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Comic Book / Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War

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The fate of the universe will depend upon a stoic warrior, a kid hero, a mad scientist, a fearsome trio of lab experiments, and… some kids from a cul-de-sac?!?

Following the traditions of other comic book crossovers, IDW Publishing utilized their recently licensed classic Cartoon Network properties by gathering together the characters from their best shows into a 6 issue mini-series Crisis Crossover. Shows included are Samurai Jack, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, and Ben 10: Omniverse.

The story concerns Jack’s archenemy Aku gathering together Vilgax, Mojo Jojo and Mandark from their respective worlds to form a League of Extraordinary Villains in an attempt to conquer the Multiverse. Together they then proceed to build a large army of robot mechas to invade their own worlds, capture their rivals, and bring them back to their space station (Ed, Edd, and Eddy are taken by mistake). The heroes are then forced to team up with each other in order to thwart the villains’ plans and return to their own worlds.


Beginning in June 2014, Super Secret Crisis War spanned 6 issues, written by Louise Simonson, with the addition of 6 one-shots. The one-shots will concern other Cartoon Network worlds the villains try to invade, and included two page back stories to the main comics. They include Johnny Bravo, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Cow and Chicken, and Codename: Kids Next Door.

Not to be confused with CN's other, similar crossover, Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion.


Tropes for the main Story Arc include:

Tropes for the One-Shot Stories include:

  • Brick Joke: In the Codename: Kids Next Door one-shot, Project C.A.R.R.O.T. is briefly mentioned in the beginning, to which Numbuh One responds that they don't talk about that project. At the end of the story, we see the results of that project: it turned Numbuh 619 into a rabbit.
  • Deal with the Devil: Chicken nearly signs a contract with Red Guy to get rid of one of Aku's robots in the Cow and Chicken one-shot, only for said robot (who short-circuited from getting wet with coffee) to attack after its systems came back online.
    Red Guy: Seriously?! You couldn't wait 5 more seconds?!
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: The "Life Coach" that Grim hires to get rid of the invasion robot bears a passing resemblance to Dr. Lawrence Jacoby from the 1990s Drama Twin Peaks.
  • Loophole Abuse: Twice in the Codename: Kids Next Door one-shot:
    • Q-36 states that any worthy opponent can challenge it, so Sector V has the robot fight Father and the Delightful Children from Down the Lane. This becomes subverted, however; after a quick Curb-Stomp Battle, they leave, and the fight goes back to Sector V.
    • After a "Eureka!" Moment, Numbuh Five convinces the team to defeat Q-36, despite the rest of the team believing it to be a Violation of Common Sense. She reasons that, with all the paperwork required just to go on a school field trip to a museum, they can't be teleported to another world that easily. Sure enough, she's correct; after Q-36's defeat it attempts to teleport Sector V, but it quickly fails.
  • Precision F-Strike: On the Cow and Chicken one-shot, Chicken says a swear.
    Chicken: ...Damn...
    Red Guy: You Rang?
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: In the Codename: Kids Next Door one-shot, after Numbuh Five tells the team her plan to defeat Q-36, Numbuh One responds thusly:
    Numbuh One: That. Is. Not. A. Plan.
  • Sadistic Choice: In the Codename: Kids Next Door one-shot: the robot Q-36 provides this to Sector V. If they win, they are going to be teleported to another planet and cloned. They can't afford to lose either, or they will be unworthy.
  • Unsound Effect: Twice on the Cow and Chicken one-shot: "CWUSHING EMBWACE OF FWIENDSHIP" and "SIBWING WOVE" at the end.