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Best Battles in New Comics: 11/15/13

This week, we're featuring awesome fights from the pages of SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN, UNITY and INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US. Come check out all of the chaos!

Sure, we love a good character-driven story and a plot full of twists and turns, but every now and then, it's just so fun to watch these talented and powerful fictional characters go all Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots on one another. While it's tough to narrow down the three we want to highlight most weeks, the latest new releases offered a handful which were clearly more than deserving of our love. First, it's Superman fighting a God. We don't need to say anything else to sell you on that one, right? Good. Moving on. Then, we check out Valiant's new series, UNITY, for some hectic action. Can one of Valiant's deadliest characters hope to survive against one of its most powerful? Last but certainly not least, you'll witness the Main Man, Lobo, try to capture Harley Quinn. Green Arrow and Black Canary are unfortunate enough to be pulled into the mess, too.

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!

Superman vs. Apollo (SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #2)

It doesn't matter if you're a mere human of the Ruler of Mount Olympus, Superman isn't just going to stand around and say nothing as someone he cares about is treated poorly. In this case, it just so happens to be Apollo, the God of the Sun, saying rather unpleasant things to Wonder Woman. Now, Diana is obviously more than capable of standing up for herself, but Kal simply had to step in. After hearing Apollo say such cruel things to Diana, Superman gave him a stern warning: if you talk to her that way again, you're going to get hit. And seeing as he's talking to a God, Kal makes it clear that means he won't need to hold back like he usually does. The threat humors Apollo's and his response is... well, it's priceless. Go on, see for yourself.

A painful panel for Superman fans.

The casual backhand sends Superman soaring a good distance before he smashes into a vat of lava. Charles Soule has a bit of fun with the script at this point and those who remember Batman and Guy Gardner's "fight" are sure to get a good laugh. But you didn't think that was the end of this fight, did you? Don't get me wrong, a one-shot fight like that is hilarious and would definitely go in the honorables section, but worthy of being highlighted? No way. So as you probably guessed by now, the Man of Steel is by no means down for the count. Once Big Blue gets back up, he has a chance to show Apollo it'll take way more than a slap to end this fight.

Super-shoryuken.

Yes, Superman just uppercut a rather arrogant Deity -- one so arrogant that he believed he could defeat one of Earth's most powerful heroes with a smack. So, after getting struck in the face so hard, you can bet he's going to throw a temper tantrum and lash out. We know Apollo has the strength to hurt Supes with blunt force, but this God wants to really let loose and fires a blast at the Justice Leaguer. Yup, the God of the Sun is firing an energy blast a Superman. If you know even just the bare basics of Clark's powers, you know that isn't exactly the best tactic. It's basically the equivalent of poking Bruce Banner in the eye -- you just don't do it.

You chose poorly, Apollo.

We now have Superman who's been hit with the power of the sun ready to continue his throwdown with Apollo. Good luck with that, Apollo. Well, what happens next? It's not all that long (as expected since Superman is boosted), but it's quite awesome. You'll definitely want to read the issue to see what goes down and where the book is heading.

X-O Manowar vs. Harada's Forces (UNITY #1)

Aric aka X-O Manowar has freed his fellow Visigoths from an alien planet where they were being held against their will. Upon returning to Earth, Aric and his group decides to set up shop in the location that was once their homeland. But there's one little problem: that land is now Romania. As you can imagine, the powers that be aren't just going to sit back and twiddle their thumbs as an alien ship and advanced alien technology takes over a country. Hoping to avoid nuclear war and solve this on his own, the amazingly powerful psiot, Toyo Harada, has set up an elaborate mission to capture Aric. When it comes to absurdly difficult missions, there's only one person who's just right for the job: Ninjak.

While Aric's distracted and on the lookout for Russian forces, Ninjak sneaks to their sophisticated ship and sees the there's only one dude guarding it. Considering all the man has accomplished, this will be a breeze for Ninjak.

Ninjak > your security.

As Ninjak works behind the scenes, Harada has a very expensive and seemingly formidable team (named Unity) heading in to defeat X-O Manowar. The team has trained excessively for this sole purpose, but one can never truly be prepared to face a warrior wearing the galaxy's most powerful armor. Before they can even get their feet on the ground, Aric blasts two apart and makes very short work of what's left of the team.

You need to buy the issue to see what happens next. It's well worth it.

Now that all of those threats have been disposed of, Aric quickly sets his sights on Ninjak. The two have clashed before and, thanks to his skill, technology and tactics, Ninjak was barely able to survive. Now he has this insanely powerful being heading right for him once again and in a compact area, too. Needless to say, what happens next is far from ideal for the dangerous assassin.

Ninjak, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Thanks to his hologram and sword, the thunderous punch isn't quite as damaging as it could have been. But what can the man possibly do to elude Aric once again, especially after suffering such a blow? Trust us, you'll want to pick up UNITY #1 to see not only what happens next, but all of the greatness which leads up to it.

And yes, it's new reader friendly, so have at it.

