October marked the beginning of Worlds Collide: the highly anticipated crossover of two of Marvel’s biggest teams. Despite their history, can the teams set aside their differences when the planet needs them most?
When a rather large meteor heading for Earth hurtles out of rift in space, the Avengers and Champions come together to save their home from an extinction level threat. They manage to stop it but the problem only escalates when a huge beast emerges from the meteor, the world’s tallest building begin to shake and two heroes are transported to a rather dangerous environment.
In light of recent events, it is understandable for two of Marvel’s biggest teams to engage in some classic super heroics to remind readers what superheroes are best at: protecting the people from whatever threat is thrown their way. In that respect, this is a great Legacy crossover that brings our heroes back to their very roots. Personally, I’m not sure how I feel about it.
I know I’m incredibly biased when it comes to anything Secret Empire and I appreciate some would rather it remained a bad memory but I feel like a golden opportunity has been missed for a story that addresses the fallout of toppling an extreme regime like that of Hydra Cap. It’s all well and good showing the true Sentinel of Liberty give Hydra Cap a good ol’ throw down but the fight shouldn’t stop there. I’m not going to go into too much because I could go on for ages but I feel like a story with the Champions and Avengers simply going out and being heroes to a population that has been through one heck of an ordeal could have been really rewarding.
That’s not to say that what we got isn’t an entertaining read. The history shared between the teams is addressed really well throughout the two issues, making for some rather entertainingly awkward dialogue and action sequences. The Champions hold their own alongside a team who, on more than one occasion, refer to them as “Junior Varsity” which, I must admit, did make me smile. The Champions are worthy of more than just the labelling of children and they most definitely prove it. I do have a slight issue with the teams still feeling at odds, the past months showing the need for a united front more than ever but it does provide some entertainment in its own right.
The exploration of relationships between characters is perhaps the biggest highlight of the crossover so far. Viv and Vision in particular are characters that have a complicated history that is explored fantastically. I regrettably didn’t follow The Vision mini-series/ epic so my knowledge on their relationship is ashamedly limited but their interactions don’t leave the unaware feeling isolated which I appreciate immensely. It is beginning to unravel into a rather big aspect of the story which I’m excited to see unfold.
The threat posed to Earth is rather clichéd but the villain behind it seems intriguing. We don’t get to meet them in the first two instalments of this crossover but the implications of what they can do makes them seem like a genuine threat to this many heroes. We shall have to wait and see if they live up to the hype.
With this being a crossover we were treated to art from a number of talented individuals. Jesús Saiz covers the introductory issue superbly, the illustrations simply blowing me away with their detail. Ramos’ illustrations continue to fit the mood perfectly, the destruction wrought on some of the world’s tallest buildings coming to life fantastically. Another piece I have to mention is Ross’ cover for Avengers #672. Words cannot truly describe how sublime the cover is to marvel at but it is simply gorgeous. Not that I expect anything less from Mr Ross.
Overall, not a bad crossover so far. The threat, if somewhat clichéd, does feel like something that requires quite so much resistance and it has brought together two teams with a great history together, a relationship reflected fantastically in the dynamics between characters. Sure, I may have wanted something a little more meaningful considering the months of hardship our characters have faced as of late but it brings these titans back to their roots, doing what superheroes do best.
- Story – 7/10
- Art – 8/10
- Accessibility – Friendly – You need a little bit of context but I think the 3-page catch up at the end of Champions #13 helps bridge the gap well enough.
- Overall – 7.5/10