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Posted by k4tzm4n (35171 posts) - - Show Bio

Hey there and welcome to the latest edition of 'Best Battles.' Every Friday, we flip through our pile of new comics and choose our three favorite action scenes that went down. This week, we've decided to feature a high-speed encounter, a superhuman back and forth in the rainy streets of Houston and a large dose of madness from DC's latest big event.

Did your favorite melee not get a mention? Well, it's possible we didn't read that issue, 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!

The Flash vs. Reverse Flash

Who's the speed force killer and what's their deal? Barry Allen still has no idea, but we're in no rush to find out if it means a brawl between two speedsters which lasts pretty much the entire issue. That's right, Viners, THE FLASH #23 is basically Flash and Reverse Flash beating one another to a pulp until the villain's identity is finally revealed in the conclusion. There's a lot of running and punching on the horizon, but Brian Buccellato opens the issue with savage kick to the face.

Manapul wins again.

Francis Manapul is without question one of the most creative artists to grace DC's catalog of comics. Every issue of THE FLASH has a wonderfully inventive introduction and, as you can tell from the above image, issue #23 is certainly no exception.

You didn't expect a kick to the face to end this fight, did you? Of course not. The two continue to duke it out as Darwin Elias shoots at them to no avail. The two smash around Elias' lab for a bit and the Justice Leaguer lands an awesome punch. Before Flash can get any answers about the man he's facing, Reverse Flash tackles him through the wall and the fight goes tumbling into the city.

FLASHORYUKEN!

Barry realizes he has to take the fight out of the city to protect the crowded streets from the fast-paced punchfest, so he sets off and naturally, the villain follows. Instead of slowing down the pace of the fight, Manapul delivers the intensity of the greater picture and gives glimpses of the chaos taking place in the dust trail. We love those big splash pages highlighting one hit, but this was a great way to convey the intensity of a race between these two and capture key moments.

Remember that time Superman took the fight out of the city in 'Man of Steel?' OH YES I WENT THERE.

To say what happens next would spoil the fun, so if you want to see what goes down when this fight comes to an end and get all of the answers, we strongly recommend picking up the issue.

Kaine vs. Ben Reilly (aka Kraven)

It's Scarlet Spider vs. Scarlet Spider! Ben Reilly appears in Houston, and considering his rocky history (that's putting it lightly) with Kaine, he's looking to get some payback. And by "get some payback" I mean "pummel Kaine into oblivion." An emotional and brutal encounter like this deserves a fitting atmosphere, so of course the brawl happens when there's a massive thunderstorm going on. Kaine fans, you may want to close your eyes.

YA BETTER RUN, KAINE! (We're friends if you get that reference)

Kaine's going through a lot at the moment, so you can't really blame the dude for trying to get away from the blue hoodied man who's punching and kicking him with no mercy. However, Kaine can't run forever and it's not long before Reilly catches up and says "hello" with some impact webbing to the face. The attacker then follows up with a beyond vicious volley of strikes. Man, Kaine just can't catch a break, can he?

I pity Kaine's jaw. I truly do.

Kaine realizes he can't keep running from the past and finally recognizes that yes, he's been doing his best to be a decent fellow for some time now. The last thing he needs at the moment is a guilt trip from Reilly, so the clone decides to stop taking it and start dishing it out. After one hell of a tackle, the two trade blows and clearly, a determined Kaine is something very few street levelers can overcome.

I'll have a serving of extra fists to the face, please.

Reilly's finally down, but not out. What occurs next? Do they talk it out and web swing around Houston for a team-up? Does Reilly get super emo and flee? Is it even the original Ben Reilly?! If you want to find out these answers (and enjoy the entire issue in all of its glory), then you should go buy it right now. Seriously, it's a great jumping on point and the book could really use the sales. It would be a terrible shame to see it get canceled.

Everyone vs. Everyone (Justice League #23)

If you've been keeping current with DC news, there's about a zero percent chance you don't know who pops up at the end of this event. That said, reaching that conclusion has a nice twist or two along the way and some superb artwork to compliment Geoff Johns' story. But, before the issue hits us with some reveals, there's a big ol' brawl between all of the Justice Leaguers from the three different teams.

