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The Battle readers have asked for and dreamed about, wished for and speculated upon, demanded but never expected, finally happens within these pages. DC Versus Marvel, the four issue blockbuster miniseries is now collected into this trade paperback. Heroes and villains cross over from each dimension into the other and celestial beings begin a strange and deadly cosmic ches The Battle readers have asked for and dreamed about, wished for and speculated upon, demanded but never expected, finally happens within these pages. DC Versus Marvel, the four issue blockbuster miniseries is now collected into this trade paperback. Heroes and villains cross over from each dimension into the other and celestial beings begin a strange and deadly cosmic chess game to determine which universe is more powerful. Graphic novel format.

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The Battle readers have asked for and dreamed about, wished for and speculated upon, demanded but never expected, finally happens within these pages. DC Versus Marvel, the four issue blockbuster miniseries is now collected into this trade paperback. Heroes and villains cross over from each dimension into the other and celestial beings begin a strange and deadly cosmic ches The Battle readers have asked for and dreamed about, wished for and speculated upon, demanded but never expected, finally happens within these pages. DC Versus Marvel, the four issue blockbuster miniseries is now collected into this trade paperback. Heroes and villains cross over from each dimension into the other and celestial beings begin a strange and deadly cosmic chess game to determine which universe is more powerful. Graphic novel format.

30 review for DC vs. Marvel Comics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alejandro

    One of the events that you thought won’t be possible! I got this in its single comic book issues, but I chosen this TPB edition to make a better overall review. This TPB edition collects “DC vs Marvel” #1-4. Creative Team: Writers: Ron Marz & Peter David Illustrators: Dan Jurgens & Claudio Castellini THE MOTHER OF ALL COMIC BOOK CROSSOVERS! Yes, I am aware of how frivolous this comic book event is… …but… …hey! If you’re a comic book fan (like myself!) how can you don’t want to read this! It’s One of the events that you thought won’t be possible! I got this in its single comic book issues, but I chosen this TPB edition to make a better overall review. This TPB edition collects “DC vs Marvel” #1-4. Creative Team: Writers: Ron Marz & Peter David Illustrators: Dan Jurgens & Claudio Castellini THE MOTHER OF ALL COMIC BOOK CROSSOVERS! Yes, I am aware of how frivolous this comic book event is… …but… …hey! If you’re a comic book fan (like myself!) how can you don’t want to read this! It’s DC vs Marvel! Superman vs Hulk! Batman vs Captain America! Wonder Woman vs Storm! Wolverine vs Lobo! Spider-Man vs Superboy! Come on! You can’t have this super-hero battles any day, since they are two different comic book publishers that while they have their fair amount of crossover projects, nothing that massive like this one since it’s their both universes combined! Two powerful cosmic beings become aware of each other, they are in two separate universe (DC and Marvel, duh!) and they force their own representative heroes to battle, there are 11 major battles (where readers were able to vote!) and the losing universe would be no more… …obviously that wouldn’t happen (duh!) but still is a cool event (all cliché, but I don’t care!) and even this lead to the Amalgam event where the characters of both universes got merged into new characters! So… …let them fight!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Scarlet Cameo

    ¿Alguien ha leído acerca del universo Amalgama? Esa curiosa fusión de los héroes y villanos de Marvel y DC que nos trajo joyas como Super-Soldier, Dark Claw, Dr. Strangefate, Amazon, Bullets and Bracelets y Spiderboy....bueno esta serie fue el inicio de todo. De hecho, si vas a iniciar este tomo deberías tener ya a la mano la línea Amalgama dado que a partir del tercer número te mandan directo a ese universo, así que el último número de esta historia es el cierre de ambas líneas. Presentándonos u ¿Alguien ha leído acerca del universo Amalgama? Esa curiosa fusión de los héroes y villanos de Marvel y DC que nos trajo joyas como Super-Soldier, Dark Claw, Dr. Strangefate, Amazon, Bullets and Bracelets y Spiderboy....bueno esta serie fue el inicio de todo. De hecho, si vas a iniciar este tomo deberías tener ya a la mano la línea Amalgama dado que a partir del tercer número te mandan directo a ese universo, así que el último número de esta historia es el cierre de ambas líneas. Presentándonos una lucha entre los equivalente de cada universo, esta vez los héroes pelean por salvar su universo, mientras que los villanos buscaban probar quien era el mejor, y de fondo lectores decidían quien ganaría cada pelea (y por cierto hubo algunas sorpresas en ese sentido). La historia es graciosa, tiene elementos muy bizarros (view spoiler)[como cuando Wolverine y Gambito roban el Batimovil (hide spoiler)] pero en general el desarrollo es muy fluido. El final me agrado, a pesar de que no tenga ninguna sentido, creo que los héroes elegidos para cerrar la historia fueron ideales, dado que representan la fuerza de cada universo, se anteponen a la fragilidad de su ser y a la futilidad de su especie si se compara con el resto del universo.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Avinash

