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Comic Theme Time Month – Best Cross-Title Storyline

All December long, I will be doing daily installments of Comic Theme Time. Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

Today’s topic is “What do you think was the best cross-title storyline?”

Read on to see what I’m looking for specifically, along with some examples to get you started…

By “cross-title storyline,” I mean a storyline that takes place between multiple titles, but ONLY WITHIN those multiple titles.

For instance, the Avengers/Defenders War or Operation:Galactic Storm. Stories that were not part of a line-wide crossover like Civil War or DC One Million.

I think Kravens’ Last Hunt is probably one of the top candidates, as it took place in two month’s worth of the three Spider-Man ongoing titles.

There was a good one between Daredevil and Fantastic Four back during Kirby/Lee’s Fantastic Four run…

What are your picks?


Product of the 90’s, so I’m gonna go with the Spider-Man/X-Force collaboration “Sabotage” with Liefeld and McFarlane, “Fatal Attractions” where Wolverine got his adamantium ripped out. I’m sure there are others, but those were the first two to spring to mind…

The Superman titles of the early 90s had quite a few good cross-title storylines running through Superman, Action Comics, Adventures Of Superman (and then Superman: The Man Of Steel when it debuted). Of course, “The Death Of Superman” and “Funeral For A Friend” are probably the most famous, but as far as “best” goes, I remember really liking “Day Of The Krypton Man”, (1990), and “Red Glass”, (1991), which have stayed under the radar.

(Other highlights include 1990’s “Dark Knight Over Metropolis”, 1991’s “Time And Time Again” and 1992’s “Panic In The Sky”).

My favorite is still Rise of the Midnight Sons, if that counts. Ran through Ghost Rider, Ghost Rider and Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance, Morbius, Darkhold, and Nighstalkers.

Davey Boy Smith

December 6, 2011 at 4:16 am

I really enjoyed the X-Cutioner Song X-titles crossover. It told a great story, had decent art and great character moments, and featured a multitude of X-heroes and- villains alike. The finale was operatic in scope. Highly recommended for anyone interested in X-lore!

Not sure if this counts or not, as during the era, the Bat-titles were crossing over so as to be almost a continuing narrative, but I love the early 80’s stuff. Particular highlights include the introduction of Killer Croc & Jason Todd, culminating in Detective 526, and the Nocturna stories.

Tomb of Dracula and Werewolf by Night was one of my faves, i’m a sucker for those kooky 70’s horror titles.

Batman: No Man’s Land was a year-long epic that ran smoothly between the four Bat-titles & while there were tie-ins (Robin, Nightwing, Catwoman, Azrael, JLA, etc.) there were not compulsary buying & did not impcat on the main storyline.

Dracula vs. Dr. Strange in the ’70s. Gene Colan and Tom Palmer drew the hell out of it, and Marv Wolfman & Steve Englehart crafted a story that showed both characters in the best light.

I haven’t re-read since it came out, but I really liked “Bruce Wayne : Murderer/ Fugitive” when it came out. The “mad dog ward” story in the Spidey books right after Kraven’s Last Hunt was pretty good too.

Fatal Attractions – Still re-read it occasionally to this day
The Twelve (X-men) – Even if it was a call-back to an old forgotten storyline to jam out a millenium event, but I really enjoyed the build-up to it, especially the last few where it was just the new horsemen picking off members. Wolverine and super-Angel was a bit out there, but all the other Death-Wolverine stuff was good.

Inferno. The first antagonistic meeting between Cyclops’ faux-mutant hunting X-Factor and the “presumed deceased” X-Men. In the two previous crossovers “Mutant Massacre” and “Fall of the Mutants” the teams never interacted, but all the pieces had been put in place, and the dominoes carefully lined up for this confrontation. It was wonderful, three years in the making.

“Maximum Carnage” and anything from the 1990’s Superman books (heck, if it had a triangle on the cover then it should be included!). But the best has to be “Contagion” from the Bat-books. Not only do you have the Batman-centric series but you also get Robin, Catwoman, and Azreal! There is even a cameo with Bane. What’s not to like? There’s even an issue that makes an allusion to Poe’s “Mask of the Red Death”.