Lobo vs. Harley Quinn, Green Arrow & Black Canary (INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US ANNUAL #1)

Lobo travels to Earth to take on Superman, but the Main Man bit off a little more than he could chew in this case. This alternate version of Big Blue doesn't play all that nice, and he promptly shows Lobo this is a fight the bounty hunter won't win. Superman, however, has use of Lobo: he wants him to find Harley Quinn. She's been on the run ever since Joker nuked Metropolis and tricked Superman into killing Lois Lane. When Superman found Joker, he put his hand through the clown's chest. So yeah, you can understand why the female villain has been laying low. Lobo heads off to find Quinn and doesn't have much trouble at all. Upon finding her, the physical aspect of the fight goes exactly how you'd expect.

A for effort, Quinn.

Let's backtrack for a moment. The only payment Lobo wanted for this gig was one of those spiffy power pills. For those unfamiliar with this universe, it gives a regular person a massive boost in their physicals -- so much that they can even contend with Superman to some degree. Got it? Okay, back in the present now. Lobo's bringing Quinn back to Superman via his bike, but Quinn snags the pill and, as expected, takes it. She jumps off the bike, and now that she's a powerhouse, she of course survives the fall. Feeling this new sense of power, she has some fun running through buildings for a bit, but eventually, the cosmic bounty hunter catches up with her. He then makes the mistake of punching her in the face. You see, Quinn's done with abusive relationships and Lobo just crossed the line big time. Sporting super-strength of her own, Harley gives Lobo a hit he won't forget anytime soon.

DC hired Michael Bay just to direct the very next panel.

While Lobo's momentarily down, Quinn makes a break for it and heads to the one man she thinks she can trust: Green Arrow (if you want to know why, we strongly recommend reading #5 of the ongoing. It's great and you're welcome). Quinn smashes into the The Quiver Arrow Cave and it's not long before Lobo catches up. What can Oliver do against such a powerful foe? Shoot him in the eyes, that's what! And while the big bad can't see, Black Canary steps up to the plate and hits him with the devastating canary cry.

It's so tempting to show you what happens next, but we won't spoil it!

Does the Main Man give up? Does the trio escape? Can they even find a way to defeat Lobo? Let's just say the fight does reach a conclusion and it's quite twisted. What happens after that is even better, too. Do yourself a favor and read this issue.

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.

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Posted by AllStarSuperman

I can't wait to read unity

Posted by Life_Without_Progress

Superman is my fave superhero but that slap just screams awesome

Posted by HolySerpent

i guess i have to pick up Superman\wonderwoman

Posted by RisingBean

Just got the first X-O trade. I expect I'll be up to Unity in a year. Thanks for making me wonder how things will turn out for the many months ahead.

That Superman fight looks pretty boss too.

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

Wait did anyone review the new Superior Spidey?

Posted by Mrgreenlantern

superman wonderwoman looks like a good read i might need to pick it up

Posted by Rubear

The Injustice fight is best, both in physical and psichological planes)

Edited by k4tzm4n

Wait did anyone review the new Superior Spidey?

No. In the future, you can click on the "reviews" tab at the top of the page and it'll list all of the recent ones for you.

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Edited by Cap10nate

I can't wait to read unity

It was a great start to the series.

Edited by TheManInTheShoe

"SLAP" lol

Edited by RaggedScarecrow

When I read that Superman was fighting Apollo I thought it meant the Stormwatch/The Authority Apollo. Still, that is an epic throw down.

Edited by TheCheeseStabber

@k4tzm4n said:

@thecheesestabber said:

Wait did anyone review the new Superior Spidey?

No. In the future, you can click on the "reviews" tab at the top of the page and it'll list all of the recent ones for you.

Well I've done that I was wondering if anyone at all on the site ...

I've been here long enough to know how Reviews work K4tMan

Posted by k4tzm4n

@k4tzm4n said:

@thecheesestabber said:

Wait did anyone review the new Superior Spidey?

No. In the future, you can click on the "reviews" tab at the top of the page and it'll list all of the recent ones for you.

Well I've done that I was wondering if anyone at all on the site ...

I've been here long enough to know how Reviews work K4tMan

...then you'd know to just check the issue's page and it would reveal if anyone reviewed it :P

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Posted by StMichalofWilson

Impressive fights!

Posted by lifeboy

@mrgreenlantern: get #1 too bro. It was freakin awesome. It had me grinning like an idiot the whole way thru! LOL

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@k4tzm4n said:

@thecheesestabber said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@thecheesestabber said:

Wait did anyone review the new Superior Spidey?

No. In the future, you can click on the "reviews" tab at the top of the page and it'll list all of the recent ones for you.

Well I've done that I was wondering if anyone at all on the site ...

I've been here long enough to know how Reviews work K4tMan

...then you'd know to just check the issue's page and it would reveal if anyone reviewed it :P

I've done that also, but some people create threads to Review, Now Respect your Elders K4tman I've been here far too long to be talked to dis way x3 <3

Posted by SandMan_

Lol slap. Then Superman humiliated him.

