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“Wonder Woman: Contagion” Review

 

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In Wonder Woman (2010) #40, Power Girl possessed by the Children Of Ares, fights Wonder Woman. DC Comics

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Gail Simone continues her acclaimed run on WONDER WOMAN with this collection! Gail Simone and fan-favorite artist Nicola Scott reunite for this explosive tale featuring the stunning return of a star-spanning threat from Diana’s past! Meanwhile, five mysterious young men with a dark and terrible secret have arrived on Paradise Island with one mission: To kill Wonder Woman! Guest-starring the Green Lantern Corps

Critically, Wonder Woman: Contagion (2010) is the most popular Wonder Woman storyline by Gail Simone. Importantly, Wonder Woman must face a familiar foe from the Amazons and save Earth from alien invasion.

Together, writer Gail Simone and a team of artists collaborate on the story. Though mythological and gladiatorial, the writing shines on the epic genre with the menace of alien invasions. Nevertheless, the art in the book is characteristic of Post-Crisis: vibrant, anatomically correct and story-oriented. Moreover, Power Girl vs Wonder Woman!

Indeed, share this Paperback to fans of Wonder Woman, on the occasions of Valentine’s Day and at comic clubs. Definitely, it is worth its price and will leave you wanting for more Wonder Woman! And Power Girl!

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  • Publisher: DC Comics.
  • Language: English.
  • Print Length: 128 pages.
  • Hardcover format available.
  • Kindle and Comixology formats available.
  • Publication Date: October 19, 2020.
  • Dimensions: 6.66 x 0.22 x 10.17 inches.

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To begin, Wonder Woman: Contagion reveals Gail Simone’s most popular storyline. Though, the plot seems disconnected. In reality, Wonder Woman: Contagion collects two different story arcs, Murder of Crows and Contagion. We recommend collecting in single issues.

Importantly, Wonder Woman must free Power Girl from the Children of Ares. Dangerously, Astarte appears with an alien fleet to destroy the Earth save 100 women. And Wonder Woman must choose between Earth and the Amazons.

The comic is good for your collection. You will definitely love the realism in the art, the characters’ classical poses and the color palette. This is the comic to own in order to build your Wonder Woman collection.

This product has 29 global ratings with a customer review rating of 4.0 out of 5.

POSITIVE REVIEW

The customer review said: “Well, this is it. The end of one of many great runs on Wonder Woman. Pity it had to end so soon.

This volume contains to more arcs to close out the series. The first involves a threat that was teased in the last volume. Ares has created 5 sons, and now they are terrorizing Washington DC. This arc comes with a surprise appearance of Powergirl for added fun. It’s a good arc, but I’m a bit disappointed how soon it ended.

For the grand finale, we get another alien invasion. A female society of warriors (where have we heard that) have descended on the Earth and they come packing Green Lantern tech. Diana and friends pull out every stop to repel the invasion. I’m glad that the series got to go out on such a great note.”

NEGATIVE REVIEW

There are five negative reviews. One negative review pointed the poor plot: “Not only bad, but, boring to tears. The first story it’s about five kids, all children to Ares, God of War, doing pranks to stablish anarchy. WW fights against them and Power Girl. How does WW wins the five children? By spanking them! The second story it’s a bout WW’s aunt who was abducted by aliens, years later she returns to Earth to get all the technology she has. WW finaly gets control of the space Amazons with the help of Achilles and the Amazons of Themyscira, when we have seen the Green Lanter Corps at the beginning of the story. Bump. Few action and a very bad script bur the arto work is not bad. Definitively not the best WW graphic novel.”

Overall, this comic was great.

CONCLUSION


POSITIVE:

  • Paperback format available.
  • Kindle and Comixology formats available.
  • Mythological themes.
  • Great art.

NEGATIVE:

  • Poor plot.
  • Collects two different story arcs.
  • Not enough customer global ratings.

OUR PRODUCT REVIEW RATING:


I recommend this comic as the most popular Wonder Woman story arc by Gail Simone.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Battles Of The Week: Power Girl vs Wonder Woman (Heroine vs Heroine)

In 'Wonder Woman' (2010) #40, Power Girl possessed by the Children Of Ares, fights Wonder Woman.
 

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Artists, Writers Gail Simone, Aaron Lopresti

SYNOPSIS FOR “A MURDER OF CROWS, PART TWO – THROWDOWN”

Civil unrest and fires are appearing in Washington D.C. They have been caused by mysterious forces that have manipulated Power Girl into thinking Wonder Woman is her enemy.

Power Girl is possessed and is determined to defeat Wonder Woman. As Wonder Woman worries about the people to protect, she has to finally take the gloves off!

IN MIND CONTROL

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT: THE SUPERGIRL FROM KRYPTON VS THE AMAZON PRINCESS
In Wonder Woman (2010) #40, Power Girl possessed by the Children Of Ares, fights Wonder Woman. DC Comics

The two contestants enter Washington D.C. On the left side is Power Girl, the Supergirl from Krypton and on the right side is Wonder Woman, the Amazon Princess.

Let’s look at the stats!

Power Girl – Earth-Two

Super Strength: Planetary 50%
Super Speed: Stellar 67%
Durability: Planetary 50%
Energy Projection: Continent 42%
Fighting Skills: Warrior 75%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%

PARAPHERNALIA

  • None.

WEAKNESSES

  • Vulnerability to Kryptonite.
  • Vulnerability to Magic.

Wonder Woman – New Earth

Super Strength: Planetary 50%
Super Speed: Supersonic 58%
Durability: Planetary 50%
Energy Projection: Planetary 50%
Fighting Skills: Warrior Madness 84%
Intelligence: Leader 33%

PARAPHERNALIA

  • Bracelets of Submission.
  • Gold Armor.
  • Lasso of Truth.
  • Sandals of Hermes.
  • Tiara.
  • Invisible Jet.

WEAKNESSES

  • Vulnerability to Piercing Weapons.
  • Blindness.

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THE FIGHT

In Wonder Woman (2010) #41, Wonder Woman fights Power Girl possessed by the Children of Ares.

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DAMAGE SCALE

DAMAGE POINTS

The fight starts out with Power Girl attacking Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman (2010) #40.

POWER GIRL INTERNAL BLEEDING + BLUNT FORCE + CONCUSSION ATTACKS: 4 DAMAGE PTS + 1 DAMAGE PT + 3 DAMAGE PTS = 8 DAMAGE PTS.
WONDER WOMAN CONCUSSION ATTACK: 4 DAMAGE PTS.

On the following pages, Power Girl and Wonder Woman get into Round 2 with Power Girl having the upper hand.

