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Best New Comic Book Battles This Week (8/29/12)

Darth Maul slices and dices, Daken & Sabretooth team-up, and X-O Manowar takes on an army!

It's no secret that I'm a sucker for comic book battles. I'd dare to say I even have an unhealthy obsession with them. It's fair to assume that half of my back issues were sought out just to own some of comic book history's most legendary battles. An epic battle isn't needed for a good story, but it certainly doesn't hurt either. After all, what good is all of those powers and abilities if we can't see them put to the test against one another?

So, I've decided to share my passion with Comic Vine. Every week I'm going to pick my favorite battles from my new stack and explain why they were picked, if they're accurately written, or how things could have gone down differently under other circumstances if it's a popular encounter (for example Hulk vs Wolverine). And, in the event a really popular battle does take place, I'll do my best to dive into the history of battles between them as well.

Star Wars: Darth Maul - Death Sentence #2

Darth Maul and Savage Opress have the wealthy alien Ja'Boag in their sights, but Jedi Master Salmara, Master Judd and Padawan Dray along with hundreds of troops are standing in their way. Maul and Opress are as arrogant as they come, so the obstacle looks to be nothing more than a walk in the park for them. That said, they've earned that arrogance. Maul is a fearsome and graceful combatant, while Savage lives up to his name and acts like a brutal tank.

Two versus hundreds? Not a problem for these Sith.

The two rush in and with a simple force push, we're treated to an awesome panel of dozens of soldiers helplessly flying off the pathway. Slicing and dicing everyone in their path with an oh-so sadistic grin on their faces, it isn't until the Jedi step in that we really get to see the differences between the two. Maul proves once again that he's incredibly agile, while is brother is more of an arrogant brute. Maul flips over his enemy while Opress leaves himself foolishly open and is tripped. That's gotta be embarrassing. But, with arrogance comes anger issues and we got a nice display of Savage's force abilities as he creates a massive shock-wave that sends everyone flying. He might not be sophisticated when it comes to his abilities, but he sure is powerful.

It was a good day to call out sick.

Ultimately, Savage's hot-headed attitude proves to be his undoing. A barrel of carbonite is launched his way, and instead of diving out of the way or using the force to knock it back, the powerhouse stupidly slices it right open. The attack makes the content spew all over him, freezing him in place a la Han Solo style. Darth Maul shows off his new and more powerful legs, using them to crush a Jedi's arm before making a run for it and collapsing the entrance behind him. Finally, in true Star Wars fashion, someone loses not one, but both of their hands. Unfortunately, it's just the wee Padawan.

The new Statue of Liberty?
 

 Uncanny X-Force #30

 Sabretooth, Daken and the Shadow King take Genesis (Evan) on a savage roadtrip in an attempt to unleash his full potential. Sabretooth slaughters an entire store full of people and Evan just couldn't cross the line to end it. It was kill Sabretooth or watch those innocent people get gutted by Creed. The clone of Apocalypse held back and it didn't end well for the people who wanted their healthy dose of slim jims that day. Daken and Creed knew they had to really rile him up, so they killed his "parents." Believing his fictional parents were dead, Evan filled with rage and began to release the variety of powers he possess. Seeing Creed get slugged in the face by a giant fist is something I could never grow tired of seeing. Despite his powers, Daken's agility and skill gave Evan a hard time, dancing around the child and delivering unrelenting and bloody slashes.

Nice dodge, Victor!

Eventually, power tends to overcome skill, and such is the case when Evan finally gets the two Wolverine villains in his clutches. Instead of crushing them, though, Evan eventually returns to his X-Men ways and releases them from his tightening grip. Good thing for them, because if this kid really let loose, he could definitely obliterate both of the foes and put their healing factors into overtime. This is easily one of Marvel's best titles at the moment, so if you're not reading it, get this issue and jump on-board!

You might wanna use purell after this, Evan.


X-O Manowar #4  

Aric has escaped The Vine (but no one can escape Comic Vine) and returned to Earth. Things have changed a bit while he was away for a few centuries, though. He immediately assumes Italian forces are Roman troops and the end result completely unfair for the humans. We're talking about an armor that can fly at supersonic speeds, fire insanely powerful blasts from its gauntlets and shrug off explosions like they're mere tickles. Humanity, just bow down before your new master.
You call that a projectile? THIS is a projectile!

Simply put, no human technology short of a nuke is going to do much to X-O Manowar and this is proven when Aric takes to the skies. He engages two fighter jets and in spite of a direct hit, X-O proves his superiority as he rips through the jets with absolute ease. It really makes me wonder how Ninjak is going to pose a threat to Aric, but I guess we'll find out soon enough.

