Valiant Hero Of The Week: Unity Vs. the Justice League

The super team Unity gets the spotlight this week as the winner of Valiant‘s “Hero of the Week. Fans chose the team over KI:6, Psi-Lords and Secret Weapons, and because the twenty five issue Unity series works best as a companion to X-O Manowar, its ability to stand alone as a great read is questionable. There are fantastic moments, and some great single issues, but my experience when reading the series was muddled and confusing because I read from #1-25 without ever having touched an issue of X-O Manowar, Ninjak and Harbinger. So instead of looking at different books, I thought it would be fun to see whether Valiant’s best could beat various other super teams in a brawl.

A couple things to remember before we start;

  • This is all for fun.
  • Characters will all be from the main universe. No Elseworlds, What Ifs, etc.
  • I’m basing this off what characters would do, not what they could do. Yeah, Superman could literally rip Ninjak in half. But would he? Not unless he’s dark and evil, and that’s just not Superman.
  • I’ll be sticking with one roster of the team, which will be either one of the classic rosters or the most well known (for example, don’t be surprised to see the Guardians of the Galaxy movie team or the X-Men from Giant Size X-Men #1. This way I’m not pitting every single Avenger against Unity in one brawl.
  • We’re going to assume that the battle is entirely unexpected, in a city neighborhood neither team is entirely familiar with.

Unity Roster

Top: X-O Manowway
Bottom from left: Eternal Warrior, Ninjak, Livewire, Toyo Harada

The Eternal Warrior – an immortal weapons master and tactician with enhanced strength, stamina, durability and reflexes.
Livewire – able to “talk” to and control machines.
Ninjak – a ninja who has embraced technology.
X-O Manowar – a man wearing a sentient suit of armour that grants him incredible power.
Toyo Harada – telekinetic, telepath, ruthless. Toyo is hero to some, villain to many. A complicated man who will do anything for his utopian – including waging war on the world.

I’m going to use the line up of heroes you see in the first volume of Unity, because without Toyo Harada I feel like Unity wouldn’t be able to stand against the Justice league’s speed and power.

Justice League Roster

Aquaman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman. These heroes are who I most associate with the Justice League, and I’d venture would be who most people would name to the team (give or take Cyborg depending on how old you may be), so that’s who I’ll use for this.

The Battle

If the two groups came upon each other out of the blue with each convinced they were facing off with villains, the way I see the fight playing out is as follows;

While Batman and Ninjak give us some spectacular fighting skills in the dark, Batman’s aversion to killing will give Ninjak the advantage as Valiant’s purple loving weapons master isn’t afraid to employ lethal force. It wouldn’t be a short fight, but Batman’s tendency to avoid the killing blow will cost him.

I also picture Wonder Woman facing off with Gilad, and while he puts up a solid fight, her strength would prove too much for the Eternal Warrior, whose best hope is for a stalemate – but it’s a stalemate that would take a long time.

Assuming X-O Manowar throws himself at Superman, that still leaves Aquaman and Green Lantern unoccupied for the Justice League and Livewire for Unity. While she would be a match for one of them (or both if Cyborg was invlolved so she could override his technology), I can’t see her prevailing over both.

However, with Toyo Harada involved… the real question is whether or not the Flash can incapacitate him before Toyo realizes how dangerous the speedster is. There’s precedent in the comics for Harada reacting at incredible speeds to shield himself from devastating attacks, but is the Flash faster than Toyo Harada’s mind? If it’s Barry Allen, probably not. but could Flash be fast enough the render the psiot unconscious? I think it’s more likely than not.

Result: Justice League are victorious. Probably

My first thoughts on this fight was that Unity stood no chance against the Justice League because you have two men who can move at super speed. No matter how good a fighter you are, it is very tough to take down somebody moving faster than the speed of sound. But when I switched out Gin-GR for Toyo Harada (they weren’t on the team at the same time) then things got more interesting. If anything, I think that the fight would come down to Harada facing off against the Flash. If Flash can stop Harada, then I see the Justice League walking away victorious. If he can’t? I see Harada being the last man standing (until the Eternal Warrior gets back up again) after an intense battle. It all depends on just how fast Flash is…

Agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comments below!