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YMMV / Marvel Versus DC

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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Aquaman. He's the only character actually having fun, and he immobilizes Namor in a satisfyingly hilarious way. It doesn't hurt Peter David loved writing the character and was penning his book at the time.
  • Fanfic Fuel: The battles and team-ups shown in their own one-panel (as mentioned below).
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • At the end, the Brothers each catch a glimpse of a hero. Then they look at each other, and spoke for the first time as they shake hands.
      "You've done well!"
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    • Robin defeats Jubilee without landing a single blow or damaging her in any way. He admits he had no intention of actually hurting her.
    • Before they are forced to fight each other, a Daily Planet article shows us there have been some incidents in more cases the heroes of DC and Marvel have bascially welcomed each other as comrades with open arms and we see shots of Hawkman and Angel enjoying flying together.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Between Spider-Man and Lois Lane. It's quickly stopped when Spider-Man asks Lois out on a date but she refuses because she is engaged.
    • Also done with Jubilee and Robin (see below).
  • Strangled by the Red String: Jubilee gets smitten by Robin right from the moment he materializes himself in her bedroom. Then again, they're both teens and Jubilee thinks he's cute.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: A chief complaint was that the fights themselves were often short and unimpressive:
    • Kyle Rayner and Silver Surfer basically just charging at each other and colliding.
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    • Superman and The Hulk just pound on each other for two pages, with Superman using one power once, as if to acknowledge he's more than just a Flying Brick.
    • Lobo and Wolverine fight behind a bar for one page.
      • The Lobo/Wolverine fight is actually justified. When the match ups were decided, a reader poll was conducted allowing fans to vote. Whoever got the most votes won the fight. Wolverine won the poll (who would have guessed). However a satisfying explanation was almost impossible since Lobo, who could go toe to toe with Superman, would be forced to lose the fight because Wolverine got the most votes. The behind the bar scene was written to show Wolverine doing something to make Lobo lose. When DC fans revolted asking how this was possible, a quick explanation was given saying the Wolverine paid off Lobo behind the bar. To be fair, the exact same result would have happened had Lobo won (the victor coming from behind the bar, and smoking the stray cigar.)
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    • Meanwhile, actual interesting matchups were one panel (Darkseid vs. Thanos, Nightwing vs. Gambit, Punisher vs. Deathstroke) and partnerships were similarly overlooked (like Hawkman and Angel flying together, Doctor Strange and Starman in a mystical adventure, or Supergirl and She-Hulk fighting crime).


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