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Best New Comic Book Battles This Week: 12/21/12

Iron Man and Hulk duke it out on a mountain, Scarlet Spider fights a bunch of enemies, and X-O Manowar and Ninjak destroy the Vine.

If you're reading this, then congratulations on surviving the apocalypse! I knew you had it in you, and as a reward for your uncanny survival abilities, I present to you the latest (and hopefully most awesome) edition of Best Battles.

It's the last one of the year (don't worry, I'll have 'Best Battles of 2012' sometime soon), so I figured I'd apply that silly saying "go big or go home." I've narrowed this week's stack down to 3 fights and provided quite a few huge scans for your visual pleasure. As always, please feel free to share your own top 3. And of course, happy holidays!

Iron Man vs Hulk

"You wouldn't like me when I'm happy." Something tells me Tony Stark likes you more when you're happy, Bruce. Because when you're angry, you're smacking him around like a ping pong ball, and THE INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #2 is the latest example of this. Banner takes Stark out to help with his gamma-fracking, but the real reason he's there is for an opportunity to vent. It just so happens he wants to release some steam with his green fists on Stark's armored face. You see, Bruce feels like Stark's an arrogant know-it-all, and this was the perfect moment for him to express it in the most sophisticated way: smashing.

At least let the man put his mask down first.

Without a specialized or more advanced armor, Tony isn't exactly in an ideal position against the Green Goliath. Despite the sucker punch, the Avenger manages to keep Hulk at bay for some time being. But his resistance is only temporary and before long, Hulk gets in close range.

== TEASER ==
HULK DISLIKE ENERGY BLASTS!

Banner wanted to release some steam and I'd say he's successfully doing so. Those blasts were mere annoyances to Hulk and the massive powerhouse quickly gets too close for comfort. Tony's armor pretty much looks like a punching bag in the next panel.

Go down swinging, Tony!

These two powerhouses throwing down on a snowy mountain range isn't the brightest idea, and as expected, an avalanche soon consumes them. Iron Man breaks free and tries to finish his adjustments to the gamma-fracker but Hulk (represented amazingly as a green blur) gives Iron Man a bro-hug and the two go soaring away from the device. It just so happens that the device then causes a massive explosion. Yup, that's right, Hulk saved Iron Man. After taking a moment to relax and soak in the sun (they're superficial like that), the two then go get some food. After all, who doesn't grab some chow after a mountainside battle?

Some much needed R & R

As if that wasn't enough, Bruce then verbally owns Tony as well. At least he's still rich, right?

Ninjak/X-O Manowar vs The Vine

"What's a Ninjak?" That's something I imagine some of you are saying right about now. Well, the best way to describe him is "badass ninja assassin." He was after Aric (warrior from the past now wearing an army that would make Iron Man look outdated), but after realizing he was hired by some shady aliens, Ninjak and X-O have formed a temporary alliance... and that's all kinds of terrible news for their enemies.

Best frisbee ever.

The Vine have some sweet energy weapons and a huge numbers advantage. Still, they pose no threat whatsoever to X-O. Throw in Ninjak and they're really screwed. Enjoy the following wonderful pages and hopefully they'll motivate you to finally give this great title a chance!

Imagine Ninjak with the X-O armor. That's too much greatness for one character.

Want more? Of course you do!

I'm pretty certain not many could compete with this duo.

Considering 'Planet Death' is around the corner, I imagine this is nothing compared to what's coming.

Scarlet Spider's entire issue! (Seriously, it was action packed)

SCARLET SPIDER #12.1 was ridiculously good and stuffed with displays of Kaine kicking all kinds of ass. Kaine's more brutal than your everyday hero, but these targets are more than deserving of some extra punishment. They're all connected to human trafficking and Scarlet Spider wants to put an end to it. This poor fellow was Kaine's first victim. It really gives "got your nose" a whole new meaning.

Yeah, that just happened.

After smacking around a few pimps and gang members, Kaine encounters who's really behind it all: The Hand. Prepare for epciness in 3...2...1...

KAINE FU!

Leading Huston's Hand is a dude called 'The Mark.' Scarlet Spider's "mark of Kaine" definitely pales in comparison to what this guy can do with his hands. Kaine puts his noggin to good use, but it's not long before he's taken down. It should take more to bring Kaine to the floor, but I'll cut him some slack after taking those hits from The Hand.

Never play tag with this man.

