Greetings from the Odinson,
Ding! Ding! It’s time once again, boys and girls for that time-honored tradition when the Odinson thinks about the super heroes (and villains) he’d love to see duke it out for the heavy weight championship belt. It’s time once again for Fight Night! Every comic fan has done this. They’ve sat around with friends, or gathered at the local comic shop, or simply pondered “who would win?” Here are some showdowns the Odinson would love to see come to fruition.
Sherlock Holmes vs. Hannibal Lecter – Holmes is the greatest detective in the history of popular fiction. With his super human deductive reasoning, sharp as a hawk observational skills and rapier wit, Holmes, alongside his ever faithful partner, Dr. Watson, has solved some of the most perplexing mysteries of All-Time including A Study in Scarlet, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Final Problem, and more. Hannibal Lecter is quite possibly the most diabolical criminal mastermind in history. His genius level intellect and inhuman observational skills allow him to read a person like a book just by looking at them and break a person’s spirit just with his words. Lecter is a serial killer of the highest order. He was a psychiatrist that dined on his victims. A census taker once tried to test Lecter. He ate his liver with side of fava beans and nice Chianti.
Winner: Sherlock Holmes. Holmes would be able to decipher the clues that would eventually lead him to Lecter’s lair. And, though Hannibal Lecter has demonstrated superior human strength and the ability to subdue would-be challengers, Sherlock Holmes is a capable boxer, fencer, apt with a firearm, and has been known to utilize martial arts, so he would be quite capable of defending himself. Plus, he has Watson on his team.
Black Adam vs. the Sub-Mariner – One is a pointy-eared monarch with a fiery temper and a knack for straddling the line between good and evil. The other is a pointy-eared monarch with a fiery temper and a knack for straddling the line between good and evil. Prince Namor the Savage Sub-Mariner is the original comic book anti-hero. He’s been around since almost the beginning, debuting in 1939 exactly one year after Superman. He is the king of the undersea kingdom of Atlantis. His super human strength knows few rivals. In the pages of World Trust, Namor changed the course of gigantic battleship against the pull of a monstrous whirlpool with his bare hands! Namor can breathe under water (where he is practically invincible) and fly through the air. He’s armed with a magical trident and a shell-horn that can summon leviathans from the deep. A little used power he possesses is the ability to absorb and emit a shocking charge like an electric eel (see Fantastic Four #6). Namor is one of the few beings around that can claim a one-on-one victory over the mighty Hulk. He has fought both against and alongside the Avengers. Teth-Adam is a 5,000 year old Egyptian prince who is endowed with the immortal might of the gods. When he utters the word SHAZAM, a bolt of lightning transforms him into Black Adam and gives him the stamina of Shu, the swiftness of Heru, the strength of Amon, the wisdom of Zehuti, the power of Aton, and the courage of Mehen. Adam has the ability to bestow his power on others and thus create a super family (see Isis and Osiris). Black Adam is such a force to be reckoned with that even the DCU’s biggest guns like Superman and Captain Marvel are hard pushed to keep him in check. He has fought against and alongside the Justice Society.
Winner: Black Adam. This one was almost too close to call, but I believe in the end that Adam’s immortal stamina and nigh invulnerability edges out Namor’s, but just barely. However, if Namor could somehow move the brawl to the ocean…
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers vs. the Voltron Force – The first is a group of teenagers from Angel Grove that are trained in martial arts, possess superb agility, and work well as a team, and that’s all before they morph into super human ninjas. The Power Rangers each possess special weapons and all pilot Zords, mighty robots replicating the monstrous might of dinosaurs. These Zords can also merge and transformer into the giant Megazord, an invincible robot armed with an array of destructive weapons not the least of which is the mighty Megasword. They have defeated the witch Rita Repulsa and the alien despot Lord Zedd and their army of monsters both big and small. The other team is a band of space explorers that have traveled to the far side of the universe and rediscovered a legend. They each pilot a mighty lion robot. Each lion is capable of amazing feats, but when the lions merge together they transform into Voltron: Defender of the Universe! The Voltron Force has defeated the alien dictator Zarkon, his witch Haggar, and their army of RoboBeast time and again.
Winner: The Voltron Force. Though in hand-to-hand combat the Power Rangers easily take the V-Force, once the battle continues over, as you know it will, to the giant robot portion of the brawl, the Blazing Sword trumps the Megasword every time.
Marvel’s Masters of Kung-Fu vs. DC’s Fists of Fury – First off, the rules. Rule #1: No Super Powers. So, characters like Daredevil, Black Canary, Moon Knight and Deathstroke are out because of their unfair advantages. Rule #2: No Healing Factors. Guys that rely on healing factors like Wolverine and Deadpool are not allowed to play. Rule #3: No Captain America and Batman. Because, these two ultimate fighters would just wipe the floor with everybody. Now, on to the competition.
In Marvel’s corner we have: Shang Chi the Master of Kung-Fu, Danny Rand the Immortal Iron Fist, Elektra, the Daughters of the Dragon, Black Widow, Mockingbird, Batroc the Leaper, and the Sons of the Tiger. In DC’s corner we have: Richard Dragon, The Question, Lady Shiva, King Snake, Wildcat, Judomaster, Connor Hawke, Bronze Tiger, Karate Kid, and Katana.
Winner: The Fans!!! Everybody wins when we get to witness a free-for-all featuring the Deadly Hands of Kung Fu on this list!
NOTE: The Odinson does not count the “Iron Fist” as a super power because it is a manifestation of Rand’s martial arts chi.
This is Odinson bidding thee farewell