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Best Battles in New Comics: 8/29/14

Enjoy some excellent action scenes from the latest issues of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, AQUAMAN, and WOLVERINE.

Look, we all appreciate an engrossing story and compelling displays of character development, but sometimes we just want to see these powerful and skilled characters entertain us by smacking each other around for a little bit. They can take it, after all. Well, most of the time. Anyway, comic book characters end up getting into fights quite often and every Friday, we'll highlight some of the most enjoyable action sequences that went down. Now, let's not waste any more of your time and jump right into all of the glorious madness!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #18

The first highlight is from writer Brian Michael Bendis, inker Mark Farmer, colorist Justin Ponsor, and artist Ed McGuinness' latest issue of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Cosmic fans know Thanos, Drax and Peter Quill, a.k.a that guy from Marvel Studios' latest movie with the awesome dance moves, returned from the Cancerverse, but everyone's left wondering what happened to the former Nova, Richard Rider. He went into the dimension with the others, but he was the only one not to return (or so it seems!). Well, it looks like Bendis is finally going to answer that question... or at least begin to answer it. This chapter doesn't give us any jaw-dropping answers just yet, but it does have a really, really fun fight with Thanos. Quill and Rider want to save their universe from Thanos and they're willing to sacrifice their own lives to accomplish it. They're noble like that. Anyway, they're giving Thanos everything they've got and they send the big guy soaring.

That smack with the Cosmic Cube is impressive, but it's still no Falcon Punch.

As you can see, Quill's holding the Cosmic Cube. With it, you'd imagine this duo has what it takes to bring Thanos a whole lot of pain, but Quill admits to Gamora that he's afraid to unleash the powerful weapon. If Thanos possibility didn't have control over it, who knows what he could cause if he lets loose. As you can also see, the art team makes sure this space brawl is an oh-so-pleasant experience for our eyes. McGuinness' definitive style compliments the huge displays of action extremely well and the work with the ink and vivid colors makes it even more appealing to our eyes. Anyhow, Quill and Rider are prepare to face Thanos again, but that's when Drax shows up and he wants nothing but revenge. Prepare for powerful punches!

Drax has the eye of the tiger. Or maybe that's crazy bloodlust in his eyes. Either way, something's in there.

Yes, they're smacking Thanos around, but come on, this is Thanos we're talking about. The Mad Titan! The Avatar of Death! The... the purple movie villain much of general audience is still waiting to learn about! Saying he's a force to be reckoned with would be an understatement, so even though it looks like the trio is embarrassing the mighty villain, he's still in one piece and ready for more. Luckily for us, the trio is going to hit him more and Rider delivers one heck of a tackle.

You wanted Richard Rider? Well, how about Rider OWNING Thanos?!

Okay, Nova isn't beating Thanos on his own and that doesn't take the foe down for the count, but it sure looks cool. Even though we're not given any big answers (yet), this was a fun way to bring the character back and enthrall us with some crazy cosmic action. Now we just have to wait and see what comes next. Keep in mind, we're only showing you part of the fight, so be sure to buy the issue if you want to check out the rest of the brawl. Oh yeah, you'll also get all of the context and story details, and we hear that's pretty important stuff, too..

AQUAMAN #34

It's time for The King of Atlantis versus... wait, what the heck is that thing?! Arthur Curry's latest challenger certainly is an interesting one (and you'll have to read the issue if you want its origin story). Dubbed the Creature King, this opponent has Aquaman outclassed in the water. The enemy is still discovering all of his abilities and so far he's bit, stabbed and electrocuted the Justice Leaguer. Needless to say, it isn't going well for the hero, so he calls in some much-needed backup. It's not a flatter displaying, so you can't exactly blame him calling in some reinforcements.

Hammerheads, I choose you!

