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Best New Comic Book Battles This Week: 10/05/12

Daredevil faces two absolutely brutal battles, Uncanny X-Force takes on the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Carnage stabs Kaine and Jarvis gets an honorable mention!

New comic book day has come and gone and now I'm left reflecting on the biggest action moments this week had to offer. While DC and other publishers had some decent battles, Marvel completely stole the spotlight this Wednesday. From a shockingly harsh Daredevil comic to a hilarious battle in AvX VS, the House of Ideas snagged every spot in this week's Best Battles feature.

Keep in mind, I don't have the luxury of reading every single new release each Wednesday. So, if there's a battle that deserves some love and didn't make the cut, please feel free to share the scans and reasons!

Beware! Thar be spoilers below!

Daredevil vs Kingpin (DAREDEVIL END OF DAYS #1)

Writer Brian Michael Bendis should now be called "Brutal Bendis" after this issue. The bout with Bullseye was painful to observe and the conclusion was certainly a jaw dropper, but it was Murdock's violent encounter with Kingpin that stood out the most.

The Kingpin of shoulder tackles.

The Man Without Fear and the Kingpin of crime have had more than their fair share of unpleasant encounters. Kingpin's raw durability and brute strength have allowed him to overcome Murdock's agility and skill before, but more times than not, Daredevil's talent and grace will grant him the win. While he proves victorious once again in this battle, it's certainly not graceful or nearly as fluid as his other displays. Here, he's downright savage.

Super combo!

The hero of Hell's Kitchen doesn't display his talented technique or dance around the big man's strikes here. Instead, he matches him blow for blow and Klaus Janson's pencils make each strike incredibly powerful. Spanning about 6 ruthless pages, the two go back and forth as onlookers photograph the bloodbath. Daredevil delivers rough combos, and when Kingpin lands a strike the force is certainly felt.

The ending was especially tough to read. I've never truly felt sympathy for Kingpin before, but the following two panels are rather effective. The big fellow lays against a car, horrifically bruised, bloodied and defeated. So does Daredevil proudly stand over him, deliver a heroic speech and then walk away as Kingpin is placed in handcuffs? No, sir. He raises the blood stained baton and what happens next is vicious. Let's just say when all is said and done, all Daredevil can say is "I've tried everything else."

I have the pooowwweeeer!

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Scarlet Spider vs Carnage (MINIMUM CARNAGE: ALPHA #1)

Carnage is back (again), but what makes this time specifically exciting is the inclusion of the new Venom and Houston's hero, Scarlet Spider. In a battle thread between the two, it's clear Carnage would eventually take the win. Despite Kaine's strength and brutality, at the end of the day Carnage is still stronger and far more durable. That pesky symbiote means he's going to laugh off those strikes and eventually land some of his own. What we get to witness is the beginning of their short-lived battle, and as expected, Kaine's speed and willingness to unleash grant him an immediate advantage -- especially as he goes all Above the Law on Carnage's neck. Yeesh.

SS = Scarlet Spider... or Steven Seagal?

Though the symbiote's ability to protect its host should never be underestimated and making Cletus' head do an owl imitation has no lasting impact at all. Carnage stays in character as he once again proves he's a sucker for pointy objects, using his flailing tendrils to impale Kaine. Although, Carnage isn't the only man brining sharp objects to the table. Kaine's mutation means his wrists have stingers and he uses them to easily slice apart the symbiote's tendrils. Unfortunately, the fight is cut short before it can go any further. However, that's easily overlooked since it then teases Scarlet Spider vs Venom. Fry's "shut up and take my money!" picture definitely applies to SCARLET SPIDER #10.

Carnage: A superb detective.

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Deadpool & Wolverine vs Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (UNCANNY X-FORCE #32)

The time has finally come to rescue Evan aka Genesis aka Kid Apocalypse from the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants' brainwashing. Despite losing his healing factor, Deadpool puts his life on the line as he attempts to free the child. Wade is often regarded as a purely comedic character, but writer Rick Remender does a stellar job breathing life into Wade as he struggles in what is clearly a battle he won't win.

Move like a butterfly, Deadpool.

