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Posted by k4tzm4n (36406 posts) - - Show Bio

It's time yet again to reflect on this week's glorious action scenes. Usually we have a variety of publishers appear in this segment, but this week, Marvel hit us with some awesome brawls. In fact, they were so awesome that they earned all three highlight spots. First, you'll dive into the conclusion of SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN's Darkest Hours and watch the Avengers struggle with the latest version of Venom. Then we'll jump into another story's conclusion: THOR: THE GOD OF THUNDER's The Accursed. Thor's been chasing after Malekith for several issues now and the villain has finally stopped running. Last but not least, your eyes will get to enjoy some good ol' fashioned melee action as Deadpool takes on some teleporters.

"Hey, why isn't a fight I love being highlighted or even listed in the honorable mentions? What gives?!" Well, it's possible we didn't read that issue (not sure if you noticed, but A LOT come out each week), so be sure to make suggestions in the official Best Battles Discussion Thread from now on. We review that before writing this weekly feature and do our best to get our hands on the issues suggested.

Superior Venom vs. Avengers (SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #25)

Superior Spider-Man has taken the Venom symbiote from Flash Thompson and has become the "Superior Venom." Since bonding with the slithery alien, he's been acting like more of a jerk than usual (that's saying a lot, isn't it?) and going particularly hard against crime of any kind. The Avengers know this latest version of Spidey's been acting like a... well, let's just say "unpleasant person," and now his relentless assault on villains has crossed the line. So, the Avengers are coming in to stop him. However, it appears the symbiote has become absurdly powerful in Otto's hands and taking him down won't be an easy task, especially when he can dodge attacks with ease.

The onomatopoeias for Thor's attacks never fail to amuse.

Otto's received a tremendous physical boost with the symbiote. Seriously, he's upgraded to the point where he knocked over Thor with a slug to the face. Despite this significant upgrade, he's still outnumbered and can't dodge everything. Spider-Woman hits him in the back with a blast and he doesn't take the attack lightly. To even the odds, Otto calls Spider-Island and commands everyone to come to his support and go to war with the Avengers. His "spiderlings" listen and so begins an onslaught of craziness and carnage.

Hold on. The Avengers went after Venom and didn't bring a sonic weapon? Tsk, tsk.

Like Steve Rogers said above, the big brawl is pure insanity. Venom's minions are getting wrecked by the heroes, but there's a ton of them and the Avengers still have one massive problem: Superior Venom. Brute force hasn't worked, so Spider-Woman tries to calm him down with her pheromones. Otto's not in the mood to talk it out or be manipulated, though, and he responds in a not-so-peaceful manner: with his symbiotic fist. Thor is growing weary of this conflict and intends to end it, but Otto has other plans... and they happen to involve Cap's shield.

Thor fans, you have my sympathy.

The mighty Thor has been humiliated and the rest of the team isn't faring any better, so how do they stop Superior Venom? You'll just have to read the issue to find out, folks. Seriously, if you're a fan of Flash Thompson or Spider-Man, this is an issue you really shouldn't miss. The price tag is intimidating but it's a good read.

Thor, League of Realms vs. Malekith and his forces (THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #17)

Thor and the League of Realms have been hunting Malekith for quite sometime. Every time they have him in their sights, he manages to slip away. Now it appears the villain is done eluding the son of Odin and is ready for the main event. As their allies go to war, Thor and Malekith begin their epic clash. If it wasn't for the villain's magic, Thor could have ended this one pretty abruptly.

Will Thor leaping and smashing ever get old?

Malekith attempts to match Thor's lightning with his own magical projectile, but the Dark Elf is quickly overpowered. The villain has been wisely avoiding direct confrontation with Thor because, simply put, he's outclassed in a straight-forward brawl with the God of Thunder. Malekith has been relying on distractions and magic, and that's exactly what he resorts to yet again. He unleashes some absolutely vicious spells on his fellow Dark Elves and Thor refuses to stand for it. The Avenger throws his hammer at Malekith, but unfortunately, that's precisely what the fiend wanted him to do.

If only movie Malekith was this awesome.

As Malekith begins to make Thor suffer with projectile attacks (and turns his liver into broken glass... ouch), his allies continue to wage war with the Dark Elves. Honeyshot opens fire with his pistols and Lady Waziria slices and dices with her sword, but the highlight is easily Screwbeard taking on Scumtongue. Observe as they "dance the blood dance!"

Undeniable fact: Screwbeard's the best member of the League of Realms.

