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Comic Book: Amalgam Universe

Sometimes, when a mommy Comics 'Verse and a daddy Comics 'Verse love each other very much, they get together and have a baby Comics 'Verse. It's a special, magical thing, and should only happen within the bonds of holy CrossOvers.

In 1996, Marvel Comics and DC Comics co-created a Limited Series called, oddly enough, Marvel Vs. DC, in which the Superheroes of the two powerhouse Comic Book companies met, fought, and came out friends— then had their memories of the whole affair erased. Except for a very few, who remembered.

It seems that The Multiverse of each company's main continuity was in fact the creation of two Sufficiently Advanced Aliens known as "The Brothers". For eons, they were ignorant of each other until the first Intercontinuity Crossover brought them to each others' attention. Each wanting to be the singular Anthropomorphic Personification of the Multiverse, they decided that in true Superhero fashion, the matter could only be settled with a Fight Scene. Or rather, a series of one-on-one battles between the most similar heroes. Some of these fights were between characters who would later be Amalgamated, such as Spider-Man and Superboy. Some were matched by ability; the Badass Normal Batman versus the Badass Normal Captain America, for example. The loser's universe would be destroyed, so both sides had plenty of motivation to kill each other. At the same time, a young man named Axel Asher, A.K.A. Access, discovered that he was a shard of the original joined reality. This was apparently a mantle that was passed down from generations (he acquired the abilities from a homeless man who died soon after). Access could only stand by and watch as the two universes did battle. Marvel was ahead six to five, when suddenly...

The Powers That Be named the Living Tribunal and The Spectre try to take the pressure off by merging both universes into an Amalgam where the iconic main characters of each world merge into single being with aspects of each— Wolverine and Batman become Dark Claw, Superman and Captain America become Super Soldier (He really was one, too). Some were merged because they were similar in powers or purpose, others because their names sounded alike (resulting in some awful punny names) and still others for the heck of it (see the list below). Each had a "remembered" history that splits the difference between the merged characters— there was a Golden Age Super Soldier who joined the All-Star Winners Squadron, a Wild West team of mutant "malforms" called Generation Hex, etc.

The Brothers quickly pulled themselves apart, thus separating the Marvel Universe and DC Universe once again. Angered, they decided to forego the contest and simply battle each other. This would've surely resulted in the destruction of both universes.

Access managed to bring Cap and Bats to the interdimensional battlefield between the Brothers, and showed the big boys a first-hand look at the beings whose realities they were planning to eliminate— and they liked what they saw. Impressed by the iron wills of these two mere mortals, and seeing that they were Not So Different, the Brothers called off their grudge match, the Reset Button was pressed, the limited series ended, and all was good... for a while.

Turns out Access can't stay in one universe too long, or his powers go haywire and begin transposing inhabitants from one universe to another. And in the sequel All Access, it turned out the Amalgam Sorcerer Doctor Strangefate (made from Doctor Fate and... Professor Xavier; who'd have guessed?) had hidden himself in Doctor Strange's mind, and burst out to try to re-create his universe by merging the Big Two. So once again, cue fight music as the JLA and X-Men throw down, only to be saved by the original Doctor Strange creating an independent Amalgam Universe without affecting the original two (though based on the first one). This Amalgamverse was safely tucked away inside Access and again all is well. Except for a few whacky Time Travel adventures in the Unlimited Access miniseries, but those had no plot effects and were apparently just for fun.

Several sets of Amalgam comics set in the merged universe have been published jointly by both companies. The titles include Bruce Wayne: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Iron Lantern, Bullets & Bracelets, Justice League Avengers, and many others.

