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Best Battles in New Comics: 12/06/13

This week, we're featuring fights from BATMAN/SUPERMAN, MARVEL KNIGHTS: SPIDER-MAN, and GREEN LANTERN. Go feast your eyes on all of the awesome action.

'Best Battles in New Comics' is back! We took last week off because of the holiday, but hopefully today's edition will make up for that and then some. First, we have a glorious looking battle between two of DC's most iconic characters and an immensely powerful cosmic villain. Secondly, you'll get to witness what's without question a very creative battle between Spider-Man and couple of his most dangerous foes. Last but certainly not least, you'll fly to another planet and witness a pair of popular Green Lanterns struggle against overwhelming odds. Once all is said and done, let us know what you think about the fights we've highlighted and be sure to tell us your top three from this week, 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. Mongul, Batman (BATMAN/SUPERMAN #6)

It's possible one day Greg Pak asked himself, "How can I guarantee a spot on Comic Vine's Best Battles in New Comics feature?" After thinking it through, he came up with the latest story in BATMAN/SUPERMAN. An out-of-character Superman and Batman at odds with Mongul tossed in the mix? Sounds quite fun and sure enough, it does indeed deserve a spot in the feature.

We all knew the cliffhanger in the last issue wouldn't mean the end of Wayne and sure enough, Batman's back in action soon enough. But before he enters the picture, Superman goes toe-to-toe with the very powerful Mongul. Except based on the events in this comic, you wouldn't really think he's that powerful (despite one caption comparing him to Darkseid) because, after soaking an attack, Superman cuts loose and obliterates the conqueror with one punch.

Batman: "I took out Guy Gardner with one punch." Superman: "Did he go flying 200 miles?" Batman: "..."

After BFRing Mongul like a total boss, Superman returns to check on Batman. Seeing as we don't want to completely ruin the story for you, we'll be incredibly vague and just say that not only is the Caped Crusader functional now, but he has a whole plethora of new abilities thanks to what's going on with the villain's plot and Toymaster's desire to control characters. Upon being resurrected, the handful of gamers (who believe they're playing a sophisticated game and not controlling something in the real world) are able to dictate Batman's actions. So why sit through a peaceful cut-scene when they have the Dark Knight lash out at Superman, right? While the two heroes argue and trade blasts, Mongul's attacking a city. Naturally, the two heroes talk it out and head to the destructive scene. As Batman (who can now fly) saves citizens, Superman once again squares off with Mongul. The villain gets a hit in, but ultimately, he's humiliated yet again.

Mongul's role in this book: look cool, get punched really, really hard.

Despite the epic punch, Mongul is by no means down for the count. As the two grapple, the villain's plot takes a massive step forward. We won't give away what happens, but we will tell you it takes a ginormous toll on Bruce. Before you know it, the Dark Knight rudely jumps into the fight between the two heavy hitters and assaults Big Blue. What happens next is beautifully brougt to life by Brett Booth and Andrew Dalhouse.

It appears you've found your new wallpaper.

Awesome splash page, yeah? Now that these two aren't really in control and have their focus set on each other, what's Mongul up to and what exactly are the details of his plan? Go get your hands on this issue to soak in all of the details which we didn't reveal to you.

Spider-Man vs. Venom, Carnage (MARVEL KNIGHTS: SPIDER-MAN #3)

Matt Kindt and Marco Rudy's limited series with Spider-Man is easily one of the trippiest books you're going to find. It's not just abstract for the sake of being abstract, though. The premise revolves around Spider-Man being drugged by Arcade and then being thrown into a surreal scenario where he has to battle has absurdly long list of villains. It's only fair that a crazy premise gets crazy visuals. In this latest issue, Spider-Man is unlucky enough to bump into two deadly symbiotes: Venom and Carnage. Just one of them can wreck the wall-crawler in a random encounter, but two at once? Yeah, good luck with that, Spidey.

Far out, man.

Kindt compliments Rudy's remarkably imaginative pages by having us jump deep into the hero's mind and experiencing he copes while facing such an terrifying obstacle. Listening to his thoughts as he swiftly maneuvers around the two and lands some hits of his own is a fantastic and absorbing read. But if you know anything about Venom and Carnage, then you know flips and punches won't be nearly enough to save Spider-Man from these two -- their durability against blunt force trauma is topnotch.

Well, that's one way to stop him for a moment or two.