Blob, Daken and part of the Omega Clan is a fight Wade isn't going to win, especially without his healing factor. In spite of this, Wade gives it his all (even after the ill effects of the Omega Clan) and dances around one of Daken's strikes then fills him with lead. Would this really happen in a fight between the two? Probably not. Daken is more skilled than Wade and his vanishing act is something the Merc with a Mouth can't counter. At any rate, the block, dodge and gun display was highly entertaining and yes, I say that as a blatant Deadpool fanboy.

Sweet revenge for their fight in WOLVERINE: ORIGINS.

As expected, Deadpool's chances take a quick decline and he's swiftly eliminated from the battle. Wolverine's fight has just begun, though. Sabretooth and the runt have an extensive history of battles, but here Remender puts a key focus on the fact Wolverine is a more skilled fighter. Sabretooth's use of his superior strength and speed is futile and Wolverine makes short work of him... twice. Yet another embarrassing display for us Victor Creed fans. Skinless Man's luck isn't any better either.

The millionth image of Sabretooth getting owned.

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HONORABLE MENTION: Jarvis vs Toad (AvX VS #6)

In one corner, we have Jarvis, an elderly and polite butler with boxing experience. In the other corner, we have Toad, a mutant with superhuman reflexes, agility and strength. Place your bets! Alright, everyone put their money on Toad, right? Good, I did too. Let's see how it plays out.

Jarvis: throwing haymakers like a boss since 2012.

Well, that was hilariously unexpected. Toad, despite his potential, rarely receives any respect. He once gave Wolverine a bit of trouble, but despite this, one punch from the cosmic level Jarvis sends the agile mutant soaring through a window. Even his exclamation is quite embarrassing ("waaaah!"). Regardless of how the fight should have gone, this brief encounter was able to give me a good laugh.

Well, there's my top 3 picks this week. What about you? Sound off!

Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine & IGN Entertainment.

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Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

My vote is always for Jarvis. Even the robotic version of him in the films owns most villains with his voice alone.

Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale

Uncanny x-force and Jarvis <3

Posted by ReVamp

Jarvis >>> Squirrel Girl

Posted by k4tzm4n
@ReVamp said:

Jarvis >>> Squirrel Girl

Jarvis VS Squirrel Girl = 616 universe implodes.
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Posted by thenexusrebound

The fight from Minimum Carnage and the X-force fight were supremely awesome.

Posted by Cavemold

Pow! Right in the kisser carnage! Great scene

Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

@k4tzm4n:

  1. Yes! Another butler kicking butt! Go Jarvis!
  2. Is it just me or do you love putting characters getting whupped as your avatar?
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Posted by pspin

What no Pixie vs Squirrel Girl??? This is madness! It at least deserves an honorable mention

Posted by lifeboy

@deathmatch

yes, i might be picking up archie #22 :-/

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

That Kingpin vs. Daredevil fight looks pretty bad@$$ to me. Great stuff!

Edited by k4tzm4n
@YourNeighborhoodComicGeek said:

@k4tzm4n

  1. Yes! Another butler kicking butt! Go Jarvis!
  2. Is it just me or do you love putting characters getting whupped as your avatar?
It's oh-so fun. 
 
@pspin said:

What no Pixie vs Squirrel Girl??? This is madness! It at least deserves an honorable mention

If I had to give another honorable mention for a battle in that issue, it would be Iceman vs Iron Fist :P 
 
But yes, Slott's Squirrel Girl "vs" Pixie was hilarious.
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Posted by StMichalofWilson

Alfred and Jarvis. Both of the best butlers in history. Period.

Posted by Xanni15

Daredevil showing us all one way to combat obesity.

Posted by Decept-O

@Xanni15 said:

Daredevil showing us all one way to combat obesity.

L...M...A...O!

Daredevil, please get rid of Kingpin for good. Still great fight scenes.

Damn, that Scarlet Spider fight is great, cool art.

Posted by k4tzm4n
@Decept-O said:

@Xanni15 said:

Daredevil showing us all one way to combat obesity.

L...M...A...O!

