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Comic Vine Battle of the Week Results: Zombie Apocalypse Scenario

Which character has what it takes to survive the zombie apocalypse? The Comic Vine community has voted and now it's time to see who they've supported!

To celebrate The Walking Dead's return to TV and the start of a new story in its comic, we thought it would be a super fun idea to place a variety of comic book characters against a swarm of the undead in Manhattan. Out of 12 options on the poll, only 3 characters earned double digits while the others were presumably ripped apart by the seemingly endless mass of flesh-eating walkers. It was a pretty tight race between Punisher and Wolverine, but one man raced ahead of them and is the one who will thrive in this apocalyptic scenario: Slade Wilson.

Deathstroke Rising

While Slade didn't have his armor in this setting, it's still easy to see why so many backed him in this match. First and foremost, the mercenary is incredibly gifted in combat. At a safe distance, he has the firearms and accuracy required to take down threats and greatly reduce the number of hostiles heading his way. And, in the event he chooses to engage them in close proximity, he's a very formidable close range combatant, too. Not only does he have what it takes to give the likes of Batman all kinds of grief in unarmed combat, but he also has a sword which is naturally an ideal weapon for dismembering the undead.

In addition to his deadly talents, Slade also has a gifted mind and body. He's a brilliant tactician, meaning he's relatively unlikely to end up in a scenario with no means of escape and his physicals are beyond peak human. He'll be able to navigate the city with ease and maneuver out of sticky situations thanks to his speed, agility, reflexes and strength. Furthermore, he has what it takes to earn a majority of victories against many of the other survivors if he does indeed bump into them. Given the scenario, there's of course countless variables which could come into play and spell doom for him, but ultimately, Slade's very well-versed and does indeed have what it takes to thrive in this zombie apocalypse.

How'd the other characters fare? Here's the complete poll results.

Viner Argument of the Week for Deathstroke is by Wyldsong

"So, there are a few things to think about here. When dealing with hordes of zombies that can kill you with a bite, range is key, movement is life, and you need to do your darnedest to stay out of melee range as that is a big risk of getting swarmed and becoming zombie chow. You also need to consider that if a primary melee character is engaged with a group of zombies that the slightest misstep could be fatal in terms of getting overrun and taking a zombie bite...this is something that a ranged character can take advantage of, as a well placed bullet or arrow can definitely throw a wrench in the works and create that fatal misstep. Bear in mind that we have plenty of characters that should be capable of tagging superhuman opponents at range.

The next thing you need to consider is: what happens when groups happen upon one another? It's a battle scenario, so a fight is going to break out, but we need to consider who can take who and who has a better chance in most scenarios, especially in a city with 18 million zombies and considering most fights between parties will probably have a zombie or two nearby which increases the chances for getting swarmed and bit. Remember, when the fights happen, it will generally be a three way affair: Combatant A vs Combatant B vs multitudes of Combatant Z.

A character can't be picked based on just one thing or the other in this scenario. You have to consider who is going to have the best shot at survival overall.

Now, this pains me to say it, I mean it physically hurts since I spend so much time debating against him in other threads, and add in the fact that there are characters I prefer over him in this grouping, but I have to back Deathstroke overall.

He is a crack shot and won't miss under pressure. He has a better than average chance at beating or outlasting most of the others in encounters with the zombies hordes all around (he has the stats/skills/equipment to keep up with some of the best in the DCU). His military/merc training should allow him to stealth past many encounters if needed. Most importantly, his tactical mindset and enhanced brain functions should allow him to maneuver, plan, and fight his way through a city of walkers while dealing with the other parties.

Now, this is not to say that he can't be beat in one on one encounters versus some of the others, but based on an overall survivability profile, I think he takes the majority."

And what does Comic Vine writer, Corey Schroeder, think of this scenario?

"He rounded a corner, slamming his back against the wall and popped out to fire from both hands, his pistols screaming as bullets lodged themselves in the heads of the dead creatures. His orange and blue cloths trailed behind him, now tattered and stained with blood. First his son had burst into his headquarters, his eyes empty and his teeth clacking and clamoring. After he'd put a bullet in his head, his daughter had revealed herself in a similar condition, and was put down similarly. His katana was becoming dull, thunking against the hard bone of so many brainpans as he darted through the streets, not daring to enter any of the buildings that were no doubt overrun. At least until he heard explosions and gun fire from a department store. Deathstroke...the name now seemed almost ironic as he checked himself for the slightest injury that could communicate the plague that had overrun the world seemingly overnight. Slade no longer had any contracts, contact had been entirely cut off with the island of Manhattan. Either they were containing the plague, or there was no one left to communicate with. Gunshots meant at least SOMEone was still there.

