This one is a true doppelganger fight! Magnus, Robot Figher (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnus,_Robot_Fighter) knows super-karate. The Karate Kid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karate_Kid_%28comics%29) knows super karate. Both can shatter titanium blocks with a quick karate chop. Both also live in the future! Magnus Robot Fighter came first and deserves some credit for this. Magnus Robot Fighter also has one of the most interesting super hero outfits around. Matching magenta top and shorts with white boots! More the sort of outfit you would expect on a go-go dancer rather than a male super hero. Karate Kid had two outfits and both were pretty bad. The first one was a dark tan Karate outfit made out of spandex complete with the black belt that was actually brown, I guess to match the rest of the outfit. The second was some sort of black and white kung fu inspired martial arts outfit. There was kung fu craze going on at the time. Karate Kid also knows every martial art of the 30 th century not just on Earth but across the galaxy. Karate Kid is a member of the Legion of Superheroes and in this universe there is a United Planets. Magnus lives in a much more insular future were interstellar contact is generally a prelude to alien invasion. The Karate Kid even learned a martial art specially designed to fight aliens like Super Boy. So the Karate Kid has the edge in knowledge of martial arts.
However, Magnus has been fighting robots. Big robots! Gigantic robots! Deadly robots! Magnus has the edge in combat experience and beats the Karate Kid. Anyway Magnus has the courage to wear white boots and deserves to win.
Harbinger (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harbinger_%28comics%29) is a group of teenagers who are “harbingers” of the next stage of evolution which in super hero land always means super powers i.e. what Marvel calls mutants and DC calls metahumans. The basic idea is that some humans are born with superpowers due to some mechanism of evolution. I will pit the Harbingers against the New Mutants in one of my Marvel vs. Valiant posts.
The Harbingers include Sting, Zephyr, Flamingo, Torque, Livewire and Stronghold. Sting is an extremely powerful psionic. Torque has superhuman strength and durability. Stronghold can psionically absorb mass to increase his size and strength. The girls include, Zephyr who can fly, wow. Alongside the Fat Fury and Bouncing Boy, Zephyr is one of the few fat do good doers and maybe the only fat girl! Flamingo can generate and control flame, was a stripper and is gorgeous and sexy as if to make up for Zephyr. Livewire can control electromagnetic forces and uses a magnetically controlled whip as a weapon. Livewire and Stronghold are a team and were members of the Eggbreakers, evil harbingers, recruited for their propensity for violence and will fight dirty if they have to.
What is interesting about the Harbingers is that many of them are a teen flick type. Torque is the mechanic with long hair and blue-collar background i.e. an updated greaser. Stings girlfriend, who has no super powers or combat skills, and kind of a side kick, Kris Hathaway is literally the cheerleader. Zephyr is the fat girl, a staple of teen flicks if not comic books. Flamingo (http://www.valiantentertainment.com/wiki/index.php/Charlene_Dupr%C3%A9)
is the sexy bad girl in contrast to the good cheerleader and the good fat girl. Kris is Stings girlfriend. Zephyr (http://www.valiantentertainment.com/wiki/index.php/Faith_Herbert) is the fat girls so of course she does not have a boyfriend. In many ways the Harbingers are members of the Grease cast with super powers. Paramount plans to do a movie based on the Harbinger comic book and I think they should hire me as a consultant so I can explore the teen flick angle in greater detail than was done in the comic book.
The Teen Titans, like the Justice League and the Avengers, have included a small army of heroes at one time or another. The commonality of all the members is that they are teens as the name suggests. However, the core of the “new” Teen Titans for the first twenty issues was Robin, Wonder Girl, Cyborg, Starfire, Beast Boy and Raven before the Teen Titans proved, one more time, that more is not better when it comes to super teams and watched sales plummet in direct relation to the bigger and more complex the Teen Titan roster became.
