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#1 Edited by Veshark (9058 posts) - - Show Bio
This is the ultimate show-down...of ultimate destiiinyyy

So recently IGN dropped their '25 Best Battles in DC Comics History' list - chronicling the top twenty-five fights in the company's 75-year history. And while the list wasn't terrible....it was kinda underwhelming. Some choices were more like skirmishes than full-on battles, some were more like moments, and others just left us baffled (Aquaman vs public perception. Uh-huh).

In lieu of that, I've decided to try and make a Top 25 list of DC Comics battles - voted in by the Viners ourselves! With an awesome community of knowledgeable comic fans, I'm aiming to make an even better list, that hopefully kicks dirt on IGN's face with their sucky--

Um. I mean. That celebrates the 75-year long history of a classic American business. Yeah, that.

So without further ado, let's get to the rules. Now I've never run a thread like this before...I usually leave this to my betters. But ah, what the heck. It's not like I've got anything better to do (college finals, actually), so I might as well give it a go.

How to Vote

  1. Think of your top ten most memorable or best DC Comics Battles
  2. Nominate your ten choices
  3. Whenever a battle hits 3 votes, it goes into the 'Top 25' list. Battles in the list are no longer up for nomination
  4. Once this is done, I'll compile a finalized list with our victors. With pictures and commentary and sh*t.

Restrictions

Battles with a B

One of the main problems with the IGN list was that it had stuff like 'Batman one-shots Guy Gardner'. Which is noteworthy and all, but that's not the purpose of this list. What we're aiming for here are actual battles. Long brawls and fights that make you think 'battle'.

I'm talking the kind of action scenes that fans talk about for years to come. Like the final battle of Kingdom Come, the Superboy-Prime vs. Sodom Yat clash in SCW, the last battle between Joker and Bats in DKR. The most memorable and noteworthy battles that DC has churned out in the past 70 years, the kind of sh*t that makes you go "Damn."

And it can be from any tier, and from any DC comic - it doesn't have to be that well-known either, though don't make it too obscure. As long as it isn't just a 'moment', a 'skirmish' (like a short three-page fight) or...Aquaman vs public perception, it's cool.

DC Comics Only

I don't want to see no Spider-Man vs. The Kangaroo up in here alright? (Though that was a great fight). As the title implies, DC Comics only. But in seriousness, I'm talking about their sister branches like Wildstorm or Milestone. I might accept some Vertigo choices like Swamp Thing, Animal Man, or Doom Patrol though.

That being said, I'm going to allow alternate-universe titles, simply because of the influential nature of many. Books from the All-Star and the Elseworlds lines are fully acceptable. DKR, Gotham by Gaslight, Red Son, Earth One, All-Star Superman (sigh...yes, and Batman) are all valid for battles.

A note on continuity: Everything in DC from Pre-Crisis to Post-Crisis to New 52 are all acceptable. Say you can't vote Constantine because Hellblazer was in Vertigo, well you can vote a New 52 battle for him then.

While we're here, please note: comic-books only. Other forms of DC media like cartoons or movies or games aren't allowed.

Once Voted

As the rules state, 3 votes for a single battle puts it into the Top 25 automatically. The first 25 battles to get five votes are essentially confirmed for the list. Once a battle is in the 'Top 25 Confirmed' - you may no longer vote for that battle.

So let's get the voting started!

#2 Edited by Veshark (9058 posts) - - Show Bio

Top 25 Confirmed (VOTING CLOSED)

Note: We are done!

