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Best Battles in New Comics: 11/08/13

This week, we're featuring awesometastic fights from CAPTAIN AMERICA, AMAZING X-MEN, and MARVEL KNIGHTS: SPIDER-MAN.

Prepare for greatness, action junkies. Plenty of cool brawls took place in this week's new comics, but after much consideration, we've narrowed it down to our three favorites. First, Captain America and Falcon will fight to save people from a powerful killer who's armed with a mini-gun. Then, we'll witness the fun return of everyone's favorite Blue Elf in a swashbuckling battle. Last and absolutely not least, we'll head to the skies and watch Spider-Man take on a trio of his infamous villains while trapped in a plane. Each of these fights have their own qualities which make them more than worthy of highlighting, but keep in mind we're only showing you bits and pieces of each one. This means if you want to enjoy everything that goes down, you'll just have to go buy the comics. Sure, you can just ask a friend about what happens, but why not actually support what you love and experience it 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!

Captain America/Falcon vs. Nuke (CAPTAIN AMERICA #13)

When America needed a hero, Captain America was born. But what if the super-soldier experiment went wrong? Frank Simpson aka Nuke would be the end result of that and he's a mentally unstable killing machine. Extremely durable and full of rage, Daredevil once had to completely unleash against the character just to survive and even his nerve strikes were entirely ineffective. So, how will Steve Rogers fare against this mass-murderer? Well, he kicks things off with a bang: a shield smash to the face.

Cap sure knows how to make an entrance.

Nuke once again shows off his durability because, that soaring shield to the face? Yeah, he's perfectly cool after it. Steve follows through with a punch across Simpson's face, but if a shield smash directly on that deranged face of his won't do it, a punch certainly won't, either. Cap's had his turn to dish out some attacks -- now it's Nuke's turn. Let's just say Captain America has seen better days.

Pwned with politeness. And punches.

Falcon doesn't handle any better and promptly gets smacked by the massive mini-gun Frank's holding. Now that the two heroes are down, Nuke continues his vicious slaughter of everyone and everything in the nation of Nrosvekistan. Thousands have already been killed and now Rogers and Sam Wilson are desperately trying to make sure Nuke can't continue this killing-spree. Unfortunately, as the two Avengers are down, Frank kills even more men and eventually throws explosives at another group. Falcon swoops in, hoping to save the targets, but Frank makes him slam on the breaks with a barrage of bullets.

Maybe you'll be awesome in the movie, Falcon?

Do the explosives take any more lives and does Nuke's rampage continue? How do Cap and Falcon hope to stop the madman? You'll definitely want to read this issue to see much more of the fight and all of the emotion Rick Remender put into it.

Speaking of super-soldiers gone wrong, what ever happened to Protocide? Bring the guy back, Marvel!

X-Men vs. Azazel/Pirates (AMAZING X-MEN #1)

Eternal happiness in a gorgeous land? Yeah, many people would be thrilled to be in heaven, but Nightcrawler is clearly yearning for his old life. It's a total coincidence that as he elaborates about this a bunch of crazy pirates go on the assault and give the character a chance to remember what his old life was like. We haven't seen the Blue Elf in action for quite some time, so it's a real treat as Jason Aaron makes the X-Man go all out with his teleporting.

Ed McGuinness makes tele-combos look great.

These sword-wielding enemies may look intimidating, but against Nightcrawler they're complete chumps. Also, they made one big mistake: they basically handed Kurt's favorite weapon over to him. He won't slice and dice anyone due to his morals, but he has no problem smacking them around with the weapon's handle and, man, it sure looks like it hurts.

Kurt returns with a BAMF.

Those goons were a piece of cake, but now it's time to see who was leading them. Much to our surprise, it's Kurt's father, Azazel. Even if Mr. Wagner isn't one of your top X-Men, there's just no denying how fun it is to watch him BAMF around in a brawl. It's mostly a stalemate against his dear old dad, but then Kurt lands a solid hit to the chin. It doesn't knock Azazel out or anything, but still, it's pretty rad.

Take that, pirate dad.