Sting is the most powerful member of the harbingers and logically would be pitted against the most powerful Teen Titan, Raven (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raven_%28comics%29). Raven is half human and half demon and derives her powers from her demon father. The muscle of the Harbingers is Torque and he goes after the strong man of the Teen Titans, Cyborg. In comic books girls fight girls whenever possible. Starfire fights Livewire. Wonder Girl takes on Flamingo. Zephyr flits about the room looking for someone as weak as her in the Teen Titans and decides that this is Robin who is the only Teen Titan without super powers. The two shape changers match off: Beast Boy vs. Stronghold.
Sting initially tries tossing objects at Raven but she swats the objects back at him with her soul self, a dark energy in the form of a raven or teleports out of the way. They then switch to blasting at each other. She alternately uses her soul self as a shield and teleportation to handle the blasts. He just uses a telekinetic shield. Raven is an empath and senses when Sting is weakened and teleports behind and knocks him out with a blow from her soul self. Sting goes down.
Cyborg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyborg_%28comics%29) blasts Torque with a sonic blast from one of the many offensive weapons that he carries. The sonic blast stuns Torque but he quickly recovers and punches Cyborg through the wall. Cyborg is amazed at the strength of Torque and realizes he has a fight on his hands. The two teens trade colossal blows but finally Cyborg is knocked out. Cyborgs mechanical body is extremely durable but he still has some human parts that are vulnerable when shaken while Torque is durable through and through. Besides Torque is the father of Magnus Robot Fighter, who has similar powers, and can fight armies of robots with powers similar to Cyborg.
Zephyr flies around Robin from 20 feet above and yells “Too bad you can’t fly like a real robin”. Zephyr is about thirty pounds overweight. Like most fitness nuts, Robin secretly detests fat people especially fat girls. His girl friend, Star Fire is as fit as they come, a model, Kory Anders, and did a bikini shot for a major magazine and that issue sold out in a matter of days because of her presence. Being taunted by a fat flying girl is just too much and he decides girl or not she is going down hard. Robin casually tosses a batarang at Zephyr’s head and she drops to the floor. Robin does not bother to run to where she is falling and catch her like her normally would and she makes a pleasant thud as she hits the floor. Robin rationalizes that a fat gal like that would probably break his back if he tried to catch her from that height but really he just does not like fat girls period.
Kris Hathaway does not engage in combat since she is actually pretty smart even though she was a cheerleader. Kris has been watching the fight and decides it’s time to talk to Robin. Kris is very cute, approaches Robin and castigates him for taking out Zephyr in such an extremely brutal manner. Kris tells Robin in her snootiest tone that he is supposed to be a hero and heroes don’t toss batarangs at girls and let them fall from twenty feet without even trying to catch them. Robin knows what Kris says is true and does not bother to answer and just looks down at his green clad feet. Robin also finds Kris, the wholesome girl next door, type a welcome contrast to the exotic beauties he is normally around. Starfire, his girlfriend and Wonder Girl are great gals but both have super strength and no matter how many pushups he does, they will always be a thousand times stronger than him. Raven was half demon and he wouldn’t have sex with her on a bet even though she is gorgeous and Robins is a normal healthy red blooded teen male. Robin thinks, this Kris girl could hug me with all her might and I wouldn’t have to worry about my rib cage being crushed like tooth pick.
Robin loves Starfire but all her superpowers often make him feel inadequate and she wasn’t a virgin at all when he got together with her. Worse she had been forced into interplanetary sex slavery by her evil sister in her solar system and had experienced the vilest treatment from a long line of alien masters which made Robin have sympathy for her but also made him wonder how he compared to all the aliens Starfire had encountered. Kris can see that Robin looks bad and asks him for his first aid kit in his belt so she can help Zephyr out as best she can. Kris starts to administer first aid to Zephyr who has a really bad gash across her forehead.
