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Early Review/Preview Fusion (Top Cow/Marvel Crossover)

Top Cow begins a huge crossover between two Top Cow & two Marvel teams.

You have to love a good crossover.  We don't see a lot of inter-company crossover these days.  It seems that some publishers are too competitive to simply don't get along.  Not so with Top Cow.  Top Cow is about to release it's massive crossover with Marvel featuring Cyberforce, Hunter-Killer, the Mighty Avengers (pre-Secret Invasion) and the Thunderbolts.

The key to a good crossover is the set up.  There has to be a good reason for the different characters to meet and/or fight each other.  The nice thing about this is it's not crammed into one issue (like some past Top Cow/Marvel crossovers).  Things are set up here.  We get a taste of what is to come.  And it tastes pretty good.  We have a great creative team handling this.  Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning are doing the writing with Tyler Kirkham doing the art.  It looks good and we get a credible situation to bring the teams together.

There are some minor problems.  When Ripclaw appears, the Avengers don't know who he is.  If we're assuming these teams are living in the same "universe," I guess it depends on how covert or under the radar Cyberforce is.  There is a mention that Wolverine has had a run-in with him (from a past crossover) and they get some info from his files.  The other minor issue is the fact that this takes place before Secret Invasion.  The good and the bad about that is we get Iron Man's Mighty Avengers and the previous Thunderbolts team.  So much has happened in the Marvel universe that it makes this story feel dated already.

Regardless, it will make a great arc.  I mentioned that we don't get the full blown, knock down fight in this issue.  But it is coming.  You will want to see what the set up is and what's going to happen next.  We don't have enough crossover these days.  Top Cow manages to keep them fun and credible.  This issue gets a solid 4 out of 5.  It is due in stores on May 13, 2009.

Here is a preview:
Fusion #1 (of 3)
Starring Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer/Avengers/Thunderbolts

(W) Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning    (A) Tyler Kirkham    (Cov) Mike Choi & Sonia Oback

The mother of all Top Cow/Marvel crossovers debuts in May! Top Cow’s two covert tech teams collide with Marvel’s Initiative enforcers, the Mighty Avengers and the Thunderbolts.

When a rapid and unregistered Ripclaw starts tearing through a small Northeast town, the Mighty Avengers move in to stop him. When the feral hero escapes, they’re drawn into an inevitable conflict with Cyberforce. A crossover event too massive to be contained in a single issue brought to you by the writing team of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova) and Top Cow favorite artist Tyler Kirkham (Ultimate Fantastic Four, Broken Trinity: Aftermath).
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Posted by Decept-O

Crossovers seem to be 50/50; some good, some not so good.  Good:  The DC/Marvel "Amalgam" stuff.  Fun to read, speculate.  (IMO)  Bad:  Star Trek VS. X-Men.  Were they sh%@tting me with that one?    The 90's seemed to be full of Chromium covers, Alternate covers, and the ubiquitous Crossover.  

Makes you wonder if there is any possibility Marvel might buy Top Cow and integrate those characters into their Universe.  Not saying it would happen, but the POSSIBILITY may be interesting, to say the least.  Ripclaw VS. Wolvie---who'd win that Ginsu Knife contest?  

Posted by warlock360

I like it ;D

Posted by elessar

As long as it has Iron Man in it I'm gonna read it!

Posted by xerox_kitty

This looks like it's gonna be fun... And it's about time someone put Ms Marvel in the Top Cow universe ;)

Personally, I'd like to see a cross-company cross-over where the characters appear in the regular titles and not just a one-off stand alone issue.  I liked the X-Men/WildCATS but they didn't effect the continuity or regular adventures of either team.  It's just a shame that cross-overs like this should be treated as an aside story.  Nothing major will happen in it because you know the characters and what has already happened to them in mainstream continuity.  I'd love them to really sink their teeth into the on-going titles and cross those over instead of the usual stand-alone one-shots/mini-series.
Posted by The_Martian

I'm glad we are having another crossover. They are fun when they are done in good spirit, and they characters that are pitted together make sense.

Posted by Sparda

I'll probably be checking this out, since I'm a fan of Hunter-Killer and it's got Marvel characters in it.

On another note: Samantha looks sorta strange on that cover, but it's just a cover

Posted by Rich-Man

wow! that looks fantastic!

Posted by Media_Master

very cool!