Characters in the Amalgam Universe note 

  • Abominite (Hellgrammite + Abomination)
  • All Highfather Odin (Highfather + Odin)
  • Amanda Deathbird (Amanda Waller + Deathbird)
  • Amazon (Wonder Woman + Storm)
  • Ambush the Lunatik (Ambush Bug + Lunatik)
  • Angellhawk/Warren Hall (Hawkman/Carter Hall + Angel/Warren Worthington III)
  • Antimony/Debbie Walker (Platinum of the Metal Men + Debbi + Scarlet Witch + Hellcat/Patsy Walker).
  • Apollo/Ray Summers (Ray + Cyclops)
  • Aqua-Mariner (Aquaman + Namor)
  • Arrowcaster (Speedy + Nightcaster)
  • Banisher (Bane + The Punisher)
  • Baron Zero/Wolfgang Von Strucker (Mr. Freeze + Baron von Strucker)
  • Beastling (Beast Boy + Beast)
  • The Big Question (The Riddler + The Kingpin)
  • Big Titania (Big Barda + Titania)
  • Bismuth/Snapper Jones (Tin of the Metal Men + Snapper Carr + Toad/Mortimer Toynbee + Rick Jones)
  • Bizarnage (Bizarro + Carnage)
  • Black Bat/Barbara Gordon Hardy (Batgirl/Barbara Gordon + Black Cat/Felicia Hardy)
  • Black Orchid the Unknown (Black Orchid + Omega The Unknown)
  • Black Vulture (Vulture + Black Condor)
  • Blob (Blob + Chunk)
  • Bouncing Ball (Bouncing Boy + Speedball)
  • Bronze Tiger (Bronze Tiger + Black Panther)
  • "Brooklyn" Barnes (Dan Turpin + "Brooklyn" of the Boy Commandos + Bucky Barnes)
  • Canary/Dinah Barton (Black Canary + Mockingbird)
  • Cannonfire (Cannonball + Wildfire)
  • Captain Marvel/William Mar-Vell (Captain Marvel + Captain Marvel)
  • Captain Sam Makoa (Sam Makoa).
  • Catsai (Elektra + Catwoman)
  • Chameleon (Chameleon Boy + Chameleon)
  • Chaos (Spitfire + Havok)
  • Circe (Circe + Sersi)
  • Cobalt/Lucius Richmond (Gold of the Metal Men + Lucius Fox + Mastermind/Jason Wyngarde + Nighthawk/Kyle Richmond)
  • Colonel Bruce Wayne of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Batman + Nick Fury)
  • Dare The Terminator (Deathstroke + Daredevil)
  • Dark Claw (Batman + Wolverine)
  • Deadeye (Deadshot + Bullseye)
  • Deathborg (Cyborg + Deathlok)
  • Deathlok/Jason Todd (Robin/Jason Todd + Deathlok + Midnight/Jeff Wilde)
  • Dial H.U.S.K/Paige Guthrie (Dial H For Hero + Husk/Paige Guthrie).
  • Diana Prince (Wonder Woman). Depicted as adoptive sister of Amazon and ex-wife of the Punisher.
  • Doctor Bongface (Doctor Bong + Scarface)
  • Dr. Curt Connors (Lizard/Curtis Connors). Depicted as a member of Project Cadmus.
  • Dr. Doomsday (Doomsday + Doctor Doom)
  • Dr Strangefate (Doctor Strange + Doctor Fate + Charles Xavier)
  • Doomnaut (Doomsday + Juggernaut)
  • Elastigirl (Elasti-girl of Doom Patrol + Domino of X-Force + The Wasp)
  • Ferro Man (Ferro + Colossus)
  • Fin Fang Flame (Fin Fang Foom + Brimstone)
  • Firebird/Beatriz Grey (Fire + Phoenix)
  • "Flash" Thompson ("Flash" Thompson). Depicted as a member of the New York Special Crimes Unit.
  • Galactiac (Galactus + Brainiac)
  • Goliath/Oliver Queen (Goliath + Green Arrow)
  • Granny Harkness (Agatha Harkness + Granny Goodness)
  • Green Guardsman/Kyle O'Brien (Green Lantern/Kyle Rayner + Guardsman/Kevin O'Brien)
  • Green Skull (Lex Luthor + Red Skull)
  • Guardian Angel/Dr. Tom Harper (Guardian/Jim Harper + Angel/Thomas Halloway)
  • Hawkeye/Clint Archer (Green Arrow + Hawkeye)
  • H.E.C.T.O.R. (Hector Hammond + M.O.D.O.K.)
  • Huntress/Carol Danvers (Huntress + Ms. Marvel)
  • The Hyena (The Joker + Sabretooth)
  • Impossible Mod (Mad Mod + Impossible Man)
  • Insect Queen/Mary Jane Watson (Insect Queen/Lana Lang + Mary Jane Watson)
  • Invisible Girl (Invisible Kid + Invisible Woman)
  • Iris Simpson (Iris West + Roxanne Simpson)
  • Iron/John Henry Steel (Iron of the Metal Men + Steel/John Henry Irons + Unus the Untouchable)
  • Iron Lantern/Hal Stark (Green Lantern/Hal Jordan + Iron Man/Tony Stark)
  • J. Jonah White (J. Jonah Jameson + Perry White)
  • Jade Nova/Frankie Rayner (Nova/Frankie Raye + Jade/Jennie-Lynn Hayden + Green Lantern/Kyle Rayner)
  • Jimmy Urich (Ben Urich + Jimmy Olsen)
  • Jocasta (Platinum of the Metal Men + Jocasta + the Sentinels + Millie the Model)
  • Kid Demon/Wally West (The Flash/Kid Flash/Wally West + Ghost Rider)
  • King Lizard {King Shark + Lizard)
  • Kokoro/Tatsu Braddock (Katana/Tatsu Yamashiro + Psylocke/Betsy Braddock)
