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DB Comics Mailbag: How Do Poison Ivy’s Powers Work?

 

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AT A BASE LEVEL, POISON IVY CAN BRING DOWN A SEVEN-STORY BUILDING WITH TREE VINES

Gotham City Sirens (2011) #18. DC Comics.

In many respects, Poison Ivy has been described as a Gotham City Siren. Among Batman’s rogues she is a powerhouse that has threatened the Dark Knight both physically and mentally. At a base level, she is powerful enough to bring down a building. Let’s explain.

In Gotham City Sirens (2011) #18, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn are out to save Catwoman. Recently, Talia Al Ghul has jealousy over Selina’s feelings for Bruce. As a result, she commissions Zatanna to wipe Selina’s memories of Bruce’s secret identity.

Though Zatanna is conflicted she agrees to keep Batman‘s secret. Meanwhile, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn attack the apartment where Zatanna and Talia are staying with Selina. Powerfully, Pamela topples the apartment building with her vines.

In New York, the average apartment size is about 866 square feet. At about 50 pound per square foot, a seven-story apartment building weighs 303100 pounds or 151.55 tons. Really, the question is to explain how Poison Ivy can produce such chlorokinetic power.

 

POISON IVY IS A CHLOROKINETIC

3. CHLOROKINESIS CAN MOVE TREES TO GIANT SIZE:

Gotham City Sirens (2011) #18. DC Comics.

Concerning Pamela Isley’s accident and become Poison Ivy, read our article. In the Post-Crisis continuity, the villain has vast chlorokinetic powers. Let’s explain. Namely, chlorokinesis is the ability to move plants, trees and organisms containing chlorophyll.

To calculate the insolation needed for the vines to move 30 meters high, we roughly assume a 300 meters squared albedo canopy. Typically, this applies to trees and not vines. However, Poison Ivy’s chlorokinesis is directly depending on light absorption by photosynthesis.

In the issue, Pamela had to generate an Energy Projection of 5111019.38901 Joules. At 30 meters tall, a tree should generate a 0.11 albedo canopy. At 150.97 billion meters, the sun shines 1355.74 Watts per meter squared of light energy on Earth.

Definitely, Poison Ivy performed a Building Level of Energy Projection according to the Power Level Wiki.

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2. WITH TOXIKINESIS, POISON IVY CAN KILL 1000 MEN WITH PURPORTED CARDENOLIDES

In 'Batman/Green Arrow: The Poison Tomorrow' (1992), Pamela Isley is stated to have enough poison to kill a regiment.
Batman/Green Arrow: The Poison Tomorrow (1992). DC Comics.

In Batman/Green Arrow: The Poison Tomorrow (1992), we learn about the extent of Poison Ivy’s toxikinesis. Since Crisis On Infinite Earths, the femme fatale has gained the ability to seduce or kill with a toxic kiss.

Incredibly, her poisoned blood contains thousands of toxins which despite their amount has not killed Poison Ivy. Rather, they have made her stronger. After an exam, we learn the villain’s blood contains enough toxins in her blood to kill a regiment.

At about a 1000 men, her poison is also able to kill an elephant. Recently, it has been found that a species of rats contains a toxin called cardenolide that allows it to kill an elephant in small amount.

Moreover, a small amount of cardenolides is enough to stop a human heart. With 115000 Joules of energy, the human heart beats many times a minute. Since she can kill a thousand men, she can generate 115000000 Joules of energy per day.

At a base level, her toxikinesis produces a Peak Human Level of Energy Projection.

1. THE GREEN IS HER CONNECTION TO EARTH’S BIOMASS

Gotham City Sirens (2009) #4. DC Comics.

Importantly, Poison Ivy is actually a mystic. Indeed, her chlorokinesis actually allows her to tap into an ambient energy called the Green. Really, this power exists within the Earth’s vegetation.

Effectively, Poison Ivy is able to see within the Earth’s biomass across vast distances and sense the events in the environment. As an eco-terrorist, this is very important when she has to solve problems or operate on a large scale. Finally, to answer the user’s question.

