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Best New Comic Book Battles: 04/05/13

This week we feature fights from the pages of GREEN ARROW, VENOM and DETECTIVE COMICS!

It's Friday and that can only mean one thing on Comic Vine -- pictures and recaps of this week's best fights in new comics... or at least the ones I like the most! This week was legitimately tough to pick a top three... primarily because Andy Diggle and Tony S. Daniel provided a really spectacular but short fight between Supes and huge vehicles. It was a difficult choice, but I ended up tossing that one in the honorable mentions. Why, you ask? Because Bane busted his way back into The New 52, and there's absolutely no way I'd miss a chance to highlight that one.

Green Arrow vs. Komodo (GREEN ARROW #19)

Creative panel layout, vivid artwork and an over the top fight made Green Arrow vs. Komodo and his daughter and obvious choice this week. The fight began with Ollie falling to his death, but as expected, he didn't plummet to his doom. Instead, he grabbed onto the ledge directly in front of Komodo and promptly stabbed the dude's foot with an arrow. What happens next is this awesome and chaotic freefall.

Anti-riot arrow... or Ecto Cooler arrow?

Komodo has proven one step ahead of Ollie and that once again holds true. He tags the Emerald Archer with a ricochet shot and follows up with a vicious volley of arrows and, just to be safe, a fist to the face (see below to feel our hero's pain). Ollie isn't exactly Wolverine, so taking this amount of damage isn't something he can exactly walk off. Despite the extensive damage, he manages to pull off an epic action roll and takes down the villain with one well placed shot.

Brutal violence has never looked so beautiful.

Before Ollie can discover who's behind the mask, the villain's daughter, Emiko Lacroix, enters the fray. Ollie makes the mistake of underestimating the wee lad because she's apparently sporting some degree of superhuman speed. The little girl is firing arrows way faster than him and, after taking yet another arrow, Ollie realizes it's time to bolt. So, like a true hero, he dives out through the construction waste tube. Slide your way to a glorious retreat!

I know I shouldn't love Komodo, but I totally do.

Do yourself a favor and start reading this book.

Toxin vs "Slayback's brother" (VENOM #33)

As you can tell by the title, I have no idea what this experiment's name is. In fact, I don't think one has even been provided in the pages. But you know what? That doesn't matter when Declan Shalvey is illustrating him and Cullen Bunn is putting him through insane fights. In this issue, the crazy monster faces off against an equally horrendous and frightening character: Toxin. Oh yes, the time has come to see Eddie Brock kick some ass.

All he wanted was a kiss, Toxin.

While this dude's physicals stats aren't clearly defined, we all know Toxin is quite a powerhouse. Under Rick Remender he was a huge brute and prior to that he could take on Venom and Carnage at once. Clearly, that still holds true because, despite taking a few slashes here and there, he dictates the majority of this fight and it's not long before there's a dismemberment.

Toxin's only winning because his enemy's shoelace is untied. CHEATER!

From here, Toxin tries to "Bane" his foe... except instead of breaking him over his knee, he's trying to accomplish the feat with his raw strength. But there's a wildcard here. You notice those huge tanks and all that on the villain? He's the result of an experiment and these seemingly sentient synthetics jump into action and give Toxin two painful pokes to the chest.

It's like the scene in Alien... but... way more messed up.

Seeing as the symbiote has an accelerated healing factor, Toxin recovers and the enemy is able to flee. That said, who here thinks they planted something in Toxin before bolting? DUN DUN DUNNNN!

Bane vs. Talons (DETECTIVE COMICS #900)

Excuse me while I let my inner fanboy take over... BANE IS BACK OH MY GOD YES! Sorry, couldn't help it. Bane's without question my favorite DC villain, so I'm thrilled to see him return after a not-so epic initial debut in The New 52. In the hands of James Tynion IV, I'm happy to see Bane once again seems to be a nice balance of brains and brawn.

COME AT BANE, BROS.

Okay, it's clear his grace and hand-to-hand technique technique will remain in the past, but seeing as he's bigger and stronger than before, I'm fine with him letting his more brutish style take over -- you know, as long as he's not a buffoon. As you can see, these Talons are completely screwed. A healing factor doesn't mean squat if your head is squished by his freakishly large hands.

You know that kid who keeps spamming cheap attacks in video games? Yeah, that's Bane.

Bane wouldn't truly be back without breaking a back, I suppose. As we saw in the pages of NIGHTWING, a broken spine is only a minor inconvenience for a Talon. Unfortunately for them, Bane's got no problem dishing out even more violent measures to keep 'em down for the count. Who else heard "FATALITY!" in their head when they read the following scene?

Oh, my...

TALON #7 needs to be here right now. Give me more Bane!

Honorable Mentions

What are your top 3 this week? Sound off below.

Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine and IGN Entertainment. This is the part where he shamelessly plugs his Google+ and Twitter page in hopes of getting a new follower or two.

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Posted by FlashDamn

BANE MY LIFE IS NOW COMPLETE

Posted by TeamUnitedNerds

Detective Comics 900. I have to buy this

Posted by Dernman

Green Arrow: Good choice.