Posted by patrat18

  • Darkseid's forehead vs. a cigar (INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US ANNUAL #1) That was funny.
Posted by Nahuel

Man!! i'm so eager for Unity!!

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I loved the second issue of Superman/Wonder woman. Superman tossing around a suppose to be God like a helpless rag doll made me laugh.

Also the problem that could be happening that was discovered in the issue can make so many possibilities.

Like Wonder Woman finding it interesting to battle one on one with a warrior raised Kryptonian. lol

Posted by CaptainHoopla

Great choices this week. That's some good stuff up there.

Posted by solon

The Injustice fight is best

Posted by spinningbirdcake

Did anyone else notice that Superman's outfit was destroyed after getting out of the lava, but once he got hit by Apollo's sun Kamehameha it was back in once peice?

Posted by AllStarSuperman
Posted by Jake Fury

Unity was awesome. I need to check out Supes/WW too.

Posted by Jake Fury

@k4tzm4n I am still taking credit for you reading Valiant. Just sayin'.

Posted by spinningbirdcake
Posted by Wilbertus

Darkseid's forehead vs. a cigar

This is why the 'honorable mentions' are usually my favorites.

Posted by The Stegman

Superman went hard on Apollo, who is the worst person to be match up against him in a fight.

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Posted by Alak

Darkseid's forehead vs. a cigar was easily my favorite.

Edited by manwithoutshame

Hopefully next time Wonder Woman meets Doomsday she'll have a better showing and be featured here as well.

Posted by DCDoll666

Now, Diana is obviously more than capable of standing up for herself, but Kal simply had to step in.

Which is exactly why Superman should have let Wonder Woman fight. I would never stand up and defend a woman.

Posted by ravisher

Lobo vs. Harley Quinn was awesome

Posted by Earthquake_2123

Superman vs the power of the Sun lol

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@alak said:

Darkseid's forehead vs. a cigar was easily my favorite.

Posted by P00zer

Nice to see comicvine giving respect to Valiant by including Unity.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@p00zer said:

Nice to see comicvine giving respect to Valiant by including Unity.

When don't we give them respect? :P

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Posted by P00zer

@k4tzm4n said:

@p00zer said:

Nice to see comicvine giving respect to Valiant by including Unity.

When don't we give them respect? :P

True you guys would be silly not to :p But I can remember a few times where I thought Valiant comics got snubbed. Off the top of my head I think Planet Death didn't get any mention for battles. But that's just personal taste I guess.

Anyway, you guys have been giving them some good press as of lately.

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@p00zer said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@p00zer said:

Nice to see comicvine giving respect to Valiant by including Unity.

When don't we give them respect? :P

True you guys would be silly not to :p But I can remember a few times where I thought Valiant comics got snubbed. Off the top of my head I think Planet Death didn't get any mention for battles. But that's just personal taste I guess.

Anyway, you guys have been giving them some good press as of lately.

Planet Death got a couple of highlights but the later battles it in were honorables because there was some really great stuff elsewhere (the opening fight in the city was AWESOME and rightfully got featured). Venditti even joked that he made the segment so many issues in a row at one point :D

And I'd like to believe we've been giving them plenty of love since the beginning. A long time ago I wrote an article saying how there's something for everyone over there, we've been on top of reviewing their stuff as much as possible, and we even held two contests with them way back when. Additionally, we did a heavy push for the 8-bit promo with the long interview I had with 'em at their office. I think it was a 25 minute chat and took a loooong time to transcribe. Also, now that the Battle of the Week is well underway, I finally made the choice to introduce Bloodshot. I have plans for more Valiant characters in that segment, but it's a matter of properly balancing some while waiting for others to get a few more feats under their belt.

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Hopefully next time Wonder Woman meets Doomsday she'll have a better showing and be featured here as well.

WW had never met DD before and made the mistake all Justice Leaguers make and under-estimated him. Next time she will be ready. Superman v Apollo was awesome and very funny. This is shaping up to be an epic comic book series, which must really upset the haters!!

Posted by P00zer

@k4tzm4n: hmm perhaps you're thinking of someone else because you never mentioned that to me before.

Do you have a link for the Bloodshot battle? I'd like to see it.

Posted by Saint_Wildcard

Silly Apollo, Superman loves the sun.

Posted by Saint_Wildcard

I kept re reading when Strife said Oh....My......God. Lost it.

Posted by Outside_85

@bezza said:

@manwithoutshame said:

Hopefully next time Wonder Woman meets Doomsday she'll have a better showing and be featured here as well.

WW had never met DD before and made the mistake all Justice Leaguers make and under-estimated him. Next time she will be ready. Superman v Apollo was awesome and very funny. This is shaping up to be an epic comic book series, which must really upset the haters!!

Only in the sense that it still seems to be more of Superman's benefit than WW's.

Posted by Darkseid_Prime

meh...

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