POWER GIRL INTERNAL BLEEDING + BLUNT FORCE + CONCUSSION ATTACKS (x3): 4 DAMAGE PTS + 1 DAMAGE PT + 3 DAMAGE PTS (x3) = 14 DAMAGE PTS.

In Rounds 3 and 4, though Power Girl has superior power, Wonder Woman has superior fighting skills. In the end, Wonder Woman frees Power Girl from mind control.

POWER GIRL BLUNT FORCE (x2) + CONCUSSION (x2) ATTACKS: 1 DAMAGE PT (x2) + 3 DAMAGE PTS (x2) = 8 DAMAGE PTS.
WONDER WOMAN CONCUSSION (x3) ATTACKS: 3 DAMAGE PTS (x3) = 9 DAMAGE PTS.

TOTAL


KAREN’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-13 DAMAGE PTS.

Energy From Re-Entry = 35082363750 J = 8.35294375 Tons of TNT.

-(13 DAMAGE PTS * 5434.9130519 N * 1 m * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -0.00001682234 PTS * Ton of TNT.

Karen’s Durability = (-0.00001682234 PTS * Tons of TNT)/(8.35294375 Tons of TNT) = -0.00000201394 PTS.
Durability = 6 – 0.00000201394 PTS = 6 PTS = PLANETARY.

DURABILITY: PLANETARY

Durability: Planetary 50%

DIANA’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-30 DAMAGE PTS.

Energy From Re-Entry = 35082363750 J = 8.35294375 Tons of TNT.

-(30 DAMAGE PTS * 5434.9130519 N * 733905.87 m * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -28.4908185124 PTS * Ton of TNT.

Diana’s Durability = (-28.4908185124 PTS * Tons of TNT)/(8.35294375 Tons of TNT) = –3.41087158792 PTS.
Durability = 6 – 3.41087158792 = 2.59 PTS = CITY BLOCK.

DURABILITY: CITY BLOCK

Durability: City Block 21%

WINNER: WONDER WOMAN WINS BY INCAPACITATION

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The Boy Who Knew Her Secret: Part 2 Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | May 29, 1979 (United States) 7.8
Director: Leslie H. MartinsonWriter: William Moulton Marston, Stanley Ralph Ross, Anne CollinsStars: Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Michael ShannonSummary: With a boy knowing that she is really Wonder Woman, Diana Prince continues her battle against a mysterious alien invasion.

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Director: Leslie H. MartinsonWriter: William Moulton Marston, Stanley Ralph Ross, Anne CollinsStars: Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Michael ShannonSummary: Diana Prince investigating a strange alien force in a small suburban community, is seen whirling into Wonder Woman by a young boy.

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POWER GIRL'S FIRST APPEARANCE

In Infinite Crisis (2006) #2, titled “The Survivors”, Power Girl is introduced as a survivor of Earth-2 at the conclusion of ‘Crisis On Infinite Earths.’

In 'Infinite Crisis' (2006) #2, titled "The Survivors", Power Girl is introduced as a survivor of Earth-2 at the conclusion of 'Crisis On Infinite Earths.'
In Infinite Crisis (2006) #2, Power Girl, titled “The Survivors”, is introduced as a survivor of Earth-2 at the conclusion of ‘Crisis On Infinite Earths.’ DC Comics

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LINKS

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DC vs Marvel: In The ‘JLA/Avengers’ Crossover, The Formidable JLA vs The Mighty Avengers

 

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“A CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS”

JLA/Avengers. DC Comics.

In honor of George Perez, let’s look at a classic DC/Marvel crossover.

Furthermore, our top-rated Formidability Ranking uses four central Fighting Skills to settle the debate.

Let’s read our ranking.

 

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JLA/AVENGERS

In the classic inter-company crossover JLA/Avengers (2004), both super-teams assemble to take on a threat that threatens the Omniverse. Particularly, the series was so successful that the JLA: Syndicate Rules established the crossover to be canon to the New Earth continuity.

In contests of champions, the Grandmaster and Metron task both teams with the responsibility to assemble six items of power from each universe.

Namely, from the DC Universe: Green Lantern’s Power Battery, the Book of Eternity, the Orb of Ra, the items of the Demons Three, the Spear of Destiny and Psycho Pirate’s Medusa Mask.

From the Marvel Universe: the Ultimate Nullifier, the Evil Eye of Avalon, the Infinity Gems, the Cosmic Cube, the Casket of Ancient Winters and the Wand of Watoomb.

JLA/AVENGERS #2

In JLA/Avengers #2, the Leaguers are leading 6-5. In a titanic clash, the JLA and the Avengers face off for the Cosmic Cube. On Savage Land, a knock-out drag-out slugfest follows. Let’s rank the main contestants in the battle in terms of the Power Hierarchy.

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QUALITY OPPONENTS

Generally, our formidability takes into account a character’s quality of opponents. Using this hierarchy, we can formulate a Power Hierarchy. Namely, it is the following:

Peak Human, Assassin, Metahuman, Criminal Mastermind/Team-Wrecker, Warrior, Hi-Tech Genius/Enhanced, Political Leader, Demon or Monster/Supernatural Being, Champion, Cosmic Being, Skyfather, God or Abstract.

Before we rank the JLA and Avengers, let’s list some rules.

  1. First, only beings below God or Abstract are included. God or Abstract include Galactus, Eternity, Living Tribunal, Beyonder, One-Above-All.
  2. Since we focus on battles, we will go by power levels.
  3. We are rating power levels only in issue #2.
  4. Since only the major battles are included, not all members of both teams are included.

Let’s rank our JLA and Avengers.

The Cosmic Beings

SUPERMAN

Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

SUPERMAN IS A COSMIC BEING

Really, Superman‘s power levels are off the charts in the issue.

To this end, he ranks as Cosmic Being because he stops Thor’s hammer strike with his left hand.

In fact, it takes at least a Cosmic Being in order to bypass the enchantment on Thor’s Mjolnir.

Potentially, Superman could solo the Avengers team.

Indeed, it takes Hercules, Iron Man, She-Hulk, Wonder Man and Vision to put down the Man of Steel at the end of the fight.

THOR

Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

THOR IS A CHAMPION

Really, Thor faces one of his toughest battles. First, he wades through a powerful blast of heat vision.

After Superman caught Mjolnir, he knocks him out with a powerful haymaker. Indeed, he is overwhelmed by Superman’s sheer power.

Generally, Thor ranks as a Champion since he is at least as powerful as the Avengers team.

ZATANNA

Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

Both Zatanna and Scarlet Witch are amped by Chaos Magic.