  • Kultron (Kobra + Ultron)
  • Lady Talia (Lady Deathstrike + Talia Al Ghul)
  • Lethal/Sergei Minerva (Cheetah/Barbara Ann Minerva + Kraven the Hunter/Sergei Kravinoff).
  • 'Lectron (Live Wire + Electro)
  • Living Lightning Lad (Lightning Lad + Living Lightning)
  • Living Lightning Lass (Lightning Lass + Living Lightning)
  • Lobo the Duck (Lobo + Howard the Duck. Seriously.)
  • L'ok D'saad (Loki + Desaad)
  • Madame Cat/Selina Luthor (Madame Hydra/Viper + Catwoman). Mentioned being a daughter of Green Skull and Lois Lane.
  • Madame Sapphire/Pepper Ferris (Madame Masque + Pepper Potts + Star Sapphire/Carol Ferris)
  • Madman Jordan (Green Lantern/Hal Jordan + Madman)
  • Magneto (Will Magnus + Magneto). Depicted as the brother and archenemy of Will Magnus.
  • Mandarinestro (The Mandarin + Sinestro)
  • Martinex 5 (Brainiac 5 of the Legion of Super-Heroes + Martinex of the Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Maxwell Hodge (Maxwell Lord + Cameron Hodge)
  • Mercury (Impulse + Quicksilver)
  • Merlin (DC Merlin + Marvel Merlyn).
  • Miss Miracle (Mister Miracle + Crystal of the Inhumans)
  • Mistress Maxima (Maxima + Black Queen/Selene)
  • Mister X (Martian Manhunter + Professor X)
  • Moonwing (Nightwing + Moon Knight)
  • Mutiple Maid (Triplicate Girl + Multiple Man)
  • Myriad (Triad + Madrox)
  • Mystallo (Mysterio + Metallo)
  • Myx (Mr. Mxyzptlk + Wong)
  • Nickel/Lance Vale (Mercury of the Metal Men + Lance Bannon + Quicksilver + Vicki Vale)
  • Night Creeper (The Creeper + Nightcrawler)
  • Night Spectre (The Spectre + Nightmare)
  • Niles Cable (The Chief/Niles Caulder of Doom Patrol + Cable)
  • Oa the Living Planet (Oa + Guardians + Mogo + Ego the Living Planet)
  • Paste-Eater Pete (Paste-Pot Pete + Matter-Eater Lad)
  • Phantom Cat (Phantom Girl + Shadowcat)
  • Phoenetix (Kinetix + Phoenix)
  • Professor Kang/Chronos-Tut (Kang the Conqueror/Rama-Tut/Immortus + Professor Zoom + Chronos)
  • Psi-Girl (Saturn Girl + Psylocke)
  • Puck (Puck of Alpha Flight + Oberon)
  • Punisher/Trevor Castle (The Punisher/Frank Castle + Steve Trevor)
  • Ras-A-Pocalypse (Ra's Al Ghul + Apocalypse)
  • Red Vision (Red Tornado + The Vision)
  • Roxy Leech (Roxy Leech).
  • Runaway (Gypsy + Rogue)
  • Savage Shaw (Vandal Savage + Sebastian Shaw)
  • Scarecrow (DC Scarecrow + Marvel Scarecrow)
  • Scott Free (Scott Free). Mentioned as the deceased consort of Big Titania.
  • Sgt. Rock of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Sgt. Rock + S.H.I.E.L.D.)
  • Shatterstarfire (Shatterstar + Starfire)
  • Siliconman (Sandman/William Baker + Plastic Man)
  • Silver Racer (Silver Surfer + Black Racer)
  • Skulk (Incredible Hulk + Solomon Grundy)
  • Sparkler (Sparx + Dazzler)
  • Sparrow (Robin + Jubilee)
  • Speed Demon/Jay Garrick (The Flash/Jay Garrick + Phantom Rider). Briefly seen as a predecessor to the current Speed Demon.
  • Speed Demon/Blaze Allen (The Flash/Barry Allen + Etrigan + Ghost Rider/Johnny Blaze + Zarathos)
  • Spider-Boy/Pete Ross (Spider-Man/Peter Parker + Superboy/Conner Kent + Pete Ross)
  • Spider-Boy 2099/Mig-El Gand (Mon-El/Valor/M'Onel/Lar Gand + Spider-Man 2099/Miguel O'Hara)
  • Spiral Harley (Harley Quinn + Spiral)
  • Star Charlie (Starman of the Legion of Super-Heroes + Charlie 27 of the Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Super-Soldier (Superman + Captain America)
  • Terra-X (Terra + Terrax)
  • Thanoseid (Darkseid + Thanos)
  • Thorion, the Hunter (Thor + Orion)
  • Timber Wolf by Night (Timber Wolf of the Legion of Super-Heroes + Werewolf by Night)
  • Two-Faced Goblin (Two-Face + Green Goblin)
  • Uatu the Guardian (Uatu the Watcher + Guardians of the Universe)
  • Ultra-Metallo (Metallo + Ultron)
  • Universe Boy (Ultra Boy + Captain Universe)
  • Vance Cosmic (Cosmic Boy of the Legion of Super-Heroes + Vance Astro of the Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • War Monarch (War Machine + Monarch/Hank Hall)
  • White Witch (Zatanna + Scarlet Witch)
  • Will Magnus (Will Magnus + Bolivar Trask). Depicted as the brother and archenemy of Magneto.
  • Winterstick (Wintergreen + Stick)
  • Wired/Nathan Chase (Manhunter/Chase Lawler + Cable)
  • Wraith (Obsidian + Gambit)

