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Best Battles in New Comics: 8/22/14

Check out awesome action scenes from the latest issues of DAREDEVIL, ELEKTRA, and STORM.

Hey there, reader, and thanks for checking out our latest edition of Best Battles in New Comics. As the segment's title clearly implies, this is the place to be if you want to witness some of the coolest and most exciting action scenes that went down in the latest round of new comics. We've reviewed a whole bunch of brawls that were in the new issues and we hope you'll enjoy the following three every bit as much as we did. If your favorite one isn't here, go ahead and praise it in the comments section and show the world why it was worthy of your love. That's way more productive than just complaining about its absence, yeah?

DAREDEVIL #7

Our first highlight is from Mark Waid (writer), Javier Rodriguez (artist), and Alvaro Lopez's (inker) latest issue of DAREDEVIL. In this chapter, Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil, heads into Wakanda because the high-tech country has kidnapped three nuns from the United States and one just happens to be Matt's mother. Why would such an advanced society capture three nuns, you ask? Great question, but if you want to know the story arc's details, you should buy the issue because we're here to talk about the action! Now, where were we? Oh, right! So, Daredevil uses S.H.I.E.L.D. as a taxi service to get to the foreign nation and it's not long before guards are able to locate the Man Without Fear. We all know Daredevil has crazy good agility and reflexes, but the spears being thrown at him aren't merely just point sticks -- they loop back and electrocute the hero from Hell's Kitchen. DD crashes into the water, but obviously, the fight has only just begun.

The dude on the far right clearly doesn't want to take on Daredevil.

Matt Murdock may not be the top hand-to-hand combatant on 616 Earth, but he's way up there and proves it on a steady basis. In this case, he has no issue showing off his technique as he's able to take on a group of warriors and begins to drop them with precise hits. A baton to the chin, a chop to the throat, a kick to the jaw... when it comes to taking down opponents in close quarters combat, Daredevil always has a whole lot of options at his disposal. Unfortunately, they were expecting Daredevil and brought a sonic weapon with them. What a bunch of cheaters.

Wakandan dubstep > Daredevil

The Wakandans drag the seemingly defeated masked hero to their ruler: T'Challa's sister, Shuri. Almost immediately, Shuri realizes her forces have given Daredevil exactly what he wanted by bringing him there. Murdock was playing possum and assumed he'd be brought to where the kidnapped nuns are being held. It certainly beats roaming around the county, right? Daredevil effortlessly dispatches the two guards standing next to him and then comes face to face with the main event: Shuri.

A fight destined to appear in Best Battles.

Does the agile hero have what it takes to beat Shuri in a scuffle? And even if he does, how will that help him rescue the nuns?! Is he just going to say "thanks for the fight" and then sprint and leap his way out of the advanced country? It's worth adding that the chapter's also an Original Sin and the story adds a compelling twist to Mudock's relationship with his mother.

ELEKTRA #5

Our second highlight is from W. Haden Blackman and Michael Del Mundo's latest issue of ELEKTRA. In this chapter, Elektra finally locates the infamous assassin Cape Crow and they both go on the offensive. The villain was able to take on Bullseye, Taskmaster, Sabretooth, and Scalphunter all by himself, so yeah, this isn't going to be a cakewalk for Elektra.

Ladies and gentlemen, I think we've found our punch of the week.

If Cape Crow could defeat that deadly group of mercenaries all by his lonesome, you can bet Elektra's going to take some major hits. Sure, she's nimble and oh-so-lethal, but Cape Crow eventually drops her and reveals his secret weapon to her: he's a precog. He can see his target's next move a mere millisecond before they throw it. He may be feared by many, but Cape Crow has clearly never read "Being a Villain for Dummies." If he did, he'd know to never reveal his advantage because it almost always leads to a villain's defeat. In this case, Elektra realizes she needs to clear her head and act on instinct. Suddenly it's anyone's game.

Why are you looking down here? Go stare at the panels!

Spectacular artwork, isn't it? Del Mundo (and co-colorist Marco D'Alfonso) continue to drop our jaws with every issue in this series. As you can see, the fight is overflowing with intensity and absolutely gorgeous character work. Every page in this book honestly has something to admire and there's so much brilliant artwork that we're leaving out of this highlight (you need an extra incentive to buy it, right?). Anyway, just because Elektra knows to clear her mind and act on instinct doesn't mean the fight is automatically won. She still has a savage fight on her hands and the two continue to trade ferocious strikes.

Such glorious assassin action.

Does Elektra find an opening and deliver a killing blow or does the writer have another ending in store for us? And was Bloody Lips able to fully recover after that harsh crash or is he bleeding out as Elektra fights for her life? ELEKTRA #5 is full of magnificent looking action, so if this highlight looks appealing to you, we really recommend picking it up.