The origin of the Liberty Legion between The Invaders (5 & 6) & Marvel Premiere (29 & 30).

Zatanna’s Search for Zatara in Hawkman #4, Detective Comics #336, The Atom #19, Green Lantern #42, Detective Comics #355 & Justice League of America #51

Crisis On Earth Prime between Justice League of America (207-209) & All-Star Squadron (14 & 15)

The Crossover Wars… oh, sorry, that was between webcomics. ;-)

It’s really fascinating for me — who started reading in the 80’s — to see the lists of people who started reading in the 90’s. Because almost every single one of the storylines other people have posted so far are crossovers that I thought sucked to high heaven. I’m sure once I decide on what my own choices are, other people will think my picks are terrible too.

I’ll second Inferno: it had a great buildup, had a strong payout for each of the core titles involved (for X-Factor the return of Archangel; for New Mutants closing Magik’s story arc and for Uncanny X-Men resolution of Madelyn’s story).

More recently: Messiah Complex. A fun read.

Inferno was almost more of a line wide event. The main story happened in the X-books, but there were tie-ins all over the Marvel Universe. Wasn’t Demogoblin first introduced in the Spider-man issues?

Age of Apocalypse will always be memorable. It wasn’t always good…but it was definitely different. It sorta counts since it took place in what WERE the X-books…renamed…

Jesus. If it keeps going like this, I expect to see “The Crossing” show up on someone’s list by lunchtime.

before the Superman titles went week in and week out the cross title storyline were really good… this was in the Pre-Death era… they were written in a way that you could read only Man of Steel or only Superman or only Adventures or only Action and feel like you didn’t miss the storyline they were focusing on in that title …or you could pick up any combination of them all and get a more fleshed out story.

The Editor for this was Mike Carlin and you certainly felt it when he left the superman titles.

and during the early 80’s the Bat titles went back and forth in a way they dovetailed nicely, this was during Gerry Conway and Doug Moench’s run….. and iirc this was the first time any titles regularly went backand forth with story details on a regular basis… spiderman didn’t really start continuing stories in one title and finishing them in another till right before that Kraven saga

as for others Avengers/Defenders war
the Vermont Halloween cross title [and cross company story]
the suicide cross title storys [Janus Directive; and Firestorm/Spectre/Suicide Squad Batman converence in the swamps during millenium]
the way Paul Levitz wove the hardcover/softcover Legion stories together so they werre happening at the same time…with two different plotlines..
the X-men annuals;New Mutant Specials Alpha fligh minis… that dealt with asgard one summer
The Mutant Masscre

definilty would pick kravens last hunt plus some of the older xbstories like inferno and also the xtinction agenda.

I sure didn’t expect to see a vote for Maximum Carnage. ugh.

There was a nifty two-part Daredevil/Punisher story where you got the same story from two perspectives. That was cool.

Might as well vote for Thor: Blood and Thunder!

Galactic Storm, no doubt. Galactic Storm found a way to make it a Cap story,a Quasar (Rah!) story, an Iron Man story, a Thor Story, a WONDER MAN story, plus teaming them all up in Avengers and Avengers West Coast. And the Kree-Shiar conflict was epic, not just an event to bring people together.

X-Cutioner’s Song had nothing for X-Factor to do, so for three issues they basically didn’t show up in their own comic.

– Possibly the first one ever was the storyline introducing of Captain Nazi and Captain Marvel, Jr. in Master Comics #21-2 and Whiz Comics #25, which crossed between Bulletman’s and Captain “Shazam!” Marvel’s strips.

— There’s a classic late-60s Marvel example that runs through Sub-Mariner #14, Captain Mar-Vell #14, and Avengers #63-5. Another example from the same rough period of time is the somewhat ramshackle crossover between Daredevil #69, Iron Man #31, and Avengers #80-82 involving the Zodiac Cartel.

