Crossed-Out Crossovers

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Crossed-Out Crossovers: Medieval Spawn / Witchblade

By Patrick Tobin | Sep 1, 2011 | Columns

One’s a character known for dying and having an action figure. One’s a character who’d never appeared anywhere. Can even Garth Ennis make this spin-off showcase work? Find out after the jump. In Grant Morrison’s book Supergods, in between all of the other things, he noted one fact that inadvertently explained a lot: that the […]

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Crossed-Out Crossovers: Spawn / Batman

By Patrick Tobin | Aug 11, 2011 | Columns

OK, I’ve cooled my heels for a few weeks, and now we’re back. Let’s kick things off by talking about a project that, twenty years ago, dominated the imaginary Comics Internet: Miller. McFarlane. Batman. Spawn. After the jump.Spawn / Batman was, bar none, probably the biggest deal ever. Sure, it was the biggest deal ever […]

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Crossed-Out Crossovers: Secret War

By Patrick Tobin | Jul 8, 2011 | Columns

Continuing my entropic decline into navel-gazing about the pointlessness of superhero events. More rambling after the jump. The past couple weeks, I’ve written about crossovers that were forgotten for one common key reason: no one really cared about them to start with. If you sat around in 1995 going “Gosh, I can’t wait for The […]

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Crossed-Out Crossovers: Witchblade / Wolverine

By Patrick Tobin | Jul 1, 2011 | Columns

Hey, did you know that Wolverine and Witchblade are married? No, really. After the jump. There are, broadly speaking, two kinds of inter-company crossover stories. One belabors the point of “two universes colliding!” by giving an involved reason for why Characters X and Y are suddenly sharing the same space. (Kurt Busiek had a good […]

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Crossed-Out Crossovers: Secret Wars II

By Patrick Tobin | Jun 3, 2011 | Columns

By popular(?) request, the first modern crossover — and the first crossover to be justly forgotten. More beyond the jump. What do you do when you’ve already taken Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and made them all fight one another to determine the supremacy of good or evil? Well, you get a jheri curl, for one. Apparently […]

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Crossed-Out Crossovers: Black September

By Patrick Tobin | May 25, 2011 | Columns

How to win an innovative in-house coloring team and lose just about everything else, after the jump. The problem with these columns is that generally speaking, I decide what I’m going to write about well in advance so that our editor-in-chief can look it over and tell me whether or not I should go with […]

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Crossed-Out Crossovers: Robocop vs. Terminator

By Patrick Tobin | May 19, 2011 | Columns

Robocop. Terminator. Frank Miller. Walt Simonson. Nothing short of total war, in the best possible way — after the jump. Back in 1992, people still had some degree of respect for Frank Miller. He had a seemingly unassailable position at the comics vanguard, using his clout to stand up for creator rights and co-found the […]

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Crossed-Out Crossovers: Judgment Day

By Patrick Tobin | May 11, 2011 | Columns

There are two Judgment Day crossovers that I’m aware of within the history of superhero comics. One of them is written by Alan Moore. This is the other one. And boy, is it… it’s really something. Let’s chat after the jump, because I’m not sure the things there are to say about this Judgment Day […]

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Crossed-Out Crossovers: Fire From Heaven

By Patrick Tobin | Apr 27, 2011 | Columns

Late again — becoming a trend whenever I get to Image stuff. You know, though, I tried, for this one. I really tried. It was all supposed to be so simple. A big crossover of the WildStorm universe’s properties, pre-DC. Alan Moore and Warren Ellis scripts. Some of their key artists, too: Jim Lee. J. […]

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Crossed-Out Crossovers: Suicide Run

By Patrick Tobin | Apr 20, 2011 | Columns

For something like a dozen years now, the go-to interpretation of the Punisher has belonged to Garth Ennis. He’s a solitary figure, driven in his quest beyond any ability to relate to another functional human being ever again. But our view has always been a myopic one, for the most part; we see the world […]

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