All-Star Superman vs. Lex Luthor (All-Star Superman) - 3

Batman & Catwoman vs. Superman (Batman: Hush) - 3

Batman vs. Jason Todd (Batman: Under the Red Hood) - 3

Batman vs. Joker (Killing Joke) - 3

Blackest Night Final Battle (Blackest Night) - 3

Cassandra Cain vs. Lady Shiva (Batgirl #73) - 3

Deathstroke vs. Justice League (Identity Crisis) - 3

DKR Batman vs. Mutant Leader (The Dark Knight Returns) - 3

DKR Batman vs. Superman (The Dark Knight Returns) - 3

Emperor Aquaman vs. Wonder Woman (Flashpoint) - 3

Justice League of America vs. Amazo (The Second Coming) - 3

Justice League of America vs. Hyperclan, Final Battle (JLA) - 3

Kingdom Come Final Battle (Kingdom Come) - 3

New 52 Batman vs. Talons (The Court of Owls) - 3

New 52 Justice League/Aquaman vs. Ocean Master/Atlantis (Throne of Atlantis) - 3

Nightwing vs. Jason Todd (Battle for the Cowl) - 3

Sinestro Corps War Final Battle (SCW) - 3

Superman vs. Brainiac (Superman: Brainiac) - 3

Superman vs. Darkseid (Superman/Batman) - 3

Superman vs. Doomsday (Death of Superman) - 3

Superman vs. H/P Doomsday (Hunter/Prey) - 3

Superman vs. The Elite (What's So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?) - 3

Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Jason Todd vs. Mongul (For the Man Who Has Everything) - 3

Wally West vs. Zoom (Blitz) - 3

Wonder Woman vs. Superman (Wonder Woman #219) - 3

Battles Nominated

Note: For some fights, I've decided to pile them all together. E.g. 'Captain Marvel vs. Superman' or 'Batman vs. Wonder Woman' has just been grouped together as 'Kingdom Come Final Battle'. This is because the smaller skirmishes themselves make up a larger fight, and it also makes the voting less muddled.

DC Heroes & Darkseid vs. Imperiex (Our Worlds At War) - 2

DKR Batman vs. Joker (The Dark Knight Returns) - 2

New 52 Batman vs. The Joker (The Death of the Family) - 2

New 52 Midnighter vs. Grifter (Grifter) - 2

Red Robin vs. League of Assassin (Red Robin #8) - 2

Superman vs. Earth-2 Superman (Infinite Crisis) - 2

New 52 Superman/Wonder Woman/Supergirl/Superboy vs. H'el (H'el on Earth) - 2

All-Star Superman vs. Solaris (All-Star Superman) - 1

Aquaman vs. The Dead King (Death of a King) - 1

Aquaman vs. Triton (Triton Saga) - 1

Aquaman/The Others vs. Black Manta (The Others) - 1

Bat-Family vs. League of Assassins (The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul) - 1

Batman vs. Bane (Knightfall) - 1

Batman vs. Heretic (Batman Inc) - 1

Batman vs. Sensei (Batman) - 1

Batman vs. Superman (Lex Luthor: Man of Steel) - 1

Batman vs. SWAT (Year One) - 1

Batman/Alfred vs. Superman (Injustice: Gods Among Us) - 1

Batman/Superman vs. Supervillains (Public Enemies) - 1

Batman/Superman/The Flashes vs. Darkseid (Final Crisis) - 1

Black Adam vs. Everyone (World War III) - 2

Black Canary, Savant, Creote, Wildcat, Huntress, Connor Hawke and Richard Dragon vs. The Twelve Brothers In Silk (Birds of Prey #85) - 1

