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Best Battles in New Comics: 5/2/14

Come feast your eyes on awesome action scenes from the latest issues of BATMAN VS. BANE, UNCANNY AVENGERS, and HULK.

Hey, thanks for checking out the latest edition of Best Battles in New Comics! We don't mean to brag, but this week's selections are pretty spectacular. There were a lot of solid action scenes in the latest wave of new comics, and we've picked three that we really enjoyed and we're pretty sure you will, too. Basically, we have two massive slugfests and one team struggling to defeat the spirit of vengeance. As always, we'll only show you bits and pieces of each brawl, so if these highlights pique your interest, we recommend buying the issue. Support what you love and all that, you know? Of course you do, now let's check out these fights.

"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.


FOREVER EVIL AFTERMATH: BATMAN VS. BANE #1

While Batman was busy in Forever Evil, Bane took over Gotham and humiliated the Dark Knight's other villains (you have my sympathy, Scarecrow fans). Now Batman's back and ready to reclaim his city. Will he outsmart Bane? Will he take him down with his array of advanced technology? Nope, he's going to take control the same way Bane did: through sheer force.

Bat Torpedo > Falcon Punch

Bane's always been a tough fellow, but he's undergone a physical upgrade in the New 52. He's even stronger and faster than before, so Wayne trying to go punch for punch without any weapons or additional tactics involved likely won't end favorably for him. Yes, Batman's skilled, but he's trying to match Bane blow for blow here. He uses some batarangs to scratch the villain up, but Bane's a powerful dude and won't be easy to topple.

Whamm'd by a giant "W." Slightly embarrassing.

Truth be told, this is a huge showing for Batman. Considering all that Bane accomplished in ARKHAM WAR, it's a big feat for him to stand toe-to-toe with this guy and recover from hits like the one above. Sure, you probably need to suspend a little disbelief (Bane's absurdly strong now, after all), but it's all about the fact this battle has been brewing for quite some time. Batman's back to save Gotham and he's going to beat Bane at his own game. Thankfully, it's not just Batman's fists that eventually weaken the tactical bad guy. Batman gets a little help a nearby piece of sculpture, so this makes the big man's eventually downfall easier to swallow.

Yes, Batman pulled that statue out of his belt.

Yes, we all know Batman will triumph and Bane will fall, but we've only shown you a small portion of this battle. In fact, there's roughly 10 pages or so of these two being at odds and we even left some of the most cinematic parts out!

UNCANNY AVENGERS ANNUAL #1

Rick Remender's latest chapter is about as polarizing as it can get. It's essentially one big piece of satire, so you're either going to laugh along with his commentary or feel disappointed these characters weren't placed in a more legitimate scenario. No matter which side of the fence you're on, it's safe to say a majority of us had a blast with Ghost Rider losing control and threatening everyone on Mojo's world. Sure, Remender mocks the formulaic way big fights play out and then delivers just that, but he does it so well! How can you not love a fight that begins with Mjolnir slamming right into Ghost Rider?

Explosions and a growing villain! The audience will love that!

Believe it or not, this is actually the second big fight in this annual -- well, third if you count the hysterical scuffle between Thor and Wolverine. Anyway, not only does Remender continue to enthrall by bluntly calling out several elements of the industry, but he also manages to deliver on the "mindless battle" that would indeed be worthy of a hype-building trailer. This is pure spectacle, folks. Even if he's mocking the way things play out, it's tough not to revel in it.

The God of Getting Owned.

Just like the writer pointed out, the initial plan doesn't work (shocker!), so the team needs to improvise. Enter: Man-Thing. The creature is able to momentarily incapacitate Johnny Blaze, but when this book is offering satire on storytelling, you don't really think it'll end on such a lackluster note,do you? Of course not, and, as expected, Ghost Rider makes one heck of a recovery.

Ain't nothing but a Man-Thing. Sorry, couldn't help it.

So, how does the team subdue Blaze? Can they do so before the residents of Mojoworld are wiped out? Well, given the handling of the story, it's pretty safe to say Remender won't stray from an expected "heroes save the day and all is well again" kind of ending, but it's a smile-inducing and fun ride, that's for sure. Besides, where else will you see Thor make fun of tank tops?

HULK #2

The second chapter of Mark Waid's latest HULK volume just dropped and it saw the return of a classic villain: The Abomination! The huge guy is finally back and Waid sure knows how to give him one hell of an entrance. Not only does he show Hulk the true meaning of "smash," but what comes after that is a non-stop flow of big ol' punches.