Robin walks away and mutters under his breath something about how super humans always assume someone without superpowers is the weakest member of a super hero team when in fact he is probably the most resourceful member of the Teen Titans. Robin thinks “I am after all their leader. I was the only one who was not taken down by Deathstroke when he attacked the Teen Titans with help from the traitor Terra. blah, blah, blah”
Starfire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starfire_%28comics%29) has super strength, invulnerability, the ability to fly and can fire starbolts from her hands. Starfire can also learn any language by kissing a person who knows that language but Starfire is the girlfriend of Robin in the time period this fight is set and besides does not kiss girls.
Starfire is probably the most exotic beauty of the DC Universe. She comes from another planet and has bronze skin, not tanned but bronze, green eyes minus pupils, long, brown, full, curly hair that comes to down to her knees and wears an swimsuit type outfit, lavender colored to go with her eyes that shows off every curve and especially her ample bosom with a plunging top. Robin is one lucky teen age guy! Livewire wraps her metal cable around Starfire’s arms. Livewire has a dominatrix side and watching Starfire in bondage is starting to turn her on. Starfire ignores the metal whip and flies into Livewire’s stomach headfirst knocking her out.
Wonder Girl (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Girl) has all the powers of Wonder Woman but to a lesser extent and was adopted by Wonder Woman in of many versions of her origin. These powers include super strength, flight, invulnerability and a golden lasso, which does not have the power to force people to tell the truth, unlike Wonder Woman’s. Wonder Woman flies out of the range of Flamingo’s flames and lassoes her from above and swings her around the room and bangs her against a wall knocking her unconscious.
Beast Boy, also named Changeling, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beast_Boy) is green skinned permanently and kind of short as well. Beast Boy fell in love with the traitor Terra but she just used him. Beast Boy is surrounded by three gorgeous gals that have no interest in a short green skinned guy and is pretty frustrated. Beast boy can turn into a green skinned version of any animal. There are limits to how big an animal he can become. Beast Boy once had his strength augmented by Amazonian by science on Paradise Island, the home of Wonder Girl, and became an out of control brontosaurus but generally the biggest animal he can become is an elephant.
Stronghold starts to grow and Beast Boy turns into an elephant and charges into Stronghold but Stronghold is already twice the size of an elephant by the time Beast Boy slams into Stronghold. Stronghold easily tosses Beast Boy aside. Beast boy turns into a humming bird and flies into the ear of Stronghold and hits his inner ear knocking him unconscious.
Raven, Starfire, Robin, Wonder Girl and Beast Boy all gang up on Torque. Robin offers him the option of surrender and he tells them to go to hell. Robin is secretly pleased. The fight with Zephyr was a fiasco and beneath him and he feels a little guilty about his behavior towards her. Wonder Girl binds torque with her lasso while Starfire blasts him. Raven blasts him as well. Robin tosses a batarang at him for good measure. The batarang toss probably wasn’t needed but tossing a batarang around always makes Robin feel better not as good as Starfire can but close. Torque is tough but not that tough and goes down. DC wins the battle of the teens!
Arc Charge – The user can generate electrical energy.
Decoy Mode – The user can create illusions such as holograms
Detonation Mode – The user can cause explosions.
Forcefield – The user can generate a forcefield that completely encases the user and protects the user.
Ghost Mode – The user can become intangible.
Grenade Mode – The user can throw energy grenades from their hands.
Inivisibility – The user can become invisible.
Invulnerability – The user cannot be damaged but can be knocked out.
Jolt Mode – The user can administer an adrenaline jolt that counters soporifics.
Neural Spike – The user has the ability to throw spikes that attack the nervous system.
Shield Mode – The user can create an energy shield.
Static Mode – The user can disrupt communications and transmissions.
Strength Mode – The user has superhuman strength.
Strobe Burst – The user can generate a blinding flash of light.
Stun Ram – The user can project a ray of concussive force.
Sunburst – The user has the ability to fire flame blasts from the user’s hands.
Tsetse – The user can put someone to sleep with a touch.
Ultra-Mass – The user can increase their density.