STORM #2

Last but not least, we thoroughly enjoyed the rematch between Ororo Munroe, a.k.a. Storm, and Callisto in STORM #2. The two had a knife fight way back in THE UNCANNY X-MEN #170, and now, Greg Pak (writer), Victor Ibanez (artist), and Ruth Redmond (colorist) are happily presenting us with round two of Storm vs. Callisto! But we should probably give you a little bit of context first, yeah? Basically, Storm noticed a mission person poster for a girl named Angie and she felt obligated to help. After getting some assistance from Beast, Storm discovered that Angie's underground and with other missing teens. Seeing as she has such a rocky history with Callisto, it's understandable these two decide to fight instead of, you know, talking about the situation when they bump into one another.

"Your staff absorbs my lightning. So... here's a gust of wind!"

In their previous fight, Storm wasn't allowed to use her powers and she won because of Callisto's arrogance. The former leader of the Morlock's was toying with Storm and chatting away, so it caught her off-guard when Storm used her cape to reel the character in and deliver a vicious stab with a knife. Oddly enough, it's now Storm who's feeling cocky even though the location means she can't really unleash. If she lets loose, it could disrupt power in the subway system and, as you more than likely know, a whole lot of New Yorkers use that method of transportation.

But it's such a nice cave!

Sure, Callisto's staff absorbs lightning, but that hardly protects her from the Mistress of the Elements. Even if her lightning won't work, she's still a skilled fighter and has a whole plethora of other abilities she could dish out. If she really wanted to, she could sucking the air from Callisto's lungs or, well, anything else you can think of with her amazing powers! But Storm seems to be embracing the scuffle and wants answers. What goes around comes around, though. Callisto lost their first fight because she talked too much and now Storm is making the very same mistake and it's going to cost her.

Club beats lightning any day of the week, Storm.

Don't worry, Storm fans, because the blow to the back of her head doesn't knock her out. She's able to recover and pursues Callisto, but what does she find? Is Callisto up to something diabolical or is there something else going on? Even if you have no interest in Storm, you should really give this series a shot. Pak's writing is a delight and Storm's dynamic with Wolverine is legitimately amusing..

What are your top three fights from this latest round of new comics? Support what you love and tell the world below! 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
Edited by _ANDY_CAN

How comes every week the only battle i see here are from marvel comics. What happened to Image, DC, Valiant, Vertigo, Boom etc.

Posted by Life_Without_Progress
Posted by DarthAznable

How comes every week the only battle i see here are from marvel comics. What happened to Image, DC, Valiant, Vertigo, Boom etc.

Anythin that isn't the big 2 doesn't get any kind of love on here.

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

Can we have the list of runner ups back?

Posted by Queso6p4

Nice choice. I really liked the panel layouts in Daredevil and the colors in Elektra.

Posted by Lvenger

Damn that's a brilliantly choreographed fight between Daredevil and Shuri. Awesome showing for Matt too being able to take on someone enhanced by the heart shaped herb and is a skilled fighter to boot.

Posted by IDontLikeBirds

@_andy_can: I've seen stuff from DC (one of the notable ones I recall was with Aquaman and Oceanmaster, and I believe there was a fight from Forever Evil on here a while ago) and Valiant on here. I don't recall ever seeing stuff from Boom or Vertigo. Pretty sure Image has been here at least a few times.

Posted by Life_Without_Progress

@darthaznable: Valiant and Image used to get a lot of love here.

Posted by Fredcdobbs

Talking of Valiant, what's people's opinions on Quantom and Woody and Archer and Armstrong? Worth giving a go?

Posted by DaSpaceCowboy

I'm surprised Daredevil wasn't beaten by falling down another pit. Or a net dropping from the roof. Or a spring-loaded pie hidden in a gift box...

Edited by k4tzm4n

@darthaznable said:

@_andy_can said:

How comes every week the only battle i see here are from marvel comics. What happened to Image, DC, Valiant, Vertigo, Boom etc.

Anythin that isn't the big 2 doesn't get any kind of love on here.

Please do proper research before making claims like that. The publisher's logo means nothing to us and we focus on highlighting some of the most entertaining and fun fights in new comics. If the 3 are from the same publisher, then so be it.

As for your claim, it's beyond false. I mean, just last week IDW was in here (and it's not just TMNT from them, we've featured Godzilla and Samurai Jack, too). Prior to that, we've had plenty from Image (Luther Strode, Invincible, The Walking Dead, Dead Body Road, and Spread all immediately come to mind), Boom!'s new RoboCop was featured, Dark Horse's Star Wars stuff has been included (IIRC Ghost Prison was in the very first edition), and Valiant's books have appeared a TON of times, most notably Bloodshot and X-O Manowar. There was a point where Venditti joked about X-O appearing 3 issues in a row.

