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Saturday, November 12, 2011

DC vs. Marvel #4 - 1996

Comics Weekend "Round Four" by Peter David, Dan Jurgens, Claudio Castellini, and more.

Okay, this won't take long.

Right off the bat with issue four of DC vs. Marvel, we see we are in a very mixed-up, unfamiliar world:
These pages are a intellectual property lawyers' worst nightmare.

Anyway, after a couple of pages, The Living Tribunal and The Spectre step in (as they are wont to do), and separate the two worlds, returning everyone to normal. But in a nice twist for these kinds of series, the participants actually remember what transpired, and that includes our two resident King of the Seven Seas:
The series ends with the character known as Access using his new powers to travel into other dimensions...mostly because he can. As the book asks, if we could do the same, who among us would say no?

Reading this series over again just makes me long for a long-form Aquaman and Sub-Mariner team-up book. DC and Marvel were crossing over like mad around this time (and continued to for several years), and I was always disappointed they never decided to combine the two characters. I, for one, would have loved to see Namor try and put the moves on Mera. Can you say hard water mallet to the pointy-eared head?

Via the comments, several people have asked whether the Shrine is going to cover the Amalgam books, which followed DC vs. Marvel. We plan to at some point (and we did take a look at JLX #1 almost a year go), but for now I'm content to move on to something else, especially since a new issue of Justice League is just a few days away!

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