Effectively, they are Cosmic Beings with powers of teleportation, nigh omniscience and reality-warping.

SCARLET WITCH

Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

Both Zatanna and Scarlet Witch are amped by Chaos Magic.

Effectively, they are Cosmic Beings with powers of teleportation, nigh omniscience and reality-warping.

GREEN LANTERN

Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

In their first match-up, Green Lantern had Photon on the ropes. As matter of fact, he caged her up in a construct.

In their second match, Photon is absorbing the Oan energy from his power ring. Fortunately, he is saved by Captain Atom.

Generally, Green Lantern is a Champion. However, he upgrades to Cosmic Being after he absorbs the energy of the Cosmic Cube.

And had he succeeded, the JLA woud have had a clean victory.

CAPTAIN MARVEL

Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

To begin, Monica Rambeau has the power of converting her body into any energy in the electromagnetic spectrum.

Really, she is a Champion on the Avengers team and can take on any one.

Likely, she needs to adapt to the type of energy and has a limit to how much EM energy she can absorb.

Nonetheless, she is among the mightiest on the Avengers team.

The Champions

WONDER WOMAN

Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

So far, Wonder Woman has shown she can defeat multiple Avengers. At first, she faces Hercules, Wasp and Yellowjacket.

Later, after Superman and Thor are defeated, she knocks down Yellowjacket.

Generally, Wonder Woman is a Champion in the Power Hierarchy.

GIANT MAN

Power Hierarchy: Enhanced 50%

First, Yellowjacket shrinks down to size and attacks Wonder Woman with the other Avengers.

Then, he delivers a powerful blow at increased size when Thor falls. However, Wonder Woman soon overpowers him.

With the Pym Particles, Yellowjacket is Enhanced in the Power Hierarchy.

AQUAMAN

Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

In one instant, Aquaman defeats multiple Avengers with a sea monster.

Generally, Aquaman is a Champion in the Power Hierarchy.

AVENGERS

Power Hierarchy: Supernatural Being 67%

Generally, the Avengers add up to Hercules‘ power level, which is Supernatural Being in the Power Hierarchy.

The Peak Humans

GREEN ARROW

Power Hierarchy: Peak Human 8%

In the battle, Green Arrow and Hawkeye are in a stand-off. Though, in the end, Green Arrow has the advantage with Captain America’s help.

Generally, Green Arrow is a Peak Human in the Power Hierarchy.

HAWKEYE

Power Hierarchy: Peak Human 8%

In the battle, Green Arrow and Hawkeye are in a stand-off. Though, in the end, Captain America orders Hawkeye to stand down.

Generally, Hawkeye is a Peak Human in the Power Hierarchy.

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VERDICT:

With help, the JLA won a virtual victory and the Avengers actually tied the score.

Really, lacking Flash’s Speed Force and the Avengers at full strength, the JLA are stacked with three Cosmic Beings and two Champions.

Generally, the underdog Avengers even things with better teamwork and preparation.

JLA wins a difficult fight.

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DC Day Series: Batman Is Plagued By Femme Fatales (And “Hush”)

 

DC DAY SERIES

In 'Batman' (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss under the full moon in Gotham City.
In Batman (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss. DC Comics

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IN ROMANCE

INTRO

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, in the romance department Batman seems to consistently fail to form lasting relationships. Since DC Universe Rebirth, has that changed? Let’s explain.

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#BATGOD OR #BATNINJA?

Batman Begins. WB.

In his multiple relationships, Batman has always seemed to remain aloof. In addition, he has struggled with trust and the ability to manage both his romantic relationships and his crusading as the Dark Knight.

From our previous article, we continue the central question of our series: Do his relationships with his femme fatales, bring out the best in Batman making him a #Batgod, or the worst in Batman making him a #Batninja?

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

OUR POLL

So far, the Twitter audience has given one vote to Talia Al Ghul.

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

 

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BATMAN’S FEMME FATALES

BAT-NINJA: TALIA AL GHUL

Perhaps, one of Batman’s most dangerous loves. In fact, Talia Al Ghul loves and is loyal to two men: Her father Ra’s Al Ghul and Batman her lover. Without a doubt, her loyalty to her father has often caused conflict with Batman. In Tower of Babel, she breached Batman’s trust in order to steal his contingency plans and attacks the JLA. Later, Robin: Son of Batman popularized in Damian Wayne’s solo title the truth he was Batman’s and Talia al Ghul’s.

For years, Talia hid his existence from the boy’s father. Moreover, she trained Damian in the League of Asssassins. Also, to complicate matters, in Deathstroke vs Batman, Talia arranged for Damian’s false paternity tests in order to start a feud between the rivals. Though Talia has helped Batman on many occasions, she definitely brings the worst in him. Definitely, Batman is her Bat-ninja.

In 'Deathstroke' (2018) #30, Batman fights Deathstroke.
In Deathstroke (2018) #30, Batman fights Deathstroke. DC Comics.

BAT-GOD: WONDER WOMAN

Really, this relationship has remained more of an infatuation and respect than anything else. Within the Trinity, Wonder Woman has held a close bond with Batman and perhaps, a closer one with Superman. In fact, the Superman-Wonder Woman romance takes its starting point from their impossible romance while fighting a thousand years in Valhalla.

For their part, Wonder Woman seems drawn to Batman’s decisiveness, mystery and solitude. During their battles, they naturally grew close together. During “JLA: Obsidian Age,” they even shared a kiss. However, nothing long-lasting came of it. For their mutual respect and burgeoning romance, Wonder Woman definitely makes Batman into a Bat-god.

In JLA (2002) #74, Batman and Wonder Woman share a kiss. DC Comics.

BAT-NINJA: POISON IVY

Perhaps, a strong contender for Batman’s most passionate flame. Initially, Batman mistook his feelings for Pamela Isley as love. In reality, as a chlorokinetic, Poison Ivy can manipulate men’s and women’s emotions with pheromones. On many occasions, Poison Ivy has attempted to kill the Dark Knight.

On other instances, she has longed for a relationship with him. In Feat: Batman, Batman: Gotham Knights #64, we explain how Batman cured Pamela Isley of her chlorokinesis. Later, the two would have a relationship that ended on Pamela’s suicide attempt. Definitely, Pamela brings the worst in the Caped Crusader as her Bat-ninja.

In Batman: Legends Of The Dark Knight (1993) #43, Poison Ivy’s kiss causes Batman to hallucinate. DC Comics.

BAT-GOD: CATWOMAN

Over 82 years of shared history, Catwoman has been the relationship that has suited Batman the best. At times tense, at times passionate. Also, at times supportive, at times cheating. At the same time, though they ultimately did not trust each other in Hush, their relationship blossomed over the years. In Tom King’s DC Rebirth run on Batman (2016), Batman actually proposes to Catwoman.