It turns out Creature King also has control over aquatic life and his influence is more powerful than Arthur's ("Creature King" is a fitting name then, isn't it?). Unfortunately, the villain doesn't exclaim, "The hammerheads betray you, because they belong to me!" when he sicks the sharks on the hero. What were once Arthur's allies are now attacking him and the Atlantean has no choice but to defend himself. Upon hitting the two sharks with lethal blows, Arthur realizes he can't win this fight in the water and takes action to change their location.

"Oh, you think land is your ally."

What happens next is crazy. We're only showing you three highlights, but a majority of this issue is just these two duking it out. We don't want to spoil the fun, but we will say the encounter spills into populated areas and it turns into a massively dangerous spot. Police attempt to get involved, pieces of the environment are turned into weapons, and the fiend's origin is swiftly explained. We will, however, show you Creature King getting punched through a bus because it's full of win. You've totally earned the punch of the week, Arthur.

If you've been following Jeff Parker's storyline, then you know who the villain is, but this issue reveals its origin and how it's linked to Arthur. Plus, there's a ton of punching and slaming that we haven't shown you, and don't you want to witness even more of that?

WOLVERINE #12

Ladies and gentlemen, it's Paul Cornell's final issue with Wolverine and ends his run with quite a bit of action. Logan vs. 3 Hand Ninjas? No problem. Even without his healing factor, Logan can slice through this fodder with ease. But they're just the warmup and he still has to face the main event: Victor Creed, a.k.a. Sabretooth. But before we get to that, let's give the Wolverine fans something that isn't painful for them to look at. Because, trust us, it's going to go downhill very quickly for the X-Man.

Wolverine wins! Flawless victory.

Wolverine and Sabretooth have had so many memorable clashes. From Sabretooth completely humiliating Wolverine in the forest to a vicious stalemate that sends them tumbling over a cliff to Logan humiliating Sabretooth in the X-Mansion, these two have punched, kicked, stabbed and slashed each other a ridiculous amount of times. Well, the time has come to see them rip each other apart one more time. Unfortunately for James, he doesn't focus on using his superior technique and it looks like he attempts to match Sabretooth strike for strike. Yeah, that's not going to go well without his healing factor, is it? Apologies in advance to the Wolverine fans.

That first uppercut is BRUTAL. He shall now be known as "Sabreshoryukentooth"!

Wolverine knows he's getting wrecked and, according to the captions, he tries to block but it's just no use. Creed's perfectly fine and Wolverine's slowly bleeding out. Every blow Wolverine lands is soon repaired and every strike Creed lands brings Logan one step closer to facing a very ugly defeat. It's just not a fair fight and, even though Wolverine has those lovely claws, Sabretooth refuses to let up and continues to slash away at his longtime enemy.

That last panel makes me want to give Wolverine a blanket and a warm cup of tea.

Seeing as DEATH OF WOLVERINE #1 comes out next Wednesday, it's not exactly a secret that the mutant survives this encounter. But how does he endure? Is he able to overcome and beatdown Creed or does someone else save the day? As always, we won't spoil it for you here, so if you want to see how Cornell's run concludes, go ahead and read the issue!

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!

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Posted by JohnnyGat

Creature King for Injustice 2

Posted by Teerack

That GotG fight that brought me back to The Thanos Imperative gave me goose bumps. Cosmic Marvel used to be so much better then any of their other stuff.

Edited by Fallschirmjager

Godzilla does not approve.

Posted by Boynerdgeek

Hopefully Jeff Parker don't kill this new Aquaman villain. This villain can be use for future stories. I don't want to see Black Manta and Ocean Master as Aquaman villains every months

Posted by Fallschirmjager

Hopefully Jeff Parker don't kill this new Aquaman villain. This villain can be use for future stories. I don't want to see Black Manta and Ocean Master as Aquaman villains every months

Did you read the issue? He didn't die.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

Awesome fights, I gotta read that first one.

Posted by Lvenger

At least Richard Rider gets a cool fight scene against Thanos to make up for being missing all this time.

