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Posted by k4tzm4n (49299 posts) - - Show Bio

It's Friday and that can mean only one thing for action junkies: it's time to reflect on three very cool action scenes from the latest comic books! We have a nice dose of variety for you this week, Viners. One from Marvel, one from Valiant, and one from DC. First up, we have a martial arts showdown between two incredibly skilled dudes from Marvel. After that, a trio of Valiant characters attempt to outwit their universe's most formidable psiot (yeah, good luck with that). Last but certainly not least, Supergirl smacks Lobo through some walls. Okay, let's go ahead and dive into all of these awesome fights.

"Hey, why isn't a fight I love being highlighted and/or 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), or we didn't dig it as much. So, be sure to make suggestions in the official Best Battles Discussion Thread from now on to put this stuff on our radar. We review that before writing this weekly feature and do our best to get our hands on the issues suggested.

AVENGERS WORLD #3

Shang-Chi is an exceptional hand-to-hand combatant. Dubbed the Master of Kung Fu, his technique and skill has allowed him to hang with some of the best street level combatants Marvel has to offer. But Tomi Shishido aka Gorgon? Well, that guy is an absolute beast. In Enemy of the State, he had no issue holding his own against the combined forces of Wolverine and Elektra. On top of being seriously skilled, he has impressive physicals, mental powers, an effective healing factor, and can turn a person to stone with a mere glance. Needless to say, if we cast aside powerhouses, there aren't many who should be able to defeat him in a fair one-on-one encounter. This, however, is something Shang-Chi's well aware of. Before the melee even begins, Shang tells himself, "This is a fight I cannot win." Yes, the odds are most definitely not in his favor, but it would hardly be the first time a hero has toppled overwhelming odds, right? In an attempt to even the playing field, Chi disposes of the lights and slips into the shadows, striking and then fading away every chance he can.

Captain Falcon would be proud.

Even though Chi lands a kick to Gorgon's face and an epic punch straight to his chest, it's not enough to topple the villain. In fact, immediately after that strike connects, Gorgon grabs Chi's wrist and effortlessly throws him into the distance. The martial artist violently lands on a roof and, to prevent the hit and run tactics from continuing, Gorgon sets fire to the location in order to keep everything illuminated. Chi is actually able to use this blaze to his advantage and throws a fireball at Gorgon's face. This prevents Gorgon from using his stone stare, but still, Chi knows this is remains a massive obstacle for him. Before going in for the strike, Chi channels strength from other warriors in an effort to help him knock out the villain.

AVENGERS WORLD #3 is full of splash page goodness.

Boldness, resilience and power allow the Avenger to land three giant hits on his enemy. The third strike brings Gorgon to his knees, but the man does not fall any closer to the floor. Instead, the powerful bad guy rises and Chi prepares for his opponent's retaliation. As good as Chi may be, Gorgon's volley is quick, vicious and effective. And, one thing is clear, Gorgon remains unfazed by the Avengers' previous attacks.

A nice reminder of Gorgon's abilities.

Is Chi able to counter Gorgon and find a way to elude defeat? You'll just have to read the issue to find out, but keep in mind, we've only shown you a small sample of the fight. There's a lot more martial arts goodness to appreciate in this one and we strongly recommend experiencing the full fight for yourself.

UNITY #4

Ninjak, Livewire and Eternal Warrior spent three issues helping Toyo Harada obtain the powerful X-O Manowar armor. Now that Harada has it in his possession, they're realizing maybe it wasn't the best idea around. After forming a plan, the trio sneaks into Harada's facility and aims to snatch the cosmic weapon. Unfortunately for them, a durable fellow named Anchor is standing guard. Unaware of how dense the character's skin truly is, Ninak strikes him with a sword and the blade shatters upon impact. The MI-6 operative quickly discovers that dispatching this big guy won't be so simple and takes a fist to his face.

It's amazing how Ninjak looks so smooth even after getting smacked across the face.

Ninjak eventually puts Anchor down with a bit of knockout gas, but it's too little, too late. Harada is now aware of what they're trying to do and leaps into action. Before the world's most powerful psiot can retrieve the armor, Livewire bonds with it (if this confuses you, you should probably read the previous three issues). In spite of wearing such a mighty weapon, Harada is still able to swat her aside with ease. However, the Eternal Warrior was able to flank him as Livewire had his attention.

