It’s time for another comic book crossover battle, and for this installment, we will travel (once again) to the very bowels of hell and back. In a prior match up, we saw the devil himself fighting for each comic book company, but today we will take demon spawns and pit them in the arena. By demons spawns of course, I mean that they are part demon and part human, or at least residing in the human world alongside us. DC comics presents Etrigan, Marvel comics sends Ghost Rider, sCrypt Comics has Satan, Image is well known for Spawn, Dante springs to action for Capcom, Hellboy is presented by Darkhorse Comics, Scorpion teleports in for Midway, and IDW’s Ghostbusters series shows us Zuul. Check out the contestants’ brief bios and vote in our poll below. If you feel there is another good choice, then please add them to the list in the comments section and vote “other”.
Etrigan is a demon bound to the knight, Jason Blood. Once the incantation is recited, then gone is the form of man, replaced by the demon Etrigan’s form. The demon is forced to speak in rhyme and is under the will of Jason Blood, therefore working as a force for good. Blood is a trained combatant, with an extraordinary sword wielding skill. The Demon has enhanced strength and healing, is an expert in sorcery and mystic bolts, and has some telepathy in his arsenal of abilities. Etrigan first appeared in DC Comics’ The Demon #1 in 1972.
There have been many Ghost Rider’s throughout history, and all have exhibited mostly the same abilities. The demon Zarathos bonds himself to the soul of the next chosen rider. The fallen angel is then willed by the soul of the new rider. Once the chosen soul becomes ghost rider, their appearance changes into that of a flaming skeleton. Using chains embued with hellfire, and the ability to manipulate hellfire, these are only his first line of defense. The Penance stare is his deadliest ability which makes the victim of the stare feel the pain and sin that they’ve caused others. The rider tends to ride a flaming motorcycle, but has elected other vehicles as well. A Hellfire shotgun has been used as well, especially in the Johnny Blaze version. In Dan Ketch’s role as the rider, he has the will to change whenever needed, but initially only came when innocent blood was spilled. Ghost Rider first appeared in Marvel Comics’ Marvel Spotlight #5 in 1972.
Satan is thought by many to be THE devil, but he is only a general in his army. He represents the demon of anger and hatred. In his true form, he is very much the way people have perceived, but his secondary form is that of a human guise. As this false human, he owns a tattoo parlor where his many piercings, filed teeth, and tattoos are intimidating to any normal passerby. When Taylor Bryant, an ex-con with a violent past, gives in to his anger, he and Satan merge. Now in the form of a large, African American man, Satan joins his brother and sister demons in order to pave way for the arrival of the true face of darkness. Satan first appears in the 2013 novel, “Devil’s Dessert” by Rick Pipito.
Because of his life as an assassin for the U.S. government, Al Simmons was sent to hell upon his death. He made a deal with Malebogia (the devil) to come back and see his wife one last time. The deal was not exactly what he expected. Now a hell spawn, Simmons vows to destroy the legions of hell with all his might. His body is made of necroplasm, which enables him enhanced abilities, strength and healing. His cape, spikes and chains act as extensions of his body, and must replenish his dark energies by feeding on the dark energy of evil. He frequently uses military grade weaponry so that he doesn’t drain his necroplasm too quickly. There have been many Spawns through history, but none as prominent as Simmons. Spawn first appeared in Image comics’ Malibu Sun #13 in 1992.
Dante was raised by his human mother after his demon father’s death. Once his mother was killed, Dante vowed to hunt demons for the rest of his life. His physical abilities far exceed that of a normal man’s, including flight, and he uses these enhanced traits alongside his “Ebony and Ivory” dual pistols that never need to be reloaded, as well other blades and firearms forged by his father. Dante first appeared in Capcom’s Devil May Cry in 2001.
The offspring of a demon and a witch, Hellboy was raised by the United States Army and has lived as a force of good amongst humans since the second World War. He works as an agent for a special group within the Bureau, and investigates paranormal activities. Aside from superhuman strength, healing and endurance, he carries a utility belt of sorts with military weaponry, as well as his deformed, right hand of doom. Hellboy first appeared in Dark Horse’s San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2 in 1993.
Ninja, Hanzo Hasashi, was murdered at the hands of his bitter rival, and brought back from the Netherrealm as one of the dead’s demons. This revenant covers his skull face in his yellow ninja garb, and has not only kept his highly trained combat technique, but has also gained the ability to conjure fire. From the palm of his hand he can also project a sentient spear to pierce an enemy and drawn them to him. Even death cannot keep Scorpion at bay. He first appeared in Midway’s Mortal Kombat in 1992.
Zuul is a demon demigod known as the Gatekeeper to Gozer. The demon takes control of Dana Barrett in an attempt to bring about the Destructor. She has the ability to hover in midair, and once transformed into the Hell Hound form, she has horns, claws and fangs, as well as other unknown abilities. Zuul represents IDW comics, but first appeared in Ghostbusters the movie in 1984.
