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Best Battles in New Comics: 5/30/14

Check out awesome action scenes from the latest issues of NIGHTWING, UNCANNY AVENGERS, and AQUAMAN.

It's once again time to celebrate the latest round of excellent action scenes! This week, we're featuring two battles from DC Comics and one from Marvel. First up, we'll watch two very popular heroes have a ridiculously rough sparring match. After that, we'll check out one big dose of craziness involving several mutants from different timelines. And, last but not least, we'll witness a clash between two incredibly powerful characters.

"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.

NIGHTWING #30

In the unlikely event you haven't finished Forever Evil yet and don't want a spoiler from its finale, I strongly recommend skipping over this highlight. Seriously, go to the next fight and then come back when you've finally caught-up.

DC's latest big event dealt Dick Grayson a really harsh hand. The world now knows who he really is and the Crime Syndicate tortured him and turned him into a weapon. To prevent the weapon from going off, Lex Luthor had to kill Dick Grayson... right in front of Batman, too. Luckily for him, Luthor was thinking ahead (when isn't he?) and was able to revive Grayson shortly afterwards. Now, not many know Dick Grayson is still alive, so Batman thinks they should use this to their advantage. Yes, this is the issue that shows the first Robin's transition to becoming a spy and Batman presents the idea during a sparring match. Naturally, Grayson's not a fan of the plan and melee gets very brutal very quickly

Batman's elbow is so powerful that it produces lightning. Take THAT, Storm.

Believe it or not, Bruce elbowing Grayson in the jaw is nothing compared to what follows. This fight gets ridiculously out of hand right away. Grayson's smashed into the case displaying the Robin costume and then Dick uses the cape from said outfit to flip Bruce. As if things couldn't get any crazier, the two then begin to throw random items at one another and end up duking it out on the T-Rex's head. The duo proceed to pummel each other even more and show no concern whatsoever to all of the expensive and high tech goodies that are located throughout the cave.

Not even Batman's bike can withstand the bat kick.

This is quite possibly the most over the top street level fight in this week's new comics. Sure, the two are having an understandably heated chat and it's a way to get Grayson to vent, but man, they absolutely demolish the place. You saw him chop a bike in half with a kick, right?! The "well that escalated quickly" line from Anchorman is a very fitting response to this fight. What's especially crazy is the brawl isn't even close to over! As if all of those smashes and strikes weren't enough, the two then take a huge fall right and crash right onto a Batmobile.

WON'T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE VEHICLES?!

Even though they're both covered in cuts and soaked in blood, the fight continues and several more vicious hits are landed. We all know the path Dick Grayson is about to take in his new series, but is he able to win this violent sparring match with his mentor in this issue? We may be left with very mixed opinions on the narrative and dialogue, but that was an absurdly savage fight.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #20

Rick Remender and Daniel Acuna's latest issue of UNCANNY AVENGERS is packed with so much madness. Characters from different timelines are on Planet X and they're about to engage in a whole lot of battles. First up, it's Psylocke vs. Psylocke! Remember the version of her we saw back in UNCANNY X-FORCE? You know, Magistrate Braddock? Of course you remember, that run was excellent, after all. She's about to learn firsthand why another version of herself is far more awesome than she is.

Psylocke vs. Psylocke? Psylocke wins, obviously.

Elsewhere, other groups begin to bump into one another. As you can imagine, an unplanned and unfriendly encounter between such powerful individuals is going to result in even more chaos. This is good news for us, the readers, and really, really bad news for quite a few of these fictional beings. Cable is one of the people that'll receive not so good news when he encounters Stryfe. Meanwhile, Beast attempts to take on Magneto's forces all by his lonesome. Hank McCoy puts his agility to good use, but sadly, the odds aren't in his favor.

Stop ruining the fun, Lady Avalanche!

As some major drama goes down between other characters (we'd prefer not to spoil the big developments in this feature), Remender chimes in on Thor, Eimin, Daken, and May Parker. Yeah, he's packed a lot of characters into this storyline, but he's a talented writer and juggles them well. The Son of Odin makes quick work and Eimin and the alternate wall-crawler humiliates Daken, but the clawed villain just doesn't know how to stay down. It's not long before Daken gets back up and attempts to dispose of Kang, but Daken's father, Wolverine, cuts right in (sorry, the terrible pun was intentional).