Going against the world's most powerful psiot? A sleeper hold may not be the most legit approach.

As totally expected, Gilad Anni-Padda isn't actually able to best the telepath. In fact, with just one brief moment of eye contact, Toyo Harada is able to take over the Eternal Warrior's mind. Instead of immediately ripping him to shreds or doing something equally cruel, Harada makes Anni-Padda equip his gun and press the barrel against his own head. Before Harada can make him pull the trigger, Ninjak -- because he's the best ever -- hits the firearm with a throwing star and saves his teammate from the bullet just in the nick of time. Ninjak then attempts to take out Harada by his lonesome. Spoiler alert: it doesn't go too well.

Who's going to edit this so it looks like Ninjak with a lightsaber vs. Darth Vader?

What can the group possibly do to escape from Harada? Or is the immensely powerful psiot able to get the advanced armor back? At any rate, you should be reading this book because it's easily the most epic and action-packed thing Valiant is releasing. That's saying a lot since each of their books are bringing a lot of quality to the table.

SUPERGIRL #28

Previously, someone was going around claiming to be Lobo. Now, the real one has come to Earth in hopes of finding out what exactly is going on. Unfortunately for him, Supergirl had a not-so-pleasant experience with the impostor and now she's going to take it out on the real one. After the scene opens with a massive close-up of Kara Zor-El's firmly clenched fist smashing against his face, she then proceeds to harshly clock him through a couple of walls.

Being punched through walls isn't really an ideal way to start the fight, Lobo.

Kal-El's cousin may be a physical titan, but she's definitely lacking discipline in this fight and that's something the bounty hunter will soon take advantage of. You see, Supergirl was able to smack around her target without any hassle, so she overconfidently rushes in yet again. Except this time Lobo is waiting for her and hits her square on the chin with one helluva blast. You can't help but feel a little bad for her after she bounces off the ground and just her head winds up crashing through a wall.

Few can withstand the raw might of the FZAMM gun.

In an attempt to reason with the very upset Kryptonian, Lobo lures the fight to Kara's home, Queens, NY. He pleads his case to her, saying he wants to legitimately help her and took her there because he hoped she wouldn't want to damage her own home. It turns out he was dead wrong on that one. Even though his words seem sincere, she thinks the Czarnian bounty hunter is trying to manipulate her. So, instead of talking it out and avoiding any unnecessary destruction, Kara opts to punch the alien all the way to the park.

Alley-oop.

After tossing her aside, Lobo attempts to get the heck out of there and summons his ship. However, Kara has other plans. She tags the ship with a blast of her heat vision and it creates explosion worthy of a Michael Bay movie. If you've seen the cover, then it's safe to say you can accurately guess the big reveal that happens on the next page. That said, you probably don't know how it happens, do you? So yeah, give SUPERGIRL #28 a read if you want to see how this development occurs!

Honorable Mentions

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

#1 Posted by marvelman2099 (200 posts) - - Show Bio

only 3? wow o.o

#2 Posted by Outside_85 (9580 posts) - - Show Bio

Ah, when did SG run into the old Lobo? Thought he only appeared in Deathstroke and Stormwatch?

#3 Posted by ColaNicole (600 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm surprised to see Supergirl here, not that I'm not glad or anything. Good for her.

#4 Posted by ThanosIsMad (2226 posts) - - Show Bio

Lobo is confusing now. Old Lobo is said to not be the real Lobo, then they introduced this guy as the real Lobo, but future solicits have the old Lobo in them and the text makes it out as if he were the real Lobo all along.

#5 Posted by dondave (38589 posts) - - Show Bio
#6 Posted by Wilbertus (338 posts) - - Show Bio

Harley Quinn's fight was my favorite by far.

#7 Edited by Jonny_Anonymous (33974 posts) - - Show Bio

It was weird that Harada tried to get Gilad to shoot himself because I'm pretty sure that wouldn't kill him.