Posted by Boynerdgeek

@fallschirmjager: I forgot to buy the comics at local comics shop. I only bought Superman and Batman Eternal

Posted by Fallschirmjager
Posted by TDK_1997

The whole issue of Guardians of the Galaxy was amazing. The action scene was one of the thing's that made it so cool and now we have to wait until we see the next issue.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

@lvenger said:

At least Richard Rider gets a cool fight scene against Thanos to make up for being missing all this time.

Edited by dondave

Bendis needs to learn how to keep consistent power levels

Posted by ravisher

what the hell wrong with wolverines claws

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

I've heard that Aquaman's new writer has had a lot of fighting in his new run.

Posted by powerflux

can someone give me the scoop on the creature king? I would like to know more about him since I can't purchase any comic atm. (also is it just me, or for an information site, does Comicvine withhold a lot of stuff lately?)

Posted by Fallschirmjager

can someone give me the scoop on the creature king? I would like to know more about him since I can't purchase any comic atm. (also is it just me, or for an information site, does Comicvine withhold a lot of stuff lately?)

Its sort hard to explain without a lot of spoilers, because how he comes to be is a pretty great build up by Parker. I'll put it in spoilers and you can decide if you want to read.

So basically the Creature King or the Chimera is an amalgam of various parts of different beings put together in a science Lab by Dr Shin. They use the brain of the Karaqan that Aquaman fought in 26/27, they used the scuber diver's body in issue 28...they use various other aquatic life parts, etc. Parker drops various pieces here and there as his run goes on and then it all culminates in CK. It was clearly very well thought out on his part.

Eventually this builds up to the Chimera being born in a tank and it breaks out and starts murdering people.

Because of its various parts and its mind/body it essentially is crazy and sees itself as the rightful King, and it even has superior TP to Aquaman over the sea.

Its a pretty cool villain and it has lots of powers that makes him pretty tough customer. Shape shifting, electricity powers, acid breath, it can fly...etc.

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@dondave said:

Bendis needs to learn how to keep consistent power levels

What do you mean?

Edited by dondave

@jonny_anonymous In issue 17 Drax couldn't break out of Gladiator's grip but in issue 18 he's putting a beating on Thanos?

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@dondave: This is set in the past during the Thanos Imperative, Drax had his original powers. You can tell by how he looks.

Posted by dondave

@jonny_anonymous It being set in the past would only have relevance if it was set before Annihilation. Thanos Imperative Drax is just as weak as current Drax.

Edited by Saren

@dondave said:

@jonny_anonymous In issue 17 Drax couldn't break out of Gladiator's grip but in issue 18 he's putting a beating on Thanos?

Well, Thanos was afraid to fight Gladiator in the Infinity Revelation, so on that basis it's consistent :P

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Posted by dondave

@saren He also said a fight with the Hulk is something he sought to avoid over the years. Wouldn't stop him from beating up the Hulk.

Edited by Boynerdgeek

@captainmarvel4ever: well different writer have different kind style of writing. But idea of creating this new Aquaman villain is good idea because you cannot use black manta or ocean master every single issue

Edited by Thedailybagel

@saren: I wouldn't say he was afraid, More like making his job easier.

Posted by Lvenger

@saren said:

@dondave said:

@jonny_anonymous In issue 17 Drax couldn't break out of Gladiator's grip but in issue 18 he's putting a beating on Thanos?

Well, Thanos was afraid to fight Gladiator in the Infinity Revelation, so on that basis it's consistent :P

Given that he manhandled most of The Annihilators then after and managed to do better against Tyrant than Gladiator did, I'd say Thanos has nothing to fear from Gladiator.

Posted by Super_SoldierXII

Not only is the handling of Wolverine terrible ... but the art is really amateurish at best.

Not a fan.

Insult to injury, the end fight is poorly written. La sigh indeed.

Spoilers ahead.