Black Lantern Aquaman vs. Mera & Tempest (Blackest Night) - 1

Connor Hawke & Mia Dearden vs. Constantine Drakon (Green Arrow #31) - 1

Damian Wayne Batman vs. Bat-Devil (Batman #666) - 1

Darkseid vs. Everyone (Final Crisis) - 1

Earth One Superman vs. Tyrell (Superman Earth One) - 1

Etrigan vs. Superman (Action Comics #762) - 1

Fernus vs. Plastic Man (Trial by Fire) - 1

First Lantern vs. Nekron (Green Lantern #20) - 1

Geo-Force vs. Deathstroke (DC Universe: Last Will & Testament) - 1

Green Arrow vs. Onomatopoeia (Sounds of Violence) - 1

Green Lantern vs. Sinestro (Green Lantern: Rebirth) - 1

Green Lantern/Sinestro vs. Atrocitus (Green Lantern: Secret Origin) - 1

Guy Gardner vs. Giant Red Alien (Guy Gardner #3) - 1

John Stewart vs. Black Lantern Army (Blackest Night) - 1

Justice League of America vs. Doomsday (Doomsday Wars) - 1

Justice League vs their emotional problems (JLA 101-106) - 1

Justice League of America vs. Fernus (JLA: Trial By Fire) - 1

Justice League of America vs. Injustice League (JLA: WWIII) - 1

Justice League of America vs. Legion of Doom (Justice) - 1

Justice League of America vs. Prometheus (JLA) - 1

Justice League International/Wonder Woman vs. OMAC Prime (Justice League: Generation Lost) - 1

Mandrakk vs. Cosmic Armor Superman (Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3D) - 1

New 52 Superman vs. The Anti-Superman Army

(Action Comics #15-18) -

1

New 52 Superman vs. Helspont (Superman #8 and Superman Annual) - 1

New 52 Swamp Thing & Animal Man vs. Anton Arcane (Rotworld) - 1

New Teen Titans vs. Trigon (New Teen Titans #5) - 1

Orion vs. Darkseid (Orion #5) - 1

Steel vs. Atlas (War of the Supermen) - 1

Superboy-Prime vs. Superboy/Teen Titans (Infinite Crisis) - 1

Superboy-Prime vs. Everyone (Infinite Crisis) - 1

Superman vs. Batman (Who Would Win?) - 1

Superman vs. Imperiex-Prime (Our Worlds At War) - 1

Superman vs. Kryptonians

(Birthright) -

1

Superman vs. Zod and Co. (War of the Supermen) - 1

Superman/Legion of Super-Heroes vs. Earth-Man/Justice League (Superman & the Legion of Super-Heroes) - 1

Team Arrow vs. Duke of Oil (Green Arrow 48-49) - 1

Teen Titans vs. Titans of Myth (Return of Donna Troy) - 1

Terry McGinnis vs. The Joker (Return of the Joker) - 1

Wally West vs. Zum (JLA) - 1

Wonder Woman/Beowulf/Claw vs Dgrth and Stalker(Wonder Woman Vol 3 22-23) - 1

Wonder Woman/Big Barda vs. The Female Furies (Superman/Batman) - 1

#3 Edited by Juiceboks (7991 posts) - - Show Bio

Niiiiice. Gimme a little while to put together a list.

#4 Edited by Fallschirmjager (15388 posts) - - Show Bio

With Aquaman 25 out today I've got Arthur on the mind (morseo than usual) so here are some my favorites

  • Emperor Aquaman vs Wonder Woman (Flashpoint)
  • Black Lantern Aquaman vs Mera and Tempest (Blackest Night)
  • Aquaman vs Triton (Triton Saga)
  • Aquaman vs Dead King (Death of a King)
  • Justice Leage vs Orm and Atlantean Army (Throne of Atlantis)

I'll nominate some bigger more iconic/obvious ones later if someone all ready hasn't done so.

#5 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (19975 posts) - - Show Bio

Lots of Batman fights in my head but I'll think about this.

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#6 Edited by RulerOfThisUniverse (6163 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm putting together my list now.

#7 Posted by Wolverine08 (39035 posts) - - Show Bio
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#8 Posted by MonsterStomp (16168 posts) - - Show Bio

Sweet idea.

#9 Posted by MonsterStomp (16168 posts) - - Show Bio

We're going to own IGN.

#10 Edited by SOG7dc (6713 posts) - - Show Bio

this thread is going to put a lot of things on my "to read" list

#11 Edited by AllStarSuperman (20373 posts) - - Show Bio
  1. Superman and Wonder Woman vs Mongol in For the Man Who Was Everthing.
  2. Kingdom Come Superman vs Shazam
  3. Allstar Superman vs Solaris
  4. War of The Supermen's Superman vs Zod and co.
  5. Superman vs Brainiac in Superman: brainiac

#12 Posted by batmannflash (6192 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll make one soon. Give me time

#13 Posted by dagmar_merrill (7041 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman vs Superman - Dark knight Returns.. will be here later with my full list.

