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Best Battles in New Comics: 7/18/14

Check out awesome action scenes from the latest issues of ROBIN RISES: OMEGA, MAGNETO, and SAVAGE HULK!

Hey there, thanks for checking out the latest edition of Best Battles in New Comics! This is where we reflect on memorable and exciting action scenes that the latest round of new issues had to offer! We've reviewed most of the new comics and we're highlighting three battles that are especially awesome. So, let's not waste any more time and jump right into these brawls!

ROBIN RISES: OMEGA #1

Batman and Ra's al Ghul's conflict over Damian Wayne and Talia al Ghul's bodies has been rudely interrupted by a gang from Apokolips. We won't spoil why they've come to Earth, but they have their sights set on obtaining Damian's sarcophagus. Obviously, this gives Bruce and Ra's a common foe, so they agree on a temporary alliance and prepare to do anything and everything possible to protect Damian's corpse from the alien forces. Prepare for Batman, Frankenstein, the mighty Titus, Ra's al Ghul, assassins, and Man-Bats vs. forces from Apokolips!

FOR DAMIAN!

The battlefield quickly turns into a savage and bloody scene as both sides try to snag the sarcophagus. Man-bats have their wings ripped off, arrows pelt into bodies, faces are slashed, and Batman pulls out all of the stops as he tries to protect his son. Bruce and Ra's are outnumbered and struggling, but the Dark Knight refuses to let his son's body be taken from him once again.

If this were a '90s movie, Bruce would have totally yelled something like "hands off my son!"

It isn't long before the fight becomes an uphill struggle. Earth's forces are dwindling and there's just too many Parademons for them to handle. Things aren't looking good for the Caped Crusader, but if you were paying attention to every panel along the way (and you should be!), you likely recall Bruce pressed a button on his belt. What did that button do? It called for some major back-up: the new Justice League. Suddenly the fight isn't looking so unfair.

Will Smith would like a word with you, Lex.

With the likes of Wonder Woman, Shazam, and others now on his side, the battle has tilted heavily in Batman's favor. But before they take the clear victory, there's plenty of cool moments to witness -- especially if you're an Aquaman fan. Batman may have survived the encounter, but what happens with Damian's body? Batman fans, you need to read this issue. We've shown you just a small fraction of the battle and there's so much more terrific Andy Kubert artwork for your eyes to enjoy.

MAGNETO #7

Magneto continues to do his best impression of the Punisher as he hunts down anyone and everyone who has tormented, harmed, and killed mutants. In Cullen Bunn's latest issue, Magneto travels to Hong Kong because a disturbing amount of mutants have gone missing in the region. It turns out they're being locked up and then tossed into a gladiator pit to fight to the death and entertain a crowd of onlookers. Magneto eventually winds up in the pit and sees what the unfortunate mutants before him have been forced to fight: Predator X.

"Klang" isn't what you want to hear when you strike something with your foot.

If Magneto had complete control over his abilities, he could effortlessly rip the creature apart. Sadly, he doesn't, so he needs to rely on his wit to survive. He does a commendable job dodging attacks which would surely end his life, but eventually his luck runs out and the savage beast draws blood and, tragically, ruins Magneto's lovely shirt.

Predator X, the destroyer of flannel!

Seeing as this is a fight to the death, we all know ol' Magneto will make it out alive, right? If he's put in a kill or be killed scenario, he's going to be the one doing the killing -- and he's been doing quite a bit of it in this series. So, you obviously know he'll find a way to defeat the formidable enemy, but we won't spoil how he accomplishes it. From there, his captors attempt to take him down, but Magneto isn't known for being an easy person to overcome. He doesn't need his powers to put these goons in a world of hurt.

The Raid 3, starring Magneto.

As you can blatantly see, there's a whole lot of ferocity in this issue. Magneto's on a dark path as he aims to destroy those who wish to harm mutants and Bunn's doing a great job bringing us along on the character's violent journey. Now, go buy the issue if you want to see how he defeats Predator X and how the narrative in Hong Kong concludes! Spoiler alert: it's bloody.

SAVAGE HULK #2

Alan Davis' second chapter of SAVAGE HULK has presented the past X-Men with two big problems: Abomination and a wave of missiles that are targeting him! So, not only do the X-Men need to find a way to bring the beast down for the count, but they also have to worry about a wave of explosives that are heading right in their direction. Cyclops and Havok begin to target the deadly projectiles as Angel, Jean Grey and Iceman attempt to restrain the villain. Iceman's able to incapacitate the foe in some ice, but upon hearing that Angel has a device that will allow them to locate the Hulk, the strong opponent breaks free from the ice and grabs the winged mutant by the neck. The trio is powerless against the titan, but Scott takes a second from shooting missiles down to save his teammate. Because, you know, he's awesome like that.

Scott Summers, the master of multitasking.

Between the barrage of explosives constantly soaring at them and the brute who loves to punch really, really hard, these young X-Men are in one heck of a tough spot. Luckily for them, they're about to get some much-needed assistance: the Hulk! The Green Goliath leaps into the scene, grabs the baddie by the brow and slams him into the ground. Yes, there have been some fights where Hulk has walked all over Abomination, but it's often a vicious back and forth and this is yet another fight where knocking the creature's lights out won't be an easy task. The villain swiftly recovers and sends some brutality right back at Banner.

