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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.

 

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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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Marvel Day: In The First Appearance Against The Fantastic Four, It Took A Volcano To Stop Super-Skrull

 

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In 'Fantastic Four' (1963) #18, the Fantastic Four battle Super-Skrull for the first time.
Writer(s)

Stan Lee


Penciler(s)

Jack Kirby


Inker(s)

Dick Ayers


Colorist(s)

Stan Goldberg


Cover

Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman, Stan Goldberg and Art Simek


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

June 11, 1963

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SUPER-SKRULL MAY APPEAR IN THE NEW FF MOVIE

In 2019, fans of CAPTAIN MARVEL [Blu-ray], got a glimpse for the possible direction of the new Fantastic Four movie. In short, the movie is about Kree super-spy Carol Danvers. As she struggles to regain her memories, Carol is caught in a war between the Kree and the shape-shifting Skrulls. Eventually, she becomes Captain Marvel, a galactic superhero. At ScreenRant, Chris Voyage speculates that Super-Skrull would be the perfect villain for the FF’s MCU debut.

In addition, clues have been planted in Spider-Man: Far From Home, about the upcoming Disney+ show Secret Invasion. In fact, it is based on the eponymous comic where Earth is invaded by Skrull spies. Dangerously, the spies use their shape-shifting powers to impersonate Earth’s heroes. For their part, let’s look at the first war between Super-Skrull and the Fantastic Four.

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AFTER A PREVIOUS FAILED INVASION, THE EMPEROR SENDS SUPER-SKRULL TO INVADE EARTH

In the fifth quadrant of the Andromeda galaxy, on Tarnax IV, the Skrull Emperor plans to invade Earth. Previously, the Fantastic Four thwarted the Skrull invasion. This time, they are sending the Super-Skrull named Kl’rt. With the powers of the FF, Kl’rt is even stronger than the team combined.

A week later, the Fantastic Four respond to reports of an alien sighting at Times Square. There, Super-Skrull appears and plants the Skrull flag on the ground. Thereby, Kl’rt claims Earth as a Skrull colony. When a mob attacks him, Super-Skrull bats them aside. Soon, the FF battle Super-Skrull but are no match. In the end, the Fantastic Four are forced to flee.

In Fantastic Four (1963) #18, Mister Fantastic battles Super-Skrull. Marvel Comics.

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IN A FINAL BATTLE, THE FF IMPRISON SUPER-SKRULL IN A VOLCANO

In the final battle, the Fantastic Four goad Super-Skrull on an abandoned island named Crater Isle. Previously, Reed deduced the source of Kl’rt’s powers. Indeed, he derives his amazing super powers from a homing beacon to the Skrull Throneworld. Quickly, Mister Fantastic constructed a jamming device.

During the battle, the Fantastic Four distract Super-Skrull. Meanwhile, Invisible Girl plants the jamming device. Amazingly, the device deprives Kl’rt access to his super powers. Now powerless, Super-Skrull is knocked into a volcano. To finish him, Human Torch seals the sand over the opening with his flame.

Crater Isle.
Crater Isle. Marvel Comics.

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Reviews: 2000s Superman Storylines, Ranked From Best To Good

 
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2000s SUPERMAN STORYLINES RANKED BEST TO GOOD

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: “WHAT’S SO FUNNY ABOUT TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN WAY” (2001).

Collects ‘Action Comics’ #775.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 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 2001, Joe Kelly, Doug Mahnke and Lee Bermejo collaborated on “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice And The American Way”. The extra-sized issue of ‘Action Comics’ #775, has been collected in the “Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told Vol. 1” Trade Paperback. According to Brian Cronin at CBR.com, ‘Action Comics’ #775 contains a meta-message.

Normally, comics are commentaries, criticisms and causes against society, mores and even political climates. However, here, the story comments on the place of Superman in the modern age. The question aptly put is whether the world still needs the old-fashioned Superman.

The storyline is about the Elite, a new breed of violent metahumans. Its team members are leader Manchester Black, a psychokinetic; Hat, with a magic hat; Coldcast, endowed with power over subatomic particles; and Menagerie. After they stop a terrorist threat in Libya, they announce themselves as the new breed of superheroes the world needs. Moreover, the people actually celebrate this new brand of violence. Due to the great loss of life involved, Superman questions their methods.

