Posted by No_Name_ (17403 posts) - - Show Bio

Every week Comic Vine staff writer Gregg Katzman rounds up the week's biggest and baddest fights, and posts his favorites. Unfortunately, Gregg got hit kind of hard by Hurricane Sandy, (don't worry, he's okay), so I'll be taking over for him this week. Hopefully I can do his weekly Comic Book Battles post some justice.

Now, if you come to the site each week to check out Gregg's round-up you may have noticed that he manages to narrow his post down to the three fights he liked the best. And while we know this is no easy task and that there will definitely be many other crazy, awesome fights in comics that we miss, these are my personal favorites of the week. As usual, if there is an awesome fight that I managed to overlook, be sure to post scans and examples in the forums below and share your favorite battle from this week with the rest of the community. So without further ado, onto the fights!

AQUAMAN vs BLACK MANTA (AQUAMAN #13)

This is the moment that Aquaman fans have been waiting for. In recent issues we've seen writer Geoff Johns write one nasty Black Manta; and this villain has definitely done his worst. From "gutting" Kahina to "blowing Vostok's spine apart," Manta has gone after Aquaman and The Others and it hasn't been pretty. In issue #13 Aquaman tracks his greatest adversary down and is faced with a huge confrontation. It's clear that Manta is angry and he's willing to kill any and all of the people close to Aquaman as a means for revenge.

If you've never seen Aquaman angry, this is basically what it looks like

This is a fight a lot of people have been waiting for which is what makes it so freaking awesome; but it's the end of it that is really crazy. Given the chance to kill Black Manta, what does Aquaman do? If you've been following the series then you know that Aquaman has killed before, but he doesn't do it here, even after having seen Black Manta murder two of his friends. It's an interesting decision and says a lot about the character's integrity and moral compass. Yet, is it the right decision?

At last, these two are going head to head and not afraid to really let lose into one another, but in an all-out brawl, who would win? If you're looking for the answer to that question, you won't find it in this issue, unfortunately.

Black Manta is basically threatening Aquaman, provoking the hero to kill him now that he has the chance. However, Aquaman won't be pressured to murder like Black Manta. Yet, is he really the better man of the two? Was this, in the end, a smart decision?

CAPTAIN MARVEL vs …CAPTAIN MARVEL? (CAPTAIN MARVEL #6)

Carol Danvers' idol is pilot Helen Cobb. So what happens when you're greatest hero; the person you grew up your entire life admiring decides to steal your identity when given the first opportunity? Carol Danvers may have had a hard time filling the shoes of Captain Marvel in her ongoing series, but she's not going to let some random lady come in and steal her mantle from her. Oh, hell no.

Like hell, is right!

This is a great moment because Carol not only realizes that she needs to value her persona and identity as the new Captain Marvel, but that it's a huge part of who she is. So she needs to quit her whining! The issue definitely builds up to this 3-page long fight in the latest issue of CAPTAIN MARVEL #6 and serves as a great example of Captain Marvel's capabilities.

In this scene, Helen Cobb gains the powers of Captain Marvel (which, for those of you who know anything about the character…she's pretty strong). Carol Danvers is nearly invincible. She can fly, has super strength and she has to go up against Helen who has the same power set. It's clearly a struggle as the two fight -- mid flight -- in a race to the plane. The better woman clearly wins.

Yet the final caption (which we won't include here because we want you to go out and buy this issue) sort of implies that Helen did go easy on Carol, thinking she deserved to be Captain Marvel, she still managed to give the heroine the fight of her life. The layout of the battle is really well illustrated and the fact that they are flying and fighting makes it that much cooler.

ROGUE and MIMIC vs QUICKSAND, RUBY THURSDAY, SILK FEVER, SUPERCHARGER, ICEMASTER and SCHIZOID MAN (X-MEN LEGACY #275)

Alright, so maybe I enjoyed this issue more than a lot of other people in the Comic Vine community, but let me explain why. In the final issue of X-MEN LEGACY #275 we see Rogue and Mimic go up against a plethora of super-powered mutants who have started a prison riot upstate. Not only do these two take on all these mutants, but they do so pretty intelligently.