Daredevil, please get rid of Kingpin for good. Still great fight scenes.

Damn, that Scarlet Spider fight is great, cool art.

Well, he did in that issue ;)
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Posted by Xanni15

@k4tzm4n said:

@Decept-O said:

@Xanni15 said:

Daredevil showing us all one way to combat obesity.

L...M...A...O!

Daredevil, please get rid of Kingpin for good. Still great fight scenes.

Damn, that Scarlet Spider fight is great, cool art.

Well, he did in that issue ;)

No spoilers, huh? :P

Posted by k4tzm4n
@Xanni15:  
 

Beware! Thar be spoilers  below! 


Besides, it's not the 616 universe :P 
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Posted by Xanni15

@k4tzm4n said:

@Xanni15:


Beware! Thar be spoilers below!

Besides, it's not the 616 universe :P

Ah, I missed that. My apologies. :]

Posted by Joeybagad0nutz

You guys should do the top ten most brutal fights in comic book history.

Posted by Lvenger

Jarvis is a boss. None can stand before his might :P

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

@ReVamp said:

Alfred>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Jarvis >>> Squirrel Girl

fixed

Posted by chocobojam

Im really surprised that the final battle between hope/scarlet witch vs phoenix cyclops is not mentioned here. (well....its not really that surprising because i honestly thinks that it really sucks)

Posted by k4tzm4n
@Joeybagad0nutz: That's a great idea.  I'll run it by G-Man!
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Posted by Super_SoldierXII

X-Force # 32 puts out yet another great showing for Wolverine indeed.

The fanboy in me be all tickled pink. It's been an extremely good year for top tier Wolverine feats.

Logan basically takes out two members of the Omega Clan, the Skinless Man and Sabretooth at once. And it's not written in such a way to inspire the choir of naysayers to immediately jump up and cry PIS! PIS!

As always, Remender rocks with the power of the X-Force.

And if only Deadpool continues to get written with that kind of depth (his brand of humor does not need to exclude such), then the character can, and will, win a new fan here ... Remender does the best job writing Wade, bar none.

Posted by tximinoman

@Super_SoldierXII: I love how Remender writes Deadpool. I used to find him annoying as hell, one of the lamest characters marvel had from the worst decade for comics, but after Uncanny X-Force I'm finding him quite interesting.

Posted by Super_SoldierXII

@tximinoman said:

@Super_SoldierXII: I love how Remender writes Deadpool. I used to find him annoying as hell, one of the lamest characters marvel had from the worst decade for comics, but after Uncanny X-Force I'm finding him quite interesting.

Completely agree.

Remender's Deadpool has depths and breadth of character, a weird nobility to match his quirkiness. I like it.

If this Deadpool can only become standard issue Deadpool, I may start picking up his title.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

JARVIS RULES!! That's one of the few things I don't like in the Marvel films, Jarvis reduced to a A.I. character. That means we won't see awesome stuff like this...

SWEET!

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

@StMichalofWilson said:

Alfred and Jarvis. Both of the best butlers in history. Period.

Posted by Jake Fury

No Midnighter vs Etrigan scans? MWUAHAHAHHAAHAHHHA

Posted by Stormbox

Cool

Posted by Queso6p4

More great picks this week. I'll have to grab that Daredevil issue. Avx vs. was actually quite entertaining last week. I laughed quite a few times while reading it.

Posted by Apis

No Big Deal...It is Jarvis' job to "Take Out" the trash.

Posted by Telcalipoca

@Joeybagad0nutz said:

You guys should do the top ten most brutal fights in comic book history.

Posted by k4tzm4n
@Queso6p4 said:

More great picks this week. I'll have to grab that Daredevil issue. Avx vs. was actually quite entertaining last week. I laughed quite a few times while reading it.

Yeah, the Hawkeye segment, "blizzard fist" and Jarvis had me laughing. 
 
@Telcalipoca said:

@Joeybagad0nutz said:

You guys should do the top ten most brutal fights in comic book history.

I'll run it by G-Man! 
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Posted by Deranged Midget

Can't go wrong with Matt beating the tar out of Kingpin.

Awesome article though!

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