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#14 Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse (6163 posts) - - Show Bio

1: Kingdom Come Finale (Kingdom Come)

2: Batman and Catwoman vs. Superman (Hush)

3: Superboy Prime vs. Superboy/Teen Titans (Infinite Crisis)

4: Superman Prime and Anti-Monitor vs. Sodom Yat and the Guardians of the Universe (Sinestro Corps War)

5: Super-Powered Lex Luthor vs. Superman (All-Star Superman)

#15 Edited by MonsterStomp (16168 posts) - - Show Bio

  1. Superman and Wonder Woman vs Mongol in For the Man Who Was Everthing.
  2. Kingdom Come Superman vs Shazam
  3. Allstar Superman vs Solaris
  4. War of The Supermen's Superman vs Zod and co.
  5. Superman vs Brainiac in Superman: brainiac

Shazam was a beast.

#16 Edited by Wolverine08 (39035 posts) - - Show Bio

The first two fights I'd like to nominate are Batman vs the White Martians in JLA #3 by Grant Morrsion and Superman/Wonder Woman vs Mongul in For the Man Who Has Everything.

Two badass fights.

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#17 Edited by batmannflash (6192 posts) - - Show Bio
  • Dark Knight Returns: Batman vs Mutant Leader
  • Dark Knight Returns: Batman vs Superman
  • Blackest Night 8: Finale of Blackest Night
  • Death of Superman: Superman vs Doomsday
  • Hush: Batman & Catwoman vs Superman
#18 Posted by Veshark (9058 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome choices, everyone. I'll tally them up once I get back from a college final.

#19 Posted by MonsterStomp (16168 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll vote for KC Superman vs Shazam. Unless, of course, its not allowed.

#20 Posted by hart7668 (2294 posts) - - Show Bio

How about Batman vs Joker in Death of the Family from the New 52?

Also:

  • Batman vs Jason Todd (Under the Red Hood [can't remember comic name])
  • Superman vs Braniac (Superman: Braniac with Gary Frank doing the art)
  • White Lanterns vs Nekron (Blackest Night/Brightest Day)
  • ....I can't think of anymore atm
#21 Edited by Bogey (934 posts) - - Show Bio

Midnighter vs Grifter in Grifter N52 run

Swamp Thing and Animal Man vs Anton Arcane in Rotworld

Geo-Force vs Deathstroke, pre-Final Crisis

#22 Edited by SilverPool (1244 posts) - - Show Bio

The battle between Wally West and Zum in Grant Morrison's JLA #3

I also vote for the end battle of Kingdom Come.

#23 Posted by Jake Fury (18174 posts) - - Show Bio

Superboy Prime vs everyone in Infinite Crisis.

#24 Edited by Alak (925 posts) - - Show Bio
  1. Epic Final Battle (Kingdom Come) :: Confirmed for Top 25
  2. Nightwing vs Jason Todd (Battle for the Cowl)
  3. Superman vs Doomsday (Death of Superman)
  4. Superman vs Darkseid (Superman/Batman)
  5. Justice League of America vs Fernus (JLA: Trial by Fire)
  6. JLI & Wonder Woman vs OMAC Prime (JL: Generation Lost)
  7. Superman vs The Elite (What's So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?)
  8. Bat-family vs League of Assassins (The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul)
  9. Teen Titans vs Titans of Myth (Return of Donna Troy)
  10. Martian Manhunter vs Black Adam (World War III) :: Entire Battle Confirmed for Top 25

Extra Nominations:

  1. Batman vs Jason Todd (Batman: Under the Hood)
  2. Emperor Aquaman vs Queen Wonder Woman (Flashpoint)
#25 Edited by Pokeysteve (8128 posts) - - Show Bio

YES!! We've got your back @veshark! Only 5 battles though is crap! Lol how can I pick just 5!? I'm just gonna pick the first 5 that come to mind.

