So doing this strip made me come up with a stupid little system for staging Pokemon fights in a story based comic. I don't know how well it will work, but It's there in my noggin now. Suffice it to say, for it being their first fight in who know how long, both of them have been hurt pretty bad. Part of that is their inexperience. As they get stronger, they'll be able to take more hits, and do more damage.
Will Bulbasuar and Squirtle ever fight again? I have no idea. That is far future stuff. Hopefully Rachael will have more options at such a fight, but that's another thing I'm not sure of. I barely have chapter 1 stuff written! The next rival battle isn't until Mount Moon, which would probably be Chapters 3 or 4!
But ther will be combats, yes. Combats with actual winners. And fights that matter.