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DC vs Marvel: In The ‘JLA/Avengers’ Crossover, The Formidable JLA vs The Mighty Avengers

 

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DC VS MARVEL

IN TEAM-UPS AND CROSSOVERS

“A CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS”

JLA/Avengers. DC Comics.

In honor of George Perez, let’s look at a classic DC/Marvel crossover.

Furthermore, our top-rated Formidability Ranking uses four central Fighting Skills to settle the debate.

Let’s read our ranking.

 

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JLA/AVENGERS IS CANON TO DC AND MARVEL

JLA/AVENGERS

In the classic inter-company crossover JLA/Avengers (2004), both super-teams assemble to take on a threat that threatens the Omniverse. Particularly, the series was so successful that the JLA: Syndicate Rules established the crossover to be canon to the New Earth continuity.

In contests of champions, the Grandmaster and Metron task both teams with the responsibility to assemble six items of power from each universe.

Namely, from the DC Universe: Green Lantern’s Power Battery, the Book of Eternity, the Orb of Ra, the items of the Demons Three, the Spear of Destiny and Psycho Pirate’s Medusa Mask.

From the Marvel Universe: the Ultimate Nullifier, the Evil Eye of Avalon, the Infinity Gems, the Cosmic Cube, the Casket of Ancient Winters and the Wand of Watoomb.

JLA/AVENGERS #2

In JLA/Avengers #2, the Leaguers are leading 6-5. In a titanic clash, the JLA and the Avengers face off for the Cosmic Cube. On Savage Land, a knock-out drag-out slugfest follows. Let’s rank the main contestants in the battle in terms of the Power Hierarchy.

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QUALITY OPPONENTS

Generally, our formidability takes into account a character’s quality of opponents. Using this hierarchy, we can formulate a Power Hierarchy. Namely, it is the following:

Peak Human, Assassin, Metahuman, Criminal Mastermind/Team-Wrecker, Warrior, Hi-Tech Genius/Enhanced, Political Leader, Demon or Monster/Supernatural Being, Champion, Cosmic Being, Skyfather, God or Abstract.

Before we rank the JLA and Avengers, let’s list some rules.

  1. First, only beings below God or Abstract are included. God or Abstract include Galactus, Eternity, Living Tribunal, Beyonder, One-Above-All.
  2. Since we focus on battles, we will go by power levels.
  3. We are rating power levels only in issue #2.
  4. Since only the major battles are included, not all members of both teams are included.

Let’s rank our JLA and Avengers.

The Cosmic Beings

SUPERMAN
Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

SUPERMAN IS A COSMIC BEING

Really, Superman‘s power levels are off the charts in the issue.

To this end, he ranks as Cosmic Being because he stops Thor’s hammer strike with his left hand.

In fact, it takes at least a Cosmic Being in order to bypass the enchantment on Thor’s Mjolnir.

Potentially, Superman could solo the Avengers team.

Indeed, it takes Hercules, Iron Man, She-Hulk, Wonder Man and Vision to put down the Man of Steel at the end of the fight.

THOR
Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

THOR IS A CHAMPION

Really, Thor faces one of his toughest battles. First, he wades through a powerful blast of heat vision.

After Superman caught Mjolnir, he knocks him out with a powerful haymaker. Indeed, he is overwhelmed by Superman’s sheer power.

Generally, Thor ranks as a Champion since he is at least as powerful as the Avengers team.

ZATANNA
Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

Both Zatanna and Scarlet Witch are amped by Chaos Magic.

Effectively, they are Cosmic Beings with powers of teleportation, nigh omniscience and reality-warping.

SCARLET WITCH
Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

Both Zatanna and Scarlet Witch are amped by Chaos Magic.

Effectively, they are Cosmic Beings with powers of teleportation, nigh omniscience and reality-warping.

GREEN LANTERN
Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

In their first match-up, Green Lantern had Photon on the ropes. As matter of fact, he caged her up in a construct.

In their second match, Photon is absorbing the Oan energy from his power ring. Fortunately, he is saved by Captain Atom.

Generally, Green Lantern is a Champion. However, he upgrades to Cosmic Being after he absorbs the energy of the Cosmic Cube.

And had he succeeded, the JLA woud have had a clean victory.

CAPTAIN MARVEL
Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

To begin, Monica Rambeau has the power of converting her body into any energy in the electromagnetic spectrum.

Really, she is a Champion on the Avengers team and can take on any one.

Likely, she needs to adapt to the type of energy and has a limit to how much EM energy she can absorb.

Nonetheless, she is among the mightiest on the Avengers team.

The Champions

WONDER WOMAN
Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

So far, Wonder Woman has shown she can defeat multiple Avengers. At first, she faces Hercules, Wasp and Yellowjacket.

Later, after Superman and Thor are defeated, she knocks down Yellowjacket.

Generally, Wonder Woman is a Champion in the Power Hierarchy.