What happens to Screwbeard? As MTV once said, "you think you know, but you have no idea." Jason Aaron created a thoroughly epic finale. Don't miss out on it. Besides, you still have no idea what happens to Thor and Malekith, right? The outcome isn't as simple as you may think.

Deadpool vs. "BAMF'rs" (DEADPOOL: THE GAUNTLET #2)

Deadpool has been given one mission from Dracula: retrieve the famous vampire's soon to be bride. After a bit of travel, Wade arrives at her casket but unfortunately for him, she isn't alone. There's some formidable looking dudes who are clearly there to slay her. So, he whips out a pistol and tells them to back away. They don't listen, so the Merc with a Mouth takes aim and fires one shot at each of them. Bad news for Wade: it turns out they're teleporters. Each one BAMFs before the bullet can tag them and it's not long before they're surrounding the number one supporter of chimichangas. So begins the very reason why you're here: swashbuckling action.

Always nice seeing competent Deadpool instead of buffoon Deadpool.

There's a couple reasons why this fight's very awesome. First, the Infinite format rules for scenes like this. The way these characters BAMF in and out as attacks are thrown and blocked is just tons of fun. Secondly, Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn are treating Deadpool with respect. In different hands, Deadpool vs. three teleporting swordsmen could resulted in Deadpool being through the meat grinder for the gazillionth time. Deadpool could be sliced and stabbed until he gets lucky and eventually wins. Thankfully, that isn't the case and the co-writers show off his skill instead of using his healing factor for gags. Anyway, back to more of Deadpool getting his fight on.

It's safe to say this proves the world needs a Nightcrawler Infinite comic.

Another reason why DEADPOOL: THE GAUNTLET is worth your money: Reilly Brown. Not only is his work consistent and energetic, but it also brings back memories of the very lovable CABLE & DEADPOOL. This Infinite series has really allowed for some great moments and Brown's nailing all of 'em with style. Anyhow, Deadpool continues his battle and thankfully, he has yet to be tagged.

Think Deadpool will ever open up his own Mexican Food Restaurant?

So far, the fight has been a lot of missing and blocks. What could Deadpool possibly do to wrap things up? Come on, you know the drill by now, reader. Go buy it to find out. If you're a Deadpool fan, you should be buying this one anyway. You didn't forget it serves as a prelude to his wedding in April, did you?!

Honorable Mentions

What are your top three fights from this week? Also, don't forget to make nominations every week inthe official thread or tell Gregg via Twitter.

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#1 Posted by Queso6p4 (1430 posts) - - Show Bio

Felt a little short, but glorious nonetheless. I can always deal with more Thor. Thanks, Katzman.

#2 Posted by GraniteSoldier (6963 posts) - - Show Bio

Superior fight looks awesome, but it looks like the Avengers jobbed it up a bit there. Still, can't wait to read it!

#4 Posted by frogdog (3236 posts) - - Show Bio

Everything about superior fight vs avengers reeks of fan wank

#5 Edited by Strider92 (16099 posts) - - Show Bio

@frogdog said:

Everything about superior fight vs avengers reeks of fan wank

To be fair the only person who was jobbing in that fight was Thor (who I believe admitted to holding back because he didn't want to hurt his friend). None of the others had the ability to compete with Brock-Venom in that scenario let alone a someone with Spider-man's stats infected with the symbiote.

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#6 Edited by Wardishy (546 posts) - - Show Bio

Typos, typos everywhere.

Good article though.

#7 Edited by frogdog (3236 posts) - - Show Bio

@strider92: one lightening blot from thor should have been enough to separate the symobite, considering it didn't like being attached ock.

#8 Edited by patrat18 (8784 posts) - - Show Bio

So the suit does in fact boost the host.

#9 Edited by Strider92 (16099 posts) - - Show Bio

@frogdog said:

@strider92: one lighten blot from thor should have been enough to seperate the symobite, considering it didn't like being attached ock.

That was proven to be false in that issue. When Flash attempted to take the symbiote back it rejected Flash as it prefered being bonded to Otto due to the better stats and Otto wasn't restraining it with drugs etc... The only reason the symbiote left Ock was because Peter Parkers mind came back and forced it out.

