with Deadpool's style but I feel like they didn't have to make his face so square...

But other than the take on Cap the art really is something special. The faux x-men all look really cool

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Splinter kicking @$$ for the win I say.

Edited by Darkseid_Prime

I would have preferred the Honorable Mentions

*in addition to the list*

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Posted by Owie

@k4tzm4n said:

@owie said:

I would have put Xorn-Jean Grey vs young Jean Grey, Emma Frost, and the Stepford triplets as an honorable mention. Not a streetlevel battle, but awesome!

Fights don't need to be street level to make the cut. It's not on the list because I didn't read the issue you're talking about and no one recommended it to me on the site or via twitter.

Sure, there's a billion comics out there, I understand. I'm not complaining, just mentioning it for anyone else who is interested.

Posted by flazam
Edited by wade_wilson22

I love the new modern style look to the turtles!

Posted by Mapuia_Ralte

TMNT and Deadpool made it, I am pleased!

Posted by Jake Fury

Argh, no best battles this week >__<

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