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Battles Of The Week: Luke Cage vs Iron Fist (Hero vs Hero)

In 'Power Man' (1977) #48, Luke Cage performs a super strength feat. During the battle, Luke Cage rips the floor off Iron Fist's feet.
 
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OUR REVIEW RATING SCORE:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Writers and Artists

Chris Claremont and John Byrne.

SYNOPSIS FOR “Fist of Iron — Heart of Stone!”

Power Man has broken into the home of Danny Rand looking for Misty Knight. Instead, he finds Colleen Wing. When he attacks Colleen, she calls Danny and Misty for help.

In their first encounter, Power Man fights the martial arts master Iron Fist.

IN SUPERHERO BATTLES

Power Man (1977) #48. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

Enter the contestants in Manhattan, New York City. On the left side is Luke Cage, Power Man, and on the right side is Iron Fist.

Let’s look at the stats.

LUKE CAGE – EARTH-616
Super Strength: Building 17%
Super Speed: Metahuman 25%
Durability: Stellar 58%
Energy Projection: Metahuman 17%
Fighting Skills: Combatant 33%
Intelligence: Trained 17%
WEAKNESSES
  • Near-Unbreakable Skin.
  • Radiation.
IRON FIST – EARTH-616
Super Strength: Metahuman 17%
Super Speed: Sonic 58%
Durability: Building 17%
Energy Projection: Multi-City Block 25%
Fighting Skills: Peak Human 50%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Iron Fist Suit.

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THE FIGHT

Suddenly, Power Man breaks into Danny Rand’s apartment. In order to protect Misty Knight, Iron Fist fights Power Man.

The battle to decide who is the best fighter!

DAMAGE SCALE

DAMAGE POINTS


The fight starts out with Iron Fist sneaking up on Power Man.




On the following pages, Iron Fist lands a devastating blow on Power Man sending him through the apartment and toppling another building. Later, Power Man awakens and fights. With superior speed and agility, Iron Fist lands two kicks.

IRON FIST ENERGY MANIPULATION + BLUNT FORCE (x2) ATTACKS: 6 DAMAGE PTS + 1 DAMAGE PT (x2) = 8 DAMAGE PTS.




On the final pages, Power Man rips the wooden floor off Iron Fist’s feet and nearly choked him to death. Not wanting to be a murderer, he relents.

POWER MAN CONCUSSION + BRUTE FORCE (x2) ATTACKS: 3 DAMAGE PTS + 1 DAMAGE PT (x2) = 5 DAMAGE PTS.

At the end of the fight, Power Man wins.

TOTAL


LUKE CAGE’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-9 DAMAGE PTS.

Supernova Explosion = 10^44 J = 5e+43 J = 1.1904762e+34 Ton of TNT.
-(9 DAMAGE PTS * 2.0061743*10^12 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -4298.94492857 ​PTS * Ton of TNT.
Luke Cage’s Durability = (-4298.94492857 ​PTS * Ton of TNT)/(1.1904762e+34 Ton of TNT) = -3.6111137e-31 PTS.
Durability = 9 – 3.6111137e-31 = 3.6111137e-31 PTS = 9 = STELLAR.

DURABILITY: STELLAR

Durability: Stellar 58%
IRON FIST’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-5 DAMAGE PTS.

Kennedy Ferry Tons of TNT = 2.831623369 Tons of TNT.
-(5 DAMAGE PTS * 1340340817.8 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -1.59564383071 PTS * Tons of TNT.
Iron Fist’s Durability = (-1.59564383071 PTS * Tons of TNT)/(2.831623369 PTS) = -0.56350849769 PTS.
Durability = 2 – 0.56350849769 = 1.44 PTS = METAHUMAN.


DURABILITY: METAHUMAN

Durability: Metahuman 12%

WINNER: POWER MAN WINS BY NEAR DEATH.

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LUKE CAGE IN COMICS

LUKE CAGE'S FIRST APPEARANCE

Hero For Hire (1972) #1, titled “Out of Hell — A Hero!” marks the first appearance of Luke Cage in Marvel continuity. The issue tells the origin story of Lucas Cage: An ex-con that broke out of prison after participating in an experiment on an alternate Super-Soldier serum. Changing his name to Luke Cage, he started Hero For Hire.