Does the Blue Elf ultimately defeat the Red Elf? How does this link back to the X-Men? Well, you'll just have to read AMAZING X-MEN #1 to find out, won't you? It's the return of Nightcrawler, after all! Do you really need another reason?

Spider-Man vs. Shocker/Sandman/Hydro-Man (MARVEL KNIGHTS: SPIDER-MAN #2)

You're going to have a bad day if you're forced to fight Shocker, Hydro-Man and Sandman all at once. But drugged and confined in an airplane? You're going to have a really bad day. Despite looking spiffy in a whole new attire, Spider-Man makes short work of Herman Schultz aka Shocker with just one clean punch. One threat down (with basically no energy wasted), two to go.

It ain't easy being a Shocker fan.

Fun fact: Shocker's actually not a chump every now and then. Even though he's an ordinary human, his costume produces a vibro-shield strong enough to soak hits from even Spider-Man. Heck, one time he created a suit so powerful that Spider-Man couldn't win and survived out of sheer luck. Unfortunately for Herman, his new attire doesn't seem all that effective and one punch later, he's entirely out of the picture. Sandman and Hydro-Man, on the other hand, won't be so simple to defeat. Sandman doesn't hold back at all in this gauntlet and begins to suffocate the wall-crawler.

Sandman's a pretty scary dude when he wants to be.

Parker usually needs to think outside the box to beat Sandman. He's a powerful enemy, but he's overconfident, has a blatant weakness or two and isn't all that tactical. Parker often takes advantage of this, but trapped in an airplane, what can he hope to do? Well, writer Matt Kindt has a unique solution to this: he punches the villain in the groin. Yes, Sandman is defeated via a punch to his nether regions. Who knew he even had that when in sand form, right? Two down, but Hydro-Man still remains. Unfortunately for the web-slinger, Hydro-Man's attack is relentless and brutal. Instead of attempting to drown or smack him around with waves, the fiend begins to drain all of the water out of his body. Yeesh.

Hydo-man's no joke now, eh?

So, how does Spider-Man get out of this one? You should know by now we're not going to tell you, silly. Kindt's creating an enjoyable gauntlet, but Marco Rudy's art really is something else, isn't it? It's totally out there, fully immersing us in the crazy and twisted scenario Spidey's currently stuck in. You'll most certainly want to pick this one up to appreciate all of the pages.

Honorable Mentions

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.

45 Comments
Posted by tikhunt

A full marvel week, I'm impressed.

Posted by TheManInTheShoe

I loved Nightcrawler's return

Posted by AllStarSuperman

Pretty good.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

@tikhunt said:

A full marvel week, I'm impressed.

Posted by funckygarcon

why does Spider-Man look so anorexic? a newbie to a gym will put on more muscles than that, a pity!!

Posted by 2cool4fun

Lol all the winners are Marvel and all the honorable mentions are DC, that makes my OCD happy :p

Posted by jwalser3

Ultraman vs. Black Adam was pitiful.

Posted by Xwraith

"Adventures of Superman vs. My Heart"?

Posted by micah

No ultimates?

Posted by TheJedinator13

one of my favourites this week was Egypt Vs Aztec (God is Dead #3)

Posted by WaveMotionCannon

BS Sandman has "sandballs" now? Gtfoh. He went from having his consciousness located in a single special grain of sand to having actual balls in sand form? Wtf?!?

Edited by VeganDiet

While he is sometimes treated like a joke, Shocker was pretty much the only Superior Foe putting up a good fights against Luke Cage and Iron Fist in the last issue of Superior Foes of Spider-man. That was a pretty nice treat for Shocker fans.

Posted by Iron_Turtle

Quick Q. Re: Marvel Knights Spider-man.

Is this Peter or Otto?

Edited by UltimateSMfan

Green arrow and Batman beating the crap out of moth is easily the funniest thing this week. Other than that absolutely loved superman vs. hurricane, superman vs doctor fate(Holy Crap, Woah!!) and definitely AOS #28 vs. my heart :') and Ultra man vs Black Adam was just insane! talk about not wasting time and getting things done...

Edited by TheCheeseStabber

Quick Q. Re: Marvel Knights Spider-man.

Is this Peter or Otto?

Peter

Im picking up the series in hard cover, that art looks insane!