GIANT MAN
Power Hierarchy: Enhanced 50%

First, Yellowjacket shrinks down to size and attacks Wonder Woman with the other Avengers.

Then, he delivers a powerful blow at increased size when Thor falls. However, Wonder Woman soon overpowers him.

With the Pym Particles, Yellowjacket is Enhanced in the Power Hierarchy.

AQUAMAN
Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

In one instant, Aquaman defeats multiple Avengers with a sea monster.

Generally, Aquaman is a Champion in the Power Hierarchy.

AVENGERS
Power Hierarchy: Supernatural Being 67%

Generally, the Avengers add up to Hercules‘ power level, which is Supernatural Being in the Power Hierarchy.

The Peak Humans

GREEN ARROW
Power Hierarchy: Peak Human 8%

In the battle, Green Arrow and Hawkeye are in a stand-off. Though, in the end, Green Arrow has the advantage with Captain America’s help.

Generally, Green Arrow is a Peak Human in the Power Hierarchy.

HAWKEYE
Power Hierarchy: Peak Human 8%

In the battle, Green Arrow and Hawkeye are in a stand-off. Though, in the end, Captain America orders Hawkeye to stand down.

Generally, Hawkeye is a Peak Human in the Power Hierarchy.

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VERDICT:

With help, the JLA won a virtual victory and the Avengers actually tied the score.

Really, lacking Flash’s Speed Force and the Avengers at full strength, the JLA are stacked with three Cosmic Beings and two Champions.

Generally, the underdog Avengers even things with better teamwork and preparation.

JLA wins a difficult fight.

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LINKS

JLA/Avengers Crossover Will Be Reprinted To Honor George Perez in SuperheroHype.
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DC vs Marvel: On His Worst Behaviour, Ra’s Al Ghul Blackmails Kingpin With Vanessa’s Cancer To Sink New York

In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Ra's Al Ghul tempts Kingpin to punch in satellite codes in order to sink NYC.
 

DC VS MARVEL

Writer(s)

J.M. DeMatteis


Penciler(s)

Graham Nolan


Publisher

Marvel Comics/DC Comics


Publication Date

January 1997

IN TEAM-UPS AND CROSSOVERS

TALIA AL GHUL AND KINGPIN MAKE A DEAL

In Batman and Spider-Man (1997) #1, Kingpin makes a deal with Talia Al Ghul. On Earth-7642, Kingpin and Talia’s organization have been working together. For months, they have been assisting each other’s operations, increasing wealth. But, Talia continues to keep her organization’s head a secret. Strangely, she proposes to import cargo into New York without customs’ interference.

Visibly, Kingpin reveals the terrorist organization’s plan to extend its operations to NYC. Angrily, Fisk declines her proposition. However, Talia offers to cure Vanessa Fisk’s cancer. Outside, Batman is spying on the criminals with goggles. Suddenly, Spider-Man comes in and shares intel. When Spider-Man questions if Talia works for a crime cartel, Batman says no. After a brief scuffle, both superheroes agree to work together.

In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Talia Al Ghul proposes to cure Vanessa Fisk's cancer.
In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Talia Al Ghul proposes to cure Vanessa Fisk’s cancer. Marvel Comics/DC Comics.

BATMAN AND SPIDER-MAN SHAKE HANDS

In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Batman and Spider-Man shake hands.
In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Batman and Spider-Man shake hands. Marvel Comics/DC Comics.

KINGPIN MUST ENTER SATELLITE CODES TO SINK NYC IN EXCHANGE FOR THE ANTIDOTE

Surreptitiously, Ra’s Al Ghul lures Kingpin into his lair in Nanda Parbat, Tibet. There, Kingpin learns that Ra’s is long-lived. In fact, the secret of his longevity is the Lazarus Pit. Surprisingly, Ra’s Al Ghul blackmails the Kingpin in order to cure Vanessa’s cancer. In exchange, Kingpin must swear allegiance to Ra’s, the new leader of the world. As a test, Kingpin must punch in the satellite codes to activate devices that will sink NYC.

At that moment, Spider-Man storms into the cave. Violently, a fight follows with Ra’s men. Interestingly, Ra’s senses “The Detective” is not far behind.1 Summarily, the eco-terrorist orders Kingpin to punch the code. When he does, the satellite explodes. Then, it is revealed that Wilson Fisk re-programmed the satellite. Previously, he had amassed a “formidable dossier” on Ra’s in addition to “schematics on his stronghold and operating systems.”1

In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Ra's Al Ghul tempts Kingpin to punch in satellite codes in order to sink NYC.
In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Ra’s Al Ghul tempts Kingpin to punch in satellite codes in order to sink NYC. Marvel Comics/DC Comics.