— The quasi-introduction of the Defenders in Doctor Strange #183, Sub-Mariner #22, and Incredible Hulk #126.

— Steve Gerber had two doozies. One of them was his effort to finish up a plotline from Shanna the She-Devil #4, of all things, in Daredevil #108-112, which had a stopover in Marvel Two-In-One #3. The other was the origin of the Valkyrie from Defenders #18-20, which also popped into Marvel Two-In-One #6-7 for a wrap-up involving the Thing saving the universe by playing the blues on a cosmic harmonica. This ties in with the earlier “first” Defenders story listed just above.

— Not the best story in the world but certainly a fun one, was “Three of a Kind,” which moved between the Kyle Rayner Green Lantern title, the Connor Hawke Green Arrow and the Morrison/Millar Flash run, and really showed off the different writers’ styles. Ron Marz opens with a characterization-fest, Chcuk Dixon continues with an action film, and Morrison and Millar turn the whole thing into a post-facto courtroom drama.

It’s not technically a straight crossover, but my pick is going to be the pseudo-crossover between Sandman Mystery Theater and Starman, where the SMT arc showed the origin of the Mist and the Starman arc had the geriatric Wes Dodds team-up with Jack for one final adventure to recover the Mist’s lost WWI medal. That was some great stuff.

I also have to put in a vote for Walt Simonson’s Ragnarok storyline, which was almost entirely contained in Thor but which did cross over into both Avengers and Power Pack (!). One of the all-time great stories.

Other picks: I can’t believe nobody has mentioned Avengers Annual 7 and Marvel Team Up Annual 2. From my own childhood I’ll go with WCA Annual 2 and Avengers Annual 16, i.e. the one where everybody dies. And I’m partial to the Asgard storyline in New Mutants Summer Special 1 and X-Men Annual 9. Also, the pseudo-crossover in Justice League of America 89 and Avengers 85-86 deserves mention; the Avengers part is one of my favorite stories even though the Justice League issue is pretty horrible. Though it almost redeems itself with the intensely creepy group hug at the end of the issue where all the male JLAers dry hump Zatanna at the same time.

And I don’t mean to slag anyone else’s beloved childhood memories, but Inferno? X-Tinction Agenda? Maximum Carnage? Did I wake up in an alternate reality where those stories didn’t suck? Inferno makes me want to throw up just thinking about it, one of the all-time crappiest stories ever. I mean, it’s very interesting how many of you love that stuff, but I just can’t wrap my head around it.

Hmmm…I have a couple on my mind that I still read but I know have not stood up to the annals of time:

The Avengers / X-Men Crossover “Bloodlines” that happened after the X-Tinction Agenda and Fatal Attractions which revolved around the Lensherr Family and Genosha. I found this memorable for Beast ragging on USAgent and the second major Cortez / Quicksilver confrontation.. this time over the kidnapped Luna.

Most of the Superman ones I like have been mentioned but I must say that Our Worlds At War is a guilty pleasure of mine… just not for the Superman stuff. The Krypto, Young Justice, and Wonder Woman tales were especially gripping and heartbreaking.

An unofficial one and I stretching the rules here a bit was the “25th issue” event that happened between Wild C.A.T.S and Stormwatch. Seeing the C.A.T.S fracture and Spartan valiantly try to lead Stormwatch against King’s Meglomaniacal Father blew my mind at the time. And also laid connections that were later explored more in depth during the Gamorra crossover 2 years later.

In the Bat-Family, I still have a fond affection for Prodigal, as it delivered on the Dick Grayson – Tim Drake bond and examined what it actually meant to be Batman in Bruce Wayne’s absence.

And finally I am a Clone Saga/Ben Reilly fan. Sure it went on too long and had a lot of unnecessary issues, but I got a fun Spidey after some pretty morose months. He got to have fun interactions with Daredevil, The New Warriors, and Punisher. And most of all, it introduced a Spidey who used his brain more… something that I felt at the time was being overlooked as an aspect of Peter Parker.

