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Comic Vine Battle of the Week: Aquaman vs. Thing

The Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Thing dukes it out with the King of the Seven Seas! Who will be left standing? Well, that's determined by YOUR vote!

Welcome back! This week, we have a Justice Leaguer taking on a member of the Fantastic Four. Both are powerhouses who have what it takes to hang with the true heavy hitters of their respective universes, but neither should logically take a majority over the top tier characters. That said, that's no reason to discredit either because both are incredibly brutal, effective and durable fighters. So, do you think New 52 Aquaman has what it takes to defeat Thing... or will he eventually get clobbered?

Comic Vine Battle of the Week Rules

  • Combatants are in character (again, this is New 52 Aquaman).
  • This is a random encounter.
  • They're fighting in our version of Manhattan (this way there's no Baxter Building for a potential advantage but both do indeed recognize where they are). It's unpopulated and at night. Assume they start roughly 20 feet apart and visible in Times Square. TS is littered with parked cars and other standard items. This means the Hudson is about 5 avenues over and the East River is a bit farther away.
  • Thing is unarmed and Arthur has his trident.
  • Incapacitation, knockout or death all count as elimination.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!!!

Voting will remain open until this Friday morning (ET) and a new article will go on the homepage shortly after. Please keep in mind voting remains open for 5 days so you can research the characters and read the debates presented for both sides. I know it's easy to immediately vote for the character you like more, but please try to have adequate information on both sides before casting your vote!

Friday's update will include one Viner's argument for the winning character (only posts in the poll thread will be considered and it can't be a scan fest!), the staff's thoughts and if we're extra lucky, thoughts from writers, artists and others in the industry! Viners, it's understandable that debates over "who would win?" can get heated, but please try to keep the conversations informative and not personal. Now, go on and prove why you think Arthur or Ben wins!

Feel free to make future match suggestions in the comments below or via Gregg's Twitter page.

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Posted by sinestro_GL

@sinestro_gl said:

@banestrokelobogrundybatarrow said:

The thing can be outsmarted yes, but his skin is almost unbreakable and his strength is matched to the Hulk. I think he could take this.

And Aquaman? Being able to withstand the water pressure from the bottom of the sea means that his skin must be pretty inpenetrable

What does that mean? Fish that live that far down in the depth of the ocean, when brought to shallower depths explode, because they are accustomed to (and evolved to) withstand those particular pressures. Aquaman's body must be more adaptive though, else he'd suffer the same fate as those deep sea fishies. Doesn't this therefore mean at 'sea level' his body would be less dense?

cause that's blood right? and that was like a -what? what do you call those things that come shooting out of guns? no- not mosquitoes... bullets? BULLETS! Yea, that's what I thought you call them things... bullets... thanks.

Huh? Bullets fire from automatic weapons? And only a minor cut? And you're welcome.

Try not to over-think the issue from a freakin' comic book. P.S. Aquaman isn't a fish

Posted by Verotikryptonite

Aqua Man loses because his name is Aqua Man. That an he's power puff girls lame. No one is taking that into account. What's DC going to give him next ? On top of having Kryptonian level strength is he going to swim at FTL speeds with enhanced Aqua-Vision? And now this hunk of aqua sh** is damn near bullet proof as well !! LMFAO!! DC's answer to everything is to turn their lame characters into Superman lite. As far as I'm concerned he can hop on his mighty sea stallion and ride it strait into a septic tank of irrelevancy . On comicvine it's just ridiculous as well with the DC c*ck slobbering. I'm waiting for Plastic Man vs Gallactus . DC FANBOY: Plastic Man's powers negate electricity , and the power cosmic is composed of electricity and so Plastic Man will win because blah-blah-blah,speed blitz, ftl, righteousness and a nifty set of glasses. Plus he's been in the same room as Batman

Posted by laflux

Apologies @laflux. Here is a more canon link with Iron man being easily defeated by Namor (although this was when the battle was taken into sea ) http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd229/goetz420/tnai-01-019.jpg

Thats a feat i dont think Thing is capable of doing. and @battle_forum_junkie I am still enraged at that storyline!!!!!

Dont get me wrong i love the thing but i think Aquaman and Namor will eventually win in a good battle

Haha no worries.

Posted by GhostRavage

I see people is going for the trident... Does Aquaman even uses his trident in-character so lightly? He was taking bullets to the chest, acting kind of cocky... What's stopping Thing from just go and prove him how strong he is. Its true, we've never seen Aquaman doing anything to say he would pull those strength feats in battle, not to mention, most of them are in water... Anyway, im not decided yet but giving the win to Aquaman because of the trident, which i haven't seen using it yet (Don't read much DC though) and i doubt he's going to use it against someone he doesn't know is not the way to see things... You can't go and say how he can win in 15 seconds because the fight is in character... Im out.

Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub
Edited by spiderbuck

Ben in a very close fight.

Posted by spiderbuck

Aqua Man loses because his name is Aqua Man. That an he's power puff girls lame. No one is taking that into account. What's DC going to give him next ? On top of having Kryptonian level strength is he going to swim at FTL speeds with enhanced Aqua-Vision? And now this hunk of aqua sh** is damn near bullet proof as well !! LMFAO!! DC's answer to everything is to turn their lame characters into Superman lite. As far as I'm concerned he can hop on his mighty sea stallion and ride it strait into a septic tank of irrelevancy . On comicvine it's just ridiculous as well with the DC c*ck slobbering. I'm waiting for Plastic Man vs Gallactus . DC FANBOY: Plastic Man's powers negate electricity , and the power cosmic is composed of electricity and so Plastic Man will win because blah-blah-blah,speed blitz, ftl, righteousness and a nifty set of glasses. Plus he's been in the same room as Batman

I just spit my almond milk all over my keyboard .... 10/10