This is it, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The matchup to end all matchups. Both of these villains have been absolutely incredible. For those of you who picked one (or both) of these villains, congratulations! You’re on the path to that $100 Ultimate Comics gift certificate! To those of you that don’t still have a specific pony in the show, remember the bracket lessons learned this year and build a better bracket in 2016! Thank you so much to everyone who participated in this year’s tournament and made it a HUGE success.
Round 6, Championship Match: 4/6/15
Darkseid vs Doctor Doom
Each combatant, fresh off of the defeat of the last, looks up, rejuvenated, blood gone, dents done, head no longer ringing, energy full. They know that this is how it ends. This battle is for supreme power of the cosmos, for the anti-life equation, for the universe. There is a dense dramatic moment of respect. Being the last battle, Darkseid echoes out,
“It’s finally come to this, nothing will stand the way of my attainment of the Anti-Life Equation.”
Doom considers the proclamation and retorts,
“An equation you say?”
“I have had the most fantastic minds of Apokalips and New Genesis working on this. I myself have devoted countless lifetimes, and lives, to it. It is unsolvable, and yet, here I am, on the precipice of knowing, and I will not be denied.”
“Your folly was not coming to Doom first. When it comes to genius, there are none better equipped than Doom. Though it matters not, after this trifle is through, all will be Doom’s, and you’re “countless lifetimes” will be at an end.”
He trashes out with an enormous explosive charge. At first Darkseid is fully engulfed in white light, blinding him. It’s immediately followed by an immense force blast, pushing Darkseid back. Very few opening gambits have the ability to affect the Lord of Apokalips, much less deal damage when he is at full strength, odd that the first attack would do nothing when the next could be so powerful. Doom holds nothing back. He advances the attack with precision, striking out with massive power at various typical weak spots, the knees, the eyes, the celiac plexus, and more. He attacks the strongest parts as well, crown of the head, pectorals. Each probing attack deals a marked amount of damage, but even more baffling, is that each seems to able to push further, but somehow, retracts back to its issuer.
“I have no time for your games, whatever they may be.”
Darkseid raises his hands and claps out an eruption of red energy. The blast washes over Doctor Doom’s shielding until the blue aura crackles, and bursts. The emanations from the remainder of Darkseid’s attacks too, seem to be absorbed by Doom’s armor, though clearly damaging. Darkseid, believing there may be some trickery afoot, marches down to Doom. He punches out, striking the armored despot hard. Doom is immediately felled with just the one powerful blow. He staggers up to the sight of the encroaching warlord. The Lord of Latveria dodges the second attempt at fisticuffs and takes to the air. Darkseid reaches out and grabs a rocketed ankle. The flare casting a flickering orange over Darkseid’s face, paying him no bother, as he smashes the armor to the ground. A small piece of Doom’s left leg armor, dented, breaks off. Doom scrambles up yet again and Darkseid has no qualms with punching him in the back. The battery once again grounds the Doctor. Doom desperately attempts to conjure a binding spell to slow his foe down. Darkseid’s cosmic awareness sees the incursion from extra dimensional energies and he crafts a burst from his Omega Beams to short out the effect. The illuminated runes fade to mist, mid air. Perturbed, Darkseid calls out.
“Do not believe for a moment that you think these ancient shortcuts will dismantle me.”
Doctor Doom turns and fires off another salvo from his gauntlets, this time, with no odd re-absorptions. The resultant contact proves devastating. It’s just enough for Darkseid to tumble and fall. Realizing his opponent’s tactics have slightly altered, and taken more to the offensive, and having witnesses the destruction of the additional force shield. Darkseid knows that battle is near end. He looks up with blazing red eyes and rockets out a lightning forced stream of Omega Beams. They strike Doctor Doom true! The beams, which prevent all but the most mettled from having ever existed envelopes Doctor Doom. His green tunic and cloak begin to smolder, his armor burns white hot, and he stands in pure agony. And he… laughs…
“AHAHAHAHA, you were foolish to believe you could confront Doom! I’ve taken your power. I am the godslayer, I cannot be beaten, and I’ve harnessed your Omega effect”
Darkseid opens his slate gray eyes, and forces them red. But nothing happens. He pushes out his Omega Beams to a fizzle of scarlet energy that turns to ash and wafts quietly to the air.
“You want MY power? It takes more than a man to wield the Omega Beam, more than a mortal. You want MY power, you can HAVE IT!”
Darkseid, shows that he is far from limited. He lands a solid strike, denting in the once covered chest plate, now barely adorned with shredded rags. He walks up to the collapsed Doom and kicks him in the midsection, sending him tumbling further. Doctor Doom looks out at Darkseid and his gauntlets glow red. He derides,
“You want your power back? HAHAHAHA!”
The Omega Beams that should have launched explode in the steely hands of Doom, leaving him with patchy blacked holey armor.
Now it is Darkseid’s turn to laugh,
“While the Omega Beams may now be sourced by another, they are still MINE to control!”
He extends himself down and clutches the tattered cape of Doom and lifts him to eye level.
“Try my attack once more, and see where it gets you.”
Once again Doom is laughing,
“HAHAHA, your attack? Why attempt your attack when Doom holds what no other could achieve?”
Doom flicks his wrists, there’s a low hum from his suit, a quick flare of purple light, and suddenly, an oddly dark, glowing, amorphous globule with orbs of large soft orange light specked around it, crackling with essence materializes behind the two. Darkseid drops the cloak and stagger away— astonished? Frightened? Doom continues his jeer,
“This is the very thing you desire is it not? It was a simple matter to find its source, between my probing and analysis of your powers. You wear what you’ve learned of it on your sleeve, everything you could possible glean from it, co-opted to your malfeasance. But it was DOOM who solved it, and it is DOOM’S to control!”
Darkseid steps towards it, jaw open, in utter amazement, he whispers out,
“Could it be? Could this be it, the Anti-Life equation?”
He reaches out and cradles the cloud, raps his fingers around it, as though caressing its brilliance. It swallows him whole. The soft orange become dark black, the dark blacks blaze hot white and simply ceases to exist. Darkseid’s body stands, a hollow husk of what it once was. With life force quickly releasing, it drops to its empty knees. Doctor Doom stares down and commands the final moment of Darkseid’s existence.
“Kneel before Doom.”
Winner: DOCTOR DOOM