I’m surprised by the support for the X-Men events of the 90s, but I do agree that Superman’s “Death, Funeral,Reign” and Batman’s “Knightfall, Crusade, Knight’s End, Prodigal” were great and essentially a weekly comics at the time. They’re closer to the great model that Kraven’s Last Hunt set up.

And maybe this doesn’t count because they were all miniseries, but Grant Morrison’s “Seven Soldiers” deserves a mention. Seven miniseries that had events start in one issue and play out in another without ever having direct cameos by the stars? Taking place across centuries? And it all seamlessly fits together? Great.

Avengers-Defenders War (or whatever it’s properly called) sprang immediately to mind. Loved that story . . .

The Avengers # 88 & The Incredible Hulk # 140: In The Grip of Psyklop by Harlan Ellison and Roy Thomas

Didn’t Maximum Carnage do (and be among the first to do) “Alpha” and “Omega” issues, thus invalidating it from this category? Or was it one of the last to get away without such nonsense?

At any rate, I’ll go old-school here, with “Zatanna’s Search”, “Crisis on Earth-Prime”, and (slightly less old-school, but still) “The Janus Directive”

I’m quite fond of the ’90s Superman titles too, where they often had arcs that went across the titles for a month or two (as someone said, they were written in such a way that you could miss a whole book). My favourite was Time and Time Again, which featured awesome time travel stories in Camelot and Nazi Germany in Superman (by Ordway), stories from different eras of the Legion of Super Heroes in Adventures (by Jurgens) and fun stories that more or less provided connective tissue in Action (by Stern/McLeod). I also really liked the Panic in the Sky and Blackout storylines as well.

I’m also quite fond of Reign of the Supermen too.

For recent stuff, I thought the Sinestro Corps War was really great, it mostly crossed over with GL and GL: Corp but had a few one-shots here and there. Also, the recent annuals for Uncanny X-men, Steve Rogers: Super Soldier, and Namor were all really good with their “Escape from the Negative Zone” story.

I’d throw a vote in for X-tinction Agenda as well. It was the first trade paperback I ever bought way back in ’92 and still holds a special place in my heart (despite the haters).

I also really love the post Zero-Hour Legion books. They crossed over every month, and the first Dan Abnett/Andy Lanning story “Legion of the Damned” (featuring early Olivier Coipel art) which ended both series and led into “Legion Lost “, was really excellent.

Operation Galactic Storm is pretty high on my list. It had its wonky bits, but on the whole it was really enjoyable.

I was also a big fan of the JLA/All-Star Squadron crossover (JLA #s 207-9, A-SS – boy is that a terrible abbreviation – #s 14 & 15). Not the first, last, nor even greatest JLA/JSA team-up, but it was definitely one of the most ambitious, with the JLA, JSA, and Roy Thomas’ pet Golden Age characters all teaming up to fight Per Degaton and the Crime Syndiacte of Amerika.

I’ll always have a soft spot for the relatively minor Phalanx Covenant X-Men crossover. Those were the first superhero comics I ever owned and they hold a lot of sentimental value to me. Plus I always thought the format – a big crossover made up of three smaller crossovers – was a good way to keep the stories relatively focused. The X-Men were doing one thing, the franchise books were doing something else, and the solo characters were off doing another thing, yet they all still worked towards the same common goal and each story focused on bringing down the same enemy. Rather clever, I still think.

Mutant Massacre, the crossover that really started it all for Marvel.

I agree with Kraven’s Last Hunt. Also I know this is going to be an unpopular choice, but I submit Maximum Carnage as another one of my favorites. Of course, endlessly playing the video game when I was a kid probably has something to do with my fondness for the story.

Mutant Massacre wasn’t bad — I thought it was awesome at the time — but in retrospect, it doesn’t seem to really have a defined ending. I know that’s because Chris Claremont doesn’t know what story endings are, but a bunch of stuff happens and then… the crossover ends and there’s no real resolution. Though it is still enjoyable, i can’t personally vote for it on this kind of list because of this fairly major failing.

