Crossover Catalog, Silent War

Crossover Catalog seeks to examine crossover events of the big two, grading them on their Idea, Permanence, Execution, and Continuity. The IPEC scale and subsequent score will be recorded.

Silent_War_Vol_1_2Marvel’s desire for a love affair with the Inhumans and attempts to incorporate them into the greater consciousness goes back a long way. Silent War was a big part of this. The premise is simple enough, the Inhumans, pissed that America is messing with the Terrigen Mists, attack America.

IDEA- I like the core of the idea. 4/5

PERMANENCE- Some stuff happened. 3/5

EXECUTION- The art and writing were not great. 2/5

CONTINUITY- So. Many. Missteps. If America was attacked, you might think there would be some ripples felt in other comics. You would be wrong. 0/5

OVERALL: 9/20, 45%. Avoid this one.

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Crossover Catalog, The Final Night

Crossover Catalog seeks to examine crossover events of the big two, grading them on their Idea, Permanence, Execution, and Continuity. The IPEC scale and subsequent score will be recorded.

20a967e37f86a116e3df566e06ccfbe9--green-arrow-arrowsThe Sun dies. Can heroes save humanity?

IDEA- Such a simple premise. 5/5

PERMANENCE- Unlike many of the larger events, this did not have planned large after-effects, but did resonate with permanence. Many events now serve a purpose, and do so overtly, The Final Night ended parallax and brought back Oliver Queen. 5/5

EXECUTION- Tightly told story and quality art. 4/5

CONTINUITY- Because the actual event was only a week or so, not every book needed to be affected, but many were. 4/5

OVERALL: 18/20= 90%

Some interesting Luthor bits as well. Pick this one up.

 

 

Crossover Catalog: Secret Wars (1984-85)

Crossover Catalog seeks to examine crossover events of the big two, grading them on their Idea, Permanence, Execution, and Continuity. The IPEC scale and subsequent score will be recorded.

Arguably, the first significant crossover, and still one of the best?

Marvel_Super_Heroes_Secret_Wars_Vol_1_8.jpgIDEA- An all-powerful being swoops up many of the major heroes and villains and makes them fight on Battleworld. 5/5

PERMANENCE- Secret Wars was significant because it was designed, seemingly, to be permanent and bring about change in the status quo. Thing miniseries was great, Spidey and the black costume, very significant. 5/5

EXECUTION- Great writing and art. 5/5

CONTINUITY- Yup, 5/5.

Pick this one up, it is worth your time. 20/20.

 

 

 

Crossover Catalog, Death of Superman

Crossover Catalog seeks to examine crossover events of the big two, grading them on their Idea, Permanence, Execution, and Continuity. The IPEC scale and subsequent score will be recorded.

Adventures-Of-Superman-514What if I told you that the real reason for Death of Superman was so that DC could give Superman long hair?

This was arguably the highest profile comic event of all time, getting national news coverage, “misreporting” that the death was permanent, etc.

This is a big one in comics, and although Superman didn’t stay dead for too, too long, his return was not just hand-waved, it was part of the story and dealt with.

IDEA- A being powerful enough to kill superman, and then 4 individuals take up the mantle of the man of Steel? Great stuff! 5/5

PERMANENCE– In our hearts we didn’t think we would stay did, but he did die, and he did return. And everything that came out of it mattered. 5/5

EXECUTION– Art, writing, all solid, and not as dated as one might think. 5/5

CONTINUITY– Oh yes, this happened, and it mattered. 5/5

A rare perfect score, 20/20, 100%. Worth the read, but there is a ton of stuff you shoudl read to really appreciate it, from Death of to Reign of….

 

Crossover Catalog, FF Annual 3

Crossover Catalog seeks to examine crossover events of the big two, grading them on their Idea, Permanence, Execution, and Continuity. The IPEC scale and subsequent score will be recorded.

ffwedDoes this count?

It’s my thing, so yes.

It was arguably the first crossover in comics, bringing in all the different characters, for, most importantly, an event with lasting repercussions.

IDEA- This was amazing and really upped the ante for comicbook storytelling. 5/5

PERMANENCE- They have had ups and downs, but this was never retconned away. 5/5

EXECUTION- Jack Kirby. 5/5

CONTINUITY- This marriage is a huge part of the Marvel U and has been referenced many times. 5/5

20/20. 100% Perfect Score. What were you expecting?

Crossover Catalog: Spider-Island

Crossover Catalog seeks to examine crossover events of the big two, grading them on their Idea, Permanence, Execution, and Continuity. The IPEC scale and subsequent score will be recorded.

The main plot involves the inhabitants of Manhattan Island mysteriously gaining powers similar to Spider-Man.

This sounds both epic and bizarre and too-much at the same time. There are a lot of people in Manhattan, and you would think it would have some serious repercussions, and more, how?

Spider-Island_Heroes_for_Hire_Vol_1_1IDEA– Everyone gets spider-powers. This isn’t that compelling. 3/5

PERMANENCE– Does everyone still have spider-powers? 0/5

EXECUTION– The story and art were solid. 4/5

CONTINUITY– Even though there were many tie-ins, and many characters took on spider-powers, one might think IF THE ENTIRE ISLAND MANHATTAN WAS OVERRUN WITH SPIDER-POWERED PEOPLE there might be some mention of it in other books. 3/5

TOTAL 10/20, 50% I personally couldn’t get past the preposterousness of it, if this had been a small town in Nebraska maybe, but this was just too much, and deep-down I knew it wouldn’t really matter too much.