He made a break for the door, crashing through it and immediately feeling a familiar sensation of cold steel against his neck. A woman clad head-to-toe in red held a sai to his throat."You hurt?" she whispered."See for yourself, sister. I'm clean." She gave him a once over and nodded, sticking two staggering corpses that followed him in straight through their foreheads. Slade crept upstairs until he heard movement behind one of the doors. He carefully opened it and proceeded slowly through before feeling cold metal once again pressed against his head. He looked up at a man in a strange, bucketheaded helmet with an eagle-themed shoulder pad and a smudged, faded golden badge that read simply "DREDD" pinned to his chest. Either this guy couldn't spell, or there was a whole helluva lot more to him than it first appeared. Next to him was a woman with two katanas raised, ready to take off Slade's head. She wore a poncho, stained dark brown with what almost certainly wasn't dirt."I take it you're clean?" the man said, his voice like ground glass and asphalt, motioning for the woman with katanas to lower them.

Slade took immediate sense of his surroundings and saw another man with a skull plastered across his chest standing vigil at the window with a high-powered rifle taking opportunistic shots at the staggering mass below, another rifle beside him with a stack of ammunition waiting."What the hell is this?" Slade demanded, panting and removing his hood to reveal a haggered face, stained with sweat, blood and even tears."Survival. It's all we have at the moment. You part of the problem? Or the solution?" the katana-wielding woman demanded. Deathstroke sneered, cracked his neck and stood slowly. The two others nodded as he strode toward the other window, taking up the spare sniper rifle alongside the man with the skull on his chest. He glanced over briefly, barely registering another before resuming his task. Wilson took up the gun and leaned out the window, centering one of the dead things in his sights. Bounties, punishment, judgement, survival, it was, surely, a living."

Ladies and gentlemen, there's no teaser image because we're still coming up with next week's battle! Seriously, we don't want to keep throwing cliche matches your way, so we take our time to make sure the matches we present are at least fun to think about and are worth discussing. Will it be another scenario? A 1 vs. 1? A team vs. a team? A battle between animated characters? Check back on Monday to see what the next battle will be!

Previous 'Comic Vine Battle of the Week' results

Want to suggest a Battle of the Week? Feel free to comment below or send it to Gregg via Twitter. It doesn't have to be Marvel or DC!

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Posted by krspaceT

That was one of the better scenarios shown so far

Posted by k4tzm4n

@krspacet said:

That was one of the better scenarios shown so far

Thanks! This was the first scenario I've used in the segment and there are definitely more on the way.

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Edited by funckygarcon

Glad I voted for the right character but I have a little suggestion.

@k4tzm4n

next time you create a poll, don't allow us to see the votes, because most people will tend to vote for the most voted character. just make us vote and not see the poll percentages.

Posted by tparks

Awesome write up. I can see why Deathstroke wins, but I still think Snake Eyes would take this one every time.

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Posted by Chaos Burn

great segment, would love to expand on it - and that extract from Corey was great

Posted by kaiklown

Couldn't agree anymore.

Edited by LCazT1996

Loved this one.

Posted by GraniteSoldier

@k4tzm4n:

Great scenario, and not surprised Deathstroke won. I personally still think Snake-Eyes stands a fantastic chance at taking number one, but as most people don't read GI Joe and know his feats it's understandable he didn't garner too many votes.

Posted by dondave

Forgot to vote

Posted by IronAngelX

I don't see the logic in that, but okay, I would have personally thought Wolverine would be completely immune to the zombies, apparently I was wrong.

Posted by Wyldsong

I don't see the logic in that, but okay, I would have personally thought Wolverine would be completely immune to the zombies, apparently I was wrong.

According to the scenario he set up, the bite would kill everyone equally, whether they had regen or not. It kept things on an even footing for everyone when dealing with the zombies, but their regen was still in effect for character versus character battles. It was a good way to make sure that characters with regen could participate without stomping the competition due to one power.

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@k4tzm4n:

Definitely enjoyed the scenario, and thanks for the argument of the week=)

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Posted by TheManInTheShoe

Wow, I totally missed this. But I would've voted for Deathstroke too

Posted by tikhunt

Wow, I totally missed this. But I would've voted for Deathstroke too

Same here

Edited by k4tzm4n

great segment, would love to expand on it - and that extract from Corey was great

Yeah, it's always a treat when @undeadpool chimes in with a vivid fan fiction-y post.

@wyldsong said:

@k4tzm4n:

Definitely enjoyed the scenario, and thanks for the argument of the week=)

Well earned! @indiecomicsftw was a close second and I was veeeeeeeeery tempted to use @citizenbane's hilarious post.

@k4tzm4n:

Great scenario, and not surprised Deathstroke won. I personally still think Snake-Eyes stands a fantastic chance at taking number one, but as most people don't read GI Joe and know his feats it's understandable he didn't garner too many votes.

Thank you and totally agreed. While I completely understand why many people voted for Wilson, there are more than a handful of characters who deserve more than ample praise in this scenario, too. Popularity is always bound to play a role here, but if articles like this (and in turn, the detailed comments) can motivate people to at least check out more material with the characters or research them, then I consider that a verry good thing.

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Edited by IndieComicsFTW

@k4tzm4n: Thanks for the consideration :) I tajke silver over Gold any day. You can kill werewolves with silver.

Edited by RogueShadow

I think Wolverine had this. But I can agree with this verdict.