As far as Mutant Massacre starting it all, though, that reminds me of two of Marvel’s first real big company-wide crossovers, neither of which were branded like Mutant Massacre but which predated it and really set the table for events to come. Those are the Dracula War stories that were centered in Dr. Strange (and his quest to destroy all vampires) and spilled out into Thor, X-men and other titles, and even better, one of my favorite stories of all time, the Wraith War, with the central action in ROM and crossover issues all over the Marvel Universe, particularly Avengers and X-Men. They did a real nice job of structuring things so you didn’t need to necessarily read the other titles to enjoy the comics, but if you did it added a whole new layer of awesome. Uncanny X-Men had over a half year of stories that spun directly out of ROM but I’m guessing most X-Men fans have never even seen a ROM comic and didn’t notice the difference. A great crossover though.

My favourite was Time and Time Again

One of the most underrated Superman storylines of all-time, in part because it was part of that odd little post-Byrne/pre-Doomsday period in Superman history where the titles were almost marked by the fact that no one was paying attention to them. Which was a real shame, since they had some very strong creators doing some very good work.

I have a fondness for a two part Spider-Man/Nova story that took place between the two titles. Started out as a murder mystery and turned into more of a traditional super hero story.

The Second Coming storyline in X-Men comes to mind. While there were definitely faults to the story, overall it was fast-paced, epic, and genuinely heartbreaking at points. The Nightcrawler death issue was one of my favorites.

randypan the goatboy

December 6, 2011 at 12:17 pm

smells like the 90’s up in here…ughhh. Rise of the midnight sons…maximum carnage..fatal attractions..ewwww. just for the record here this was not a concept from the 90’s. With awesomness like the Mutant massacre and to a lesser extent fall of the mutants happening while Reagan was president would stimy that little pop culture myth. Acts of vengence happened in 1989 as well. The best of the best was kraven’s last hunt..1987. i know its been a while ago, but just because something was beaten to death during a bleak period for comics does not mean it started there. anyway…Doomsday was gold and so were the follow ups. Knightfall was good[ a little to long but still worth a look] Breakdowns from the Justice league titles was worth a look. but operation galactic storm sucked worse than a Justin Bieber cover of iron man.

Mutant Massacre wasn’t bad — I thought it was awesome at the time — but in retrospect, it doesn’t seem to really have a defined ending. I know that’s because Chris Claremont doesn’t know what story endings are, but a bunch of stuff happens and then… the crossover ends and there’s no real resolution. Though it is still enjoyable, i can’t personally vote for it on this kind of list because of this fairly major failing.

One thing that surprised me from reading interviews is that Chris Claremont actually often does have endings in mind when he creates storylines and mysteries. He just gets too busy introducing more storylines and mysteries and takes forever to get to the mysteries, Then by the time he’s ready to finally address his old dangling storylines, he has new editors who have different ideas than the old editors who originally approved his old storylines, forcing him to move in a different direction or just leave it unresolved. When I used to read his message board it seemed to be a recurring theme.

This is different than Bob Harras’s philosophy, which was about deliberately never ending stories and deliberately introducing mysteries and dropping clues without having any idea what they meant or any intention of resolving them. Although it’s frustrating and not totally his fault, you would think he’d learn and start trying to resolve storylines sooner before the inevitable editorial regime change.

I liked Mutant Massacre at the time, but looking back it did more harm than good. The X-books got REALLY dark for a while, and it’s been a relatively dour and joyless enterprise since. The book really became a downer and has never quite recovered that joy. Starting with the removal of Nightcrawler and Kitty Pryde and Colossus stuck in armor form permanently, it became really depressing for a while and didn’t feel right. It was also when never ending conspiracies and subplots went into overdrive and became the staple of the book.

Would Age of Apocalypse qualify? I really liked that one. Or the Avengers/West Coast Avengers Annuals crossover where they fought all the dead heroes and villains. Also a pretty big fan of No Man’s Land and Sinestro Corps War.

The Nefaria Protocols, featuring the Thunderbolts and Avengers.