Certainly, a monumental shift which even leads to her pregnancy. However, the pair ends up not marrying. Nonetheless, it appears Catwoman has been a constant in the Bat-family and continues to support the Bat in times of need. Definitely, Batman is Catwoman’s Bat-god and their relationship truly helps both.

In 'Batman' (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss under the full moon in Gotham City.
In Batman (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss. DC Comics

 

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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 approximately a Planetary Level of Super Strength in order to gasp for air.

For this reason, in order to save appearances, we can state that the Bat-kick likely required Bat-ninja Fighting Skills with chi manipulation. Or blame it on Deus Ex Machina.

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Reviews: 4 Essential New 52 Runs To Collect Digitally

 

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Green Arrow (2013) #24. DC Comics

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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: GREEN ARROW (2016)

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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.

From 2013 to 2016, Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino had some of the best runs on Green Arrow in recent memory. Namely, the story arc is simply titled Green Arrow that acts as a soft reboot. Critically, it is one of the best runs of the New 52.

In a sense, it is similar to a Batman: Year One story. In fact, it is a back-to-basics run about Green Arrow‘s origin story including the loss of his fortune and his time stranded on Starfish Island. Thematically, it is about loss, responsibility and overcoming extreme pain.

Really, critics and die-hard fans of Green Arrow have raved about this run. At Comic Book Movie, Bradley M. Walker Sr. lauds the series as a successful jumping on point for new and old fans alike.

Furthermore, the work by the tandem Lemire-Sorrentino is revolutionary. In fact, Sorrentino’s artistic experiment lends itself well to a digital format.

Certainly, the Green Arrow vs Count Vertigo battle is a highlight of the run. Without a doubt, it reveals the brutality and the savagery of Oliver’s training and skills. Definitely, it is not for the faint of heart.

Definitely, this story is one of the best Green Arrow stories ever told. Successfully, the comic gains new fans onboard with its back-to-basics approach and its origin story. In fact, it is available on Amazon in the link below.

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BEST: WONDER WOMAN (2011-2016)

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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.

Wonder Woman may become a classic collection in the future. Namely, it is the fourth volume in the Wonder Woman series that lasted the entirety of the New 52. And that is saying the work is top-notch.

At the helm, is a creative team that had a long-lasting impact on the character and the DC Universe.

As matter of fact, the changes that Azzarello and his team brought to the series impacted Wonder Woman well into Rebirth. It may be said that when Wonder Woman became the God of War, she slowly became the central character in the DC Universe.

Indeed, this is evident in Justice League: Darkseid War which clotures the New 52 and in Dark Nights: Death Metal which gives a fresh beginning to the DC multiverse.

For new readers, Wonder Woman presents a stark contrast in its colorful cast of characters. Though the confrontation between the heroine and First Born is complex, it is amplified by caricature.

In effect, both characters by their physical appearance and their morality stand diametrically opposed. It is this caricature that is evident in the Olympians who have abandoned mythological attire for a more modern outlook.

This colorful cast of characters with its machinations seems to weave a tapestry that ultimately seeks power and domination.

When Wonder Woman has to protect a new life, a new dimension of maternity is added to her personality. In the end, she saves the day by making a difficult choice in battle. And the new love interest with Orion is an added breath of fresh air.

Really, this may be some of the best Wonder Woman writing in years.

Definitely, this volume is essential Wonder Woman and the caricatures flow perfectly on the Kindle format.

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BEST: BATMAN: COURT OF OWLS


























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: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

At DC Comics, Batman is the established most popular character. Really, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s run is the stuff of legend! As matter of fact, Batman takes his war on crime against the Court of Owls, an organization that controls all of Gotham City.

Without a doubt, this is the decisive Batman run of the New 52. What makes it stand out is the organization’s mythical status and its apparent connection to the Wayne family. In fact, there is an ominous prophecy of Bruce Wayne’s timely death after a murder.

Importantly, a Publisher’s Weekly review, comments Capullo’s art is pulp fiction. Correctly, the run features some of the best noir and pulp art from the New 52. In fact, Capullo excels at exaggeration and grotesqueness.

Without a doubt, the art enhances the surrealism of the different story arcs. Perfectly, the complexity of the story and the surrealist art have great visual effects on Kindle & Comixology.

To sum, the Batman series was elevated to a higher note in the New 52. In many respects, it is the Detective element that has been highlighted more even during DC Universe Rebirth. As we have put it, Batman is either a #Batgod or a #Batninja. For your part, take your pick.

Definitely, this graphic novel belongs in your digital collection. Certainly, this is one of the most serious treatments of the New 52.

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BEST: DC UNIVERSE VS MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (2013-2014)

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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: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Technically, DC Universe vs Masters of the Universe is a limited series. However, its popularity, fan service and characterization make it a strong contender for the best New 52 story arc.

And including, the mega-popular Superman vs He-Man battle that overjoyed fans of the DC Universe and The Masters of The Universe.

Really, the crossover event captured a moment of glory and excitement for the New 52 reboot. Indeed, were He-Man and company going to shake the DC Universe status quo?

For some reason, it would have made sense for He-Man to dethrone Superman as the most powerful DC hero.

Notwithstanding, the first appearance of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe in the New 52 has value for comic collectors. For the first time, the Justice League, the Masters of the Universe and the Justice League Dark stop a multiversal threat!

Really, this limited series revealed the potential of the New 52: to change the status quo, to deliver on bold and inventive ideas.

Certainly, this limited series is essential New 52. Definitely, you can collect equally the paperback or the digital formats.

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Super Power Explained: The Classic JLA Big Seven Ranked In Formidability

The Classic JLA line-up radially to center: Batman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman.
 

SUPER POWER

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THE JLA ARE DC’S PREMIERE SUPERHERO TEAM

The Classic JLA line-up radially to center: Batman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman.
The Classic JLA line-up radially to center: Batman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman. DC Comics.

In our JLA reviews, we mentioned how Grant Morrison’s 1997 JLA run, revitalized the franchise. More importantly, it gave a new generation of fans the classic JLA line-up: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter.

What makes the JLA work is that they are a modern pantheon of gods. Literally! Grant Morrison gave us a beefed-up version of superheroes that continually outdid previous prowesses such as: Wally’s Infinite Mass Punch, Martian Manhunter figuring out Joker’s mind, Superman absorbing Mageddon’s anti-sunlight or even Batman going toe to toe against Prometheus.

