Character Battle: Shinnok VS Taskmaster

Oh, man... it feels good to be back. I apologize, my FGC brothers & sisters. A LOT has been going on since my last entry, but you can rest assured that it has all been for the better. Onwards & upwards, my friends! That being said, let's get back into the swing of things... shall we?

Last month was a whirlwind for us here at KPB (just check the footage), so we ultimately decided to take a break & get things fortified for 2016. However, I want everyone to be "in the know", so there are a couple of changes you should be aware of. For starters, I won't be attending any events/traveling across states lines until further notice. Nothing against the scene, it's just that the Voice needs to get a few personal things in order. Do not fret, FGC faithful, because I've found someone to bring onto the team that's going to help Kick-Punch-Block grow by leaps & bounds... our newest member and my little sister-in-arms: DaPurpleSharpie! You're going to experience this little firecracker soon enough, trust me.

Anyways, I'm getting off-topic. I know I'm a little late, but the last time I checked, we kick off every month around here with a damn Character Battle! Before we get into our first donnybrook of the new year, I want to express something to our lovely readers. Every matchup that you see in the Battle series is NOT a contest of who would win in a fight. There are dozens upon dozens of different avenues for that kind of pixelated hypotheses, but we like to ask the unorthodox questions here because we feel they are simply more entertaining. Case in point...


Okay, stop me if you've heard this one before: A deity & an assassin walk into a bar...

Under no circumstances whatsoever should these two even be mentioned in the same conversation, never mind the same breath... but that's the beauty of all this, folks: we can be as random as we want. So what could these two (of all people) possibly have in common that would warrant us pitting them against each other? Well, remember what I said earlier: it's not about combat. This particular pair has a unique skill that, when applied properly, can be hilarious. That's right, my FGC brothers & sisters... I want to know who would be the Best Impressionist Comic in gaming!

You might be wondering why or how I could even think to take someone like MKX's Shinnok so lightly, considering his canonical significance to both of the timelines of Mortal Kombat lore. In all honesty, he's not to be trifled with. This guy was an Elder God before going rogue & trying to subjugate the realms and whatnot (that classic villainous song & dance), so you know he's just off-the-charts powerful. One of the mystic weapons in his impressive arsenal is the Amulet. Aside from being one of the most dangerous & significant artifacts in all of MK lore, it's also the source of Shinnok's (forgive the pun) ungodly power. He practically merges with it to achieve his final form. However, my favorite attribute of his amulet is its mimicry incantation. Granted, he uses it towards more nefarious ends, but its comic potential just speaks to me!

Tony Masters (a.k.a. Taskmaster) from Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 doesn't rely on sorcery. Again, in terms of power, these two aren't even in the same sport, never mind same ballpark. No, his above average abilities came the old fashion way: PEDs, baby! And not just any back alley, behind closed doors, after a show in the locker room dreck... he stole his fix from the Nazis while working for S.H.I.E.L.D.! This particular batch granted him photographic reflexes, which translates into him being able to replicate any movement that he sees. From speaking different languages, learning any & all form of martial arts and even picking up any instrument at his leisure. Unfortunately, the negative side effects were sporadic bouts of amnesia, which can be troublesome for countless reasons. Be that as it may, one of those bouts could lead to some hilarious high jinks.

So now that we've gotten to know our contestants a little better, the primary question of the contest still stands: who would be a better impressionist comic? This one was a little more difficult to discern than I had originally expected due to one fighter's near omnipotence & the other's borderline lack of a sense of humor. The irony of all this is that most impressionist comics aren't really all that funny to begin with. Under that pretense, I would have to place my bet on the person who I think would be the most effective and that (surprisingly) is Taskmaster. While Shinnok may be five minutes away from being all-powerful, his skill relies on sorcery... which is somewhat dependent on his possession of that amulet. Tony, on the other hand, only needs to look at you once to be able to memorize damn near everything about you. That type of dedication & attention to detail is what separates your opening acts from your headliners.


Until next time... keep fighting the good fight, my friends.

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