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Best Battles in New Comics: 5/16/14

Check out awesome action scenes from the latest issues of SUPERMAN: DOOMED, SECRET AVENGERS, and FANTASTIC FOUR.

Friday is finally here and that means it's time to dive back into this week's phenomenal action scenes! We've reviewed a good amount of the latest issues and picking just 3 brawls from them seriously wasn't easy. You'll be able to see the honorable mentions section is pretty packed. But we were eventually able to select a trio of fights that we believe are full of greatness and offer a nice bit of variety, too. Hopefully you'll all enjoy them as much as we do, and if not, maybe we'll win you over with next week's picks!

"Hey, why isn't a battle I love being highlighted and/or listed in the honorable mentions? What gives?!" It's possible we didn't read that issue (A LOT come out each week, after all), or we didn't dig it as much. So, be sure to make suggestions in the official Best Battles Discussion Thread from now on to put this stuff on our radar. We review that before writing this weekly feature and do our best to get our hands on the issues suggested.

SUPERMAN: DOOMED #1

Doomsday is back. Well, sort of. In the latest event, Doomed, a whole new version of the titan has appeared on Earth and he has a ridiculously dangerous new power. You see, he doesn't even need to touch something to kill it now. Everything surrounding him simply dies and the brute absorbs the energy which then makes him more powerful. So, he can literally kill thousands just by going for a casual stroll. As if that wasn't enough, he's using the Phantom Zone to teleport around. He's hopping around the globe, killing countless lives and gaining enough power to take down one individual: Superman. After consulting with people Kal-El trusts -- and one he doesn't -- he realizes that this new incarnation of Doomsday is simply too dangerous and the kid gloves need to come off. If not, millions -- maybe even billions -- could die. And so begins the epic punch fest.

SUPER-SHORYUKEN!

That's right, Clark uppercuts the villain like a total boss. From there, he grabs the big dude and the two clash until they land on Venus. Yeah, I'd say that's a safe distance from any innocents. We're not showing it here, but the process of these two racing and punching all the way to Venus is 11 panels spread across a double-page splash. Not going to lie, it's pretty glorious. But then when they smash into the surface of the alien world and continue their fight, artist Ken Lashley and colorist Sunny Gho produce some magnificent visuals.

Jaw is dropped, right?

Realizing he can't hold back, Superman unleashes his heat vision until the beast is nothing but body parts and flames. Seriously, it's an attack that would make Scott Summers say "okay, that was pretty impressive. I mean, it's no 'get off my lawn' but it'll do." Believing the monster is defeated once and for all, Superman returns to Smallville. Except Doomsday isn't defeated -- not even close to it. The behemoth teleports into the town and then begins to land some ginormous hits on the Man of Steel. It's brutal stuff.

The Beatdown of Superman

Okay, many of you likely know this fight's verdict (it is the first chapter of a new event, after all), but do you know how? Even if you aren't the biggest fan around of its relatively abrupt ending, there's just no denying that Lashley and Gho make it look absolutely awesome.

SECRET AVENGERS #3

The Secret Avengers are heading to Sokotra -- well, some of them -- to stop an arms deal. As Agent Coulson and Spider-Woman find themselves occupied with other obstacles (I'd explain what these challenges are, but that would ruin half the fun), Black Widow is ambushed by the lethal assassin Lady Bullseye. Natasha's able to barely avoid the first sword attack, but she doesn't fare much better with the following volley of strikes.

Black Widow doesn't have the best record around against "Bullseye" characters.

There's two reasons why this fight rocks. First and foremost, it's two badass characters engaging in some seriously entertaining hand-to-hand combat. Secondly, Michael Walsh and Matthew Wilson (two MWs on the art? I smell a conspiracy) are an excellent compliment to Ales Kot's script. They nail the comedic moments, but, as you can see with these scans, they're able to deliver some massively enjoyable fights, too. There's a great sense of motion in these panels and the decision to use such bright colors when contact is made really sells the impact. Don't believe me? Here's two more examples of it for your eyes to enjoy. You're welcome, eyes.

Loving the colors here.