Do you think Hulk has grown accustomed to the taste of rock?

Okay, that looked pretty harsh and Hulk's face has got to be feeling those two hits. Still, we know the popular character isn't easy to put down because he has some hugely impressive durability and pain tolerance. This means the big guy's able to get back up and continue this powerful slugfest right away. Since there's so many giant, green fists flying around, the X-Men realize it would be wise to keep their distance as these two trade blows.

Abomination's special move: smelly foot to the face.

The battle goes on for about five more pages (one is a double-page spread), and while it doesn't really bring anything new to the dynamic between these two, it's always entertaining watching this pair of ridiculously strong characters duke it out. If you just want to enjoy a straightforward fight between these two, this is worth checking out.

Honorable Mentions

  • UNITY #9
  • THUNDERBOLTS #28
  • ELEKTRA #4
  • THE LAST FALL #1
  • THE SQUIDDER #1
  • HARBINGER #25
  • TEEN TITANS #1

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 longbowhunter

I knew Robin Rises would be in here this week. Quite the throwdown that was.

Off topic but I saw it in Honorable Mentions. Was The Squidder any good?

Posted by patrat18

Batman went HAM!

Posted by Fallschirmjager

Aquaman 33 will be one of these next week.

Posted by Lvenger

That Hulk vs Abomination fight looks awesome! Much better than the one from Hulk 4.

Aquaman 33 will be one of these next week.

What's next week's Aquaman issue about?

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@lvenger: Arthur is going to fight the Chimera.

Posted by Lvenger

@lvenger: Arthur is going to fight the Chimera.

Oh yeah, that'll be cool. Read the Swamp Thing issue whilst I was on holiday and that was a solid fight.

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@lvenger said:

@fallschirmjager said:

@lvenger: Arthur is going to fight the Chimera.

Oh yeah, that'll be cool. Read the Swamp Thing issue whilst I was on holiday and that was a solid fight.

They fight again in Swamp Thing 032 and it was solid too. Arthur had Dugongs eat Swamp Thing lol.

Parker's had a lot of great fights. The Karaqan fight where Mera throws him into the stratosphere was so awesome and his fight with Hercules was sweet too.

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@lvenger said:

@fallschirmjager said:

@lvenger: Arthur is going to fight the Chimera.

Oh yeah, that'll be cool. Read the Swamp Thing issue whilst I was on holiday and that was a solid fight.

They fight again in Swamp Thing 032 and it was solid too. Arthur had Dugongs eat Swamp Thing lol.

Parker's had a lot of great fights. The Karaqan fight where Mera throws him into the stratosphere was so awesome and his fight with Hercules was sweet too.

Parker's done a good job continuing the consistency of Johns' run. Lots of runs after one successful arc tend to fall flat but Parker's kept the quality up to say the least.

Posted by Fallschirmjager

@lvenger: Hopefully GJ can fix Superman now :p

Posted by SpitfirePanda

The last time I used the special move Smelly Foot to the Face, I made a guy pass out without even touching him.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

The part when Barman started punching Shazam was pretty silly

Posted by ULTRAstarkiller

Robin Rises was pretty great.

Posted by senglord

@jonny_anonymous: Breaking his hands n Billy's face without giving a f. It was more a send up of the often posted pic of Bruce crying out after spraining his finger on Superman's face after he saves the Joker in DITF. The early 1980s were defined by the antagonism of the writers against their audience. Until Frank Miller saved them from their own inadequacy.

Edited by k4tzm4n

The part when Barman started punching Shazam was pretty silly

Eh, I don't mind it. Batman's gone through so much emotional and physical stress over his son and he's now lost him again. In that horrible moment, Shazam then joked about it and was totally oblivious to what he did. So, I get Batman losing his cool and lashing out like that.

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Posted by ComicStooge

@k4tzm4n said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

The part when Barman started punching Shazam was pretty silly

Eh, I don't mind it. Batman's gone through so much emotional and physical stress over his son and he's now lost him again. In that horrible moment, Shazam then joked about it and was totally oblivious to what he did. So, I get Batman losing his cool and lashing out like that.

Spoilers?

Posted by Lvenger

@lvenger: Hopefully GJ can fix Superman now :p

Given his first issue, he's well on his way to doing that for me now.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@k4tzm4n said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

The part when Barman started punching Shazam was pretty silly

Eh, I don't mind it. Batman's gone through so much emotional and physical stress over his son and he's now lost him again. In that horrible moment, Shazam then joked about it and was totally oblivious to what he did. So, I get Batman losing his cool and lashing out like that.

Yeah but he would have broke his hand and wrist

Posted by Jayc1324

@jonny_anonymous: maybe he just wasn't punching him that hard then. Or his suit is just durable.

Posted by Owie

"hands off my son" ha ha

Posted by Gojira2014

So Magneto is a Bruce Willis mother freaker that beats foes down with his hands?

WTH happen lol.