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#10 Posted by OreoAssassin (4180 posts) - - Show Bio

@strider92: Sort of disagree. SPOILERS SPOILERS The symbiote was confused, hurt and scared. It was ripped away from its host and forced to stay. When Ock did want to leave it became confused and was agressive. Flash says "its ok, you were just confused" or something like that

#11 Edited by Strider92 (16099 posts) - - Show Bio

@oreoassassin: Why would the symbiote return willingly to a host that seeks to out-right dominate it against its will. The Venom symbiote has always favored total control (like it tried to inflict on Peter) or mutual symbiosis (like it did with Brock over their shared hatred of Parker). It has actively disliked being suppressed as it has said many a time. The reason it went back to Flash was because it had no other option. If Peter's mind hadn't forced it out it would have quite happily have taken over Otto's body and been more content as it outright stated in that issue.

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#12 Posted by corpsecraft (50 posts) - - Show Bio

On the topic of JL3000 in the honorable mentions: the Justice League fan in me says no, but the guro fetishist in me says oh my, yes.

I would like point out that I'm not actually a guro fetishist. That was a joke.

#13 Posted by comicfan123 (60 posts) - - Show Bio

Mr. Katzman, if Deadpool did open his own restaurant, and was a real person, I'd still eat that any day over Taco Bell.

#14 Posted by Oy_the_Billy_Bumbler (816 posts) - - Show Bio

Haven't been reading Superior Spider-Man, but I might have to check out that issue because of this. The Deadpool Infinite would probably be a cool read. The Infninite issues are a refreshing change of pace every now and then.

Hold on. The Avengers went after Venom and didn't bring a sonic weapon? Tsk, tsk.

Haha, Seriously!

#15 Edited by k4tzm4n (36406 posts) - - Show Bio
@saren said:

The Avengers. Geniuses, I tell you.

I think what I'll miss most about SpOck is the vocabulary. It's just entertaining to read a major hero insulting his opponents with "lout!", "base rogue!", "vagabond!" and everything else Otto comes up with.

And of course, "the die is cast!"

Yeah, odd they'd go after Venom without bringing a sonic device, right? Perhaps they thought their roster was enough, but still...

@wardishy said:

Typos, typos everywhere.

Good article though.

Glad you enjoyed. You know, perhaps pointing out what needs to be fixed would be helpful ;)

Superior fight looks awesome, but it looks like the Avengers jobbed it up a bit there. Still, can't wait to read it!

Yeah, Thor didn't have an ideal showing, but he also says he's holding back. But still, a punch from Venom dropped him for a bit. Talk about an upgrade, eh?

@queso6p4 said:

Felt a little short, but glorious nonetheless. I can always deal with more Thor. Thanks, Katzman.

Happy to make your Friday a little better :D

Mr. Katzman, if Deadpool did open his own restaurant, and was a real person, I'd still eat that any day over Taco Bell.

"Wade's Wonderful World of Chimichangas and More"?

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#16 Posted by SupremeHyperion (1523 posts) - - Show Bio

these can't be the weeks best? nooooooo

#17 Posted by patrat18 (8784 posts) - - Show Bio

Yea rouges should of been here.

#18 Posted by TheImmortalBeaver (23 posts) - - Show Bio

Given that previous battles in The Superior Spider-man were often short and somewhat disappointing, I'm pretty happy that the big fight with the Avengers actually paid off. They were saving the best for last, and it says volumes about how great Goblin Nation has a chance to be.

#19 Posted by Strider92 (16099 posts) - - Show Bio
@k4tzm4n said:
@saren said:

The Avengers. Geniuses, I tell you.

I think what I'll miss most about SpOck is the vocabulary. It's just entertaining to read a major hero insulting his opponents with "lout!", "base rogue!", "vagabond!" and everything else Otto comes up with.

And of course, "the die is cast!"

Yeah, odd they'd go after Venom without bringing a sonic device, right? Perhaps they thought their roster was enough, but still...


Cuz that worked so well for the Fantasic Four!

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#20 Posted by green_skaar (4415 posts) - - Show Bio

I enjoyed the fights in Miracle Man, however I'm not sure if they count since it's reprints from the 50s and 80s at this point. New content will come later.

#21 Posted by kidman560 (7577 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n: always nice to see Deadpool here...

#22 Posted by DCWarFan73 (138 posts) - - Show Bio

Deadpool's fight looks tame and uninspired

#23 Posted by ThanoStomp (781 posts) - - Show Bio

Just gives Thor fans more reason to whine about getting trashed by an inferior foe. And rightfully so.

#24 Posted by Wardishy (546 posts) - - Show Bio

You're right, @k4tzm4n, my bad. :)

"Thor and the League of Realms have been huntig Malekith for quite sometime."

"The Avenger throws his hammer and Malekith, but unfortunately, that's precisely what the fiend wanted him to do."

