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Comic Book Battles We Want to See In 2013

Believe it or not, Wolverine and Batman didn't make the cut. Shocking, I know. Find out which 3 fights we're itching to see!

By now it should come as no surprise that I have a passion for comic book battles. To some degree, it's like Fantasy Football for comics, or at least that's what I enjoy telling my friends that don't share our love for the medium. Just as they'd want to see their favorite athletes go head-to-head, there's a whole plethora of battles that I would be thrilled to see in 2013.

To avoid letting my inner fanboy takeover, I've opted to only pick one fight from Marvel, one from DC, and one from any other publisher. Because there's so much I'd really want to see, I decided to include an honorable mention for each publisher as well. As always, please chime in with your own top 3 once you're done with the read.

Gambit vs Hawkeye

Superhero pissing contests are always amusing.

Now that AvX has come to an end, the likelihood of this happening feels incredibly slim. We saw their egos clash in A+X #3, and if we're lucky, some lovely writer out there will build off the brief and fun event that took place between them.

Gambit's more agile, has better reflexes and his kinetic cards are a pain to avoid, but Clint has an uncanny degree of accuracy and has an absurd amount of variety at his disposal with all of his trick arrows. They've only briefly encountered once before (CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS II) and Gambit seemed to have the upper hand. However, who do you think would win between Clint and Remy? Is Gambit's agility and explosive power too much for the Avenger... or will Gambit be taken down by a trick arrow or two?

Red Hood vs Nightwing

Good luck with that standoff, Grayson.

BATMAN & ROBIN teased us with the tension that still remains between these two, but it's about time we got another classic Jason Todd vs Dick Grayson encounter. Yes, Grayson is more skilled and because of that he'll likely win, but Jason isn't too far behind in that department and usually has plenty of dirty tricks up his sleeve.

A solid fight between members of the Bat-family is always a good dose of popcorn fun, and I would love nothing more than to see something ignite a battle between Robin #1 and Robin #2 once again. I can't be the only one very interested to hear what Scott Lobdell and Kyle Higgins would have to say about this one. Someone shine the DC writers signal!

Bloodshot vs Ninjak

At least not without buying him dinner first.

As you can tell from the above image, this is an encounter that took place pre-Valiant reboot. Now, with Ninjak back in the picture and being a major badass over in the pages of X-O MANOWAR, it seems only fitting that he should once again bump into Valiant's other stellar badass: Bloodshot.

This would be a classic case of skill against power. Ninjak's an absurdly talented assassin and would have no problem slicing into Bloodshot, but the solider's healing factor and brutal nature would be a very tough obstacle to overcome. I'd ultimately favor Ninjak thanks to his insane dodging capabilities and skill with a blade, but this is a fight that would surely be worth the cover price and then some.

Honorable Mentions

What 3 encounters would you love to see this year?

Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine & IGN Entertainment. It took all of his willpower to resist his fanboy urge to include Kraven or Bane in this feature.

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Posted by xtremekidx

red hood and nightwing sounds good...

i would also like to see a battle between all the earth lanterns...

Posted by G_Money_Christmas

I think Nightwing would take out Red Hood. I don't know anything about Bloodshot and Ninjak and I have no idea about Gambit and Hawkeye. They're two of my favorite comic book heroes and it's hard to choose. I think it'd be a draw. I'd like to see a re-match between Daredevil and Psylocke from AVX. He kicked her butt and the only reason it was a draw was because he couldn't let her fall off the building and she took advantage of that. It's BS and I want a re-match.

Posted by cacarl

Actually, I'll hate to see another Jason vs Dick fight. Jason doesn't really have an "excuse" to fight him anymore. I hope nobody does it again. I like Jason as he is right now: an outsider. I like those few moments he spends with the bat family, but I don't want it to be too often.

Posted by Sammo21

IS Dick still better than Jason? Now that Jason's had his back story retconned even more with his training, are we sure they aren't at least on equal footing at this point?

Edited by Jodez

The one fight I would like to see this year would be

New 52 Super vs Shazam!

Posted by Squalleon

@Jodez said:

The one fight I would like to see this year would be

New 52 Super vs Shazam!

it will happen actually, it was teased!

Posted by Mutie199

Red hood vs the Joker! payback time bitch!!

Jean Grey vs Emma Frost! who gets the guy?!

Cyclops' x-men vs Wolverine's x-men! i hope cyclops wins cause he kinda suffered the last year

on a sidenote i really want Cable and X-Man to meet this year. i was wondering why this has never happened before (as far as i am aware)

Posted by Jodez

@Squalleon said:

@Jodez said:

The one fight I would like to see this year would be

New 52 Super vs Shazam!

it will happen actually, it was teased!

Ahh cool, anticipation is high!