Really, the JLA are DC’s premiere superhero team. In fact, they are the best and take on threats of any scale: From J’onn’s apparent death, the rise of the Injustice Gang, the alternate future of the ALE, to Superman remaining a symbol of hope in a White Martian invasion.

Though their chemistry is definitely legendary, let’s list how the individual members rank in formidability.

FORMIDABILITY

Generally, formidability is the ability to compete, match and defeat a foe despite overwhelming odds. Usually, formidability indicates a warrior’s ability to defeat a stronger, more powerful and more resourceful enemy. For this reason, it is almost interchangeable with the Fighting Skills Level. For example, this explains why Batman is able to defeat Killer Croc or Bane who are in fact stronger or more powerful. Using tactics, training, technology, resources and intel, Batman is usually able to take on more powerful opponents.

Before we rank the JLA Big Seven, let’s list some rules.

  1. First, the superhero should be able to consistently defeat opponents above their strength class or power level.
  2. In terms of power level or fighting skills, they should have few or no weaknesses.
  3. Consistently, they should face quality opponents that are at least able to destroy a city.
  4. Finally, they should have fewer limitations in power, strength, ability or intelligence.

Let’s rank our Big Seven. To note, all scores are rated out of a 100.

1. WONDER WOMAN

Wonder Woman. DC Comics.
Strength Class: Limitless 100%
Weaknesses: Divine Enchantment 100%
Quality Opponents: God or Abstract 100%
Limitations: Leadership 75%

SCORE: 87.5

FORMIDABILITY:

WARRIOR MADNESS

Generally, Wonder Woman is THE best warrior in the universe. In fact, the best melee fighter in DC. In addition, unlike the other powerhouses in the DC Universe, she has no discernible weaknesses. Though, she has weaknesses to piercing weapons such as bullets and arrows. At the same time, it must be said that her powers are magical in nature, which means she ultimately depends on the Olympian gods.

Incredibly, she has stood up above her strength class against Superman, Darkseid and Doomsday. Furthermore, she consistently fights quality opponents like Ares, Genocide, First Born, The Olympian. Dark Nights: Death Metal reveals her greatest strength is the ability to see the truth.

However, where Wonder Woman ranks lower is on leadership and morals. At one point, she was cast out of Paradise Island for not bringing peace to Man’s World. Moreover, her warrior code has often caused other heroes to question her morals. For example, see Superman: Sacrifice.

2. GREEN LANTERN

Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner). DC Comics.
Strength Class: Galaxy 75%
Weaknesses: Irrelevant 100%
Quality Opponents: God or Abstract 100%
Limitations: Willpower 100%

SCORE: 87.5

FORMIDABILITY:

WARRIOR MADNESS

Personally, Kyle Rayner is among my favorites at DC. Indeed, the Last Green Lantern is one of the best characters in recent memory. What separates Kyle as a character, is the combination of art and superheroing. When you bring together a struggling artist and the most powerful weapon powered by imagination and will, you get… god-like power!

When Kyle merged with the Ion Entity, Green Lantern became a god-like being capable of creation, nigh-omniscience, nigh-omnipresence. Really, Kyle is among the most likable heroes and the fact that he continued to want a normal life, is a testament to his awesomeness!

Generally, Green Lantern has faced tough competition from Mongul, Parallax, contained Solaris going supernova, fought the Monitors, the New Gods Takion and Kalibak, busted through the Manhunters and battled Monarch a time-travelling villain. With the yellow impurity gone, Kyle is only limited by his willpower. Indeed, something he has plenty of.

 

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3. SUPERMAN

Superman. DC Comics.
Strength Class: Infinite 100%
Weaknesses: Rare Minerals or Elements 75%
Quality Opponents: God or Abstract 100%
Limitations: Weakness Exploitation 83%

SCORE: 79

FORMIDABILITY:

WARRIOR

Importantly, Superman is the most powerful DC hero. However, Superman’s greatest strength is his great humanity. When it comes down to limitations, opponents have often used a long list of weakness exploitation. Seldom, however, do they use his humanity in battle.

Perhaps, due to his overwhelming power and strength. In comparison to other heroes, the Man of Steel consistently faces tough competition. Many times, Superman faces foes above his Strength Class. Such as Dominus, Imperiex, Brainiac-13, Mandrakk, World Forger and True Form Darkseid.

Really, Superman’s weakness to kryptonite is well-known. As Thought Robot, Superman is second to the Monitor Mind The Overvoid in power. Though, the Cosmic Armor grants him Boundless Strength. Properly speaking, Superman belongs to the Infinite Class of Super Strength.

4. FLASH

Flash (Wally West). DC Comics.
Strength Class: Infinite 100%
Weaknesses: Universal Forces 92%
Quality Opponents: God or Abstract 100%
Limitations: Durability 25%

SCORE: 58.5

FORMIDABILITY:

BLOODLUSTED

Recently, Wally West has become the best Flash among fans. And we can see why: He is relatable, a team-player, a great leader and one of the best graduates from the Teen Titans. Since Crisis on Infinite Earths, Wally has grown on fans and today sports a large fanbase. Though, that success has not necessarily translated to live-action.

Formidability-wise, Flash has no real weaknesses but has limitations. In fact, the Speed Force grants him the potential for infinite kinetic energy. Since Flash’s powers are physical, they can be altered by advanced weaponry or devices. Namely, one of the Flash’s rogues, the Thinker, once depowered Flash and transported him to Wonderland. Generally, Flash is limited by his durability being a metahuman. Though, his super strength potential is Infinite.

Famously, Batman once figured out the Flash’s weakness. When Ra’s Al Ghul stole Batman’s contingency plans against the JLA, he specifically targeted their weaknesses. In order to take down Flash, attach an electrostrobe to his spine to trigger seizures at super speed. Ouch! Nevertheless, Flash is generally affected by universal or multiversal forces that either reduce his kinetic energy or his connection to the Speed Force. Effectively depowering him.

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5. AQUAMAN

Aquaman. DC Comics.
Strength Class: Planetary 50%
Weaknesses: Divine Enchantment 100%
Quality Opponents: Champion 75%
Limitations: Power Dependency 92%

SCORE: 58.5

FORMIDABILITY:

BLOODLUSTED

Generally, most comic battle boards rank Aquaman as a mid-tier in strength level. In some respects, the rating is correct. Indeed, the problem is that he has shown to match powerful energy-based metahumans such as Black Manta and Ocean Master. At the same time, he has out-performed team-busters and champions such as the OMAC and Despero.

