Now we all love a good inter-company crossover. Over the years, Superman and Batman have met characters as diverse as the Predator to Bugs Bunny; Superman has met the Thundercats (and going back in time a few decades, He-Man and the Masters Of The Universe), while the Avengers, well……
The Avengers met the Transformers. And the Justice League. As stupendous as the latter, long-awaited crossover was, two is not a big number.
Heck, we’ve not even seen the dreaded team up between the Marvel Heroes and Disney’s Ultraheroes that everyone feared once the House of Ideas was subsumed by the House of Mouse (a.k.a. the evil empire).
Despite being grouped together here at ForeverGeek, the worlds of the major comic companies and the worlds of manga have remained rather separate, at least in terms of the various properties. No one can deny the influence that manga has had upon the American comics industry, especially in the Nineties. And Marvel’s attempt at creating their own Marvel brand in a manga style is probably best forgotten.
Let me rephrase that. Jumped up and down upon, set on fire, have the ashes collected in a sturdy box that is then welded shut and then tossed into the depths of an active volcano. And then forgotten.
Meanwhile, the world of manga sniffed, and turned its attention back to what it was doing in the first place. Which has spawned a phenomenal wealth of anime that has become familiar to fans worldwide. So maybe it is time for DC or Marvel to stand up and approach these well established markets with a little crossover action.
So, who would you like to see? The tale of the Dragonballs may have come to a close, but surely only Goku could deliver the raw strength to stand on a par with Superman.
Devil May Cry would make a perfect visitor to Gotham City. The X-treme X-Men could easily discover the world of Naruto, and Ichigo Kurasaki of Bleach would be a perfect co-star to any of the mystically inclined heroes, say Doctor Strange?
If we can see the heroes of both Marvel and DC facing off against the characters of Mortal Kombat on the game systems, why not on the printed page? (Or tablet screen, but that rather disrupts the metaphor.)
And surely there must be SOMEbody the Avengers could team up with? Anybody?