So what if Marvel has been appearing? It just means they're pumping out action scenes that we love. Because, every week, I spend A LOT of time doing research for this segment and that includes flipping through every book I possibly can. Not going to lie, it's annoying when people see one week is Marvel or DC heavy and then just assume stuff not from the big two never gets featured.

If you actually want to support these other books, this is the spot to do it. Show off a taste of the best action scenes and it'll catch eyes and potentially create new readers. Far more productive than complaining, yes (just like the intro says...)? I remember after highlighting Luther Strode the first time it motivated several people to check it out.

@captainmarvel4ever said:

Can we have the list of runner ups back?

Sorry, but no. The list is either stupidly long or people comment that "this should be in there!" I'd rather focus on our top 3 and let you all show off the rest if you want to.

@fredcdobbs said:

Talking of Valiant, what's people's opinions on Quantom and Woody and Archer and Armstrong? Worth giving a go?

Here's the review!

http://www.comicvine.com/reviews/the-delinquents-1/1900-3360/

Staff
Edited by Fallschirmjager

@k4tzm4n: All that being said...

I'm going to make you put up and Uber comic fight sooner or later! :)

I only wish I was reading the comic when Sieglinde fought Colossus. Glorious

Posted by k4tzm4n

@k4tzm4n: All that being said...

I'm going to make you put up and Uber comic fight sooner or later! :)

I only wish I was reading the comic when Sieglinde fought Colossus. Glorious

Ha! Keep it on my radar and I'm sure it'll happen eventually ;)

Staff
Posted by Evil Incarnate

How comes every week the only battle i see here are from marvel comics. What happened to Image, DC, Valiant, Vertigo, Boom etc.

I've seen Wonder Woman and Batman on the list quite a few times.

Posted by jwalser3

Man, Bloody Lips. Bad name, cool character.

Edited by serrure

hey why no Black Panther vs Namor in New Avengers #22 @k4tzm4n but i will admit the DD vs Shuri needed to be first here it really did nice catch on that one

Edited by k4tzm4n

@serrure said:

hey why no Black Panther vs Namor in New Avengers #22 @k4tzm4n but i will admit the DD vs Shuri needed to be first here it really did nice catch on that one

Because that's not a new comic ;)

However, it was featured the week it came out!

Staff
Posted by Justthatkid

Africans fight way better then that..

Thought that was Storm vs New52 Lobo...

Posted by serrure

@k4tzm4n: oh i just got it... my bad. (silly me) lol anyways i do need to go grab Daredevil though. thats something i will gladly waste my money on

Edited by Overlander

Great to see Marvel ruling the battlefield this week. Those were fantastic fights.

Posted by Nefarious

Lol Storm was getting cocky there.

Posted by GeekOfKrypton

Love that Daredevil fight scene.

Posted by Owie

When are people going to stop with the complaining about random stuff like what character or company is most popular and gets the most press. Image, IDW, and Valiant are on here all the time.

And in this case, that Elektra fight was amazing, and wasn't even the only amazing fight in the issue. The DD/Shuri fight was nice too, interesting that neither one really got a hit in on the other until the very last shot, IIRC.

Posted by Rainja

Cape Crow sounds wicked. To single handily defeat Bullseye,TaskMaster and Sabretooth is crazy.This dude sounds like he needs more popularity.

Posted by nappystr8

Daredevil in Wakanda!

Posted by StMichalofWilson

Cool choices

Edited by Teerack

@_andy_can said:

How comes every week the only battle i see here are from marvel comics. What happened to Image, DC, Valiant, Vertigo, Boom etc.

Probably because you have a selective memory. There is stuff from DC all the time. you don't see stuff outside of the Big Two very often because no one nominates them.

Edited by Jayc1324

Daredevil fight was just awesome

Posted by UlquiorraSchiffer

Bloodshot vs. Lilt in 'Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #2' was intense

Posted by mojo2107
Posted by jhazzroucher

Loving Storm! :)

Posted by WheatStalker

Not just one, but two climactic battles in Elektra this month, both in the snow. Del Mundo, unbelievable.

Posted by Cave_Duck

@k4tzm4n:

Can you please include some more Wakandan Dubstep? Love that stuff!! :P

Posted by Bl00dwerK

Elektra is the best-lookin' book out there. Look forward to reading it every month...

Posted by THUNDERBOLT30

Wow Elektra's book looks impressive. And that scene with Storm was funny. I am enjoying Storm a lot and will now be considering Elektra.

Posted by cameron83

@owie said:

When are people going to stop with the complaining about random stuff like what character or company is most popular and gets the most press. Image, IDW, and Valiant are on here all the time.

And in this case, that Elektra fight was amazing, and wasn't even the only amazing fight in the issue. The DD/Shuri fight was nice too, interesting that neither one really got a hit in on the other until the very last shot, IIRC.

Right?

Elektra's fight was sweet. Her book is among my favorite.

