The former members of Secret Six (oh, how I miss that book so much) take on two formidable combatants from the Marvel universe. Both teams have characters with stellar accuracy (Bullseye/Deadshot) and talented fighters with absurd pain tolerance (Punisher/Catman).
Floyd Lawton's sporting incredible aim and his costume will let him take some extra damage (keep in mind, he does indeed pull his shots against Batman, too). The man alleges he can see the individual flaps of a hummingbird's wings and has proven he can tag a speedster, after all. That said, Lester is the character with more skill in close range and has displayed a more frequent use of ricochet shots (not to mention he has indeed blocked a single bullet on at least three occasions). However, Lester does tend to play around from time to time and that could be a huge wildcard against a man who won't hesitate going for a lethal shot.
Meanwhile, Catman's "style is for idiots" mentality has served him extraordinarily well and his ability to endure damage is quite impressive. He's humiliated Tim Drake, given Batman a good bout across rooftops and has technically stalemated Bronze Tiger ( to be fair, BT did say he underestimated Blake at first). Additionally, he's not limited to close range. There have been a few examples of him using daggers and other bladed weapons as throwing weapons, so we'll operate under the assumption he has those here as well. On the other hand, Frank has had the skill and tactics to hang with a wide variety of Marvel's characters and, just like Catman, has endured absolutely insane amounts of punishment over the years.
It's easy to assume they'll pair off this way, but while thinking about this match, be sure to speculate how the fight would play out if they switched enemies, too. No matter which team wins, I imagine the victors will be walking away with some serious injuries.
Comic Vine Battle of the Week Rules
- Combatants are in character (Punisher/Bullseye will not intentionally try to harm one another. They aren't forced to work together, but they will not purposely attack each other).
- This is a random encounter.
- They're fighting in a generic downtown city setting. It's unpopulated and at night. Assume they start roughly 50 feet apart and visible. There's a fair amount of cover between them.
- Both characters have standard gear (For Bullseye, assume this includes sais and a variety of throwing objects and blades).
- Incapacitation, knockout or death all count as elimination.
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