Top Great Comic Stories: Underrated Rivalries


By: Mark Lynch

Batman and Joker. The X-Men and Magneto. Thor and Loki. All of these rivalries are well documented and easy to find. That leaves a lot of rivalries left unknown by the general public. So this week’s reading list is dedicated to characters with friction between them that you may not have known about.

5. Cable and Hope VS Bishop
Bishop blames the birth of Hope Summers for living in world that imprisoned mutants. So he travels through time and space trying kill Hope from the moment she was born.
Comic Issues: Volume 1: Messiah War
Writer: Duane Swierczynski
Artist: Ariel Olivetti
Reason to Read:
What will Cable do and sacrifice to save the future? Everything. But Bishop is willing to give up everything including his own soul.

4. Nick Fury and Baron Strucker
This rivalry dates back to World War Two.
Comic Issues: Secret Warriors “Wheels Within Wheels”
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Alessandro Vitti
Reason to Read:
Over sixty years of fighting, the feud comes to an end.

3. Wolverine VS Cyclops
Despite the fact that they are teammates, Cyclops and Wolverine have been rivals from the day they met each other.
Comic Issues: X-Men Schism
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Carlos Pacheco, Frank Cho, Daniel Acuña, Alan Davis, Adam Kubert
Reason to Read:
After decades, Wolverine and Cyclops have a real fight. It’s bloody and brutal.

2. Deadpool VS Norman Osborn:
Nick Fury hired Deadpool for a job. Norman Osborn intercepted the information causing Deadpool to look like an idiot and not get paid.
Comic Issue: Deadpool “Magnum Opus” and Deadpool “Dark Reign
Writer: Daniel Way and Andy Diggle
Artist: Paco Medina and Bong Dazo
Reason to Read:
Norman sends the entirety of his Thunderbolts after Deadpool. After that didn’t work he sent in Bullseye.

1. T’Challa VS Dr. Doom
There’s only one person who rivals Dr. Doom in intelligence, wealth, and skill. T’Challa the Black Panther.
Comic Issue: Doom War
Writer: Jonathan Maberry
Artist: Scot Eaton
Reason to Read:
Doom comes closer than anyone to taking over Wakanda. T’Challa shows how crafty he is and how thinking outside the box keeps him and his people alive.

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