Tis but a scratch!

Honorable Mentions: Hawkeye vs Angel (AvX: VS #5) & Flash vs The Rogues (The Flash Annual #1).

Those were my favorite battles this week, but what about you, Viners? Will any of my picks make your top 3 or will you have a completely different list? Sound off!

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Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Darth Maul: Death Sentence #2 FTW

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Is that Darth Maul comic related to the Clone Wars TV show?

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@Jonny_Anonymous said:

Is that Darth Maul comic related to the Clone Wars TV show?

Yes, it's my understanding this is canon and takes place between Seasons 4 and 5.

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Edited by Billy Batson

The last stance in Scalped #60.
Btw one of the UXF scans is under the X-O Manowar title.
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Posted by Deranged Midget

Death Sentence was epic.

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Posted by k4tzm4n

@Billy Batson said:

The aftermath of Scalped #60.
Btw one of the UXF scans is under the X-O Manowar title.
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Same with a Darth Maul scan. I've been trying to fix it but the formatting is giving me issues :(

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@k4tzm4n: Is it any good? I'v been looking for Star Wars books to get in to
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Posted by Vance Astro

Daken's claws......

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Posted by lykopis

Gah

I am so behind in all things X-Menish -- Daken is back??!! Just got a whole stack of issues to flip through and wow...

Great article and love the idea tremendously. When I manage to catch up -- I'll submit my picks. :)

@Vance Astro said:

Daken's claws......

What about them?

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@k4tzm4n said:

@Billy Batson said:

The aftermath of Scalped #60.
Btw one of the UXF scans is under the X-O Manowar title.
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Same with a Darth Maul scan. I've been trying to fix it but the formatting is giving me issues :(

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Posted by Or35ti

Awesome new weekly article!

Edited by k4tzm4n

@Jonny_Anonymous: Yes! The first issue didn't really impress, but this second one delivered a fantastic action sequence and laid out the groundwork for what's sure to be a very interesting story.

@Or35ti: @lykopis: Thank you! Its success will depend on views, but I'd love to do this every week.

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@lykopis said:

Gah

I am so behind in all things X-Menish -- Daken is back??!! Just got a whole stack of issues to flip through and wow...

Great article and love the idea tremendously. When I manage to catch up -- I'll submit my picks. :)

@Vance Astro said:

Daken's claws......

What about them?

The one when he's slashing Genesis looks weird 
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Posted by Xanni15

Excellent start, I'm looking forward to these in the future.

Posted by lykopis

@Jonny_Anonymous:

Looks pretty much like the ones he usually had? Two coming out between the knuckles and the one from underneath his wrist although that third one wasn't used all that much after it grew back.

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@lykopis said:

Gah

I am so behind in all things X-Menish -- Daken is back??!! Just got a whole stack of issues to flip through and wow...

Great article and love the idea tremendously. When I manage to catch up -- I'll submit my picks. :)

@Vance Astro said:

Daken's claws......

What about them?

I hate them.
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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@lykopis said:

@Jonny_Anonymous:

Looks pretty much like the ones he usually had? Two coming out between the knuckles and the one from underneath his wrist although that third one wasn't used all that much after it grew back.

Looks weird 
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This is a very good idea. EDIT: Looking forward to more!

Posted by lykopis

@Vance Astro: lol -- ok.

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

Looks weird

hmm....you're right. One's coming out of his pinkie.O_O

Posted by k4tzm4n

@Xanni15 said:

Excellent start, I'm looking forward to these in the future.

@Decept-O said:

This is a very good idea. EDIT: Looking forward to more!

Thank you. Very happy you like the idea.

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Posted by sentryman555

Hey so is this issue of x-force a good jumping on point? I've been meaning to get back into it for a while now.

Posted by LifePool

@sentryman555: Get the trades, its ending when marvel now starts I think. I wanna start reading it too.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Also this is pretty cool, hope it keeps going 

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Posted by Jake Fury

Nice work. X-O Manowar issue flew by for me this week for some reason. Looking forward to seeing Aric vs Ninjak!

Posted by k4tzm4n

@sentryman555 said:

Hey so is this issue of x-force a good jumping on point? I've been meaning to get back into it for a while now.

Technically you could, but you'll be missing out on some great stuff. I'd recommend starting with #25.

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

Also this is pretty cool, hope it keeps going

Thanks, I hope so as well.

@Jake Fury said:

Nice work. X-O Manowar issue flew by for me this week for some reason. Looking forward to seeing Aric vs Ninjak!

Thanks. Definitely excited for that showdown as well.

