From Batgirl attacking Jason Todd to Punisher taking on Ghost Rider, the latest round of new comics dished out a ton of action scenes. We all have our favorites, but after reviewing the wide variety of battles, we've decided to highlight two brawls from Marvel and one melee from IDW. As always, you're welcome to praise your top battle from this week's new comics in the comments below.
ORIGINAL SIN #7
Marvel's latest big event, ORIGINAL SIN, is almost over and writer Jason Aaron, artist Mike Deodato Jr, and colorist Frank Martin Jr's latest chapter is full of glorious action as Nick Fury -- armed to the teeth with alien tech -- takes on some of the publisher's biggest heroes. The location puts several of the heroes at a disadvantage -- especially when Fury's shooting at them like a mad man -- but even though the classic character has a sharp mind and impressive tech, he's quite outnumbered and it isn't long before they're able to get close and personal. But despite having Fury surrounded and restrained, they're unable to take him down and Fury frees himself with ease.
The tactical spy is embarrassing Earth's mightiest heroes, but he's yet to face Captain America! Now that he's literally swatted the others aside, the super-soldier takes action and attempts to reason with Fury. But this is nearing the conclusion of a big event! The time for reason has passed and now is the time for excitement, buildup, and big reveals. So, obviously a few words are exchanged and one heck of a punch is delivered. You didn't really expect them to solve this one without some punches, did you?
Let's take a moment to gaze at Deodato Jr and Martin Jr's panels. Not only is the setting a gorgeous sight to behold (you can really appreciate Fury's remark about the view), but, as expected, the character work is impressively detailed and packed with intensity. A big event should feel epic and these visuals definitely deliver on providing a stunning atmosphere. Now, let's get back to the fight. Hulk has been shot to the moon, many Avengers were smacked aside, and Cap took a vicious right hook. However, Fury isn't the only brilliant leader in this battle. Steve Rogers has a back-up plan: Thor. If Fury can't be reasoned with, he'll be smashed by the Son of Odin until he no longer poses a threat.
You know how people often joke that Batman can accomplish anything "because he's Batman"? Well, after this issue, we should probably start saying "because he's Nick Fury." Seriously, not only was he able to hold his own physically (against some, that is), but with just his words, he's able to humiliate two other very powerful Avengers. It's looking like "Nick Fury always win" may also be an appropriate saying! Seeing as this tale is written by Aaron -- the writer of THOR: GOD OF THUNDER -- you can bet it connects to the big changes that are heading to Thor's world. You can read more about that here.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #23
Steve Rogers survived Dimension Z, but a heavily armored and very skilled character from that world has come to 616 Earth and is looking for the iconic hero. Seeing as Rogers' super-soldier serum has been removed from him, his formidable friends step up to the plate in an attempt to prevent this individual from finding his target. After this mysterious character bypasses the Avengers Mansion's security, he effortlessly gets past Iron Man, too. Needless to say, writer Rick Remender is going above and beyond to show off this character's high level of skill. But how will this unknown being perform when he bumps into the God of Thunder?
Okay, apparently not even Thor was all that much of an obstacle for this dude from another dimension. Don't get too disappointed, Thor fans, because this combatant then encounters Iron Man a second time and once again makes him look like a total joke. Tony Stark fires multiple repulsor blasts but doesn't even scratch the guy. To make matters even more embarrassing, the graceful character politely taunts Iron Man as he exits the scene!
So, this nimble fellow has effortlessly eluded Iron Man twice and had no problem dancing around Thor's attacks and kicking him in the back of the head, but what about when he bumps into Hulk, the strongest one there is? Will the Green Goliath be the one to finally get his hands on this opponent and knock his lights out? Short answer: nope.
Who is this character and why is he after Rogers? And what'll happen if he manages to reach the Avenger? If you've been following along, the answer to the first question is probably obvious, but the rest of the issue isn't about the reveal -- it's about what the reveal means and where they go from there. Oh, and seeing as you're likely a fellow action junkie, it's worth noting that the issue's battles aren't limited to just this scene in Avengers Mansion!
The relationship between the Foot Clan and General Krang hasn't exactly been friendly (see SECRET HISTORY OF THE FOOT CLAN for more details) and tension continues to rise between these two sides. Hoping for a peaceful solution to this problem, Oroku Saki, a.k.a. Shredder, meets the alien and offers an alliance. The Utrom, however, has no interest in joining forces and takes the already heated dialogue in a violent direction. The alien underestimated his enemy, though, and Saki was prepared for the alien to attack. The Shredder attempts to flee, but his helicopter is shot down by Krang. The odds appear to be heavily stacked against the leader of the Foot clan, but Saki has lived for hundreds of years and is certainly no fool. He prepared for multiple scenarios and two of his mutated allies, Koya and Bludgeon, show up the to the scene and savagely assault Krang's forces. As the mutants and gunmen go at it, the two villainous leaders prepare to clash.
Technological might or praiseworthy skill? Will Krang's sheer strength and firepower prove to be more useful than Saki's graceful nature and talent with a blade? Writer Tom Waltz crafts a battle that gives both characters proper credit and the way artist Cory Smith and colorist Ronda Pattison bring it all to life is a ton of fun. To make matters even more appealing, we get to chime in on their minions going at it and it's all kind of hectic. We won't spoil how it all concludes, of course, but we will say the mutants are off to a strong start. Their leader, however, isn't as fortunate.
We left the next part out because, well, it's awesome and you need some incentive to actually buy the comic, yes? Let's just say Krang is fed up with this complication and has no problem going all out. If you've been reading the IDW series, then you know Shredder isn't just an ordinary guy and he's able to remain conscious after Krang's brutal attack. Waltz gave Krang a moment to unleash and show his formidably, so now it's time to see Oroku Saki do the same! Don't you just love a battle between villains where both a given a chance to shine and neither is downplayed?
Both have taken damage, but neither leader has fallen or refuses to quit. Shredder and Krang have joined forces or been connected in other incarnations, and it's crystal clear they're going to be anything but buddies in this universe. If the Ninja Turtles thought they were in a tough spot now, just imagine how they'll feel when they discover the two most dangerous groups are at war. How does this fight conclude, though? Well, you'll just have to read the issue to find out! It's a serviceable jumping on spot, so there's no good reason not to!
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