Not only does Rudy's art style help drive home the fact the web-head is drugged, but it's also presented in some absolutely stunning page layouts. As you can somewhat see above, that panels on that page are separated by Carnage's twisted face and that's barely scratching the surface of what the issue offers visually. They're seriously creative pages.

Not one of Venom's finer moments.

How can Spider-Man possibly hope to beat Venom AND Carnage at the same time? Who does he have the misfortune of encountering after that? If you dig these pages, you'll definitely want to pick up this limited-series. Next month features Kraven, so you can bet we're stoked to see how that's handled.

Green Lantern Corps vs. Nol-Anj, Braid Clann (GREEN LANTERN #26)

Hal Jordan and Kilowog come to Dekann to deal with Nol-Anj, but there's one little problem. By "little" we mean the overwhelming number of individuals from the Braid Clann. Despite the Green Lanterns being figures of authority, their enemies have no desire to lay down their arms. Completely surrounded, the two Lanterns are bombarded with projectiles. Luckily for them, they have this thing called Power Rings which not only generate a way to protect them from all of the incoming fire, but also produce a way for them to fight back.

Does this make anyone else really miss Green Lantern: The Animated Series?

However, there's a bit of a twist with Lanterns in action now. After what went down in Lights Out, using the emotional spectrum now harms the universe because it's draining energy from it. Needless to say, various Lanterns are now being far more conservative with their rings. Against just the Clann, Hal and Kilowog would be victorious after a long battle. But throwing Nol-Anj into the fray? Things get quite unfair for our duo.

Poor Kilowog. Defeated then turned into dinner.

The constant onslaught of projectiles is one thing, but the two cosmic heroes realize the hostile Star Sapphire needs to be their primary target. Once she's out of the equation, things will be a lot easier for them. So, with a little bit of teamwork, Kilowog momentarily incapacitates her and Hal swoops in for a punch with a big ol' brass knuckle construct. Unfortunately for him, the Clann has her back and hits him with one heck of a blast. Realizing they're in over their heads, Hal calls for back-up. He doesn't just call in a few allies... he calls in all of the Green Lanterns.

Who needs constructs when you're that skilled?

How does the chaos conclude? Is the Clann wiped out as the battle wages on or is an agreement of some kind actually reached? And, most important of all, how does Mogo fit into all of this? Get your Green Lantern on and buy this issue to see everything that goes down.

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 TheAcidSkull

Glad Action Comics made it to the Honorable Mentions, that was a unique fight.

Posted by ColaNicole

I don't read Green Lantern but it does look quite fun.

Posted by HolySerpent

meh at best

Posted by patrat18

I don't read Green Lantern but it does look quite fun.

You sir are missing out.

Posted by Wolverine08

I've heard Shang Chi vs Hawkeye was supposed to be pretty good.

Edited by StMichalofWilson

Meh, not bad. Nice to know Karnak vs. the Avengers is mentioned.

Posted by ColaNicole

@patrat18: It's not so much that I wouldn't catch up, cause I would. I'd feel lost, though, isn't there quite a few different GL titles? And would I need to read Red Lanterns and such?

Posted by patrat18

@patrat18: It's not so much that I wouldn't catch up, cause I would. I'd feel lost, though, isn't there quite a few different GL titles? And would I need to read Red Lanterns and such?

The only time you have to get different titles, is when they have a major story arc. Otherwise each book holds it's own stories. I would strongly recommend the original Green Lantern, and Red Lanterns.

Posted by Mrgreenlantern

@colanicole: Green lantern the main title has Hal as the lead ,Green Lantern Corps follows John, Red lanterns is for Guy and New Guardians is the book for Kyle

you shouldnt need to read them all to follow along each one is pretty self contained since issues 21. They all have a few things in common one being the emotional spectrum and the other those new chtullu looking shapeshifters that seem to be causing lots of problems behind the scenes

So no you dont really need to follow them all but all 4 are well written so enjoy them all

Hope this helped a bit

Edited by AllStarSuperman

Anybody else think Brett Booths Nightwing is awesome, but his batman/superman is terrible? I love his cover art, but his interior seems to lack, I think.

That spiderman fight is trippy

Posted by jwalser3

Glad to see some GLs are actually trying to use less constructs.

Posted by SandMan_

Should have put that Ghost Soldier fight.

Edited by SanoHibiki

@allstarsuperman:

Anybody else think Brett Booths Nightwing is awesome, but his batman/superman is terrible? I love his cover art, but his interior seems to lack, I think.

Opposite for me – interior art is nice enough, but Super’s face on cover…not good.