Posted by Mucklefluga

I want more Damian fights! I can't wait to see the conclusion of the Batman Inc arc!

Also hopefully The Will will have some awesome fights in Saga

Posted by powerhouse1122

Im glad that scarlet spider vs superior spiderman was put on the honorable mentions!! I cant wait for kaine to kick that motherf***** octopus out of petey's body!!!! Yes, Im still furious bout that octopeter thing. Anyway, I agree w the robin1 vs robin2, I mean that wud REALLY be a lot cooler in the new 52 i assume :> but one battle that is really on my mind right now.... Deadpool vs deathstroke in a mainstream crossover and not some alternate timeline hehehehe ^___^*

Posted by pspin

Supergirl vs Power Girl would be interesting.

Posted by NXH

I would love to see Scarlet Spider (Kaine) vs Superior Spider-Man. That would be awesome.

Edited by lifeboy

Red Hood vs NightWing?! Shut up and take my money dc!!

K4tzm4n, I hate to back pedal but your results for the batman vs wolverine case study were incorrect. Captain america too. I originally agreed with you, but thinking of it off and on the last 3 weeks I find batman would win and heres why: in the Under the RedHood cartoon, batman beat Amazo, an android made to defeat the whole Justice League. Also, the fact in front of our face that batman beat up superman in the Return of the Dark Knight. He beat amazo with no prep time and superman with alittle prep time but defeating superman is nothing short of a miricle. I have about the same amount of xmen comics as batman but have not seen wolvies skills enough to justify a win for him. Plus a measley sentinal roasted him in Days of Future Past.

Posted by SandMan_

Well Dick is more agile...But Jason is physically the strongest.
 
Superman vs SHAZAM

Posted by Master_Thief

venom vs toxin

Posted by The_One_And_Only

dick would take jason pretty easy i think

Posted by ComicMan24
Edited by MaxSchreck

I am pretty sure that Nightwing would win a fight against Jason . He already was fighting crime when Jason was just starting out as Robin . A few cheap tricks can`t win against that much skill . And as far as I know Jason has lost everytime he fought against Dick one on one.

Posted by CircularLogic

@Jodez said:

The one fight I would like to see this year would be

New 52 Super vs Shazam!

Isn't Superman incredibly vulnerable to Magic? not exactly a fair fight

Posted by Trevel8182

"Love Kaine" can't wait to see his reaction to the Superior Spider-Man.

Edited by k4tzm4n
@MaxSchreck said:

I am pretty sure that Nightwing would win a fight against Jason . He already was fighting crime when Jason was just starting out as Robin . A few cheap tricks can`t win against that much skill . And as far as I know Jason has lost everytime he fought against Dick one on one.

I stated in the article that Grayson would likely win.  But, just because a match has a probable outcome doesn't mean it won't be entertaining ;)  
 
@Sammo21 said:

IS Dick still better than Jason? Now that Jason's had his back story retconned even more with his training, are we sure they aren't at least on equal footing at this point?


Well, this is exactly why I'd love to hear Lobdell and Higgins weigh in.  I know Higgins is active on twitter and Lobdell posts on the site.  Now it's just a matter of getting their attention. 
 
@lifeboy
All of the examples you provided aren't "standard versions."  Additionally, Batman was teamed up with Nightwing and had full knowledge of Amazo going into that battle (not to mention Amazo didnt have all of his abilities at the time). He knew to go all out.  He doesn't have  that knowledge immediately against Logan.  Every factor is important. 
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Posted by lifeboy

@k4tzm4n: awww qwap!

Posted by SoA

red hood vs deathstroke

shazam vs superman

lex in his power suit vs superman

apollo vs superman

arkillo vs sinestro

zoom vs flash

supergirl vs power girl

midnighter vs batman

Posted by blur1528

Didn't we see Aquaman vs Deathstroke during Flashpoint?

Posted by The Stegman
@CircularLogic said:

@Jodez said:

The one fight I would like to see this year would be

New 52 Super vs Shazam!

Isn't Superman incredibly vulnerable to Magic? not exactly a fair fight

He's not INCREDIBLY vulnerable to magic, just as Vulnerable as the next guy, meaning what would hurt Batman magic wise, would hurt Superman just as much, but not more so. Plus given Superman has more battle experience and better on panel feats in the New 52, the battle is more than fair.
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Posted by Bluefox170

@blur1528 said:

Didn't we see Aquaman vs Deathstroke during Flashpoint?

Hardly, it was more of a set up for a grudge match that should have been followed up on later in Flashpoint. That being said, Deathstroke vs Aquaman would certainly be entertaining.

Posted by CBninja

I'm intrigued about the Deathstroke Aquaman fight? Shouldn't Aquaman be way to much for deathstroke?