Tropes demonstrated by the Amalgam Universe:

  • Adaptational Heroism: Doctor Octopus, in the Spider-Boy titles.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Kyle Rayner's counterpart in Iron Lantern, due to being amalgamed with the Face Heel Turned Guardsman.
  • All American Face: Super-Soldier.
  • Always Someone Better: Quicksilver's problem when fighting The Flash.
  • Animated Adaptation: Dark Claw Adventures was drawn in the style of The Batman Adventures and billed as being based on the animated version of the character.
  • Atrocious Alias: Some of the portmanteau names are just painfully stupid.
    • At least in one case, it was done on purpose due to the Rule of Funny: there's a merge of two characters who already had each one separately– DC's Matter-Eater Lad, from Legion of Super Heroes, and Marvel's villain Paste-Pot Pete (who changed his name to Trapster) were combined into... Paste-Eater Pete.
  • Badass Normal: Did rather well in the pre merge fights: Of the non-powered combatants only Catwoman lost and she was fighting another Badass Normal (more or less) in Elektra. Robin beat Jubilee and Batman (rather more impressively) beat Captain America.
    • In the merged universe: Most of the characters in the title Bruce Wayne Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Catsai, from Assassins, Trevor Castle from Bullets and Bracelets.
  • Cliff Hanger: Several of the one-shots had twist endings or left plot points seeking resolution. For example Bruce Wayne Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. has an ending which implied that most of the featured heroes and villains were killed in an explosion. Their fate was never clarified. X-Patrol ended with a major character crippled and the rest of the team reacting to it.
  • Composite Character: The whole point of the universe.
    • Two examples that really stick out here are Magneto and Will Magnus. As if it wasn't enough to make one character out of the original two, they decided to make two characters, explain them as brothers and put them on opposite sides of the law. Even more interesting, the one who took the name Magneto ended up becoming a hero, while the one called Will Magnus became the villain, in a reversal of their namesakes' usual roles.
  • Continuity Snarl: The Spider-Man that appears in the series is Ben Reilly rather than Peter Parker, as the Clone Saga was still running in all the Spider-Books at the time. However, when out of costume Ben has his normal appearance of looking like Peter rather than the look he'd adopted with his hair dyed blonde and cut short.
  • Depending on the Artist: Shatterstarfire's fingers. In X-Patrol, drawn by Roger Cruz, she had four fingers per hand, as Shatterstar; In The Exciting X-Patrol, penciled by Bryan Hitch, each of her hands has five fingers, as Starfire (and most humans).
  • Gender Flip: Marvel's Daredevil and DC's Deathstroke are both male, but they were merged into a female character: Slade Murdock/Dare from Assassins.
  • Letters to the Editor: Some of the one-shots had faux letter columns with letters from portmanteaus of DC/Marvel creators (such as Simon Siegal) referencing earlier issues of other comics in the Amalgam line.
  • Palette Swap: A few of the amalgams, such as Beastling and Thanoseid, have the body of one component, and the color scheme of the other.
  • Super Soldier: Super-Soldier.

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