Both Rogue and Mimic realize pretty quickly that it won't be easy going up against six angry, powerful mutants when it's only the two of them. Rogue decides that the best way to solve this problem is by using her head. She leaves the battle and convinces prisoners to allow her to borrow their powers for the interim. All the while, Mimic holds off six mutants on his own! Talk about strength.

Although Mimic doesn't exactly defeat all of these mutants in this scene, he does alright holding them at bay just long enough until Rogue returns with reinforcements. Rogue manages to garner the abilities of Equinox, Armadillo, and Man-Bull; a move that essentially evens out the fight. When she returns to Mimic's side, she doesn't look at all like the Rogue that we're used to.

Not only is it impressive that the character managed to take and control at least four different power sets of four different characters; but she masters them and is able to utilize her new abilities to kick major butt. I can't imagine it's easy to gain control of super powers you aren't used to, but Rogue does it and does it really well.

It was pretty tough to narrow it down to just three, so I tried to choose fights that were not only monumental in action-packed goodness, but also battles that were vital to the development of the characters you see above. There's a good chance we missed some good ones this week, so be sure to let us know in the comments below what we may have missed.

#1 Edited by Super_SoldierXII (6164 posts) - - Show Bio

Next issue: "Sorry Rogue! Those powers you stole, well, now they're permanent. Upside is you're now extremely powerful. Downside, well, multiple personality disorder coupled with a whole lot of ugly. Enjoy!"

#2 Posted by EdwardWindsor (14400 posts) - - Show Bio

Good job , didn't let side down at all with choices. Loved the captain marvel fight myself this week and looks like I missed out with aquaman

#3 Posted by No_Name_ (17403 posts) - - Show Bio

@Super_SoldierXII said:

Next issue: "Sorry Rogue! Those powers you stole, well, now they're permanent. Upside is you're now extremely powerful. Downside, well, multiple personality disorder coupled with a whole lot of ugly. Enjoy!"

This would be a great story, though!

#4 Posted by summerslam1988 (29 posts) - - Show Bio

I really enjoyed Superman vs. Kryptonite Man in Action Comics Annual #1.Batgirl and Catwoman vs. Talons on Batgirl Annual #1 was good as well. Spider-Man vs. The Thing in Avenging Spider-Man Annual #1 was humorous.

#5 Posted by Super_SoldierXII (6164 posts) - - Show Bio

@Babs said:

@Super_SoldierXII said:

Next issue: "Sorry Rogue! Those powers you stole, well, now they're permanent. Upside is you're now extremely powerful. Downside, well, multiple personality disorder coupled with a whole lot of ugly. Enjoy!"

This would be a great story, though!

It could be ... but poor Rogue. She had a hard enough time dealing with just Carol Danvers. Can't imagine have "Man-Bull" rattling around inside your noggin. Yeesh.

#6 Edited by ArtisticNeedham (2232 posts) - - Show Bio

Man, this article makes me want to buy these comics. Aquaman and X-Men Legacy. And I haven't really been reading the past issues of these books. Art looks amazing! Also I had to stop getting Captain Marvel because too many comics and too expensive, so I had to pick and choose. Now I have to buy these ones too. Man!

#7 Posted by Cavemold (1676 posts) - - Show Bio

the aquaman fight was awesome got some serious cool points from me

#8 Posted by Icon (2051 posts) - - Show Bio

Aquaman vs Black Manta was epic. Also enjoyed Superman vs the K-Man.

#9 Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale (10180 posts) - - Show Bio

Berry cool ! First time I saw the art match the coolness of the fight.

#10 Posted by longbowhunter (6712 posts) - - Show Bio

That fight in Aquaman was brutal!

