There was a decent amount of action to appreciate this week (as you'll see in the honorable mentions section), but in the end it was DC's BATGIRL, Image's THE LEGEND OF LUTHER STRODE and Valiant's X-O MANOWAR which stood out the most to me. Better luck next week, Marvel!
Just a heads up to the feint of heart: there is a fair amount of blood in this edition!
Batgirl vs. The Ventriloquist / Police
Writer Gail Simone introduces an all-new version of The Ventriloquist to The New 52, and I have to admit, this reboot is fairly chilling. After getting kicked off a talent show audition, the villain takes one of the judges hostage and it's of course up to Batgirl to save the day. She's still reeling from her encounter with her brother, so when it comes to using a batarang again, let's just say her toss is less than ideal (eyes closed!). What makes it even more embarrassing is the fact the villain sends it flying right back her way and her own weapon knocks her over. It's definitely not one of Barbara's finer moments.
This is where things get especially interesting. Before our hero can get up, the dummy then leaps at her and attempts to stab her all on his/its own. So, has Shuana Belzer developed the ability to control everything around her... or does the power actually lie within the "dummy?"
I'm sure all will be revealed in due time about the bad guy, but for now, Barbara has other problems to worry about. The most immediate one happens to be security guards who are under the impression she's the enemy. Despite trying to point them in the right direction, they continue to attack. It's too bad for them because she has no problem when it comes to promptly smacking them around. A few moves later and they're down for the count.
Do you think Shuana has the abilities or is it the dummy who's truly pulling the strings? Based on the trashy pick up lines, I'm leaning towards the latter. What say you, Viners?
Binder vs. Mr. Duvall, Jack the Ripper
When it comes to Luther Strode's world, the enhanced characters aren't to be messed with and Binder's of one 'em. Mr. Duvall, on the other hand, doesn't give a damn about his own well-being and wants Binder dead. Despite his target being blind (thanks to knives to the eyes in the previous issue), Binder's still more than capable of kicking all kinds of rear.
The shotgun blast goes virtually unfelt and Binder proceeds to humiliate Duvall. The powerful Binder sends him smashing into the kitchen, and he's seemingly defeated at this point. Well, it turns out this is all part of Duvall's plan. He realizes his firearms won't do much, but maybe two propane tanks will. "Race you to hell, fatass."
Naturally, the gunshot sets off an explosion that would be more than deserving of a "MICHAEL BAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY'D" caption, but I simply had to highlight what happens after the big boom. You see, the stubborn old Binder survives the explosion. He's in terrible condition, though, and that gives Jack the perfect opportunity to unleash some revenge. Prepare to see why I love Jack.
What happens after those speedy slices... well, it's quite over the top. So if you want to see the horrific aftermath of that attack, go buy the issue.
X-O Manowar vs. The Vine
I know it's a total shocker, but a scene from a story called "Planet Death" has made Best Battles. Crazy, I know. Aric's bloodlusted assault against the Vine and bloodlust continues, and, as expected, he has the chance to once again slash and blast the extraterrestrials into a bunch of pieces. And it's all for our viewing pleasure. How kind!
As always, X-O's enemies have little to no chance when he's in the advanced armor. It's clearly capable of so much, yet with Aric's mentality, wrist blasters and an energy sword will more than suffice. I can't imagine how awesome the X-O armor would be if it was on someone skilled and versatile like Ninjak. Seriously, go on and imagine how terrifically badass it would be. In the meantime, enjoy Aric slicing, blasting, and... well, squishing.
I don't know how writer Robert Venditti does it, but Aric going to town on his enemies never manages to get old. It's something we've seen plenty of times before, but somehow it's thrilling every single time. It's just sci-fi fun at its finest, people. Are you reading this book yet? If you said yes, cool. If not, then why not? WHY NOT?
"Gregg, I can't afford another $3.99 title!"
Well, you're in luck, random person. ComiXology currently has a sale and each issue is only $0.99. So yeah, take advantage of that and catch up!
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