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Best Battles in New Comics: 8/1/14

Check out awesome action scenes from the latest issues of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER, and UNCANNY AVENGERS.

The highlight-worthy options for this segment are often pretty clear. Sure, there's usually more than a handful of great action scenes, but it tends to be pretty obvious which ones really deserve being featured on Friday. This week, however, was ridiculously tough. There are a more than fair amount of very impressive action sequences in this week's new comics, so narrowing it down to just three wasn't easy at all. We were able to do it just for you, though, and hopefully you'll enjoy the ones we've selected. Yes, they all happen to be from Marvel. The publisher produced some awesome action scenes this week and these battles deserve the recognition. And hey, if your favorite one isn't included, go ahead and tell the world why you thought it was excellent in the comments below. Now, who's ready to check out some brawls?!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #17

Guardians of the Galaxy is now in theaters, so we couldn't help but be all kinds of topical when writer Brian Michael Bendis' latest issue of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY had an intense melee between two titans. In one corner, we have Drax the Destroyer. The green dude loves to stab stuff with his blades and is sporting superhuman attributes. He regularly oozes coolness, but he truly dropped our jaws when he took on a wave of aliens all by his lonesome back in ANNIHILATION. In the other corner, we have Gladiator, a powerhouse whose immense abilities fluctuate based on his confidence. Also worth noting: he has a giant mohawk, so that gives him the automatic advantage. So, what happens when these two are at odds? They rush at each other and don't slow down, of course!

Place your bets!

Like countless others, Drax holds a special place in our heart and many of us out there are rooting for the Guardian of the Galaxy to knock Mr. Mohawk's lights out. But as dangerous as he may be, Kallark, a.k.a. Gladiator, is an incredibly formidable character. Even if Drax is going to emerge as the victor, he by no means has an easy fight on his hands and it's certain to be an uphill struggle. Despite Gladiator's might, Drax is able to hold his own as the two scuffle and he even draws first blood.

Gladiator's just jealous he doesn't have a movie in theaters right now.

Needless to say, it's pretty surprising to see Drax is not only holding his own, but seemingly taking the edge over the cosmic heavy hitter, too. We all know Drax is one tough dude, but to humiliate and then defeat the likes of Gladiator would be a huge win for the alien. Will he continue to take the edge, though? Gladiator certainly looked pretty upset in that last panel and it definitely looks like he wants to put a major hurting on Drax. Surprisingly enough, Drax continues to smack his opponent around!

Spoiler alert: this bit couldn't be cropped without potentially including big spoilers.

Man, that's a whole lot of punching, isn't it? So, did Bendis take it easy on Drax and give him a chance to shine because he's currently appearing on the big screen? Or perhaps there's a reason why Gladiator isn't faring so well? Or is there more to this fight than meets the eye? Let's just say a clear winner is eventually determined and it's done in an impressively cool fashion.The loser has a humorous line when all is said and done, too.

ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #5

Robbie Reyes doesn't live in the safest place around, but now his neighborhood has been abruptly transformed into a big, bloody, and crazy war zone. There's a giant shootout taking place and a school bus was unfortunate enough to crash right in the middle of all the madness. It just so happens that the school bus has Robbie's brother, Gabriel, inside of it. Our new Ghost Rider has been torn on how he should handle the criminals in his community, but now that his disabled brother is in immediate danger, he quickly leaps into action and begins to take down everyone that's in his path.

ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER is good for your eyes.

As you can blatantly see above, artist Tradd Moore and colorist Val Staples make sure this book is loaded with adrenaline. The character work is supremely energetic, the way motion is displayed is ridiculously fun and cinematic, and the pages are just exploding with bright shades of orange and red. It's a real treat for the eyes and writer Felipe Smith gives this art team some ridiculously exciting sequences to bring to life. Observe as something as simple as Ghost Rider destroying a projectile and smashing a group of enemies is presented in a way that allows us to appreciate each and every action.

