New comics Wednesday has come and gone and it was overflowing with praiseworthy battles. Every week I do my best to narrow it down to my 3 favorite slugfests, but this week really put me in a tough spot.
Seriously, just look at how many honorable mentions I listed! I bet that's not even scratching the surface of the options, too. Sadly, the not-so-lovely weather over here in the Northeast part of the United States impacted new comic book day. I wasn't able to get all of the comics I wanted to check out, so if there's a stellar battle that happened to elude my eyes, please feel free to chat about it!
Without further ado, here are my top 3 new battles this week.
Time for round 2! Like I previously pointed out, Carnage is simply too powerful for Kaine to logically defeat in a random encounter. He's stronger and vastly more durable. All Kaine can do is dance around the red symbiote and try his best to give him hell. Thankfully, Carnage was in a joyous mood this time around and toyed with Spider-Man's clone, letting Kaine completely thrash him as he taunted the anti-hero.
Kaine pretty much ran the gauntlet when it comes to his options. He slugged Carnage in the face as hard as he could, ripped into him with his stingers, and even used the mark of Kaine (which was a bit less effective than the last time he used it on Carnage). The end result was brutal and jaw-dropping fight.
Unlike Puny Parker, Kaine's dark roots means he has no issue unleashing and trying to put an end to Carnage's reign of terror. It was a genuinely valiant effort on Kaine's behalf, especially since he somehow managed to have Carnage on the ropes (I guess Cletus was having an off day). But in the end, a plot device kicked in and Kaine was needed elsewhere.
I can't say I really agree with Kaine seemingly being able to pummel Carnage to death. I might be misinterpreting the last panel of their fight, but it definitely seemed like he had Carnage at his mercy before he had to bail. Carnage wasn't smiling, laughing or asking for more -- he was screaming. Kaine's supposed to be stronger than Spider-Man, but even then he shouldn't really have the strength required to deliver critical damage to Venom's son. In my eyes, Kaine can give him one heck of a fight, yet it's a battle he's going to lose every time because he likely wouldn't overcome Carnage's strength and durability. Regardless, it was a fantastic battle and absolutely a must read for fans of either character.
Carnage screamed for more in his fight with Kaine, but it looks like the masochist later got more than he could handle from Radu. Ouch.
That's gotta hurt.
It's not only a differing opinion on religion that sets apart Earth-616 and Earth-295 Nightcrawler. 616 Kurt is a man driven by morals, most often unwilling to use lethal measures and therefore limiting his options in combat. On the other hand, Age of Apocalypse's Kurt has a kill or be killed mentality and has no gripe whatsoever with dismembering an enemy. While the standard Kurt can juggle and even tele-drop his enemies, the alternate universe character on the Uncanny X-Force roster doesn't mess around with his targets. He goes for the kill.
Now this darker version of Kurt finally faces off against Blob, the man who killed his wife. He immediately tries to stab the large foe in the gut, but the mutant's far too durable for such an attack. Immediately I asked myself, "Why would he go for a sword attack when he could systematically tele-dismember Blob?" We've seen him remove AoA Warpath's finger and AoA Deadpool's head, so why not pick Blob apart one limb at a time? Then I saw the reason... it's because Rick Remender had something much better and far more terrifying in mind. I give you... the teleporting shark that loves to nom nom.
Blob consumed Kurt's wife, so it's only fair that Kurt gives Blob a taste of his own medicine. Man, that truly is a rather diabolical and disgusting take on an eye for an eye. So long, Age of Apocalypse Blob, you won't be missed. You can't help but feel bad for the shark, though... or am I alone on that one?
Who gets to clean up this mess?
The Merc with a Mouth takes on the 32nd U.S. President. On paper, this seems a wee bit one-sided. A man in a wheelchair versus an enhanced assassin with an assortment of firearms and swords? Yeah, I'll put my money on Wade. Thankfully, this isn't Wilson heartlessly defeating a man in a wheelchair -- although I wouldn't put it past him. FDR was brought back by the Necromancer, and this zombified President can easily wheel his way through a barrage of bullets.
Deadpool hops on the former President for a free ride into the subway and we quickly discover that not even a stab through the chest will faze this undead enemy. Despite being hit with "the very essence of death," Wade silences the former Pres in a hilariously untraditional manner.
Not even a direct hit from a subway car keeps FDR down for the count, so the offbeat mercenary does a little improvising. It turns out these Presidents can handle just about everything except for electricity. 1 down, 37 more to go. Good luck, Wade... you're gonna need it.