When I was growing up I devoured comic books, but only those that had a super hero theme. It was the time when Stan Lee was wielding his creative magic and developing characters such as the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, Spider Man and the Fantastic Four. Simultaneously, the DC Comics side had characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. The writers of both groups also developed powerful villains worthy of doing battle with a super being. However, with very few exceptions there were no confrontations between the heroes and villains of the two publishers. The premise of this book is that there are two universes, one containing the Marvel heroes and villains and the other containing the DC heroes and villains. Due to a bizarre set of brothers that wish to battle by proxy, some of the heroes are transported to locations where they must battle a similar hero from the "other side." For example, DC Aquaman battles the Marvel Submariner, Marvel Captain America battles DC Batman, Marvel Silver Surfer battles DC Green Lantern and DC Wonder Woman battles Marvel Storm. Although all are reluctant to fight, they are told that the side that loses the most battles will have their universe destroyed. Therefore, they go all out in their gladiatorial contests. These are not fights to the death, the battle ends when one is incapacitated, generally through being knocked unconscious. There are 11 battles in all and my favorite was one that I always wanted to see, Hulk versus Superman. For this would be a battle of strength against strength, kryptonite would not be a part of the struggle. There is a lot of great superhero against superhero action and each side wins some and loses some. Naturally, there is a conclusion and both universes are once again safe, but the road there involves a great deal of action depicted by some superb artwork and including some dynamic dialog. This is one of the best book length comics ever published.
Oh what could have been and honestly should have been a mega classic. I awlways wondered what would happen if these two really went at it. In 1996 if I am correct was the year we got to see these two companies or should I say Universes going at it. It had its main battles and then of course cameos by other characters like Venom. Personally this is the type of story that really should have been a year long 12 issue story in my opinion. Maybe 6 at the least if done right, still there were some cool … more
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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 chess game to determine which universe is more powerful. Graphic novel format. Available in September.