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Prophecy is a comic book crossover featuring characters that Dynamite has the license too, Vampirella, Ash/Evil Dead, Red Sonja, and Pantha, along with public domain characters Sherlock Holmes, Alan Quatermain, Dorian Grey, and Dracula.

The tale starts in 1890 London. Inspector Lestrade and Sherlock Holmes investigate the murder of a man who was shot in a museum. Apparently, he was shot over an ancient Mayan artifact that is now missing.

Cut to the Yucatan Peninsula in 632 AD. At the height of the Mayan Empire, a sacrifice is to be made. The girl being sacrificed turns out to be Red Sonja, who, through magical means, is pursuing an arch foe of hers across time. The villain escapes again, and travels to the (at time of print) present day of 2012. There’s a collage of images as the characters go through time, which provides a few Easter eggs for readers. One image is of Project Superpowers, the universe Dynamite created for public domain super heroes. We also see the Lone Ranger, the 3 Musketeers, Robin Hood, Evil Dead, the Phantom, Zorro, and even what looks to be a vague image of Indiana Jones.

The second issue opens at Miskatonic Asylum, where Herbert West, the Re-Animator is committed. (We also see the creators of this series, Ron Marz, and Geovani Walter locked up here) The Re-Animator was a short story by H.P. Lovecraft of Cthulu fame. Miskatonic University was also a creation of Lovecraft that was referenced in several of his stories, appearing first in The Re-Animator. The infamous Necronomicon is also a creation of Lovecraft which is referenced often and is even a part of the Evil Dead mythos. Dynamite has previously made Re-Animator comics, though set in the modern day.

Anyway West escapes his captors and travels to South America. He is in possession of the Necronomicon, which he later says he got in exchange for a certain experiment on a certain client. I don’t know what this is a reference too but in the stories West has a formula that can resurrect the dead.

In South America Herbert West runs into Red Sonja, who has just appeared from the past. Vampirella also appears and the two women briefly fight. Vampirella is also accompanied by Dracula, and Pantha. Later we get Eva, who claims to be Dracula’s daughter.

Sonja somehow is able to speak English, and communicates that her arch foe has come here to cause the end of the world (Basically the Mayan 2012 prophecy). The heroes fight the villain in the temple, where they Greek Goddess Athena shows up to help. At this point several supernatural creatures are summoned and spread across the globe to wreak havoc. The rest of the story has the team splitting up to fight them, then converging back in South America for the final battle.

One of the creatures attacks Las Vegas, and Ash comes into the story at this point. Ash also knows West from previous encounters. Periodically we get flashbacks to Victorian England, where Holmes encounters Alan Quatermain and Dorian Grey. These parts were entertaining but I think I missed how they connect to the main story.

We get a big final battle at the end, during which Vampirella steals a line from the Army of Darkness movie (Which is the 3rd Evil Dead movie.). One interesting turn of events is that a certain character gets turned into a vampire, and is still a vampire at the end of the story. I’m curious to see how that was resolved in later comics. I liked that touch which added a real consequence to this series so it wasn’t just another crossover.

Overall Prophecy is a pretty effective crossover that unites a set of characters you might otherwise not think of seeing together.

updated 1/23/13

Below is a list of crossovers between comic book characters and other comic characters and/or characters from other media. In that I mean a specific story where characters from one world actually met characters from another. This excludes some fighting games like Marvel vs Capcom, because to the best of my knowledge those games didn’t actually have a story. It also excludes incidents where a product from one world appeared in another, such as the Daily Planet newspaper appeared in a John Sable comic. Public domain characters are not included, with a few exceptions, as they are free for anyone to use. Also this website mainly deals with action/adventure crossovers, excluding characters for young kids like The Flinstones, The Jetsons, Super Mario and Sonic. Lastly this not saying that the characters in the worlds listed below are all in one Universe, as the Wold Newton Universe hypothesizes. It is just illustrating connections between various worlds.