Knife > Rocket

This new volume makes one thing crystal clear: no amount of goons with guns stands a chance against this new Ghost Rider. But what about Mr. Hyde? Earlier in the issue, the muscular fiend showed a massive display of strength (don't worry, we won't spoil it). Well, it isn't long before the behemoth leaps into the battlefield and squares off with Ghost Rider. Seeing as Reyes has been able to embarrass everyone else with his chain, it's understandable he'd open with that attack against this brute, too. Unfortunately for him, it doesn't go so well.

That's what he gets for trying the same trick three times in a row.

This fight gets pretty savage pretty quickly after that first hit. We won't ruin any of the fun for you, but we will say there's some totally brutal and over-the-top moments thrown in there. ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER continues to be an absurdly thrilling and fun series.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #22

It's the last chapter of Rick Remender and Daniel Acuña's huge UNCANNY AVENGERS story! The heroes thought they were saving Earth from a Celestial, but all they were doing was falling right into Kang's trap. The classic villain has been pulling everyone's strings since the very beginning and now there's two sides in this fight: people brave enough to stand against Kang, and people too afraid to possibly die by his hand. Why are so many giving up against Kang, you ask? It's because he's absorbed a great amount of the Celestial's power. In fact, he's become so powerful that he's now going by the name Kang, conqueror of the universe. While Iron Man refuses to quit in the face of impossible odds, Arno Stark thinks bowing to the villain's newfound might is the logical thing to do.

A lovely family reunion.

Thor isn't known for backing down from a fight, so Kang's new level of power won't faze his determination. The God of Thunder gives it everything he's got and attempt to bring down the enemy, but it just isn't enough. Sadly, it isn't one of Thor's finer moments and he's effortlessly cast aside with two moves. In all fairness, none of his allies are really doing much better in this massive struggle.

Avert your eyes, Thor fans!

As the Infinity Watch comes to the aid of our heroes on the ground (Captain America, Iron Man, etc), two characters are off battling Kang: Havok and Sunfire. Now, you should more than know by now we won't spoil any big twists in this weekly segment, so let's just say Sunfire is somehow removed from the picture. Then it's down to just Havok and an incredibly arrogant Kang. On paper, this obviously sounds like an unfair fight. However, Kang isn't the only one to give himself a boost with the Celestial's energy. Knowing he'd stand no chance otherwise, Alex Summers also enhanced his abilities by absorbing the Celestial's power and is prepared for one heck of a showdown. Prepare for epicness.

Scott Summers would be proud of that blast, Alex.

Kang attempts to manipulate Alex by discussing the fate of the mutant's daughter, but Alex realizes the villain cannot be trusted and the fate of the universe is in his hands. No pressure, right? Can Alex save the universe from Kang all by his lonesome or will he need some major help to save the day? There's a thorough recap page, so if you've fallen behind, you technically could jump back on with this one. However, if you have the extra cash, we obviously recommend reading the whole story so you can establish a way better connection to all of these events.

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!

48 Comments
Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

Good for Havok, glad he's getting a push

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Drax should have had his knifes. Also the way the fight ended doesn't make sense.

Edited by TheAcidSkull

No honorable mentions?

Also that Ghost Rider fight is amazing!

Posted by Teerack

Drax vs Gladiator wasn't a very good fight.

Edited by k4tzm4n
@theacidskull said:

No honorable mentions?

Also that Ghost Rider fight is amazing!

Honestly, it's either the list is VERY long to make sure it gets all of the good stuff, or it doesn't have something a few enjoyed and some of the comments turn into questioning why it didn't receive a spot. I think it's must easier if we just highlight our 3 faves and let everyone else chime in if they loved another fight.

And yes, that series is a ton of fun.

Posted by Master_Thief

What was the spoiler

Posted by k4tzm4n

@teerack said:

Drax vs Gladiator wasn't a very good fight.

Well, you're welcome to share your favorite battles.

Posted by darkbeam

I hate when they make Gladiator job.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@darkbeam said:

I hate when they make Gladiator job.

I'd recommend reading the full fight ;)

Edited by darkbeam
Posted by TheCheeseStabber

War Machine should have been up here. Whole thing was a heart breaking fight with tons of splash pages with x rays o Rhodes hands as he fought and was hit

Posted by k4tzm4n

War Machine should have been up here. Whole thing was a heart breaking fight with tons of splash pages with x rays o Rhodes hands as he fought and was hit

You mean Iron Patriot? ;)

Like stated in the intro, there were a lot of good fights this week and we'll all have our preferences.

