Lol this is rather trivial but today I woke up and read two articles on fight scenes from the comics reporter [link][link]
which are decent lists. especially the Popeye example. but I still feel like it was picked by people who don't truly love fight scenes. Why? cause there was no mention of any shonen manga fight scenes at all. Which to any of you who didn't know fight scenes in comics are just flat out owned by this genre. Sure there are some great examples in the rest of comics, but most western fight scenes are relegated to 2 to 3 pages if we're lucky. It;s always rushed through in my opinion and I'm sure this has to do with the 22 pages a month schedule, so you can't have an issue of all fighting cause I'm sure there's other info you want and have to convey. But i still feel like western comic fight scenes are usually pretty simple and not as epic as they should be, especially in regards to shonen manga and good lord high quality anime. I truly wish more western comic reporting would include stuff like this in their lists. I guess it's because they think the fights are meaningless and are there for flash more than substance and not to say that that isn't true sometimes but i really thinks it comes from lack of reading and appreciating the genre.
So regardless I put together a quick list based on the comics I've read. And I'll be honest, only five choices is hard.
DISCLAIMER- to my One Piece Fans I haven't read all of it so please forgive me.
#5- Blink vs Armageddon in Astonishing Xmen #4. (not the whedon one, the original one)
drawn by Joe Mad. i can't say enough how those 4 issues help build the foundation of everything I am comics wise, lol over the last 15 years since it came out i've bought that issue 4 times lol. realized it the other the day when my old comic collection got mixed in with my current stuff. lol that was pointless but the reason i choose it is because, in those 4 issues we got to meet this new character blink, who was kinda the young kitty pryde of the age of apocalypse world. still trying to prove her worth to the team. So when her mentor, Sabretooth (gotta love the age of apocalypse comics, seriously it's the greatest alternate universe story ever in mainstream comics) was presumably killed, by Apocalypse' son Armageddon. She runs off to fight this ultra powerful guy by her-self. Keep in mind her ability is throw little energy daggers that can teleport you places. But regardless she takes down this guy in #4, clearly proving that she's tough enough to handle things on her own sometimes without the help or guidance of the team. loved it. here's a link to the old color sketches for it. [link]
I could say more but I'll never finish this list lol.
#4-Fairy Tale- Natsu vs. that Kajeel, iron dragon dude. (sorry don't have time to look up the chapter number but please comment if you know it)
For those who don;t know fairy tale is an awesome shonen manga about a guild of magic users who take random jobs protecting and helping others. Think hairy potter meets one piece.
So anyway the set up is this. A rival guild is pretty much invading the home team's place, only after taking alot of their jobs. And apparently this guys is flat out unbeatable let alone the rest of his crew. lol he's not even the leader. But regardless Natsu proceeds to fight him in I think at least 20 or saw page slug fest. It's epic, it's awesome and it's drawn well.
#3- Luffy vs. Arlong in an very early arc of One Piece
Man lol I'm running out of time so here's the gist. The village where Nami, luffy's friend, is from has been overtaken by fishman pirates and in this world fishmen are super-mutant badasses. She's been secretly working for their leader Arlong in an attempt to buy the village's freedom, back then it explained why she was always trying to steal things. Even though the rest of the village just thinks she betrayed them by joining Arlong's crew. Regardless she tries to finally pay off Arlong and of course he screws her over. But earlier she'd told Luffy not to interfere and she'd handle it. She then breaks down and finally asks for his help. Once again this was a big deal cause before then Nami was flatout confident, cocky, and not one to put her trust in others for help or anything. So Luffy stands walks to the gate of the pirate hangout, kicks it down and proceeds take out Arlong and his crew. It;s amazing and my words are not doing it justice.
#2- tie between Bleach (end of the save rukia arc) and Spidey vs Morlun.
Man all i can say is that when Ichigo says bankai (power-up) for the first time after spending hundreds of pages of training, battling, and healing all just to save a girl he barely knew, you can't help but raise your fists in joy. Especially since he was saving her from her pretentious brother Byakuya (i'm sure i spelled that wrong) seriously it's the culmination of the first 10 or more volumes of this comic and the best storyline so far of the series. Just flat out amazing.
Now i know of all the Spidey fights, i choose this obscure reference but the reason is that like most superhero fight scenes, they're never truly epic slug fests that last long or at least are drawn with a ton of panels on a few pages. it's usually hero punches, villain punches, a car gets thrown, hero punches again and we're done. 2-3 pages max (and yes i;m simplifying this and yes there are some exceptions) but in this issue of Amazing Spiderman he takes down this supernatural spider-hunting demon type dude who has been hunting him for some time. I can't remember all of Morlun's details all I know that he was ridiculously strong and that spidey was pushed to his max of over a few issues that ended in him defeating a thing that was created to destroy spider-powered beings throughout history. It's like a mouse defeating a lion lol. EPIC
#1 Sasuke vs Naruto (The big fight at the waterfall before the 3 year jump)
Man what can't I say about this. It's the greatest rival/friend battle ever. And once again what makes it so epic is that you know this is coming in the early chapters but don't see it happen til well later. It's also just flat out heartbreaking cause these dudes had finally become friends and to see it crumble because of Sasuke's unflinching determination to get revenge for the death of his clan just makes it even worse. Seriously at that time Naruto was just some orphan, hated by the village and whose only family was the members of team 7. so to see him fight so hard to keep sasuke, who had become a brother to him, from going, pretty much to the dark side is, rashad can't find the exact words to say it awesome. I think most of the fight is in volume 26 but of course you can't appreciate it without having read the others. Suffice to say when Naruto loses you're kinda sad but still like damn that was epic. (lol this was possibly the worst way to describe this)
But anyway take my word for it. These fights rock!
OH! and honorable mention goes to the entire 12 issue run of Next Wave by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen.
Now off to a SCAD's mini-comic convention!!