You know, sometimes a villain doesn’t have to be a galaxy-conqueror to be fun. Sometimes, all he has to have is a bad attitude and a gimmick.
The Shark is a mutated shark in humanoid form (which, for some reason, means his dorsal fin is on his head instead of his back) with telepathy, the ability to shoot energy bolts and a host of other powers. The Rhino is a dimwitted bruiser with a rhino suit permanently affixed to his skin, giving him enough super strength to tussle with the Hulk, plus some wicked horns on his head. Winner: The Rhino – an underappreciated villain if there ever was one!
Contest #92: Bizarro (DC) vs. Carnage (Marvel)
Bizarro is a twisted version of Superman (actually a clone) with similar powers. Carnage is a twisted version of Spiderman (actually an alien) with even stronger powers. Winner: Bizarro.
Contest #93: Man-Bat (DC) vs. Vulture (Marvel)
Man-Bat is a half-man, half-bat mutation with webbed arms that let him fly. The Vulture is a bald human crook that uses a feathered super suit to fly. Winner: Vulture.
Contest #94: Cheetah (DC) vs. Lady Deathstrike (Marvel)
In recent years, the Cheetah has gone from just being a woman in a costume to having super powers rivaling those of her arch-enemy Wonder Woman. But she’s still basically a woman in a cheetah costume. Lady Deathstrike is a mutant with powers similar to Wolverine, with long, razor sharp fingernails. Winner: Cheetah. Sometimes the simple ideas are the better ones.
Contest #95: Mister Freeze (DC) vs. Electro (Marvel)
Mister Freeze is a scientist whose body was mutated by chemicals so that he can only survive at sub-zero temperatures. He wears a special suit to keep himself cold and uses a freeze gun. Electro is a master of electricity who gained his powers after being struck by lightning while working on a power line. (For you and I, that would give us the mystical power of being dead.) Winner: Mister Freeze.
Contest #96: Solomon Grundy (DC) vs. The Sentinels (Marvel)
Solomon Grundy is the ultimate super-zombie, who keeps coming back no matter how many times you kill him. The Sentinels are mutant hunting robots, who keep coming back no matter how many times the X-Men dismantle them. Winner: Solomon Grundy.
Contest #97: Amazo (DC) vs. Super-Skrull (Marvel)
Amazo is a pointy-eared android who can mimic the powers of any superhero. The Super-Skrull is an alien shape shifter who can mimic the powers of any member of the Fantastic Four. Winner: Amazo.
Contest #98: Deadshot (DC) vs. Bullseye (Marvel)
Two assassins for hire that never miss. Both are skilled in a wide variety of weapons. Bullseye gets bonus points for slitting a man’s throat with a well-aimed playing card. Also, he killed Elektra in front of Daredevil. (She didn’t stay dead, of course.) Winner: Bullseye.
Contest #99: Doomsday (DC) vs. Juggernaut (Marvel)
Doomsday is a Kryptonian monster, a virtually unstoppable force that desires only to kill. He and Superman once beat each other to death. (They didn’t stay dead, of course.) The Juggernaut is a man who possesses a magic gem that makes him a truly unstoppable force. In addition to super strength and invulnerability, once in motion he cannot physically be stopped against his will. Not by anything. Winner: Juggernaut. Killing Superman is pretty impressive, but the Juggernaut is more awesome still.
Contest #100: Killer Croc (DC) vs. The Lizard (Marvel)
Killer Croc is a human villain with a mutation that has progressively turned him reptilian: starting as just scaly skin and eventually including super strength, regeneration and other abilities. The Lizard is a surgeon who developed a serum from reptiles to grow back his severed arm. The serum worked, but unfortunately turned him reptilian in the process, giving him super strength, regeneration and other abilities. Oh, and a burning hatred for humankind. Winner: The Lizard.
Round eleven score: This round was even – DC 5, Marvel 5. Cumulative score: DC 47, Marvel 53.
One round to go!