    Not that bad, 3.5 Stars So I finally read this. My expectations were not very high, which probably acted as a benefit. So overall, I liked it alright. First of all, the good things - This is DC vs Marvel! What can one expect more, right? Supi vs Hulk, Baty vs Cap, Flash vs Quicksilver, Green Lantern vs Silver Surfer; and all those other high profile fights. Unfortunately these fights are not even close to what you expect. They are one of the weaker parts of the story. For me some memorable moments Not that bad, 3.5 Stars So I finally read this. My expectations were not very high, which probably acted as a benefit. So overall, I liked it alright. First of all, the good things - This is DC vs Marvel! What can one expect more, right? Supi vs Hulk, Baty vs Cap, Flash vs Quicksilver, Green Lantern vs Silver Surfer; and all those other high profile fights. Unfortunately these fights are not even close to what you expect. They are one of the weaker parts of the story. For me some memorable moments were - - Joker Meeting Spidey. You can't deny, it's a cool thing. -Peter working in Daily Planet with Clark and having a crush on Lois Lane :P That was some serious MASALA, really. Don't you believe me? See for yourselves -J. Jonah Jameson / King Pin taking over Daily Planet (I mean WTH) -Bane trying to break Cap’s back and the outcome of that (oh man! I loved that) -Robin-Jubilee romance (Meh!) But the real deal was this I mean, how cool is this? Just imagine Chris Hemsworth & Gal Gadot doing this sequence. Wow! That would be sheer awesomeness. I know we are talking about alliances here, but you all remember this, right? What can I say except, Chris! you rock buddy and yeah! probably right as well :P Anyway, looks like my fanboy mode is taking over :P so coming back to comic book. I think the end was intentionally more politically correct than anything, where they picked one of each universe’s favorite son and resolved the calamity in a jiffy. It was not bad at all but yeah! as I said, it felt a bit too politically correct for the good of both the universes. Especially this last bit, (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] Rest of the things were from mediocre to good, including the artwork. But whatever the case may be, you just have to read this one; at least once. I enjoyed it. P.S. I would have loved to see the Supergirl with spidey senses, but that’s a different story altogether :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jedi JC Daquis

    Dc versus Marvel has the elements of a boombastic epic fight between the two big giant publishers, DC and Marvel. Their mecha-counterparts in the graphic novel, are two monstrous but very similar (save the color and some details) robot brothers who, since time forgotten the existence of each other. The story isn't clear the first time you read it. There are dc vs marvel fights between paired heroes and villains with one from each universe, there is this amalgamated universe from which the charact Dc versus Marvel has the elements of a boombastic epic fight between the two big giant publishers, DC and Marvel. Their mecha-counterparts in the graphic novel, are two monstrous but very similar (save the color and some details) robot brothers who, since time forgotten the existence of each other. The story isn't clear the first time you read it. There are dc vs marvel fights between paired heroes and villains with one from each universe, there is this amalgamated universe from which the characters are molded into one, like batman and wolverine becoming dark claw, and this resolution between the two brothers so that each universe is in its own again. Typical of 90s fight pop culture, there are these feelings of calculated fights and wrestling drama and corny happy endings. I would have given this an extra star if we were living in the 90s. The crossover formula which was executed in DC vs Marvel doesn't work now except for giving readers a feeling of nostalgia. DC vs Marvel is a recommended read for all superhero-loving people. This is unique, I mean (aside from jla/avengers) when do you experience events like these?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    This comic could have been MUCH better. It's actually a fun read. This is the crossovers of crossovers of all comic book crossovers. I remember when this came out it was a pretty big deal. Not sure people know this exists anymore. Might be the only time you see Robin make out with Jubilee. I didn't really care for the writing, story, or art in this unfortunately. The writing felt sloppy at times, the story was jumbled, and art is dated. Parts felt rushed just to make a mix-and-mach alternate univ This comic could have been MUCH better. It's actually a fun read. This is the crossovers of crossovers of all comic book crossovers. I remember when this came out it was a pretty big deal. Not sure people know this exists anymore. Might be the only time you see Robin make out with Jubilee. I didn't really care for the writing, story, or art in this unfortunately. The writing felt sloppy at times, the story was jumbled, and art is dated. Parts felt rushed just to make a mix-and-mach alternate universe. They could have made this longer and more thought out. There wasn't much of a story either. Too much fighting. I feel like if this was made again today, it would be better and more thought out.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sejong

