Ulysses vs. Superman





Ulysses vs. Superman

Ulysses vs. Superman

There’s no getting around it, precious readers: the New 52 happened. We’re about three years in, so it’s about time we rolled up our sleeves and took a look at what’s been going on in the new ol’ DC Universe. In the New 52, Superman isn’t with Lois Lane. He isn’t a reporter for the Daily Planet. And he doesn’t even have red underwear! But at least he has all of his old, familiar powers. Until now! This week, we look at Superman’s recent battle with a new Man of Tomorrow and the debut of a brand new superpower. It’s Ulysses vs. Superman!

The comics we’re talking about this week are Superman Volume 3 # 32-38.


Azrael vs. The Sacred Order of Saint Dumas





Azrael vs. The Sacred Order of Saint Dumas

Azrael vs. The Sacred Order of Saint Dumas

The early 90s are littered with examples of beloved heroes being replaced, usually in the most x-treme way possible. What, you don’t believe me? Now, only the most naive, dopey, bespectacled young comic fan thought that Superman was ACTUALLY dead or that Iron Man was ACTUALLY going to stay a kid, so what to do with these now defunct replacements? This week, Contest of Champions looks at the beginning of the redemption of one of the most notorious extreme mid-90′s superhero fill-ins: Jean Paul Valley. Twenty years ago this month, fresh off getting the boot as the new Batman, Valley reassumed the mantle of the Angel of Vengeance and went after the bastards who made him. It’s Azrael vs. the Sacred Order of Saint Dumas!

The books we’re talking about this week are Azrael Volume 1 #1-7


Savage Dragon vs. The Tick





Savage Dragon vs. The Tick

Savage Dragon vs. The Tick

Every city needs a hero. Sometimes, it’s best if that hero is a hulking, super-strong behemoth with a monochrome color scheme, an eclectic supporting cast, and a uh, just plain weird rogues gallery. So buckle up, shine up your badge, and don’t forget your spoon. It’s Savage Dragon vs. The Tick!

Savage Dragon

An alien with no memory of his previous life, the Dragon is recruited to join the Chicago Police Department and help rid the Windy City of its various villainous superfreaks. The Dragon is super strong, is impervious to bullets and flame, and has an accelerated healing factor.

The Tick

A big blue dude with no memory of his pre-superhero life, The Tick is the chosen protector and greatest champion of The City. He possesses superhuman strength and mass and is nigh-invulnerable.

Voting ended on: Saturday February 7th, 2015, 11:59pm

Timmy/The Tick beat Miles/Savage Dragon, 13-10!


Miles & Timmy vs. Contest of Champions





Miles & Timmy vs. Contest of Champions

Miles & Timmy vs. Contest of Champions

There are a lot of Contests of Champions out there. There’s the original Marvel limited series. There’s the cheerleading competition. There’s the now-defunct CoC podcast (which lives on, sort of, as Tales from the Watercooler, which you should all listen to). And, of course, there’s your beloved Contest of Champions Dot Net. But alas, a new CoC has entered the scene, and this time it’s in the form of a mobile fighting app. This week, Miles “Lightning Thumbs” Benson and Timmy “Tap-Tap-Tapperoo” Czerwienski take it for a spin. It’s Miles and Timmy vs. Contest of Champions!

The game we’re talking about this week is the 2014 free-to-play mobile fighting game. Developed and published by Kabam. It was released on December 10, 2014 for iOS and Android.


Happy New Year 2015





For some reason, Miles and Timmy are still stuck in 2014. They’ll be back next week with a brand new contest!


Mary Jane Watson vs. Mary Jane Watson





Mary Jane Watson vs. Mary Jane Watson

Mary Jane Watson vs. Mary Jane Watson

It’s holiday time, and everyone knows the most enduring traditions of the season are best enjoyed in the warm embrace of kith and kin. Except, maybe, if your kith is your on-again off-again superhero love interest, and your kin is just a sad mess. Which brings us to the never before told true story of Mary Jane Watson. Thirty years ago, we finally learned about the demons Mary Jane has wrestled with (with special appearances by the Hobgoblin and half of the Fantastic Four). So refill your eggnog, grease up your saucer sled, and get ready for a heartfelt and emotionally trying trip back in time. It’s Mary Jane Watson vs. Mary Jane Watson!

