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Best New Comic Book Battles This Week: 09/28/12

Wolverine does what he does best, Black Widow and Hawkeye face-off and Red Mist proves he's a terrible, terrible villain.

Greetings, action fans, and welcome back to this week's edition of "Best New Comic Book Battles." Every Wednesday I'll search through my stack and if I'm lucky, there'll be some top-notch action sequences. It's never easy to narrow down my favorites to just 3, but that's exactly what I'm going to do in this segment every Friday.

My bank account only has so many zeroes, so I clearly can't afford to buy every comic I want to. This means every now and then an awesome battle might slip past me or a neat encounter takes place in a book I'm not following. I'll do my best to flip through the pages of every book at my local shop, but if one does elude me, please feel free to make scans and share your favorites below!

BEWARE! Spoilers ahead.

Wolverine vs Alpha Flight (WOLVERINE #313)

Alpha Flight, we hardly knew ye. Is this a canon encounter or is it just a false planted memory in Mr. Howlett's head? No idea, but Simone Bianchi's artwork helps me forget all about the crazy story and appreciate this terribly brutal scene. Claws? He doesn't need claws where he's going.

Eat your heart out, Silver Samurai!

While I wasn't the biggest fan of this issue, this quick and precise sword attack was my personal highlight in a reading experience filled mostly with questions and concerns. Bianchi's pencils aside, the coloring by Simone Peruzzi helped make the attack much more powerful. The faded colors represented memories of a flashback, but the contrast of the bright red blood splattering was incredibly vivid and helps highlight the gruesome strikes.

He's the best there is at using sharp objects.
  

Black Widow vs Hawkeye (SECRET AVENGERS 31)

Can Hawkeye's accuracy overcome Black Widow's agility and tactical mind? These two teammates are forced to throw-down after The Abyss takes control over an entire city -- Hawkeye included. The two Secret Avengers are forced to battle on a plane and the limited space for mobility proves to be an immediate hindrance for Natasha as an arrow almost paralyzes her.

"Dodge this."

But the small environment quickly turns in her favor, allowing her to close the gap (awesome panel of Clint dodging the knife) and we're treated to a remorseless kick to Clint's face -- complimented with mandatory "hghraa--yaw!" No kick would be complete without yelling that phrase.

Clint getting kicked in the face would make a great avatar. Just sayin'.

One poorly used explosive arrow later, Clint, Natasha and Squid (he gets no love) end up outside of the plane. Realizing she's left with no other way to stop the plane from leaving the city, the Russian spy throws a grenade at the engine. Clint, however, won't stand for any of that nonsense. While jumping out of the speeding plane, the archer manages to tag the thrown grenade with a putty arrow. Hot damn! Talk about one heck of an accuracy feat!

The fight never concludes and the preview cover for the next issue has the two crouching on the wing of the plane, ready to fight again. Usually I'd have my money on Barton, but seeing as he's the bad guy here, I'm pretty confident Black Widow is going to introduce him to a whole new world of hurt.

    
"You expert, rooting-tooting, eagle-eyed, goth marksman!"
  

Red Mist vs Two Angry Sons (Hit-Girl #3)

Mark Millar, why must you make me laugh at such terrible situations? Trying to prove he's a true villain, Red Mist arrogantly ventures into the city for some mindless crime. Without any hesitation, Chris Genovese uses his ridiculously powerful firearm to slay an innocent man. Chris is far from a master of prep time, though. When he tries to open fire on the now deceased father's sons, the gun doesn't respond. Stubborn and confused, "Hood 2" informs his brilliant boss that the XM-25 needs thirty seconds to recharge. Filled with rage and an opening, the two sons turn the table on the villain.       
Well, that wasn't fair.

Proving he's far from ready for a life of villainy, Chris and his two hoods run for their lives from the understandably pissed off brothers. The Kung-Fu joke is hardly original, but the delivery in the ludicrous situation gave me a good laugh. It's such a tragic scene, but Millar twists it into an effectively comedic moment. The sons eyes are filled with anger and despair, but instead of feeling their suffering, I laughed because at that point we knew they were soon going to unleash all of that anger on the amateurish bad guy.

Shoulda gone with HYDRA goons, Red Mist.

When it's his well-being on the line, Red Mist once again proves he's miles away from being a tough and formidable villain. The red caped fool begs for mercy, claiming that mindlessly killing their dad was "just a misunderstanding!" Bravo, Red Mist.

Kapow! Bam! Zok! Ooooff!

Those are my top 3 this week. What about you?

Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine and IGN Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter if you also have an odd obsession with comic book battles.

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Man I hate Wolverine

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Posted by theTimeStreamer

Man I love Wolverine

Posted by ComicStooge

Oh god Kick-Ass is brilliant, I really need to get back into it.

Posted by Deranged Midget

Can't help but agree with Clint vs Natasha but I'd include Jor El and Lara in Superman #0.

Excellent article as always!

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Posted by k4tzm4n
@Deranged Midget: I was on the fence with that one, but the assault scene on Red Mist was too hysterical to resist.  And thank you! 
 