Formidability-wise, Aquaman’s only weakness is water deprivation. However, with the water bearer hand, he is able to overcome it. At the same time, water is itself a power dependency limitation since Orin depends on it to survive. Nonetheless, despite his reputation, Aquaman is a powerhouse at DC comics.

Indeed, his combination of brutality, resources, intelligence, strength, energy projection and telepathy is unmatched. In addition, the water is his natural element. In many cases, in underwater battles, he can call upon sea life. Which is a sizable part of all species on Earth.

6. MARTIAN MANHUNTER

Martian Manhunter. DC Comics.
Strength Class: Stellar 58%
Weaknesses: Conventional Warfare 25%
Quality Opponents: Cosmic Being 83%
Limitations: Weakness Exploitation 83%

SCORE: 24.5

FORMIDABILITY:

BRAWLER

At this time, Martian Manhunter still gets no respect from writers and editors. Though the Fernus story arc did reveal the Burning Martians’ terrifying potential. At his highest potential, J’onn J’onnz is a Cosmic Being. In some respects, DC comics has yet to capitalize on J’onn’s power-set to tell long-lasting stories.

Recently, in Justice League: Last Ride, J’onn J’onnz went Super Saiyan in order to defeat Darkseid. Definitely, a power-up for the Green Martian. Perhaps, an indication that J’onn has finally put aside his fire weakness. At the same time, Martian Manhunter may challenge Superman as the most powerful hero in the DC Universe.

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7. BATMAN

Batman in the sewers of Gotham City.
Flash (Wally West). DC Comics.
Strength Class: Metahuman 17%
Weaknesses: Peak Human 8%
Quality Opponents: Skyfather 92%
Limitations: Durability 25%

SCORE: -29.5

FORMIDABILITY:

CIVILIAN

Why is Batman’s score so low? Let’s explain. In reality, Batman‘s formidability is about the intangibles. We are talking about resources, discipline, preparation, contingency plans, detective work with peak human conditioning and fighting skills. Though we can definitely rate these attributes, it is clear that the Dark Knight’s abilities rate him as a metahuman at his highest potential.

Though Batman does incredibly alone, his particular skills allow him to excel in teams. Indeed, his stealth and escapology are excellent for recon as the other powerhouses take the brunt of the damage. Furthermore, his expertise in science, psychology, criminology and mysticism make him the JLA’s best tactical leader.

However, being a low-level metahuman, the Dark Knight definitely suffers from low competition. His foes often include Bane, Killer Croc, Joker or even Prometheus. Nonetheless, as an essential part of the JLA, he has stood up to foes above his strength class: Superman, Green Lantern, Supergirl or even Darkseid. Finally, Batman may be the Bat-God or Prep-Master in any universe! And that is saying something.

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DC Day: Scheming To Recruit Jessica Cruz, The Doom Patrol Attempted To Lobotomize Her

In 'Justice League' (2014) #31, the Doom Patrol is on the scene in Oregon to help Jessica Cruz.
 

DC DAY

Writer(s)

Geoff Johns


Penciler(s)

Doug Mahnke


Colorist(s)

Andrew Dalhouse


Cover

Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Rod Reis


Publisher

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Publication Date

October, 2014

IN REDEMPTION

LEX LUTHOR WANTS TO JOIN THE JUSTICE LEAGUE

Previously, Jessica Cruz was chosen by the Ring of Volthoom. After the demise of the Criime Syndicate, the Ring wanted her as the new Power Ring. Elsewhere, at Wayne Manor, Lex Luthor confronts Bruce Wayne. Finally, he has deduced that Bruce Wayne is Batman. Before Lex can continue his accusations, Alfred mounts his gun at the criminal’s temple. Quickly, Bruce knocks Lex down. When Lex notices a clock on the wall, he blows it.

Then, the passage to the Batcave appears behind the rubble. In reality, the billionnaire has come to join forces with the Batman. In fact, he believes a threat is coming to Earth. After Batman tells him a modified tale of the scorpion and the frog, Lex departs. Suddenly, Superman and Wonder Woman alert Bruce. In Oregon, a green energy detonation has been detected. Fortunately, the Doom Patrol arrive to help.

In 'Justice League' (2014) #31, the Doom Patrol is on the scene in Oregon to help Jessica Cruz.
In Justice League (2014) #31, the Doom Patrol is on the scene in Oregon to help Jessica Cruz. DC Comics.

THE JUSTICE LEAGUE AND THE DOOM PATROL FIGHT OVER JESSICA’S LOBOTOMY

In Justice League (2014) #33, the Doom Patrol and the Justice League fight. Previously, the Doom Patrol had come to recruit Jessica Cruz. When her powers are out of control, they elect drastic measures. Heroically, Luthor arrives to save the day. In fact, he threatens to blow Chief’s spine out. Meanwhile, the Ring reveals why he chose Jessica. As matter of fact, she is the lone survivor from a murder attempt by two gunmen in the woods. When Jessica realizes it, a big explosion follows.

Strangely, the detonation reaches to Anti-Monitor. Sinisterly, she tells him of Prime Earth. Dangerously, the cosmic being promises to “consume it.”1 As the fight rages, Lex tells Batman his plan. As matter of fact, the Ring of Volthoom works like a power ring: indeed, it works on emotion. If Luthor can use shock therapy on Jessica’s synapses, he can severe her emotional connection. Drastically, Chief favors psycho-surgery, an euphemism for lobotomy.

'Justice League' (2014) #33.
Justice League (2014) #33. DC Comics.

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BATMAN SAVES THE DAY

But Batman saves the day. Courageously, he reaches out to within Jessica’s energy field. Honestly, he tells her he too is a victim. In addition, she should face her fear. Instead of fearing the darkness, she should embrace it. Reassuringly, Jessica takes Batman’s hand. Together, they summon their wills and Jessica manages to extinguish the Ring of Volthoom’s blast. Finally, Batman tells Lex they never needed him to save the day.

In fact, the Justice League held the Doom Patrol back for Batman, not Luthor. Sternly, Lex replies: “But you will.”1 Later, Batman advises Superman and Wonder Woman to recruit Lex Luthor. For two reasons: In order to keep him in check and investigate Lexcorp. Though Superman opposes revealing their secret identities. Eventually, Superman formally welcomes Lex Luthor into the Justice League. To end, he lays down some ground rules.

In 'Justice League' (2014) #33, Batman helps Jessica Cruz conquer her fear.
In Justice League (2014) #33, Batman helps Jessica Cruz conquer her fear. DC Comics.