#8 Posted by marvelman2099 (200 posts) - - Show Bio
#9 Edited by brinkthemoviemyfavoritemovie (183 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't gush about that issue of Avengers World. I know I just praised it before but now two issues in a row it's made me fascinated by characters I knew next to nothing about. What a great fight, what an awesome title so far.

#10 Posted by KrazyCrab (43 posts) - - Show Bio

I feel like they should make a mini or ongoing about this new lobo hunting down the fake lobo so they can just clear things up for the readers already

#11 Posted by TDK_1997 (14991 posts) - - Show Bio

The Unity battle should be at most an honorable mention in my opinion.

#12 Posted by bladewolf (786 posts) - - Show Bio

@tdk_1997 said:

The Unity battle should be at most an honorable mention in my opinion.

Agreed. It was good, but far below the quality of the fights in the first 3 issues

#13 Edited by mak13131313 (592 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm glad Supergirl and Lobo got a spot on here. I thought the fight was exciting and you described it perfectly. Harley Quinn was my favorite this week so I'm glad it got an honorable mention. Also glad to see that Batman and Two-Face got on the list too. That was intense.

#15 Posted by k4tzm4n (49299 posts) - - Show Bio

@tdk_1997 said:

The Unity battle should be at most an honorable mention in my opinion.

Agreed. It was good, but far below the quality of the fights in the first 3 issues

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? Respectfully disagree. I thought the whole heist was a blast.

#16 Edited by TDK_1997 (14991 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n said:

@bladewolf said:

@tdk_1997 said:

The Unity battle should be at most an honorable mention in my opinion.

Agreed. It was good, but far below the quality of the fights in the first 3 issues

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? Respectfully disagree. I thought the whole heist was a blast.

It's more of an average battle.It has it's moments but nothing memorable or that good.

#17 Edited by k4tzm4n (49299 posts) - - Show Bio

@tdk_1997 said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@bladewolf said:

@tdk_1997 said:

The Unity battle should be at most an honorable mention in my opinion.

Agreed. It was good, but far below the quality of the fights in the first 3 issues

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? Respectfully disagree. I thought the whole heist was a blast.

It's more of an average battle.It has it's moments but nothing memorable or that good.

Harada "Supermaning" through walls and Livewire smashing him through the roof and eventually dropping him from above the clouds isn't memorable for ya?

#18 Edited by Frozen (14383 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n: The Supergirl battle is okay, nothing great. I hope the New-52 Shazam starts to get more battles, lately they have amped his power levels to be more magical and made him more hot headed but I haven't seen a solid battle yet, all that has seen thus far is a punch on Superman and a scuffle against Wonder Woman.

Captain Marvel vs Superman has always been a great matchup, mainly because they're physically equal in strength so I hope the New-52 plays on that.

This could have been a great battle too but it didn't last long.

#19 Posted by k4tzm4n (49299 posts) - - Show Bio

@frozen: Yup, that Shazam vs. Superman made the feature the week it came out.

#20 Edited by Frozen (14383 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n: Oh, I didn't notice it. It was great while it lasted. I hope he has a fight with Wonder Woman because I didn't like what happened in Flashpoint.

#21 Edited by medulaoblaganda (970 posts) - - Show Bio

My favorite battle here is shang chi vs gorgon. It fantastic

#22 Posted by TDK_1997 (14991 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n said:

@tdk_1997 said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@bladewolf said:

@tdk_1997 said:

The Unity battle should be at most an honorable mention in my opinion.

Agreed. It was good, but far below the quality of the fights in the first 3 issues

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? Respectfully disagree. I thought the whole heist was a blast.

It's more of an average battle.It has it's moments but nothing memorable or that good.

Harada "Supermaning" through walls and Livewire smashing him through the roof and eventually dropping him from above the clouds isn't memorable for ya?

Not that much.

#23 Posted by Perfect 10 (1100 posts) - - Show Bio

SHANG-CHI was the best. chi power baby

#24 Posted by 2cool4fun (1379 posts) - - Show Bio

Ah, when did SG run into the old Lobo? Thought he only appeared in Deathstroke and Stormwatch?

It's the same lobo, the one she though she killed. Turns out he was just playing dead.

The new lobo is a good character, he just looks horrible.

#25 Posted by patrat18 (10240 posts) - - Show Bio

Animal man.