Indeed, Poison Ivy’s chlorokinetic cells are photosynthetic. Moreover, her photosynthesis would preclude her need for food, sleep and sex. Since she has access to the Green like Swamp Thing she may even duplicate herself by self-pollination. Visit Batman’s feat reversing her chlorokinesis.

ANSWER:

Really, Poison Ivy’s chlorokinesis is mystical and explains her ability to produce toxins and connect to the Green while maintaining a human appearance.


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Gotham City Sirens Vol 1 18 in DC Database.
Predicting Maximum Tree Heights and Other Traits from Allometric Scaling and Resource Limitations in PubMed Central.
The Secret Social Live of Giant Poisonous Rats in The University of Utah.
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“Superman/Batman, Vol. 2: Supergirl” Review

 

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Superman/Batman: Supergirl (2005). DC Comics.

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One of the most popular Supergirl origin stories. Gift this comic to your significant other on the occasions of anniversaries, marriages, Valentine’s Day and birthdays. Available on Amazon.

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Superman and Batman work together to battle evil in many forms.  

Critically, Superman/Batman, Vol. 2: Supergirl is the most popular Supergirl origin story in Post-Crisis continuity. Importantly, in an alien contact Supergirl arrives on Earth. And a dangerous menace rises that threatens DC’s Trinity.

Together, writer Jeph Loeb and superstar artists Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald collaborate on the story. Really, the writing shines on the paranoia of alien invasions.

Nevertheless, the art in the book is characteristic of Loeb’s run on Superman/Batman: muscular, bold, violent. Moreover, Darkseid vs Superman!

Indeed, share this Paperback to fans of Superman and on occasions of anniversaries and Valentine’s Day. Definitely, it is worth its price and will leave you wanting for more Superman and Batman! And Supergirl!

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This comic showcases Superman/Batman, Vol. 2: Supergirl. One good feature of this comic is that it is available in Paperback and Hardcover formats. It is published by DC Comics.

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  • Publisher: DC Comics.
  • Language: English.
  • Print Length: 168 pages.
  • Paperback and Hardcover formats available.
  • Publication Date: September 12, 2005.
  • Dimensions: 6.65 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches.

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To begin, Superman/Batman, Vol. 2: Supergirl deals with Supergirl’s most popular origin story. In fact, the Hardcover was a sell-out at the time.

Importantly, as the Girl of Steel causes tensions within DC’s Trinity, a new threat rises. Dangerously, Darkseid has set his sights on Superman’s Kryptonian cousin. And Supergirl must choose between Earth and Apokolips.

The comic is good for your collection. You will definitely marvel at Michael Turner’s strong pencils, the characters’ erotic physiques and the color palette.

COLLECT JEPH LOEB’S AND MICHAEL TURNER’S RUN

This is the comic to own in order to build your Superman/Batman collection. Together, this comic is part of Jeph Loeb’s and Michael Turner’s popular run on the ongoing series. Successfully, the comic has been adapted to the popular Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.

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CUSTOMER REVIEW RATINGS

This product has 116 global ratings with a customer review rating of 4.7 out of 5.

The customer review said: “Michael Turner’s artwork is the epitome of what comic art should like. In the introduction, Jeph Loeb said that Turner drew the best looking females in all of comics. I’d happen to agree with him. Not only the women look good though. Turner’s Batman is one of the coolest looking versions of Batman ever. Even as much as I love Jim Lee’s art, Turner’s Batman put Lee’s to shame. Like Jim Lee, Turner’s super-detailed work caused him to become one of the hottest artists in comics. It’s really sad that Turner passed away a few years after this volume came out.”

There are seven negative reviews. One negative review pointed the poor plot: “This was a shame. I think supergirl is a cool character and can be done well, but this just makes clear that DC has no idea what to do with her. There is no characterization, no back up characters and the story can only loosely be called a “story.” The art is cool and it seems that is all this book has to offer. It’s a real disappointment, especially after Peter David’s run on the previous Supergirl (linda danvers) which was excellent. Stick with Many Happy Returns, possibly the best supergirl story ever (along with Crisis on Infinite Earths).”