As Mr. Cronin points out, the meta-message is the popularity of the Authority at the time. In fact, the series was out-selling the Superman titles. Certainly, there have been plenty of stories involving Superman’s idealism and modern penchant for nihilism. One story, which is a classic, is “Kingdom Come” published in the 1990s. Nevertheless, where this story stands out is the fact it showcases how far Superman is willing to go to protect the people. Embracing their brutal tactics, the Man of Steel shows the Elite that American idealism is the best protection against violence.

Definitely, this story is one of the greatest Superman stories ever told. Successfully, the comic has been adapted to animation as “Superman vs The Elite.” In fact, it is available on Amazon in DVD and Blu-Ray formats.

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BEST: “SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW” (2004).

Collects ‘Superman’ #204-215.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 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.

“Superman: For Tomorrow” is one of the less celebrated and more controversial Superman stories. But this is precisely why it is near the top of this list. Normally, Superman is a man of action. Here, Superman is both a man of brain and brawn.

The collaboration on the work is top-notch. If Brian Azzarello seems to lose the subject in the second half of the storyline, Jim Lee’s pencils and art only get stronger over the course of the issues. Perhaps, one of the most original stories that cause Superman to question his place in the world. The plot centers about disappearances on Earth called the Vanishings which Superman has traced to an obscure corner of the Middle East. Moreover, the threat is personal since Superman’s wife, Lois Lane, disappeared during the events. So, Superman goes to confess his sins to a Catholic priest named Father Leone. He tells the priest: “My sin, was to save the world.”1

Throughout his history, Superman has been a vigilante, superhero and cosmic being. But here, he is something else. Indeed, Superman appears as a messiah. What makes this story stand out is because it covers the breadth of the character from a journey in space, to his work with the Justice League, to what he means to Metropolis and to his sanctum at the Fortress of Solitude. Though the writing can be cryptic, this is certainly one of the most innovative Superman stories both with regards to art and to story-telling.

Definitely, this story is essential Superman and belongs in your Superman collection.

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BEST: ‘SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT’ (2003).

Collects ‘Superman: Birthright’ #1-12.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

In 2003, Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu created ‘Superman: Birthright.’ At the time, the 12-issue series was meant to be the de-facto origin story of Superman. In fact, it replaced the 1986 ‘Man of Steel.’ Julian Beauvais at CBR.com, states five reasons why ‘Superman: Birthright’ is the definitive modern take on Superman’s origin story.

Generally, ‘Superman: Birthright’ may be divided in two halves. The first half is Superman’s proper origin story and discovering his alien heritage. The second is Lex Luthor’s origin story in Smallville and his connection to Krypton. In truth, fans of Smallville, will definitely love the pairing of both characters and of how Luthor played a hand in one of Superman’s weaknesses.

Certainly, Birthright works well as a coming-of-age story. Indeed, Clark discovers his origins from an alien Kryptonian pad. In true fashion, he decides to don his Kryptonian family’s costume in order to help humanity. In some sense, it is a modern approach that focuses on Clark’s humanity despite his alien nature. Moreover, another element works well. The public initially does not trust Superman, and Lex Luthor is chiefly the reason why. However, the problem that subsists is that despite Superman’s obvious intelligence, he shows little interest in decoding his history. In the end, Luthor unwittingly connects him to his past.

This series is certainly a must-have for your Superman collection, with a blend of adventure, action, plenty of comedy and sci-fi themes.

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BEST: ‘SUPERMAN/SHAZAM!: FIRST THUNDER’ (2005-2006).

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Over the years, Superman and Captain Marvel (who became Shazam in the New 52 and Rebirth) have shared amazing adventures. Similarly, Judd Winick’s 2005 four-issue mini-series is no exception.

In truth, “Superman/Shazam” is the tale of the explosive first meeting between Superman and Captain Marvel. Successfully, Judd Winick has crafted a strong story narrated by the wizard Shazam. At the same time, Joshua Middleton’s art shines by its vibrant coloring and its strong lines.

In a few words, let’s discuss the storytelling. The storytelling is fast-paced and action-packed. Centrally, the action and the plot focus mainly on Doctor Sivana’s latest plot to destroy Captain Marvel. In fact, Marvel and his world are the focus of the story. Also, Superman plays an important part to the story and his dynamic with Captain Marvel adds heart. The final pages bring a satisfying conclusion to the story arc.

Winick’s mini-series is certainly a fan-favorite and a reason why Superman and Captain Marvel as a dynamic duo has tremendous potential. Fans of Captain Marvel will love this series.

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GOOD: “SUPERMAN/BATMAN: SUPERGIRL” (2005).


























Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Surely, “Superman/Batman: Supergirl,” is the high point of Jeph Loeb’s run. On the heels of the hardcover sell-out, DC rushed solicits of the trade paperback. At the time, the popularity of Supergirl was at an all-time high. Successfully, the comic has even been adapted to the very popular “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.”

Supergirl’s return to the DC Universe created tremendous enthusiasm. In fact, the new origin story of Supergirl showed her common heritage with Kal-El. At the same time, it distinguished her from him. Perhaps, Supergirl’s brashness are the results of her age, Kryptonian upbringing and her unfamiliarity with Earth.

What makes this comic work is the inherent tension within DC’s Trinity. First, Superman recognizes Kara Zor-El as his cousin and trusts her. Second, Wonder Woman wants to train her as an Amazon in the use of her super powers. Third, Batman does not trust her and fears his enemies might exploit her. In fact, Batman is correct. A threat looms large that threatens the DC Universe.

Michael Turner is the penciler and Peter Steigerwald is the colorist. There is a sense of eroticism in the art. Indeed, the male superheroes are drawn as exaggeratedly muscle-bound. In contrast, the females are drawn with large breasts and petite physiques. Though the art is appealing, the story and the action carry it. Definitely, the trade paperback offers a great experience.

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.

“Our Worlds At War” was a massive crossover event in the early 2000s. Though, it has not had any earth-shaking impact on DC continuity. Nevertheless, it did show Superman making compromises with then President Luthor in order to save the DC Universe. Certainly, the existential threat is Imperiex, the embodiment of entropy. As usual, the cosmic villain seeks to hollow the universe in order to create a perfect one.

The event crossed over all the major DC titles at the time: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Young Justice, Green Lantern to name a few. The comic documents Superman’s progress in space along Doomsday, destroying the Imperiex probes. Finally, Superman has to unlock his cosmic power and with the help of DC’s cosmic powers, triumph.

The crossover is collected under “Superman: Our Worlds At War.”

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Review: Superman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told Vol. 1 trade paperback (DC Comics) in Collected Editions.
Meta-Messages – Joe Kelly Wonders What IS So Funny ‘Bout Truth, Justice and the American Way? in CBR.com.
Action Comics Vol 1 775 in DC Database.
Superman: For Tomorrow in DC Database.
Super-Stars (Part 1): Mark Waid’s “Birthright,” The Official Origin in CBR.com.
Superman: 5 Reasons Why Birthright Is His Definitive Origin (& 5 Why It’s Man Of Steel) in CBR.com.
Superman: Birthright in DC Database.
Smallville: 10 Changes To Superman’s Origin Story That Made Him A Better Character in CBR.com.
Superman/Shazam!: First Thunder Vol 1 in DC Database.
DC Comics Rush Solicits “Superman/Batman: Supergirl” TP in CBR.com.
Superman/Batman Apocalypse Blu-ray Review in IGN.
Our Worlds at War in DC Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Superman #204.

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Super Power Explained: THE Marvel Universe Strength Hierarchy Ranks The Top 10 Heroes And Villains By The Potential For Infinite Strength

 
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In Avengers’ (2013) #4, Hyperion performs a super strength feat. In a flashback, Hyperion’s origin story is told: He survived the destruction of his home world in an incursion event that collapsed two universes together by holding them apart until they eventually collapsed. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In the Marvel Universe, the strongest heroes are gods, aliens, cyborgs and superhumans. Super strength appears primarily to be a super power gained in addition to other super powers either by accident, enchantment, science or alien physiology. In particular, super strength is the result of being a god, mutant, alien or superhuman. The strongest heroes such as Thor or Hulk, perform feats of super strength in difficult situations. By our standards, the strongest heroes display the potential for infinite strength. This list ranks them according to their greatest feats of super strength.

TOP 10 MARVEL HEROES AND VILLAINS

1. HERCULES

In ‘Incredible Hercules’ (2008) #121, Hercules lifts the heavens. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In the Olympian mythology, the heavens are the realm where the gods dwell and a potentially infinite dimension. In ‘Incredible Hercules’ (2008) #121, Hercules lifted the heavens to complete his Eleventh Labor. Here, Hercules demonstrated potentially infinite super strength. This feat has been talked about on the Internet and is the reason why Hercules deserves the top spot on this list.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

INFINITE

Super Strength: Infinite 100%

2. HULK

In 'The Incredible Hulk' (1971) #135, Hulk punches through time to World War I.
In ‘The Incredible Hulk’ (1971) #135, Hulk punches through time to World War I. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Secret Wars II’ (1986) #8, the multiversal entity known as the Beyonder stated Hulk has the potential for unlimited super strength. At ScreenRant, Jose Caraballo tells a Bronze Age Hulk story. In a plot to defeat the Avengers, Kang the Conqueror theorizes the superhero team banded together in order to stop the Hulk. To this end, Kang travels from the 41st century to the present day Hulk.