#11 Posted by k4tzm4n (36381 posts) - - Show Bio

@Babs:

"Hopefully I can do his weekly Comic Book Battles post some justice."

You absolutely did! Thank you so much for keeping the segment alive this week.

Staff
#12 Edited by cameron83 (6599 posts) - - Show Bio

OMFG I never used to like aquaman in the old universe.He always seemed like a joke to me.

*Picks up aquaman from the new 52*

I have a new respect for him,don't take him as a joke (he is now one of my favorite heroes) and I see why he is on the justice league.I am pretty sure the old universe was good,but.......

#13 Posted by Decept-O (7274 posts) - - Show Bio

I admit to being one who can barely manage chicken scratches in terms of art but the art for Captain Marvel...does not appeal to me. Doesn't look right. Debated whether to comment about it but really, just don't like it. Sorry.

The X-Men Legacy and Aquaman battles look great.

#14 Posted by SmashBrawler (5483 posts) - - Show Bio

That fight in Aquaman was simply epic.

The end was a bit predictable, though.

#15 Posted by pspin (891 posts) - - Show Bio

I totally agree with the X-Men: Legacy choice. Great article!

#16 Posted by secondfallen616 (119 posts) - - Show Bio

Aquaman has been one of my favorite of the New 52 books, never really was a fan before so its been great and all , but is it just me or does Black Manta being black kinda seem old and verging on the "R-word"? Wasnt the relaunch about updating the universe? It wouldn't have made that many people upset if they just called him Manta. Sorry, its just been bugging me.

Hope Gregg and his family are safe and doing well, hurry back man....but not too fast, BNCBBTW is in good hands.

#17 Posted by Lvenger (18212 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice picks Sara. That Aquaman battle looks especially aggressive.

#18 Posted by Miss_Garrick (1757 posts) - - Show Bio

Aquaman and Rogue RULE!! FTW!!

#19 Posted by Jake Fury (18113 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice work, Babs.

#20 Posted by kid Apollo (708 posts) - - Show Bio

the Aquaman vs Black Manta battle llooks pretty sweet. thatline of 'one day, probably' pretty badass

#21 Posted by RustyRoy (10813 posts) - - Show Bio

Aquaman vs Black MAnta was awesome.

#22 Posted by Queso6p4 (1430 posts) - - Show Bio

@Decept-O: I wasn't too fond of the art in both this and the last issue but the story was still interesting. This issue's art really grated on my nerves, though.

Nice choices for this week. My favorite one had to be between Black Manta and Aquaman as it ended in a way that was fitting for this series and it was a joy to read.

#23 Posted by Decept-O (7274 posts) - - Show Bio

@Queso6p4: OK, at least I am not the only one who is a bit put off by the art. I shouldn't complain too much seeing how I am not even buying the comic but the art just grabbed me as being not very well done. That's great the story is good, it should be considering the character, just hope it will improve visually enough for me to get it.

#24 Posted by JLDoom (2310 posts) - - Show Bio

I read the aquaman battle and it was awesome! Great issue!

#25 Posted by HellionVulcan (3621 posts) - - Show Bio

wow Rogue has upped her game big time soon she won't even need a team just her alone with like 4/5 different powers .

#26 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Aquaman vs. Manta seems to take the cake for me. Go Orrin!

#27 Posted by zombietag (1488 posts) - - Show Bio

@HellionVulcan said:

wow Rogue has upped her game big time soon she won't even need a team just her alone with like 4/5 different powers .

#28 Posted by charlieboy (7153 posts) - - Show Bio

Sad X-men legacy is losing Rogue as it's lead character. The Rogue stories have been fantastic the last few years. Also really enjoying Captain Marvel.

#29 Posted by BlackWind (5472 posts) - - Show Bio

@cameron83: He's never really been a joke in the comics. Only Superfriends has portrayed him that way.