Soak it all in, Viners.

The glorious splash page above takes place after Simon Baz grips Batman with a construct. Baz says he isn't afraid of the Dark Knight, and in response, Bruce hits him with a projectile which appears to be acid. Immediately after that, Superman decides to join the fray with an epic pillar smash of epicness (epic is the word of the day, by the way). From there, we get a glimpse of assorted battles with the likes of Deadman, Shazam, and more.

That's a mighty krakoom.

When it comes to Aquaman vs. Martian Manhunter, we all know that's a fight J'onn is going to take. It doesn't matter which character you like more, the Martian has a more than transparent edge power edge. What's particularly funny encounter about this is the fact J'onn doesn't just beat Arthur, he basically humiliates the Atlantean by giving himself an extra (and totally unnecessary edge). Manhunter could beat him in a straight up fight, but instead, the alien catches him off guard by posing as Mera, granting himself a momentary advantage on top of the numerous other ones he has. Aquaman has been kicking a whole lot of butt in the New 52, but this wasn't exactly his best week. No need to feel down, Aquaman fans, because he's still all kinds of cool.

Batman, stop photobombing this splash page.

Big Blue sets his sights on the Caped Crusader, but Wonder Woman steps in and stands up to the Man of Steel. The clash between these two titans is so powerful that it sends Bruce smashing into a pillar. So, What happens next with Pandora's Box and how does this lead into Forever Evil? Well, you'll just have to shell out the $3.99 if you want to find out. Sure, you could probably ask anyone and they'll tell ya, but don't you want to experience it for yourself?

Honorable Mentions

Those are the 3 fights we dug the most. But what are yours? Share them in the comments sec

Don't forget to make nominations every week in the official thread or tell Gregg via Twitter.

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#1 Posted by AllStarSuperman (15645 posts) - - Show Bio

First. I had my store hold a Scarlet Spider 21. But for spoiler reasons I don't even want it now

#2 Posted by Strider92 (15246 posts) - - Show Bio

If Scarlet Spider gets cancelled then I won't have any Marvel titles to read T.T so it better not! Anways nice picks!

#3 Posted by Outside_85 (7072 posts) - - Show Bio

When all is said and done, I still think the reason why everyone in Trinity War ends up in a punching match with each other is really bad. It's not for a good reason, it's not because of conflicting ideals or goals... it's because of a trinket that sends out bad vibes.

#4 Edited by DonFelipe (1078 posts) - - Show Bio

Everyone vs. Everyone (Justice League #23)

(That splash page) looks like just another random bar fight to me. What a mess!

#5 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (27266 posts) - - Show Bio

:(

#6 Edited by Lvenger (15969 posts) - - Show Bio

The best battle of my hated characters this week was definitely Cyclops vs Superior Spider-Man. I must have been the only one who wanted them both taken out at the same time. But the Flash battle was epic, a real treat to see. Great choices this week Gregg!

#7 Edited by Mucklefluga (2428 posts) - - Show Bio

Yay! Flash gets love!

#8 Posted by bladewolf (553 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't really get the love for Scarlet Spider. Sure, it's not a bad series, but I feel it's inconsistent. Every time I give it another chance, it just ends up falling flat. I feel like each arc starts strongly, but then tapers off. The fights are good, but that alone can't sell me on a comic.

#9 Posted by G_Money_Christmas (859 posts) - - Show Bio

I haven't followed Trinity War so I can't comment on that one but I'm excited for the Flash issue. I just finished 20 and 21 and I thuoght they were a little boring but it looks like this one might help the arc some. With the Deadpool issue, I thought his fight alongside Wolverine was better.