Remember how I told you this fight has awesome hand-to-hand combat? No? Come on, it was in the last paragraph! Anyway, Walsh and Wilson deliver big time with the fight's conclusion. Instead of having the encounter spill into many more panels, they managed to fit a series of hits into one lengthy panel. It's such a cool and cinematic way of conveying the quick strikes between these two. It flows so well and it still packs just as much of a punch as the bigger panels do.

That choreography!

Sure, we all know this won't be the end of Black Widow, but do you know what happens next? Does Natasha swiftly turn around and knock Lady Bullseye out with a widow's bite? Does Lady Bullseye have an abrupt epiphany and realize she wants to become a painter, not an assassin? Does a third character enter the picture? WHAT. HAPPENS?! Support what you love and buy the issue if you want to find out. It'll put a smile on your face, and who out there can honestly say they don't like smiling?

FANTASTIC FOUR #4

James Robinson's fourth chapter of FANTASTIC FOUR has the family fighting the Frightful Four (say that four times fast). A majority of the issue is basically one big brawl, so the fact it's earning a highlight spot should come as no surprise. Team battles often feel like we only get glimpses into each fight, but Robinson's able to give each showdown proper focus before moving onto the next one. Marvel's First Family quickly learns this new Frightful Four roster isn't messing around and they can't be taken lightly. Poor ol' Ben Grimm discovers that lesson first.

It's always a sad day when Ben gets clobbered.

Things aren't going well for the heroes -- not well at all. Ben's obliterated by a double whammy (you're welcome, Anchorman fans), Reed gets zapped by the Wizard, Sue's knocked off the team's vehicle, and Johnny... well, the poor dude can't use his powers. Luckily for them, the FF -- you know, the substitute team! -- has come to save the day! Unlike the original Fantastic Four, these heroes have better luck and each of them are able to humiliate their enemies... at first, at least.

Lang's a pragmatic guy. If you're THAT big and fighting someone durable, just step on 'em.

The advantage is short-lived but incredibly amusing. Ms. Thing swinging the Thunderball and Scott Lang stepping on Wrecker is a blast to see, especially since artist Leonard Kirk and colorist Jesus Aburtov's work is so consistently solid. But all good things must come to an end and it's not long before the team of villains begin to really let loose. Yes, this means the Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Thing gets clobbered again. Poor fellow can't catch a break.


Bulldozer counters She-Hulk's counter. But does She-Hulk then counter Bulldozer's counter to her first counter? Huh?

The good guys have the foes outnumbered, so they should eventually win, right? But how do they accomplish this? Do they simply beat them up due to having more combatants? Do they begin to use teamwork and dish out some cool ways of combining their powers? Do they find a way to trick them? You know the drill by now, loyal readers. If you want all the details, you should buy the issue!

Honorable Mentions

  • DEADPOOL #28
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #1
  • AVENGERS #29
  • ALL-NEW X-MEN #27
  • ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #3
  • SUPERBOY #31
  • TMNT: NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #11
  • NIGHTCRAWLER #2
  • DEADLY FISTS OF KUNG FU #1
  • JUDGE DREDD #19
  • BLOODSHOT & H.A.R.D. CORPS #22


That's it for this week, friends! What are your top three fights from this latest round of new comics? Also, don't forget to make nominations every week in the official thread or tell us via Twitter. See you next Friday. Oh, have a good weekend, too!

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Posted by AllStarSuperman

Doomsday was beaten way to easy.

I liked the black widow vs lady bullseye though.

I didn't read the FF fight, but looks cool as well.

Posted by RisingBean

Doomed looks great.

Posted by RageEx2

Man, I was hoping the Avengers #29 fight would get more than an honorable mention. The issue was intense.

Posted by batsymyplaything

Superman vs Doomed, Epic in colossal magnitude.

Posted by DigitalShooter9

Doomed was amazing indeed.

I do wonder why Detective 31 didn't make the list though. Batman vs Sumo was also good.

Posted by Dernman

Doomsday was beaten way to easy.

Agreed. I mean come on heat vision incinerated him then when he healed Superman ripped him in half.

Posted by Saren

Doomed was amazing indeed.

I do wonder why Detective 31 didn't make the list though. Batman vs Sumo was also good.

It was also last week.

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Posted by laabitres

doomed was badass but too short

Posted by patrat18

Doomsday was beaten way to easy.

I liked the black widow vs lady bullseye though.