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Posted by GraniteSoldier

@k4tzm4n:

Glad to hear you respect Snake's military and survival capabilities as much as I do.

The Eyes-man cometh!

Posted by superior_prime_maybe

Invincible and Omni Man VS Superboy and Superman Vs Thor and someone

I really think we should use more stuff from image and dynamite

Posted by Yung ANcient One

I personally disliked that no one used the idea of all these characters are interacting with each other during the zombie break with their scenarios. Everyone's scenario was

solo scenarios. If Punisher was alone, if Slade was alone, and et cetera, who would have the best chance of success. None of the scenarios where about well Punsher and Wolverine would clearly team up since they are from the same universe and teamed up before, Green Arrow and Slade would fight each other and maybe make an unlikely alliance, Slade would double cross... and so on and so fort...

It would have made it more interesting if everyone thought of it that way. IMHO

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Edited by funckygarcon

next battle of the week should be:- Snake-Eyes vs Daredevil

Posted by Ruroken

Didn't vote, but I noticed that Constantine was missing...my money is on that guy. He's perpetually slipping from one bad scenario to the next.

Posted by jwalser3

What the hell was I thinking when I voted Bloodshot :P

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Posted by Wolverine08

I'm waiting for the day Katz does a Black Panther or Wolverine vs Deathstroke battle of the week. I'll be all over that thread.

Posted by funckygarcon

@jwalser3 said:

What the hell was I thinking when I voted Bloodshot :P

you did nothing wrong, Bloodshot is absolutely capable of surviving this scenario with his marksman skills, however he was really outstaged by the rest of the characters, Deathstroke alone is leagues above everyone, matched by Wolverine only.

Posted by jwalser3

@funckygarcon: That what I was thinking. Someone said Bloodshot wouldn't work because he couldn't find protein to heal? Well that'd mean your character couldn't find food either.

Posted by funckygarcon

I'm waiting for the day Katz does a Black Panther or Wolverine vs Deathstroke battle of the week. I'll be all over that thread.

count me in too. however I think Black Panther wouldn't be able to beat Deathstroke. Wolverine is a better bet

Posted by Wolverine08

@wolverine08 said:

I'm waiting for the day Katz does a Black Panther or Wolverine vs Deathstroke battle of the week. I'll be all over that thread.

count me in too. however I think Black Panther wouldn't be able to beat Deathstroke. Wolverine is a better bet

I think Panther could do it with his better equipment, fighting skill, and superhuman physicals which are on par with Slade's based on feats. Logan would pull it off through his far superior healing factor, damage soak/durability, fighting skill, and his superhuman physicals which are just as good as or even a little better based on feats.

@k4tzm4n Make the battle man! You'll be answering my dreams :D

Posted by funckygarcon

@k4tzm4n I DEMAND TO SEE Snake-Eyes vs Daredevil !! *threatens to throw a tantrum if not* haha

Posted by evilvegeta74

Didn't Frank Castle already survive something like this, which would make him an automatic winner?

Posted by AlKusanagi

By taking Wolverine's ability to counter a zombie bite away from him, it really hurt his case. If following Night of the Living Dead or Walking Dead rules, he would have been pretty much invincible since it's not the bite that kills you, it's a fever brought on by the bite.

Posted by 2cool4fun

Although i am happy The terminator won since he is my favorite out of those, i still think wolverine would be the best since he can't get infected.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Nice.

Edited by The_Titan_Lord

Nice.

Posted by Mucklefluga

That was too awesome Corey.

Posted by nigravirum1

I honestly just want to congratulate the good people of Comicvine for doing such a great job at picking this battle. This was extremely creative and I enjoy these kinds of scenarios! Great Job!

Posted by k4tzm4n
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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Why on gods green earth did Bloodshot only get 4%?

Posted by Mezmero

I voted for The Punisher but it's understandable why Deathstroke wins. I just think it was unfair to rope in a guy with all these insane feats designed to let him tangle with the gods of DC. I think even Greg admitted at one point that he should have used Deadshot instead. The only thing I would hold against him is that he would become frustrated from not getting paid to fight zombies. If you learn anything about old people on the job market it's that they don't like to do anything without being paid. Punisher probably couldn't kill Slade in a head on confrontation but all he needs to do is disable him long enough for the zombies to do the rest. Very cool battle albeit a bit stacked.

Posted by MonsterStomp

This decision was clear :P

Deathstroke is just a better all rounder than anyone here.

Posted by MuyJingo

Not a surprise.

I do wonder what he was wearing though, since his costume has always had armor....

Posted by funckygarcon

@muyjingo said:

Not a surprise.

I do wonder what he was wearing though, since his costume has always had armor....

a thong, for the lady zombies :)

Posted by MuyJingo

@muyjingo said:

Not a surprise.

I do wonder what he was wearing though, since his costume has always had armor....

a thong, for the lady zombies :)

Now that's just disturbing...

Edited by RedheadedAtrocitus

Go Slade! Very good outcome...and I agree wholeheartedly.