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Showdown of the Century: DC vs Marvel Paperback – 20 Sep 1996

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; 1st Edition edition (20 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852867507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852867508
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 1 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Every comic book fan wanted to see this match up, has wondered who would come out on top, and for that reason this book is a must read. For me DC is far superior to marvel, with spiderman, x-men and fantastic four being the only exceptions to that rule in my admittedly biased opinion. Some of the battles are a bit dubious, and blatantly 'fixed', so that each company has the same number of victors, which is at times extremely frustrating.
If your a massive DC or Marvel fan, this definately deserves your attention but go into it expecting some foulplay!!
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Don't get me wrong, I'm not a big fan of DC - But my allegiance to Marvel runs very deep. When I first picked up this comic I thought that the DC side would let the book down. I'm glad to see I was right but the reason I gave the book five stars was purely because of the sheer number of excellent characters and good fights there were. A reason enough to buy it is for the Hulk Vs Superman clash, which...nah I wouldn't spoil it for you, but it did get me mad. Some of the other fights are brilliant - Captain America Vs Batman, Silver Surfer Vs Green Lantern...the list was almost endless. But the thing I loved the most was Thor's new costume - which was seen here first.
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Who's stronger ? Who's faster ? Who's TOUGHER ? Any fan of comics will have fantasized at some time about the characters of rival publishers coming together to battle for the safety of the universe ... This is basically the plot here , with the heroes of Marvel and DC fighting it out to save their own realities , although the plot is a little arbitrary for my tastes , and was , in some cases , voted for by avid readers ( supposedly ) ; most interesting is the creation of the Amalgam characters , who turn out to be great fun ( see their own volumes for full info ) ; Jurgens' art is workman-like , but nothing special ; his collaborator excels, however , and is a treat to see -- particularly the Hulk/Superman clash , which really tears it up ! My only other criticism is that the story turns out too balanced to conclusively reach a proper victory , presumably to salve the egos of both companies , rather than following each bout to it's natural conclusion ; Nevertheless , a most recommended read !
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This is a great read! Touches both the DC and the Marvel fans perfectly! However you easily get the sense that the writers of both companies are trying to keep the others happy and as such there is a lot of confusing points and the "battles" are often half hearted and over too soon. Will this change your world? No. Will you be entertained? Absolutely. A must by for any comic fan.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x92efc06c) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x927761e0) out of 5 stars The Fights We Wanted to See 4 Aug. 2003
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Format: Paperback
Superman vs Hulk, Batman vs Captain America, Green Lantern vs Silver Surfer, Thor vs Captain Marvel, Thanos vs Darkseid, all this and more, what else can you ask from a comic book?.
The Story: could have been better but four issues is a very small space when you are writing something this big. It's worth mentioning that there are many funny momments when other caracters collide, Bullseye vs Batman, Gambit stealing the Batmovile, the Scarecrows kidnapping Louise Lane, Clark Kent and Peter Parker working for the same newspaper, the one thing I didn't like was the "Amalgam Universe".
About the fights the best by far is Superman vs Hulk, Wolverine vs Lobo it's desapointing. If the results were based on powers not popularity it would have been kite diffrent.
The Art: Claudio Castellini is marvelous, the details, the anatomy, the carcters personallity... everything looks perfect. Five stars for him.
Dan Jurgens: not as good as Claudio Castellini but not bad.
In conclusion the story is decent, the art is great and every major caracter from the DC and Marvel universe is there, so the book is extremly enyolable.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92541d20) out of 5 stars Lackluster Combats 1 May 2006
By Jose Rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Frankly, I was not expecting a very cerebral story... it was supposed to be a good ol' fashioned head butting.

And what a great chance to see all those combats we've always speculated about... Who's stronger? Superman or The Hulk? The outcome of each combat was decided through fan voting. The most popular character would always win. Fair enough. But then we come to the real problem...

All these combats are sloppyly crammed (far too many combats that were not really necessary or vital are there for no reason), and so, duels that should have been epic and deserving of a whole issue are solved in a few panels. Take Superman vs. The Hulk. We could have had a Doomsday-like combat, but nope, it's all resolved pretty quickly.

The worst case, though, is Lobo vs. Wolverine. It's the lamest, unbelievable combat I've ever seen. It's all resolved in a panel, and we don't even see how it happens because they're both out of sight. I mean, we're talking about Lobo, someone who kicked Superman's behind.

Dan Jurgens' mediocre pencilling skills suffer in comparison with Claudio Castellini's. Claudio should have pencilled the whole crossover. Dan Jurgens should stick to writing. Without inkers like Jerry Ordway, Jurgens' limitations become almost embarrasingly obvious.
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By D. Abel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Why is it going for $95? Is it out of print or something? I got it for list price just last year!
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