Greetings, action fans! Every week I'll review the new selection of comics and do my best to pick out the best battles to grace the panels. Yes, I usually say it's a good week for fights, but I really, really loved the action scenes in this week's new releases. It was a tough time narrowing it down to just three, but I'm pretty confident with my selections and hopefully you also loved the encounters.
"Wait a second... a fight I like isn't in here! What gives?!"
Excellent question, random reader! You see, I don't have the luxury (or the bank account) to read every single new comic, so it's entirely possible a cool fight or two will elude my eyes. So, give the fight some love and post about it. And if possible, share scans!
Without further ado, here are my three favorites!
Despite all of his training, Spider-Man is too physically advanced for Frank. He's extraordinarily faster, stronger, more agile and has vastly superior reflexes. I've always said Frank would need to resort to more dangerous weapons if he wants to give Pete a challenge, and it's nice to see writer Greg Rucka agrees with me. His short battle between the two almost word for word represents how I think it should go down.
One thing that made me extremely happy was Parker letting Frank get in a few hits. We're talking about a character that is regularly smashed through buildings and takes strikes from superhumans -- so it's incredibly questionable when Spider-Man gets stunned by a strike from someone with human stats (Chameleon for example). At the end of the day, Parker is far more durable than a lot of people give him credit for... and it's nice to see Rucka recognizing this. The thought of Punisher eluding and possibly besting the Avengers is an absurd one, but if each encounter is treated this well, I have full faith that PUNISHER: WAR ZONE will be an excellent read and become a regular in this weekly segment.
"Wingman" has a grand set of panels. He struts like a boss (the arrogance is so fitting for the character in the armor, too) and hilariously dispatches two assailants. You might not catch it right away, but the final panel has quite a cringe inducing footstep.
The entire issue was just a whole lot of fun. The party doesn't even technically begin until the Bat family shows up. Once they kill the lights, it's more than transparent the LOA isn't going to be walking away from this one. A few hilarious panels of the members getting humiliated later and we have a clear outcome. Talia, maybe you next time you'll bring bigger guns like Deathstroke or Bane. Just a suggestion.
Finally, I have so much respect for Gaucho after this issue. So much.
Kingpin's response to the chaos is... amusing.Despite his arrogance, Phil is actually a very formidable combatant. The lunatic laugh is absurdly effective, the flame sword is frightening and he has some pretty impressive physical stats. Luckily for Roderick, he's also sporting superhuman stats and his own variety of gear. Needless to say, a fight between these two should prove entertaining and fairly balanced. Thankfully, that's exactly how Dan Slott writes it.
As the two duke it out in the sky and everyone enjoys the show, a third party decides to ruin the fun. Party pooper Peter Parker interferes, landing a pretty remarkable shot which makes the duo come crashing down. It's a shame the fight was so brief, but I have a feeling we're going to see plenty more action from the twin Hobgoblins.
Honorable Mentions: Cyclops vs Inmates, Red Lanterns vs Third Army, Valkyrie vs Lady Deathstrike
Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine and IGN Entertainment. Don't let anyone know, but he rooted for the League of Assassins.