#10 Edited by joshmightbe (24097 posts) - - Show Bio

20 to 1 the speed force killer turns out to be Wally who has probably been driven insane by the reality shift that caused the new 52. He is just as connected to the speed force as Barry is and he was effectively erased from existence so maybe he just camped out in the speed force while the old universe along with Wally's kids were destroyed thus messing with his head and sending him on a quest for vengeance. I will be mad if Wally is brought back as a villain but it'd kind of make sense.

#11 Posted by Wyldsong (4148 posts) - - Show Bio

If Scarlet Spider gets cancelled then I won't have any Marvel titles to read T.T so it better not! Anways nice picks!

While I keep stating I have sworn off Marvel for good...I have a dirty little secret...I still read SS...I actually picked up all of the issues I missed yesterday. They cancel that title, I am done with that company forever.

Good picks on the battles=)

#12 Posted by Conniption_Fit (12 posts) - - Show Bio

Someone want to send me a spoiler post about what is up with Superman's skin? I don't read events until they're collected, but my curiosity is killing me here.

#13 Edited by fiodestromus (695 posts) - - Show Bio

Like that Scarlet Spider fight!!! pretty beast

#14 Posted by ULTRAstarkiller (4907 posts) - - Show Bio

Man I can't wait till I get out of school today, I will buy all of theseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#15 Edited by jwalser3 (4400 posts) - - Show Bio

That Aquaman fight was pretty rad.

#16 Posted by StMichalofWilson (3402 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome fights today!

#17 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (7214 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n I did get the reference around Kaine but can I still be your friend?

#18 Posted by Hawkguy (559 posts) - - Show Bio

@outside_85: Don't forget they thought the box had poisoned superman, was slowly killing him and made him kill Dr. Light. Not just a bad vibe trinket brawl :P

#19 Posted by benette_rivera (55 posts) - - Show Bio

20 to 1 the speed force killer turns out to be Wally who has probably been driven insane by the reality shift that caused the new 52. He is just as connected to the speed force as Barry is and he was effectively erased from existence so maybe he just camped out in the speed force while the old universe along with Wally's kids were destroyed thus messing with his head and sending him on a quest for vengeance. I will be mad if Wally is brought back as a villain but it'd kind of make sense.

Well, it's not wally.

#20 Posted by joshmightbe (24097 posts) - - Show Bio

@benette_rivera: I just found that out, not sure if it being his dad is better or worse.

#21 Posted by Reignmaker (2224 posts) - - Show Bio

Had to drop JL and Flash temporarily for budgetary reasons. I've been missing The Flash a lot. Geoff John's JL not so much.

#22 Posted by The_Titan_Lord (4465 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice.

#23 Posted by XImpossibruX (5029 posts) - - Show Bio

Man my wallet is dieing.

#24 Posted by youmessinwithme (1073 posts) - - Show Bio

Loved Scarlet vs Scarlet? but what do you mean Thor's moon scene?

#25 Posted by entropy_aegis (13552 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm surprised and impressed that k4tz resisted the urge to not post a decent Bane fight or even nominate it.

#26 Posted by dondave (26498 posts) - - Show Bio
#27 Edited by dondave (26498 posts) - - Show Bio

Loved Scarlet vs Scarlet? but what do you mean Thor's moon scene?

Jane Foster has Breast Cancer so Thor took her to the Moon,so that she could see a beautiful sunset

#28 Posted by sagejonathan (1642 posts) - - Show Bio

Honorable mentions: "Thor's moon scene vs Memories of Superman's moon scene."

LOL That's priceless.

#29 Posted by CaptainHoopla (599 posts) - - Show Bio

Great picks this week. Really makes me want to pick up this Flash issue just for the art and fighting alone.

Easy on the Thor jokes, it was still an absolutely amazing issue, my pick for book of the week.

#30 Posted by k4tzm4n (35171 posts) - - Show Bio

Great picks this week. Really makes me want to pick up this Flash issue just for the art and fighting alone.

Easy on the Thor jokes, it was still an absolutely amazing issue, my pick for book of the week.