Overall, this comic was good.

CONCLUSION


POSITIVE:

  • Paperback and Hardcover format available.
  • Popular Supergirl origin story.
  • DC’s Trinity.
  • Hardcover sell-out at the time.

NEGATIVE:

  • Hypersexualized females.
  • Poor plot.

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


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The Best Sellers List: The Castling Battle In ‘Superman/Batman: Public Enemies’ Boosted Hawkman’s Rep In The DCU

 

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THE BEST SELLERS LIST

In our new hotness, we have The Best Sellers List. Here, we cover the greatest battles of a particular character in a comic or series, and how it made it a best-seller. In our new hotness for March, is Hawkman in Superman/Batman (2004) #4.

First, let’s reveal a poll on Twitter. Then, let’s show how it was a success.

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Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. DC Comics.

WHY HAWKMAN IS ON THE BEST SELLERS LIST

Superman/Batman (2004) #4. DC Comics.

THE CREATIVE TEAM

Namely, the creative team on the story arc is an all-star talent. In a few words, writer Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness collaborate on the story arc. Together, they produced the cataclysmic Our Worlds At War crossover event.

When both superstars collaborate on works, you know they are playing for keeps. In fact, the heroes are not pulling any punches!

THE WORLD’S FINEST ON STEROIDS

Really, Public Enemies is The World’s Finest team-up on steroids. What happens when you pit the two most popular DC heroes, namely Superman and Batman, as underdogs against the DC Universe?

And add to that characters drawn with bulging muscles and oversized physiques! In the story, President Luthor has put a $1 billion bounty on Superman and Batman. Previously, our World’s Finest defeated the supervillains.

Now, the heroes are sent to take them in. Particularly, Hawkman and Captain Marvel are sent in because they don’t hold back!

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THE BATTLE THAT SOLD THE STORY ARC

Importantly, the castling battle of Superman and Batman vs Hawkman and Captain Marvel sold the comic. Let’s explain. In the desert, Superman, Batman, Power Girl and Katana need to locate Hiro Okamura to help stop Asteroid X, a Kryptonite asteroid.

Suddenly, they are intercepted by Hawkman and Captain Marvel. However, Superman is at a disadvantage against Captain Marvel’s magic. And Batman is disadvantaged by Hawkman’s flight. Hence, Batman calls castling. Then, both superheroes exchange partners.

Really, the Superman vs Hawkman fight has been talked about online for quite some time.

In Superman/Batman (2004) #4, an amped Hawkman hits Superman with the magnetic field of the Earth. DC Comics.

Incredibly, Hawkman used the Claw of Horus to hit Superman with the magnetic field at the Earth’s core. Definitely, a Planetary-Level of Energy Projection. Moreover, a question that has been posed is whether Hawkman’s Claw of Horus is magical.

In fact, how it affects Superman’s invulnerability.

Though the artifact may be scientific, it is able to disrupt magical energies using Nth Metal. In addition, it amps its user’s powers and grants them magnetic abilities. For his part, Captain Marvel was able to defeat Batman by outsmarting him.

SALES, SALES, SALES

Really, though the comic did not significantly boost sales, it did result in boosting Hawkman’s reputation. Indeed, it showed how a JSA and C-list character like Hawkman can take down an A-list character like Superman.

In fact, Superman/Batman #4 ranked 172nd in January 2004 unit sales according to Comichron. Perhaps, the series contributed to the sales of the main Hawkman series. During that same month, Hawkman had the highest rank in unit sales within a three month span.

 

Let’s rank Hawkman’s formidability with the Claw of Horus.

FORMIDABILITY

Strength Class: Planetary 50%
Weaknesses: Divine Enchantment 100%
Quality Opponents: Champion 75%
Limitations: Durability 25%

SCORE: 25

FORMIDABILITY:

STREET FIGHTER

For the most part, Hawkman amped with the Claw of Horus is around Martian Manhunter Level. His Strength Class actually measures his Energy Projection. Since he hit Superman with the planet, his Strength Class is Planetary-Level.

