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Best Battles in New Comics: 10/18/13

This week, we're featuring awesome fights from FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION, BLOODSHOT, and JUSTICE LEAGUE BEYOND 2.0.

Best Battles is back, Viners, and we've returned with some glorious action scenes! This week, we're diving into DC's Beyond Universe, watching the chaos unfolding in Bloodshot's world, and seeing how the Rogues react when their fellow villains attempt to destroy Central City. They all have their own special qualities which make them rock and please the eyes, but keep in mind we're only showing you bits and pieces of each battle! If you want all the details, buy the comic, silly.

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.

Kal-El vs. Jax-Ur / Justice League Beyond vs. Superman robots (Justice League Beyond 2.0 #5)

Okay, JUSTICE LEAGUE BEYOND 2.0 technically came out last week (Saturday), but seeing as Best Battles runs on Fridays and it couldn't apply to last week's feature (if we had one, that is), we simply couldn't pass on highlighting it this week. Why, you ask? Because it was very, very excellent. In fact, the following three images you'll see are just barely scratching the surface of all the action crammed into the digital issue.

So, here's what's going on: Kal-El is powerless and in the Phantom Zone. There, he encounters Jax-Ur and his son. His son has the ability to turn the Superman robots in the Fortress of Solitude against Kal's teammates. As Kal has his hands full with Jax, the Justice League members are having all kinds of trouble as well. Jax puts a serious hurting on Kal, but it's not too long before he shows he doesn't need his powers to hold his own.

Batman training > your training.

Back on Earth, the team struggles against the numerous Superman robots. Outnumbered against powerful forces, eventually it's Shazam who realizes this isn't a match they can win with just their fists -- they have to use their minds, too! Time to eat magic lightning, Superman robot!

"You hear that, Terry? STOP FIGHTING SO DUMB!"

As the future Justice League continues to struggle (there's a great image of Big Barda knocking a Superbot on the head), Jax and Kal carry on with their vicious punchfest. It's a brutal back and forth and even after the image below, Jax is by no means down for the count. He still has plenty of fight left in him and he may still have a trick or two up his armored wrist gauntlet.

That's one epic BRAKK!

Is Superman able to save the day with just his skill and wit? Does the Justice League successfully hold off the swarm of super-strong robots? Well, you'll just have to read to find out, won't you?

H.A.R.D. Corps vs. Harada's Base / Bloodshot vs. Gunslinger (BLOODSHOT AND H.A.R.D. CORPS #15)

Toyo Harada is experimenting on Bloodshot's (for his nanites) and Project Rising Spirit won't stand for any of that jibber jabber. So, they've created an all-new H.A.R.D. Corps (led by veterans Gunslinger and Maniac) and they're going in with one simple objective: retrieve Bloodhsot. They've made it to their target, but the group is hit with some bad news: the seemingly unstoppable soldier is in a severely weakened state. Instead of going out guns blazing with Bloodshot by their side, they're now forced to carry him out. Luckily for them, they're doing just fine.

Lifeline, give me awesome.

The team's luck doesn't last long, though, because it's not long before the insanely power Harada hears of this intrusion and goes to address it himself. The H.A.R.D. Corps members have an impressive amount of powers at their disposal, but Harada's simply on a whole different level. They won't be able to elude him for too long, so Maniac makes the selfless and brave decision to hold him off while his team flees.

Maniac lives up to his name.

Is it a boss battle of epic proportions? What happens to Maniac? We won't tell you, but it's totally worth experiencing for yourself. Maniac's actions allow the team to escape with Bloodshot, but ultimately, Harada isn't even bothered by it. You see, he already extracted nanites from Bloodshot and that was his goal all along. He has no further purpose for the weakened man they were once stored in.

Massive face-plant is massive.

Upon returning to the PRS base, the first thing Bloodshot wants to do is get the hell out of there. He's been manipulated for far too long and thinks anything new they'll tell him is a lie. However, Gunslinger needs him because they're going to go back to Harada's and the enhanced soldier has what it takes to hinder the powerful character. Tensions are running high, so instead of a civilized debate, they come to blows and, believe it or not, smashing Bloodshot's face into the ground -- so hard it lifts cars, mind you -- isn't even the end of it.

