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Comic Vine Battle of the Week Results: Aquaman vs. Thing

Who gets clobbered? Come find out which character won more votes and what the CV staff thinks of this fight!

It's the king of the seven seas against the heavy hitter from Marvel's first family! I really wanted to use Aquaman in this segment (because he more than deserves attention), but finding a proper character to give him a good fight was proving difficult. I considered Red Hulk, but honestly, I thought that may make the match a bit too one-sided since his initial run gave him a plethora of high-end feats. So, I opted for a step below Rulk's rank: Thing. He's never had what it takes to earn a majority over the true powerhouses in his universe, but he has the drive, physicals and talent to give them at least a few clean hits before going down. The same could be said for New 52 Aquaman, so I figured at the very least, this battle could be entertaining to think about.

While one character took a massive lead, I was happy to see many thought it was still a good fight and, at the end of the day, that's really what this segment is all about. Even if the winner is obvious in your eyes, my goal is just to provide you with a brawl that's fun to think about and hopefully you'll also learn more about the characters involved (or have the opportunity to share knowledge). After leaving the poll open for five days, a whopping 70% thought Arthur Curry would eventually defeat Ben Grimm.

IT'S "BOW DOWN BEFORE THE KING OF ATLANTIS, SURFACE DWELLER" TIME!

Ben earned 27% of the votes and 4% thought it was too close to call. I find myself with the majority this time around. While Aquaman is disputably stronger and faster (he lifted a cruise ship, tossed a submarine, sent Superman flying with a strike), Thing is one tough dude and keeping him down won't be easy thanks to his high durability to blunt force trauma. I think if they decide to duke it out, this could be a fight that would do loads of damage to the surrounding area (fret not, it's unpopulated). But ultimately, I see no reason to believe why the member of the Fantastic Four would be safe from Arthur's trident (breached Darkseid's armor, after all) and that could be a massive factor. After thinking it over all week, I imagine Arthur is left battered and bruised, but ultimately he's the one left standing and clearly most of you think so as well.

Viner Argument of the Week for Aquaman is by Lvenger

"After much deliberation, I think this is going to be quite the battle. Definitely the closest fight of this feature yet even if the votes don't show that. However, I feel that the most likely character to win this fight would be Aquaman. In the New 52, we've seen Arthur lift cruise ships, tug boats and toss 100+ton submarines through the air. If cruise ships really do weigh in the average of the mid 100,000 tonnes, then this beats the Thing's 30,000 weight lifting feat. Of course, it's not about physical strength but striking power in a fight. Aquaman has shown to be able to sucker punch Superman quite a way although this hardly counts as a viable win or KO of Superman. Also he's carved massive holes in mountains and torn open submarines quite handily. To be honest, not many noteworthy Thing striking feats spring to mind after my research, not even his Sunday punch lol. Although Arthur's armour can be easily destroyed and his forehead chipped by a bullet, he did endure Wonder Woman's blow with a bloody lip. And his bullrush of Wonder Woman may come in handy against the Thing but Aquaman hasn't displayed any combat or reaction feats that show he can dance around the Thing. Thus it'll be a long slog between the two fighters.

Finally, Aquaman has one advantage over the Thing that the Thing cannot claim to also have. If Aquaman can get move the battle to the Hudson River, it's game over. Aquaman can outmaneuver the Thing in water as well as being the more experienced combatant underwater. The Thing's fight with Namor in AvX was poorly written IMO. Ben should not have been able to get the better of Namor on his home turf. Without story constraints in this fight, Aquaman should take the edge if the battle is moved near water. And the trident gives Aquaman another avenue of hurting the Thing. It's extremely durable and has pierced many foes in fights so far. This fight would be close and the Thing does have a chance of winning. But as much as I love Ben Grimm, I have to give the edge to Aquaman in this fight."

Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring, Comic Vine staff writer

"What are you doing to me, Gregg? My favorite super-hero, of all time, vs a man made of orange rock? I'm not breaking out of fanboy mode for this one. Aquaman is stronger, without a doubt. However, the Thing may be a bit more invulnerable. Aquaman doesn't need to be sitting in the ocean to be a formidable opponent. He's super-strong and can take the punches and sharp rocky edges from the Thing. Worse comes to worse, Aquaman can call upon some flying killer whales to eat Thing. Better yet, he calls upon Topo, his Krakken-esque friend to strangle Thing. That's right, Aquaman delegates to beat Thing because this fight is a waste of his time!"

Last but definitely not least, here's a tease for next week's fight. Be sure to check the homepage on Monday to see who the combatants are.

(Bane voice) LET THE GUESSING GAMES BEGIN!

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Want to suggest a battle? Feel free to comment below or send it to Gregg via Twitter.

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Posted by AllStarSuperman

First again and aqua man again

Posted by batmannflash

someone versus Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Edited by AllStarSuperman

Deadpool vs TMNT

Posted by nightwingnerd

TMNT vs some dude

Posted by Reignmaker

Aquaman wins. No big surprise.

Next fight: ? vs. TMNT

Edited by Shazam78

I'll give Aquaman his props but why the hate on Ben. Ben has dealt with Namor before so in a way he has fought with Aquaman before. I see the next fight will involve the heroes on a half shell can't make out the other silhouette.

Posted by PowerHerc

The Thing wins.

I like both characters but Aquaman is just a blown-up middleweight trying to take on a true heavyweight. The Thing is stronger, more durable and a better fighter. Aquaman might be able to win in water with help from some sea-life friends but there is absolutely no way he can beat Ben Grimm man-to-man in a fist-fight.

Posted by Lvenger

I recognise the TMNT from this cover

but I don't know who the first image is of.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@shazam78 said:

I'll give Aquaman his props but why the hate on Ben. I see the next fight will involve the heroes on a half shell can't make out the other silhouette.