I think it was New Warriors #37 and #38, which crossed over with Night Thrasher #1. The main story was all right, but then they had a sort of an epilogue in New Warriors #39 which was absolutely fantastic.

Maximum Carnage’s opening and closing issues were NOT alpha or omega; they were issues of Spider-Man Unlimited, the more expensive, glossy-papered sort of annual. And might I add another vote for Maximum Carnage. I started reading in the 80s, and there were some good ones, but Maximum Carnage had the audacity to tear New York UP. This was before every “event” comic destroyed New York. Maximum Carnage had its own inhabitants turn against each other. There were so many awesome moments, such as a Firestar pouring on the heat with a good angel and an evil angel on her shoulders telling her what to do. Another moment is when Captain America holds out a hand to Spidey. Or when Spidey fights all of Carnage’s gang BY HIMSELF. Or when Iron Fist uses a Zen-like calm to “disarm” the rioting crowd. I could go on!

The first story that popped to mind for me was the “Scourge of the Underworld” story, which cameoed in about a dozen titles before resolving (for the moment) in Captain America. Does that count as a line-wide crossover? In any case, it was a very fun use of continuity in a shared universe.

@Scott Phillips: That Nova mystery was my first comic book! I didn’t get the second part until about eight years later! (which was fun and all, but a bit of a step down from part one…guess I had read a lot by then).

Ten Nights of the Beast was great. Also the bit where Scud and La Cosa Nostroid showed the same story from both points of view was cool.

Josh Reardon – Points to you son. The Legion / Legionnaires cross stories after Zero Hour were cool. Of special note, their updated White Circle storyline and the storyline that introduced Thunder, the “Captain Marvel” of the 31st Century

Mary Warner – I remember that one but I thought the New Warriors, X-Force, and(I think) X-Factor one that happened across their annuals featuring the teams being played by fools by the Upstarts and Toad (who was a cool manipulator then) was just a bit better in my opinion.

MBloom – Phalanx Covenant was cool but was killed for me in later years by how Gen X killed off Synch. Finally I had a black male hero in the X-Family that was realistic and they wasted him. Haven’t read it in like 7 years….

For the Big Two, it’s hard to determine what I like, but there is one story that comes to mind that I really liked when I first read it: Marvel’s “Transformers: Headmasters”, and the resolution of its plotlines in issues 38 and 39 of the main Transformers title. It introduced a lot of new characters, did great characterizations for the characters Fortress Maximus, Skorponok, Galen, Lord Zarak, and the Spike Witwicky of the comics series, and it led to a great confrontation later on between Maximus and then-Autobot leader Grimlock. Who here remembers all this?

So many great ones from the Superman titles:

Time and Time Again
Dark Knight Over Metropolis
Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite
Red Glass
Funeral for a Friend
Exile in Space (was that the name? The one where he went into deep space for the first time post-Crisis. This wasn’t badged so maybe it doesn’t count?)
Panic in the Sky

From other series:

Operation: Galactic Storm
Acts of Vengeance
Avengers/Defenders Clash
No Man’s Land

and lots of others I’ll only remember when I hit “Publish”

Ten Nights of the Beast was great but I think it was all in Batman, wasn’t it?

2000s: Annihilation may not technically count since all of the various titles were mini-series, but Annihilation Conquest certainly does since in encompassed the ongoing Nova title. Both were top-notch, with Giffen laying the groundwork and handing off to Abnett & Lanning.

1990s: Also fondly recall the Waid / Stern / McCraw Legion post-reboot titles. Those early issues from 1994 to about 1996 or 1997 were a lot of fun, and very tightly integrated. The Kyle / Conner – GL/GA team-ups were fun too.

1980s: Crisis on Earth-Prime between JLA & All-Star Squadron in my mind IS one of the best JLA/JSA team-ups. The New Teen Titans / Batman & the Outsiders crossover was fun too, watching the same characters from the masters Jim Aparo & George Pérez. The Avengers / West Coast Avengers annuals were a lot of fun too. Ditto the non-cross-over between New Teen Titans & DNAgents.

