It’s impossible to settle the ongoing Marvel vs. DC dispute. They both have widespread popularity, and their fans are passionate about their respective roster of superheroes and villains.
As an added bonus, the commercial success on both sides is enormous and expanding. Whether you’re wondering if Marvel and DC characters will ever appear in a film together, the answer is ” I wish”. There have been many Marvel-DC crossovers in comics, but we’ll mention the best ones!
With the previous three crossover volumes being such a resounding hit for both Marvel and DC, they opted to link up their two most popular comics at the time. Those are the Uncanny X-Men by Clairemont and the New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman. The rivalry involving the two greatest evil powers in each reality draws both squads into flight. The X-Men as well as the Titans are in interstellar space, trying to find out how to stop the conflict between Darkseid, and the super powerful Dark Phoenix.
And, as you would expect, Slade Wilson and the Shi’ar get into a little conflict as well, most notably a short brawl involving the former and Logan. Additionally, the banter involving Kitty Pride and Changeling is entertaining, and it would have been great to see these two teams collide again in a larger capacity. When it comes to visual appeal, Walter Simonson scores a home run. It’s stunning in every respect.
After learning that Jigsaw is simply a cover for the Joker’s true intentions, the Punisher travels to Gotham City to hunt him down. While attempting to assassinate the Clown, the Punisher runs across Batman, who chooses to let the Clown Prince of Crime go free instead of shooting him dead. To Punisher’s surprise, the Dark Knight he is up against is none other than Bruce Wayne himself.
The story, delivered mostly in first-person monologues from both characters, is deftly executed, and the contrast involving Punisher’s M.O. (murder) and Batman’s (everything except murder) plays perfectly, but the frames in this issue have a definite frozen and cut-and-paste vibe about them, but the rest is mind-blowing.
The Silver Surfer, in pursuit of a virgin world to bring back to Galactus to quench his hunger, flies to the sky above the dystopian world. The surfer, having been attacked by Parademons, calls upon Galactus to help wipe out the Dark Lord’s henchmen. The battle between Surfer and Orion, and what happens following, is a crowning achievement. The Black Racer comes just as Orion is about to expire and takes him as his own. Seeing the Surfer as well as the Racer face to face on a whole column is a strangely poignant and gorgeous homage to Jack Kirby’s best work.
Darkseid shows up just as Galactus is starting to construct his planet-destroying weapon. Darkseid fires forth his terrible omega rays and every other weapon he possesses, but it’s not much. When Galactus “turns on his engine,” he discovers that Apokolips is completely lifeless and cannot provide for him. If Darkseid was aware of this, then why did he try to thwart his attempts? Simply shrugging his shoulders, Darkseid says nothing. This is a great little scene in which the two main villains learn to appreciate one another.
Although Batman and Daredevil make a natural pair, their aliases are seldom used, therefore the story fails to fully capitalize on the promise of the partnership. It seems reasonable to examine the parallels involving Batman’s and Daredevil’s pasts in regards to their inspiration for turning into vigilantes, their shared love for righteousness, and their strikingly differing conceptions of what justice entails.
As it is, the narrative is unremarkable, amounting to nothing more than a string of fight scenes into which almost superhero could be dropped with little rewriting. However, a wonderful detail is that we learn that Two-Face and Daredevil were buddies back when they both attended law school. Even though the villain eerily says, “Anything that occurred here tonight…was merely the last straw for Harvey Dent,” DD manages to convince Two-Face to not kill Hyde.
Without a doubt, this is the best one on our list. This one provides the reader with all they might desire from these heroes in one convenient package. At the beginning of the narrative, Superman recovers a message from Krypton that had been thought to be lost forever. This one shows that the obliteration of Krypton wasn’t an act of nature, as was previously believed. Galactus wiped out Krypton.
The Fantastic Four are the ones Supes consults when he needs some assistance. When Superman faces Galactus for the first time, he is subverted by his strength and becomes Galactus’ fresh harbinger of doom. The Fantastic Four are dispatched to rescue him, and they bring Cyborg Superman with them. Fantastic idea. The issue’s favorite moment occurs when Henshaw and Mr. Fantastic compare and contrast their respective childhoods.
Doctor Doom’s grandest plan, known only as “Project Omega,” is poised to be executed. Doom intends to release a strange poison that will make all fossil and nuclear resources useless, making his own creation a viable energy supply. Parasite, an enemy of Superman, has been promised an agreement by the Villian, however, in reality, Doom intends to utilize the Parasite to control the massive power surge of the volatile fusion reactor, which will ultimately destroy the Parasite.
Doom entices the Hulk to come to Metropolis so that he might use his influence to get the Parasite out of prison. Although the scheme is successful, the Man of Steel manages to halt the Hulk’s rage in its tracks. The Daily Bugle has dispatched Spider-Man, aka Peter Parker, to report the news, and both superheroes quickly form an alliance. Just in the nick of time, the trio manages to stop the fusion reactor from going berserk and endangering the whole globe.
This one features a crossover between Batman and Captain America and is set in the 1940s. Indeed, it serves as a delightful flashback to the golden age of comics. In addition, we get to see the Batmobile from the ’40s in action, which is always cheery on the cake.
Both Captain America and Batman are somewhat one-dimensional characters, which is to be expected given the standards set by the golden era comics. As teenage proteges, Buck and Robin play nicely off one another, while as antagonists, Red Skull and Clown Prince of Gotham complete one another. The moment when Joker finds out Red Skull is a Nazi and goes insane as a result is, obviously, the most memorable part of the tale. Despite his villainy, it’s cool to think that the Joker despises the Nazis.
Irony!! I think so!!
Cassandra Briar, a cognitive psychologist, has developed a bio-chip that can tame the toughest, and most violent of supervillains. Cletus Kasady is the first patient who tries the promising new therapy. The next recipient of Briar’s ‘treatment’ is the Clown Princ of Gotham, so ask the former symbiote to accompany her to Gotham City as evidence of the experiment’s success. Kasady’s psychiatrist, Dr. Kafka, remains skeptical of Briar’s techniques, so Briar asks Spider-Man to accompany her in case all hell breaks loose.
Dr. Kafka’s skepticism is well-founded; Carnage is impervious to the bio-chip thanks to his extraterrestrial symbiote, and he frees the Clown while he’s at it. Both Batman and Spider-Man working together have a hard time keeping up with the two, who together have grown more insane than ever.