Yesterday, we brought up the topic of heroes a’fightin‘, with an eye towards the best Hero Vs. Hero battles of all time.  As with anything, there are two sides to every coin, and some of the super-fights we’ve seen have been ill-advised, poorly executed or just plain dumb.  For all the hubbub about the Batman/Superman battle in ‘The Dark Knight Returns,’ it makes our main character out to be a brutal thug on a par with Judge Dredd or Marshall Law, thrashing a weakened Superman and relishing spilling his old friend’s blood.  It’s disturbing to read, but even worse, it’s often held up as an example of a great Batman moment, which misses the point of both Batman and the fight itself, leading us to today’s ham-handed query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still thinks that the ‘Civil War’ miniseries is an incoherent series of shouty event, barely masked as story, asking: What’s the worst Hero Vs. Hero battle of them all?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. May 29, 2016 at 1:16 pm — Reply

    Honestly, about half of them all are pretty terrible. Fanboy writers doing their own, commercial fanfiction of who is the coolest superhero in their minds.

  2. Frank
    May 30, 2016 at 8:40 am — Reply

    Any of them that involve mind control. It old today as it was 3 decades ago. A recent example is CBS’s Supergirl where she fought her mind controlled sister in powered assault armor.

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