This is quite a list of super power!The main weakness of the H.A.R.D. Corps is that they can only download one power at a time and rely on a headset to radio such requests.They members do carry fire arms.
The OMACs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OMACs) are humans that have been forced into being transformed into being OMACs by the evil computer OMAC.The OMACs can also download superpowers and can use several powers at the same time.They are also protected by a cybernetic shell and can turn their hands into blades or pincers.Batman built this computer by the way before it went out of control.Batman obviously never watched HAL in action in 2001 Space Odyssey.OMAC the computer can turn a human into an OMAC in seconds and created hundreds if not thousands of OMACs to take over the Earth.
The US government has to put in a brain implant to create a H.A.R.D. Corps member.The OMACs are created via a nanotechnology virus so the OMAC computer will be able to whip up a thousand OMACs before the US government can create one H.A.R.D. Corps member so in a drawn out war the OMACs will win through sheer weight of numbers but what about an equal number of H.A.R.D. Corps members against a equal number of OMACs?The H.A.R.D. Corps group generally consists of four members including Gunslinger, Shakespeare, Maniac and Hammerhead.
The four OMACs square off against the four H.A.R.D. Corps members.The OMACs are kind of mindless automatons with very limited reasoning ability. H.A.R.D. Corps on the other hand are smart guys with tons of combat experience.They figure the OMACs are similar to them and they know how they would take out themselves.Hammerhead uses the static mode to interfere with the OMAC computer transmissions and gunslinger shoots the now none powered civilians down with his submachine gun. The H.A.R.D. Corps feel bad about shooting civilians but figure the OMAC computer would quickly figure out some way to get around their static mode.The OMACs are more powerful than the H.A.R.D. Corps and the static mode trick was their only chance. War is hell as any Vietnam vet knows.
advise a client as to the best place to build a building. The feng shui expert uses knowledge of the five Chinese elements as a guide.The feng shui expert can also tell you how to place objects in your apartment to maximize positive energy flow.
earthquakes and fly and blast things.His illegitimate half sister, Terra (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra_(comics)), infiltrated the Teen Titans in the Judas Contract story line and pretended to be one of them while at the same time working for the super villain Deathstroke (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deathstroke).Since Terra had no scruples about killing someone she showed how scary this power really could be.There is Avalanche (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avalanche_(comics)), a super villain, over in the Marvel universe, that has the same earthquake power.There is no DC character that really has the same power as the Valiant universe Geomancer.This is a first since DC and Marvel have every super power imaginable covered.
DC even has Arm Fall Off Boy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm_Fall_Off_Boy) who has the power to make his arms fall off!This power then leaves him armless and unable to punch someone in a fight.I suppose if someone grabbed his wrist he could have the grabbed arm fall off and punch the shocked mugger with his other arm.X-Men III had Wolverine fighting some character who could re-grow his arms after having them slashed off by Wolverine and this power is practical compared to Arms Fall Off Boy.
The Valiant Geomancer senses that the DC Geomancer is going to attack him because the
Villain does not like the fact they both share the same name.Don’t laugh this is the reason Power Man, the villain, attacked Power Man the hero of the same name in the Marvel universe.Power Man the villain had his butt handed to him by Power Man the hero and must have felt pretty stupid afterwards.The Valiant Geomancer calls his buddy the Eternal Warrior to act as a body guard.The DC Geomancer is an obscure third rate villain with an inappropriate name while the Eternal Warrior is the premiere hero of Valiant universe who defeated Batman (https://foxhugh.wordpress.com/2008/05/25/dc-vs-valiant-universe-5-eternal-warrior-vs-batman/) in an earlier post on this site.The Eternal Warrior dodges an earthquake attack of the DC Geomancer and takes him out with a single well placed punch.