Ready for a twist? The Kingpin isn't pleased with The Mark's way of running things, so he sends Bruiser to clean up the place. Despite The Mark being developed into a twisted and interesting baddie, Bruiser ends his reign and swiftly Steven Seagal's him (snaps his neck). Kaine immediately reacts and tries to take down Bruiser, although the new villain turns out to be far too durable for him. Before the fight can continue, they end up going their separate ways.

Who would you like to see as a villain for Scarlet Spider?

While it's cool seeing a physical threat for Kaine, it completely contradicts Bruiser's initial showings over in DAREDEVIL. Even Matt Murdock could draw blood with a kick to his jaw and stun him with a strike to the head. Yet here, he goes totally unfazed by a strike by Kaine and the anti-hero even remarks that he 'thinks he broke his hand.' It would be nice to get a reason for Bruiser's upgrade, but even if we don't, I'm just happy to see Kaine facing a formidable opponent.

Honorable Mentions

Want more action? Here's the previous Best Battles

Well, those are my top 3. What are yours?

Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine & IGN Entertainment. This holiday, give him the gift of a follow on Twitter.

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Posted by MSchiwal

While I agree with all of these choice, I do believe that Venom deserved a top spot. That fight is probably the best example of collateral damage in a superhero fight and was just gut-wrenching watching civilians dying in the time it took our hero to stand.

Posted by quatro_briefs

GAMBIT is being over looked! He showed some cleverness and some power too! Please don't over look the cajun! :)

Posted by TheAcidSkull

Hulk beating iron man was a great treat, and i'm glad it made it here, but i've got to say that Venom Vs u-foes desearves to be here too.

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Posted by gotwillpower

The action in the Valiant books is great. It's even better when Ninjak's around. And I like how he dodges lasers (like in his first panel in the scene). Dodging bullets is cool, but to dodge death beams moving at the speed of light? Pretty awesome.

Posted by Lvenger

Hulk vs Iron Man was a great pick but what about Wonder Woman vs Orion? Surely that should be on here? Or did they not fight in this month's issue?

Posted by Cavemold

@Lvenger said:

Hulk vs Iron Man was a great pick but what about Wonder Woman vs Orion? Surely that should be on here? Or did they not fight in this month's issue?

no they didnt even hit each other

Posted by Cavemold

loved X0 fight and ninjak frisbees pow! right in the head

Posted by xtremekidx

jason in the towel beating GCPD???cant believe you could miss that!

Edited by Raw_Material

The battle between The Hulk and Iron Man was sick! It not only showed the strength of the green monster, but also exhibited some feats of both The Hulk and Iron Man. Really good battle. Nice choice!

Edited by nerdork

great choices again. Loved Iron Man v Hulk, what a knock down, drag out fight. I am definitely looking forward to the best of 2012.

Thanks Gregg!

On a side note, I'll know I survived the apocalypse once I make it through my extended family's X-Mas gathering.

Posted by Target_X

Zola vs. Hera takes the cake for me. Those two are so funny when put in the same room.

Posted by TheCommissar

Flamingo vs Huxley's crotch. Classic.

Posted by sora_thekey

Scarlet Spider gets the spotlight in these articles a lot. I should start reading that book!

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Posted by ArtisticNeedham

These are always great articles. To see the comic battles, the layouts and drawings of the battles. Great reference.

Posted by SmashBrawler

@k4tzm4n said:

Best moment of the week. I didn't know you could attack someone with random dialogue from a TV until I saw it!

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Posted by G_Money_Christmas

I liked Hawkeye vs. A.I.M. It looked like an arcade game for one which was awesome but the dialogue between the SHIELD agent and the AIM lackey when he was get on the transport was hilarious.

AIM Lackey- "We! Are! The Ninety-Nine Percent! We! Are!"

SHIELD Agent- "No you aren't. Shut up. Gahhd!"

Hawkeye vs. his DVR was awesome, too.

I haven't finished reading my whole pull list for this week, but Hawkeye was definitely my favorite so far.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Ninjak is so cool, damit Valiant give him a book already

Posted by Super_SoldierXII

Wolverine versus Scarlet Spider.

Make it happen.

That is all.

Posted by The Average Bear

The Iron Man vs Hulk battle is great. Great artwork, too. I recommend everyone give that one a read

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@gotwillpower said:

The action in the Valiant books is great. It's even better when Ninjak's around. And I like how he dodges lasers (like in his first panel in the scene). Dodging bullets is cool, but to dodge death beams moving at the speed of light? Pretty awesome.