When she went into that beast "Assassin's instinct" mode,though.

You should create a respect thread for her,similar to the Lady Bullseye one.

Posted by Owie

@owie said:

When are people going to stop with the complaining about random stuff like what character or company is most popular and gets the most press. Image, IDW, and Valiant are on here all the time.

And in this case, that Elektra fight was amazing, and wasn't even the only amazing fight in the issue. The DD/Shuri fight was nice too, interesting that neither one really got a hit in on the other until the very last shot, IIRC.

Right?

Elektra's fight was sweet. Her book is among my favorite.

When she went into that beast "Assassin's instinct" mode,though.

You should create a respect thread for her,similar to the Lady Bullseye one.

Thanks--you know, I was just thinking to myself today that I would. There's a very good one on Killer Movies, but it hasn't been updated. So I think I'll do a respect thread that starts with her current series. She had some sweet feats in Thunderbolts this week actually--running on top of the blade of a sword while it was being thrown in the air.

Posted by Shawnbaby

@_andy_can said:

How comes every week the only battle i see here are from marvel comics. What happened to Image, DC, Valiant, Vertigo, Boom etc.

Anythin that isn't the big 2 doesn't get any kind of love on here.

Has it occured to you that maybe Marvel and DC get the most coverage here simply because they put out the majority of comic books? More Comics per week = more battles per week = more chances to be included in the best battles of the week.

Posted by DarthAznable

@shawnbaby: Uh I'm aware of that guy. Still doesn't change the fact that most of the lesser known comics get overshadowed. They still receive their spotlight every now and then so it isn't too bad. Thanks for commenting on a week old post though!

Posted by Shawnbaby

@shawnbaby: Uh I'm aware of that guy. Still doesn't change the fact that most of the lesser known comics get overshadowed. They still receive their spotlight every now and then so it isn't too bad. Thanks for commenting on a week old post though!

Gee, I'm real sorry I didn't see your uninformed comment earlier. It must be such a hardship getting a reply to a post from last week.

Posted by DarthAznable

@shawnbaby: I wouldn't call it uninformed when for the most part, it's true. Yes they put out more comics but when other companies have put out comics that week, they drown under the popularity of DC and Marvel. But hey, I'm not here to argue about comic popularity. lmao that's for nerds.

Edited by Shawnbaby

@shawnbaby: I wouldn't call it uninformed when for the most part, it's true. Yes they put out more comics but when other companies have put out comics that week, they drown under the popularity of DC and Marvel. But hey, I'm not here to argue about comic popularity. lmao that's for nerds.

It's not true though. The other companies aren't getting drowned out because of popularity...they get drowned out because of volume. 8 out 10 comics have a Marvel or DC Logo on them....so of course they are going to get more appearances in the battle of the week. But comics from IDW, Image and others have all received a nod in Best Battles of The Week. If it were all about popularity every week would be flooded with Batman and Spider-Man battles. You'll notice neither of them make an appearance here.

Posted by DarthAznable

@shawnbaby: I wasn't just talking battle of the week though. Batman was too busy getting owned by Iron Fist :P Spider-Man I cannot comment on as I don't read 616. I am aware they have received nods as a few weeks ago Bloodshot got placed and Rai#2 was an honorable mention. Valiant has been pretty consistent with their releases but they don't really get much publicity (which they should since they're one of the smaller comic companies).

Posted by jashro44

@darthaznable said:

@shawnbaby: I wouldn't call it uninformed when for the most part, it's true. Yes they put out more comics but when other companies have put out comics that week, they drown under the popularity of DC and Marvel. But hey, I'm not here to argue about comic popularity. lmao that's for nerds.

It's not true though. The other companies aren't getting drowned out because of popularity...they get drowned out because of volume. 8 out 10 comics have a Marvel or DC Logo on them....so of course they are going to get more appearances in the battle of the week. But comics from IDW, Image and others have all received a nod in Best Battles of The Week. If it were all about popularity every week would be flooded with Batman and Spider-Man battles. You'll notice neither of them make an appearance here.

That and there is a thread for recommending battles each week.....

Posted by Krypton-115

I had no idea the artwork on Elektra was so good, damn Elkektra, you pretty!

Posted by Owie

@owie said:

When are people going to stop with the complaining about random stuff like what character or company is most popular and gets the most press. Image, IDW, and Valiant are on here all the time.

And in this case, that Elektra fight was amazing, and wasn't even the only amazing fight in the issue. The DD/Shuri fight was nice too, interesting that neither one really got a hit in on the other until the very last shot, IIRC.

Right?

Elektra's fight was sweet. Her book is among my favorite.

When she went into that beast "Assassin's instinct" mode,though.

You should create a respect thread for her,similar to the Lady Bullseye one.

I made the thread: http://www.comicvine.com/elektra/4005-1802/forums/elektra-respect-thread-1598415/