The Eternal Warrior is an immortal but above all else is the foremost martial arts hero of the Valiant Universe.The foremost martial arts hero of the DC universe is Batman.After having kicked his brother’s butt (https://foxhugh.wordpress.com/2008/05/22/dc-vs-valiant-universe-1-archer-armstrong-vs-batman-robin/), the Eternal Warrior is ready for a fight with Batman.Also, Batman and the Eternal Warrior are both strategic fighters so expect a lot of attacks and retreats and counter attacks.Traps using the local terrain can be expected from both sides.
Batman has his utility belt and a lot more toys.The Eternal Warrior has just one toy and that is a leather jacket that has studs on one side for offense and metal plates on the other side for defense.I like the jacket so much I got an imitation made in Thailand.Let’s hope I never have to use it.The Eternal Warrior is a master of every weapon and martial art of the last three thousand plus years. He does not carry toys because he has outgrown the need for them as would Batman if he was thousands of years old.Batman once turned down a Green Lantern power ring in the Justice League International because he said it would slow him down.The Eternal Warrior has carried this minimalism to the next level.
Batman throws a batarang at the Eternal Warrior.The Eternal warrior grabs a book from the pocket of his jacket and uses the book as a shield.The Eternal Warrior then moves in on Batman and hits him repeatedly with the book until Batman is knocked out.The Eternal Warrior had seen the Bourne Supremacy at a movie theater last week and like what he saw and has been itching for a chance to use those moves.The Eternal Warrior is an old dog who can learn new tricks.The Eternal Warrior wins because he knows what Batman is thinking and then some.
Clash of the weirdo energy super heroes! Dr. Mirage (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Life_of_Dr._Mirage) is made up of necromantic energy. As I have stated in prior posts, the Valiant universe is more positivistic than the DC universe and basically Dr. Mirage is a ghost with a pseudo science explanation that is a little better than the one provided by Ghostbusters but not by much.
In this version of science, Ghosts are made up of type of energy and all the energy logic we have in natural science applies to ghost energy variously called etheric, psychic or astral energy. For the record, most traditional physicists hate this kind of New Age energy logic but what do they know?
Wildstorm (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wildfire_(comics)) is made up of antimatter energy, technically an exotic rather than weirdo energy. DC has a plethora of beings made up of pure energy but most of them are made up of electricity which is a pretty mundane energy than an exotic/weirdo energy like antimatter. How many electrical devices do you have in your house? Plenty but unless you are an alien I doubt you have any devices powered by antimatter much less necromantic energy. Even Superman went the electrical energy being route briefly (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman_Red).
There are also beings made up of nuclear energy such as Firestorm and Valiant’s own Dr. Solar. Nuclear energy beings are not as common as electrical energy beings but still more common than beings of stuff like necromantic energy or antimatter energy. Anyway, the electricity in your house may ultimately be from nuclear energy making this type of energy mundane.
Wildstorm isn’t the only DC weirdo energy being. Negative Man (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negative_Man) has a negative energy being inside of his regular body, host body, technically. Negative energy fills the weirdo energy part since like necromantic energy I have no idea what negative energy really is but he isn’t a being of pure energy like Dr. Mirage and the Negative energy being can only exist for 60 seconds making him no match for Dr. Mirage.
Being made of pure energy has many advantages regardless of if the energy is mundane, exotic or weird. You don’t need to go to the bathroom, eat, sleep or even need oxygen and you are probably immortal but generally you don’t have a sex life either and that bother’s the like of Wildstorm. The best of both worlds is being able to switch back and forth from having a regular body to having an energy body so you can have sex at home but turn into pure energy when needed as a crime fighter and some lucky DC beings can do this.
Dr. Mirage blasts Wildstorm with necromantic energy and nothing happens. Wildstorm blasts Dr. Mirage with anti-matter energy and nothing happens. Turns out the two weirdo energies have no affect on each other whatsoever. This is clearly explained in chapter 13 of the weirdo physics book but I guess these guys dont have that book. Go ahead and ask your local high school teacher “what happens when you mix antimatter energy with necromantic energy?” and see what sort of answer you get. This blog is becoming more and more popular so this situation may very well happen and I apologize to high school physics teachers all over the world ahead of time. After an hour of this they get bored and decide to call it a draw and discuss what it’s like to be a being of pure energy or not.