Had Cornell seen Wolverine defeat Sabretooth by virtue of his superior skill, and had he written the dialogue to express as much, it would have been almost acceptable. As it was written, it was a terribly low showing for Creed (especially his durability) and while some will say it was a high showing for Logan, due to the fact he didn't really use skill to take Victor down, I'd say it should be attributed far more to Writer Induced Stupidity. Which, given Cornell's track record, should not surprise in the least at this point.

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Posted by lukehero

Cornell and Bendis are both suspect when it comes to skills, power levels, and fight scenes in general.

Posted by tparks

@dondave said:

@jonny_anonymous In issue 17 Drax couldn't break out of Gladiator's grip but in issue 18 he's putting a beating on Thanos?

Bendis is pretty bad with characters outside of Ultimate Marvel in consistency, but I don't think this is entirely too out of the realm of possibility. This is similar to people complaining about Captain America hitting Thanos in Avengers Assemble after Groot beat him 15 feet into the ground. Cap was just kicking him while he's down, that looks like the same thing Drax is doing. Drax is getting some nice shots in, but I think it's only because he just took a left hook from Star-Lord and a Cosmic Cube along with the full power of the Nova Force a few seconds before. It's a great feat for Drax, but I don't think I'd consider Thanos is jobbing too bad under the circumstances. Even Thanos should be a little rattled from a Cosmic Cube.

Posted by Dedpool

Creature King aka Chimera is a great enemy for Aquaman, who definitely needs more. And they've actually been doing well by him this time around.

Posted by Ostyo

Aquaman, Star Lord, and Nova? Oh my~

Posted by dondave

@tparks Peter can't use the full power of the Cosmic Cube and Nova only has a bit more power than your average Nova Corpsman. Not to mention Bendis seemed to totally forget that Thanos has telepathy. Something he's had him use before.

Posted by NICKXH

Whoever did the art for Wolverine should be fired.

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@dondave said:

@tparks Peter can't use the full power of the Cosmic Cube and Nova only has a bit more power than your average Nova Corpsman. Not to mention Bendis seemed to totally forget that Thanos has telepathy. Something he's had him use before.

Peter was able to KO Thanos shortly before this event with a Cosmic Cube, and while Thanos was not at full power, he was at his most durable.

Gamora - "I don't think it's possible to kill him anymore. I think somehow he's come back...indestructible.

Star-Lord still did this:

Thanos was also blood lusted during the fight in GotG#18, because Death betrayed him, so I can understand him not using TP.

I've had problems with Bednis' writing for the Guardians all the time, but this one scenario here actually is pretty consistent with the past 7 years of cosmic Marvel.

Also, Nova's power is increased by a huge margin with full Nova force. He was around Herald level by time Thanos Imperative came around. He was going toe to toe with Annihilus while Annihilus had the Cosmic Control Rod and Quantum bands. As soon as he lost the bands, Nova was much more powerful then him, which is saying a lot.

Posted by patrat18

Poor Logan.

Posted by Mad_Titan

Wow! Is GOTG is a team made for humiliating Thanos? It sure seems like it.

Posted by dondave

@tparks At the time that issue was written it was under the context that Peter could use the CC just as well as anybody. Bendis' retcon throws all of that up in the air.

Your scans are a prime example. He was able to drop Thanos with CC the DnA but under Bendis, Thanos tanked multiple hits.

Richard isn't Nova Prime anymore. He doesn't have the full Nova Force.

Posted by tparks

@dondave:

At the time that issue was written it was under the context that Peter could use the CC just as well as anybody. Bendis' retcon throws all of that up in the air.

Nothing at this point in time is really ret-conned.

Your scans are a prime example. He was able to drop Thanos with CC the DnA but under Bendis, Thanos tanked multiple hits.

The Cosmic Cube was drained quite a bit. Star-Lord even says to Rich before the fight that he doesn't know how much is left in the Cube, so it makes sense that it didn't KO him.

Richard isn't Nova Prime anymore. He doesn't have the full Nova Force.

There were still less then a dozen Novas, as compared to thousands. He had dang near full power, he just didn't have Worldmind is all.