And really, Superman as his Quality Opponent is around Champion Level who can defeat a planet.

However, Hawkman’s formidability is limited by his Durability. Indeed, his Durability is too low to allow him to rank higher. Though his Durability is properly Enhanced or Variable with the Claw of Horus and other Nth-metal enhancements.

QUALITY OPPONENTS

During the comic, Hawkman faces Superman and Batman. Though Superman ranks as Champion, Batman ranks as Peak Human or Assassin.

FAN RECEPTION

Since its initial release, the Superman/Batman series has remained very popular among fans. In fact, it has been adapted to the DC Animated Universe in multiple films such as Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and the mega-hit Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.

RECOMMENDATION:

Definitely, collect this titanic comic in single issues or paperback in comic format.


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REFERENCES

Superman/Batman Vol 1 4 in DC Database.
Claw of Horus in DC Database.
January 2004 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops in Comichron.
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DC Day Series: Is Batman A #Batgod Or A #Batninja?

 

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Batman, The God of Knowledge. DC Comics.

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Over his long storied history, Batman has been incarnated in various media: comic, live-action series and movies, video games, radio and more. Importantly, what has seized the fans’ imagination seems to have been the Dark Knight’s tortured but disciplined humanity.

Though Batman may have demons, he always seems to come out on top. And he always comes to a battle prepared with ten moves ahead.

However, Batman seems to consistently outperform metahumans, gods and cosmic beings. What is Batman’s formidability in battles?

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#BATGOD OR #BATNINJA?

Batman Begins. WB.

In his titanic battles, Batman has out-performed DC powerhouses.

And at the same time, he has struggled with his rogues and criminal masterminds.

Two factors that seem to determine the outcome of Batman’s fights is preparation and the level of unpredictability.

From our previous article, we continue the central question of our series:

Does his preparation bring out the best in Batman making him a #Batgod?

Or does unpredictability affect his formidability making Batman a #Batninja?

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So far, the Twitter audience has given one vote to Bat vs Bane.

Let’s look at four instances of Batman’s battles and explain how they affect whether they are #Batgod or #Batninja.

 

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#BATNINJA: BATMAN VS BANE

Notoriously, Bane is famous for being the one who physically and mentally dominated Batman.

In Batman: Knightfall, the supervillain orchestrates the downfall of the Dark Knight.

Masterfully, the hulk frees the criminals from Arkham Asylum.

Then, it is up to Batman to capture and return them. However, the process proves very difficult.

Even more, Batman’s relationships are tested and he decides to take on the Herculean task by himself.

With little preparation and due to the rogues’ sheer number, Batman is taken near exhaustion.

Ultimately, Bane defeats Batman and iconicly breaks his back.

Definitely, Bane’s mental and physical superiority prove unpredictability makes Batman a #Batninja.

In Batman (1993) #497, Bane breaks Batman’s back. DC Comics.

#BATGOD: BATMAN VS SUPERMAN

Perhaps, one of the greatest battles in comicdom. Over the years, Batman and Superman have fought.

Though each have had their victories. At the same time, Batman has shown why he is ultimately a #Batgod.

Indeed, one of the Dark Knight’s greatest strengths, is his preparation before his missions.

In fact, Batman is a tactical genius who evens the odds with preparation, tactics, martial arts and technology.

Certainly, Batman succeeds in putting up a fight against the Kryptonian because he knows how his opponent thinks.

In most fights, unless Superman were bloodlusted, the outcome would be a draw.

In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring.
In Batman (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring. DC Comics.

#BATNINJA: BATMAN VS JOKER

Indeed, Joker is Batman’s nemesis. In many respects, many of the Detective’s rogues have mental instability.

In the recent The Joker War (2020), the Clown Prince of Crime decides to take over Wayne Enterprises.

In fact, in order to force Batman to reveal his secret identity.