The Rogues vs. Secret Society (FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION #1)

After attending the lovely meeting in Rhode Island with all of the other popular villains, the Rogues return to Central City... except they didn't expect it to look like a total war zone. After a little investigating, they found out Gorilla Grodd let loose against the city. The place has endured massive destruction and Captain Cold realizes he needs to make sure his sister, Lisa Snart, is still safe in the hospital.

They do finally locate her, but unfortunately for them, the Secret Society shows up and it's not to bring her a "get well soon" card. It turns out the Crime Syndicate wants to make an example out of Central City and these villains are here to finish the job Gorilla Grodd started. Their first target: the hospital. And so begins the villains fight! Naturally, they all pair off and Captain Cold takes the first shot, stunning Black Bison. Plastique then tries to take on Heat Wave, but it's an epic fail for her because all she does is make him even more powerful. Amid the chaos, Typhoon talks a whole lot of trash against Weather Wizard, but it's not long before he eats those words.

Countered like a true Pokemon master.

The Secret Society talks a big game, but so far the Rogues are holding their own and with a fair amount of ease, too. As characters continue to pair off, Hyena chases after Trickster. The hairy villain calls Trickster a clown, and as expected, Axel throws some banter right back at the foe. However, insults aren't the only thing he tosses in this skirmish.

It's so cheesy that it's great.

Hyena manages to return the favor and bite Trickster's arm, but fret not, he's flying around just fine a few pages later and still tossing terribly annoying explosives right at Hyena. As each Rogue holds their own, the book chimes back in on Cold's battle and yes, he's still dominating against Black Bison.

Tell me again why Captain Cold isn't playable in Injustice: Gods Among Us... ?

All seems to be looking great for Flash's villains, but then Multiplex jumps Leonard Snart. Completely outnumbered, Cold gets knocked to the ground and the crowd of clones begins to stomp and pummel him. How does he get out of this painful situation and who shows up next? You'll just have to buy and read the book if you really want to know.

Honorable Mentions

Image taken from X-FACTOR #200

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

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Posted by dondave

Cool Choices, going to pick up Justice League Beyond

Posted by AllStarSuperman

Cant wait to read bloodshot and hardcorps

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Posted by Lvenger

Superman owned Jax-Ur like a boss. Glad that Superman's fighting skills aren't overlooked.

Posted by Mister_Sensational

Good battles! I'm definitely going to have to check out both Justice League Beyond and Rogues Rebellion. I'm equally as intrigued by the honorable mention of League of Assassins vs. The Untitled, I dropped Red Hood & The Outlaws some time ago but that might just cause me to pick it up again.

Posted by TheManInTheShoe

I love the Rogue's, some of the greatest villains ever created.

Posted by Kelevra216

Ugh! Stop making me want to buy "Rogues Rebellion" and go over my budget!

Edited by Wilbertus

Shazam's Macho Man Randy Savage impression vs. Martian Manhunter's face

You sparked my interest there!

Posted by longbowhunter

I'm really enjoying Justice League Beyond more than I expected. Christos Gage is giving us a pretty good Superman story.

Posted by comicfan11

The Rogues Rebellion fight was great but I'm surprised no one mentioned that the villains the Society send are not random.

They are the Firestorm Rogues.

Posted by Dernman

The Spider Annual. oh well too late.

Posted by Xwraith

Why didn't we have this for the past two weeks?

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Posted by jwalser3

Cant wait to read bloodshot and hardcorps

It's pretty epic. The Maniac part was crazy.

Posted by jwalser3

Was really expecting to see Batman vs. Batwomen make the list.

Posted by Life_Without_Progress
Edited by RedheadedAtrocitus

Future Superman vs. Jax-Ur for me. Awesome fight!