"As Malekith begins to make Thor suffer with project attacks"

"... the highlight is easily Screwbeard taking on Scumtongue...What happens to Scumbeard?"

"Bad news for Wade: it tuns out they're teleporters."

I think "Scumbeard" is my new favourite character. Or the grossest. Whichever. ;)

#25 Edited by Pokergeist (22351 posts) - - Show Bio

But, but, Thor crack Planets! He unleashes world wide Hurricanes! He defeats Galactus!

Superior said, "#@!$ that! Feel the pimp hand God of wank!"

I enjoyed that scene, and Im really thinking of getting Superior Spider Man in Graphic Novels.

#26 Posted by mightyrearranger (1461 posts) - - Show Bio

Was hoping to see Rogues Rebellion, if only for the panel where Heat Wave went full Phoenix mode, haha.

#27 Posted by jashro44 (19599 posts) - - Show Bio

But, but, Thor crack Planets! He unleashes world wide Hurricanes! He defeats Galactus!

Superior said, "#@!$ that! Feel the pimp hand God of wank!"

I enjoyed that scene, and Im really thinking of getting Superior Spider Man in Graphic Novels.

The sad part is wolverine tanked a hit from venom....And this was without his healing factor....

#28 Posted by Wolverine08 (38602 posts) - - Show Bio

@jashro44 said:

@cadencev2 said:

But, but, Thor crack Planets! He unleashes world wide Hurricanes! He defeats Galactus!

Superior said, "#@!$ that! Feel the pimp hand God of wank!"

I enjoyed that scene, and Im really thinking of getting Superior Spider Man in Graphic Novels.

The sad part is wolverine tanked a hit from venom....And this was without his healing factor....

Wait, was it noted that James didn't have his healing factor? Most books featuring Wolverine haven't seem to caught up to his particular predicament in Cornell's book from what I have seen.

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#29 Posted by k4tzm4n (36406 posts) - - Show Bio

@wardishy: Much appreciated. The funny thing is I read through this 3 times, but I guess I was a bit too tired and my eyes didn't spot those. Thanks.

Heh. Scumtongue + Screwbeard = Scumbeard, the worst amalgam character name ever?

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#30 Edited by Pokergeist (22351 posts) - - Show Bio

@jashro44 said:

@cadencev2 said:

But, but, Thor crack Planets! He unleashes world wide Hurricanes! He defeats Galactus!

Superior said, "#@!$ that! Feel the pimp hand God of wank!"

I enjoyed that scene, and Im really thinking of getting Superior Spider Man in Graphic Novels.

The sad part is wolverine tanked a hit from venom....And this was without his healing factor....

Doh!

Wolverine Wank > Thor Wank lol.

#31 Posted by jashro44 (19599 posts) - - Show Bio

@jashro44 said:

@cadencev2 said:

But, but, Thor crack Planets! He unleashes world wide Hurricanes! He defeats Galactus!

Superior said, "#@!$ that! Feel the pimp hand God of wank!"

I enjoyed that scene, and Im really thinking of getting Superior Spider Man in Graphic Novels.

The sad part is wolverine tanked a hit from venom....And this was without his healing factor....

Wait, was it noted that James didn't have his healing factor? Most books featuring Wolverine haven't seem to caught up to his particular predicament in Cornell's book from what I have seen.

Yes cap told him to be careful because he doesn't have his healing factor anymore after he was hit.

#32 Posted by jashro44 (19599 posts) - - Show Bio

@jashro44 said:

@cadencev2 said:

But, but, Thor crack Planets! He unleashes world wide Hurricanes! He defeats Galactus!

Superior said, "#@!$ that! Feel the pimp hand God of wank!"

I enjoyed that scene, and Im really thinking of getting Superior Spider Man in Graphic Novels.

The sad part is wolverine tanked a hit from venom....And this was without his healing factor....

Doh!

Wolverine Wank > Thor Wank lol.

lol

#33 Posted by Wardishy (546 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n: Yeah, I know the feeling man. You don't wanna know how many times I've sent in a Uni assignment for marking after proof-reading like 3 times just to get it back marked down for spelling errors. So annoying. So no worries. :)

#34 Posted by Wolverine08 (38602 posts) - - Show Bio

@jashro44 said:

@wolverine08 said:

@jashro44 said:

@cadencev2 said:

But, but, Thor crack Planets! He unleashes world wide Hurricanes! He defeats Galactus!

Superior said, "#@!$ that! Feel the pimp hand God of wank!"

I enjoyed that scene, and Im really thinking of getting Superior Spider Man in Graphic Novels.