1970s: This is a funny decade as many of the cross-title stories were a result of series A being cancelled and someone picking up the threads in another book. Not sure that really counts. Spider-Man & Nova had a good cross-over, as well as Avengers / Defenders. Avengers & Champions almost had one, except it wound up in Super-Villain Team-up. The Starlin Warlock annuals of Avengers & Marvel Two-in-one are hard to classify, but definitely classic and among my all-time favorite stories. The Rutland Halloween stories in Thor, Amazing Adventures & JLA was an interesting combo.

Batman: No Man’s Land – At first i couldn’t get into this, as it was so dark. As things moved towards conclusion i found that it all was a journey & really enjoyed it.

Supes: Time & Time Again – Really liked this concept & it was just after Supes revealed his ID to Lois, so all the time that was dangling, as Lois found it a lot to take in.

My favorite is Crisis On Earth Prime between Justice League of America [207-209] & All-Star Squadron [14 & 15]. This blew my mind when i was a kid. It isn’t just a cross-over between the JLA & JSA, it add the All Star Squadron, across time [between present & WW2] and three earths AND limbo throw in for good measure. This was amazing at the time & still is among my favorite treasures today. Thje covers alone are worth the price of admission!

A Lonely Place for Dying (Titans/Bat-books)

Mutant Massacre; just re-read and still think it holds up even without the ending in place really (technically, the end would be the start of Inferno; kill the Marauders and meet X-Factor…but that’s a stretch)

I still think it’s cheesy 90’s fun: Midnight Massacre, which ran through Nightstalkers, Ghost Rider, Darkhold, Morbius, and Spirits of Vengeance. If you have no idea, Blade gets a hold of Darkhold page and goes on a supernatural killing spree, becoming some kind of mystical Mega Man in the process (kills a guy and gets their powers). It isn’t high writing, but there’s something that’s oddly fun about the whole silly thing.

Breakdowns (JLA/JLE)

And as long as were being goofy: Lifeform (takes place between the Annuals for Punisher, Daredevil, Hulk, and Silver Surfer). Re-read recently and again, it somehow works well enough, particularly the Hulk and Surfer Annuals. Though the friggin’ thing is still out there in the Marvel Universe somewhere waiting for a comeback (Marvel Zombies vs. Lifeform might be spectacular).

I always enjoyed Avengers Annual 14/Fantastic Four Annual 19, in which both groups tackle different parts of the same problem with the Skrulls. They finally meet in the end with the same art and dialog for several pages in both issues. Kind of a shortcut for Byrne, but rather fun at the same time.

Crisis on Earth Prime was pretty great, I have to say.

Gotta agree with danjack and buttler – Crisis on Earth-Prime was the first one that came to mind for me.

Another one most of us DC fans can probably agree on was “Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow?”

I started collecting with Crisis on Earth-Prime, so it is rather high on my list, too.

randypan the goatboy

December 7, 2011 at 10:56 am

3 pointer for danjack… i totally forgot about that crossover. and I was exclusively DC at that time. There was also a good crossover between the titans and the outsiders

Age of Apocalypse is, I think, the X-crossover to which all others will be forever judged. It was perfect in conception, and pretty damn great in execution.

3 other X-crossovers that don’t get as much credit but that I really liked were the Asgardian Wars (X-Men/Alpha Flight 1 & 2, X-Men Annual 9, & New Mutants Special 1), Days of Future Present (1990 annuals), and the Muir Island Saga that served as a coda to about 5 years worth of X-storylines (Uncanny 278-280, X-Factor 69-70).

Of course Whatever Happened to The Man of Tomorrow? is absolutely perfect, and will probably always be comics’ greatest “Last” story.

I’m also a big fan of the two 90s GL/GA crossovers with Kyle and Connor (the first one went through GL 76-77 & GA 110-111, and the second was GA 125-126 & GL 92). They were well done with great characterizations, and appropriate level of homaging the original GL/GA run without being crippled by it. Surprised I haven’t seen anyone mention those.