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#28 Edited by Jonny_Anonymous (33974 posts) - - Show Bio

I wish I could remember the name of that user that tried to say Shang Chi's Stark Tech bracelets didn't amp him

#29 Posted by Drewyetti (67 posts) - - Show Bio

@jonny_anonymous: What if Toyo incinerated him like he usual does, would that work, against Gilad who's immortal? Cause i don't know to be honest.

#30 Edited by Jonny_Anonymous (33974 posts) - - Show Bio

@jonny_anonymous: What if Toyo incinerated him like he usual does, would that work, against Gilad who's immortal? Cause i don't know to be honest.

Hm yea I think that would

#31 Edited by Onemoreposter (4069 posts) - - Show Bio

God. That lobo is so awful....

#32 Edited by tigerkaya (1262 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh hello Bruce Lee knock off still pretending you'r something new and impressive when really your just a clone of an actor of writers trying to relive their Bruce Lee movies days.

#33 Posted by momo111191 (248 posts) - - Show Bio

why doesnt gorgon use his sword??? comic book logic oh i have the hero hurt should i cut him in half no no ill just knee him until he gets the upper hand.

#35 Posted by cameron83 (7541 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh hello Bruce Lee knock off still pretending you'r something new and impressive when really your just a clone of an actor of writers trying to relive their Bruce Lee movies days.

It sounds like you don't know a lot about Shang Chi. Even though he WAS created when Bruce Lee was popular and was created in his semblance,but he is so much more than that.

why doesnt gorgon use his sword??? comic book logic oh i have the hero hurt should i cut him in half no no ill just knee him until he gets the upper hand.

1. Shang Chi barely got an upper hand in this fight. Sure,he threw his punches and kicks,but ultimately they weren't anything to the Gorgon. Anything Shang Chi can throw that will make him flinch,if barely,will heal up easily. He did the best that he could,and it still wasn't enough. He even acknowledged that :p

2. Gorgon kicked his ass. Even though Shang Chi KNEW that,and he did use the environment to his advantage,Gorgon still stomped him,and he knew he would lose anyway.

3. I am PRETTY sure I see him using his sword in that fight above. Lastly, it would be a huge waste and disappointment if they killed off Shang and his potential.

#36 Posted by k4tzm4n (49299 posts) - - Show Bio

why doesnt gorgon use his sword??? comic book logic oh i have the hero hurt should i cut him in half no no ill just knee him until he gets the upper hand.

Should probably read the full fight before jumping to conclusions, no?

#38 Posted by Praetor_fenix (222 posts) - - Show Bio

Avengers world was epic.

#39 Edited by Super_SoldierXII (6471 posts) - - Show Bio

Because of @laflux I picked up Avengers World #3. Was not disappointed. Shang Chi won new respect. The battle was well written without prostituting or diminishing either combatants' abilities. The result was as it should be, but both acquitted themselves very well.

Looking forward to next issue where I assume Falcon will swoop in and rescue a certain someone, while Wolverine and Black Widow run interference.

Wolverine versus Gorgon round 3.

Could be epic.

#41 Posted by snarkybits (373 posts) - - Show Bio

"Few can withstand the raw might of the FZAMM gun."

Quote of the week!

#43 Edited by Guardiandevil83 (5792 posts) - - Show Bio

@tigerkaya: I guess that you also hate Liu Kang, Fei Long, Law, Jin Kazama, Jet Li and Jackie Chan who were both hired out as Bruce Lee knockoffs.

#44 Edited by Jake Fury (18948 posts) - - Show Bio

Gotta go with Avengers World. The entire issue was one big fight.

#45 Posted by BaneStrokeLoboGrundyBatArrow (1394 posts) - - Show Bio

Love the logo fight

#47 Posted by Doombert (519 posts) - - Show Bio

I was so worried that the Shang Chi vs Gorgon fight would be a big fiasco. Glad I was wrong. Gorgon is still a beast and Shang Chi got +10 respect points.

I even like how Gorgon showed him respect.

#48 Posted by comedy_brosUSA (778 posts) - - Show Bio

the fight it SSM 27 was pretty interesting. I guess it wasn't a "fight", but green goblin's henchmen bombed Spider-island