If those beams/lasers were moving at the speed of light, he wouldn't have dodge them, becuase he never would have saw them coming.

Posted by Deranged Midget

Wicked list! I would've included the latest issue of Captain Marvel #8 where Carol faces off against the combined force of shipwrecked... ships. As well as Clint against the Russian bro's in Hawkeye #6 and of course Thor against the God Butcher's lap dogs in Thor: God of Thunder #3.

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Posted by gotwillpower

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

Ninjak is so cool, damit Valiant give him a book already

Yes yes yes

Posted by k4tzm4n

@quatro_briefs said:

GAMBIT is being over looked! He showed some cleverness and some power too! Please don't over look the cajun! :)

Sorry, didn't read GAMBIT this week.

@MSchiwal said:

While I agree with all of these choice, I do believe that Venom deserved a top spot. That fight is probably the best example of collateral damage in a superhero fight and was just gut-wrenching watching civilians dying in the time it took our hero to stand.

It was a tough decision, but ultimately I favored the 3 picked. Venom vs U-Foes was without question a very close 4th pick, though.

said:

Wicked list! I would've included the latest issue of Captain Marvel #8 where Carol faces off against the combined force of shipwrecked... ships. As well as Clint against the Russian bro's in Hawkeye #6 and of course Thor against the God Butcher's lap dogs in Thor: God of Thunder #3.

I haven't been following CAPTAIN MARVEL, though with all of the positive buzz I'll certainly get the TPB. Sadly, I still haven't read my copy of Thor yet.

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Posted by Deranged Midget

@k4tzm4n: Captain Marvel is underrated. Personally, I think it's a fantastic title with some pretty wicked action sequences. Too many good comics this week! >.< I can't imagine how hard it was for you to pin-point the list down to three.

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Posted by Spideycap

Sure Ninjak and Manowar are a great team, but try to imagine them taking on the duo directly above them and winning.....no I can't imagine that happening either. Hulk and Iron Man are too damn good for practically anyone.

Posted by ME24601

I quite enjoyed the fight between naked Jason Todd and the GCPD, but that's for a different reason entirely.

Posted by edtie97

Why does the hulk need armor?

Posted by ComicKID777

@ckuakini said:

The battle between The Hulk and Iron Man was sick! It not only showed the strength of the green monster, but also exhibited some feats of both The Hulk and Iron Man. Really good battle. Nice choice!

this.

Posted by Loki2u

@_slim_ said:

@gotwillpower said:

The action in the Valiant books is great. It's even better when Ninjak's around. And I like how he dodges lasers (like in his first panel in the scene). Dodging bullets is cool, but to dodge death beams moving at the speed of light? Pretty awesome.

If those beams/lasers were moving at the speed of light, he wouldn't have dodge them, becuase he never would have saw them coming.

Great. Thanks for ruining that for me. What's next--Telling me Santa Claus isn't real?

Posted by Jake Fury

Cyclops & Magneto vs the Original Five

Posted by _slim_

@Loki2u said:

@_slim_ said:

@gotwillpower said:

The action in the Valiant books is great. It's even better when Ninjak's around. And I like how he dodges lasers (like in his first panel in the scene). Dodging bullets is cool, but to dodge death beams moving at the speed of light? Pretty awesome.

If those beams/lasers were moving at the speed of light, he wouldn't have dodge them, becuase he never would have saw them coming.

Great. Thanks for ruining that for me. What's next--Telling me Santa Claus isn't real?

He isn't real. U mad?

Posted by Hanson724

Awww you're no fun.... Buzzkill

Posted by SuperStarKirby

@Deranged Midget: Gambit is underrated. Captain Marvel is overrated (yeah, I know, avatar). I'm hoping that this arc is better than the last. Can't deal with the disappointment.

Posted by Deranged Midget

@SuperStarKirby: Hey, everyone has their opinions. Never read Gambit beyond the first issue though.

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Posted by SuperStarKirby

@Deranged Midget: Certainly - and I don't mean to undermine yours either.

Posted by Deranged Midget

@SuperStarKirby: No worries mate! :)

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Posted by Queso6p4

Once again, very nice picks. Loved the intro line for Scarlet Spider. I may have to grab the trade.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Yeah Stark versus Banner takes the cake for me this time. I still have yet to read it though.

Posted by Chibio

Where did the fight between Joker and Red Hood happen?

Posted by DalekDoctor2011

@SmashBrawler said:

@k4tzm4n said:

Best moment of the week. I didn't know you could attack someone with random dialogue from a TV until I saw it!