Slyly, he tricks and recruits Hulk to time travel to World War I in order to prevent the Phantom Eagle from destroying an Axis super cannon. The effect would be to destroy a town where Hulk’s ancestors live thereby, preventing Hulk’s existence. During the time travel, the Green Goliath is caught in a time storm. Incredibly, In general relativity, time travel requires an infinite amount of energy. This is definitely an infinite super strength feat.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

INFINITE

Super Strength: Infinite 100%

3. HYPERION (MARCUS MILTON)

In ‘Avengers’ (2013) #4, Hyperion performs a super strength feat. In a flashback, Hyperion’s origin story is told: He survived the destruction of his home world in an incursion event that collapsed two universes together by holding them apart until they eventually collapsed. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Heroes Reborn’ (2021) #2, Hyperion recently took down the Hulk in a vicious battle. However, the Marcus Milton of Earth-13034 once performed a feat that showcased his potential for infinite strength. In his origin story, he briefly held back the incursion of two universes by holding apart the two Earths from colliding. Considering the kinetic energies involved, this is a potential for near infinite strength.

VISIT Feat: Hyperion, ‘Avengers’ #4

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

MULTIVERSAL

Super Strength: Multiversal 92%

4. SENTRY

In 'Uncanny Avengers' (2014) #21, Sentry holds Exitar the Celestial's other foot to slow his descent on Earth.
In ‘Uncanny Avengers’ (2014) #21, Sentry holds Exitar the Celestial’s other foot to slow his descent on Earth. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Sentry has been stated to possess the power of a million exploding suns and was introduced to be Marvel’s version of Superman. Over the years, Sentry has shown the potential for limitless power. During “Siege,” he briefly took on Thor and the Avengers assembled. While discovering his powers, he demolecularized the Molecule Man who has the powers of the Beyonders on the Multiversal scale. But what about super strength?

During “To Avenge The Earth” storyline, a reborn Sentry was brought in to save the day. To prepare against the coming of Exitar the Celestial, who was stomping the Earth, Rogue had to absorb the powers of the Avengers, X-Men, and various other superheroes. With those powers, Rogue was able to slow the descent of only one of Exitar’s feet. Proving he is stronger than all the heroes combined, Sentry was able to hold the other foot on his own super strength.

Considering the Celestials weigh 260 tons or more, slowing down their descent in free fall shows the potential for infinite strength.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

MULTIVERSAL

Super Strength: Multiversal 92%

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5. THOR

In 'Thor' (1996) #494, Thor pushes the Worldengine in order to revert the nine realms to their original position, stopping Ragnarok.
In ‘Thor’ (1996) #494, Thor pushes the Worldengine in order to revert the nine realms to their original position, stopping Ragnarok. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Thor is a Marvel superhero with indomitable willpower. In battle, he always seems to push himself past his limits. In fact, he is the Asgardian God of Thunder. In “Thor: Worldengine,” Thor performs one of his most OP feats yet. Following his would-be murder, Yggdrasil is thrown in disarray and the Asgardians fear a new Ragnarok. Thor investigates and finds out about a Worldengine in New York tampering with Yggdrasil.

In a twist, it has convinced the World Tree that Ragnarok has already come and that Thor must be erased. In reality, the Worldengine forced Yggdrasil to bring about Ragnarok. Pushing himself past his limits, Thor pushed the Worldengine in order to push the nine worlds back to their original position and prevent Ragnarok.

Though this is not infinity, Thor’s overhyped feat demonstrates an unlimited amount of super strength.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

UNIVERSAL

Super Strength: Universal 83%

6. BETA RAY BILL

In 'Stormbreaker: The Saga Of Beta Ray Bill' (2005) #2, Beta Ray Bill cracks Galactus' armor with a Stormbreaker strike.
In ‘Stormbreaker: The Saga Of Beta Ray Bill’ (2005) #2, Beta Ray Bill cracks Galactus’ armor with a Stormbreaker strike. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Is Stormbreaker more powerful than Mjolnir? To this day, Beta Ray Bill remains Thor’s truest brother-in-arms. What makes Beta Ray Bill so powerful is that he is as worthy of Mjolnir as Thor is. In the comics, Stormbreaker is at least Mjolnir’s equal. Considering that Mjolnir’s worthiness enchantment is half of Thor’s power that means Mjolnir has at least Universal Level of power.