    DC vs. Marvel was one of the first graphic novels I read as a child and what a thrill-ride it was back then. Superman vs. Hulk, Batman vs. Captain America, Wolverine vs. Lobo. At face value it seems like a comic book fans dream. Although re-reading this clash of the century was fun I feel it hasn't aged terribly well. Such a monumental crossover event could ultimately have spanned for months and could have been all-encompassing like, for example, Marvel's Civil War event. Instead at 4 issues the DC vs. Marvel was one of the first graphic novels I read as a child and what a thrill-ride it was back then. Superman vs. Hulk, Batman vs. Captain America, Wolverine vs. Lobo. At face value it seems like a comic book fans dream. Although re-reading this clash of the century was fun I feel it hasn't aged terribly well. Such a monumental crossover event could ultimately have spanned for months and could have been all-encompassing like, for example, Marvel's Civil War event. Instead at 4 issues the crossover felt incredibly rushed. There were some really fun fight scenes and it was exciting seeing heroes, villains and others crossover into each other's universes but everything felt like it went by in the blink of an eye. The results of the aforementioned clashes (and many more) were also decided by fan voting which isn't a terribly good idea, resulting in some rather odd outcomes. Fun should be the operative word in this mini-review however. Sometimes even a single well-drawn panel was enough to get me excited and trigger my own creative juices. A few panels showing Bane battling Captain America, or a single panel showing Dr. Doom clashing with Shazam; these are the mini-moments that make the book worthwhile as a brief, fleeting look into all the potential a larger DC/Marvel crossover has, if the two companies decide to try this again in the future.

  7. 5 out of 5

    MadMaxx

    Heroes always fight other heroes when they first meet, it's like a law or something. Then once they realize they are not enemies, they stop. Not here. Here they are forced to fight until there is a winner. And to top off this grand event, the readers got to vote on the winners, or at least the Main Card. Let's see if I remember it all, been a while. Prelims: DC Comics vs Marvel Darksied vs Thanos Robin vs Jubilee Black Canary vs Black Widow Aquaman vs Namor Joker vs Green Goblin Nightwing vs Deadpool Main Heroes always fight other heroes when they first meet, it's like a law or something. Then once they realize they are not enemies, they stop. Not here. Here they are forced to fight until there is a winner. And to top off this grand event, the readers got to vote on the winners, or at least the Main Card. Let's see if I remember it all, been a while. Prelims: DC Comics vs Marvel Darksied vs Thanos Robin vs Jubilee Black Canary vs Black Widow Aquaman vs Namor Joker vs Green Goblin Nightwing vs Deadpool Main Card Green Lantern vs Silver Surfer Superboy vs Spiderman Win Wonderwoman vs Storm Win Lobo vs Wolverine Win Cpt. Marvel(Shazam) vs Thor Superman Win vs Hulk Batman vs Cpt. America I don't really remember who wins all the fights but that is what I do remember. The fight between Batman and Cap America went on for like 8 days. After the 3rd issue, it even broke into Amalgam comics, where the heroes from both sides combine to make 1 hero, such as Batman/Wolverine become Dark Claw. Everything about this crossover between the two comic Goliaths was ever so kick ass. A must for all comic fans.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    This series, and book now, was my very on inception into comics. It had all the elements necessary to cater to a kid that loved Saturday morning cartoons but couldn't understand why Batman and the X-Men never crossed paths or why Superman and Hulk never tried to see who was the strongest. This clarified why those paths never crossed and it crossed them and even merged them into something that I thought was pretty creative. To top it off - in the back of the book, and the original books, were t This series, and book now, was my very on inception into comics. It had all the elements necessary to cater to a kid that loved Saturday morning cartoons but couldn't understand why Batman and the X-Men never crossed paths or why Superman and Hulk never tried to see who was the strongest. This clarified why those paths never crossed and it crossed them and even merged them into something that I thought was pretty creative. To top it off - in the back of the book, and the original books, were the stats of each character: Their name, origin, powers, their first appearance and publisher. It was everything a pre-geek fan could ever want! I wouldn't expect long-time "older" fans to appreciate this; everything is not for everyone. But it is a good story and I've always appreciated how it was written from the perspectives of the characters they focused on, i.e. Jubilee's diary entry and an article "written by" Clark Kent. If this interests you then you should read Green Lantern/Silver Surfer: Unholy Alliances because it is alluded to when the characters meet up once again.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Luis Reséndiz

    mucho más divertido que el híper solemne jla/avengers, aunque por momentos igual de ridículo. (ambos tienen esta justificación de la fusión de universos que es bastante naive, como de un grant morrison de capa caída.) lo que sí es que este fue un evento más completo: incluyó la creación del universo amalgam, que representa uno de mis más queridos recuerdos de infancia. vaya: mediocre, pero lleno de humor y buena onda.