I didn't read the FF fight, but looks cool as well.

Not really. DD adapts every time he dies,so i'm going to assume that next time, sh!t will get real.

Posted by Tyndall

The Superman/Doomsday fight ended to fast. Superman handled him much to easy. I expected more from the writers.

Posted by dondave

@patrat18: New 52 Doomsday doesn't seem to have the same powers as Pre-52 Doomsday

Posted by micah

The Superman vs Doomsday fight was epic. I read it yesterday and I'm still geeking out :)

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I haven't read Secret Avengers but I don't think Black Widow should be able to beat Lady Bullseye.

Posted by Saint_Wildcard

@dernman said:

@allstarsuperman said:

Doomsday was beaten way to easy.

Agreed. I mean come on heat vision incinerated him then when he healed Superman ripped him in half.

I agree the fight was short but keep in mind that the focus isnt on the Fight but much more about Superman turning into a WereDoom

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Posted by Wolverine08

I haven't read Secret Avengers but I don't think Black Widow should be able to beat Lady Bullseye.

Has LB ever done anything impressive though?

Posted by Saint_Wildcard

I only skimmed through the Doomed issued (not because I disliked it or anything, I just haven't had time to thoroughly read any comic) but after seeing you post and talk about it with such glee I had to re read it and boy was it awesome. Thanks Catsman!

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Posted by LCazT1996

I have been very back and forth on picking up the Doomed storyline... I just recently added Batman: Eternal, the Flash, Superman (for Johns and JRJR's run), Futures End, Nightcrawler, Fantastic Four, Detective Comics and Green Lantern Corps. (for Uprising, but if I like it I'll keep reading it after) to my pull-list soooo I'm very tight on cash at the moment... But if it's worth it, I'll buy it.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@wolverine08: Beat the snot out of Daredevil and a non-powered Black Panther. She was trained by Master Izo, a man who has his own page in the Book of Iron Fist.

Edited by kidman560

@wolverine08: Beat the snot out of Daredevil and a non-powered Black Panther. She was trained by Master Izo, a man who has his own page in the Book of Iron Fist.

lol she did not beat a depowered Panther... he was running because he had an innocent in his arms and she still couldnt drop him

just a small bit where she doesnt even tag Panther

Posted by G_Money_Christmas

I would like to read a Death of Superman reboot (I'm assuming that's what it is) but it's getting horrible reviews so I'm not going to waste my money. Maybe I'll buy the TPB for cheap when it comes out.

Posted by flameboy298

@jonny_anonymous: Im not sure if this is true or not but I remember hearing that Black Widow had some sort of serum of her own.

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@allstarsuperman: He is a new version and he was not at full strength in this battle.It was not easy.If Superman never did what he did he would have died time was not on his side.Doomsday was not ready to face superman yet that is why he went into the portal the first time.Superman went in Space to find him before he could get any stronger.The doctor even said in the comic this is the early stage the best fight is yet to come.I just love this battle the speed that clark went to was amazing.

Posted by saoakden

The Superman Doomed issue looks good. Can't wait to read the story.

Posted by jashro44

@wolverine08: Beat the snot out of Daredevil and a non-powered Black Panther. She was trained by Master Izo, a man who has his own page in the Book of Iron Fist.

I don't even recall lady bullseye touching black panther once in any of the 3 fights they had...He stomped her twice and as mentioned he was protecting a civilian in their second fight and she had back up from typhoid mary which meant black panther had to run.

Daredevil wasn't focused in their first confrontation and he stomped her in there second and if I'm not mistaken he also did recently under Waid. I believe he did make a comment that she's at least as good as the real bullseye in their second fight but thats really all the credit you can give her. That and being trained by Izo.

I might have to check this issue of secret avengers out though....Looks like a good fight.

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Posted by Herokiller12344

Doomsday was beaten way to easy.

RIGHT? Jesus, in his real debut Doomsday tore threw the entire League and wasn't stopped until Superman died to take him out. Yeah okay, this is a flashy fight sequence, but what about Doomsday's actual threat level? What about one of the best feats a villain could ever have?

Posted by Darkseid_Prime

@herokiller12344:

It's like Michael Bay's version of "Superman vs "Doomsday" until the virus comes in

Posted by Pperspectiveandreality

Ken Lashley's art is a sloppy mess.

