BAM! POW! ZAP! That's why we're all here right now... to see comic book characters solve their problems with their fists, not their words. This weekly feature has a simple objective: highlight my three favorite fights from this week's new comics. It's never an easy task, though, and that's why the "honorable mentions" section is usually packed. If your favorite battle didn't make the cut, feel free to show off images of it below!
Hawkeye vs. Owl & Hammerhead's goons (AGE OF ULTRON #1)
Marvel's latest big event began this week, and luckily for us, it didn't feel like any of the recent events the House of Ideas has produced. Instead, we jumped right into the middle of the story and Brian Michael Bendis focused on how this cold and dark world has impacted the popular heroes we've come to know and love. We're used to seeing a lighthearted and fun Hawkeye over in Matt Fraction's series, but Bendis introduced an all serious business and completely badass version of the character. The event starts with him taking on a house of goons and the result is plenty of brutal arrow kills.
It's clear Clint is searching for someone as he takes on a sea of Hammerhead and Owl's goons, but we don't know who just yet. Seeing Hammerhead throw away the lives of his men was twisted and funny, but I never thought a villain with an adamantium skeleton would be such a pansy. I'm disappointed in you, Hammerhead.
Clint definitely feels more like his Ultimate universe counterpart in this world, and that's absolutely a good thing. He continues to clean house, headshotting more cannon fodder and bringing a lot of additional pain with a grenade. We soon discover it's a battered and bruised Spider-Man he's come to rescue and does indeed save the wall-crawler.
A group of Ultrons rudely interrupt and it gives Clint a chance to bolt with Spidey. Despite needing to flee, the marksman still manages to take one of the robots down with a putty/explosive arrow.
Viners, what did you think of AGE OF ULTRON #1?
Baron Samedi Worshiper vs. The Brethren (SHADOWMAN #5)
Faith in Baron Samedi, the Voodoo God of the Dead, has diminished over the years and his shrines have been reduced to being sold in gift shops. But one man still believes in the once powerful Baron Samedia, and he's about to remind everyone why The Baron should still be feared. This man brings his fight to the The Brethren -- humans who worship Master Darque -- and the result feels like a scene stripped right from a John Woo movie.
The Brethern stand no chance as this unnamed badass busts through the sliding door like a total boss. Prepare for a lot of shooting and a lot of blood. Yeah, I wasn't kidding when I said it's like a John Woo movie. I only provided three pages here, but there's another page of even more dudes eating quite a few bullets.
Guns blazing, this Terminator-esque man wipes everyone out and tags the last guy in the leg. Clearly a merciless man, he then steps on said gunshot wound before executing the incapacitated man. When all is said and done, he mooches one of their beers before leaving.
Start reading SHADOWMAN! Seriously, go pick it up.
Thaal Sinestro vs. Simon Baz (GREEN LANTERN #18)
Thanks to Black Hand, Simon Baz has now been trusted into The Dead Zone. Fortunately for us, this gives us some long overdue time with Hal Jordan and Thaal Sinestro. When Hal points out Baz still has his ring on, the creator of the Yellow Lantern Corps tries to take it. Hal attempts to stop him, but a kick to the face quickly shuts him down. Seeing Sinestro won't stop, Baz then tries to stop him, but as we've seen before, his own ring cannot hurt him -- not even if it's a van smashing him in the face.
The art team (Ardian Syaf, Mark Irwin, Tony Avina) does a phenomenal job with this segment. They deliver an astonishing vibe that lets us fully appreciate how bleak and hopeless this place is supposed to be. It simply looks great as the two continue to struggle and tumble down a hill.
Remember how we all made fun of Baz for having a gun? Why does he need that if he has one of the most powerful weapons in the universe on his finger, right? Well, holding onto that gun sure did payoff in this issue.
Fear not, friends, Sinestro isn't dead... well, any deader, that is. You can't die (again) in The Dead Zone if you have the will to live.
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Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine and IGN Entertainment. This is the part where he shamelessly plugs his Twitter page in hopes of getting a new follower or two.