  10. 5 out of 5

    tony dillard jr

    In the mid 1990s, comic books were on the verge of collapse. Speculators had seen the insane prices that the first appearances of Superman and Spider-Man were selling for and they wanted a piece of the pie. However these speculators were new to comics and didn't realize that every first issue wasn't going to become the next Action Comics #1. While these newbies were snatching up dozens of first issues at a time, two disastrous things were happening in the industry. 1) Comic book stores were raisi In the mid 1990s, comic books were on the verge of collapse. Speculators had seen the insane prices that the first appearances of Superman and Spider-Man were selling for and they wanted a piece of the pie. However these speculators were new to comics and didn't realize that every first issue wasn't going to become the next Action Comics #1. While these newbies were snatching up dozens of first issues at a time, two disastrous things were happening in the industry. 1) Comic book stores were raising the prices of new comics to levels that devoted fans could not afford on a regular basis. 2) Meanwhile publishers were thrilled at how well the first issues of their new titles we're selling; so they began publishing large volumes of the second and third issues. But since the speculators weren't interested in anything but first issues and collectors weren't buying second issues because they couldn't afford issue #1, an economic bubble was forming. By 1994-95, many independent publishers went out of business. Local comic book shops did too! Marvel had to restructure several times, even going so far as to outsource some of their most popular heroes to other companies. It was deeply feared that Marvel was going to go out of business. If not for having Warner Bros as their parent company, DC would have folded as well. But successful animated TV shows and the Batman franchise of films kept DC afloat. The powers that be at DC knew that it was vital to the industry to keep Marvel from folding even if they were a direct competitor. So they threw out a life preserver to the House of Ideas- they proposed a crossover! It had been nearly two decades that the two publishers had last had characters of their two universes meet. A new generation of fans had long begged DC and Marvel for such a pairing. And established fans really only got to see a small handful of characters meet in the three crossovers published from 1976-1981. Once the contracts were signed, it was decided that Ron Marz and Peter David would script a epic battle between the heroes of the two universes with art by Dan Jurgens and Claudio Castellini. But it would be the fans who would get to decide the outcomes! After the first issue, fans were given a number of match-ups and encouraged to vote for the winner. Could Superman defeat the Hulk? Whose mightier: The Silver Surfer or Green Lantern? Could Namor out-swim Aquaman? You might not agree with all of the outcomes but it was the people who had spoken! For the most part, the events of this 4-issue mini series have been retconned and erased. But the most lasting impact of this story was the creation of the Amalgam Universe. There we got awesome miss-mashes of our favorite characters like Bruce Wayne: Agent of SHIELD and Doctor Strangefate. A great story that helped saved Marvel if not the comic book industry as a whole. Marvel would continue to flounder for a couple of years afterwards, eventually filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 1996. But the sales were positive enough to help Marvel in it's restructuring until Toy Biz could make a deal to buy the company. This book is maybe not a required reading but it's definitely something of historical importance!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ethan