The most brutal part of this attack? The horrific smell of Abomination's feet.

What follows that massive drop is pure savagery. There's no banter and there's no monologuing as these two duke it out. There's only room for one thing: giant fists crashing into giant green faces. The creative team here makes sure you feel every thunderous punch as these two titans clash and it's an absolutely relentless assault. Neither side is backing down, but it's clear Abomination is the one landing more hits.

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Does that huge wallop put Hulk down for the count? Of course not! Despite being launched through so many vehicles and straight into a building, it's not long before these two decide to play rock 'em sock 'em robots all over again. Abomination keeps the advantage as he dishes out yet another vicious combo, but Hulk is able to eventually find an opening. The mighty hero aims his fist right at the villain's face and releases. Unfortunately for Banner, the punch doesn't even seem to faze the foe. Yeesh, this isn't one of Hulk's better showings against Abomination.

Giant green fist to the face and Abomination is still smiling.

If you want to know how the super-strong and super-green fiend has popped back into the Hulk's life, well, you'll just have to buy the issue. We're not too fond of dishing out plot details in here, and honestly, you're just here for the punchy, punchy anyway, right? Seriously though, this was a huge return for Hulk's longtime foe and Waid continues to establish a new mystery, so any fan of Green Goliath really shouldn't miss out on this one.

More battles that are full of win can be found in the following new issues:

  • BATWOMAN ANNUAL #1
  • THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1
  • GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS ANNUAL #2
  • THE FLASH ANNUAL #3
  • RAI #1
  • TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS EYE #28

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

All of these look awesome.

Posted by patrat18

1up

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

I may just pick up all of these books

Posted by Veshark

Damn, Abomination's back? Looks like an awesome fight. Bagley can really bring the dynamism when he's in top form.

Posted by Saren

I was wondering why Abom looks like Ultimate Goblin, and then I realized it was Bagley drawing.

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Posted by TDK_1997

It would've been better if the fight between Hulk and Abom wasn't that good cause I really want to drop Waid's Hulk.

Edited by feedonatreefrog

Dang, I was hoping that it would be Batman vs Bat-Bane

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@tdk_1997 said:

It would've been better if the fight between Hulk and Abom wasn't that good cause I really want to drop Waid's Hulk.

The fight was entertaining but devoid of any emotion or heart.

Posted by TDK_1997

@tdk_1997 said:

It would've been better if the fight between Hulk and Abom wasn't that good cause I really want to drop Waid's Hulk.

The fight was entertaining but devoid of any emotion or heart.

Yeah,it really was.I don't know what Waid is thinking and what he has been doing but he is slipping pretty bad.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

It would've been better if the fight between Hulk and Abom wasn't that good cause I really want to drop Waid's Hulk.

The fight was entertaining but devoid of any emotion or heart.

Yeah,it really was.I don't know what Waid is thinking and what he has been doing but he is slipping pretty bad.

most of his work is still pretty great, he's just dropping the ball on Hulk.

Posted by TDK_1997

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

It would've been better if the fight between Hulk and Abom wasn't that good cause I really want to drop Waid's Hulk.

The fight was entertaining but devoid of any emotion or heart.

Yeah,it really was.I don't know what Waid is thinking and what he has been doing but he is slipping pretty bad.

most of his work is still pretty great, he's just dropping the ball on Hulk.

I love Waid and almost everything he has ever done but I can't understand how he was able to start off his DD and Hulk run to such a great start and then at some point he started to disappoint me a lot.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

It would've been better if the fight between Hulk and Abom wasn't that good cause I really want to drop Waid's Hulk.

The fight was entertaining but devoid of any emotion or heart.

Yeah,it really was.I don't know what Waid is thinking and what he has been doing but he is slipping pretty bad.

most of his work is still pretty great, he's just dropping the ball on Hulk.

I love Waid and almost everything he has ever done but I can't understand how he was able to start off his DD and Hulk run to such a great start and then at some point he started to disappoint me a lot.

You don't like his DD?

Posted by TDK_1997

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

It would've been better if the fight between Hulk and Abom wasn't that good cause I really want to drop Waid's Hulk.

The fight was entertaining but devoid of any emotion or heart.

Yeah,it really was.I don't know what Waid is thinking and what he has been doing but he is slipping pretty bad.

most of his work is still pretty great, he's just dropping the ball on Hulk.

