While DC and Marvel comics may be going through some big changes, no one could or would ever deny that they have some of the coolest, most iconic characters in American pop culture.
And now it’s time to smash up their universes.
Those of you familiar with Fantasy Football will be somewhat familiar with the game Brandon and I play on this week’s episode of Podcorn Podcast. We assume the role of publisher– myself as publisher of DC Comics and Brandon as publisher of Marvel. As we take on these new roles, we bring great change to our respective comics universes by stealing characters from one another’s companies to form a new DC and a new Marvel. Here’s how the game works:
- Each turn, we “protect” two characters from our respective universes. Brandon cannot steal the DC characters I choose to “protect” and I cannot steal the Marvel ones he chooses to save.
- Before either of us steal a character, we each have the chance to protect someone from our universe.
- Then, we pick a character to steal from the other’s universe. For example, if I take Squirrel Girl, she joins the DCU.
- Rinse and repeat until we each have ten characters from the other’s universe.
Sounds simple, right? As it turns out, things get pretty complex when you try to figure out how Iron Man might butt up against Batman or how Thanos stacks up against Darkseid…it’s the return of the Amalgram imprint on this week’s Podcorn Podcast!
If you’re interested in checking out a full list of protected characters and stolen heroes/villains, we’ve got you covered.
Every Wednesday, I talk about comics with Brandon Montclare, writer of the hit Image series Rocket Girl and co-writer of Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur series.
We gab about what we’re reading now, what books we consider classics (Brandon loves Dark Knight Strikes Again…), and the hottest gossip of the industry. Occasionally, the inimitable artist Amy Reeder (Rocket Girl, Batwoman) stops by. Check out our full show archive at podcornpodcast.com.
Intro/Outro music this week is Is Anyone There? by Isosine, off his album Mashup Manifesto IV.
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Alex is the New Media Editor of the Comics Beat. He is also a freelance comics editor with previous credits at First Second, Top Cow, and Papercutz. He primarily covers DC Comics and Magic: the Gathering.