Edited by TheCheeseStabber

@k4tzm4n: Don't you patronize me!

You know I can't read :P!!!

Edited by powerflux

I have literally no way of reading these comics, so could people reveal the two spoilers for me? (the image one and the sunfire one)

Posted by dondave

@jonny_anonymous They were most likely taken away when he was captured, would they even hurt Gladiator?

What's wrong with the way it ended?

Edited by dondave

@master_thief Gladiator had been toying with Drax the entire time. After that he grabs Drax's neck and fly them into space so that he choke out.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@dondave: Oh I know that's why he doesn't have them but they should have gave them to him for the dual. And yeah they would cut him.

Drax doesn't need to breath.

Posted by GraniteSoldier

Drax should have had his knifes. Also the way the fight ended doesn't make sense.

I haven't read it yet and won't get to for a few weeks but it would have to be something strange or quirky considering Gladiator really outmatches Drax in more than one category. Or, Drax has been an immense powerhouse that's held back a lot over the years.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@jonny_anonymous said:

Drax should have had his knifes. Also the way the fight ended doesn't make sense.

I haven't read it yet and won't get to for a few weeks but it would have to be something strange or quirky considering Gladiator really outmatches Drax in more than one category. Or, Drax has been an immense powerhouse that's held back a lot over the years.

Drax doesn't win. Glads goes "lol I'm just playing with you" then flys him in to space where he chokes out. Which doesn't make sense since Drax is an Eternal and doesn't even need to breath.

Posted by dondave

@jonny_anonymous Any reason why'd they cut him?

Doesn't he just hold his breath rather than not needing to breath? IIRC he used a breathing apparatus in his recent appearances in Silver Surfer and his appearances in Avengers Assemble.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@dondave said:

@jonny_anonymous Any reason why'd they cut him?

Doesn't he just hold his breath rather than not needing to breath? IIRC he used a breathing apparatus in his recent appearances in Silver Surfer and his appearances in Avengers Assemble.

They are adamantium, I don't see why they wouldn't.

No because he's spoke in space before and it even said in Annihilation that he doesn't need to eat, sleep or breathe not to mention it's pretty common for Eternals not needing to breathe. The times he wears a helmet are just writers not knowing his abilities (or maybe so he can communicate with his teammates). Now I not saying Drax should win since Glads is stronger, faster and has heat vision but Drax is still exceptionally durable, is a better fighter and is smarter and a far more tactical of an opponent.

Posted by dondave
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@dondave: Pretty sure it was during Conquest it was mentioned.

Posted by dondave

@jonny_anonymous He only appeared in Annihilation: Conquest 06. No mention of his knives being Adamantium was made.

Posted by dondave

@jonny_anonymous Also IIRC even DnA had him use a breathing apparatus during his appearances in Nova.

Posted by medulaoblaganda

gladiator is not as strong as he used to be anymore. why?

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

@dondave: Yes, so he could communicate with the phalanx. It says in the Nova Corps datalog that he doesn't need to breathe and even in the very first issue of Bendis's run Drax is in space without a helmet talking. I'm not wrong.

Posted by dondave

@jonny_anonymous They weren't communicating with the Phalanx, they were talking to each other. When they made it to Knowhere they took off the suits. If the purpose of it was solely that they could talk to the Phalanx, why would they take it off?

Also what makes you believe that Drax is an Eternal?

Edited by HellionVulcan

@dondave said:

@jonny_anonymous Any reason why'd they cut him?

Doesn't he just hold his breath rather than not needing to breath? IIRC he used a breathing apparatus in his recent appearances in Silver Surfer and his appearances in Avengers Assemble.

They are adamantium, I don't see why they wouldn't.