    Ah, crossovers. Crossovers are a part of fiction that I usually like. True, I haven't seen that many in my life, but the ones I have, I've enjoyed. And this book, billed as "the crossover nobody thought would happen," is definitely such an example. Back in 1996, DC and Marvel ran a crossover pitting their superheroes against one another, that ultimately ended in a temporary draw, and them being merged into Amalgam Comics - a miniseries I'm a fan of, especially Dark Claw (who, if you can't tell, is Ah, crossovers. Crossovers are a part of fiction that I usually like. True, I haven't seen that many in my life, but the ones I have, I've enjoyed. And this book, billed as "the crossover nobody thought would happen," is definitely such an example. Back in 1996, DC and Marvel ran a crossover pitting their superheroes against one another, that ultimately ended in a temporary draw, and them being merged into Amalgam Comics - a miniseries I'm a fan of, especially Dark Claw (who, if you can't tell, is a mix of Batman and Wolverine). The matches pitted Aquaman against Namor, Elektra against Catwoman, Flash against Quicksilver, Robin against Jubilee, Silver Surfer against Green Lantern, Thor against Captain Marvel, Superman against Hulk, Spider-Man against Superboy, Wolverine against Lobo, Storm against Wonder Woman and Batman against Captain America. And much like Jason Todd back in the 80's, the outcome was determined by fan votes. Admittedly, I was fairly indifferent towards who emerged victorious for most of the battles, since I'm not an avid fan of half the characters. Most of the fights' outcomes made sense when you take the respective combatants' powers into account - Superman beats Hulk because he's just that bit more powerful (not that I'm a fan of how ridiculously OP Supes can get); Spider-Man defeats Superboy because of his spider-sense; Storm takes down Wonder Woman because WW wouldn't be immune to Storm's lightning abilities. But what makes the fights so fun is the sheer nostalgia of it all - the art style is decidedly 90's (with the costume choices, namely Superman's infamous mullet getup), the graphics, how the characters are being written, the dialogue - it all takes the reader back to simpler times. If they grew up in the 90's and/or early 2000's, that is, but for me as a reader, it has a nostalgia value. My only problem with the book, though - and the reason I’m not giving it my highest mark - is that my favorite fight - Batman vs. Captain America - doesn’t get a proper conclusion, the way the other fights do. While Captain America does get knocked out, which one could argue constitutes a loss, it still doesn't feel like a proper ending to the fight. That may seem petty, but let’s face it: Marvel vs. DC was the crossover many a comic fan wanted to see growing up, and if my current self - who’s loved Batman since age twelve - were put in the 90’s, it would have been the fight I looked forward to the most. All the other fights had a clearly defined outcome; why can't this one? Still, though, Batman has the upper hand for the most part, demonstrating how insanely prepared he is as a fighter. In fact, the main reason Batman is my favorite DC superhero is the character's reliance on his own capabilities as a human, as opposed to superpowers. Which is why I was all the more thrilled when - SPOILER! - he beat Captain America on their episode of Death Battle. On a minor note, the fight between Wolverine - one of my favorite Marvel characters (it's hard to pick a favorite from Marvel, unlike DC) - and Lobo mostly occurs off-panel, meaning Wolverine gets the shaft when it comes to seeing his fight. I wasn't as pissed about that one as I was about the Batman vs. Captain America fight being cut short, but since I love Wolverine, it would have been nice to see a bit more. A minor flaw, of course, but just saying. Nonetheless, in the end, I thoroughly enjoy this miniseries, and definitely consider the book worth owning, be you a DC or a Marvel fan, or one of both, like yours truly. But be forewarned that you may be disappointed with how some of the fights conclude -though hopefully, the sheer awesomeness and nostalgia value of it all can help you overlook this. Rating: 4 out of 5

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    Okay, so I read this comic years ago. It was one of the first comic books I can remember reading. At the time, I thought it was super interesting, and today I still think it is. At least the first half of it was. If you've ever wondered what would happen in DC superheroes met Marvel superheroes, this is the comic to read. I love how they pitted the heroes against one another since we all want to know whether the Flash or Quicksilver is the faster man, whether Aquaman or Namor rules the seas, and Okay, so I read this comic years ago. It was one of the first comic books I can remember reading. At the time, I thought it was super interesting, and today I still think it is. At least the first half of it was. If you've ever wondered what would happen in DC superheroes met Marvel superheroes, this is the comic to read. I love how they pitted the heroes against one another since we all want to know whether the Flash or Quicksilver is the faster man, whether Aquaman or Namor rules the seas, and whether Superman or the Hulk is stronger. I think they did a good job pairing up heroes, at least for when this comic was released. (For instance, Ironman is non-existent?) The latter half of the comic, where the two worlds collide and people are combined and whatnot was just weird and probably shouldn't exist. In addition, parts of the comic were just kind of boring to read because it was a lot of dialogue and a lot going on, and I still don't understand the two "brothers" and universes and how it all happened. But alas, it was pretty colorful and fun. (Especially Peter Parker hitting on Lois Lane.) I'd really be interested if they would do it again but with today's heroes and see how it all happened (with a better reason behind why the two universes collide, of course). DC, Marvel... can you make this happen?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Wiener

    This is as gimmicky as it looks. The story is ridiculous. The writing sucks. But... there are some highlights: The art is pretty great! There are some awesome splash pages of impossible battles you never thought possible occurring. Some of the character interactions are fun. Robin and Jubilee falling in love was a delight, and Darkseid vs Thanos was exciting (though shortlived.) The Amalgam world stuff was... bizarre. Not necessarily good bizarre either... more like seeing your parents naked bizarr This is as gimmicky as it looks. The story is ridiculous. The writing sucks. But... there are some highlights: The art is pretty great! There are some awesome splash pages of impossible battles you never thought possible occurring. Some of the character interactions are fun. Robin and Jubilee falling in love was a delight, and Darkseid vs Thanos was exciting (though shortlived.) The Amalgam world stuff was... bizarre. Not necessarily good bizarre either... more like seeing your parents naked bizarre. I’ll leave it at that. This is a sideshow. Only read if you need your curiosity satisfied. You’re not gonna find a good story here.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Not really all that worthwhile. So many characters that none of them get a satisfying amount of time. Story was about as good as it could be, but the idea of bringing the two universes together is going to be hard to do.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hajare

