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Best Battles in New Comics This Year: 2013

2013 was a great year for comic book battles, but a few really stood out to us. Come see which 3 we chose to highlight!

Friends, 2013 has come and gone. Fortunately for us, it was overflowing with very awesome comic book brawls. Now that we're in 2014, it's time to look back and give praise to the ones that truly stood out. The Comic Vine staff took some time to reflect on the entire year and, after thinking it through, we've selected our three favorite action scenes from last year.

Yes, the honorable mentions section is pretty packed as well. We tried to snag a good battle from numerous titles, but we're talking about an entire year worth of fights, so don't be too shocked if the one you happen to love isn't there.

Spider-Man vs. Superior Spider-Man (SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #9)

Even though Doctor Octopus was the victor in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700, writer Dan Slott was giving fans a very slight glimmer of hope that Peter Parker could return. Yes, we all know he'll one day make a triumphant return, but the "ghost Peter" made some of us think the iconic hero could emerge sooner rather than later. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #9, however, changed all of that. Ock became aware that a "version" of Peter Parker still existed in his head and, as expected, he wasn't cool with it. In this issue, Octavious aims to delete what's left of Peter and, if you read the solicitation ("will get you angrier than you were after Spidey #700!"), you knew this wasn't going to go well for our hero.

At first, Ock attempts to erase the remains of Parker in his brain, but it proves more difficult than he anticipated. So, he jumps into his own head. After a brief back-and-forth involving the memories of Peter's loved ones and enemies, the true hero realizes he needs to win this as Spider-Man, not Peter Parker.

Love or hate the issue, there's just no denying Ryan Stegman's talent, especially when Pete pulls away his face to reveal the wall-crawler. Awesome yet twisted stuff right there. Anyhow, and so begins Spider-Man's struggle to reclaim his life.

Spider-Man & a ghost wearing Parker's clothing vs. Doc Ock. Who wins?

The fiend lands the first hit, but after that, Peter dishes out some much deserved strikes to Ock's goofy face. We won't lie, after what went down in ASM #700, it's great seeing Otto get smacked around for bit by the classic Spidey. As if the hits to Otto's face weren't satisfying enough, the longtime villain also goes crashing back down to the ground and makes a painful impact. Sadly, the webhead's advantage will soon come to an end, so try to enjoy it while it lasts, yeah?

A verbal AND physical beatdown. Nice, Peter.

Just as Peter Parker previously realized he needs to be Spider-Man to win the battle, Otto realizes his only path to victory is by becoming the Superior Spider-Man. After Stegman treats us to yet another creepy face pull, the two engage in a fight and debate over who's the better hero. Parker's always been someone we respect because of his commendable willpower and strong set of morals. However, as the two clash, Otto begins to point out how Parker's actions have allowed villains to take more diabolical moves and even claim more lives.

:(

Sadly, Otto is able to rid himself of that version of Peter Parker and currently continues to pose as the legendary character (which you probably already knew since the book's still called SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN, right?). But fear not, Parker fans, we all know the true web-slinger will one day make his return. One day...

First Lantern vs. Lantern Corps (GREEN LANTERN #20)

2013 marked the end of Geoff Johns' time with GREEN LANTERN and man, he sure did leave with a bang. #20 is Wrath of the First Lantern's finale and it was basically one big, action-packed space epic (while also serving as a fantastic sendoff, of course). Volthoom is about to rewrite history and command all of existence, but there's no way all of the Corps are just going to sit around and let that happen. The Green Lanterns are the first to attack, but unfortunately, things don't go too and they basically stand no chance. Luckily for them, Atrocitus and his Red Lanterns bust onto the scene and red leader viciously snaps the First Lantern's neck. But you didn't think a story this massive in scope would come to an with a simple neck snap, did you?

Stop trying to be like Superman, Atrocitus.

After Atrocitus' failed attempt at saving all that is and ever will be, just about anyone and everyone has a go at the powerful enemy. First off, Volthoom has to withstand one of the most ridiculously powerful attacks the Corps can dish out. Kyle and the Green, Blue, Sapphire and Red lanterns feed their energy to Mogo and the living planet hits the villain with a ginormous blast. Despite that, Volthoom still stands (well, kneels in this case).

Alight, that's a pretty decent durability feat.