I love Waid and almost everything he has ever done but I can't understand how he was able to start off his DD and Hulk run to such a great start and then at some point he started to disappoint me a lot.

You don't like his DD?

It was good but not anymore.Somewhere around #28-29 I just got tired.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

It would've been better if the fight between Hulk and Abom wasn't that good cause I really want to drop Waid's Hulk.

The fight was entertaining but devoid of any emotion or heart.

Yeah,it really was.I don't know what Waid is thinking and what he has been doing but he is slipping pretty bad.

most of his work is still pretty great, he's just dropping the ball on Hulk.

I love Waid and almost everything he has ever done but I can't understand how he was able to start off his DD and Hulk run to such a great start and then at some point he started to disappoint me a lot.

You don't like his DD?

It was good but not anymore.Somewhere around #28-29 I just got tired.

Mhhh people still seem to love it. What happened?

Posted by TDK_1997

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

It would've been better if the fight between Hulk and Abom wasn't that good cause I really want to drop Waid's Hulk.

The fight was entertaining but devoid of any emotion or heart.

Yeah,it really was.I don't know what Waid is thinking and what he has been doing but he is slipping pretty bad.

most of his work is still pretty great, he's just dropping the ball on Hulk.

I love Waid and almost everything he has ever done but I can't understand how he was able to start off his DD and Hulk run to such a great start and then at some point he started to disappoint me a lot.

You don't like his DD?

It was good but not anymore.Somewhere around #28-29 I just got tired.

Mhhh people still seem to love it. What happened?

I just got tired of the whole lighthearted Matt all the time.Yes,Foggy did get sick from cancer and he is dying but apart from that the book still remains lighthearted and after the return of Bullseye everything went downhill for me.It seems like there is almost no development whatsovever in the book and there isn't any big villain that Matt has to opose.

Posted by Ostyo

Uh, Batman is dead if he gets hit like that.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

It would've been better if the fight between Hulk and Abom wasn't that good cause I really want to drop Waid's Hulk.

The fight was entertaining but devoid of any emotion or heart.

Yeah,it really was.I don't know what Waid is thinking and what he has been doing but he is slipping pretty bad.

most of his work is still pretty great, he's just dropping the ball on Hulk.

I love Waid and almost everything he has ever done but I can't understand how he was able to start off his DD and Hulk run to such a great start and then at some point he started to disappoint me a lot.

You don't like his DD?

It was good but not anymore.Somewhere around #28-29 I just got tired.

Mhhh people still seem to love it. What happened?

I just got tired of the whole lighthearted Matt all the time.Yes,Foggy did get sick from cancer and he is dying but apart from that the book still remains lighthearted and after the return of Bullseye everything went downhill for me.It seems like there is almost no development whatsovever in the book and there isn't any big villain that Matt has to opose.

It's a poor attempt at writing Spider-Man.

Also that Uncanny Avengers annual was a steaming pile of crap.

Posted by Dernman

@jonny_anonymous: Also that Uncanny Avengers annual was a steaming pile of crap.

How so?

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@dernman said:

@jonny_anonymous: Also that Uncanny Avengers annual was a steaming pile of crap.

How so?

I bought the issue because I wanted to read about this new Supernatural Avengers team but instead of getting that I got a book that rotates between mocking the very idea of one and making snide remarks about the comics industry. This entire book was remender trying to say "Oh look how clever I am".

Posted by Maddpanda531

@ostyo: Dude, it's a comic book. He even mentions "suspension of disbelief" in the article.

Edited by patrat18

@ostyo said:

Uh, Batman is dead if he gets hit like that.

NO.

Posted by lifeofvibe

@ostyo: no not really just a few open wouds and bruses is all he might get in this fight

Posted by Fallschirmjager

@patrat18 said:

@ostyo said:

Uh, Batman is dead if he gets hit like that.

NO.

Batman is omnipresent. He can't be killed.

Posted by RisingBean

@ostyo said:

Uh, Batman is dead if he gets hit like that.

Chalk it up to super advanced body armor.

Good fights this week. I'd like to check them all out at some point.

Posted by jwalser3

Hulk vs. Abomination was my favorite.

Posted by Owie

Nice to see Abomination back...and the Man-Thing vs Ghost Rider is an interesting fight idea.

Posted by Cgoodness

nice to see the GR return to his full potential

Posted by TDK_1997

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

@theacidskull said:

@tdk_1997 said:

It would've been better if the fight between Hulk and Abom wasn't that good cause I really want to drop Waid's Hulk.