    Fun read! Loved it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Everyone always wonders what would happen if the two met, these are people who have yet to find this mini series. The battle among similar characters, realizing a unity and then finding answers.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    Mindless fun and a fast read. It gets straight to the action and the story. Good matchups with very little depth or a storyline, but is still a fun read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    John

    Story was very basic but it was pretty cool to see both universes collide.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mike Malony

    Fun! Hero v Hero like you'd expect, most way to quick, but a joy to read and lovely art. Sure the meta plot is odd and weak, but that's not really why we are reading this anyway.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kenny

    Nice

  21. 4 out of 5

    David

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    When the greatest heroes from the DC universe are thrown in with those of the Marvel universe, you expect something epic...something spectacular. In my opinion, this miniseries from 1995 failed to deliver. I wasn't a fan of the plot; I thought it was a weak plot device thrown together for a reason to bring the universes together. I generally have a hard time trying to summarize the flimsy plot and it seemed the best explanation came in the form of an entry in Jubilee's diary in the second issue: When the greatest heroes from the DC universe are thrown in with those of the Marvel universe, you expect something epic...something spectacular. In my opinion, this miniseries from 1995 failed to deliver. I wasn't a fan of the plot; I thought it was a weak plot device thrown together for a reason to bring the universes together. I generally have a hard time trying to summarize the flimsy plot and it seemed the best explanation came in the form of an entry in Jubilee's diary in the second issue: There are these two, um, gods or entities or whatever you want to call them...one in each universe. Brothers, I guess. They're, like, the embodiment of everything in their universe. A little tough to grasp, I know. Anyway, they both forgot the other one existed. But they noticed each other because of a few cosmic sort of events. Now they've decided to find out which universe is better, so they picked champions - including your favorite pyrokinetic mutant mall rat here - to settle it. There you have it; that's the best explanation there is and even then it doesn't sound as if much thought were put into it. In the end, whichever universe loses is to be destroyed. Of course, seeing as how these were two major comic publishers, you know they'll find a way around that (and they do). I could've forgiven the poor plot device as long as the actual character battles...the whole reason people read this miniseries....are as epic as fans would imagine. Well, they aren't. With as many major battles as they try to fit into the short series, each battle is given no more than 2-3 pages. One would imagine that a battle between Superman and the Incredible Hulk would be a massive event; not here...3 pages. What's worse is that I had a hard time stomaching the outcomes of the battles. There were a couple I couldn't agree with and one who's outcome I felt was just ridiculous (see Aquaman versus Prince Namor). I was pretty disappointed by the collection. The story is exceptionally weak, the battles are short and without excitement, and to be honest, the inner-monologue-narration is heavy in this book and got on my nerves from the start. It's interesting only to see who the writers determined as the victors in the battles and the amalgam universe is an quirky novelty for a bit; otherwise, you aren't missing much by passing this one up.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    This lengthy graphic novel/comic is a partial answer to what nearly all long-term comic fans have been hoping for, sometimes for decades. The DC and Marvel brands each have their superheroes and super villains with many of their powers being similar. Natural questions arise regarding which hero would win when a DC character is pitted against a Marvel character. In this story, the barriers between multiple universes partially collapse and there is a ‘leaking” of superheroes from one universe to This lengthy graphic novel/comic is a partial answer to what nearly all long-term comic fans have been hoping for, sometimes for decades. The DC and Marvel brands each have their superheroes and super villains with many of their powers being similar. Natural questions arise regarding which hero would win when a DC character is pitted against a Marvel character. In this story, the barriers between multiple universes partially collapse and there is a ‘leaking” of superheroes from one universe to another. By design of those responsible for the leaking, one hero from Marvel is pitted against an “equal” from DC. For example, Batman faces off with Captain America, Superman with the Hulk and so forth. The paired heroes are to fight each other until one is defeated and a running score is kept with the side having the fewest victories having their universe destroyed. It is a complicated tale; unfortunately the breadth of the conflict keeps the individual battles from being as complex as they could have been. When reading it, I found myself wanting there to be more depth and strategy to the battles, instead of what was largely just a series of slugfests with a few quick knockouts. These superheroes are experienced fighters, more likely to go the distance rather than being quickly downed. They have battled on a regular basis with super villains, often winning with cunning rather than brute force. Despite these flaws, this is still a story that keeps your interest and generates a desire to read more of them. Lengthy and complex stories, perhaps even movies that pit one DC hero against one Marvel hero would be a joy to read or view. The possibilities are endless!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bookworm Amir