Though sand man having Testicals is PIS/CIS/WIS!

Posted by Owie

The art in Spidey looks pretty great. I thought maybe it was just the cover earlier, great to see it's inside too. May have to pick that up. Fact is, Spidey has some insanely tough villains, and can't really beat them without some CIS/PIS, but what can you do? I do think his villains should get more respect and fight some tougher heroes more often. Sometimes they do, but they need to do it more.

So if this is Peter, what's the idea? Are these stories just happening in the past, or in an alternate universe?

The Nightcrawler fight was a lot of fun. Good to see Kurt do some swashbuckling.

Posted by PhoenixoftheTides

I am not a Spiderman fan. I repeat: I am not a Spiderman fan. But the Marvel Knights battle looks the most dramatic out of all of them. Spidey vs. the Sinister Six is one of my favorite battles - and I was a huge X-Men fan back in the day.

Edited by Mrgreenlantern

Lol it was more than a punch. I'd say he was making wine with his hands and sandmans grapes were well er the grapes =p

Posted by green_skaar

Don't forget:

Mighty Avengers vs, Shuma-Gorath (Mighty Avengers #3)

Posted by frozenedge

Sandman having a groin while in sand form? Couldn't they have had Parker use Hydro-Man to accidentally attack Sandman or vice versa?

Posted by DCWarFan73

Don't forget:

Mighty Avengers vs, Shuma-Gorath (Mighty Avengers #3)

Cannot wait to read this issue

Posted by green_skaar

@green_skaar said:

Don't forget:

Mighty Avengers vs, Shuma-Gorath (Mighty Avengers #3)

Cannot wait to read this issue

It's a good one :)

Posted by tensor

Superman VS Doctor Fate and Ultraman VS Black Adam.Those fights were not battles that was some, one sided you can't beat me action.

Posted by Z3RO180

The night crawler one was my idea :)

Edited by evilvegeta74

@tikhunt said:

A full marvel week, I'm impressed.

I can't believe it!

Posted by k4tzm4n

@tikhunt said:

A full marvel week, I'm impressed.

I can't believe it!

Not like I need to say it, but the logo on the cover is totally irrelevant in this segment. This week, it came down to the simple fact that DC's best battles were very brief and the good ones just weren't as appealing than the three from Marvel I highlighted.

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Posted by evilvegeta74

@k4tzm4n said:

@evilvegeta74 said:

@tikhunt said:

A full marvel week, I'm impressed.

I can't believe it!

Not like I need to say it, but the logo on the cover is totally irrelevant in this segment. This week, it came down to the simple fact that DC's best battles were very brief and the good ones just weren't as appealing than the three from Marvel I highlighted.

I'm just shocked that's all, I get where you are coming from though!

Posted by New_World_Order

@jwalser3: Agreed, the way Adam went down...

Posted by ComicStooge

What a...MARVELOUS week.

Edited by HolySerpent

they treated adam like they treated hocker

Posted by Samuel_Simmons

Swamp thing should've made it.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

Damn, Can't Ed team up with Mark waid already on the Hulk title?

Edited by HeraldofGanthet

@wavemotioncannon:

BS Sandman has "sandballs" now? Gtfoh. He went from having his consciousness located in a single special grain of sand to having actual balls in sand form? Wtf?!?

I know right? LOL! Who the hell knew that Sandman had nards?!?

Edited by Pokergeist

@tensor: lol I called it. Black Adam is officially a worthless jobber for anyone who needs some face time before fighting Superman lol.

Edited by Jake Fury

The only 2 battle issues I got this week were Earth 2 and Swamp Thing. Nice to see them get a mention here but they were both rather one sided towards the villains.

Posted by MixMastaMicah5

Marvel Knights Spider-Man = too good

Edited by Omega Ray Jay

Good stuff, always good to see Nightcrawler

Edited by TheFirstLantern

Lol the superman vs Dr.Fate fight was more like a roflcurbstomp in superman's favor.

Edited by Ancient_0f_Days

@thefirstlantern said:

Lol the superman vs Dr.Fate fight was more like a roflcurbstomp in superman's favor.

pretty much...