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Saturday, November 30, 2013 

IGN thinks new DC battles more significant than older ones

Here's another of IGN's top 25 listings, this being about what they consider the best battles in the DCU...except that almost all of them are brand new ones, and few are older products. The newer picks predictably feature Blackest Night and the 2005 clash between Wonder Woman and Superman that culminated in WW's snapping out-of-character Max Lord's neck. The most unnecessary choice they put in, however, has got to be Superman vs. Doomsday, which they call:
...the most epic one-on-one battle ever seen in the pages of DC Comics, and one that reverberates to this day, penetrating even the line-wide continuity reboot of recent years. This is a fight that even the non-comics reading public [h]as read. Truly a clash of titans that is unlikely ever to be matched.
Oh, I'll bet they did. Chances are far more encased them in plastic bags and hard cases, hoping against hope they'll be worth gazillions someday. And the only reason that 1992 battle could "reverberate" is because anybody who thought it was sound and fury signifying nothing laments how it was but one form of editorially mandated idiocy that ruined superhero comics.

Among the precious few older battles worth mentioning are Batman vs. Ra's al Ghul, a comic scuffle between Batman and Guy Gardner, a race between Superman and Flash in 1967, the Judas Contract story from New Teen Titans, and even Bane's back-breaker on the Bat. Even the battle seen in Superman Annual #11 by Alan Moore is far better than the publicity stunt that was Supes vs. Doomsday, who also resurfaced in the years after the Man of Steel did. It's always possible to craft epic battles for Superman, and I'm sure there's a few more I can't think of just now, but if they're all part of a stunt for the sake of media coverage at all costs, then any impact they could have will be lost miserably.

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