They should really consider family therapy.

Is Wolverine forced into killing his son a second time? James Howlett has had a life full of terrible events, but experiencing that all over again would certainly leave a mark on his psyche. So, does Remender put Logan through the horrific act of dispatching his child once more? Will we spoil it here for you? Of course not! Keep in mind, this recap is barely scratching the surface of what's going on in this issue!

AQUAMAN #31

The oceans have been filled with algae, and Arthur Curry aka Aquaman thinks only one being could be behind this: Alec Holland aka Swamp Thing. Along with Ya'wara, Curry uses the Globe of Teleportation to travel to the Terrebonne Parish in Louisiana. It turns out he's not the only one looking for the Avatar of the Green, though. Two men attempting to prove the existence of the "Swamp Ape" are on the hunt as well. They definitely got what they were looking for because Holland approaches them and tells them to leave. Aquaman sees this and believes Swamp Thing is going to attack the two humans, so he leaps into action. Misunderstandings always lead to good people fighting one another, don't they? Anyway, it's time for the King of Atlantis vs. the Avatar of the Green!

Aquaman gets a face full of green fist... or whatever that is.

Despite Aquaman's great strength (seriously, he has some crazy strength feats in this series), Swamp Thing is able to swiftly restrain him. As the Justice Leaguer struggles to break free from the plants constricting him, Holland bluntly points out just how outclassed Aquaman truly is in this struggle. Yes, the hero may be mighty and have command of sea aquatic life, but when you're facing the Avatar of Plant Life in a marshland, it's a fight you're just not going to win. But Ya'wara didn't get that memo and she leaps into action with her blades. It's a valiant effort, but totally futile.

A for effort, Ya'wara.

They've established they can't do meaningful damage to Holland through stabbing, slashing, and sheer strength. Both are now restrained, so what options do they have left? Sure, they could just talk it out at this point, but that would be too pragmatic and, well, not nearly as exciting as them continuing to battle. So instead of chatting it out, Aqauman communicates with the local wildlife and commands them to enjoy a big ol' organic snack.

"Aquatic reptiles, I choose you!"

If you know even the basics about Swamp Thing's abilities, then you know something like this won't keep the powerful creature down for the count. The fight is nearing its end, but it's not over just yet! If you want to see how it all concludes, you should get your hands on Jeff Parker's issue.

Honorable Mentions

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 and have a good weekend!

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Posted by Ostyo

Bats kicked a bike... *Face palm*

Posted by ColaNicole

Why did Batman keep his cowl on? And the fight looks way too stupid.

Posted by RisingBean

@k4tzm4n Dick uses costume from said cape? Time for a quick edit, boss.

Also I guess the Bat-rides are all made of paper mache'. Friggin' lame. Lets break up the emotional element by making the fight a comedy. I'm facepalming.

That Aquaman looks terribly fun.

Uncanny looks decent.

Posted by Jeremy1989

Why did Batman keep his cowl on? And the fight looks way too stupid.

It's a Batman comic, what do you expect? They exaggerate so much that you forget they're "human" characters.

Edited by MatthewParker

Is there a reason why Bruce and dick are shirtless? Lol it kinda looks retarded.

Posted by Life_Without_Progress

That Nightwing fight is way too over the top

Edited by feedonatreefrog

I loved it specifically because it was so over-the-top.

He's becoming Secret Agent Grayson for crying out loud. I don't think we're supposed to take this all so seriously.

Posted by Baberaham_Lincoln

I don't get how the fight was over the top with Nightwing. If Batman can take on Killer Croc/Bane and recently a freaking lion, then i don't see how this is impossible. Sure Maybe the bike part was a bit ridonkulous...but he didn't really kick the whole bike and split the engine in half. It was just at the point of the bike chassis's head tube which connects to the forks that the front wheels are screwed or bolted on to. MAYBE that's the reason why it was possible? I don't know i'm no bike expert, just putting a thought out there lol

Edited by DarthAznable

Lol another strength feat for Batman. It will be disregarded as PIS like usual though. @jayc1324

Posted by comicace3

So much hate for batman right now lol. I'll admit though batman kicking a bike? ( seems a little superhuman to me). people think its automatic pis, but Batman has been doing a lot of things humans in real life can't normally do. Hail the pis machine. All the other fights this week were pretty damn cool though.