Next up: Sinestro steps up to the plate and totally unleashes against the bad guy. But if Volthoom could withstand a wicked blast from Mogo, then surely Thaal's attacks won't bring this to a close, right? And sure enough, they don't. Next, Hal Jordan emerges as a Black Lantern and brings an entire army with him (if you feel out of the loop here, we strongly recommend you read the story for all the facts). Third time's a charm, yes? Nope. The First Lantern easily dispatches the forces and then has Hal at his mercy. Thankfully for Mr. Jordan, Sinestro becomes Parallax's host and is able to control the being (because he's awesome like that). This new version of Sinestro rips out Volthoom's heart, but again, it doesn't keep the absurdly powerful character down. The attack may be futile, but it did buy Hal some valuable time. During this distraction, Jordan summons Nekron. Seeing as Vothoom is somewhat weakened by now, they're able to revert him back to his human form and the Lord of the Unliving finishes the job.

THE COLORS, DUKE, THE COLORS!

The big bad may be eliminated, but the issue is far from over. You see, Sinesto still blames the Guardians for everything and wants them dead. Hal knows this and, despite Thaal being Parallax's latest host, the Green Lantern will do everything possible to stop him from murdering the blue individuals. The fight itself is quite short, but that's okay because it produces this superb image.

Say "hello" to your new wallpaper.

In the event you somehow missed out on this issue, we really don't want to spoil the conclusion for you. It has quite a turn of events and is absolutely worth every penny, so if you consider yourself a Green Lantern fan, it's pretty much your duty to read this issue.

Avengers vs. Thanos, Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight (INFINITY #6)

Marvel's latest big event, INFINITY, recently wrapped up with a really, really pleasing and cinematic battle between Thanos, his forces and a few key Avengers. Sure, there was quit a bit of madness going on in different locations, but this one segment was absolutely the highlight.

Once Captain America and the team make it back to Earth, they realize they still have quite a bit of a walk before they can reach the Mad Titan. Because of this, Rogers sends the Green Goliath to soften up their enemies (seeing as he can cover great distances with ginormous leaps and what have you). Except it doesn't go as planned. Not at all. Hulk, you're often the strongest one there is, but when Thanos is around? Well, you may want to wait for backup.

Thanos smash > Hulk Smash

Despite his vast power, Hulk's no match for Thanos and his forces. In the end, Hulk ends up at their mercy, and right as he's about to endure a terribly violent attack, his teammates jump into the fray and save the big dude's life. Many characters would fall to the combined forces of Captain America, Thor, Captain Marvel and Hyperion, but against this specific cosmic threat, the odds simply aren't in the Avengers' favor. They learn that out the painful way as well.

Such wonderfully vibrant chaos.

The team does have a stroke of luck, though! Captain America's able to deflect a powerful attack which weakens Corvus and Hyperion is able to take advantage of it (in a very unkind way). Right after that, Captain Marvel blasts Proxima Midnight. Thanos' two allies may be defeated, but he still stands and, overall, he's the biggest obstacle for the heroes. Hyperion and Captain America are weakened and now Thanos strikes Captain Marvel with one helluva punch. Now it's up to the God of Thunder to save the day. To kick things off, the Son of Odin strikes Thanos with some lightning. Thanos' response? "Do it again." Thor obeys, but the attack proves ineffective yet again and Thanos taunts him once more. Lightning may have failed to bring the man down, but how about a shattering wallop from Mjolnir?

That's apparently Thanos' equivalent of a neck massage.

Sorry, Thor fans, but this also proves to be ineffective and Thanos swats the Avenger away with his big ol' fist. As if things couldn't get any worse, Thanos now begins to unleash. We all know Earth is still in one piece after this big event, but now that the heroes are defeated, how is the planet saved from the Mad Titan? Considering the event came to an end just a little over a month ago, we'll avoid ruining the final moments for you because we're kind like that. It goes without saying that this battle is only addressing a pretty small portion of the issue, so you'll definitely want to check it out if you haven't already done so.

Honorable Mentions (brace yourself)

What are your top 3 fights from 2013? Share 'em with us below. Also, don't forget to make nominations for this segment every week in the official thread or tell Gregg via Twitter.