In ‘Stormbreaker: The Saga Of Beta Ray Bill’ (2005) #2, Galactus attempts to feed on New Korbin. Beta Ray Bill comes in and courageously engages Galactus in battle. Miraculously, Bill cracks Galactus’ armor with Stormbreaker. From “The Coming Of Galactus”, we learn that it takes the Ultimate Nullifier a weapon capable of laying waste to the Marvel Universe in order to defeat Galactus.

Though this is not infinity, Beta Ray Bill’s feat is Universal Level in super strength. Bill deserves a spot on this list for showcasing the potential for limitless super strength.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

UNIVERSAL

Super Strength: Universal 83%

7. RED HULK

In 'Hulk' (2008) #4, Red Hulk punches out Uatu the Watcher.
In ‘Hulk’ (2008) #4, Red Hulk punches out Uatu the Watcher. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Hulk’ (2008) #4, Uatu the Watcher has come down to Earth at the Gamma Base in Nevada. Indeed, he has come to witness the battle between the Green Hulk and the Red Hulk. Suddenly, he is interrupted in his narration by Red Hulk who punches him. Then, Red Hulk pummels him on the floor but is stopped by Green Hulk.

Uatu has been stated to possess the power to shake galaxies. For every force, there is an equal and opposite reaction, making Red Hulk’s punch at least Galaxy Level.

Definitely a feat requiring an astronomical amount of super strength.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

GALAXY

Super Strength: Galaxy 75%

8. SILVER SURFER

In 'Silver Surfer' (2015) #9, Silver Surfer moves the moon out of orbit and slams it into Galactus at superluminal speed.
In ‘Silver Surfer’ (2015) #9, Silver Surfer moves the moon out of orbit and slams it into Galactus at superluminal speed. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

The Power Cosmic is Silver Surfer’s most awesome super power. It is a universal super power that grants him matter and energy manipulation, cosmic senses and durability, super strength and warp speed. Flying with his cosmic surfboard, Silver Surfer may have the fastest travel speed in the Marvel Universe.

Imagine moving the moon out of its orbit and slamming it into a cosmic supervillain at superluminal speed. That is what the Surfer did to save the planet called Newhaven! In ‘Silver Surfer’ (2015) #9, Silver Surfer moved the moon out of its orbit and slammed it into Galactus creating a giant cosmic explosion.

Definitely a feat requiring an astronomical amount of super strength.

VISIT FEAT: SILVER SURFER, ‘SILVER SURFER’ #9.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

GALAXY

Super Strength: Galaxy 75%

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9. GLADIATOR

In 'Marvel Comics Presents' (1990) #49, Gladiator destroys a planet in a few blows.
In ‘Marvel Comics Presents’ (1990) #49, Gladiator destroys a planet in a few blows. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Throughout the cosmos, few are as feared as Gladiator. Praetor of the Shiar Imperial Guard, the Marvel powerhouse instills fear throughout the galaxy and commands respect. Much of Gladiator’s tremendous power comes from statements about him. He has beeen stated to be able to remove planets from their orbits and collapse stars with his bare hands. In fact, he does actually match some of these statements.

In ‘Marvel Comics Presents’ (1990) #49, a frustrated Gladiator flying through space, destroys a planet in a few blows. If we consider the planet Earth, Gladiator would have destroyed its gravitational binding energy reducing it to dust.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

PLANETARY

Super Strength: Planetary 50%

10. CAPTAIN MARVEL

In 'Avengers' (2018) #2, Captain Marvel lifts a Celestial.
In ‘Avengers’ (2018) #2, Captain Marvel lifts a Celestial. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Once a member of the X-Men, Captain Marvel has graduated into the Marvel A-team; namely, the Avengers. Now a leader of the Avengers, Captain Marvel has taken on Marvel’s powerhouses.

In ‘Avengers’ (2018) #2, Captain Marvel lifts a Celestial. Though not a feat requiring infinite super strength, it still demands an awesome amount of super strength to carry it in flight.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

CONTINENT

Super Strength: Continent 42%


RESOURCES

REDDIT

Respect Hercules (Marvel: Earth-616).