Edited by dauntes_patron

Hulk vs abomination was awesome to me

Posted by ULTRAstarkiller

Get off Batman's nuts Superman haha jk jk

Posted by Grimoire

Hulk vs abomination was awesome to me

It took more than 2 seconds so this fight wasn't that great for me after finding out what he was really fighting. lol

Edited by ThorBoy

Mirror Master saves Cold's ass. SPOILED!

Great villains..... Go buy this book

Edited by k4tzm4n

I unfortunately wasn't there. I was away for a personal reason. But anyway, happy to see the feature's absence was noticed :D

@dondave said:

Cool Choices, going to pick up Justice League Beyond

Good battles! I'm definitely going to have to check out both Justice League Beyond and Rogues Rebellion. I'm equally as intrigued by the honorable mention of League of Assassins vs. The Untitled, I dropped Red Hood & The Outlaws some time ago but that might just cause me to pick it up again.

Thanks! I'd recommend getting at least the issue before it. This one picks up right in the middle of the battle and there's no intro/recap provided.

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Edited by CaptainHoopla

Ah, Maniac. Such a brainless decision to take on Harada by yourself.

Posted by k4tzm4n

Ah, Maniac. Such a brainless decision to take on Harada by yourself.

HA!

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Edited by hamlet33

Rogues vs Secret society was AWESOME. Kinda surprised you didn't mention Cyborg Superman tearing through Brainiacs ship like tissue paper.

Posted by Herokiller12344

....Really? Superman needs to ask Batman how to fight? Superman?

Oh and how is Batman suddenly the greatest in the world?

Edited by FlashDamn

PLS PLS SOME1 TELL ME THE ROSTER JUSTICE LEAGUE BEYOND 2.0 (with pictures if possible)

THEN I MIGHT PICK IT UP

Edited by LifePool

You missed the kill shot in Bloodshot...

Edited by patrat18

Nice.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@lifepool said:

You missed the kill shot in Bloodshot...

Is it a boss battle of epic proportions? What happens to Maniac? We won't tell you, but it's totally worth experiencing for yourself.

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Posted by THEOCITYLEGEND

....Really? Superman needs to ask Batman how to fight? Superman?

Oh and how is Batman suddenly the greatest in the world?

Batman is undoubtedly one of the best in the world, whether he is the best is up for debate.

Why doesn't it make sense for Batman to train Superman? Since Batmans youth he has rigorously trained in h2h combat, Batmans h2h feats totally dwarf Supermans. Plus the two are best friends, who best to train Superman than his best friend?

Edited by Hancock89

@theocitylegend said:

@herokiller12344 said:

....Really? Superman needs to ask Batman how to fight? Superman?

Oh and how is Batman suddenly the greatest in the world?

Batman is undoubtedly one of the best in the world, whether he is the best is up for debate.

Why doesn't it make sense for Batman to train Superman? Since Batmans youth he has rigorously trained in h2h combat, Batmans h2h feats totally dwarf Supermans. Plus the two are best friends, who best to train Superman than his best friend?

No, sir. This isn't up for debate. He is most certainly not ''The Greatest Hand-to-Hand Fighter in History'', that's for damn sure. This is another addition to the pantheon of ridiculous Batman hype, anything to please the fanboys. On top of my head here are characters that are far superior to him in that regard in the DC universe: Lady Shiva, Deathstroke and Cassandra Cain.

I cringed a little after reading that panel to be honest.

Calling him the greatest in that field is an insult to those characters and many more. But hey, he's Batman right? So I guess these writers can say about anything. *rolls eyes

Posted by THEOCITYLEGEND

@theocitylegend said:

@herokiller12344 said:

....Really? Superman needs to ask Batman how to fight? Superman?

Oh and how is Batman suddenly the greatest in the world?

Batman is undoubtedly one of the best in the world, whether he is the best is up for debate.

Why doesn't it make sense for Batman to train Superman? Since Batmans youth he has rigorously trained in h2h combat, Batmans h2h feats totally dwarf Supermans. Plus the two are best friends, who best to train Superman than his best friend?

No, sir. This isn't up for debate. He is most certainly not ''The Greatest Hand-to-Hand Fighter in History'', that's for damn sure. This is another addition to the pantheon of ridiculous Batman hype, anything to please the fanboys. On top of my head here are characters that are far superior to him in that regard in the DC universe: Lady Shiva, Deathstroke and Cassandra Cain.