No because he's spoke in space before and it even said in Annihilation that he doesn't need to eat, sleep or breathe not to mention it's pretty common for Eternals not needing to breathe. The times he wears a helmet are just writers not knowing his abilities (or maybe so he can communicate with his teammates). Now I not saying Drax should win since Glads is stronger, faster and has heat vision but Drax is still exceptionally durable, is a better fighter and is smarter and a far more tactical of an opponent.

Maybe it was Gladiator crushing his throat that did the damage & not that Drax couldn't breathe in space (i'm trying to come up with something that makes sense). Also Drax isn't a better fighter since hes rated 4 by marvel & Gladiator 6 as Gladiator has gone through many wars in his very long life time.

also Gladiator tacking Drax reminded me of this as both are similar.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@dondave said:

@jonny_anonymous They weren't communicating with the Phalanx, they were talking to each other. When they made it to Knowhere they took off the suits. If the purpose of it was solely that they could talk to the Phalanx, why would they take it off?

Also what makes you believe that Drax is an Eternal?

He can breathe in space it has already been shown. He's an Eternal because Kronos made him in to one.

Posted by CaptainHoopla

I'm disappointed Black Science #7 didn't make the cut here. 2/3 of the issue was panel after panel of an amazing fight sequence with some of the most gorgeous artwork in comics right now. Easily tops for me this week, or most any week.

Posted by dondave

@jonny_anonymous: The Eternals, Kronos included were created by the First Host of Celestials. All Kronos did for Drax was create body from Earth's soil and put his spirit in it.

Edited by ClawFist

ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER. Maaaaaaaaaaan, AWESOME book.

Posted by WaveMotionCannon
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@dondave: If you know anything about the Eternals you know that anytime one dies a new body get's recreated by the Celestial Machine and his/her consciousness transported in to it. That's what Kronos did for Arthur Douglas, created a new body using the machine and put his consciousness in it making him an Eternal.

Posted by dondave

@jonny_anonymous: Yes and they have to be an Eternal in the first place.

Kronos created a body from soil and put him inside it. Not exactly the same situation.

He's an Honorary citizen of Titan, not an Eternal.

Edited by XiiX

"Sadly, it isn't one of Thor's finer moments....."

So it's basically every other friday(for him)?

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@dondave: An Eternal body can be created from a single atom. Why are you just continually arguing about Drax?

Edited by dondave

@jonny_anonymous: Yes, an Eternals body.

Drax's body was formed from Earth's soil. It doesn't automatically make him an Eternal.

In every single handbook he's appeared in he's never been referred to as an Eternal

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@dondave: So his body was created by the same machine as every other Eternal by Eternals and yet somehow that doesn't make him an Eternal?

Yeah and every handbook says he doesn't need to breath in space and yet you have trouble believing that.

Posted by dondave

@jonny_anonymous Where was it said that Kronos used the Machine to create his body? All that is shown is that his body was created from Earth's soil.

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

@dondave: Are you just reading things off of the wiki?

Posted by dondave

@jonny_anonymous Nope, just his entry in the All New Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z 03 and his origin in Iron Man 55.

You still haven't shown where its stated that the Machine was used to create his body.

Posted by Testament

I'm still not sure weather or not I should pick up All New Ghost Rider. As a die hard fan of Ketch and Blaze IDK if I could get used to a new rider who doesn't even ride a motorcycle. Is Blaze or Ketch's presence felt in this book? I know this book has been getting a lot great reviews but I'm still a little apprehensive.

Posted by Jake Fury

Nice work and happy birthday Katz!!!

Posted by Blackice709

Loving the new Rider comic! :D

Edited by Ms-Lola

I am so happy Robbie was highlighted in this week's battle thread. Beautiful artwork, the colours just snap at you but what he managed to pull off had me cheering inside. Nice choice!

Edited by Teerack
@k4tzm4n said:

@teerack said:

Drax vs Gladiator wasn't a very good fight.

Well, you're welcome to share your favorite battles.

I guess

  • Iron Patriot with out his suit vs the bad guy(idk his name some dude in armor) in Iron Patron.
  • Black Widow vs Lady Bullseye in Secret Avengers.
  • Tony Stark and Andrew Forson's live debate on nation television in Avenger World.

No real point in comparing them I just didn't like the Drax fight since they didn't really fight.