 

Crossover Catalog: Genesis

Crossover Catalog seeks to examine crossover events of the big two, grading them on their Idea, Permanence, Execution, and Continuity. The IPEC scale and subsequent score will be recorded.

Genesis_1When Superman Blue is part of the story, it’s not gonna be good.

John Byrne is on my Mt. Rushmore of comic creators. He has worked on significant runs of major characters for both of the big two. His art and storytelling were instrumental for both companies. Late 1970s and early 80’s comics woudl not be the same without him. There was a time when his workload rivaled King Kirby.

John Byrne is also a polarizing figure, but that is not for now or later, just a fact.

I’m going to spell out this event: at the conclusion of it, it is revealed that all superheroes, including say, Green Arrow, the dude with a bow, had actual legit superpowers.

I have no idea why DC thought this was a good idea.

IDEA- why? 0/5

PERMANENCE- nope, this was wiped away and forgotten relatively quickly. 0/5

EXECUTION- I had heard so many bad things, but I have such a soft spot for Byrne, I thought…. how bad can it be? Don’t ask yourself the same question. There is something about Byrne’s art, post his glory days, that is off, maybe it is moving towards more computer assisted stuff, the glossy paper, I have no idea, where once he was one of the most dynamic of artists, this one is flat. 0/5

CONTINUITY- They went for it. 4/5

TOTAL: 4/20, 20%. This one is better left in the Back Issue Bin.

 

Crossover Catalog: World War Hulk

Crossover Catalog seeks to examine crossover events of the big two, grading them on their Idea, Permanence, Execution, and Continuity. The IPEC scale and subsequent score will be recorded.

Planet Hulk, led to World War Hulk.

WWH is one of my favorite, and at the same time, most frustrating crossovers.

Hulk returns to Earth after being sent to space by his “friends” for “his own benefit” and he is pissed.

worldwarhulk14IDEA– Planet Hulk was great, and having Hulk return to Earth is the perfect conclusion to this very large character arc. 5/5

PERMANENCE– This is one of the failings, not in the permanence, but more in many of the choices made after WWH in regards to gamma irradiated characters. 3/5

EXECUTION– The JRJr art in the core title was spot-on, and it has some wonderful moments. 5/5

CONTINUITY– In one comic, Reed is fighting for his life in MSG against other members of the Illuminati, in the F-4 series he is longing for the days when he used to smoke a pipe. If Hulk and his Warbound lock down Manhattan, Spidey shouldn’t be doing Spidey things, we shoudl feel it across all titles. This was the major failing of the series: Big, Epic, Amazing stuff was happening in the title and crossovers, but in some of the other books, it was business as usual. 1/5

Total: 14/20= 70%

 

 

Crossover Catalog: War of the Gods

Crossover Catalog seeks to examine crossover events of the big two, grading them on their Idea, Permanence, Execution, and Continuity. The IPEC scale and subsequent score will be recorded.

20171001201339!WarOfTheGodsLook at that cover. Perez, the bright colors, Wonder Woman’s axe, I love this cover.

I might even dare to say I love… like the idea of this miniseries. A. Lot.

Behind the scenes, Perez was having a melt-down, titles shipped late, and the end result is…. less than great.

IDEA – I’m gonna steal:

As shown in the Wonder Woman (vol. 2) issues #51-57, after the Amazons announced themselves to the world in #50, Circe has been behind the scenes watching Diana’s every move. Circe is responsible for a series of brutal murders that have occurred where various artifacts have been stolen. The Amazons are framed for these crimes and public hysteria is whipped up against them. With the disappearance of Queen Hippolyta, General Phillipus wounded by gunfire and the death of Hellene, some Amazons are taken into custody. Steve Trevor is forced by General George Yedziniak to attack Themyscira; an oncoming war is about to begin.

This event was really designed to pump up Wonder Woman on her 50th anniversary, and with everything I have read about the event, and the event itself, I will say, the Idea was solid. 4/5

PERMANENCE – New characters are introduced, stuff happens, but DC was not really committed to this, and Perez unceremoniously left the book. 2/5

EXECUTION – The series itself was solid, but there were so many missteps with the tie-ins, from misnumbering, to late issues, etc… 1/5

CONTINUITY – In theory, it stretched across many books, but see the late releases, etc. 2/5

9/20= 45% YIKES

 

Crossover Catalog: Zero Hour

Crossover Catalog seeks to examine crossover events of the big two, grading them on their Idea, Permanence, Execution, and Continuity. The IPEC scale and subsequent score will be recorded.

Zero Hour sought to do for multiple timelines what the original Crisis series did for multiple realities. It wanted to clean a bunch of stuff up.

I was not a reader of DC at the time, and have read it and can read reviews of it along with the criticism.

Here is my STILL ONLY $.02 on the matter.

IDEA: I think there are enough clever ideas in this one to make it really fun. 5/5

PERMANENCE: It definitely shook things up for DC continuity, but some of it was not as permanent as promised. 4/5

EXECUTION: This was well before the current crossover bloat, so the story was relatively tight and well-done. 4/5

CONTINUITY: This series did run across their line of comics for the most part. 5/5

They made some strange choices coming out of this, and in some cases they were dealing with gigantic rabbit holes of problems (LSH, Hawkman, etc), this is one of those series that I think if they could have really gone for it and did what they promised with complete follow-through, wow!

As it stands… 18/20= 90% That’s a fine review, and I am a bit surprised. Don’t be a hater. Read up on it, it is dense with continuity stuff.

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