It’s the middle of March and I’m waiting for Marvel and DC to give away their Spring-Summer surprises to the readers. While I’m sitting around here, I’ve seen a tonnage of weirdo crossovers that made me scratch my head. Some of them are good, some of them are meh and some of them are… oh who are we kidding. They’re weird, ok?! Sure, a few of them are better than most of what we saw in the past, but they’re an acquired taste. I may have seen weirder ones, but these are up there in the weirdo factor. I even talked about some of them in the past. Here are your five weirdo comic book crossovers.
- Star Trek/Green Lantern
Let me start off the list with one of those weirdo pairings that you think won’t work but it’s silky like butter. The Lantern Corps get tangled with a dimension ending event that throws them in the universe of the highly scientific and highly logical world of Star Trek. With the Lantern rings in the possession and scrutiny of the galaxy-faring citizens of Star Trek, new troubles brew for the heroes of both worlds.
Why it’s weird: I can only call this crossover as vegemite weird. It’s actually coherent and palatable and the story is a very strong example of weirdo going nicely. Since they’re both space-faring stories, they meet at some point, but when you see the absurdity that is the Lantern Corps as a citizen of a scientific universe in Star Trek, you would want to ask why they are here.
Second on the list is a weirdo one but also a little coherent one. We’ve seen Planet of the Apes and how much it reflects human racism, or should I say ape racism, from the characters. The highly emotional story is only made more complicated by the Lantern Corp, where Sinestro is once again trying to gain power through the emotional spectrum. With Hal Jordan trying to stop the Yellow Lantern maniac, he gets in the landlocked world of the Planet of the Apes.
Why it’s weird: This crossover is like combining sweet peanut butter and shrimp paste. It is weirdo but it actually exists, and also enjoyed in some parts of the world. Green Lantern has always been a sweet story, and being the universe’s galactic police, their story can be expanded as much as any writer wants. The crossover with the apes is not very palatable, considering the apes are not exactly the most easy denizens to deal with, but also because there’s a big majority of asspulls that DC needed to do to even the playing field. It’s still a better one than the others I’ve read so far.
The next is another unlikely pair, but I get why they’re together. I’m also calling this a crossover because it heck is. In a story where Deadpool’s teleporter all goes wrong, the merc with a mouth fuses with the most cynical duck in the world to solve the problematic space rabies that is plaguing Rocket Raccoon and get into the wildest nonsense adventure you’ve been in so far.
Why it’s weird: Howard the Duck breaking the 4th wall, quipping Game of Thrones and shiz. ‘Nuff said!
- Batman ’66 Meets Steed and Mrs. Peel
DC has a knack for intercompany crossovers and trying to remind you how awkward the comic book universe was in its early days. This is reflected by the crossover with The Avengers, John Steed and Mrs. Peel. No, not the Marvel Avengers but the British TV Avengers that your mom and pop watched in 60’s. Spy meets detective, the assistant turned main character John Steed tries to solve a world of mysteries with his wife Emma Peel and the dynamic duo of Adam West Batman and Burt Ward Robin. Holy macaroni Batman!
Why it’s weird: The “detective” and 60’s combo of both franchises are unbelievably loose. It’s like someone threw two shots into a dartboard with titles from the era and went with those. I mean, imagine Adam West, Burt Ward, Daniel Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg (Olenna Tyrell, kids) all in one comic book fighting crime. Your grannies would be proud to read this comic.
DC is eating some weirdo sauce and trying to push the nostalgia button like a wild bear that found the snack button and kept pressing it until the novelty ran out. This crossover between the DC superheroes and the Saban legends is the weirdest thing that doesn’t work. After a contrived scenario that is equal parts asspull and plot device, the Angel Grove teenagers with attitude transport in the DC universe.
Why it’s weird: Nobody finds Justice League and Power Rangers weird? Really? It could have worked if the plot just focused on the Justice League and Power Rangers working together, but they’re so relatively at odds with each other that they’re a disaster waiting to happen.