I cringed a little after reading that panel to be honest.

Calling him the greatest in that field is an insult to those characters and many more. But hey, he's Batman right? So I guess these writers can say about anything. *rolls eyes

Lol, no need to get so upset over it. What exactly puts Shiva over Batman? I am yet to see a fight between the two that suggests she is Batmans superior. As for Deathstroke, the one instance I know where Deathstroke clearly beat Batman was ages ago and Deathstroke even admitted his victory was solely to due his enhancements, and despite Deathstroke enhanced physicals he still barely walked away from the fight. I don't know enough about Cain to make a call on her, but even if she was superior to Batman she does not even exist post-flashpoint so whatever combat ability she used to have is irrelevant.

Edited by Herokiller12344

@hancock89: Agreed. I don't doubt that Batman's a good fighter, but one of the best in the world?

That's BS and pandering.

Posted by SpeedyMR

Get off Batman's nuts Superman haha jk jk

And this is why people can't enjoy things like this because of idiots like you. Sorry to all Superman fans out there, am not sure how you guys put up with this crap. Superman is better, Batman fans just can't get over it.

Edited by SpeedyMR

@hancock89: Agreed. I don't doubt that Batman's a good fighter, but one of the best in the world?

That's BS and pandering.

LOL ... guys it's Bruce Timm universe, Batman's the best at everything .... wait I think that's true in the main universe too.

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Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Nice

Edited by ULTRAstarkiller

@speedymr: Lol I guess I'm the idiot cause you and your four little post don't know what jk means lol. I never said Batman was better I simply made the joke cause Superman mentioned Batman lol. You sound like the fan boy to me as soon as I mention Batman you get offended lol.

Posted by Skinja

@hancock89: Who cares. Boo hoo someone said one fictional character is better then another fictional character.

Edited by SpeedyMR

@ultrastarkiller: "Get off Batman's nuts Superman." oh yeah what a funny joke so much that everyone replied and thanked you for such a brilliant joke that came off more as a jab at Superman. Here's my joke, why don't you get off of Batman's nuts ? hahahaha ... oh so gosh darn funny. Am not a fanboy and I wasn't offended, just thought you're joke was stupid and more of a jab, am sure if Superman saved the world you would be making some stupid joke there too.

Edited by ULTRAstarkiller

@speedymr: Lol if it was such a jab why did no one respond all butt hurt like you lol. And no I wouldn't I like Superman...pre 52 that is. And here's my fact why don't you get off Supermans nut. "O someone said a joke about Superman they hate him, I must defend his honor" lol you really wasted both our time by responding to me lol.

Edit. I said wouldn't I meant did like pre 52 Superman.

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@theocitylegend said:

Lol, no need to get so upset over it. What exactly puts Shiva over Batman? I am yet to see a fight between the two that suggests she is Batmans superior. As for Deathstroke, the one instance I know where Deathstroke clearly beat Batman was ages ago and Deathstroke even admitted his victory was solely to due his enhancements, and despite Deathstroke enhanced physicals he still barely walked away from the fight. I don't know enough about Cain to make a call on her, but even if she was superior to Batman she does not even exist post-flashpoint so whatever combat ability she used to have is irrelevant.

The reason is simply because you don't read enough comics (no offense), which is very blatant when you question whether or not Lady Shiva can defeat Batman. She decisively defeated him in all their encounters. I mean, throughout the years Shiva has consistently been praised as the best H-2-H fighter in the DC Universe, including by Batman himself. Hell, she even trained him at one point. He went to seek her teachings after Bane broke his back.

Concerning Deathstroke and Cassandra Cain, it's so delicious whenever I see fanboys look for excuses, this is basically you right now: ''Yeah he beat him but it's just because of this and that'' -- I really love this part, it's absolutely exquisite. Slade Wilson's enhancements are an integral part of his abilities, not his fault Batman can't keep up. Furthermore, it matters for naught if he defeated Batman a while ago, the fact remains that he did. And this is another reason why I dislike the way DC handles their continuity, it gives people like yourself a perfect reason to play donkey.