Respect the Hulk (Marvel, 616).

Respect Hyperion! (Marvel, Earth-13034).

The complete Sentry respect thread.

Respect Thor! (Marvel, 616).

Respect Beta Ray Bill.

Respect Red Hulk (Marvel).

Respect Silver Surfer (Marvel: Earth-616).

Respect Gladiator! (Marvel Comics, 616).

Respect Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) (Marvel, 616).


SOURCES

Avengers Vol 5 4 in Marvel Database.
The Greek Cosmos: Heavens, Earth & Underworld in Medium.
Incredible Hercules Vol 1 121 in Marvel Database.
Incredible Hulk Vol 1 135 in Marvel Database.
Secret Wars II Vol 1 8 in Marvel Database.
The Hulk is Strong Enough To Punch Through Time (Literally) in ScreenRant.
Heroes Reborn Vol 2 2 in Marvel Database.
Uncanny Avengers Vol 1 21 in Marvel Database.
Uncanny Avengers #18.NOW Preview: Welcome To Planet X in Comic Book.
Thor Vol 1 494 in Marvel Database.
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Hulk Vol 2 4 in Marvel Database.
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Avengers Vol 8 2 in Marvel Database.
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DC Day: In “The Power Of Shazam,” Billy Batson Can No Longer Say The Magic Word

In 'Justice Society Of America' (2009) #23, Billy Batson can no longer say the magic word.
 

DC DAY

In 'Justice Society Of America' (2009) #23, Billy Batson can no longer say the magic word.
In ‘Justice Society Of America’ (2009) #23, Billy Batson can no longer say the magic word. AP Photo/DC Comics

GODS, MONSTERS AND INFINITE POWER

HAWKMAN LEAVES THE JSA

In ‘Justice Society Of America’ (2009) #23, the JSA holds a meeting after the recent events. The elder members disapprove of the other members behavior during their battle with Gog and feel he should take a leave of absence.

Enraged, Hawkman vociferates he is a founding member of the JSA. He says the elders’ righteousness does not get results and decides to quit the JSA. Alan Scott tries to intervene but Flash says “Hawkman always returns.”

In 'Justice Society Of America' (2009) #23, Hawkman leaves the JSA.
In ‘Justice Society Of America’ (2009) #23, Hawkman leaves the JSA. AP Photo/DC Comics.

BLACK ADAM FREES A RESURRECTED ISIS FROM FELIX FAUST’S SORCERY

At the Tower of Fate, Felix Faust possesses the body of Isis. He brought her back at the Tower of Fate and notices, however, that Isis’ bond with the Earth has been creating Isis flowers in order to contact Black Adam. As Felix Faust looks for the Scarab, Black Adam storms into the room. He holds Faust by the throat and threatens to rip his larynx out of it, unless he returns Isis to him.

Faust undoes the mindless spell and Isis returns to her senses. Faust looks for the Scarab but Black Adam steps on his right hand when he finds it. With the Scarab and Isis’ Amulet, Faust had been able to control Isis and dupe Black Adam. Isis orders Faust to return the Amulet, he does. Black Adam intends to take Faust’s head to his throne. But Isis goes for his lower body.

In 'Justice Society Of America' (2009) #23, Black Adam holds Felix Faust by the throat so that Faust may free Isis from his possession.
In ‘Justice Society Of America’ (2009) #23, Black Adam holds Felix Faust by the throat so that Faust may free Isis from his possession. AP Photo/DC Comics.

ATOM SMASHER WANTS TO REJOIN THE JSA

In 'Justice Society Of America' (2009) #23, Atom Smasher wants to rejoin the JSA.
In ‘Justice Society Of America’ (2009) #23, Atom Smasher wants to rejoin the JSA. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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BILLY BATSON CAN NO LONGER SAY THE MAGIC WORD

Black Adam and Isis travel to the Rock of Eternity. There, Black Adam fights Billy Batson while Isis uses a book of spells. She intends to find the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man that led to the murder of brother, and herself. Isis needs the power of the Rock of Eternity for her magic. Black Adam finally gains the upperhand on Billy and pins him to the ground. Speaking the magic word “Shazam,” Isis casts Billy Batson out of the Rock of Eternity with a lightning bolt. Billy Batson wakes up on the street of Fawcett City. He attempts to say the magic word “Shazam” but nothing happens.

