One of the most exciting things that can happen in a comic book series is a cross-over with other books. Whether it’s a simple fight like Superman vs. Batman or a cataclysmic event that changes the history of the series, these collections never fail to impress. We’ve collected some of the most famous cross-over storylines with brief introductions to them all.
#5: House of M (Marvel)
The Scarlet Witch, daughter of Magneto and ultra-powerful world-warper, begins to lose her mind. The world is changed by her abilities, but none of the heroes remember except for Wolverine. When the world finally returns to normal, the number of mutants – again thanks to Scarlet Witch’s powers – drops from millions to a few hundred. This series eventually leads to our number three.
#4: 52 (DC)
Published at the astounding pace of once a week, this series deals with the DC universe after the retirement and disappearance of the big three: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. It takes us through a year of this version of the DC world, following the lives and challenges of the DC B team, including the Elongated Man, Batgirl, and Booster Gold, culminating in the World War III event.
#3: Avengers vs. X-Men (Marvel)
While mixed critically, this event received great commercial success, and is the culmination of a long group of events, including “House of M” above. A long battle between two sides of the Marvel universe, this series worked to reverse the events of House of M, and help move several groups into the larger Marvel continuity!
#2: Civil War (Marvel)
After the U.S. passes a Superhero Registration Act to move superheroes to act under government employment, the superhero community is split down the middle: Iron Man leads the side in support of the act, Captain America champions the side against the Act, and several, including Spider-Man, are caught in the middle.
#1: Crisis on Infinite Earths (DC)
Perhaps the ultimate crossover event, Crisis on Infinite Earths is the dividing point between what is now known as the two halves of the continuity (those being “pre-crisis” and “post-crisis”). It depicts the concept of the multiverse in the DC universe, merges these worlds, and helps to smooth out the numerous and confusing storylines that were present in the DC universe, since many of those storylines – from different comic books – tell differing stories about shared characters.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this small explanation of some of the different cross-over stories, and we hope you’ll come back for more cool superhero information soon!
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