Dramatically, Joker manages to take over Gotham City in order to wage war.

On multiple occasions, authors have wondered why Batman does not permanently end his rivalry.

Partly, it is because Joker’s insanity creates unpredictability.

At his heart, the Detective is a scientist who seeks to control Gotham City and end crime.

For these reasons, Joker contradicts everything Batman seeks to achieve.

Definitely, Joker makes Batman a #Batninja.

'The Joker War' Part One.
The Joker War Part One. DC Comics.

#BATGOD: BATMAN VS MAN-BAT

To begin, Man-Bat’s first appearance in DC continuity is in Detective Comics (1970) #400.

In the New 52, Kirk Langstrom is originally a scientist with good alignment.

Indeed, he attempts to develop a serum to help the deaf and the blind. But he develops the Man-Bat serum by accident.

In Detective Comics (2014) #26, Batman outwits Kirk Langstrom.

In order to save his wife from her Man-Bat transformations, Batman tricks Kirk.

Indeed, he administers the scientist with his own counter-serum, telling him it is a sedative.

When his wife fights them, Kirk drops the sedative. However, Kirk transforms into Man-Bat and bites her.

Soon, the bite injects the sedative reverting her transformation.

And depending on your opinion, Batman is either a #Batgod or #Batninja.

However, Batman punches Man-Bat to revert him into Kirk. Definitely a #Batgod.

In 'Batman/Superman: Annual' (2015) #2, Batman fights Man-Bat.
In Batman/Superman: Annual (2015) #2, Batman fights Man-Bat. DC Comics

Please see our JLA Big Seven article on Batman’s formidability rating. Ultimately, we disagree with the user and state that Batman is properly speaking a #Batgod.

 

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THAT FAMOUS BAT-KICK

In Batman, ‘Batman vs The Incredible Hulk’ #1, we rated Batman’s notorious Bat-kick in the DC/Marvel crossover from the 1980s.

Given Hulk’s tough skin and “oversized lungs”, no one outside of at least a Metahuman Level in Strength Class could have caused Hulk’s reflex.1

Evidently, Batman kicked Hulk at a pressure point, the solar plexus.

In terms of Strength Level, Hulk’s oversized lungs would have necessitated a Planetary Level of Super Strength in order to gasp for air.

For this reason, we can state that the Bat-kick likely required #Batninja Fighting Skills with chi manipulation.

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REFERENCES

Batman: Knightfall in DC Database.
The Joker War in DC Database.
Detective Comics Vol 2 26 in DC Database.
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Reviews: “Batman: Hush” (Graphic Novel)

In 'Batman' (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money.
 

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Batman (2002) #608. DC Comics

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Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In Batman: Hush, the Dark Knight must recover the Lamont ransom. To this end, the comic features a who is who of Batman’s rogues. And the Dark Knight races to uncover the identity of the masked villain who threatens the Bat-family.

Together, collect issues #608-619 in Batman: Hush (New Edition) (Batman (1940-2011)).

Perhaps, one of the most popular Batman story arcs in recent memory. With superstar talent from writer Jeph Loeb and artist Jim Lee, Hush is one of the greatest Batman graphic novels. In addition, Superman appears in issues #611 and #612. Also, witness Batman vs Killer Croc.

 

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DIALOGUE

To sum, the dialogue serves the ambiance of mystery and thriller characteristic of the best detective stories. In part cryptic, and in part terrifying, the dialogue heightens the comic.

Certainly, it is a strong part of the comic and the narration helps point important moments and their urgency.

PLOT

Generally, Hush has a stellar plot though with some great themes. Indeed, the central theme in the graphic novel is Batman’s failure to protect Jason Todd, the second Robin.

Though the first part of the arc is its strongest, the big reveal of the masked villain at the end may feel contrived. In addition, the resolution leaves some plot holes unanswered. Overall, the plot is focused and brilliant as a detective story.

CHARACTERIZATION

Perhaps, the most faithful aspect of the comic. Really, Jeph Loeb’s characterization is top-notch. For the most part, heroes and villains act in character.