At the Bromfield residence, Billy summons Freddy Freeman, the current Captain Marvel. However, it is the JSA that answers his summons. They say they received a distress signal from Captain Marvel from the location. Wildcat wants to interrogate Billy with a beating. However, Stargirl intervenes and tells Billy not to tell them his secret. With courage, Billy reveals his codename, he is Captain Marvel, leader of the Marvel family. At the Rock of Eternity, Black Adam and Isis offer Mary Marvel to join the Marvel family.

In 'Justice Society Of America' (2009) #23, Isis says the magic name "Shazam" in order to cast Billy Batson out of the Rock of Eternity.
In ‘Justice Society Of America’ (2009) #23, Isis says the magic name “Shazam” in order to cast Billy Batson out of the Rock of Eternity. AP Photo/DC Comics.

FOOTNOTES

Justice Society of America Vol 3 25 in DC Database.
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Marvel Day: Having Saved The Universe From Mad Thanos, Adam Warlock’s Soul Rests In The Soul Gem Dimension

 

MARVEL DAY

In ‘Marvel Two-In-One Annual’ (1977) #2, Adam Warlock, Pip the Troll and Gamora rest in peace in Soul World. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IN EVOLUTION

MAD TITAN THANOS PLANS TO DETONATE ALL THE STARS IN THE UNIVERSE TO WIN DEATH’S LOVE

In Avengers Annual’ (1977) #7, Adam Warlock saves the universe from mad titan Thanos using the Soul Gem. Adam Warlock arrives on a planetoid in space and finds out that Gamora is dying. He learns Gamora attempted to prevent Thanos’ plan and was struck down. Adam learns of Thanos’ plan and heads for Earth for help. Captain Marvel and Moondragon arrive at Avengers Mansion. Iron Man and Vision sense a foreboding.

Suddenly, Moondragon senses a star’s detonation light years away. She exclaims: “It has begun!” Suddenly, Adam Warlock arrives at Avengers Mansion. He tells the Avengers of Thanos plan: Resurrected, Thanos in order to win Death’s love, has gathered the six Infinity Gems and plans to detonate the stars. Moments later, Starcore, the orbital tracking station, announces news of an alien armada on track to Earth. The Avengers realize it is Thanos and depart on Moondragon’s Space Cruiser.

In 'Avengers Annual' (1977) #7, Thanos detonates a star using the Soul Gem.
In ‘Avengers Annual’ (1977) #7, Thanos detonates a star using the Soul Gem. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

THE AVENGERS FIGHT THANOS AND HIS ALIEN ARMADA

The Avengers seem outmatched by Thanos’ alien armada. Thor and Iron Man head into space in order to stop the invasion. Meanwhile, the rest of the Avengers land on a replica of Sanctuary II in order to take the fight to Thanos.

However, Adam Warlock and Captain Marvel head to the original Sanctuary II on the other side of the sun. Thanos begins to detonate the sun.

 

In 'Avengers Annual' (1977) #7, the Avengers fight Thanos and his alien armada.
In ‘Avengers Annual’ (1977) #7, the Avengers fight Thanos and his alien armada. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

STRUCK BY THANOS, ADAM WARLOCK’S FUTURE SELF STEALS HIS SOUL INTO THE SOUL GEM TO PREVENT THE BIRTH OF MAGUS

Adam Warlock and Captain Marvel arrive on Sanctuary II. Captain Marvel speeds through the window and is momentarily stunned. Mad at the deaths of Gamora (his former love) and Pip the Troll, Adam Warlock punches Thanos. Thanos responds with two attacks that leave Adam for dead. In the meantime, the other Avengers arrive. As Thor battles Thanos, Iron Man destroys Thanos’ synthetic Soul Gem. Thanos teleports away.

Moments within death, Adam Warlock’s future self appears before him. He means to steal his soul in order to prevent the birth of Adam’s future evil self, Magus. Tortured, and having lost love, Adam seeks peace. He accepts his future self’s offer. Adam’s future self uses the Soul Gem to send Adam Warlock’s soul into Soul World. There, he is reunited with Gamora and Pip.