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TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY, THE DEMON DOUBLE-CROSSES THE CRIME LORD

In fact, Batman reveals Ra’s Al Ghul manipulated the Kingpin. In reality, the demon caused Vanessa’s cancer to lure Fisk into his plan. When Kingpin found out, he joined forces with Batman. Furthermore, Batman and Spider-Man boarded Fisk’s plane to Tibet. Visibly amused, Ra’s proposes to let the heroes to walk out alive. Even, he offers them transport.

Really, Spider-Man is surprised at Ra’s arrogance. But Batman states the heroes should accept their victory and leave. In fact, none of them would leave alive if Ra’s wanted to. Resolutely, Fisk asks for the antidote to his wife’s cancer. Shockingly, Ra’s lies that there is no antidote. Privately, Talia tells Batman she chooses to both love him and be at his father’s side. In secret, she commissions the antidote to Batman. Finally, Batman gives the antidote to Spider-Man, who delivers it to Fisk.

In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Spider-Man delivers the antidote to Vanessa's cancer to Wilson Fisk.
In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Spider-Man delivers the antidote to Vanessa’s cancer to Wilson Fisk. Marvel Comics/DC Comics.

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LINKS

Batman and Spider-Man Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Earth-7642 in Marvel Database.


FOOTNOTES

  1. Batman and Spider-Man #1.
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Marvel Day: In A Comedic Adventure, Spider-Man’s Luck Strikes Out As The Avengers Attempt To Recruit The Web-Slinger Into The Team

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966), the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man.
 

MARVEL DAY

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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THE AVENGERS WANT TO RECRUIT SPIDER-MAN

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man embarks on a comedic adventure in order to join the Avengers. In the opening pages, the Avengers debate whether to offer him membership. Hawkeye is immediately elated, while the other members find Spider-Man to be “an unknown quantity” and Wasp does not like Spider-Man.1 In order to conduct the meeting, Thor commands for there to be an acting chairman. The acting chairman is Captain America.

The Avengers decide to learn more about Spider-Man. Hawkeye proposes to consult Daredevil. Captain America says he is “hyper-sensitive to sounds and impulses.”1 Captain America and Goliath work on sending high-frequency radio signals. Daredevil soon arrives at Avengers Mansion. He gives Spider-Man the highest recommendation stating that in his recent battle with the web-slinger, Spider-Man “was stronger, and more skillful than ever!”1 Thor, Iron Man and Hawkeye soon depart to contact Spider-Man.

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers debate whether to offer Spider-Man membership. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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WELCOME SPIDER-MAN, TO AVENGERS MANSION!

Spider-Man is being recruited by the Avengers. Spider-Man arrives at Avengers Mansion. Soon, the Avengers must decide what kind of test to give Spider-Man.

Unfortunately, Spider-Man is hot-tempered and Hawkeye is loud-mouthed. And when Iron Man attempts to silence Spider-Man, Spider-Man gets upset by his concern about Aunt May. He starts thinking that the test is the Avengers want him to get mad.

 

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966), the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

COMEDY FOLLOWS, SPIDER-MAN LOSES IT!

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966), Spider-Man loses it and fights the Avengers.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man loses it and fights the Avengers. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SPIDER-MAN IS UP TO THE TEST AND STAGGERS THE HULK

The test for Spider-Man to join the Avengers, is for the web-slinger to find the Hulk and bring him back to the Avengers. After Spider-Man leaves, Captain America does not have enough time to state mission objectives or why they want the Hulk. Thor declares “the test is begun!”1 Spider-Man heads to the Daily Bugle and hears news about the Hulk spotted near the Gamma Ray Research Center. Spider-Man heads there. Spider-Man finds the Hulk and tells him the Green Goliath is coming with him.

A battle ensues where Spider-Man uses a combination of spider-speed and spider-strength to fight the Hulk. By accident, Hulk attempting to land a punch on Spider-Man, who evades, breaks the Gamma Ray Shielding Wall. This results into Hulk changing back into Dr. Bruce Banner. During their conversation, Spider-Man realizes Dr. Bruce Banner needs help not punishment and begins to question the Avengers. As Dr. Banner begins to change into Hulk, he tells Spider-Man he doesn’t reach his full strength “for first few minutes.”1 Sensing an opportunity, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch before he reaches full strength.

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966) #3, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch before he reaches full strength. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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COMEDY FOLLOWS, SPIDER-MAN BLOWS IT!

Spider-Man changes his mind about joining the Avengers. Questioning the Avengers’ motives, Spider-Man attempts to set Hulk free. However, Hulk is at full strength and easily busts through Spider-Man’s webbing.

Good ol’ Spider luck, failing him again! Spider-Man returns to the Avengers’ Mansion and resigns from their membership offer. He tells the Avengers he could not find the Hulk. After Spider-Man departs, the Avengers are disappointed and have mixed feelings. Captain America says the Avengers actually wanted to help Hulk.

In the end, Spider-Man resigns from the Avengers' membership offer.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man resigns from the Avengers’ membership offer. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.


LINKS

Amazing Spider-Man Annual Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3.