Thursday, December 27, 2007

By popular demand, the Infinite Wars are about to go where they've never been before! After two years of comprehensive canonical fight fact coverage, we're delving into the fictional world of fantasy fights, because you demanded it!

In the spirit of the immensly popular '96 DC/Marvel crossover event, we're pitting fifteen of each company's most relevant characters to 2007 against one and other! Stay tuned as we take a look at the imagine struggles of the superhero stars that have propelled the Infinite Wars across two full years of fisticuffs!

Strength: Silver Surfer 6 (Invincible)
Intelligence: Silver Surfer 5 (Professor)
Speed: Silver Surfer 7 (Light Speed)
Stamina: Silver Surfer 6 (Generator)
Agility: Silver Surfer 3 (Acrobat)
Fighting Ability: Silver Surfer 6 (Warrior)
Energy Powers: Draw 7 (Solar Power)

The Hook...
Well, as we near the conclusion of our first forray into Fantasy Fights, things don't get any easier. You might recall the infamous clash from the DC/Marvel crossover that saw the still inexperienced Kyle Rayner facing off against the Silver Surfer [Marvel versus DC #3], in a rematch from a previous crossover episode [Green Lantern/Silver Surfer].

With Hal Jordan alive, well, and seperated from the influences of the Spectre or Parallax; we enjoy the opportunity to recast this infamous battle.

The resonance here is of course not only their status as iconic cosmic figures in their respective universes, but also their roles in recent crossover events.

The Sinestro Corps War pitted the might of the Green Lanterns against a new breed of fear-wielding agents. Hal Jordan was front and centre in the clash that would see him again in the servitude of the Guardians, fighting a planetary menace in the returned Anti-Monitor, and Corps leader, Sinestro.

Silver Surfer has been faring the spaceways in the Annihilation events at Marvel. His personal struggles pertinent to Annihilus' Annihilation Wave saw an unlikely reunion between he and former planet-eating master, Galactus. Together they combatted Thanos, Annihilus, and the previously unknown survivors of Galactus' race; Tenebrous and Aegis.

The Battle...
As with other recent battles, I think I'm still a little too fatigued to get into the imaginings of panel layouts, and battle beats. Suffice to say, I think this would be yet another well represented exchange in cosmic power beams, and elaborate Green Lantern constructs. We'll probably be seeing more of both on the Infinite Wars in the new year.

I would be reluctant to under estimate the experience of Hal Jordan, but that said, his application of the Green Lantern powers doesn't really differ greatly from his successor, Kyle Rayner. In that respect, I would imagine there'd be a similar quality to the battles seen between the Surfer and the younger Lantern.

GREEN LANTERN fires upon the SIVER SURFER as they engage in reluctant combat: Seen first in MARVEL VERSUS DC #3!I don't doubt that this would present a lengthier fight, and in the reverse of the original crossover battle, I think it would be the Surfer and Hal Jordan that would be among the more inquisitive combatants. In the original event it was ultimately Batman and Captain America who were most reluctant to turn their powers away from the unseen enemy -- here, I think it should be the cosmically aware characters that recognise the potential to turn their powers to the larger threat.

Of course, as much as they would discuss the prospect, I don't think either would be willing to relent, and that's where we can creatively build our fight that must have a conclusion.

Much as the previous Surfer/Lantern showdown, I wonder if the apparent restrictions on the depiction of the ring might let it's reputation as 'the most powerful weapon in the universe' down just a tad. Perhaps it's the constraints of human perception that prevent the ring being used to it's fullest by Earthmen, but regardless, I would expect the Silver Surfer to eventually cut through his opposition, and put him to defeat, albeit as gently as possible.

It's probably worth remembering that the Surfer recently underwent a minor power boost courtesy of his former master, Galactus. Not anything particularly noticable (as far as I know), but further fuel for the fire of argument.

The Hammer...
As always, you should be welcomed to engage in discourse via the comments section below. Though these battles are solely the product of my own reasoning, the Fantasy Fights represent an opportunity for you all to engage in interaction with each other, and the Infinite Wars as an abstraction.

SILVER SURFER mourns his victory over the AVENGERS: Seen first in WHAT IF...? #70!As you're about to see, things are getting pretty green around the Infinite Wars right now. We're about to feature an issue of Green Lantern, following up on the SS/GL crossover from last week, so be sure to beware our power!

We'll be talking more about it in the subsequent entry, but it's interesting to observe the resurgance in Green Lantern popularity. As much as the character represents a staple of the DC Universe, it's hard to imagine the character's popularity enduring the gap between now, and the already announced 2009 event spectacular, The Blackest Night. Even so, it's nice for the character to enjoy some time in the sun, and it's a well earned entry into the Infinite Wars, that would fairly be argued as long overdue.

Stay tuned (mere seconds) for that entry, and in the mean time, take up the final hours to vote in the Fantasy Fight poll!

As revealed in the last battle [Round 12], an overall draw seems inevitable, so Round 15 will be decided by your votes! One universe will be obliterated!
Make your voice heard in the Infinite Wars by voting to save one!

WINNER: Silver Surfer
6 versus 7

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