In addition, Batman’s budding romance with Catwoman is left unresolved though with an indication the villain may know more than she seemed. However, other rogues only appear for fan service. Notably, Joker is not fully developed in the story.

ART

When the series debuted in 2002, the creative team was its strongest selling point. As matter of fact, Jim Lee’s art is legendary in this comic. In Superman: For Tomorrow, the artist continued on the work started here.

Really, Batman: Hush has been one of the most successful Batman comics in years.

VERDICT

With action, mystery and romance, comic collectors love this story. Definitely, this storyline is one of the greatest Batman stories.

RECOMMENDATION:

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Batman: Hush in DC Database.
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Power Level Wiki Preview: In “Darkseid War,” Batman Is The God Of Knowledge And Deduces The Origin Of Anti-Monitor

 

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In JLA (2003) #89, Flash evacuates 532000 men and women from Chongjin destroyed in a nuclear explosion at the speed of light.

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Reviews: ‘Injustice vs Masters of The Universe’ (Superman vs He-Man)

 

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Injustice vs Masters of The Universe (2019). DC Comics.

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INJUSTICE VS MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE STORY

STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: INJUSTICE VS MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (2019)

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In 2019, DC Comics published the latest addition to the Injustice: Gods Among Us franchise. With Injustice vs Masters of The Universe, the Injustice story is moved forward in a significant way.

Importantly, He-Man emerges as Superman’s contender for the title of DC’s most powerful hero.

As matter of fact, the end of the comic brings a satisfying conclusion to the series for Superman fans and a great portrayal for the He-Man and MoTU fanbase.

But that is not all. Soon, look forward to He-Man’s guest appearance in Injustice 3. Who wouldn’t love to have the power of Grayskull?

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DIALOGUE

In many respects, Tim Seeley’s dialogue is true to the ancient style of speech. Indeed, it is verbose, long and cryptic. Particularly, this applies to Skeletor and Darkseid. For the most part, the dialogue serves to move the story forward.

Though it also serves as exposition and highlights the characters’ thought process. The large word balloons really fit a bigger size format ideal with the paperback.

PLOT

In sum, the plot is in fact a Hail Mary in order to save the DC Universe. When Injustice Superman seems to have extinguished hope on Earth, Batman contacts the only hero that may be able to defeat Superman in a slugfest: He-Man.

Also, the Injustice series is set on Earth Twenty-Two and is outside the DC mainstream continuity.

 

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CHARACTERIZATION

Perhaps, the truest part of the entire series. For the most part, the characters figure as directly taken outside of a video game. Indeed, though complex, the contrast between good and evil is stark. Generally, such caricature may or may not appeal to fans.

Finally, one element that may seem out of character for the fallen hero, despite his evil, is Superman’s attempt to control the Anti-Life Equation.

ART

Finally, the series’ most appealing aspect. True to previous comics, Freddie E. Williams II complements work done on other He-Man comics, such as He-Man/Thundercats. For the most part, the art does service to the character who is its main protagonist.

In fact, He-Man works well in the comic medium as caricatural form of art.

VERDICT

With the new mini-series, the Injustice series breaks new ground. Really, the Superman vs He-Man rivalry started in the New 52 is completed here. Definitely, this storyline is one of the best Injustice stories.

RECOMMENDATION:

Definitely, collect either the trade paperback or the single issues.


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REFERENCES

Injustice Vs. Masters of the Universe in Comic Vine.
EXCL. PREVIEW: Worlds Collide in Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe #1 in CBR.com.
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Battles Of The Week: Batman vs Killer Croc (Hero vs Villain)

In 'Batman' (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money.
 

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Writers and Artists

Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee.

SYNOPSIS FOR “Hush, Chapter One: The Ransom”

The clock is ticking and Batman must rescue Edward Lamont IV, the heir of the Lamont fortune, from the clutches of Killer Croc.

As the protagonists attempt to escape through Gotham’s tunnels, they are intercepted by the supervillain.