The comic was written by Archie Goodwin and penciled by George Tuska.

LUKE CAGE’S SENSATIONAL ORIGIN ISSUE
'Hero For Hire' (1972) #1, titled "Out of Hell -- A Hero!" marks the first appearance of Luke Cage in Marvel continuity.
Hero For Hire (1972) #1, titled “Out of Hell — A Hero!” marks the first appearance of Luke Cage in Marvel continuity. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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Battles Of The Week: Thor vs Celestial (Hero vs Villain)

In Thor (1988) #388, Thor performs the godblast.
 

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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Writers and Artists

Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz, Brett Breeding.

SYNOPSIS FOR “ALONE AGAINST THE CELESTIALS!”

In an attempt to protect Pangoria, Thor has to battle the awesome power of the Celestial Exitar the Executioner.

Thor manages to crack the Celestial’s armor. In the fearsome battle, Thor is tested to the limits of his power!

IN COSMIC HIERARCHY

THE MIGHTY THOR FACES THE AWESOME POWER OF EXITAR THE CELESTIAL!
In ‘Thor’ (1988) #388, Thor faces the awesome power of Exitar the Celestial in order to save Pangoria. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Enter the two contestants in Pangolia. On the left side is the mighty Thor, the Prince of Asgard and on the right side is Exitar the Executioner, the awesome Celestial.

Let’s look at the stats.

THOR – EARTH-616

Super Strength: Stellar 58%
Super Speed: Stellar 67%
Durability: Stellar 58%
Energy Projection: Stellar 58%
Fighting Skills: Cosmic 92%
Intelligence: Genius 42%

PARAPHERNALIA

  • Mjolnir.
  • Megingjord.
  • The Odinship.

WEAKNESSES

  • Warrior’s Madness.

EXITAR – EARTH-616

Super Strength: Universal 83%
Super Speed: Universal 83%
Durability: Stellar 58%
Energy Projection: Nigh Omnipotence 100%
Fighting Skills: Extra-Dimensional 100%
Intelligence: Nigh Omniscience 100%

WEAKNESSES

  • Thor’s Jarnbjorn.

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THE FIGHT

Thor has to protect the planet Pangoria from being destroyed by Exitar the Executioner.

The battle to decide who is the cosmic god!


DAMAGE SCALE

DAMAGE POINTS

The fight starts out with Thor cracking Exitar’s armored head.

THOR SOLAR-BUSTING ATTACKS: 10 DAMAGE PTS.


On the next pages, Thor fights Exitar’s immune system. Then, in an all-out attack, he destroys Exitar’s brain dome with the God Blast.

THOR BLUNT FORCE + SOLAR-BUSTING (x5) ATTACKS: 7 DAMAGE PTS + 10 DAMAGE PTS (x5) = 57 DAMAGE PTS.
EXITAR’S SOLAR-BUSTING (x3) ATTACKS: 10 DAMAGE PTS (x3) = 30 DAMAGE PTS.

TOTAL


THOR’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-30 DAMAGE PTS.

Stress On A Leaf In A Large Storm = 1.8*10^18 J = 428571428.571 Ton of TNT.
-(30 DAMAGE PTS * 1.782e+17 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -1272857142.86 PTS * Ton of TNT.
Thor’s Durability = (-1272857142.86
PTS * Tons of TNT)/(428571428.571 Tons of TNT) = -2.97000000001 PTS.
Durability = 7 – 2.97 = 4.03 PTS = METAHUMAN.


DURABILITY: MOUNTAIN

Durability: Mountain 32%

GRAIL’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-57 DAMAGE PTS.

Pressure In The Sun’s Core And The Monster’s Durability = 5.94*3*10^16 Pa = 1.782*10^17 J = 42428571.4286 Tons of TNT.
-(57 DAMAGE PTS * 4.7014645e+22 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -6.380559e+14
​PTS * Ton of TNT.
Monster’s Durability = (-6.380559e+14 PTS * Tons of TNT)/(42428571.4286 Tons of TNT) = -15038354.545 PTS.
Durability = 7 – 15038354.5454 = -15038347.5454 PTS = DEATH.


