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Best New Comic Book Battles: 02/08/13

Superman battles Green Lantern, Green Arrow fights Komodo, and Shadowman goes to town on Mr. Twist!

It's Friday on Comic Vine and that means it's time to reflect on this week's best battles in new comics! Since I had to spend about a gazillion dollars (that's a rough estimate) to prepare for Nemo, the blizzard of doom, my comic pull was very light this week. Odds are I've missed a lot of awesome battles and it's up to you (yes, you!) to share cool images of them in the comments section for all to appreciate.

Regardless, I'm content with the three I've picked and hopefully you'll enjoy them every bit as much as I did. Enjoy!

Superman vs. Green Lantern (Injustice: Gods Among Us #4)

When the most powerful man you know is beyond pissed off and has his sights set on something, you really, really, reaaaaaaally don't want to get in the way. While Green Lantern's honestly trying to do the right thing here, deep down he's gotta know there's no way this ends well for him -- even if he's sporting an ego like in the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE. In case you're not reading INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, I quickly catch you up to speed. Joker just did something terrible to Superman -- even worse than filling his undies with kryptonite. You see, he not only tricked Superman into killing Lois Lane... but it turns out she was pregnant with his child... and the minute her heart stopped, a nuke detonated in Metropolis.

So yeah, in one moment Superman lost the woman he loves, his unborn child and millions of people in the city he calls home. It's all due to the Joker and you can bet nothing, not even a Green Lantern, has any chance of stopping the Man of Steel.

Hal Jordan: a great Green Lantern... a terrible therapist.

You have to give Hal credit for trying, though. But this wound is too fresh and far too painful to heal with talking right now. Despite Hal using an oh-so mighty restraining bubble, Superman effortlessly smashes it with a single strike.

"Sorry to burst your bubble!" said hopefully no one ever while reading this page.

In spite of being blatantly outclassed, Hal still stands his ground and tells Superman they don't have to do this. It's definitely the noble thing to do -- sarcificing your own well being to protect your friend -- but there's a difference between being heroic and foolish... and in one swift motion, Kal makes Hal (say that 10 times fast) realize his decision was indeed a foolish one.

First Batman, now Superman? Hal needs to superglue that ring to his finger.

Naturally, Superman saves Jordan before he splats against the ground. The Man of Steel then departs to confront the Joker and there's no way I'll spoil what happens. Go read it if you want to find out! Or... you know, someone in the comments will happily spoil it for you.

Green Arrow vs. Komodo (Green Arrow #17)

This is a great new start for Green Arrow fans... it's just too bad it's a terrible, terrible start for Ollie's body. We're introduced to a villain named Komodo and he's one step ahead of the Emerald Archer the entire time. To add insult to injury, he even uses Green Arrow's own trick arrows against him.

"I didn't see the light until I was already a man... by then it was nothing to me but blinding!"

Things are off to a pretty poor start for our hero and they're definitely not going to get any better. On top of being blinded by the flash arrow, he now gets a harpoon arrow right to the wrist. Oliver tries to rely on his hearing, but Komod's too quick for him.

And to think he wonders why the Justice League didn't want him.

When he finally does spot Komodo again, they have a draw similar to the kind we'd see with his old buddy, Merlyn. Komodo dodges the arrow and for a third time in a row, embarrasses him with yet another one of his trick arrows.

Waiiiit a second... something about this doesn't seem fair.

Even though Komodo mocked Ollie for having trick arrows, he doesn't seem to mind using them to his advantage one bit. The projectile incapacitates Ollie and the villain dishes out a brutal combo.

Yup, not fair at all. You cheat, Komodo!

Luckily for Green Arrow, a dude named Magus comes to save the day. I know a lot of you haven't been following GREEN ARROW for quite some time, but this first issue by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino was seriously good stuff. Go give it a shot.

Shadowman vs. Mr. Twist (SHADOWMAN #4)

 

 Man, first I lose Savage Opress, now Mr. Twist? The fictional world will surely miss these two badass villains. It's a shame Twist isn't the main baddy or will get more panel time because he was so darn entertaining. His lovably evil personality meshed with his bizarre look was a match made in heaven for this stellar book.  

