Valiant Hero Of The Week: Unity Vs. the Avengers
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.
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.
Gin-Gr – a fifty foot robot. She’s also Unity’s headquarters.
I’m going to use the line up of heroes you most commonly see in the series below. Partly because I think that if I included Toyo Harada then the fight would be over before it began, and that’s no fun.
Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye. I’m going with the main MCU line up because that’s arguably the most recognizable group of Avengers right now.
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;
Livewire takes control of the Iron Man armour, which would not only completely neutralize Iron Man, but could also cause problems for the Avengers as a whole. Would she use the armour to distract the Hulk? Or would she leave the Hulk to Gin-Gr? It isn’t like Gin-GR would be unable to stop the Hulk on her own, which would let Livewire use the armour to focus on Hawkeye and Black Widow. While she’s distracting them, I see Ninjak incapacitating them relatively easily.
Eternal Warrior faces off against Captain America, in what would be a fantastic fight to witness, and I can see ending in a stalemate if it wasn’t for the Eternal Warrior’s ability to completely ignore pain, and the thousands of years of combat experience he has. I just can’t see Captain America winning, but I don’t see him going down easily, either. If this fight doesn’t end in a lot of mutual respect between the two, I’d be surprised, but the immortal would eventually outlast and overpower the super soldier.
Which leaves us with Thor and X-O Manowar. Both are incredibly powerful, but where Thor’s power comes from his godhood and Mjolnir, X-O comes from a time when Thor was worshiped, and is a man in a sentient suit of armour. X-O’s armour allows him to do a great many things, but being able to beat the God of Thunder? I don’t see that happening. It’d be a close fight, but after the first clash, Thor would be left facing Livewire (and Iron Man), Ninjak, most of Gin-GR and a slightly weakened Eternal Warrior.
At this point, depending on how the story is written, you’d either see Thor take the Avengers and retreat, or put up one hell of a fight before finally being overwhelmed, leaving a bit less of Gin-GR (she can survive without a body), and the Eternal Warrior still standing.
Result: Unity wins (barely)
Of all the super-teams that I can see Unity going up against, this was actually the one I kept flip flopping on the most. Given Gin-GR’s capabilities, I kept thinking of a more powerful version of the Destroyer when matching her up against the Marvel heroes. I can’t see any of the Avengers being able to beat her whilst also dealing with the rest of Unity if they come across each other without knowing anything about their opponents. Of course, depending on which line up of Avengers Unity face, the outcome could – and probably would – be very different.
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