DURABILITY: PLANETARY

Durability: Planetary 50%

WINNER: DRAW

 

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Marvel Day: In “Herald of Doom,” Doctor Doom Endows Victorious With The Power Cosmic To Defeat Galactus

Victorious.
 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Dan Slott


Penciler(s)

Aaron Kuder, John Lucas


Inker(s)

Aaron Kuder, John Lucas


Colorist(s)

Marte Gracia, Rachelle Rosenberg


Cover

Esad Ribić


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

February 27, 2019

IN EXTINCTION

DOCTOR DOOM MAKES VICTORIOUS THE HERALD OF DOOM TO LURE GALACTUS

Previously, in Fantastic Four (2018) #1, we learn the origin story of Victorious.

Courageously, Zora Lukovic inspired Doctor Doom to end his self-exile and reclaim Latveria.

To recompense, Doctor Doom imbued her with the Power Cosmic. Then, Victorious was born.

In reality, Doom’s plan was to lure Galactus to Earth.

In Fantastic Four (2019) #6, Galactus heads straight to Latveria to consume Earth.

During the invasion, Doom’s massive hologram warns Earth of Galactus’ arrival.

Then, he warns that only Doom would deal with the threat. When the FF intercept the broadcast, they head for Latveria.

Victorious.
Victorious. Marvel Comics.

 

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THE FF HELP DOOM AND VICTORIOUS DEFEAT GALACTUS

In Fantastic Four #7, the Fantastic Four help Doom defeat Galactus. Previously, Doom sent Victorious to deal with the FF.

During the battle, Victorious defeats the Human Torch. However, at Doomstadt Doctor Doom proves no match for Galactus.

Then, he re-directs the Devourer of Worlds to Mount Doom. There, his hunger is drawn to Victorious’ Power Cosmic.

As the hungry Galactus feeds on her energies Doom fires his Big Bang Cannons.

After, Torch goes supernova and Mister Fantastic tricks him, the FF defeat Galactus.

And using the Big Bang Cannons, the monarch alters the cosmic being’s molecular structure.

Then, he phases Galactus into Mount Doom. In a hacked televised broadcast, Doom announces his victory.

Gloriously, he promises a new age of clean energy for the world powered by the Devourer.

Finally, he captures the FF and sentences them to death for violating his nation’s sovereignty.

The Big Bang Cannons.
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In 'Fantastic Four' (2019) #9, Galactus is free from Mount Doom.
In Fantastic Four (2019) #9, Galactus is free from Mount Doom. Marvel Comics.

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SOURCES

Fantastic Four Vol 6 6 in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four Vol 6 7 in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four Vol 6 9 in Marvel Database.
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Battles Of The Week: Captain America and Bucky vs Red Skull (Team vs Villain)

 

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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Writers and Artists

Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

SYNOPSIS FOR “The Riddle of the Red Skull”

Together, Cap’ and Bucky race to stop Red Skull before he can kill more U.S. Army officials.

IN ADVANCED WARFARE

Enter the contestants in New York City. On the left side is Captain America alias Steven Rogers and on the right side is Red Skull alias Johann Shmidt.

Let’s look at the stats.

CAPTAIN AMERICA – EARTH-616

Super Strength: Peak Human 8%
Super Speed: Peak Human 17%
Durability: Peak Human 8%
Energy Projection: Peak Human 8%
Fighting Skills: Peak Human 50%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%

PARAPHERNALIA

  • Captain America’s Shield.
  • Captain America’s Uniform.

RED SKULL – EARTH-616

Super Strength: Athlete 8%
Super Speed: Peak Human 17%
Durability: Peak Human 8%
Energy Projection: Athlete 8%
Fighting Skills: Expert Combatant 42%
Intelligence: Field Experience 33%

PARAPHERNALIA

  • Hypodermic Needle.
  • Red Skull.