Detective Comics: I thought the scene where he rips the Talons head off was a bit eh and would have been more interesting if he had more trouble with them. Still good choice.

Edited by lifeboy

"Luke cage vs suspension of disbelief"? I guess I wil have to read the AU#4 review to see what that means.

Edited by Trevel8182

@lifeboy: RULK vs Taskmaster or Black Panther versus his shoe lases.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@lifeboy said:

"Luke cage vs suspension of disbelief"? I guess I wil have to read the AU#4 review to see what that means.

He survives a nuclear explosion, finds a jet in an Ultron-infested NYC, flies to the Savage Land, crashes, crawls to Ka-Zar's village, then tells him what he knows about Ultron. He then holds onto life until Cap and the rest arrive. Luke Cage is one tough dude, but the nuke alone would end him.

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Posted by saoakden

Bane is one of my favorite Batman villains and it's cool to see him beat the crap out of the Talons. Here's an idea, put Bane in Mortal Kombat.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@saoakden said:

Bane is one of my favorite Batman villains and it's cool to see him beat the crap out of the Talons. Here's an idea, put Bane in Mortal Kombat.

He'll be in Injustice... and that's by the people who made Mortal Kombat. So, close enough, right? :D

@dernman said:

Green Arrow: Good choice.

Detective Comics: I thought the scene where he rips the Talons head off was a bit eh and would have been more interesting if he had more trouble with them. Still good choice.

Yeah, I'd like to see what he's made of -- especially when it comes to cutting damage.

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Edited by saoakden

@k4tzm4n: That is very true. Good enough for me. Speaking of Injustice, I am looking forward to playing that game. :)

Posted by Mucklefluga

"Luke cage vs suspension of disbelief"" ahahahahahahahahaha. That's gotta be my favourite one.

Posted by longbowhunter

I thought the page showing Komodo and Ollie falling was really well done. Declan Shalvey is looking real good on Venom. He's come a long way from fill in artist on Thunderbolts.

Edited by Immortal777

@k4tzm4n said:

@lifeboy said:

"Luke cage vs suspension of disbelief"? I guess I wil have to read the AU#4 review to see what that means.

He survives a nuclear explosion, finds a jet in an Ultron-infested NYC, flies to the Savage Land, crashes, crawls to Ka-Zar's village, then tells him what he knows about Ultron. He then holds onto life until Cap and the rest arrive. Luke Cage is one tough dude, but the nuke alone would end him.

What?

Posted by dondave

Good choices

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@k4tzm4n said:

@lifeboy said:

"Luke cage vs suspension of disbelief"? I guess I wil have to read the AU#4 review to see what that means.

He survives a nuclear explosion, finds a jet in an Ultron-infested NYC, flies to the Savage Land, crashes, crawls to Ka-Zar's village, then tells him what he knows about Ultron. He then holds onto life until Cap and the rest arrive. Luke Cage is one tough dude, but the nuke alone would end him.

That makes no sense whatsoever. The nuke alone should have killed him. Anyway some awesome choices this week Gregg. Bane owning some Talons is pretty awesome to see.

Posted by JimPicken

Should no one mention Superior Spider-man #7-8

Y'know Its just an advanced, smarter, and Superior Spider-man fighting against The Avengers...?

Edited by WWAJfan

Toxin is so Beast, Damn cant wai t for Toxin vs Venom!!!!

Posted by bob808

BANE!

Posted by DrellAssassin

Lol She-Hulk vs. Q-Tip

Edited by gotwillpower

The Green Lantern fight was cool, but Bane beats everything.

I love the honorable mention section, funniest thing ever.

Edit: Why did I write Lantern? I meant Arrow.

Posted by jwalser3

Green Arrow was great!

Edited by Queso6p4

The Green Lantern fight was cool, but Bane beats everything.

I love the honorable mention section, funniest thing ever.

Much agreed.

Posted by The Average Bear

BANE BRING THE HOUSE DOWN

Posted by ultimatepunchrod

Really loving the art in the new Green Arrow run.

Edited by DonFelipe

Sorrentino's Green Arrow looks absolutely fantastic!

I may need to pick it up again now. Hmmm...

Posted by butters911

Deadpool vs my funny bone was funny. That was a great issue

Posted by k4tzm4n

Deadpool vs my funny bone was funny. That was a great issue

It sure was!

Sorrentino's Green Arrow looks absolutely fantastic!

I may need to pick it up again now. Hmmm...

Yes, you do need to.

Really loving the art in the new Green Arrow run.

It's impossible not to. IMPOSSIBLE!

BANE BRING THE HOUSE DOWN

With just a stare, too. Take that, Chuck Norris.

@queso6p4 said:

@gotwillpower said:

The Green Lantern fight was cool, but Bane beats everything.

I love the honorable mention section, funniest thing ever.

Much agreed.

Thank you both!

@jwalser3 said:

Green Arrow was great!

Hell yes it was.

Lol She-Hulk vs. Q-Tip

:D

@bob808 said:

BANE!

YES!

@wwajfan said:

Toxin is so Beast, Damn cant wai t for Toxin vs Venom!!!!