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Posted by TobenRacicot

Very good choices sir! this was an enjoyable read. and it was cool that those battles all happened in books that i picked up through the year. woot

Posted by fil123

great list only problem is that Damian wayne vs the heretic shouldve been in the top 3, it was a great character's last hurrah.

i know it was a longshot but was kinda hoping somehow alfred vs superman wouldve made it too

Posted by spinningbirdcake

If it's visually best battles then Flash vs Reverse Flash would probably be my number 1. That thing was gorgeous. And I kind of laughed at the X-Men vs X-Men honorable mention. Seems like that's been every battle in the X-Men corner for a while now.

Posted by Lvenger

Hmph, bad memories from that SpOck vs Peter fight. How I raged after that one was over. Still, the First Lantern pick was a top notch choice since that was a pretty beastly fight. I'm honestly surprised that the Thors vs Gorr fight didn't make it as that was one of the best fights of the year IMO.

Edited by ColaNicole

For me it would have to be Ultraman vs Black Adam. Both powerful villains going at it like that. It's rare we see Adam get his ass handed to him.

Posted by flazam

I have read almost all of these!

Edited by scouts1998

top 3 for me are

  1. Green Lantern #20 (Hal Vs. First Lantern)
  2. Batman #17 (Batman Vs. Joker)
  3. Green Arrow #24 (Green Arrow Vs. Count Vertigo) and A-man and SW #17 (A-man and Swampy Vs Arcane) (Tie)

These are the 3 battles that made me read turn the page before i finished the page.

Edited by TDK_1997

The best one in my opinion was the Lantern Corps fight against the First Lantern.Really well paced and well written battle which I enjoyed a lot and a close second after it is the Infinity one.

Posted by VanderSEXXX

Infinity was an epic read. It was refreshing to see a good Marvel event since AvX and Age of Ultron wasn't much.

Posted by AWeekInGeekdom

Great list! I guarantee we will eventually see a recreation of that Thor vs Thanos shot in the next eventual debut of Thanos in the cinematic universe. By the way, last years GL 20. I found it hilarious that Nekron was treated like a Super Smash Bros. usable melee weapon compared to all trouble he gave everybody way back in Blackest Night. :P

Posted by Darthmat
Posted by bladewolf

My Top 3:

1. X-O Manowar vs. Unity (Unity)

2. Green Arrow vs. Count Vertigo (Green Arrow)

3. Nightcrawler vs Azazel's Pirates (Amazing X-Men)

Posted by Life_Without_Progress

THOSE WERE SOME AWESOME FIGHTS. Yes, even the SSM fight, haters gonna hate but I love it

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

Although it may look like Hulk get's his ass kicked in Infinity it's actually a pretty good showing for him also the First Lantern getting a beatdown was great

Posted by EvilPenguin543

Nice to see Bloodshot vs. Harada at least get honotable mention. It was my personal favorite of the year. And the Green Lantern one is pretty epic

Posted by TheCheeseStabber
Posted by TheAcidSkull

@thecheesestabber: First of, WE DID NOT MARRY!

and second of all, I could take you on with one arm easily :P

Posted by thespideyguy
Posted by thespideyguy

Green Arrow vs. Komodo should have made the list.

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

@thecheesestabber: First of, WE DID NOT MARRY!

and second of all, I could take you on with one arm easily :P

You're assuming I fight fair :P

And Besides with my new Arsenal of Ban Weapons I'm sure I'll win :P

@thecheesestabber: It was only a green card marriage.

It was still a fight

Posted by k4tzm4n

@aweekingeekdom: Thanks!

Nice to see Bloodshot vs. Harada at least get honotable mention. It was my personal favorite of the year. And the Green Lantern one is pretty epic

Yeah, the Harada Protocol's some brutal stuff!

Green Arrow vs. Komodo should have made the list.

It technically did.

Very good choices sir! this was an enjoyable read. and it was cool that those battles all happened in books that i picked up through the year. woot

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it.

@fil123 said:

great list only problem is that Damian wayne vs the heretic shouldve been in the top 3, it was a great character's last hurrah.

i know it was a longshot but was kinda hoping somehow alfred vs superman wouldve made it too

I agree it's a great issue, but I mean, we're limited to 3. It's tough trying to get a proper balance in there, you know? And Superman vs. Alfred isn't a longshot! That's absolutely one of my personal favorites.

@lvenger said:

Hmph, bad memories from that SpOck vs Peter fight. How I raged after that one was over. Still, the First Lantern pick was a top notch choice since that was a pretty beastly fight. I'm honestly surprised that the Thors vs Gorr fight didn't make it as that was one of the best fights of the year IMO.