  1. Cassandra Cain VS Lady Shiva - Batgirl #73
  2. Wonder Woman VS Superman - Wonder Woman #219
  3. DC heroes & Darkseid VS Imperiex - Our Worlds At War (sort of cheating but I don't care)
  4. Superman VS Darkseid - Superman/Batman #13
  5. Black Canary, Savant, Creote, Wildcat, Huntress, Connor Hawke and Richard Dragon VS The Twelve Brothers In Silk - Birds of Prey #85
  6. The JL VS Doomsday - Doomsday Wars
  7. WW and Barda VS The Female Furies - Superman/Batman #
  8. The JLA VS The White Martians - JLA #1-4
  9. Superman, Wonder Woman, Superboy and Supergirl VS H'el
  10. Connor Hawke and Mia VS Constantine Drakon - Green Arrow #31
#26 Edited by deaditegonzo (3683 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman vs Imperiex Prime

Superman vs Doomsday (Hunter/Prey)

Mandrakk vs Cosmic Armour Superman

Final Showdown in "Justice"

Superman vs Mongul "For the Man who Has Everything"

This is way too hard. I cannot even think on the spot like this!

#27 Posted by Veshark (9058 posts) - - Show Bio

@fallschirmjager You can only nominate five battles, man - are you sure you want to go all Aquaman?

@pokeysteve Don't pout, five battles is generous! And you can vote for a fifth one now, because I'm pretty sure Punisher isn't in DC ;D

#28 Edited by Fallschirmjager (15388 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark said:

@fallschirmjager You can only nominate five battles, man - are you sure you want to go all Aquaman?

@pokeysteve Don't pout, five battles is generous! And you can vote for a fifth one now, because I'm pretty sure Punisher isn't in DC ;D

No one else is going too :)

#29 Edited by The_Comebacks (169 posts) - - Show Bio

Final Crisis battle: Batman & Superman &the Flashes vs Darkseid

Terry McGinnis vs the Joker (return of the joker comic)

Wally West vs Zoom (flash blitz)

Nightwing vs Jason Todd (battle for the cowl)

Batman vs the Talons (court of owls)

#30 Posted by Mulder15 (331 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman vs Joker-The Killing Joke

#31 Edited by Veshark (9058 posts) - - Show Bio

My own nominations:

  • JLA vs. Prometheus
  • Justice League vs Ocean Master/Atlantis
  • Damian Wayne Batman vs. Bat-Devil
  • Superman/Legion vs. Earth-Man
  • DKR Batman vs. Joker
  • JLA vs. Hyperclan
  • DKR Batman vs Superman
  • DKR Batman vs Mutant Leader
#33 Edited by Fallschirmjager (15388 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark: cool beans. I'll give 5 more tomorrow after I have some time to think about it.

#34 Edited by deaditegonzo (3683 posts) - - Show Bio

Final Crisis Everyone vs Darkseid

Kal-L vs Kal-El Infinite Crisis

Helspont vs Superman Superman #8 and Superman Annual

Wonder Woman vs Superman Wonder Woman 219

Lex Luthor: Man of Steel Superman vs Batman (Because I changed it above and you already listed it :D )

Between my posts, that is all 10. Hope I didnt miss any of my favourites.

#35 Posted by Pokeysteve (8128 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark said:

@pokeysteve Don't pout, five battles is generous! And you can vote for a fifth one now, because I'm pretty sure Punisher isn't in DC ;D

.......DAMN IT! Ok. I'll just edit my first post so I don't clog up the thread.

