Every Monday for the next few weeks, Valiant Entertainment is running a poll on their Twitter feed to provide fans with some escapism while new comics are in short supply. The poll allows Valiant fans the opportunity to select the Hero Of The Week from four choices – this past week, the poll featured Ninjak, Punk Mambo, Doctor Mirage and the Eternal Warrior. That week’s hero will then be the focus of free pdfs featuring the character, videos from Valiant staff, giveaways and more.
The Eternal Warrior won the poll this week, which was an excellent excuse to take a look at how Valiant’s resident immortal would fare against characters from Marvel who fall roughly within his power level and skill set based on a random first encounter (much like Batman, if you give Gilad a chance to prepare he can punch far above his weight when it comes to his adversaries).
Who is the Eternal Warrior?
An immortal warrior who is bound to defend the Geomancers – those who speak for the earth. Gilad Anni-Padda is thousands of years old, and has the combat experience that time and practice bring. An expert tactician and weapons master, Gilad also has enchanced strength, durability, stamina and a restorative healing ability that can repair critical injuries in a matter of days.
Although if Gilad takes enough damage he can die, he will always return to a fully healed body – but he can take a lot of damage; he is used to being impaled, cut, stabbed shot and burned. He can take and ignore a lot of damage and pain.
In terms of weaponry, Gilad has most recently carried with him an axe, a sword, two revolvers a grenade or two and several explosive charges. Due to the random encounter style of these imaginary fights, I’ll ignore the vast amounts of equipment he could bring to the field.
But the real question (or questions) that we’re all looking forward to answering are whether the Eternal Warrior could defeat…
When it comes to fighting Wolverine, the difference maker is Logan’s skeleton. Eternal Warrior is on par with Logan in terms of speed, is arguably stronger and has thousands of years of combat experience on Logan.
While Gilad doesn’t heal as fast as Wolverine, he his more durable in terms of the punishment his body can take before it needs to heal. If Logan gets shot, the bullet can bounce of his bones, Gilad’s muscles can absorb the bullet. But I can’t see them stopping Wolverine’s adamantium claws.
Wolverine may not carry as much weaponry as the Eternal Warrior tends to, but he doesn’t need to. Between his adamantium and his healing factor, then he leaves Gilad very little chance to effectively stop Wolverine for any real length of time.
At the end of the day, this would come down to who can soak the most damage from their opponent. The Eternal Warrior can take as much as Wolverine, but doesn’t heal as fast (the caveat here is that depending on the writer, we’ve seen both men take and walk away from a lot of punishment; it’s not unheard of for Gilad to allow himself to lose body parts to win, or to die just to learn his opponents tactics). No matter what happens in this fight, it would more than likely come down to the smallest of things between these two; does Wolverine break the Eternal Warrior’s axe and sword before they end up doing severe damage? Can the Eternal Warrior avoid the claws long enough to sever Logan’s femoral or carotid artery?
Ultimately, f it wasn’t for Wolverine’s adamantium skeleton, then I’d say there’s no way that he’d be able to stand against the Eternal Warrior for long, but as it is I think it’s slightly more likely that Wolverine walks away victorious, but severely wounded.
Deadpool verses the Eternal Warrior would be a fantastic thing to see, but I think that it would result in Valiant’s immortal guardian leaving pieces of Wade Wilson in the dirt.
In terms of fighting ability, Gilad’s experience would trump Deadpool’s skill, and their weaponry would be fairly similar (depending on which version of Deadpool we’re looking at). As we saw with Wolverine above, the Eternal Warrior’s ability to heal from wounds would come at a distant second to Deadpool – but Gilad’s body is much hard to damage than Wade’s. Does Deadpool have the ability to stand toe to toe with Gilad in a fight? Absolutely. But I think that the difference here will be in their attitudes. The Eternal Warrior won’t spend as much time talking as he will trying to kill Deadpool, and Deadpool may not take his opponent as seriously.
Or, he’ll be too busy trying to distract the Eternal Warrior with some fourth wall breaking quips as his body starts to lose pieces.
When the dust settles, the Eternal Warrior will be walking away with half a sword impaled within him as Deadpool’s head laugh’s at the absurdity of the fight.
If Captain America can disarm the Eternal Warrior then he stands a chance. Weaponless, the two men would be on fairly equal footing in terms of physical strength and stamina.
Now whether Captain America talks Gilad into an unarmed combat or he’s able to use his shield to knock away the axe and sword that’ll probably be down to the writer’s discretion (if it was me, I’d say that Cap would be able to disarm Gilad, but would likely lose his shield in the process).
At this point it’d be a first fight. We know Cap will never back down, and that he can go all day, but so can the Eternal Warrior.
Whether it’s hours or days, Gilad will eventually over come Captain America.