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Secret Convergence Wars: Making Sense of DC's Latest Crossover

Marshall Lemon | 12 Nov 2014 15:30
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Hold on, Marvel Comics? What does Spider-Man and The Avengers have to do with this?

It's no secret that between its movie adaptations and long-running comics universe, Marvel is doing just about everything right. And the company recently announced its own 2015 crossover event that bears a striking resemblance to everything DC Comics is attempting here. (I'd like to note that the connections are probably coincidental; books and art like these are usually planned months in advance. Still, the connections are so strong, it's almost like DC and Marvel's editors are swapping notes with each other. But that's probably not happening. Probably.)

You see, Brainiac isn't just storing these universes; for the Convergence event, he's decided to conduct a grand experiment. Moving to a distant planet beyond time and space, he unlocks all of his multiverse domes on the surface and steps back to see what happens. Some universes, Flashpoint in particular, immediately become aggressive and start attacking other domes. Meanwhile, the pre-New 52 heroes of each dome must defend their territory and (understandably) frightened civilians from the sudden invasion.

The thing is, Marvel is running almost exactly the same event in Summer 2015: A Secret Wars sequel. Based on the classic 1985 storyline, Secret Wars features an omnipotent being called the Beyonder, who has a habit of abducting superheroes and villains to see how they interact together. For the reboot however, the Beyonder assembles an all-new Battleworld from pieces of parallel dimensions, including Age of Apocalypse, Age of Ultron, the Civil War timeline, Marvel Zombies, Old Man Logan, and more. Aggressive universes like Marvel Zombies and Age of Ultron would immediately start attacking and... well, you get the idea.

That's not to say both books will be the same, or that one is clearly ripping off the other. It could simply be a case of multiple discovery; as both DC and Marvel are embroiled in cosmic, multiverse-scale crossover events right now that could have led to this point coincidentally. (It wouldn't be the first time for these comic book companies.) But the parallels are pretty stark, and it will be almost impossible to avoid comparing the events... and who can better fulfill them.

But in the meantime, comics fans can be happy to know that the New 52 is being put to bed, and the classic superheroes are coming home. At least for a little while.

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