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Master Combatant Poll Results

A few weeks ago, we opened the next chapter in our comic book battles wondering who would be the best hand to hand combatant in the following match up…  DC Comic’s has Batman, Marvel has the Taskmaster, sCrypt Comics brought Kristoff the Wiser, and a voter added Shujinko from the Mortal Kombat series…  So what were the results?

Marvel tanked in this round, with the Taskmaster being beaten with no votes.  Shujinko was then quickly beaten down by sCrypt’s Kristoff the Wiser.  Kristoff and The Dark Knight went head to head for some time, but in the end, even Kristoff’s vampiric skills couldn’t outmatch the Batman.

We will see Batman take to the screen this Friday in another great battle, but until the Dark Knight Rises debuts in theaters, I hope you all were satisfied with these results.  (I personally was hoping for Kristoff, but I’m a little biased.) lol.

Thanks for voting, and stay tuned for our next epic match up.

Master Combatant Battle Poll

Who is the better fighter?  Who will come out on top?  Batman takes DC Comics’ corner (above left).  Taskmaster fights for Marvel Comics (Above Center).  Kristoff The Wiser takes a stand for sCrypt Comics (Above Right – artwork on Kristoff by Dan Pipito).  Like the other polls, I will do a quick summary of each character, and then you choose who you believe would win.  Please vote for one of the choices, or add your own on who you think would fit the battle well.  The more votes, the better the results.

First up is Batman.  Bruce Wayne was only a young boy when he witnessed both of his parents murders.  From that point on, he vowed to instill fear and exact revenge on those who prey on the innocent.  He traveled the world, learning many different skills and forms of combat.  As a master detective, he combines all of these skills with multiple contingency plans; in order to take down criminals around the world.  Even though he has no super powers, those who do, fear what he is capable of as well.  With the Wayne estate’s billions of dollars, he has a gadget for almost every situation.  His abilities include a genius level intellect, peak physical and mental conditioning, a photographic memory, mastery in multiple forms of combat, and an expert marksman.  Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939.

Next is Tony Masters (aka The Taskmaster).  His abilities were first exhibited as a young boy, while watching television.  After seeing a cowboy use his lasso, Masters was able to mimic all of the intricate rope tricks.  Since then he has primarily being a supervillain, but he has on occasion worked for S.H.I.E.L.D. and other agencies as a trainer and undercover operative.  Taskmaster is someone who is not to be taken lightly.  He has the ability to absorb knowledge instantly, mimic voices, and adapt to any fighting style by learning and replicating his opponents moves in a manner of seconds.  He also has mastered the use of weaponry and carries an extensive arsenal.  Taskmaster first appeared in Avengers #195 in 1980.

Our final combatant is often referred to as “Kristoff The Wiser.”  For over a thousand years, he has had the gift of knowledge.  Although he has the thirst of a vampire, he preys on the guilty.  A unique ability to study anything from book lessons to physical skills enables him to be a threat to any who stand in his path.  His one goal is to be able to cure himself of vampirism.  Until the day where he will find the cure, he will terrorize the criminal scum who cross his path.  Kristoff was first mentioned in “Flesh And Leftovers,” first appeared in “Blood, The Second Helping,” and his first graphic appearance was in “Blood The Second Helping: Legends Of Vampire.”

So there it is folks.  Vote for DC’s Batman, Marvel’s Taskmaster, or sCrypt’s Kristoff.  As mentioned above, feel free to add your own choice to the poll below.

You don’t need Superbowl Commercials if you have Deadpool!

Issue: Cable and Deadpool Volume 1-36

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Year: 2007  Page Count: 22

Reviewed by Rick Pipito for storyline and plot progression. (be warned, there are spoilers below)

Since I found the Superbowl commercials this past Sunday to be lacking in the humor department, with a few exceptions, I decided to do a special review.  The character of Deadpool has always been a guilty pleasure of mine.  He is certifiably insane, but badass at the same time.  The “Merc with the Mouth” has a unique and amusing ability as well.  Aside from his normal arsenal and abilities, he is the only character that can break the fourth wall.  This means that he knows he is a comic book character and that we are reading him in the pages.

This issue begins with Deadpool (Wade Wilson) in the offices of Marvel Comics.  He is demanding to see the man in charge.  Why, you ask?  Wade believes that the Marvel writers have given him the shaft as well as many secondary characters after the events of the “Civil War” storyline.  To prove himself the best that there is, he wants a one on one fight with Taskmaster.  His choice opponent has a great ability as well.  Taskmaster can copy the combat skills of any opponent putting them basically on even fighting ground; Only after he copies their ability, he retains it in his memory.  The Marvel executives are the only ones who know where this other master mercenary can be located. 

I think this was a great intro.  It showed how Wade is just in his own world mentally.  As one of Marvel’s employees talks to him, he is ranting about pictures on the wall.  Definitely a laugh.  Now here is the downside for me.  I grew up knowing Deadpool as a merc with no problem killing.  Apparently Cable had come in at one point and implanted a microchip inside Wilson to give him a conscience when it came to killing. 

When he finally finds and frees Taskmaster from his prison, a battle ensues.  The good news is that Deadpool is so insane, that he doesn’t even care if he is still capable of killing or not.  Taskmaster cuts him open, but with Wilson’s healing ability, he just keeps going and mocking his enemy.  Oh, and did I mention that Wade is handcuffed through the entire battle?

I don’t want to spoil how he does it, but Deadpool actually takes down Taskmaster fairly easy in the end.  The whole fight was fantastic.  It really showcased Wilson for how nuts he truly is.  Here is the even more amusing part.  Wilson has had a few world leaders kidnapped and forced to watch the mercenary duel.  He has shown his skill in winning, but the whole charade only angers the leaders.  While Deadpool speaks, he basically sets himself up for mockery; though a few are still impressed.

Score one for Deadpool.  His goal was semi accomplished as he feels he has proven his worth.  The issue goes out with a bang just as it began with some more humorous dialogue between Wade, Taskmaster, and a helper of Wade’s. 

On a scale of one to ten I give this issue a nine for its humor and action.