Edited by SupremeHyperion

(nightwing) "Alright, lets' go shirts and skins"...... (batman) "how bout we just go skins and skins?"..... (nightwing) "you get me" (smiling)

Posted by WaveMotionCannon

Aquaman getting humbled by Swamp Thing was awesome.

That Batfight was dumb as hell.

Why's Batman sparring with his mask on shirtless? He kicked a bike in half, WTF? ( Batboys probably fapped to that ridiculousness)

They fall on to the roof of the Batmobile and it BREAKS?!? It's the Batmobile not a f'n Kia! Too much for me.

Posted by Saren

It's nice to see some reaffirmation of the fact that the people who complain about Batman are the people who don't read Batman.

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Posted by Justthatkid

Batman summons lightning like a boss. Best feat shown.

Edited by pikachumonster

Yep. They inhabit the forums to remind the actual readers, how overrated batman is. PIS, LOL..

Edited by Guardiandevil83

My dude Aquaman can control Swamp Life too?!?

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@risingbean: Thanks for pointing that out. Edited.

@baberaham_lincoln said:

I don't get how the fight was over the top with Nightwing. If Batman can take on Killer Croc/Bane and recently a freaking lion, then i don't see how this is impossible. Sure Maybe the bike part was a bit ridonkulous...but he didn't really kick the whole bike and split the engine in half. It was just at the point of the bike chassis's head tube which connects to the forks that the front wheels are screwed or bolted on to. MAYBE that's the reason why it was possible? I don't know i'm no bike expert, just putting a thought out there lol

I'm talking about how over the top the fight is as a whole. They literally went around most of the cave and trashed basically everything in their path. To top that off, it's funny -- to me, at least -- to have so much dialogue when characters are apparently enduring the damage.

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Edited by entropy_aegis

Aquaman getting humbled by Swamp Thing was awesome.

That Batfight was dumb as hell.

Why's Batman sparring with his mask on shirtless? He kicked a bike in half, WTF? ( Batboys probably fapped to that ridiculousness)

They fall on to the roof of the Batmobile and it BREAKS?!? It's the Batmobile not a f'n Kia! Too much for me.

Yeah and it's no different from any other fan base in that regard,I'm sure Capboys for example fapped over Steve beating the crap out of Tony

Posted by tparks

I can't believe there are so many negative comments for Batman. I'm not even much of a Batman fan, and I thought that fight looks incredible. The kicking the Bat Cycle in half is a little much, Lol, but it definitely is entertaining.

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@entropy_aegis said:

Yeah and it's no different from any other fan base in that regard,I'm sure Capboys for example fapped over Steve beating the crap out of Tony

@tparks said:

I can't believe there are so many negative comments for Batman. I'm not even much of a Batman fan, and I thought that fight looks incredible. The kicking the Bat Cycle in half is a little much, Lol, but it definitely is entertaining.

Heh, kicking the bat-cycle was a little much only insofar as the narrative behind the fight was silly, and because the two were mindlessly destroying their own equipment.

Beyond that, it isn't anything Batman shouldn't be capable of doing, strength wise. He has had many other strength feats far more absurd than kicking a motorbike in half. Of course Bat-haters are going to cry "PIS" over it. It's what they do. It was a silly scenario, but not because of the strength feat exclusively.

Posted by DCWarFan73

You gotta check out Mighty Avengers' Blade vs. the Were-chickens.... yes Were-chickens.

Posted by ComicStooge

I find it absurd they can have a casual conversation while slamming eachother through bulletproof vehicle. Dick says things so calmly, despite spewing blood everywhere.

The fight's borderline idiotic.

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Uncanny Avengers looks dope.

Posted by Fallschirmjager

That's a low showing for the Bat-kick, actually.