The honorable mentions tend to be in no order, but let's just say that's first for a reason. I agree it's superb and absolutely among the best from this year, but again, we were trying to get a good variety in here.

Edited by Patera_All

Luther Strode vs Jack the Ripper wasn't just one of the best fights of the year, it was also the most brutal and innovative that I can think of in quite some time.

Posted by Patera_All

I also liked amped Batman vs The Heretic a lot..."You heard her. Make me stop!"

Posted by XImpossibruX

Great list!


But wait, Peter isn't returning? Wow, it's quite sad that not only do they remove the core character of Spiderman, but berate him for the choices he makes and his values. After years of Peter Parker he's replaced and chastised willy nilly, fantastic...

Posted by hart7668

Great choices k4tzm4m. :-D

Posted by Lvenger

@k4tzm4n: Of course, I can definitely see the variety ranging from street level to higher tier battles. Great picks Gregg!

Posted by Wolverine08

Nice stuff!

Edited by StMichalofWilson

Awesome

Posted by k4tzm4n

Luther Strode vs Jack the Ripper wasn't just one of the best fights of the year, it was also the most brutal and innovative that I can think of in quite some time.

*e-high five!*

Great list!

But wait, Peter isn't returning? Wow, it's quite sad that not only do they remove the core character of Spiderman, but berate him for the choices he makes and his values. After years of Peter Parker he's replaced and chastised willy nilly, fantastic...

Huh? No, even Slott has said he'll eventually return... we all just have no idea when!

@lvenger said:

@k4tzm4n: Of course, I can definitely see the variety ranging from street level to higher tier battles. Great picks Gregg!

@hart7668 said:

Great choices k4tzm4m. :-D

Thanks! @g_man & @undeadpool also helped with narrowing it down to just 3.

Edited by InFamous_Wolf

I loved the Luther Strode vs Jack The Ripper and Superior Spider-Man vs Spider-Man fight

Posted by PapiNacho

I really can't believe Alfred and Batman vs Superman didn't make it, easily the best all year imo.

Edited by TheFirstLantern

"stop trying to be like superman" oh god lol.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

Superman vs the whole team of guys in Grant Morrisons action comics was pretty good

Posted by Oscars94

I loved Infinity!

Posted by JTKirk101

loved infinity!!! I would add Black bolt vs Thanos, and Deadpool, Wolverine, Captain America vs North Korea in Good the Bad thand the Ugly!!!

lol

Posted by Patera_All

Zero Year, Bruce Wayne vs. Norway.

Posted by Herokiller12344

The fight with Thanos was kinda lame to me. It wasn't really a fight, it was "Thanos' laying the smackdown"

Posted by frozenedge

Starbrand and Captain Universe should be honorable mentions just for one-shotting entire fleets by themselves and making it look easy

Posted by New_World_Order
Posted by Wolverine08

Thanos brought out the pimp hand for Infinity :D

Edited by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

Infinity had a great story, art and battles. Everything an event should be. Good list.

Edited by GraniteSoldier
  1. Peter vs Ock (Superior Spider-Man; heartbreaking and hated to see Peter go out, especially like that, but it was epic)
  2. Venom vs Toxin/Venom & Toxin vs Symbiote Slayers (same arc, kind of one in the same to me)
  3. Scarlet Spider/Wolverine vs League of Assassins (just so much awesome)

Honorable Mentions: Marvel Knights Spider-Man (whole series); TMNT vs Dark Leo; Alfred vs Superman; Batman vs Red Hood Gang

To be fair, I don't read any Lantern books and sat out for Infinity. I'm really regretting not reading Infinity, since it seems to be nothing but epic. Hopefully the trade will be out soon and I can back-fill it.

Posted by WaveMotionCannon

Take out the SSM fight and put Thor vs Gorr in and I'm good.

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Posted by RetconCrisis

Superman vs Alfred, although not in my Top Three, was pretty awesome.

Posted by staypuffed

I personally would put the conclusion of Trinity War in here. I thought that was amazing.

Edited by DeathandGrim

No everything proof shields for Thanos this time? I'm impressed.

Marvel got better writers?

Posted by Black_Arrow

Great pics with them I would have the battle Superman vs Batman of Injustice.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Nice list.

Posted by guzman86

Daaaamn....makes wish I kept reading comics :\...I got a lot to catch up on.

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