Posted by k4tzm4n (39553 posts) - - Show Bio

Howdy and welcome to the latest 'Best Battles!' Every week, I read through my pile of new comics and set aside the ones that have the most memorable and awesome action sequences. From there, I narrow it down to my 3 favorites and it's never an easy decision. This week, I've selected melees from JUSTICE LEAGUE, DEADPOOL and X-O MANOWAR. Grab a snack or a drink and enjoy the scans of the slugfests below!

Spoilers below!

Justice League vs. Atlanteans vs. The Trench

Aquaman's first big event comes to and end with some absolutely glorious artwork. Seriously, check out this ridiculously amazing splash page by Ivan Reis. It may only be the JL "reserves" going toe-to-toe with Ocean Master's army, but it's still a jaw-dropping segment and boasting a powerful cinematic feel.


We get tidbits here and there of the backup team in action but the focus quickly shifts to the main event: Aquaman vs. his brother, Orm. We're treated to yet another fantastic panel as the two clash and the war carries on around them. Bostonians have front row seats to an awesome battle, but we're lucky enough to get an even closer look.

*Insert Spock vs. Kirk duel music here*
== TEASER ==

The siblings duke it out across the Massachusetts city and Arthur even throws a freaking bus on the villain. However, Orm lays down the law by going all Emperor Palpatine on him. If the attack can drop Superman and Wonder Woman, it seems wise to use it yet again, after all.

"Unlimited powahhhh!"

But the Atlantean King's (force) lightning isn't enough to keep the Justice Leaguer down. With one clean strike, Aquaman takes down the invader. If you're keeping count, Johns has officially granted Aquaman "super badass" status. He sent Superman flying with a haymaker, launched Wonder Woman with one blow, and now, delivered the following epic strike to Ocean Master.

It's sad to see Johns leave GREEN LANTERN, but at least we know he'll keep delivering the goods in JUSTICE LEAGUE and AQUAMAN. Well played with 'Throne of Atlantis,' Johns!

Viners, it's about time we replaced "like a boss" with "like an Aquaman," don't ya think?

X-O Manowar madness

You remember on Halloween how most homes had generic candy but one place gave you options that dropped your jaw (and then filled it with cavities)? That house is Valiant, and the delicious candy they're giving you is X-O MANOWAR. Aric comes face-to-face with Commander Trill -- more like Commander Troll, because the dude's totally a troll -- and the result is blatantly one-sided. You see, Trill made the huge mistake of killing Aric's best friend, Gafti, right in front of him. Prepare yourself for a vicious beating, alien.

This was not a good week for buses in comics (read JL #17 for the other example).

Because being thrown into a bus isn't humiliating enough, Aric then decides to turn the villain's face into guacamole. Believe it or not, this isn't the worst display of anger we've seen from Aric. This fight was over before it began.

Take a deep breath and count to ten, Aric.

Despite the relentless and emotional pounding, Aric walks away from the defeated alien to aid his severely injured friend. Knowing his armor can heal wounds, Aric gives him the armor. Instead of a "thank you," Gafti uses this newfound power against Aric. You can't really blame the dude, either. He was captured because of Aric and then forced to endure years of suffering and torture on top of it. The guy needs to vent and he certainly has a chance to do so here.

Car on car violence is no laughing matter.

Aric's warrior mindset often makes us underestimate his intellect, but Robert Venditti crafted an emotionally brilliant scene here as Aric accepts his fate and opens up more than ever before. I won't spoil what he says, but it's enough to make Gafti change his mind and instead bring the fight to the invasion fleet of aliens hovering above Earth.

Strike a pose, Gafti.

There's some gorgeous coloring as Gafti uses the insanely powerful armor to ragdoll The Vine's spaceships into each other. An explosion or two later and the Visigoth unleashes a massive and blinding attack, completely destroying the entire fleet.


Why aren't you reading X-O MANOWAR yet? 'Planet Death' is up next!