He says to the person who gave the issue 5-stars and an overwhelming amount of praise in the review :P

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#31 Edited by CaptainHoopla (599 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n: Yeah, that's not directed at you or the fact that it's an honorable mention, more towards the comments that can spawn from it here. I read, agreed with, and commented in your review.

#32 Edited by k4tzm4n (35171 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n: Yeah, that's not directed at you or the fact that it's an honorable mention, more towards the comments that can spawn from it here. I read, agreed with, and commented in your review.

Ah, alright!

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#33 Edited by murderpool (69 posts) - - Show Bio

Deadpool and Wolvie vs butlers men!

That battle was short but all kinds of entertaining

#34 Posted by entropy_aegis (13552 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n: So k4tz may I ask why Bane and crew vs Calvin Rose and crew didn't make it?

#35 Posted by RageEx2 (74 posts) - - Show Bio

Cyclops vs Superior Spider-man? When did that happne?

#36 Posted by dondave (26498 posts) - - Show Bio

@rageex2 said:

Cyclops vs Superior Spider-man? When did that happne?

A+X #11

#37 Posted by JLDoom (2310 posts) - - Show Bio

Funny that you mentioned MOS because that fight in Flash felt kinda inspired by that movie.

Someone want to send me a spoiler post about what is up with Superman's skin? I don't read events until they're collected, but my curiosity is killing me here.

He's suffering kryptonite poisoning from a tiny kryptonite shard that's in his brain. If you don't want to be fully spoiled I'll leave it at that.

#38 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Trinity War battling ftw I say

#40 Posted by k4tzm4n (35171 posts) - - Show Bio

@jldoom said:

Funny that you mentioned MOS because that fight in Flash felt kinda inspired by that movie.

@conniption_fit said:

Someone want to send me a spoiler post about what is up with Superman's skin? I don't read events until they're collected, but my curiosity is killing me here.

He's suffering kryptonite poisoning from a tiny kryptonite shard that's in his brain. If you don't want to be fully spoiled I'll leave it at that.

Also, he did take it out of the city when he knocked Zod into space. I'm just having fun with the captions.

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#41 Edited by Pokergeist (22299 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n: Is Ben Reilly been in ANY comics really since he dropped of the map and Peter was not the Clone?

#42 Posted by DrellAssassin (91 posts) - - Show Bio

Which book had Cyclops vs. Superior Spider-man?

#43 Edited by theanonymousafro (15 posts) - - Show Bio

Eh, Kaine kind of deserves a beating. It's hard to feel for him

#44 Posted by Blues32 (73 posts) - - Show Bio

The Scarlet Spider thing was predictable. Who else could pull it off?

#45 Edited by RageEx2 (74 posts) - - Show Bio
#46 Posted by dondave (26498 posts) - - Show Bio
#47 Posted by Jake Fury (17922 posts) - - Show Bio

Loved the fights in Aquaman and Flash due to the buildup in recent issues. That makes them much better than JL, IMO.

#48 Posted by noj (1038 posts) - - Show Bio

Just gonna throw this out here. The Flash being able to move the fight out of the city while Superman was not able to in Man of Steel makes sense. In the Flash, Reverse Flash is out to kill the Flash and absorb his speed force energy. He doesnt care about harming or killing anyone else the Flash is his goal. So Reverse Flash being led out of the city makes sense.

In Man of Steel Zod's goal is to hurt Superman but in a very different way. Zod had just lost all of his people so his goal was to inflict the same pain on Superman. Zod wanted to personally kill every single human on the planet starting with Metropolis. That took priority to beating Superman. There was absolutely no guarantee that Zod would follow Supes if he took off into the desert or space. He could have just as likely stayed and continued the killing.

#49 Posted by k4tzm4n (35171 posts) - - Show Bio

@noj: ...the caption is a joke...

Not to mention inaccurate since Clark DID take the fight away from the city when he hit Zod into orbit. Didn't last long, but A for effort.

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#50 Posted by Deranged Midget (17598 posts) - - Show Bio

The Flash and Scarlet Spider fights were pretty epic! Justice League felt a little anticlimactic but the visuals were great to look at for the most part.

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