@sandman_:

Should have put that Ghost Soldier fight.

Agreed.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@allstarsuperman:

Anybody else think Brett Booths Nightwing is awesome, but his batman/superman is terrible? I love his cover art, but his interior seems to lack, I think.

Opposite for me – interior art is nice enough, but Super’s face on cover…not good.

Sorry I didn't mean cover art, I meant his normal commissions and stuff, its like he trys harder then.

Posted by Bossmoss4l

I think X-Men: Legacy deserves an honorable mention at least because its one of the best looking issues out there but it's the Series Finale Arc so the Plot stretches all the way back to the beginning in a sense but at the same time its a very interesting narrative on Cosmic battles between Abstracts Gods and Dieties; The opposite spectrum kind of the Fight between Legion and Cyclops.

And yes I know I used that semicolon wrong but my fight against stupid English grammar rules is never ending.

Also a second Honorable Mention is Storm, Iceman and Firestar versus Hell was a very fun thing to read as well. Give Storm a Mace and she will use it, suck it Thunder God!

Posted by k4tzm4n

I've heard Shang Chi vs Hawkeye was supposed to be pretty good.

It was cool but too short to highlight.

@sandman_ said:

Should have put that Ghost Soldier fight.

I considered that instead of Bat/Supes, but Superman punching Mongul 200 miles? I couldn't resist.

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Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@jwalser3: the Durlans have actually been around for awhile : )

@mrgreenlantern: they're all trying to use less whereas others like Graf and Tomar have given them up completely

Posted by carlossanches

you missed painkiller jane 2´s terminator-like half-naked fight in public bathroon, shure to be in this llist, i didin´t even finished anda i´m posting this, check it out!

Posted by CaptainHoopla

Ha, Deadpool vs your brain. I'm still trying to come down from that acid trip.

Posted by Alak

Wow, I really need to catch up on Green Lantern.

Posted by EnigmaLantern

@allstarsuperman: I find that Brett Booth's Superman looks exactly like the Superboy he drew in issue 4 of Teen Titans. I know it's his clone and all but still, same variation wouldn't hurt.

Edited by Herokiller12344

Seriously, am I expected to root for Otto?

Posted by Fallschirmjager

Aquaman vs Dead King should have carrier over from last week <.<

Posted by k4tzm4n

Aquaman vs Dead King should have carrier over from last week <.<

Ha.

"Best Battles in New Comics (And One Not-So-New Comic)"

Seriously, am I expected to root for Otto?

That's Peter, not Otto.

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Posted by Geno

I've heard Shang Chi vs Hawkeye was supposed to be pretty good.

I don't think it was actually Shang. Probably a clone created by AIM using genetic material they harvested during a previous issue of Hickman's Avengers. Or perhaps he's just super deep undercover for some reason and hanging out in an AIM base, kicking the crap out of Hawkeye (which makes absolutely no sense).

Posted by sasquatch888

Anybody else think Brett Booths Nightwing is awesome, but his batman/superman is terrible? I love his cover art, but his interior seems to lack, I think.

That spiderman fight is trippy

booth is like a pin up artist ..his covers rock ,his interiors look dynamic but everyone looks like they're posing for the camera after a few pages they look ridiculous and alot of characters have the same face

Posted by Zeeguy91

I would've stuck Batwing vs. Charlie Caligula's men from Batwing #26 in there.

Edited by KingWillie

@holyserpent said:

meh at best

Agreed. The art in the Spiderman one aint trippy... it's just ugly.

Posted by ssejllenrad

I'm sooooooo tired of bats vs supes fights.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@k4tzm4n said:

I considered that instead of Bat/Supes, but Superman punching Mongul 200 miles? I couldn't resist.

That's a good durability feat for Mongul actually IMO, supes even compared his grip to darkseids.

Posted by addikhabbo

That Pic "..."

Posted by Mrgreenlantern

@kingwillie: if you read the comic it fits perfectly since peter has been "drugged" and isnt sure what is real or not


Posted by Pokergeist
Posted by Darkseid_Prime

Children... BFR = Battle Field Removal.

@k4tzm4n Sweet picks!

Posted by talladegamatt

@colanicole: I agree with @patrat18: Green Lantern is one of the best stories in comics, including all of the tie-in and spin-off comics. I don't miss Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern New Guardians(this one has taken an awesome turn in the latest issue) & Red Lanterns. I recommend anything Lantern related.

Edited by SupremeHyperion

yeah, meh