    I never knew this book existed, where the DC and Marvel Universe coincided together in an 'amalgamation'. Superman fights The Hulk, Batman and Captain America, The Flash and Quicksilver, Aquaman and Namor Wolverine and Lobo, Thanos and Darkseid, Silver Surfer and Green Lantern, Robin and Jubilee, Shazam (Captain Marvel) and Thor, Wonder Woman and Storm, Spiderman and Superboy - all the equivalent of the other but in different comic universes. Its fun to see that all these characters kind of shar I never knew this book existed, where the DC and Marvel Universe coincided together in an 'amalgamation'. Superman fights The Hulk, Batman and Captain America, The Flash and Quicksilver, Aquaman and Namor Wolverine and Lobo, Thanos and Darkseid, Silver Surfer and Green Lantern, Robin and Jubilee, Shazam (Captain Marvel) and Thor, Wonder Woman and Storm, Spiderman and Superboy - all the equivalent of the other but in different comic universes. Its fun to see that all these characters kind of share the same power sometimes, or rankings. What was interesting in the books is the alternate universe where what if the characters all mashed up (think of a Batman that has Wolverine Claws, or a Superman that uses Captain America's shield). But story wise it was quite a short read, and I wish there was a lot more actions and fighting scenes between each others. That could take ages though, but then who doesn't want to see more of Superman and Hulk smashing each other? The story ended in a typical yet unexpected super-galactic-far-out-there kind of ending, where we get to see the 'Gods' who represent the Marvel and DC universes (also finally found out that the most powerful Marvel character is called The Living Tribunal (and I'm pretty sure we're going to see him soon in the next few Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy movies)and for DC Comics its The Spectre). , the ending wasn't as bombastic as it could have been. Worth a quick read definitely. Also, the book that finally fulfills your childhood dreams of ever seeing Captain America, Batman Superman and Spider man all in the same comic book. Its definitely the 'fight of the century'.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Brown

    Books from the 90's aren't much of a fun read to me anymore. The idea of these two companies having a crossover is nothing more than panels of cool ideas like Captain America meeting Bane.... But the story is so weak, I just waited for something more. The harder part of reading this is the story is being told to us block after block as the narrator needs to tell us everything.... And the actual conversations in the book are down to things like "not this time", or "I'm stronger than you". This is Books from the 90's aren't much of a fun read to me anymore. The idea of these two companies having a crossover is nothing more than panels of cool ideas like Captain America meeting Bane.... But the story is so weak, I just waited for something more. The harder part of reading this is the story is being told to us block after block as the narrator needs to tell us everything.... And the actual conversations in the book are down to things like "not this time", or "I'm stronger than you". This isn't a comic book, as much as its a normal book with illustrations showing everything the narrator is telling us. I just hate this style. Originally this was a 4 issue series that needed to be 12.... With so many characters doing so little in it I wasn't satisfied at all. The reason why these universes collided is ridiculous, and how it's resolved is even more so.... There were 12 "amalgam" books that connected with this story (only 1 included), and also many other battle spin off books like darkseid vs. thanos, green lantern vs. silver surfer etc... to further what couldn't be contained in these 4 issues, but there are no reference asterisks to let you know that. So 20 years after.... Reading this is very unsatisfying, unless you want to see some nice art of panels of characters you like, fighting each other. Such a gimmick ploy to sell 12 number 1 issues with no future.... Seems to go on to this day as DC and Marvel are Both doing it right now with Convergence and Secret Wars.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Victor Orozco

    A dream come true. That's what I have to say is the basic idea behind this book. The great two comic companies coming to together in one comic book story. Basically the premise is that the presence of two cosmic lords (obviously representing DC Comics and Marvel Comics) cause a massive universal rift between DC Earth and Marvel Earth with the convergence point in an alley in an east coast city. The rift sends heroes and villains from both universes to each other, eventually leading to a battle of A dream come true. That's what I have to say is the basic idea behind this book. The great two comic companies coming to together in one comic book story. Basically the premise is that the presence of two cosmic lords (obviously representing DC Comics and Marvel Comics) cause a massive universal rift between DC Earth and Marvel Earth with the convergence point in an alley in an east coast city. The rift sends heroes and villains from both universes to each other, eventually leading to a battle of wills between the heroes of the comic book universes. Superman vs Hulk, Batman vs Captain America, Wonder Woman vs Storm, etc. It is such an awesome encounter of wills. Some great things here and there. I realize that DC mostly wrote this story up, but there is a very good degree of evenness in the telling. I wish they do this type of thing every ten or twenty years. Then the story meets in a brief amalgam of the characters. A Superman/Captain America hybrid. Same thing with Zatanna/Scarlet Witch, Wolverine/Batman, etc. Before the universes meet in a conclusion. All in all this was a dream come true. I wish they had more fights and especially wish it wasn't just hero vs hero. Still very cool. I'm mostly a DC fan, but this was a good mix with Marvel. B