#36 Posted by hart7668 (2294 posts) - - Show Bio

Kal-L vs Kal-El Infinite Crisis

Ah, good pick

#37 Posted by batmannflash (6192 posts) - - Show Bio

Okay here are 5 more:

  • Cass vs Shiva (Batgirl 73)
  • The OMAC Project: WW vs Supes (Wonder Woman 219)
  • Red Robin vs Ra's al Ghul's people (Red Robin 8)
  • Superman vs Darkseid (Batman/Superman 13)
  • The First Lantern vs Nekron (Green Lantern 20)
#38 Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse (6163 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark: Edited list will be up in a minute.

#39 Edited by RulerOfThisUniverse (6163 posts) - - Show Bio

1: Kingdom Come Finale (Kingdom Come)

2: Batman vs. Superman (Hush)

3: Superboy Prime vs. Superboy/Teen Titans (Infinite Crisis)

4: Superman Prime and Anti-Monitor vs. Sodom Yat and the Guardians of the Universe (Sinestro Corps War)

5: Super-Powered Lex Luthor vs. Superman (All-Star Superman)

6: Superman vs. Superman Earth 2 (Infinite Crisis)

7: Deathstroke vs. Elongated Man's Justice League (Identity Crisis)

8: Old Batman vs. Old Joker (The Dark Knight Returns)

9: The Others vs. Black Manta (Aquaman Volume 2: The Others)

10: Green Lantern Hal Jordan and Green Lantern Sinestro vs. Atrocitus [AKA The Birth of Black Hand] (Green Lantern: Secret Origin)

#40 Posted by Alak (925 posts) - - Show Bio

Edited my first post to include battles 6-10.

#41 Posted by Veshark (9058 posts) - - Show Bio

@pokeysteve

I've changed the rules, you can now nominate up to 10 battles :D

#42 Posted by Pokeysteve (8128 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark said:

@pokeysteve

I've changed the rules, you can now nominate up to 10 battles :D

I edited my first post to include 10 nominations. Couldn't help but notice you changed the rules after you went to post your own list :D

#43 Posted by Veshark (9058 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark said:

@pokeysteve

I've changed the rules, you can now nominate up to 10 battles :D

I edited my first post to include 10 nominations. Couldn't help but notice you changed the rules after you went to post your own list :D

Haha, no it wasn't that, truthfully. I crunched the numbers in my head, and I figured every Viner only having 5 votes means that this process would take waayy too long.

#44 Posted by deaditegonzo (3683 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark: It looks like this may still be a problem, lol. We are all going to pick different battles, its just how we are.

#45 Posted by Veshark (9058 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark: It looks like this may still be a problem, lol. We are all going to pick different battles, its just how we are.

I'll call in more Viners to vote. If worse comes to worse, I guess I can just pick those battles with the higher votes, and then go into Round 2 of voting.

@jokergeist @floopay @pyrogram @theacidskull @lvenger @comicstooge @heraldofganthet @citizenbane @billy_batson @god_spawn @cameron83 @yung_ancient_one @matchesmalone21 @wishiwassuperman @laflux @tdk_1997 @entropy_aegis @awesam @battle_forum_junkie @dccomicsrule2011 @bumpyboo @rustyroy @kairan1979 @liberty

Vote for your Top 25 Battles in DC Comics! Every Viner gets to nominate ten battles for the Top 25!

#46 Posted by Billy Batson (57802 posts) - - Show Bio

Orion vs Darkseid from Orion #5.

BB

#47 Edited by Yung ANcient One (4654 posts) - - Show Bio

Wait what are we doing?

EDIT: I require assistance. I am not a huge DC guy. I have read a limited amount of titles. I feel as if I vote they will be extremely similar fights.

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#48 Posted by Veshark (9058 posts) - - Show Bio

Wait what are we doing?

EDIT: I require assistance. I am not a huge DC guy. I have read a limited amount of titles. I feel as if I vote they will be extremely similar fights.

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Just nominate your top ten favorite DC battles. If you can't hit 10, a lower number is fine ;)

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#50 Posted by cameron83 (6754 posts) - - Show Bio

Hm. I nominate the battle in Batman: Hush,against Superman.

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