One of my favorite comic book characters when I was growing up was an anti-hero. He was a good guy, who did bad things, so that the guilty could be punished. Sure, most of us are familiar with Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry movies or Liam Neeson in Taken. These are characters who push the boundaries, cross the line, and serve justice the way the judicial system won’t. Though I’d love to have the two mentioned above in this poll, this is a comic book battle, but don’t worry, there are plenty of contestants: The Punisher (Marvel Comics), The Red Hood (DC Comics), Judge Dredd (2000 AD Comics), Eric “The Crow” Draven (Image Comics), Sin City’s Hartigan (Darkhorse Comics), Jack Bauer (IDW Publishing), and of course my favorite of them all… Johnny Chong (sCrypt Comics).
Who do you think is the most likely to win this battle royale? Place your vote below or add your own to the poll. Need help deciding? Here’s a breakdown of each character:
For Marvel Comics: Frank Castle (Castiglione) was a veteran family man, but when his wife and child were murdered by the mob, he took his combat and field expertise into a new battle… “The War On Crime.” Since then, he has moved from city to city, vowing to bring justice to those who are unjust, in an eye for an eye manner. Those who are responsible for deaths of others will be found and killed by The Punisher’s hand. He is highly skilled in hand to hand and weapon combat, is an expert marksman and military tactician, Has an exceptionally high pain tolerance, and is in peak physical condition. He has also held his own in toe to toe battles with a few superpowered individuals. The Punisher first appeared in The Amazing Spiderman #129 (in 1974).
DC Comics: Jason Todd took over the mantle of Robin once Dick Grayson became Nightwing. After the Joker killed this new Robin, Todd emerged years later. Angry that vengeance hadn’t been sought out against the Joker for killing him, Todd began travelling the world as Bruce Wayne had. He trained in many forms of martial arts, and came back under the persona of The Red Hood. The difference between him and Batman is one thing… He uses guns and kills those whom he feels are no longer worthy of life because of their guilty acts. The Red Hood has fought not only Batman and many of his rogues, but gone up against the odds and come out victorious. Jason Todd first appeared in 1983, but didn’t become the Red Hood until 2005 in Batman #635.
2000 AD Comics: Judge Joseph Dredd comes from a future, where crime is rampant. There are no longer police, judges or juries. Instead, a group called Judges, consist of the law enforcement and serve the purpose of judge, jury and executioners. Joseph Dredd is the most well known of all the judges because of his effectiveness and decision making. Armed with a daystick, his Lawgiver pistol, and a large lawmaster motorbike, criminals should cower in fear and hide if he is coming their way. He is an excellent marksman, has bionic eyes that give him perfect nightvision, and is an expert in unarmed combat. Judge Dredd first appeared in 1977 in 2000 A.D. #2
Image Comics: Eric Draven and his fiance were murdered unjustly alongside a highway. A supernatural spirit known as the Crow ressurrected him because of his unjust murder and has vowed him to find those killers and wrongdoers, and show them true justice. He has enhanced catlike reflexes with superstrength and agility, a healing factor, resistance to pain or injury, and can see through the spiritual eyes of the crow. The Crow first appeared in Caliber Presents #1 in 1989.
Darkhorse Comics: Detective John Hartigan is a sixty something year old veteran officer in Basin city. He is able of withstanding immense amounts of pain before collapsing, including bullet wounds, and cares little for himself as he protects the innocent. Hartigan tends to let murderers and harsh criminals suffer a lot of pain before dying. John Hartigan first appeared in That Yellow Bastard in 1996.
IDW Publishing: Jack Bauer has worked as a government official for CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit). Often known to break the rules and push way beyond the boundaries of what is acceptable, he will do whatever it takes to take down the bad guys. His interrogation techniques are effective, but considered heinous by some, as he will stop at nothing to get the truth. Terrorists and criminals intent on destroying the United States or harming the innocent, do not want to be in his path. He is highly trained with firearms and hand to hand combat, and has an unusually high pain tollerance. Jack Bauer first appeared in the show 24, in 2001, and since then has been brought to comic book form by IDW.
sCrypt Comics: Johnny Chong was the owner of a gunshop in Jim Thorpe, PA until a virus killed most of the residents of the town. After taking on hundreds of zombies, vampires, and even coming face to face with werewolves, he
decided to travel to China. There, he trained under the Shaolin Monks to be able to use his body and mind as a weapon, in addition to his vast knowledge of firearms. Having watched the woman he once loved murdered by a few thugs, he vowed to never let anyone he loved die by those likes again. Johnny Chong although not yet in comic book form, is a prominent character in the sCrypt Comics universe. He first appeared in “Flesh And Leftovers” the novel in 2010.
So, there’s the info, folks. Vote below for your choice in who would win in an epic battle royale. If you think there is someone else that should be added to this fight, feel free to comment and
vote for “other”. Spread the word, and remember, the more votes, the better.
-Thanks again for the participation (sCrypt Comics)