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

@g_money_christmas: It's not a reboot of the Death of Superman, it's more like a sequel, and I haven't seen any reviews that are bad. Comic Vine is kinda in the middle, but some other reviewers are saying it's really good.

Here's another opinion form a really good reviewer (I try to share his videos with at least 1 person per week which is the main reason I'm posting it)

Posted by flameboy298

Ken Lashley's art is a sloppy mess.

I concur thought it was ugly aswell as soon as I got my hands on it,such an event like this and this is how they handle it?Im skeptical on finishing it.

Posted by Blackdog2009

@allstarsuperman: you're nuts... "Way too easy"?! geez... the fight went on throughout the whole book!!!

Posted by Wolverine08

@allstarsuperman: you're nuts... "Way too easy"?! geez... the fight went on throughout the whole book!!!

He ripped him in half pretty easily.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@blackdog2009 said:

@allstarsuperman: you're nuts... "Way too easy"?! geez... the fight went on throughout the whole book!!!

He ripped him in half pretty easily.

Nobody should be able to do that, Supes ripping DD would be like if Thor could rip Wolverine in half, just not possible.

Posted by jwalser3

@jonny_anonymous said:

@wolverine08: Beat the snot out of Daredevil and a non-powered Black Panther. She was trained by Master Izo, a man who has his own page in the Book of Iron Fist.

lol she did not beat a depowered Panther... he was running because he had an innocent in his arms and she still couldnt drop him

just a small bit where she doesnt even tag Panther

It's complete WIS. I mean it even says expert aim. Such bu!!s!t

Posted by kidman560

@jwalser3 lol sure claim WIS or claim PIS or claim CIS when you dont have a reasonable counter to it... I get it. but this isnt the case... Bullseye has expert aim guess what Daredevil dodges him all the time... Hawkeye has expert aim how many people have dodged his arrows? you see what i am getting at here right? Black Panther is more skilled than Lady Bullseye end of a story.

Posted by Pperspectiveandreality

@wolverine08 said:

@blackdog2009 said:

@allstarsuperman: you're nuts... "Way too easy"?! geez... the fight went on throughout the whole book!!!

He ripped him in half pretty easily.

Nobody should be able to do that, Supes ripping DD would be like if Thor could rip Wolverine in half, just not possible.

Or if Thor ripped The Destroyer in half.

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Posted by StMichalofWilson

The Superman vs. Doomsday fight is always a delight. The ending wasn't really epic, but it whole battle was great.

Posted by Ancient_0f_Days

The Superman vs. Doomsday fight is always a delight. The ending wasn't really epic, but it whole battle was great.

too bad they bullsh*tted everyone who wasnt superman...

Posted by Jake Fury

@k4tzm4n: You need to read Zero by Ales Kot. it is amazingly brutal.

Posted by thewalkingdeadpool18

Everyone is talking about who win in Black Widow and Lady Bullseye and crap and my onle question is why the f*** do we have a Lady Bullseye? That seems like such an uneccessary character...

Posted by medulaoblaganda
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@jwalser3 lol sure claim WIS or claim PIS or claim CIS when you dont have a reasonable counter to it... I get it. but this isnt the case... Bullseye has expert aim guess what Daredevil dodges him all the time... Hawkeye has expert aim how many people have dodged his arrows? you see what i am getting at here right? Black Panther is more skilled than Lady Bullseye end of a story.

I'm not saying she's more skilled than BP. I'm saying it's bs that with all those projectiles, she couldn't manage to hit a target running in a straight line. It's a low showing. Simple as that.

Posted by kidman560

@jwalser3 hes not running in a straight line... Black Panther has dodged a Sniper Bullets and regular bullets after they were fired... they were probably moving in slow motion to him

Posted by Brolytard1337

*Sigh*

They've weakened a lot of NEW-52 incarnations of characters, but Doomsday getting ripped in half by Superman? No. What are they thinking? What's going to happen next? Superman decapitating Darkseid?

Edited by Ms-Lola

I found the entire issue gorgeous to look at. The Superman and Doomsday fight taking top spot is well deserved. Wonder Woman taking on Doomsday deserved a mention though.

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