Thinking he loses after a good fight is hating on him? :P

Posted by k4tzm4n

@lvenger: YOU RECOGNIZE NOTHING!

Good work.

Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

I doubt that Aquaman is stronger than Thing. Arthur is faster but Thing is Stronger and more Durable in a straight up fight Thing wins but if Aquaman plays it smart he can win.

Posted by Lvenger

@k4tzm4n: Thanks for picking my argument as Viner Argument of the Week. Didn't think I deserved the honour :P

Posted by GodTriggerHulk

Right silhouette looks like it has a gun, they shoot the TMNT

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

I love Ben as I'm a big fan of the FF but Aquaman wins this IMO, great fight Katz, it was a lot closer than what pepole make out.

As for the next fight is it Bloodshot? Vs TMNT

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Posted by Lvenger

@jonny_anonymous: You know more about Valiant than me. Does the first blurred image look like this cover?

Edited by knightofthechronicle

Deadpool vs. TMNT

Go Aquaman! I knew he'd win!

Posted by comicfan11

No surprise on the result. Aquaman is faster and stronger than the Thing and the Trident make's the winner clear.

Congrats to Lvenger for the winning argument.

Next fight is TMNT vs Deadpool.

Edited by Kerrigan

Seems like a sensible result: I honestly had no idea Aquaman was tossing cruise ships and subs around, that plus the trident makes this one-sided. DC does love their übermenschen.

Posted by Wolverine08

Can't wait for the next battle of the week. I hope the TMNT kick ass!

Edited by Hawkguy

Superman vs Invincible :D

Posted by danhimself

@godtriggerhulk: yeah because the Turtles have never faced enemies with guns before

Posted by Teerack

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Posted by The Stegman

If that is Deadpool vs TMNT it would be a hilarious battle. The one liners Wade and Mikey would trade would be priceless.

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Posted by maxicere

Terminator vs TMNT

Posted by Justthatkid

Aquaman for teh win. >:/

Posted by DeathSamurai

I'm certain that's not Deadpool it's too bulky like who ever it is, is wearing heavy armor or very musclar

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@lvenger said:

@jonny_anonymous: You know more about Valiant than me. Does the first blurred image look like this cover?

Nah I don't think it is Bloodshot, he seems to be carrying double swords/guns on his back and I'v not seen 'Shot do that and on closer inspection he looks like he may be wearing a mask so I had thought Ninjak but he looks to bulky. He also looks to be standing on a roof ledge

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Oi, K4tz.......the image title is "dptmnt.jpg". So.....Deadpool vs TMNT? Unless the DP is intended to be misleading.

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Posted by torzone

someone versus Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Lol agreed

Posted by patrat18
Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

@patrat18: Aquaman is one of my favourite character's i've read both trades they've released. Thing is no doubt Stronger(not by much)and More durable(by a huge margin) in a one on one fight Thing wins but if Aquaman plays it smart he can win because he's faster(by a huge margin).

Posted by Black_Claw

Ninja Turtles are next!

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Posted by Med

Deathstroke?

Posted by DWrathborne

I dunno, the left silhouette makes me think Deathstroke more than Deadpool. Which would make sense for a fight, considering the troubles he's had in the past with pesky teenagers. ;)

Posted by spidermonkey2099

Cable vs. TMNT?

Posted by BWANASIMBA

The Thing wins.

I like both characters but Aquaman is just a blown-up middleweight trying to take on a true heavyweight. The Thing is stronger, more durable and a better fighter. Aquaman might be able to win in water with help from some sea-life friends but there is absolutely no way he can beat Ben Grimm man-to-man in a fist-fight.

The Thing MIGHT be stronger and tougher but not by much, and whose a better fighter is up for debate. Pre-New 52 Aquaman ripped off a head of Cerberus and smashed in the gates of Tartarus, shrugged off bullets and bombs and super strong punches. He's lifted oil tankers, buildings, subs, tanks and even multiple city blocks with buildings on top. Pre-New 52 he's fought Wonder Woman, the Olympian, Despero (alongside Martian Manhunter), Lobo, Superboy, had a brief bout with Ultraman alongside each others' respective teams, the Cosmic Vampire Starbreaker and he's one shotted Power Ring and Killer Shark. Contrary to popular belief Aquaman has always been class 100 ton strength, pre and post New 52.

Note: Ironically, Aquaman didn't start bleeding from bullets up until Geoff Johns run in Brightest Day. He actually received a minor reduction in durability rather than an increase.

Edited by RedheadedAtrocitus

Aquaman wins, I knew it. As for next week...its someone versus the Turtles. Should be fun!

Edited by Guardiandevil83

Deathstroke vs Tmnt.

Posted by Wolverine08

If it is Deathstroke vs TMNT, the turtles are gonna be turned into turtle soup.

Edited by SavageDragon

@k4tzm4n I want to see Commissioner Gordon Vs Rick Grimes.

Posted by Lvenger

The image does say DPTMNT so does that mean it's Deadpool vs TMNT?

Posted by Gordyson

Aw I wanted Thing to win.

Posted by darknightspideyfanboy
Posted by TDK_1997

So the next battle will be Deadpool vs TMNT?

Posted by RedX17

Tmnt vs... some dude that looks like deathstroke.

Posted by powerflux

it must be deathstroke vs the turtles

Posted by Overlander

Seriously, the outcome of this match-up makes sense. Aqua Man's victory is especially clinched after reading Mat Elfring's LOL bit at the end of the story.

Posted by Teerack
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Posted by PaperCut1969

Obviously TMNT, however I believe they will be fighting Deadpool.

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