The sad part is wolverine tanked a hit from venom....And this was without his healing factor....

Wait, was it noted that James didn't have his healing factor? Most books featuring Wolverine haven't seem to caught up to his particular predicament in Cornell's book from what I have seen.

Yes cap told him to be careful because he doesn't have his healing factor anymore after he was hit.

Well......... I guess that adamantium skeleton is still doing its job.

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#35 Posted by Crackdown (589 posts) - - Show Bio

Does anyone remember that Superior Octavious has the Carnage symbiote in his lab/custody on Spider-Island after the events of Superior Carnage?

#36 Posted by k4tzm4n (36406 posts) - - Show Bio

@jashro44 said:

@cadencev2 said:

But, but, Thor crack Planets! He unleashes world wide Hurricanes! He defeats Galactus!

Superior said, "#@!$ that! Feel the pimp hand God of wank!"

I enjoyed that scene, and Im really thinking of getting Superior Spider Man in Graphic Novels.

The sad part is wolverine tanked a hit from venom....And this was without his healing factor....

Wait, was it noted that James didn't have his healing factor? Most books featuring Wolverine haven't seem to caught up to his particular predicament in Cornell's book from what I have seen.

Yes, Captain America remarked about Wolverine not having his healing factor.

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#37 Edited by Wolverine08 (38602 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n: Ah, thanks for the info man.

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#38 Posted by EnigmaLantern (718 posts) - - Show Bio

Thor's fight with Malekith looks pretty enticing, will have to read it later.

#39 Posted by k4tzm4n (36406 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n: Ah, thanks for the info man.

You're welcome. Here's what he says:

"Easy, Logan. You don't have your healing factor anymore."

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#41 Posted by OreoAssassin (4180 posts) - - Show Bio

Question: Does Peter Know That Flash Is Agent Venom?

#42 Edited by OreoAssassin (4180 posts) - - Show Bio

@strider92: The symbiote tried to return to him at first. Otto forced it to stay. The symbiote felt more agressive, scared and confused near the end and Otto couldnt control it anymore

#43 Posted by IheartZombies92 (2200 posts) - - Show Bio

Avengers look like they jobbered a little

#44 Posted by Strider92 (16099 posts) - - Show Bio

@oreoassassin: Initially yes because it said its old host tasted "wrong" but at the end the symbiote was in full control it wasn't scared or confused it was happy that it was in full control of Otto's body. What most likely confused it was Peter's mind forcing it out as it thought it was in control of Spider-mans body.

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#45 Edited by OreoAssassin (4180 posts) - - Show Bio

@strider92: Venom symbiote has always protected Flash. The symbiote says he has always protected flash and always helped him. It wanted to go back to Flash but when it got a small taste of full dominance, it got a little out of hand and it went power hungry

#46 Edited by Strider92 (16099 posts) - - Show Bio

@oreoassassin: But thats completely out of character with about 20 years of continuity....

Its never shown itself as submissive and its had far greater tastes of full dominance than that showing in superior. When it possessed Ms. Marvel for example or Mac Gargan, Or Peter Parker etc... the list goes on. In fact the only time it ever showed fear upon separation was when Ward got his hands on it after lolstomping Venom but that was for a slightly different reason.

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#47 Posted by BWANASIMBA (350 posts) - - Show Bio

Man, Thor just gets jobbed left and right when he's on an Avengers team doesn't he. First the Zodiac monster thing then Rhino now Venom? Seriously, it's like there is two Thors, the godlike one who takes on godlike threats in his series and the stupid brute with a fancy hammer in the non-Thor books who gets beaten down to show how credible a threat is. I'm half amazed Venom didn't pull a Rulk/ modern Hulk and beat him nearly to death with Mjolnir somehow. I'm not asking for Thor to be unbeatable but... seriously, punked by a symbiote? Otto couldn't come up with a clever distraction to remove Thor from the battlefield, like a bomb in somebody's apartment miles away?

#48 Posted by Rainja (287 posts) - - Show Bio

@frogdog: Earth 616 symbiotes are Immune to Electrical Damage. Only in the Ultimateverse that works.

#49 Posted by frogdog (3236 posts) - - Show Bio

@rainja: Electricity still gives heat and Thor's lightening isn't something that's to tank

#50 Posted by Fetts (4409 posts) - - Show Bio

It seems like Marvel NOW has really downgraded Thor a lot. First he gets embarrassed by the Punisher and now this fight with Venom SpOck. Will a person who actually knows how to write Thor please come forth?

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