The book we’re talking about this week is Amazing Spider-Man Volume 1 #259


Black Cat vs. Catwoman





Black Cat vs. Catwoman

Black Cat vs. Catwoman

There are only so many badass animals out there, gang. It’s why Batman, Spider-Man, and Wolverine are such beloved heroes, and the Gibbon, Turtle Man, and Toad are, well, not. With so few options out there, it’s no wonder that two of the most iconic characters in all of comics both have cat-based nemeses. But which feline foil is most formidable? That’s what Contest of Champions is here to figure out this week. It’s Black Cat versus Catwoman!

Black Cat

Felicia Hardy, combining a thirst for vengeance with a desire to follow in the footsteps of her cat-burglar father, adopted the mantle of the Black Cat. An Olympic-caliber athlete, skilled martial artist, and accomplished thief, the Black Cat also has a probability-field-altering superpower that causes those around her to experience bad luck. Black Cat is an on-again/off-again supervillain, with an on-again/off-again romantic fixation with Spider-Man.

Catwoman

Selina Kyle, combining a thirst for vengeance with a desire to clean up the streets of Gotham’s East End, adopted the mantle of Catwoman. An Olympic-caliber athlete, skilled martial artist, and accomplished thief, Catwoman has a feline empathy ability that can cause cats to come to her aid in an emergency, and is skilled in the use of a bullwhip. Catwoman is an on-again/off-again supervillain, with an on-again/off-again romantic fixation with Batman.

Voting ended on: Saturday December 20th, 2014, 11:59pm

Timmy/Catwoman beat Miles/Black Cat, 15-11!


John Constantine vs. Mnemoth





John Constantine vs. Mnemoth

John Constantine vs. Mnemoth

Contest of Champions is so old, it remembers when there were no comic book TV shows on the air. Now, you can’t flip the channels without finding one! This week, we take a look at a brand new, relatively unexpected choice for comic book TV adaptation: Constantine. The show tells the story of the magician/con-man/occult detective John Constantine, as he travels the country investigating occult mysteries and, on occasion, battling demons. So roll up your scry map and don’t forget your Silk Cuts, because it’s John Constantine vs. Mnemoth!

The episode we’re talking about this week is Constantine season 1, episode 4


Big Hero 6 vs. Everwraith





Big Hero 6 vs. Everwraith

Big Hero 6 vs. Everwraith

Did you hear that Big Hero 6, the latest universally beloved Disney animated feature, won the box office on its opening weekend? (It beat out Interstellar, the latest universally beloved epic by Christopher Nolan!) Since you’re all up to speed on Contest of Champions’ all-new, all-different biweekly schedule, you know that we’re not here to talk about the movie, but rather its relatively obscure comic book source material. That’s right, we’re taking the Classic Contest time machine way back to 1998 to meet Japan’s premier super team. It’s Big Hero 6 versus Everwraith!

The books we’re talking about this week are Sunfire & Big Hero 6 #1-3


Spider-Man 2099 vs. Batman Beyond





Spider-Man 2099 vs. Batman Beyond

Spider-Man 2099 vs. Batman Beyond

The present is a bleak place. The only place that might be bleaker, though, is the future. Just think about it: there are piles and piles of futuristic dystopian fiction. How much futuristic utopian fiction is there? But take comfort in one fact: as bad as the future might be, our favorite superheroes will still be there to protect us. This week, we’ve got a matchup of two super-popular future renditions of two super-popular superheroes. It’s Spider-Man 2099 versus Batman Beyond!

Spider-Man 2099

The year is 2099. An admittedly convoluted plot involving rogue genetic experiments, illicit drugs, and threats of blackmail lead Miguel O’Hara, a scientist for the Alchemex corporation, develops incredible spider-like powers: strength, agility, enhanced vision and hearing, talons that allow him to grip onto surfaces, and spinnerets that shoot an organic adhesive (you know, webs). With these amazing abilities, O’Hara defends the common people against the powerful megacorporations that have come to dominate society.

Batman Beyond

The year is 2039. Young scofflaw Terry McGinnis, in order to avenge the murder of his father at the hands of an evil billionaire industrialist (or more precisely, the personal bodyguard of an evil billionaire industrialist), takes up the mantle of the Batman. Armed with a high-tech Batsuit developed by Bruce Wayne years earlier, and the mentorship of Wayne himself, the 17-year-old McGinnis protects Neo-Gotham from a host of futuristic bad guys. And also Ra’s al Ghul, who’s still kicking around.

Voting ended on: Saturday November 8th, 2014, 11:59pm

Miles/Batman Beyond beat Timmy/Spider-Man 2099, 14-11!