@ComicStooge: HIT-GIRL has been solid so far.  Definitely get back on-board, man.
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Posted by Deranged Midget

@k4tzm4n: Too true, I was hoping you would've added the knee snapping Death Sentence scene between Darth Maul and the natives :P

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Edited by ComicStooge

@k4tzm4n said:

@Deranged Midget: I was on the fence with that one, but the assault scene on Red Mist was too hysterical to resist. And thank you!

@ComicStooge: HIT-GIRL has been solid so far. Definitely get back on-board, man.

As soon as I get a job, I'll do that. I spent the remainder of my money on the box set of Smallville.

Posted by k4tzm4n
@Deranged Midget: Such a pleasantly diabolical moment.  Then the panel with Maul's eyes following was perfect.  No dialogue was needed -- you know exactly what was going on in his head.
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Posted by Deranged Midget
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Posted by k4tzm4n
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Posted by Deranged Midget

@k4tzm4n: Dude... it makes me so sad knowing it's only a 4 part mini-series :(

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Posted by blur1528

Black Widow seems a little too... busty.

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

JrJr's artwork just isn't cutting it for me in HitGirl's run.

Posted by warpgirl

What is this trend with with messy artwork? It's like they draw a good picture then let their kid scribble lines on it.

Posted by Cap10nate

@blur1528 said:

Black Widow seems a little too... busty.

I was just going to say the same thing. I prefer the way she has been drawn in Winter Soldier where she has normal proportions and zipped the whole way up. I don't think the master spy needs the DDs flying around during fights. It actually takes away from some of her beauty I think.

Posted by ZZoMBiE13

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

Man I hate Wolverine

Amen brother. He's the best there is at making me indifferent and belligerent.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

@Cap10nate: I agree 100% percent! I've always thought it was cool how Marvel never had Black Widow dressed in any other way but professional. Never mind, I guess. Darn you, Marvel.

Posted by Queso6p4

Nice choices for this week. Too bad the current Wolverine story arc has sucked major balls and isn't worth picking up, unless you just want it for Bianchi's great art. *Shakes head* What a shame, really.

@Necrotic_Lycanthrope: I normally don't notice things that are off with art but the latest issue of Hit-Girl, despite being good, had flaws that even I noticed. What the hell was going on with Mindy's head and foot/hand when she was getting ready for school? Not to mention the noses on Red Mist and his Uncle Vic.

@Cap10nate: Yeah, she's outta control in the panels above.

Posted by feebadger

Does DC suffer in the action department? I notice that this list is usually Marvel heavy, which isn't necessarily fault as he's got to go with the best of the week. But what do others think? Do Marvel focus more on action and fight scenes than DC?

Posted by Trixie

Black Widow looks so stupid.

Edited by lifeboy

@feebadger:

i actually dont mind dc's absence in the best fight list because all i read is dc but i like keeping current with what marvel is upto. i was expecting however that ozymondias and the comedian fight would be in here. i dont know if they fought, but last month they were being set up for athrow down and this week #3 came out. even though it eould have been a one sided fight, seeing the comedian get his a$$ beat should have been fun.

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

@Queso6p4:

I've always had issues with JrJr's joints (arms etc.) He makes them look like sausages or pool noodles. But if the colors in his work where more striking, it probably could be forgiven.

Ex. This cover he did for Red Hulk.

Posted by longbowhunter

I agree, Natasha's doing her best Elvira impression here in those panels. Kinda out of character. Still, Matteo Scalera is one of my favorite up and coming artists.

Posted by mightypug78

what about the fight in the beginning of all star western 0 between jonahs pa and the guys who showed up. there is a very nasty crotch shot in this sequence

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

Love the Under the Red Hood reference/quote! The Kick-Ass one made me laugh.

Posted by venomyak

Jeez, is Black Widow a F-cup now.

Posted by Lvenger

Wolverine being badass once again. Nothing new there.

Posted by Crimsonlord53

Tasha cat suite Vs her breast should be 2a from the looks of that one panel.

Posted by LordRequiem

That's Alpha Flight? I couldn't make out Sasquatch, Guardian or any of the team.

Posted by Xanni15

Cool article. Natasha is looking quite endowed there. :P

SO much for a Bat related avatar for your next one, huh?

Posted by weaponx

Wow, that Wolverine fight is BA!

Posted by Kallarkz

@feebadger said:

Does DC suffer in the action department? I notice that this list is usually Marvel heavy, which isn't necessarily fault as he's got to go with the best of the week. But what do others think? Do Marvel focus more on action and fight scenes than DC?

DC has their characters fight actual villains. Not each other....like what this thread is focusing on.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

That whole bit with Red Mist is rather amusing, lol spot on Millar. Wolvie vs. Alpha flight looks pretty wicked.

Posted by Wolverine0628
Posted by feebadger

@Kallarkz said:

@feebadger said:

Does DC suffer in the action department? I notice that this list is usually Marvel heavy, which isn't necessarily fault as he's got to go with the best of the week. But what do others think? Do Marvel focus more on action and fight scenes than DC?

DC has their characters fight actual villains. Not each other....like what this thread is focusing on.

That's a good point. There seems to be more of an actual reason for DC heroes to have fights (if such a thing is possible).

Edited by Howlverine

The Wolvie fight is insane. Simone Bianchi's art just gorgeous.

Posted by Queso6p4

@Necrotic_Lycanthrope: I see, I see.

Posted by Strafe Prower

Clint is awesome. End of story :P