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@tparks Bendis retconned the ability of CC users. Thanos didn't know how to use it properly and now that Quill isn't powerful enough to use it's full power.

He also said that he only had enough juice for one last one shot. The CC was used quite a lot in GotG 18.

Worldmind drained him of the Nova Force when he recreated the Nova Corps on Ego. He was given back his powers but nowhere near his previous levels.

Posted by tensor

Thanos like a boss.

Posted by Nefarious

Meh. No interesting fights.

Posted by Spiderman1997

@lvenger: Looks pretty cool. Which issue is this ?

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@dondave: Drax was made to kill Thanos so he gets a power boost when he's close to Thanos

Posted by dondave

@mangakid1995 That only happened on one occasion and there's a butlaod of context around that. During the entirety of Thanos Imperative Drax didn't get any more powerful by being near Thanos and had to bring weapons because he knew he couldn't take him down with his own abilities.

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@dondave:

Bendis retconned the ability of CC users. Thanos didn't know how to use it properly and now that Quill isn't powerful enough to use it's full power.

Didn't think about that. Ya, that's pretty bad.

He also said that he only had enough juice for one last one shot. The CC was used quite a lot in GotG 18.

He may have meant one last fight, but ya I get what you're saying, and it would be typical of Bendis to ignore everything that another creator worked hard to establish.

Worldmind drained him of the Nova Force when he recreated the Nova Corps on Ego. He was given back his powers but nowhere near his previous levels.

I don't think he really had that much of a power loss, because there was nothing really to show him as being weaker.

Either way, regardless of Bendis' writing with the cosmic cube, even a weak cosmic cube should be enough to put some damage on Thanos. At least enough to let Drax get some shots in. It's not like Drax is a weakling either, so his punches on a weakened Thanos could make sense looking like that. If Drax did that to Thanos on his own, then it would be pretty bad. Either way, I don't think we should put much merit into Drax beating on Thanos. It was either PIS because of Star-Lord and the cube, or PIS that Drax was beating down Thanos, but I don't think it was because Drax now has a huge boost in physicals.

Posted by dondave

@tparks Nova asked him if he could still use the CC. Peter the replied that there was enough power left for one shot maybe two.

I don't think he really had that much of a power loss, because there was nothing really to show him as being weaker.

There was nothing to show he was as powerful as he was before.

Either way, regardless of Bendis' writing with the cosmic cube, even a weak cosmic cube should be enough to put some damage on Thanos.

The CC didn't weaken Thanos. Nova's performance was better than the CC. Everytime he was hit with CC he was right back up. Nova actually made him stay down.

At least enough to let Drax get some shots in. It's not like Drax is a weakling either, so his punches on a weakened Thanos could make sense looking like that. If Drax did that to Thanos on his own, then it would be pretty bad. Either way, I don't think we should put much merit into Drax beating on Thanos. It was either PIS because of Star-Lord and the cube, or PIS that Drax was beating down Thanos.

A practically empty CC not being used at his full power wouldn't weaken Thanos enough to justify what Drax did to him. Later on in the issue he tanks the CC two more times without any real damage. I don't believe it hurt him in any significant way, certainly not enough to justify his poor performance against Drax.

Posted by entropy_aegis

@lukehero said:

Cornell and Bendis are both suspect when it comes to skills, power levels, and fight scenes in general.

Yeah.

Posted by Wolverine08

@lukehero said:

Cornell and Bendis are both suspect when it comes to skills, power levels, and fight scenes in general.

Yeah.

Sad, but kind of undeniably obvious at this stage in the game.

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@entropy_aegis said:

@lukehero said:

Cornell and Bendis are both suspect when it comes to skills, power levels, and fight scenes in general.

Yeah.

Sad, but kind of undeniably obvious at this stage in the game.

The only Bendis fight I felt was decent was Sentry vs Lady Ultron.

Posted by youmessinwithme

@dondave said:

Bendis needs to learn how to keep consistent power levels

QFT

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