@herokiller12344 said:

@hancock89: Agreed. I don't doubt that Batman's a good fighter, but one of the best in the world?

That's BS and pandering.

Yeah man, it's absurd. If DC weren't so busy hyping up this one character maybe they wouldn't have so much trouble building up their cinematic universe. They don't fully exploit the rich potential of other great characters they have.... Whenever they hit a wall the main solution they go for most of the time are: ''Let's reboot all our books!!'' and ''More Batman.''

Edited by SpeedyMR

@ultrastarkiller:

Oh, yes because thinking you're joke isn't funny and more of a jab means am defending Superman's honor. "butt hurt" yep because anyone who thinks your joke wasn't really a joke but more of a jab is "butt hurt" person, how about I thought it was stupid, not funny and more of a jab. Yeah I did waste my time even commenting on such a stupid comment that claims to be a joke, and in the end it was a joke. People didn't bother to reply because they didn't think it was funny or worth bothering with, I of course went against my better judgement.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

The Justice League Beyond and the Rogues sounded awesome.

Edited by instantdeath999

@hancock89:

You're completely missing the point that Superman Beyond does not take place in the main DCU; it takes place in the DC Animated Universe. Lady Shiva has never appeared in the DCAU, nor has Deathstroke outside of Teen Titans, which is not officially part of the DCAU (and even if he had, I would argue that Batman is still the more skilled fighter, just as he's a more skilled fighter than Superman, even if he couldn't hope to beat him in a hand-to-hand fight). That is not to say that these characters do not exist in some capacity, but for all intents and purposes, Batman is the most skilled hand-to-hand fighter in the DCAU.

Edited by Hancock89

@instantdeath999: And I don't think you do, because even considering the probability of Lady Shiva being inexistent in the Timmverse throughout Bruce's carrier in Gotham, one would have to be completely blinded by fanboyism not to fully grasp the weight of this sentence: ''Greatest hand-to-hand fighter in History''. Emphasis on ''History'' here, meaning that Wayne is being held as the irrevocable best H-2-H combatant in the history of mankind. I mean, to an extent the writer could have got away with it if he said ''best of his generation''. Step out of your bubble for a second here. There has certainly got to be a limit to the amount of hype a single character can receive.

Edited by mightyrearranger

@hancock89 said:

@theocitylegend said:

@herokiller12344 said:

....Really? Superman needs to ask Batman how to fight? Superman?

Oh and how is Batman suddenly the greatest in the world?

Batman is undoubtedly one of the best in the world, whether he is the best is up for debate.

Why doesn't it make sense for Batman to train Superman? Since Batmans youth he has rigorously trained in h2h combat, Batmans h2h feats totally dwarf Supermans. Plus the two are best friends, who best to train Superman than his best friend?

No, sir. This isn't up for debate. He is most certainly not ''The Greatest Hand-to-Hand Fighter in History'', that's for damn sure. This is another addition to the pantheon of ridiculous Batman hype, anything to please the fanboys. On top of my head here are characters that are far superior to him in that regard in the DC universe: Lady Shiva, Deathstroke and Cassandra Cain.

I cringed a little after reading that panel to be honest.

Calling him the greatest in that field is an insult to those characters and many more. But hey, he's Batman right? So I guess these writers can say about anything. *rolls eyes

Bruce Lee with kung-fu movie force pwns all of them if we're talking "all of history".

Hell, Gail Simone Catman shreds half of that field alone.

And don't even get me started on Captain Falcon. Unless any of those mentioned can hit him into the air and over a distance of about 1 city block, he just won't die.

Edited by Hancock89
@mightyrearranger said:

Bruce Lee with kung-fu movie force pwns all of them if we're talking "all of history".

Hell, Gail Simone Catman shreds half of that field alone.

And don't even get me started on Captain Falcon. Unless any of those mentioned can hit him into the air and over a distance of about 1 city block, he just won't die.

LMAO, SHOO!!

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