  27. 5 out of 5

    Umesh Rao

    A wonderful tale bringing together the superheroes from both Marvel and DC Comics in this epic mini-series. The Marvel or DC Universe are on the verge of complete annihilation, as the cosmic brothers - Yin and Yang, who embody both these universes are caught in a tussle and they decide to end their tussle by pitting their best superheroes against each other and based on the result of this, the fate of the universe would be decided. So the battles are set - Superman vs The Hulk, Spiderman vs Supe A wonderful tale bringing together the superheroes from both Marvel and DC Comics in this epic mini-series. The Marvel or DC Universe are on the verge of complete annihilation, as the cosmic brothers - Yin and Yang, who embody both these universes are caught in a tussle and they decide to end their tussle by pitting their best superheroes against each other and based on the result of this, the fate of the universe would be decided. So the battles are set - Superman vs The Hulk, Spiderman vs Superboy , Batman vs Captain America, Wonder Woman vs The Storm , Thor vs Captain Marvel to name a few. There is also a key role played by a mysterious person known as 'Access' who knows and sees the whole cosmic event unfold. Will the heroes be able to save their universe ? Which one would survive -the DC Universe or the Marvel Universe? All these questions answered and much more interesting twists await in this 4 issue mini series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Guillermo

    Following the story line two "gods" becoming aware of each other and deciding to pit their heroes against each other, the epic also spawned the Amalgam Universe, in which characters from both "worlds" were combined to make new heroes - my personal favorite being Dark Claw (Batman & Wolverine). This also means that while the epic is presented in full - the battles plus the resolving of the two universes - it also lacks the Amalgam comics that followed. And while these comics are available in Following the story line two "gods" becoming aware of each other and deciding to pit their heroes against each other, the epic also spawned the Amalgam Universe, in which characters from both "worlds" were combined to make new heroes - my personal favorite being Dark Claw (Batman & Wolverine). This also means that while the epic is presented in full - the battles plus the resolving of the two universes - it also lacks the Amalgam comics that followed. And while these comics are available in collections, I opted out from reading them - I remember a few titles were not to my liking. As for the book? Well, it's a must have for comic book geeks everywhere - especially if you grew up in the 90's. As for literary significance, well, is there anyway to say this correctly? Don't try to destroy your brother? I dunno. I really don't know.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lobo DeSade

    I rated this two stars for three reasons. The first reason is because it brings me back to my childhood when comics where magical and colourful and full of stuff that brought you to new worlds filled with endless possibilities. The second reason is because, well the art was good, the storyline sucked, there was so much pointless things going on, like heroes appearing for a panel or two, and the fact that all the fights that took place where fan voted so the fights didn't count, remove the votes I rated this two stars for three reasons. The first reason is because it brings me back to my childhood when comics where magical and colourful and full of stuff that brought you to new worlds filled with endless possibilities. The second reason is because, well the art was good, the storyline sucked, there was so much pointless things going on, like heroes appearing for a panel or two, and the fact that all the fights that took place where fan voted so the fights didn't count, remove the votes and then you would have had a decent graphic novel. And the third reason why I voted this two stars...Wolverine versus Lobo, Wolverine is an all time favourite character but come on. If you want mindless fun that doesn't require thinking then check this out, if you are looking for a graphic novel with a bit more bite and intelligence then go for Preacher or something of that calibre!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Callie Rose Tyler

    The only thing I enjoy more than crossovers are mash-ups, this comic has both. The story arch seems sketchy and thin but to be honest the story is not the reason to read this comic. The point is to see Storm Battling Wonder Woman and to enjoy the witty banter between Aqua Man and Namor, and to see who is faster The Flash or Quicksliver. In the end it is about a celebration of comic books and their the characters that we love. In a sense the plot of the two brothers with two waring universes is ve The only thing I enjoy more than crossovers are mash-ups, this comic has both. The story arch seems sketchy and thin but to be honest the story is not the reason to read this comic. The point is to see Storm Battling Wonder Woman and to enjoy the witty banter between Aqua Man and Namor, and to see who is faster The Flash or Quicksliver. In the end it is about a celebration of comic books and their the characters that we love. In a sense the plot of the two brothers with two waring universes is very symbolic of the competition between DC and Marvel which gives the comic an extra layer. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the two comic universes come together in one comic. A must read because it is fun and because it is a celebration of both Marvel and DC and superhero comics in general.

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