And it hasn’t come out yet, but I’m REALLY excited for the upcoming Swamp Thing/Animal Man crossover about the relationship between The Green and The Red. I have enormously high expectations for it, as I think those are 2 of the 4 best books in the New 52 (with Batman and Wonder Woman).

Of course Whatever Happened to The Man of Tomorrow? is absolutely perfect, and will probably always be comics’ greatest “Last” story.

I wouldn’t say “of course.” I know quite a few people who hate that one. Myself included. Superman cowers in the fortress of solitude fearing his death while his friends pick up the slack for him and die protecting him on his watch? Superman admits that he always wanted Lois over Lana but let the love triangle continue because he was too much of a wimp to make a choice, a dilemma that conveniently gets solved for him because Lana, the woman he’s been stringing along, sacrifices herself for him. Ugh. Not the most noble final adventure for Superman. And turning Mr. Mxyxptlk dark on top of it all? Ugh.

Any Superman crossover between the Byrne run and the mullet years. Most notably The Death of Superman/Funeral for a Friend. Actually, given how tight the continuity was, wouldn’t that be just about any multi-part Superman story from this period.

Knightfall. The story started to ramble with Knightsquest and Knightsend, but the first installment was incredible.

The Road to No Man’s Land/No Man’s Land. From the downright stupid concept of Cataclysm came an epic that was pure gold, no matter how absurd the premise was.

I remember Headmasters, too, and how it spilled into the regular ongoing. However, even as a hardcore fan of the Marvel Transformers book, there’s no way I’d say it’s one of the best. “Hey, little dudes, so that you will trust a giant robot like me, I’m going to rip off my head! Hopefully no bad guys come around to try to take over. But, if they do, I’m sure one of you will make some cool cybernetic armor to transform into my new head and stop them.”

Oh, and absolutely A Lonely Place of Dying. That was my first Batman story, and it’s still one of my favorites. And the best-executed.

The Jack Knight/Captain Marvel crossover between Starman and Power of Shazam that dealt with Bulletman’s alleged treason, and that kept mentioning, but never showed, Minute Man.

Dark Knight over Metropolis was an amazing crossover, but I think that SINESTRO CORPS WAR should be mentioned here. There were a few special issue tie-ins, but having the main crux of the story be depicted in Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps should include it to this poll. I can’t believe no one posted it yet. Lonely Place of Dying was a great read, I finally got to read the Teen Titans parts

Another vote for Crisis on Earth-Prime – great story, excellent covers and some neat team ups.

A Lonely Place of Dying – I still am blown away by this arc.

Not necessarily the best, but was the running plotline (across several Justice League members’ books) that introduced Zatanna the Magician (as she went around looking for her father, Zatara) the first crossover of this kind? I’ve always wondered. Maybe Brian can answer that?

There was a Fawcett multi-title crossover during the 1940s.

“Dark Knight over Metropolis was an amazing crossover, but I think that SINESTRO CORPS WAR should be mentioned here. There were a few special issue tie-ins, but having the main crux of the story be depicted in Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps should include it to this poll. I can’t believe no one posted it yet.”

Except for myself and Josh Reardon, and quite possibly other people I missed.

One of the most underrated Superman storylines of all-time, in part because it was part of that odd little post-Byrne/pre-Doomsday period in Superman history where the titles were almost marked by the fact that no one was paying attention to them. Which was a real shame, since they had some very strong creators doing some very good work.

It’s so true. That period between Byrne and Doomsday is so ignored now and yet some of my favourite Superman comics are from that period. Especially the “exiled in space” storyline, which I’m so sorry I forgot to mention in my list of storylines, as it’s probably one of my favourite Superman stories ever.

Dark Knight in Metropolis was great for the first two chapters but seriously was let down by the last chapter, which was a shame. But I loved how the first page of each part was a file with a series of memos to Mannheim about the status of the case. That was seriously cool back then.

I’m not suremif anyone has mentioned it, but I was thinking of Spawn/Batman or Batman/Spawn.

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