In 'Avengers Annual' (1977) #7, Adam Warlock's future self steals his soul to prevent the birth of Magus.
In ‘Avengers Annual’ (1977) #7, Adam Warlock’s future self steals his soul to prevent the birth of Magus. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

GUIDED INTO SPACE BY MOONDRAGON’S DREAMS, SPIDER-MAN AND THING FREE THE AVENGERS FROM THANOS

In ‘Marvel Two-In-One Annual’ (1977) #2, Adam Warlock saves the universe from Thanos and finds rest in the Soul Gem dimension. Moondragon sends telepathic calls to Spider-Man for aid under the form of dreams. The dreams show the battle between Thanos and the Avengers and the danger posed to the universe. In order to resolve his dreams, Spider-Man heads to ask Thing for help. Thing believes Spider-Man’s story and accepts to help. Spider-Man and Thing take the Fantastic Four’s shuttle craft and head for “the giant space ark” on the right side of the sun.1

They arrive and are tractor beamed aboard Sanctuary III. The two heroes battle but are quickly subdued and knocked unconscious. As they awake, they find the Avengers in a room and held in stasis. Another battle follows and Spider-Man attempts to flee. However, as foreseen by Master Order Spider-Man soon returns to the site of the battle and destroys the machine that was holding the Avengers captive. The Avengers are free! But Spider-Man still has to retrieve Adam Warlock’s Soul Gem.

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FREED FROM THE SOUL GEM BY SPIDER-MAN, ADAM WARLOCK’S SOUL TURNS THANOS INTO GRANITE THEN FINDS PEACE IN SOUL WORLD


LINKS

Avengers Annual Vol 1 7 in Marvel Database.
Marvel Two-In-One Annual Vol 1 2 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Avengers Annual #7.
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Metropolis Battles: Ms. Marvel vs Rogue (Hero vs Hero)

 

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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SYNOPSIS

The Avengers and the X-Men are at war. The Phoenix Five are five god-like X-Men that have decided to better the world. Ms. Marvel comes to seek Rogue in order to help her see the truth about the Phoenix Five.

IN ADVANCED WARFARE

MS. MARVEL AND ROGUE HAVE A FIGHT!
In 'X-Men: Legacy' (2008) #269, Ms. Marvel and Rogue fight over the Phoenix Five.
In ‘X-Men: Legacy’ (2008) #269, Ms. Marvel and Rogue fight over the Phoenix Five. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Enter the two contestants in New Orleans. On the left side is Ms. Marvel, and on the right side is Rogue.

Let’s look at the stats.

MS. MARVEL – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: CONTINENT
SUPER-SPEED: SUPERSONIC
DURABILITY: PLANETARY
ENERGY PROJECTION: MOUNTAIN
FIGHTING SKILLS: METAHUMAN
INTELLIGENCE: LEADER
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Captain Marvel’s Suit.
WEAKNESSES
  • None.
ROGUE – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: MOUNTAIN
SUPER-SPEED: SUPERSONIC
DURABILITY: MOUNTAIN
ENERGY PROJECTION: MOUNTAIN
FIGHTING SKILLS: METAHUMAN
INTELLIGENCE: FIELD EXPERIENCE
PARAPHERNALIA
  • X-Men Blackbird.
WEAKNESSES
  • None.

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THE FIGHT

In #LaLucha, Ms. Marvel is seeking to help Rogue see through the current menace and is drawn into a fight. Will the past be repeated?

The battle to decide who is the true X-Man!

WINNER: ROGUE WINS BY INCAPACITATION

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MS. MARVEL IN COMICS

‘Marvel Super Heroes’ (1968) #13, marks the first appearance of Ms. Marvel in Marvel continuity. The issue features Carol Danvers as new security officer of the Cape, an army station as Mar-Vel goes undercover as Dr. Walter Lawson.

The issue was created by Don Rico and John Romita.

MS. MARVEL’S FIRST FEATURE ISSUE
Marvel Super Heroes' (1968) #13, marks the first appearance of Ms. Marvel in Marvel continuity. The cover shows Mar-Vel taking on Sentry.
Marvel Super Heroes’ (1968) #13, marks the first appearance of Ms. Marvel in Marvel continuity. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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LINKS

X-Men: Legacy Vol 1 269 in Marvel Database.
Carol Danvers (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Rogue (Anna Marie) (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Marvel Super-Heroes Vol 1 13 in Marvel Database.
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The Battle Ranker Competition Round 1: Match-Up 6

 

BATTLE RANKER

We Rank Your Favorite Superhero… Or Villain

We rank your favorite superheroes or villains in the Battle Ranker. Vote on our Twitter poll to determine your favorite superhero’s or villain’s Battle Rank!

Round 1: Match-Up 6 in the Battle Ranker Competition is Iceman (Robert Drake) vs Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers).

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