Showdown of the Century: DC versus Marvel
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Showdown of the Century: DC versus Marvel

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  420 ratings  ·  26 reviews
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...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 20th 1996 by Titan Books Ltd. (first published September 1st 1996)
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I'm not a huge fan of Marvel comics *gasp* but this graphic novel one-shot story actually made me a fan of a couple of their characters. I thought it was a really cool idea, maybe got a little to philosophical at parts, but the art was awesome and my fave DC characters made quite a splash (view spoiler). A nice intro to anyone getting into either DC or Marvel for the first time, but should be read by someone who know...more
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...more
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...more
Jun 22, 2009 Brandon rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Comic book enthusiasts (DC and Marvel)
Shelves: own
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:...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
B. Jay

Although I like Peter David and the other creators involved, and the fanboy in me still enjoys musing about the power match ups in the 'largest' crossover ever, this DC/Marvel series just stinks. The storyline is as flimsy and overbearing as when I read it in the nineties, and parts of the artwork and dialogue make me ill with how awful they are. And yet, my ten year old and I enjoyed reading them together, and they served as a good gateway to these characters, even if they appear here at the h...more
B. Jay

Although I like Peter David's work, and the fanboy in me still enjoys musing about the power match ups in the 'largest' crossover ever, this DC/Marvel series just stinks. The storyline is as flimsy and overbearing as when I read it in the nineties, and parts of the artwork and dialogue make me ill with how awful they are. And yet, my ten year old and I enjoyed reading them together, and they served as a good gateway to these characters, even if they appear here at the height of their 1990's car...more
Kuinka huonon ne saivatkaan aikaan tästä, missä piti vastata kaltaisteni nörttien ikiaikaiseen kysymykseen "Kumpi voittais jos tappelis".
Filosofointia ja sitäkin tylsästi, kömpelöä kuvaa ja tylsiä tilanteita sekä rukoilemista.
Andrew Ives
Some quite decent artwork in places, but the story is somewhere between crazy and woeful. I found it a chore to read after about halfway. It became everyone fights everyone plus some silly giant blokes - much like any episode of Power Rangers. Some characters feature in one or two panels, then no more (so why include them?) and then there are stupid fights everywhere with eg Hulk v Superman ends up being a big battle, neither gets hurt, totally pointless. Considering it took about 40 top people...more
Daniel Butcher
Wish we could do a 3.5 rating.

It's like Secret Wars/Crisis all combined!

Gustavo Hernandez
Uno de mis comics favoritos, me encanta ver a mis super héroes favoritos, dc comics, golpeando a los engreídos de Marvel.
Paul Griggs
It may not be the deepest comic book you'll ever read but there's undoubtedly a thrill at seeing these characters together
I dont see why alot of peapol dont like the book it has an itresting story(but it is sometimes confusing) resanbole figths like the one agenset superman and hulk althougth im not going to spoil it at the end now for a quick summary so basicle this homless guy is trying to close a glowing box then suddnely a teen pass by and he said he needs help and then spider-man can see a glowing ligth and heads over and then he suddnely with a flash of light hes gone Im going to end it there so you can actol...more
Jeff Mazurek
I read pieces of this when I was 14, and stumbled into the trade paperback a few weeks ago at a used bookstore.

This work has not aged well, and is cluttered with exposition to excuse each interstellar encounter. With approximately four pages donated to each battle, all of the characters--with exception to Batman and Captain America, perhaps--come off as caricatures of themselves.

On the other hand, the premise of the book is meant to be more fun than weighty. And parts are fun.
William Adams
It's everything a 12 year old could want in a fan-service comic; your favorite superheroes clash! Who will win? Who has the greater powers? Will Wonder Woman ever be interesting? Only time will tell...that and a decent mini-series that panders to fans of comics at a delightfully superficial level, but fails to reach any farther than skin-deep.
I thought this was going to be some good ole fashioned mindless entertainment. It certainly was mindless, but entertaining? God no! It was terrible though. So if you want some mindless terrible garbage, go ahead and read this 95 mini-series.
This could've been soo much better. The story sucked. too many pointless scenes. I think the writers were More on the marvel side of things. The only good thing from this Was dark claw! Wolverine & Batman Combined.
The actual matches are, for the most part, a let-down (I'm looking at you, Wolverine vs Lobo), but the overall concept is just as fun now as it was in the '90s. Check your brain at the door, read, enjoy.
Frank Taranto
This should have been better. I enjoyed the art, but the story was too silly to make it intersting.
Some Highlights:
Wonder Woman handing Thor Mjolnir.
The end with Captain America and Batman.
Nowhere near as good as JLA/Avengers. If you want to read a Marvel/DC crossover, I'd recommend that one rather than this one. Although I did like the fight between Namor and Aquaman.
It was pretty good, though they could have done better. I, for one, was upset they used ben reilly instead of peter parker. Also, they could have used some different characters.
James Andrews
A cool idea and while not especially memorable, it has some good novelty value for the crossover battles and amalgam universe.
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