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THE FIGHT

Captain America and Bucky fight Red Skull.

The battle to decide who is the best warrior!


DAMAGE SCALE

The fight starts out with Cap’ tackling Red Skull.

CAPTAIN AMERICA BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.

After a scuffle, Red Skull knocks out Cap’ with a chair.
CAPTAIN AMERICA BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.
RED SKULL BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.
On the final page, Cap’ is rescued by Bucky and comes to. Then, he defeats Red Skull with the Sleeper Punch. Defeated, they unmask Red Skull and find out is George Maxon.

BUCKY’S BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.
CAPTAIN AMERICA’S BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x2): 1 DAMAGE PT (x2) = 2 DAMAGE PTS.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA IN COMICS

‘Captain America Comics’ (1940) #1, titled “Meet Captain America” marks the first appearance of Captain America in Marvel continuity. The issue tells the origin story of Captain America and his recruitment in the war effort against the Nazis during World War II.

The issue also tells the relationship between friends and allies Captain America and Bucky Barnes.

The comic was written and penciled by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.

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Battle Ranker Competition Round 3: Anti-Monitor vs Random Team 15

 

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Battle Ranker Competition Round 3: Zeus (Marvel) vs Random Team 14

 

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Battle Ranker Competition Round 3: Galactus vs Random Team 13

 

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Battle Ranker Competition Round 3: Parallax vs Random Team 12

 

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Reviews: ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ #329

 

REVIEWS

'Amazing Spider-Man' (1989) #329.
Amazing Spider-Man (1989) #329. Marvel Comics.

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Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

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: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

In Acts of Vengeance, Spider-Man’s status quo changes in a lasting way. Together, collect Amazing Spider-Man #326-329, Spectacular Spider-Man #158-160 and Web of Spider-Man #59-61, #64-65 in Acts Of Vengeance: Spider-Man & The X-Men.

Perhaps, Spider-Man‘s big break as his luck is finally about to reveal. When the wall crawler is exposed to a cosmic accident, he suddenly gains an increase in super powers.

In Amazing Spider-Man #329, is finally the revelation in time for Spider-Man to face a foe with the power of three sentinels. Indeed, witness Captain Universe vs Tri-Sentinel!

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'Amazing Spider-Man' (1989) #329.

DIALOGUE

In many respects, David Michelinie’s dialogue is all about action. Indeed, the words get straight to the point and are mostly about descriptions. In fact, Michelinie’s Spider-Man is all about action and dealing efficiently with his enemy.

In addition, the villain of the story who acts behind the scenes gives serviceable lines. For the most part, this is more or less the weaker element of the comic.

PLOT

Generally, Acts of Vengeance and Spider-Man’s arc focus on Loki’s recent manipulations of Marvel’s top villains. Really, Spider-Man’s arc progresses well as he faces different villains such as Graviton, Magneto and the Tri-Sentinel.

In the latter issues, the purpose of Spider-Man new powers is revealed. In Amazing Spider-Man #329, Spider-Man becomes Captain Universe. Indeed, Michelinie changes the Spider-Man status quo to the fans’ elation.

CHARACTERIZATION

Perhaps, the best aspect of the comic. Though the villain’s motivations are uninteresting, he plays an important part in moving the story along. And in one blast of energy, Captain Universe is activated!

Furthermore, the writer does a good job at highlighting Spider-Man’s humanity despite his unlimited power. Also, Spider-Man’s cast like Mary Jane appears in the comic.

ART

Equally, the most enjoyable element of the comic. Importantly, Erik Larsen’s panels are kinetic, expressive and focus on action and tension. As matter of fact, the villain has ample space to shine with large close-ups of the face.

Meanwhile, Larsen depicts Spider-Man and his agile body with strength, explosiveness and power. Finally, the battle with Tri-Sentinel is well executed. In fact, the splash page of the final act is memorable.

VERDICT

Finally, the comic shakes up the Spider-Man status quo. Nothing less was expected from the creative team. Definitely, this storyline is one of the greatest Spider-Man stories ever told.

RECOMMENDATION:

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


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