The fight was entertaining but devoid of any emotion or heart.

Yeah,it really was.I don't know what Waid is thinking and what he has been doing but he is slipping pretty bad.

most of his work is still pretty great, he's just dropping the ball on Hulk.

I love Waid and almost everything he has ever done but I can't understand how he was able to start off his DD and Hulk run to such a great start and then at some point he started to disappoint me a lot.

You don't like his DD?

It was good but not anymore.Somewhere around #28-29 I just got tired.

Mhhh people still seem to love it. What happened?

I just got tired of the whole lighthearted Matt all the time.Yes,Foggy did get sick from cancer and he is dying but apart from that the book still remains lighthearted and after the return of Bullseye everything went downhill for me.It seems like there is almost no development whatsovever in the book and there isn't any big villain that Matt has to opose.

It's a poor attempt at writing Spider-Man.

Also that Uncanny Avengers annual was a steaming pile of crap.

It really is a bad attempt to write Spidey.I mean he was off to a good start with the book but in the end he just ended up doing a lot of corny "Spider-Man" stuff.

And why didn't you like UA's annual?

Edited by 8008S

Hulk vs. Blonsky was good but I disliked that he's back as a mindless beast. His character development was cool and engaging back in the day. Hopefully this will be reversed somewhere down the line.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@tdk_1997: Yea and DD worked so hard to get a way from being the poor mans Spider-Man but now Waid is stuffing him back in that box.

I'm lazy so I'll just quote myself:

I bought the issue because I wanted to read about this new Supernatural Avengers team but instead of getting that I got a book that rotates between mocking the very idea of one and making snide remarks about the comics industry. This entire book was remender trying to say "Oh look how clever I am".

Posted by TDK_1997

@tdk_1997: Yea and DD worked so hard to get a way from being the poor mans Spider-Man but now Waid is stuffing him back in that box.

I'm lazy so I'll just quote myself:

I bought the issue because I wanted to read about this new Supernatural Avengers team but instead of getting that I got a book that rotates between mocking the very idea of one and making snide remarks about the comics industry. This entire book was remender trying to say "Oh look how clever I am".

Interesting opinion.I definitely bought hte book because I just wanted to see the content.For no other particular reason rather than that.I actually don't care for a single Supernatural character they included except Blade and I thought the issue wasn't good but was at least funny at times.

Posted by Dernman

@jonny_anonymous: I bought the issue because I wanted to read about this new Supernatural Avengers team but instead of getting that I got a book that rotates between mocking the very idea of one and making snide remarks about the comics industry. This entire book was remender trying to say "Oh look how clever I am".

Ugh Just read it to my regret. I hate when comics do things like this.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@dernman: I like Remender's Image work but his current Marvel stuff is so pretentious it makes me cringe and this issue just overloaded with it.

Posted by BatmanOnTheMoon

I'm loving Remender's Uncanny Avengers, and this annual was a nice departure from the grim ass story he has been telling. The drinking contest and how everyone reacted was just priceless and actually made me laugh out loud.

Lots of people seem to hate on Waid's DD, which is fine. I'm loving it and have been since he took over. I hope he continues doing so for a good long while.

Posted by patrat18

@patrat18 said:

@ostyo said:

Uh, Batman is dead if he gets hit like that.

NO.

Batman is omnipresent. He can't be killed.

You damn right.

Posted by StMichalofWilson

Awesome battles this week. The Batwoman annual fight was cool as well.

Posted by Experio

Satisfying

Posted by Vaeternus

Batman vs. Bane was epic. Very good fight, Batman was not in the mood lol.

Also, that Flash vs. Grodd was crazy....never saw Flash do something like that lol.

Posted by cmyers1980

Isn't Abomination dead?

Posted by mogo1

@cmyers1980: yeah, I thought he was shot dead by Rulk? Oh well, comics

I had to go to 3 stores to get GL new guardian 2, also picked up Rai for fun. Rai was 'meh' and new guard had an interesting new villain and some source wall tid bits

Posted by ShootingNova
Posted by Doflamingo_The_Joker

I'm SO GLAD that Ghost Rider's full potential has FINALLY been used in a comic. He's been getting owned for too long by losers everywhere, time for him to strike back!

Posted by DemonKnights

Why were the fights in futures end not in here. Or the fight of Kyle vs oblivion

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