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FOOTNOTES

  1. Justice League #33.
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Overpowered Beings: As Fernus, J’onn J’onnz Is #AWeaponOfMassDestruction Spawning In An Extinction-Level Event (‘JLA: Trial By Fire’)

 

OVERPOWERED BEINGS

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IN EXTINCTION

J’ONN J’ONNZ IS THE LAST SURVIVOR OF MARS

In Detective Comics (1955) #225, Dr. Erdel accidentally teleports J'onn J'onnz to Earth.
In Detective Comics (1955) #225, Dr. Erdel accidentally teleports J’onn J’onnz to Earth. DC Comics.

During the Silver Age, Martian Manhunter debuted. Over the years, Martian Manhunter’s super powers expanded. In The Brave And The Bold (1960) #28, Martian Manhunter joins the new Justice League of America. In later stories, Martian Manhunter was often a replacement for the Silver Age Superman.

Post-Crisis, the 1988 four-issue limited series Martian Manhunter established his modern origin: Martian Manhunter is the last survivor from Mars. Teleported to Earth by Dr. Erdel’s experimental beam, he became a champion on Earth. In fact, J’onn J’onnz was displaced in time and space. Indeed, the Martian race has been dead for years.

OVERPOWERED, J’ONN J’ONNZ HAS THE POWER TO MOVE A PLANET

In JLA (2003) #75, Superman, Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter pull the Earth back into orbit with the magic lasso.
In JLA (2003) #75, Superman, Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter pull the Earth back into orbit with the magic lasso. DC Comics.

Notably, Martian Manhunter has been called the Swiss-Army Knife of the Justice League. Regularly, he serves as the League’s telepathic link, strategist, advisor and detective. In fact, Martian telepathy has been able to scan minds, repair damage, contact over vast distances and enter into mental battles. Indeed, J’onn is able to effect his super powers on a vast scale. Even, to the Planetary-Level.

In JLA (2003) #75, Martian Manhunter showcases why he is one of the strongest beings in the DC Universe. In the issue, the Earth is pulled out of orbit by the Atlantean villain Gamemnae. With a spell, Manitou Raven increases the size of Wonder Woman’s lasso. Heroically, Superman, Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter pull the Earth back into orbit with the magic lasso.

Really, Martian Manhunter has too many super powers as a result of Martian physiology: Super strength, super speed, nigh invulnerability, flight, heat vision, EM vision, telescopic vision, microscopic vision, super hearing, super breath, regeneration, invisibility, phasing, shapeshifing, telepathy, telekinesis, matter absorption. Later, we will see what happens when his powers are unleashed against his friends.

BECOMING #AWEAPONOFMASSDESTRUCTION, J’ONN EVOLVED INTO FERNUS THE BURNING

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

In JLA: Trial By Fire, Martian Manhunter becomes Fernus The Burning. On multiple occasions, Martian Manhunter has been stated to be the most powerful being in the DC Universe. In fact, the Burning Martians were so powerful that the Guardians of The Universe had to genetically suppress them. Thanks to his love for Scorch, J’onn J’onnz overcame his fire weakness. Indeed, he became Fernus who was so powerful that it took the entire JLA to match up to him.

Only Plastic Man was able to take him on mano-a-mano since his brain was no longer organic. Sinisterly, the Burning Martian needed fire and pain from human extinction in order to spawn. Using his love for Scorch, he detonated the nuclear weapons on Earth. Desperately, the JLA managed to destroy them. However, Superman failed to destroy the last one. Catastrophically, the weapon exploded in Chongjin, North Korea.

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WHY J’ONN J’ONNZ IS AN OVERPOWERED BEING

HIS TELEPATHY CAN AFFECT COSMIC ENTITIES

In JLA/Spectre: Soul War (2003) #1, J'onn repairs Spectre's mind.
 In JLA/Spectre: Soul War (2003) #1, J’onn repairs Spectre’s mind. DC Comics.

In JLA/Spectre: Soul War (2003) #1, the Spectre is knocked unconscious. Previously, during the Trans invasion, the Spectre had merged with the JLA. Now, the Spectre lies on the floor traumatized. Surprisingly, Batman fears the worst. Amazingly, Martian Manhunter reveals ghosts cannot die. Then, he proceeds to repair the cosmic mind.

AS FERNUS, HE DESTROYED ALL HUNDRED WHITE MARTIANS IN THE PHANTOM ZONE OFF-PANEL

In JLA (2003) #86, Fernus kills the White Martians in the Phantom Zone.
In JLA (2003) #86, Fernus kills the White Martians in the Phantom Zone. DC Comics.

In JLA (2003) #86, the JLA battle Fernus for the first time. On the lunar Watchtower, they find Superman phased onto the Justice League table. Soon, Fernus attacks them. Eventually, Batman revives Superman and Manitou Raven opens his mystical eyes. For the first time, Superman sees the enemy: Fernus!

Fortunately, the JLA manage to escape the attack. Soon, they regroup at the Fortress of Solitude. There, Superman plans to use the Phantom Zone Projector. First, the Leaguers must check on the White Martians imprisoned there after Terror Incognita.

Shockingly, the Leaguers find Fernus with the butchered corpses of White Martians. Behind Fernus, they are floating in the Phantom Zone. Though the genocide occurred off-panel.

Per our calculations, Fernus performed a Galaxy-Level feat of Energy Projection.

ENERGY PROJECTION FEAT: GALAXY

Energy Projection: Galaxy 75%

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J’ONN CAN REGENERATE FROM A HEART ATTACK

In JLA: Paradise Lost (1998) #3, Martian Manhunter regenerates from a near death experience.
In JLA: Paradise Lost (1998) #3, Martian Manhunter regenerates from a near death experience.

In JLA: Paradise Lost, Heaven is under attack by Asmodel’s and Neron’s demonic armies. To seek revenge against the JLA and the angel Zauriel, Asmodel makes an alliance with the demon Neron. At the Watchtower, Asmodel attacks Martian Manhunter. Brutally, he leaves J’onn for dead and departs seeking Zauriel.

Later, the JLA find the comatose Martian Manhunter. In JLA: Paradise Lost (1998) #3, J’onn J’onnz has a near death experience. As matter of fact, Batman has a plan and enlists Aztek’s and Flash’s help. In theory, J’onn’s Martian physiology is a complex immune system at the molecular level. With Flash’s Speed Force, it is possible to excite J’onn’s molecules, reviving his immunity and invulnerability.

Successfully, Martian Manhunter’s heart starts pumping blood again. According to Aztek’s readings, J’onn should recover. Actually, J’onn J’onnz is pulled out of his coma.

J’ONN CAN AMP HIMSELF TO DEFEAT HUNDREDS OF INCOMPLETE AMAZOS

In Justice League (2019) #27, Martian Manhunter amps his size to destroy incomplete Amazos.
In Justice League (2019) #27, Martian Manhunter amps his size to destroy incomplete Amazos. DC Comics.