A fight follows…

IN ADVANCED WARFARE

Batman (2002) #608. DC Comics

Enter the contestants. On the left side is Batman and on the right side is Killer Croc.

Let’s look at the stats.

BATMAN – NEW EARTH

Super Strength: Peak Human 8%
Super Speed: Subsonic 42%
Durability: Peak Human 8%
Energy Projection: Metahuman 17%
Fighting Skills: Metahuman 67%
Intelligence: Inventor 50%

PARAPHERNALIA

  • Batsuit.
  • Utility Belt.
  • Batrope.
  • Hypersonic Device.

WEAKNESSES

  • Drug Addiction: Once addicted to Bane’s Venom.
  • Limited Mobility.

KILLER CROC – NEW EARTH

Super Strength: Metahuman 17%
Super Speed: Warrior 33%
Durability: Metahuman 17%
Energy Projection: Metahuman 17%
Fighting Skills: Bloodlusted 58%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%

PARAPHERNALIA

  • Diminished Intellect.
  • Skin Condition.

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THE FIGHT

In the Gotham City sewers, Batman and Edward Lamont IV attempt to escape Killer Croc. Suddenly, they are intercepted by the monster. A battle follows between Batman and Killer Croc.

The battle to decide who is the assassin!


DAMAGE SCALE

The fight starts out with Killer Croc attacking Batman and Lamont IV.

On the following pages, after two hits by Croc, Batman gets the upperhand with a dodge, a headbutt and a kick.

KILLER CROC BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x2): 1 DAMAGE PT (x2) = 2 DAMAGE PTS.
BATMAN CONCUSSION + BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x2): 3 DAMAGE PTS + 1 DAMAGE PT (x2) = 5 DAMAGE PTS.

On the final page, Batman restrains Killer Croc with chains.

BATMAN EXPLOSION + BLUNT FORCE + CONCUSSION (x2) ATTACKS: 5 DAMAGE PTS + 1 DAMAGE PT + 3 DAMAGE PTS (x2) = 12 DAMAGE PTS.

TOTAL


BATMAN’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-3 DAMAGE PTS.

Peak Human Martial Arts 6 Hours = 3528 kcal/hr = 2.46*10^6 J/hr = 0.00058571428 Tons of TNT/hr.
-(3 DAMAGE PTS * 1360.777 kg * 9.81 m/s^2 * 4.0 m * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = 0.00003814063 PTS * Ton of TNT.
Batman’s Durability = (-0.00007250725
PTS * Tons of TNT)/(0.00058571428 Tons of TNT) = -0.06511814941
PTS.
Durability = 1 – 0.06511814941
= 0.93 PTS = PEAK HUMAN.


DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN

Durability: Peak Human 8%

CROC’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-17 DAMAGE PTS.

Impact Force Of Machine Gun = 71171.546 N = 1480368.1568 J = 0.0003524686 Tons of TNT.
-(14 DAMAGE PTS * 26*10^98 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(1 hr * 4.2*10^9 J) = -1.052381*10^91 ​PTS * Ton of TNT.
Croc’s Durability = (-1.052381*10^91
PTS * Tons of TNT)/(0.0003524686 Tons of TNT) = -2.985744*10^94 PTS.
Durability = 2 – 2.985744*10^94 = -2.985744*10^94 PTS = APPARENT DEATH.


DURABILITY: APPARENT DEATH

Durability: Apparent Death 1%

WINNER: BATMAN WINS BY NEAR DEATH.

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BATMAN IN COMICS

Detective Comics (1940) #27, titled “The Screaming House” marks the first appearance of Batman in DC continuity. The issue tells one of Batman’s cases early on. During the issue, the Detective battles Count Grutt and his gang of thugs.

The comic was written by Bill Finger and penciled by Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson.

BATMAN’S THRILLING FIRST APPEARANCE
Detective Comics (1940) #27, titled "The Screaming House" marks the first appearance of Batman in DC continuity.
Detective Comics (1940) #27, titled “The Screaming House” marks the first appearance of Batman in DC continuity. DC Comics

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