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Posted by jwalser3

@Deranged Midget said:

Death Sentence was epic.

Posted by wdchefdave

Face in the pillow bored.

Wake me when something cool really happens.

More Cheetos...

Posted by Dane

Daken/Sabretooth team-up sounds intriguing :o

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

Red Hulk, Alpha Flight, A-Bomb and the Sensational She-Hulks against a city of Mayan Gods. If that doesn't deserve at least one honorable mention, than I don't even know.

Posted by pspin

Awesome article, need more Shark Fights though.

Daken and Sabertooth was cool, I might need to get Death Sentence in trade it looks good.

Posted by Crimsonlord53

Why dose daken have his lower arm claw's wolverine had them removed iirc.

Posted by Mercy_

ASDL;FJKASDL;FJKASDFL;KJA;SLDFJKASDF;LKJASD;LFJKL;KJASDF OMG I LOVE THIS

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Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek

@k4tzm4n: Whoo!!! Nice! I guess your secret identity is out now huh? XD

"Be water my friend"

Posted by clemj

I like this new topic!

Posted by StMichalofWilson

Darth Maul: Death Sentence. It just looks soooooo coooooooooooool :)

Posted by CrimsonAlchemist

I'm so happy they brought Daken and Darth maul back I just wet my jockeys.

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@Necrotic_Lycanthrope said:

Red Hulk, Alpha Flight, A-Bomb and the Sensational She-Hulks against a city of Mayan Gods. If that doesn't deserve at least one honorable mention, than I don't even know.

Keep in mind that this segment will be my top 3.  And, as much as I'd like to be reading every comic out there, I simply don't have the cash to read everything possible.  So, there's naturally going to be battles that won't be on my radar.  That's exactly why I ask everyone what their favorites are in the conclusion of the article.  I was really hoping people would respond with their own top 3 and it would get a good conversation going on each one. 
 
@StMichalofWilson said:

Darth Maul: Death Sentence. It just looks soooooo coooooooooooool :)

It's only on issue 2, so catching up is easy ;) 
 
@clemj said:

I like this new topic!

Thank you! 
 
@YourNeighborhoodComicGeek: I suppose so :P 
 
@Mercy_: Hah, thank you!!! 
 

@pspin said:

Awesome article, need more Shark Fights though.

Daken and Sabertooth was cool, I might need to get Death Sentence in trade it looks good.

Thanks!   
 
@Dane said:

Daken/Sabretooth team-up sounds intriguing :o

It's amusing so far. 
 
@wdchefdave said:

Face in the pillow bored.

Wake me when something cool really happens.

More Cheetos...

Did you have any favorite battles from this week's new comics?
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Posted by JMLG

still surprised im actually enjoying Maul's & Savage Opress comics, since i hate most of things from Star Wars universe

Posted by k4tzm4n

@JMLG said:

still surprised im actually enjoying Maul's & Savage Opress comics, since i hate most of things from Star Wars universe

Nice! Just curious, what made you give the title a shot if you dislike most Star Wars related material?

Also, I don't know how could anyone not like a comic with the following scene:

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Posted by Queso6p4

@Or35ti said:

Awesome new weekly article!

Much agreed. This is a nice article.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@Queso6p4 said:

@Or35ti said:

Awesome new weekly article!

Much agreed. This is a nice article.

Thank you!

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Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

@k4tzm4n:

I didn't mean anything bad by my comment. :(

Posted by k4tzm4n

@Necrotic_Lycanthrope: I understand. Just trying to keep it on-topic ;)

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Posted by Strafe Prower

Hawkeye!!

Even though that fight had some moments where you raise an eyebrow, it was entertaining.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@Strafe Prower: The "get down here!" line reminded me of Johnny Cage vs Scorpion in the Mortal Kombat movie.

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Posted by Strafe Prower

@k4tzm4n: LOL

That was an....interesting movie...

Posted by k4tzm4n

@Strafe Prower: Hey man, the first is good fun. Stupid, but very fun. The second...well, they went overboard with that one.

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Posted by Strafe Prower

@k4tzm4n: LOL, I think that is putting it nice, but I'm good with that.

Posted by sweatboy

Daken! My BEAUTIFUL Daken! what happened to you????

Posted by Owie
@k4tzm4n said:

@JMLG said:

still surprised im actually enjoying Maul's & Savage Opress comics, since i hate most of things from Star Wars universe

Nice! Just curious, what made you give the title a shot if you dislike most Star Wars related material?

Also, I don't know how could anyone not like a comic with the following scene:

I loved that bottom panel.  This comic was fun because the bad guys really used the force like bad guys should use it--totally merciless and devastating.
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