November 23, 2008

Top 25 Comic Battles

Comic Book Resources has a list of the "Top 25 Comic Battles" of all-time. The one's I've read are in bold. I've added some needed comments where necessary, natch.

#25: Fantastic Four vs. Galactus. The "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" movie was loosely based on this battle.

#24. Batman vs. the Leader of the Mutant Gang. From the classic "Return of the Dark Knight" by Frank Miller.

#23. Invincible vs. Omni-Man.

#22. X-Men vs. the Marauders.

#21. The Ultimates vs. the Chitauri. This Avengers revamp is high-powered action all the way. Also, two straight-to-DVD animated flicks are based on this saga.

#20. The Avengers (and friends) vs. Korvac. There may be no greater "everything is at stake" comics yarn ever. Comics master Jim Shooter at his finest writing.

#19. The X-Men vs. the Hellfire Club. Part of artist extraordinaire John Byrne's run on the X-Men.

#18. The Avengers vs. Ultron. Kurt Busiek's magnum opus of volume 3 Avengers.

#17. Deathstroke vs. the Justice League of America.

#16. Batman vs. Guy Gardner.

#15. The Superheroes of the DC Multiverse vs. the Anti-Monitor.

#14. Wolverine vs. the Hulk.

#13. Hulk vs. the Thing. The Thing never wins against the Hulk. Never.

#12. X-Men vs. the Shi'Ar Imperial Guard. "X-Men 3" was loosely based on this tragic tale of the "death" of Jean Grey. Original cover at left.

#11. Spider-Man vs. the Green Goblin. Goblin kills Spidey's girl, and Webhead is out for revenge. The original "Spider-Man" film is based on this classic two-part comic set.

#10. Elektra vs. Bullseye. Like #11 above, much of the "Daredevil" movie is based on this battle. In fact, many of the lines spoken by Colin Farrell (Bullseye) were verbatim from this double-sized comic.

#9. Avengers vs. the Masters of Evil.

#8. Spider-Man vs. Juggernaut.

#7. The Ultimates vs. the Hulk.

#6. The Sinestro Corps War. I'm not a big DC Comics fan, but my buddy Brent loaned me this series, and all I could say afterward was "Wow."

#5. Practically all of Marvel's Superheroes vs. Thanos.

#4. Miracleman vs. Kid Miracleman.

#3. The Final Battle in “Kingdom Come." An alternate version of the DC Universe, and painted (yes, painted) by artist supreme Alex Ross. Not to be missed.

#2. Superman vs. Doomsday.

#1. Batman vs. Superman. The last segment of Frank Miller's "Return of the Dark Knight," Bruce Wayne has high-powered armored to take on the Man of Steel. Great stuff.

Posted by Hube at November 23, 2008 06:03 PM | TrackBack

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Help me out here. You know I was never much of a comics reader. I always thought Batmand and Superman were "good guys." What pissed them off so much that they decided to fight each other? Wouldn't it be more logical for them to team up and fight the baddies?

Posted by: Mike Matthews at November 23, 2008 07:02 PM

Yo Mike. In "The Return of the Dark Knight" (or was it "The Dark Knight Returns?" I never get that straight), the timeframe was like 20-30 yrs in the future. Bruce Wayne was an old man who had actually retired from crimefighting (but he comes back, natch, hence the series' title), and Superman had pretty much become a clandestine operative of the US government. Their political differences led to a big battle at the end of Frank Miller's series.

You'd like this series -- Miller makes Ronald Reagan look like a 70-IQ asshole throughout! ;-)

Posted by: Hube at November 23, 2008 07:10 PM

"#16. Batman vs. Guy Gardner."

One punch does not a titanic superhero battle make.

But it was hilarious.

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at November 24, 2008 05:02 PM

I stopped reading a couple decades earlier than you did, but we still overlap (and I did love the Batman-Superman face-off ala Frank Miller), but....

I have to make a case for Fantastic Four #40 ("The Battle of the Baxter Building") and the Thing v Doctor Doom battle there....

Gotta be somewhere in the Top 20, especially if you put Galactus and the Silver Dufus up there....

Posted by: steve Newton at November 24, 2008 10:31 PM

Superman vs. Doomsday still gives me chills. It was the only time while reading a comic I was awed and saddened at the same time. I'm a huge Superman fan so of course I'm biased. I still think Superman #75 is one of the single best comics ever! Comic writers say writing for Superman is difficult due to the fact that he has all of those abilities and very few weaknesses. I would happen to disagree. When you attack his heart he is as "human" as any one one of us. You can feel his ultimate fear in this issue... not being able to protect the planet and the people he cares for with all his being. Again, awesome ish!

Posted by: Brent at December 2, 2008 06:31 PM