The Seventh Day of Classic Comics Christmas 2019 Dec 19, 2019 14:34:30 GMT -5
Post by berkley on Dec 19, 2019 14:34:30 GMT -5
This was the last of the DC & Marvel crossover, until the late 90s, as Jim Shooter killed the cooperation on JLA/Avengers. However, this is the ebst of the bunch, in my opinion. It was Marvel's turn, so we get X-Men scribe Chris Claremont, with editor Louise Jones Simonson. The story goes that when discussing the story, Claremont said, "Darkseid, Dark Phoenix." Walt Simonson, overhearing this in the hall, poked his head in and said "Darkseid? I'm drawing it." Well, he had to sleep with the editor to get the gig; but, he made it look fantastic...
The basic plot has Darkseid secretly visiting sleeping X-Men and stealing dreams of Jean Grey, which he will use to revive Phoenix. Raven has a dream of the Phoenix Force attacking her soul self and alerts the Titans. They track images down to Xavier's school and go after him. They get attacked by Darkseid's dog soldiers & parademons. The X-Men left earlier and track Darkseid's minions to the Southwest, to a place where Scott and Jean spent time, doing the horizontal mambo. Deathstroke is overseeing the construction of some kind of device. Wolverine tries to sneak up on him and fails. Terminator single handedly defeats the X-Men. The Titans are brought in. Darkseid uses his energy collector to manifest Dark Phoenix. His plan is to turn the Earth into a new Apokolips by useing Phoenix's energy to start a firepit. he leaves the two teams as inconsequential. They locate Metron's Mobius chair (left behind when he penetrated the Source Wall, at the start. They are able to use it to transport to Darkseid's location. The combined team attacks and a dual assualt by Xavier and Raven alters Dark Phoenix with images of the love they had for Jean, who turns on Darkseid.
The story is a bit overdone in segments; but, handles all of the characters well and has some nice moments. Wolverine vs Deathstroke is kept inconclusive. Starfire heard about the Dark Phoenix while a prisoner of the Gordanians. Robin wonders why the two teams have never met before, since they both operate around New York. Kitty is attracted to Changeling and Peter is jealous. Changeling turns into a giant Lockheed, the dragon, so everyone can sit on the Mobius chair (Lockheed had only appeared in "Kitty's Fairy Tale," at this point).
Walt makes it look great and probably drew the best Deathstroke, after George Perez. He gets to indulge his inner Kirby and go nuts with parademons, weird energy effects, strange machinery and typical Walt-ness.
The New Teen Titans had a lot of parallels (deliberately) to the X-Men and were their biggest challenger on the newsstands. They also were part of the renaissance going on at DC. Darkseid was hot, with the Great Darkness Saga appearing at the same time. The X-Men were in space, ripping off Alien. The Teen Titans were reaching the climax of their battle with Blackfire, Starfire's sister and the Citadel, culminating in their first annual. It was a great time for comics an crossovers that should have continued with George Perez on JLA/Avengers (and a X-Men/Legion story, in development) that came to an end in acrimony. Still, for one brief shining moment, we had this.
Are any of the other New Gods characters in this or just Darkseid? If it was just Darkseid, that's a problem, for me.
Also, it sounds very similar to the Darkseid/Galactus crossover, with the basic idea being Darkseid bites off more than he can chew, pretty much the standard for most of his DC appearances outside Kirby.
Probably nice artwork, though, with Simonson.