At CBR, J. Richland Anderson writes All Of Martian Manhunter’s Powers, Ranked. Indeed, he ranks matter absorption as fourth on his list.

In the Rebirth continuity, J’onn has amnesia issues. In Year Of The Villain, the Justice League are working to locate Lex Luthor. As matter of fact, he is in league with the cosmic villain Perpetua to find the Apex Predator.

In the issue, Professor Ivo captures Martian Manhunter. Strongly, J’onn breaks himself free. Then, a robot Ivo unleashes Amazo. Again imprisoned, Hawkgirl frees J’onn, crushing Amazo’s head.

Incredibly, Martian Manhunter amps himself, growing in size. As he does, he barrels through the hundred of incomplete Amazos. In conclusion, they realize Ivo is also a robot. Also, Lex Luthor is alive.


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JLA: Trial by Fire in DC Database.
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DC vs Marvel: 5 Reasons Why Superman Is Stronger Than Hulk

 
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IN POWER LEVEL

SUPERMAN AND HULK HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR INFINITE STRENGTH

In 'Final Crisis: Superman Beyond' (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages.
In ‘Final Crisis: Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages. DC Comics.

At DC and Marvel, Superman and Hulk are the top two powerhouses in terms of super strength. Previously, we showcased five feats where Superman demonstrated the potential for infinite super strength.

At the same time, Hulk has shown on many occasions feats of infinite power. To find out about Hulk’s time travel feat, visit THE Marvel Universe Strength Hierarchy Ranks The Top 10 Heroes And Villains By The Potential For Infinite Strength.

Over the years, flaming wars have raged over who is the stronger: the Last Son of Krypton or the Green Behemoth. Indeed, if Superman has near-limitless strength, the madder Hulk gets, the stronger he gets.

Though they are in the same strength class, let’s list five reasons why Superman may be stronger.

 

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5 REASONS WHY SUPERMAN IS STRONGER THAN HULK

5. GREATER WILLPOWER

In Action Comics (1987) #589, Superman increases the GL energy beam by 20 percent with his willpower.
In Action Comics (1987) #589, Superman increases the GL energy beam by 20 percent with his willpower. DC Comics.

To begin, one of Superman’s greatest strengths in his fights is his willpower. Despite overwhelming odds, Superman never backs down but continues fighting.

Over the years, it has been explained that Superman has some of the strongest willpowers in the DC Universe.

At one point, Superman was a candidate to receive a Green Lantern ring. In Action Comics (1987) #589, Superman and the Green Lanterns fight a mount of dirt.

In an assault, Superman adds his willpower to the GL beams, increasing it by 20 percent.

Though Hulk also has unbelievable willpower. However, in most incarnations, he lacks the corresponding intelligence.

And in a battle against such a savage foe, willpower is everything.

4. STRONGER ENEMIES

In ‘Superman/Batman’ (2004) #13, Superman is angry at the death of Kara Zor-El and battles Darkseid.
In ‘Superman/Batman’ (2004) #13, Superman is angry at the death of Kara Zor-El and battles Darkseid. DC Comics.

Notably, this argument is debatable. Indeed, Hulk regularly meets with top-tier and cosmic-level foes.

Some of them include the U-Foes, Abomination, High Evolutionary, Silver Surfer, Thor, Sentry, Galaxy Master and even Marvel Zeus.

However, Hulk has suffered from low-quality opponents. Due to his baseline strength being lower, Hulk has had trouble with street-level opponents.

For example, Spider-Man once knocked out Hulk with a punch.

In the Post-Crisis continuity, Superman more often fights opponents in his strength class.

Many are Superman-level, but others like Darkseid, Brainiac 13, Fernus, Imperiex, Dominus and Mandrakk are Planetary, Universal to Multiversal-level threats.

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3. BETTER LIFTING FEATS

In 'Final Crisis: Superman Beyond' (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages.
In ‘Final Crisis: Superman Beyond’ (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel lift the Book of Limbo, a book with an infinite number of pages. DC Comics.

Perhaps, one department of super strength that truly separates Superman and Hulk is lifting feats.

Unquestionably, Hulk has better striking feats. In fact, his punches often explode with the force of bombs, or turn back time.

However, Superman may outclass Hulk in raw strength. On two occasions, he has pushed past the boundaries of infinity.

In Final Crisis: Superman Beyond (2008) #1, Superman and Captain Marvel/Shazam lift the Book of Limbo. Indeed, it contains infinite pages all occupying the same space.

On another occasion, Superman lifted eternity. In JLA/Spectre: Soul War (2003) #1, Superman and Wonder Woman lift Spectre.

2. SAVING THE DAY

In 'Justice League' (2019) #25, in a battle against the World Forger, Superman breaches the Sixth Dimension and shatters the Forger's Multiverse creation with a punch.
In ‘Justice League’ (2019) #25, in a battle against the World Forger, Superman breaches the Sixth Dimension and shatters the Forger’s Multiverse creation with a punch. DC Comics.

In Superman, The Greatest Story, I argue that Superman is the strongest hero. Both on the strength of his story and by feats.

What really makes Superman work, is that he is the quintessential American superhero. In fact, Superman always saves the day.

In part, it is due to his willpower. Also, it is due to his humanity. Indeed, proving that super strength is also a matter of determination.

Though, Hulk also is a superhero. However, he lacks at times his humanity. In fact, a factor that may mean life or death in a crisis.

 

1. BETTER FIGHTER

n Superman/Batman (2005) #23, Superman uses pressure points on a Kryptonite-Man-possessed Batman.
In Superman/Batman (2005) #23, Superman uses pressure points on a Kryptonite-Man-possessed Batman. DC Comics.

When it comes to fighting, both superheroes have had a bad reputation. Over the years, Hulk has been viewed as a mindless brute.

At the same time, Superman has often fought like a brawler. Generally, Superman is the better fighter.

Post-Crisis, he has received combat training from Mongul, Batman and Wonder Woman.

In Superman/Batman (2005) #23, Superman uses the pressure point technique against a Kryptonite-Man possessed Batman.

In addition, Superman has mastered the Infinite Mass Punch. Recently, in Rebirth, Superman performed the speedblitz on Doomsday.

Mike Habjan

LINKS

Final Crisis: Superman Beyond Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 1 589 in DC Database.
Superman/Batman Vol 1 13 in DC Database.
JLA/The Spectre: Soul War Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Justice League Vol 4 25 in DC Database.
Superman/Batman Vol 1 23 in DC Database.