Posted by BruceWayne19

Loved the battle in robin rises, and I love shazam, but this issue made me hate him a lot. Bonehead move, everyone knows to leave batman alone in a fight and well I won't spoil it. If you read it then you know

Posted by Bat_Girl_CC

I haven't read this one, who's the green one with a sword?...Ra's all ghul, or Lady Shiva?...and what about Bronze Tiger? did he joined the fight to?

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Posted by Bat_Girl_CC

@k4tzm4n said:

@jonny_anonymous said:

The part when Barman started punching Shazam was pretty silly

Eh, I don't mind it. Batman's gone through so much emotional and physical stress over his son and he's now lost him again. In that horrible moment, Shazam then joked about it and was totally oblivious to what he did. So, I get Batman losing his cool and lashing out like that.

Yeah but he would have broke his hand and wrist

In the new 52 Batman while drugged, punched Superman with full force, and his hand didn't broke.

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Cool choices

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Posted by Phaedrusgr

Magneto is one of my favourite at the moment. #7 was great. Robin Rises...oh, boy, I liked that. Really enjoyed that one...

Posted by k4tzm4n

I haven't read this one, who's the green one with a sword?...Ra's all ghul, or Lady Shiva?...and what about Bronze Tiger? did he joined the fight to?

Ra's al Ghul. No, Bronze Tiger isn't in the story.

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Posted by jashro44

So Magneto is a Bruce Willis mother freaker that beats foes down with his hands?

WTH happen lol.

He got weakened severely after AVX. Not sure if he's gotten his full power back yet.

Posted by Gojira2014
@jashro44 said:

@gojira2014 said:

So Magneto is a Bruce Willis mother freaker that beats foes down with his hands?

WTH happen lol.

He got weakened severely after AVX. Not sure if he's gotten his full power back yet.

It looks like a Die Hard comic with monsters lol.

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Posted by nickzambuto

@jashro44: Isn't Magneto a bit old for flying kicks and taking on a dozen men at once or am I missing something?

Posted by jashro44

@jashro44: Isn't Magneto a bit old for flying kicks and taking on a dozen men at once or am I missing something?

I believe so. IIRC he was a holocaust victim so he should be very old. I recall there was a scan which states his reflexes are like 15X faster than the average human though. All though I'm not a magneto expert.

Posted by Saren

@nickzambuto: @jashro44: Chronologically Magneto is 88 years old. Physically he's a few decades younger because he was reverted to infancy by Alpha and then restored to a more youthful form by Eric the Red.

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Posted by nickzambuto

@jashro44 said:

@nickzambuto said:

@jashro44: Isn't Magneto a bit old for flying kicks and taking on a dozen men at once or am I missing something?

I believe so. IIRC he was a holocaust victim so he should be very old. I recall there was a scan which states his reflexes are like 15X faster than the average human though. All though I'm not a magneto expert.

Seriously? There's no explanation behind it in the series? That's pretty weak.

Posted by nickzambuto

@saren said:

@nickzambuto: jashro44: Chronologically Magneto is 88 years old. Physically he's a few decades younger because he was reverted to infancy by Alpha and then restored to a more youthful form by Eric the Red.

Oh, really? Alright, that's good to know. Still, it's pretty funky how he can pull out all those crazy moves. Magneto's never had any martial arts training to my knowledge, and he'd still be middle aged at best.

Posted by jashro44

@saren: I see. Thank you for the info.

Posted by medulaoblaganda

damn, nobody spoke about the hulk vs abomination fight.

Posted by Bat_Girl_CC

@k4tzm4n said:
@bat_girl_cc said:

I haven't read this one, who's the green one with a sword?...Ra's all ghul, or Lady Shiva?...and what about Bronze Tiger? did he joined the fight to?

Ra's al Ghul. No, Bronze Tiger isn't in the story.

Ok, thanks for the info.

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Posted by Ms-Lola

I wasn't too happy with how things went at the end of the fight in Robin Rises. I appreciated the quick rundown at the beginning of the book though, but shouldn't Batman blame himself for not telling the Justice League what was going down prior to this battle? Having them take the blame for things not working out and then his anger came off a bit hypocritical to me.

Still a good start to the story.

As for the choices of battles, not bad. I agree with the runner ups, especially.

Posted by Teerack

The only reason I'm suffering through savage hulk is because it was promised to become relevant to the Infinity Revelation coming up soon.

Posted by dreamfall31

Damn...Magneto looks brutal... might pick that series up!

Posted by adamTRMM

Oh, really? Alright, that's good to know. Still, it's pretty funky how he can pull out all those crazy moves. Magneto's never had any martial arts training to my knowledge, and he'd still be middle aged at best.

He has these skills from being an operative of both Mossad and CIA from his Nazi hunter days, also he is a wardog since forever, so it shouldn't be surprising at all.

His age, sadly, is a tool that gets played by the writers whenever they feel they want him as an old man or the contrary.

Posted by Spulk

In the end Abomination will cry again....Because always HULK SMASH!!

Posted by Fallschirmjager

@lvenger: Parker totally made me eat my words rofl

<_<...

Next month *cough*

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