Deadpool vs. Reagan vs. Space Monkeys

Deadpool continues to battle undead US Presidents, but issue #5 puts a new twist on the concept. Not only are they in space, but there's also space Monkeys! (Don't try to make sense of it. Seriously, don't.) Prepare yourself for a slew of Planet of the Apes references.


The Merc with a Mouth finally makes his way to 40th US President and literally guts him. Tony Moore's artwork is so good and he delivers a sickening (but in a totally good way) splash page. It's so gross yet I can't look away.

Does anyone else now have a craving for Jelly Beans?

Deadpool then decides to take a page from the X-Men's playbook. Fastball Special, meet Monkeyball Special! Sadly, the aggressive space chimp doesn't last very long. RIP, little friend.


With his magical sword out of reach, Deadpool doesn't really have a way to take down the former President... or does he? Eat your heart out, Ripley!

Remember that time Alien: Resurrection sucked?

Fun fact: Joss Whedon wrote Alien: Resurrection. Hard to believe, right?

Honorable Mentions

What are your top 3? Sound off below!

Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine and IGN Entertainment. This is the part where he shamelessly plugs his Twitter page in hopes of getting a new follower or two.

#1 Posted by dondave (40131 posts) - - Show Bio

Justice League was awesome, great fight scenes and good ending

#2 Posted by Decoy Elite (30159 posts) - - Show Bio

So pumped for X-O Manowar now.

#3 Edited by judasnixon (8957 posts) - - Show Bio

Fun Fact: The same guy who directed Alien Resurrection also directed Amelie and City of Lost Children both really great french art films..... 

#4 Edited by Raw_Material (3472 posts) - - Show Bio

Still haven't reached out to the Aquaman #16 issue, nor looked through the Justice League #17, but quickly scrolling down to the next fight scene, it seems like the battle is intense! However, I did order the Aquaman issue via Midtown Comics, as my LCS didn't have the comic when I went by the other day (been 2 weeks behind as I was out of town, away from the computer and out in the water). Really enjoyed the Deadpool vs. Reagan vs. Space Monkeys (?_?), as the panels depicted were very brutal, yet exciting when you have Tony Moore and Val Staples working on the artwork for the DEADPOOL title. Great battle picks !

#5 Posted by clemj (849 posts) - - Show Bio

gooddamn! that's a battle!

#6 Posted by sinestro_GL (3567 posts) - - Show Bio

Best moment from JL this week: When Arthur faces the Atlantean Army and shouts" I AM YOUR KING!"

Perhaps the most badass scene in the entire JL series so far.

#7 Posted by doomsilver (652 posts) - - Show Bio

Aquaman is awesome!!

#8 Posted by Sylvain (1646 posts) - - Show Bio

like an Aquaman!!!....!!!

#9 Posted by spiderturtle (71 posts) - - Show Bio

I felt so bad for Orm =/

#10 Posted by ccraft (10894 posts) - - Show Bio

I loved how savage the Hawkman is, I like how Geoff is handling him.

Orm "Again the winged soldier charges us like a shark--with little more guiding him than bloodlust"


Hawkman "You want him die or alive?"

Don't read big spoiler for JL 17

And probably the best part Aquaman becomes king of Atlantis!
#11 Posted by Decept-O (7786 posts) - - Show Bio

Deadpool's battles are hilarious.

#12 Posted by sturmritter (82 posts) - - Show Bio

While I'm not a huge fan of mocking dead presidents, I do believe in mocking current ones. :) You here that, O-Bonzo! Still, Deadpool's Monkeyball special and the "Bedtime for Bonzo" reference were pretty funny.

#13 Posted by jesusdisciple001 (547 posts) - - Show Bio

Xo has been micheal bay'd

#14 Posted by Baberaham_Lincoln (949 posts) - - Show Bio

X-O Manowar, get on dat sheeet.... amazingly awesome.!!!!