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Posted by TBEMrMcCoy

The Aquaman/Swampy fight was great. I loved every second of it. Batman had become way to overpowered that's why I stopped

reading it. Thank you DC for ruining Batman for me. Kicking a motorcycle in half? Just plain stupid. They must have healing factors also because if they didn't they should both be covered head to toe in scar tissue.

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

If Cap and Bucky sparred like this nobody would panic because it's all part of the plan, but when Batman does it everyone loses their minds! Let's face it, peak human in the DC universes is not even the same as peak human in the Marvel Universe, IDW, Image, or any company for that matter. Peak human in the DC universe is low level meta. Once, two, three, even four times it's PIS, but when the character constantly shows that level of endurance and strength it counts as a feat, it doesn't matter whether he's human, mutant, or undead.

Deal with it.

Edited by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

They just don't make motorcycles like they used too lol.

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Deserving choices

Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

@entropy_aegis said:

Yeah and it's no different from any other fan base in that regard,I'm sure Capboys for example fapped over Steve beating the crap out of Tony

@tparks said:

I can't believe there are so many negative comments for Batman. I'm not even much of a Batman fan, and I thought that fight looks incredible. The kicking the Bat Cycle in half is a little much, Lol, but it definitely is entertaining.

Heh, kicking the bat-cycle was a little much only insofar as the narrative behind the fight was silly, and because the two were mindlessly destroying their own equipment.

Beyond that, it isn't anything Batman shouldn't be capable of doing, strength wise. He has had many other strength feats far more absurd than kicking a motorbike in half. Of course Bat-haters are going to cry "PIS" over that. It's what they do. It was a silly scenario, but not because of the strength feat exclusively.

Thats a ridiculous assumption. Just because someone disagrees on a certain segment of a comic doesn't equate them being a Batman hater. Nor does it mean they don't read any of his books. I read all of his main titles as he is my second favorite character besides Spiderman and I think kicking the bike in half was a little ridiculous but it didn't bother me because he has done way many more ridiculous things than that.

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@lone_wolf_and_cub said:

Thats a ridiculous assumption. Just because someone disagrees on a certain segment of a comic doesn't equate them being a Batman hater.

Ironically, you are the one making assumptions.

Never once did I say that all people who disagree with certain segments are being Batman haters. That's not what I said at all, and it is certainly not what I meant.

Posted by Wolverine08

What's wrong with the Batman battle?

Posted by StMichalofWilson

These fights were over-the-top insane, and I mean that in a good way.

Posted by TDK_1997

Batman vs. Nightwing was just amazing. I mean look at the great artwork and action scenes,epic!

Posted by Jaydarocknrolla

pis is pis. just because batman is a characyer that gets a lot of irrational love and hate doesnt mean you cant call pis when you see it. that fight was stupid and the bike was ridiculous.

Edited by judasnixon

Uncanny Avengers was so much fun. I loved Magneto Vs Stryfe........ Squish!

Edited by orionbolt

Looks like Swamp Thing is about to go Evil Dead on Ya'wara. Movie changed how i view trees.

Posted by RisingBean

@saren: I read everything in trade. Any context i should know? Please tell me there's context to the paper mache' Batmobile.

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@saren: I read everything in trade. Any context i should know? Please tell me there's context to the paper mache' Batmobile.

There's no context whatsoever, but anyone who reads Batman on the regular should not in any way be outraged that Batman can beat his vehicles until they cry for the Batplane. As far as ridiculous things Batman does go, it is firmly on the lower end of the spectrum. If you read about a character for a while, you should probably develop expectations of a character's portrayal that go beyond "But isn't he supposed to be human?". Those trades will have far more legitimate things to get outraged about, if one were so inclined.

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Posted by SmashBrawler

@orionbolt said:

Looks like Swamp Thing is about to go Evil Dead on Ya'wara. Movie changed how i view trees.

Well, that's a mental image I didn't need...

*runs off to DeviantArt*

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Posted by soldierofel

I have to admit the batman/nightwing fight looked pretty epic. I know it's full of hilarious things that kinda break the whole grounded or realism part of batman but nonetheless it looked pretty awesome. One thing i never understand in Batman's fights is that if he is such a great martial artist shouldn't he use nerve strikes to incapacitate quickly. I don't know what anyone else thinks but i would like to see an opponent such as night wing trying to use nerve strikes to counter bats kinda like daredevil does sometimes. Instead it just looks like they're punching each other for fun. Other than that the fights looked pretty good this week.

