Round One


Main Details
Date 1996
Location of Publication New York, New York
Genre Superhero
Format Softcover
Type Graphic Novel
Page Count 204
Language English
  • Chapter: Round One:
  • Spider-Man (Ben Reilly)
  • Axel Asher (present and future self) (First appearance)
  • Wolverine (James Howlett)
  • Storm (Ororo Munroe)
  • Superman (Kal-El) (New Earth)
  • Wonder Woman (Diana of Themyscira) (New Earth)
  • Captain America (Steve Rogers)
  • Superboy (Kon-El) (New Earth)
  • Hulk (Bruce Banner)
  • Lobo (Lobo) (New Earth)
  • Spectre (Aztar) (New Earth)
  • Living Tribunal (Living Tribunal) (Multiverse)
  • Chapter: Round Two:
  • Thor (Thor Odinson)
  • Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff)
  • Captain Marvel (Billy Batson) (New Earth)
  • Flash (Wally West) (New Earth)
  • Prince Namor (Sub Mariner)
  • Aquaman (Orin) (New Earth)
  • Axcess (Axel Asher)
  • Chapter: Round Three:
  • Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff)
  • Daredevil (Matt Murdock)
  • Iron Man (Tony Stark)
  • Jubilee (Jubilation Lee)
  • Robin (Tim Drake)
  • Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)
  • Silver Surfer
  • Catwoman (Selina Kyle) (New Earth)
  • Elektra (Elektra Natchios)
  • Batman (Bruce Wayne) (New Earth)
  • Chapter: Round Four:
  • Dark Claw (Logan Wayne) (Earth 9602) (Final appearance)
  • Super Soldier (Clark Kent) (Earth 9602) (Final appearance)
  • Doctor Strangefate (Charles Xavier) (Amalgam Universe) (First appearance)
  • Supporting Characters:
  • Cyclops (Scott Summers)
  • Beast (Hank McCoy)
  • Ghost Rider (Daniel Ketch)
  • Nightwing (Dick Grayson) (New Earth)
  • Spider-Boy (Peter Ross) (Final appearance)
  • Lois Lane (New Earth)
Story Location New Earth & Marvel Universe: New Jersey: Gotham City, New York: New York City; Manhattan, Fawcett City, Metropolis, Arizona: Grand Canyon, Earth-9602 (First appearance as Earth-692), Amalgam Universe (Final appearance): New Gotham City: Tower of Strangefate
  • ISBN — 1-56389-294-4
  • UPC — 761941208770-00113
Notes Includes: Bibliography of the characters, cover pages of reprinted issues, an afterward & Bibliography of the authors.

Reprinted Issues:
DC Versus Marvel Vol 1 #1, February, 1996; "Round One"
Marvel Versus DC Vol 1 #2, March, 1996; "Round Two"
Marvel Versus DC Vol 1 #3, April, 1996; "Round Three"
DC Versus Marvel Vol 1 #4, May, 1996; "Round Four"
Doctor Strangefate Vol 1 #1, April, 1996; "The Decrees of Fate"
Published by Amalgam Comics, a joint publication of DC Comics and Marvel Comics.

The box in the alley was first seen at the end of Green Lantern/Silver Surfer: Unholy Alliances, the first DC/Marvel crossover that depicts characters from the two companies hailing from separate universes.
Despite this, the Joker recognizes Spider-Man but notes that his costume is different. This appears to allude to Spider-Man and Batman, where the Joker met a different Spider-Man. Even though that crossover was set on an Earth where Marvel and DC characters coexist in the same universe, and is thus out-of-continuity with the DC Versus Marvel series, this can be seen as a tongue-in-cheek indication that the Joker's insanity allows him to see beyond the Fourth Wall.

Ben Reilly uses the alias "Peter Parker" in this issue.
The first page involving the image of the Brothers also depicts the heads of 32 characters reacting to it. Some of them are major or minor characters of the crossover, but others are making a silent cameo only.
The Lizard in this issue is not Curtis Connors. Based on the design of the character, this is the Lizard creature that was making appearances in a few Spider-related issues of 1995 and 1996.

As of this issue, Jubilee and Robin are a couple. This is only mentioned in this series.
Though previous issues hinted that Ben Reilly is attracted to Lois Lane, this is the only issue where he asks her out on a date. He is embarrassed to learn that she is already engaged.
A plot point in this issue is that Lois Lane and Clark Kent are engaged to each other. The characters would get married in Superman: The Wedding Album #1 (December, 1996). The series apparently precedes that story.


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