Bloodshot (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodshot_%28comics%29) has nanites in his blood stream that give him enhanced strength, speed, healing and technopathy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_comic_book_superpowers#Technopathy). Bloodshot is a cyborg. A cyborg is generally a human who has been enhanced through the addition of technology. Some would argue that a person with heart pacer is a cyborg but no someone wearing glasses because the enhancement must be fairly permanent in nature. Bloodshot does not look like a cyborg but like a vampire. He has white skin, giant red circle in his chest and eyes lacking pupils. Compared to his opponent, Bloodshot is a cyborg beauty queen. Bloodshot also has some hard wired programming that allows him to fight in a super efficient manner. Bloodshot does not have any built in weapons but generally carries firearms.
Cyborg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyborg_(comics)) is also a cyborg but a more traditional cyborg. Cyborg has big pieces of shiny metal stuck all over his body. One of his eyes looks like a camera and kind of is a camera. Cyborg looks like a cyborg and he does not like the way he looks. Dad made Cyborg into a cyborg to save his son’s life. Dad had never watched the Six Million Dollar man, yet another cyborg and had thought of making the prosthetics more cosmetically appealing by coating them with flesh colored plastic and using thinner pieces of metal. This never occurs to Cyborg either and mostly he sulks about looking like a monster. Cyborg has super strength as opposed to enhanced strength i.e. he is stronger than Blood Shot but not as fast and agile and all those big pieces of metal probably even slow him down a bit. Cyborg has any number of built in weapons and gadgets unlike Bloodshot. One of his many gadgets is a device that enables him to control most computer systems. An old fashioned version of technopathy compared to Bloodshot’s. Most of Cyborg is covered with promethium, an exotic metal. Promethum is pretty much indestructible but Cyborgs human innards are still vulnerable.
Bloodshot and Cyborg are both shopping at Cyborg R US the trendy new chain of clothing stores for the burgeoning cyborg population. Both spot a really cool limited edition T-Shirt by Polo. The T-Shirt has “Cyborgs Make Better Lovers” as its motto. This is the T-Shirt every upscale cyborg must have but there is only one left! This is a limited edition T-Shirt and both parties realize there probably isn’t another one on sale anywhere. Cyborg needs every fashion break he can get and really hates how the fact that Bloodshot is a cyborg and actually looks pretty cool rather than looking like a monster. Bloodshot is actually a better lover since becoming a cyborg since the nanites give him enhanced stamina and control of every part of his body. Cyborg hasn’t had any good loving since becoming a cyborg despite having a gadget just for such a purpose. Bloodshot does not care for Cyborg’s hostile attitude. After some arguing and attempts to use their technopathy on each other, which fails, they square off to fight for the T-Shirt.
Bloodshot is more agile than Cyborg and gets the first shot. Blooshot shoots Cyborg with a machine gun but the bullets just bounce off Cyborg’s promethium. Cyborg then aims his sonic scrambler at Bloodshot and stuns Bloodshot. A normal person would have been knocked out but Bloodshot has enhanced regeneration. The sonic scrambler affects everything in front of it so there is not much in the way of aiming or much possibility of dodging the beam.
Bloodshot could have leapt over Cyborg and hit Cyborg from behind but Bloodshot is not that sort of fighter. This is despite probably having the ability to pull of this move. If I had enhanced strength and agility this would be my standard move since it routinely gets you out of the way of whatever they can toss at you and gets you behind them. Basically apply dog fight logic to hand to hand combat.
Cyborg closes in a punches Bloodshot. In theory a punch from the likes of someone with super strength should take the head right off of someone lacking Superman style invulnerablity as is the case with Bloodshot but this never happens in comic books since this would upset the six children that still read comic books. Bloodshot is conked out and Cyborg wins!