*Unfortunately, making scans from my .pdf copy removes the dialogue*
Slice and dice, spud!

He doesn't even get to smack Jack around a bit... he just gets turned into sushi. Don't get me wrong, it looks spectacular thanks to Patrick Zircher's art, I just wish he went down swinging before having that scythe rip him to shreds.

NOT THE FANCY SUIT!

If you've been following SHADOWMAN, then you know stabbing and slashing wounds won't keep the big guy down (come on, the opening move was a decapitation and he's still good!). Jack's gotta use his head, and luckily for him, the Deadside is filled with ghouls that'll let him slay the massive foe.

It's moments like this that make me wish some comics had 3D.

RIP Mr. Twist. You will be missed.

Honorable Mentions

What are your top 3 this week?

Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine and IGN Entertainment. He really, really, reaaaaaally recommends checking out Millar's HIT-GIRL run. It's a brutal delight. Oh yeah, follow him on Twitter, too.

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Posted by longbowhunter

Green Arrow vs. Komodo was tense. He really took Ollie to task. Nice list of honorable mentions, I read all but one of those issues.

Posted by Mia26

Heck yes the Green Arrow fight was amazing and intense.

Posted by dondave

Good choices

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Posted by saoakden

I haven't seen Green Arrow get a whooping like that since that one episode of Arrow when he fought the Dark Archer.

I haven't read the issue yet but the pics of that fight looks freaking awesome. I need to read Green Arrow 17.

Posted by entropy_aegis

Really liked GA #17,Komodo seems interesting.

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Posted by jesusdisciple001

mike miller art love it

Posted by toptom

superman vs green lantern wasn't really a fight. to be a fight both parties must have a possibility to win...aaand hal jordan doesn't have any.

Posted by serpent222

I really think that Phantom Stranger vs. Spectre was the best one I saw all week.

Posted by Deadpool_Deathstroke

I haven't read it but do they specifically call GL Hal in Injustice? He has black hair like Kyle Rayner and with his ring taken away he is dressed more like Kyle than Hal.

Posted by Saren

@Deadpool_Deathstroke said:

I haven't read it but do they specifically call GL Hal in Injustice? He has black hair like Kyle Rayner and with his ring taken away he is dressed more like Kyle than Hal.

The mask is Hal's.

Hal's mask:

Kyle's mask:

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Posted by Red Rum

Can't power rings simulate the radiation signatures of KRYPTONITE?

Why didn't Hal think of that?

Edited by Deadpool_Deathstroke

Kyle had a mask identical to hals during the late 90's early 2000's run of the comics. http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080626222343/greenlantern/images/3/35/KyleRayner.jpg Not to mention I kinda think hair color is a little more damning evidence than choice in mask fashion.

Posted by aaunderoath

that Green Arrow fight was so tense I legitimately gasped at almost every panel

Posted by Kal'smahboi

When did Green Arrow's art get so pretty? Is the book actually good now?

Posted by Reignmaker

Nice to see Shadowman made it. Nice, simple, satisfying first arc.

Posted by Deadpool_Deathstroke

GA was excellent. It just got pretty this issue. First issue with Lemire on story and Sorrentino on art.

Posted by naustin07

Loving Injustice right now

Posted by spinningbirdcake

@serpent222 said:

I really think that Phantom Stranger vs. Spectre was the best one I saw all week.

It certainly looked amazing. I just thought they talked a tad bit too much.

Posted by MuyJingo

I loved Injustice, but not sue about Superman taking the ring like that...

Edited by Iridium

Honorable mention category.

"Spider-Man" being in quotes.

Well played.

Posted by Cavemold

Loved GA AND SHADOWMAN FIGHTS!

Posted by BumBurger

Why was Hal's hair black fora sec i thought it was kyle lol

Posted by Lvenger

Awesome choices once again! Green Arrow vs Komodo looked like it was a good one!

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Posted by Yai_Inn

Good choices. I also thought Rotworld, both Animal Man and Swamp Thing had some good fights. Particularly Animal Man.

Posted by SaintG

Seriously green lantern needs to up his game, beaten in a couple of panels but batman did it in one panel because HE IS BATMAN.