#15 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (8195 posts) - - Show Bio

For those who don't understand the jelly bean reference

Reagan use to be aa heavy smoker but quit around the time he became president

He would crave his cigarette longing with Jelly Beans LOTS of Jelly Beans

The Company Jelly Belly actually created the Blue Jelly Bean after him

And a famous artist created this portrait made of Jelly Beans of Reagans face to symbolize it:

#16 Posted by Pokergeist (23180 posts) - - Show Bio

Joss wrote Alien Resurrection?! Did he not just care that day?

#17 Posted by MuyJingo (2781 posts) - - Show Bio

@CadenceV2: He didn't really. He wrote the original script which got butchered and changed without his involvement. It's not fair to say he wrote the final script.

#18 Posted by Mezmero (999 posts) - - Show Bio

Throne of Atlantis looks pretty bad ass. I just could never like how the DC version of Atlanteans look so human. And Deadpool is the man.

#19 Posted by StMichalofWilson (4928 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome battles that were picked!

#20 Posted by Cavemold (1818 posts) - - Show Bio

Xo is awesome

#21 Posted by jorgeareizaga (362 posts) - - Show Bio

I love when Aquaman´s butt is distressed and suffering!

#22 Posted by k4tzm4n (39553 posts) - - Show Bio

@TheCheeseStabber: Deadpool even eats a liquorice one and that was allegedly Reagan's favorite.

#23 Posted by mk111 (3148 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm glad Aquaman beat up Ocean Master.

#24 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (41153 posts) - - Show Bio

Good guestion

#25 Posted by psynetrix (331 posts) - - Show Bio

I am so happy with "Throne of Atlantis;" the whole thing was just very well done: not too long, not too short, great art, well developed characters, and a rocking conclusion. This arc has given me back that shred of my soul that "Death of the Family" took away LOL!

Please check my mini-review here:

Comments and feedback are always welcome!

#26 Posted by k4tzm4n (39553 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

Good guestion

It's one of this planet's greatest mysteries.

#27 Posted by SpitfireINK (243 posts) - - Show Bio

Not just fun fact - I liked ALIEN: Resurrection!

ALIEN 3 was sort of the lame duck of them all - and of course the AVP movies they've totally hosed!

#28 Posted by k4tzm4n (39553 posts) - - Show Bio

@SpitfireINK said:

Not just fun fact - I liked ALIEN: Resurrection!

ALIEN 3 was sort of the lame duck of them all - and of course the AVP movies they've totally hosed!

Hey, there's no shame in that, man. Good for you if you liked it. I don't agree, but at least you're proud to admit it :)

#29 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (21301 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n said:

@SpitfireINK said:

Not just fun fact - I liked ALIEN: Resurrection!

ALIEN 3 was sort of the lame duck of them all - and of course the AVP movies they've totally hosed!

Hey, there's no shame in that, man. Good for you if you liked it. I don't agree, but at least you're proud to admit it :)

Speaking of Aliens, how about that Aliens : Colonial Marines?

Not a disappointment at all right?

#30 Posted by ULTRAstarkiller (7807 posts) - - Show Bio

Btw who won the supergirl wonder woman fight?

#31 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (21301 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh my gosh the Alien Resurrection and PETA joke made me choke on my drink.

#32 Posted by k4tzm4n (39553 posts) - - Show Bio

@YourNeighborhoodComicGeek said:

Oh my gosh the Alien Resurrection and PETA joke made me choke on my drink.

haha, sorry!

@ULTRAstarkiller said:

Btw who won the supergirl wonder woman fight?

Technically Wonder Woman but they joined forces right after.

#33 Posted by Krissyjump (107 posts) - - Show Bio

@MuyJingo: It's a shame too. I've read the original script and it was really good.

#34 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6958 posts) - - Show Bio

JL vs. Atlantis vs. Trench FTW for me...though Aric's battle is pretty good there too.