Posted by RisingBean

@saren: I probably do more face palming when I read Batman then I do the majority of my other favorite heroes. There is a pretentiousness that begins with the writers and trickles to many fans concerning Bruce. Maybe that is because DC insists he is just a human yet pulls stuff like this.. I try to take it with a grain of salt and generally can still enjoy the series. The problem in this case is that the writers want to pass off the Batmobile as a tank and now Batman is drop kicking Dick through it. That lack of consistency irks me.

The kicking the bike isn't even the worst for me. I can gloss over that.

@dark_vengeance_ It's pretty obvious you lean to Batman. The difference between Cap and Buck is that Cap is superhuman and hopefully anything like that is done with Buck's cybernetic arm. If Cap had a writer that started making him focus on stealth and Cap began blindsiding Spider-Man's with spidersense, or DD with his radar, fans of those characters would facepalm and Bat fans would cry foul and PIS/CIS/WIS when it's brought up on the battle boards. It's not in Steve's bag of tricks. The same here goes with Bruce. Bruce is a heavily trained human whose charm is that he doesn't just steamroll his way through his challenges. He uses finesse and ingenuity to make up for his human limits. That is what bothers some of us when we see him magically doing stuff that other characters in his weight class don't.

As for dealing with it, I'm doubtful too many of us are so distraught that we're being put in straitjackets or diving off of rooftops. But thanks for caring.

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@fallschirmjager said:

That's a low showing for the Bat-kick, actually.

Yeha he only kicked the front off, not the whole bike, he was holding back

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@w0nd said:

@fallschirmjager said:

That's a low showing for the Bat-kick, actually.

Yeha he only kicked the front off, not the whole bike, he was holing back

We're lucky the universe doesn't explode when he unleashes one of those.

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Posted by jashro44

Batmans strength aside nightwing seems to be holding his own against batman. Much better than their last fight.

Posted by w0nd

@fallschirmjager: when reading it, i actually didnt notice him doing that. Thank god I came here.

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@saren said:

@risingbean said:

@saren: I read everything in trade. Any context i should know? Please tell me there's context to the paper mache' Batmobile.

There's no context whatsoever, but anyone who reads Batman on the regular should not in any way be outraged that Batman can beat his vehicles until they cry for the Batplane. As far as ridiculous things Batman does go, it is firmly on the lower end of the spectrum. If you read about a character for a while, you should probably develop expectations of a character's portrayal that go beyond "But isn't he supposed to be human?". Those trades will have far more legitimate things to get outraged about, if one were so inclined.

Exactly. Pretty much what I was trying to say.

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@w0nd said:

@fallschirmjager: when reading it, i actually didnt notice him doing that. Thank god I came here.

I don't read Nightwing so I didn't even know there was going to be any special rage about Batman this week. :p

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@soldierofel said:

I have to admit the batman/nightwing fight looked pretty epic. I know it's full of hilarious things that kinda break the whole grounded or realism part of batman but nonetheless it looked pretty awesome. One thing i never understand in Batman's fights is that if he is such a great martial artist shouldn't he use nerve strikes to incapacitate quickly. I don't know what anyone else thinks but i would like to see an opponent such as night wing trying to use nerve strikes to counter bats kinda like daredevil does sometimes. Instead it just looks like they're punching each other for fun. Other than that the fights looked pretty good this week.

I would like to see more of that sort of thing too. Certainly, there are instances where that sort of fight does happen, but it doesn't happen nearly enough for my tastes. :)

Posted by reaverlation

The bathate is ridiculous...

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Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

@risingbean

I wouldn't be mad if he did that and there was a logical explanation to it, both have been tricked multiple times and there was no need for stealth. But that is beyond the point that I'm trying to make, Cap's stealth skills are not too impressive, in fact at the top of my head and I can't think of a situation where he vanished or snuck up on someone with enhanced senses. While Batman has shown over and over again to have beyond human strength and endurance. Like which characters? Which peak human in the DC universe is in the same level as Batman?

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