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  1. 5 out of 5

    Alejandro

    Up, up and Excelsior! I bought this in its single comic books, but I chosen this TPB edition to make a better overall review. Combining both TPBs (the one of DC and the one of Marvel) those TPBs include: Bat-Thing, Dark Claw Adventures, Generation Hex, JLX Unleashed, Lobo the Duck, Super-Soldier: Man of War, Challengers of the Fantastic, Exciting X-Patrol, Iron Lantern, The Magnetic Men featuring Magneto, Spider-Boy Team-Up, Thorion of the New Asgods. IN BRIGHTEST DAY, IT’S CLOBBERIN’ TIME! Up, up and Excelsior! I bought this in its single comic books, but I chosen this TPB edition to make a better overall review. Combining both TPBs (the one of DC and the one of Marvel) those TPBs include: Bat-Thing, Dark Claw Adventures, Generation Hex, JLX Unleashed, Lobo the Duck, Super-Soldier: Man of War, Challengers of the Fantastic, Exciting X-Patrol, Iron Lantern, The Magnetic Men featuring Magneto, Spider-Boy Team-Up, Thorion of the New Asgods. IN BRIGHTEST DAY, IT’S CLOBBERIN’ TIME! Since the first Amalgam event resulted so popular and best-selling, DC and Marvel got together once again and they published a second run of merged unique comic books, where fusions of characters of both comic book houses becoming new unique characters. One of the funniest was certainly “Lobo the Duck” (fusion of Lobo and Howard the Duck), what else can you ask?! Since Dark Claw (Batman plus Wolverine) resulted in the most popular character of the first event, they leveled up the hype publishing Dark Claw once again BUT using the art style of Batman: The Animated Series, oh yeah! And one of the most ambitious comic books, in the angle of presentation of characters, was the one with Spider-Boy (Spider-Man plus Superboy (Connor Kent)), already created in the first year of the event, but here in “Spider-Boy Team-Up”, he joins the Legion of Galactic Guardians 2099 (Triple fusion of Legion of Super-Heroes, Guardians of the Galaxy and the Marvel 2099 future). Maybe the second year of the Amalgam event wasn't that solid like the first year, but still is one cool run of comics to get!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andre

    I guess at best these comics are ok and once again I found that they (like the first ones) usually did not age well for me. The Challengers of the fantastic were really not a good concept to begin with. Their "Let's try better the world" was just idiotic, it was goofy with the Fantastic Four already but this comes out of nowhere. At least the Fantastic Four had the whole superpowers thing but these here have none. Also the story just throws one thing after the other at you, making it far too fast I guess at best these comics are ok and once again I found that they (like the first ones) usually did not age well for me. The Challengers of the fantastic were really not a good concept to begin with. Their "Let's try better the world" was just idiotic, it was goofy with the Fantastic Four already but this comes out of nowhere. At least the Fantastic Four had the whole superpowers thing but these here have none. Also the story just throws one thing after the other at you, making it far too fast paced. It also had too many holes with their computer apparently being able to predict the future and seemingly no one noticing the huge giant appearing in New York. Not to mention that the villains were jokes, everything far too easily solved and the ending was a quintessential cop-out. And if this wasn't enough, I really wonder what was up with all the puns regarding "fantastic" and "amalgamated". Not to mention that the expository dialogue really got on my nerves. The art style was mediocre at best, mostly due to the poses. I think the best part of this volume was probably the X-Patrol storyline. For the most part the artwork was pretty good, very smooth and only somewhat exaggerated male musculature and sometimes silly costume details. Also most of the fighting was pretty competent and it was a decent story, well for the most part, the ending was kind of… cliché. However one of the biggest problems was the character Beastling. Here he was suddenly a scientist and although the comic referred to him as shapeshifter he actually never did so. He seemed to be more like Marvel's Beast all things considered. Sure he had some good skills and all but it seemed they had switched out his character. Also the puns seemed a tad odd and all those references to e.g. Teen Titan storylines could be annoying to the uninitiated. In addition they could talk a little less. Now Iron Lantern was pretty bland, plain and simple. His origin is even dumber than that of Iron man(view spoiler)[, he built an armor from alien technology, despite being a pilot and having metal pieces in his chest. (hide spoiler)] The artwork was ok but did not always match the narration boxes. And they should have used narration boxes instead of lantern's constant inner monologue. For Magneto and the Magnetic Men I can only say that while the premise of robots living as humans might be interesting, it had no purpose here and I don't know how it was supposed to work anyway, even with the forged identities. In the end it was quickly discarded and the problems were solved too easily. Which is a shame, I think you could have done more with this plot, but the way it is, there whole thing just moved way too fast. The artwork on the Spider-boy team-up is pretty crappy; especially the older people look like they are melting or like they are descended of Jabba the Hut. The whole story with its "reboots" and time travel is kind of silly, but I guess when you like that it would be really good due to its goofiness. Ps "Asgodian" sounds really stupid. And from there we get to the Thorion story. The main problem with that one is that it moves too fast and it feels like several books were violently pressed into one. Thereby creating tons of plotholes and the main character was basically being replaced in the first issue. Not to mention that the art style is kind of odd. So all in all, not a very good collection of comics. If your humor swings that way I guess this could be goofy stories and a nice nostalgia trip but it was not for me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aarnav

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fila Trece (Liantener)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Khedron Frank

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chad Nevett

  8. 4 out of 5

    Martha

  9. 5 out of 5

    Fefe Mora

  10. 4 out of 5

    Simone

  11. 5 out of 5

    Harold Neighbors

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dom Nuno

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    Steven

  14. 4 out of 5

    Travis

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chuck Messinger

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wt

  17. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

  18. 5 out of 5

    Steven

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    Paul W.

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    David Moore

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vincent

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jefftown

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Smith

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brock Pattison

  25. 5 out of 5

    Luna Holmes

  26. 4 out of 5

    Justin Browning

  27. 5 out of 5

    Troy-David Phillips

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dennis G

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ces Huerta

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jesse

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