Posted by GothamRed

Wolverine's X-Men vs Cyclops's inexplicable posse.

Posted by osarumen

the o e fight fight i would like to see is hulk vs thanos without the infinity gauntlet. that will be so cool

Posted by TheCommissar
Scarlet Spider vs Superior Spider-Man

Yes, absolutely.

Overall, though, I'm sick of Hero vs Hero. It's been going on too often lately, and I'd rather they go back to fighting villains. In the case of Hawkeye and Gambit, for instance, I'd rather they not fight, but team up again. Reason being that their smart-ass personalities conflicting while working together is what made that A+X story so great.

Posted by JamDamage

Everyone is new now with the New 52. Who the hell doesn't want to see Batman vs Deathstroke? I keep hearing how good a fighter Deathstroke is in so many articles mentioning a stalemate between the 2. It's about time they get it on again. Now that Redhood had his past showing him being trained by a bunch of magic monks I'd like to see Redhood and Deathstroke fight too. I'd like an Amalagam of DV and Marvel and have Deathstroke fight Wolverine or Captain America but that's not going to happen.

Posted by TDK_1997

Out of these I only want to see Dick vs Jason.

Posted by Bluefox170

@JamDamage said:

Everyone is new now with the New 52. Who the hell doesn't want to see Batman vs Deathstroke? I keep hearing how good a fighter Deathstroke is in so many articles mentioning a stalemate between the 2. It's about time they get it on again. Now that Redhood had his past showing him being trained by a bunch of magic monks I'd like to see Redhood and Deathstroke fight too. I'd like an Amalagam of DV and Marvel and have Deathstroke fight Wolverine or Captain America but that's not going to happen.

All great ideas.

Posted by herrweis

Wonder Woman vs Orion

Posted by SHAZAM117

Hyperion vs Hulk for me!

Posted by namtabmi

Todd vs Grayson

Superman vs Shazam

Supergirl vs Powergirl

...Vader vs <Insert those about to die>

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I know this would never happen but I would love to see Frankenstein and S.H.A.D.E go up against Hellboy and B.P.R.D

Posted by StMichalofWilson

@Jodez said:

The one fight I would like to see this year would be

New 52 Super vs Shazam!

Didn't Justice League already teased that for the second year?

Posted by Omega-Man

Jason vs Dick would be a good one. I want to see New 52 Superman vs Shazam actually. and also I'd like these also

Midnighter vs Deathstroke

Apollo vs Shazam

Batman vs Deathstroke

Midnighter vs Batman

Cyborg vs The Engineer

Superman vs Apollo

Zealot vs Wonder Woman

If you guys haven't noticed It's pretty much the Justice League vs Stormwatch.

Posted by Mrfuzzynutz

it will never happen, but I want to see it!

Red Hood vs Damien

Wonder Woman vs Power Girl

Batman vs Midnighter

Captain Marvel vs She Hulk ( green or red)

Lang vs Pym Antman vs Antman

and I want to see SOMEBODY, ANYBODY

let IRON FIST start kicking some ass again and NOT be the comedic relief this year

Posted by SavageDragon

Calvin Rose vs Dick Grayson

Posted by StMichalofWilson

I want a Batman vs Deathstroke, and I want it to be BRUTAL!!!

Posted by stumpy49er

While I'd enjoy a fight between Gambit and Hawkeye, I'd like to 2nd the opinion that I'd rather see them team up. With Gambit handing Hawkeye charged arrows, they'd make a great team. 2 of my all time favorite characters. As for Nightwing vs. Red Hood, I think it'd be a good matchup, but I'd almost rather get Red Robin vs. Red Hood. Ninjak vs. Bloodshot would be awesome! I'm excited about the rise of Valiant.

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

Venom vs Superior Spidey

It was also be interesting to see how there friendship is dealt with as well with the new change

Posted by leokearon

Overlord Vs the crew of the Lost Light it is going to be great

Posted by blur1528

@Bluefox170: Sadly, those minis all had that feeling: "To be continued in Flashpoint!" And then we never saw any effect or results from it. I was excited to see an epic battle between Amazons and Atlanteans, but in reality it was just Batman versus Reverse Flash.

Posted by ArtisticNeedham

Superior Spider-Man vs. Norman Osborn & the Sinister Six

Posted by TheThe

Apollo vs Shazam

John Stewart vs Alan Scott

Death vs Lucifer Morningstar

The Shade vs John Constantine

Resurrection Man vs The Swamp Thing

Posted by Teerack

I love how Red rob beat up Robin but i really wanna see a fight where Robin actually tries his hardest to beat Red Rboin and loses because Damion needs his ego slashed down a few times.

Posted by cuddles666

Aquaman vs. Deathstroke = WIN!!!

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