I'm right there with you, man.

Should no one mention Superior Spider-man #7-8

Y'know Its just an advanced, smarter, and Superior Spider-man fighting against The Avengers...?

Well, I haven't read it yet and no one mentioned it during the week ;)

@lvenger said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@lifeboy said:

"Luke cage vs suspension of disbelief"? I guess I wil have to read the AU#4 review to see what that means.

He survives a nuclear explosion, finds a jet in an Ultron-infested NYC, flies to the Savage Land, crashes, crawls to Ka-Zar's village, then tells him what he knows about Ultron. He then holds onto life until Cap and the rest arrive. Luke Cage is one tough dude, but the nuke alone would end him.

That makes no sense whatsoever. The nuke alone should have killed him. Anyway some awesome choices this week Gregg. Bane owning some Talons is pretty awesome to see.

Totally and gracias.

@dondave said:

Good choices

Thanks!

@k4tzm4n said:

@lifeboy said:

"Luke cage vs suspension of disbelief"? I guess I wil have to read the AU#4 review to see what that means.

He survives a nuclear explosion, finds a jet in an Ultron-infested NYC, flies to the Savage Land, crashes, crawls to Ka-Zar's village, then tells him what he knows about Ultron. He then holds onto life until Cap and the rest arrive. Luke Cage is one tough dude, but the nuke alone would end him.

What?

Exactly.

I thought the page showing Komodo and Ollie falling was really well done. Declan Shalvey is looking real good on Venom. He's come a long way from fill in artist on Thunderbolts.

Definitely. Love the creative us of panels in that book and yes, Declan is a perfect match for VENOM.

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Posted by entropy_aegis

Green Arrow is a good book now.

Edited by VeganDiet

No Spidey vs. Cardiac? Not even an honorable mention? That battle was really sweet, and Ramos's pencils had never looked so god.

Edited by k4tzm4n

@vegandiet said:

No Spidey vs. Cardiac? Not even an honorable mention? That battle was really sweet, and Ramos's pencils had never looked so god.

THAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK AND I FORGOT ABOUT IT AND NO ONE TOLD ME SO HOPEFULLY THIS RUN ON SENTENCE EXPRESSES HOW UPSET I AM OVER THIS *HEAD EXPLODES*

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Posted by ComicKing7

@jimpicken: well he fights them for about a page or two

Posted by k4tzm4n

@jimpicken: well he fights them for about a page or two

Yeah, all he did was toss Cap. The real fight appears to be in the next issue! Shame on me for not including Cardiac vs. SM, though.

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Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie

Man! that Bane fight looked awesome!

Edited by WaveMotionCannon

Bane's ripping the heads off of talons? Bane vs The Butcher BOOK IT!!

Btw Talons AWESOME!!!

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Posted by Zeeguy91
Posted by KnightofSteel

The work that Sorrentino is doing on Green Arrow is truly phenomenal.

Posted by Baberaham_Lincoln

@k4tzm4n: we still love you for making AWHHHHSSSUUHHHMMMM stuff like this babeh

Posted by Kiddevil

Bane you tough son of a b*tch.

Posted by Xanni15

That GA scene reminded me of Hawkeye in Avengers, just the opposite direction.

And Bane looks badass!

Posted by Faceman

Love Lemire and Sorrentino's work on Green Arrow, but here's a pro-tip Ollie: You need to pull out an arrow that has gone though your leg? Break off the freakin barbed arrowhead first, it will cause far less catastrophic damage coming back through man.

And I've been a bit sour on bat books the past few weeks but BANE.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Bane vs. the Talons FTW...my lord that was sweet...and is it me, or are those Lemire-Sorrentino panels for Green Arrow looking reminiscent of Fraction's Hawkeye? Just a bit anyway...maybe its just me.

Posted by Jake Fury

Jake's faves:

  • Green Arrow vs Komodo
  • Supes vs War Machines
  • Scarecrow vs Swamp Thing
  • Engineer vs Dee and Dum
Posted by knightofthechronicle

Energy blast q-tip?

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Green Arrow and Venom were great.

Posted by DonFelipe
@k4tzm4n said:

@donfelipe said:

Sorrentino's Green Arrow looks absolutely fantastic!

I may need to pick it up again now. Hmmm...

Yes, you do need to.

Thanks for pushing me. Lol

After reading issues #17-19 this weekend, I must say the art, the story, the writing, the villains, simply everything about the new Green Arrow is pretty amazing. Especially Sorrentino is killing it with bright colors and an excellent use of black and white. The last three pages of issue #18 starting with Green Arrow standing in front of the helicopter are insane. It's almost like you're watching a movie than just reading a comic.

Needless to say, I am a huge GA fan, again, and can't wait for the next round.

Posted by k4tzm4n
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Posted by New_World_Order

Wow! Bane now has the strength to rip Talon's heads off!

Edited by k4tzm4n

Wow! Bane now has the strength to rip Talon's heads off!

Yeah, N52 Bane definitely appears to be physically superior.

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Edited by BaneStrokeLoboGrundyBatArrow

Omg bane yeah I'm just waiting till they make a series just about him

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