Posted by Decoy Elite

Dat Shadowman. I know what I'm picking up next time I visit my local shop.

Edited by k4tzm4n
@BumBurger@Deadpool_Deathstroke@CitizenBane@Deadpool_Deathstroke:   Illustrator Mike S. Miller confirmed via Facebook that it's Hal  
"It's Hal. The colorist just used 'blue' instead of 'brown' on his hair, so it looks like Kyle."
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Posted by SavageDragon

Jay Garrick vs World Army goons was also pretty sick.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@Red Rum said:

Can't power rings simulate the radiation signatures of KRYPTONITE?

Why didn't Hal think of that?

Because he wasnt trying to hurt Superman, he was trying to talk him down.

besides that ability was dropped post crisis.

Posted by Queso6p4

Shorter than normal but still nice.

Posted by son_of_tomorrow

The Superman vs Green lantern fight,really just lowers a lot of the Superman and Green lantern fights. Supes can take him out that quick,Wow gl isn't even a challenge if supes was in the right mindset.

Posted by SoA

@serpent222 said:

I really think that Phantom Stranger vs. Spectre was the best one I saw all week.

THIS , why it is not up on this list is beyond me , the kitty pryde vs iceman was just a punch thrown and a flip . yet the fight between the phantom stranger and spectre gets no mention?

Posted by k4tzm4n
 
 
@Yai_Inn said:

Good choices. I also thought Rotworld, both Animal Man and Swamp Thing had some good fights. Particularly Animal Man.


Happy to hear it.  I'll read 'Rot World' for when the TPB is out. 
 
@Queso6p4 said:

Shorter than normal but still nice.


Best Battles Express! But yeah, the GL vs Supes fight was short, so that trimmed the overall length of the piece. 
 
@SoA said:

@serpent222 said:

I really think that Phantom Stranger vs. Spectre was the best one I saw all week.

THIS , why it is not up on this list is beyond me , the kitty pryde vs iceman was just a punch thrown and a flip . yet the fight between the phantom stranger and spectre gets no mention?

Well, if you read the intro it wouldn't be beyond you :P 
 

Since I had to spend about a gazillion dollars (that's a rough estimate) to prepare for Nemo, the blizzard of doom, my comic pull was very  light this week. Odds are I've missed a lot of awesome battles and it's up to you (yes, you!) to share cool images of them in the comments section for all to appreciate. 
 

The top 3 are always based on my pull list -- and I don't read every comic out there. That's exactly why I made a thread for people to make suggestions during the week. This way, if there's something extra awesome, I'll have a chance to check it out before writing this. But no one did this week. 
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Posted by RedOwl_1

@Yai_Inn said:

Good choices. I also thought Rotworld, both Animal Man and Swamp Thing had some good fights. Particularly Animal Man.

Indeed

Edited by New_World_Order

Lol, how many times am I going to see Hal's constructs destroyed?

Posted by dondave

@Red Rum: that was only Pre- Crisis IIRC

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Posted by Xwraith

@Kal'smahboi said:

When did Green Arrow's art get so pretty? Is the book actually good now?

Starting with the most recent issue, the answer is yes.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Yup Komodo cheated...and Superman taking off Hal's ring does make me laugh. Great picks!

Posted by k4tzm4n
@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

Yup Komodo cheated...and Superman taking off Hal's ring does make me laugh. Great picks!

Thanks!
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Posted by moywar700

People keep on breaking Hal's construct.Superman and Wonder Woman did it in new 52.Superman does it again in an elseworld story.

Posted by UberZman

I don't know if Superman should be able to disable Green Lantern quite that easily...

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

WHere's ANIMAL MAN?

Posted by Jake Fury

Loved Lemire and Sorrentino's debut issue.

Posted by k4tzm4n
@MadeinBangladesh:  

Since I had to spend about a gazillion dollars (that's a rough estimate) to prepare for Nemo, the blizzard of doom, my comic pull was very   light this week. Odds are I've missed a lot of awesome battles and it's up to you (yes, you!) to share cool images of them in the comments section for all to appreciate. 

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