Marvel

Universe

Included in 616 Universe

Micronauts
Rom
Beowulf
Dracula
Frankenstein
The Volsunga Saga
Crystar (A toy line actually developed by Marvel)
War of the Worlds
Godzilla (Connecting it to the Godzilla Multiverse, which crossed with King Kong, and Comics Greatest World)
Doc Savage (Who met the Shadow, Shadow met the Avenger, Comics Greatest World, The Green Hornet, The Green Lama, The Black Bat, Miss Fury, The Black Terror, The Spider, and a Descendant of Zorro)
Conan (Connecting it to Conan Multiverse. Some believe that the entire Cthulu mythos is included in the world of Conan. Robert E Howard believed all his stories, from Kull, to Solmon Kane, to his non-fantasy stories (like boxing tales) existed in the same world. Conan also met Elric from the Eternal Champion novels.)

Included in the Marvel Megaverse

First it should be noted Marvel is now owned by Disney, whose franchises include;
Pirates of the Caribbean
Tron
Gargoyles

As well as Lucasfilm Properties, which include
Star Wars
Indiana Jones
Labryinth
Willow
Dark Crystal

Now none of the above seven properties have ever crossed over with anything yet, but I’m listing them because they are owned by the same company and could cross over at a later date.

Marvel also has under it’s roof.

Ultraverse (Crossed with Conan, and the Nightman TV show crossed with Manimal)
Razorline
New Universe
Shadowline
Supreme Power
Possibly the world of 1984
Ultimate Universe
Crossgen
Marvel Zombies (Crossed with Evil Dead, See Evil Dead Below)
Transformers (Connecting it to the Transformers Multiverse, which include the various cartoons, movie, and alternate universe comics like revolutions, and various G.I. Joe crossovers.) Battle Beasts was originally a Transformers spin off. GO-Bots are also linked to them. Consequently the Go-Bots spin off Rock Lords would be as well. Also the Transformers toy line was derived from a Japanese toy line called Microman, which in turn was a spin off of Japanese imports of G. I. Joe.

G.I. Joe, who met danger girl. The 1980s G.I. Joe, Transformers, Jem and Inhumanoids cartoons are presumably in the same world. The world of M.A.S.K. is also now merged with G.I. Joe

Marvel itself crossed with

Star Trek
(A Star Trek novel refers to the movie The Stepford Wives, and TV shows Bionic Man, the Pretender, and Beauty and the Beast)
Image
Archie
Shi
Dr. Who (Who met Star Trek)
Evil Dead (which crossed with Freddy and Jason, Xena, Darkman, Danger Girl, and Re-Animator)
Valiant Comics Which crossed with Image And Nexus, which crossed with Badger and several other First series (American Flagg!, GrimJack, Jon Sable: Freelance, Whisper and Dreadstar) during the First Comics miniseries Crossroads

DC universe and Marvel merged into Amalgam universe, which still exists. Access lives between both universes. Some time in one, some time in another. He can tell when someone has crossed over. Crossovers happen briefly (Marvel DC published crossovers afterwards) but Access makes it so no one remembers.

Also during the JLA/Avengers crossover one Earth was created where DC and Marvel characters existed side by side. Numerous Marvel DC crossovers may have taken place on this earth. Amaglam also has an Earth One version, where all the characters were in WWII.

DC

Multiverse.

Included in the DC Multiverse:

King Kong
Captain Nemo
Dracula
Frankenstein
The Shadow
Red Circle
Milestone Media
THUNDER Agents
Charlton characters
Fawcett Characters
Quality Comics Characters
Gladiator (A novel that was inspiration on Superman’s Creation)
Wildstorm Universe (Formerly Part of Image)
The Wildstorm Universe includes the series Planetary, which includes homages to various fictional characters, from Pulp Heroes, to Tarzan, the Lone Ranger, Godzilla, James Bond, and even Marvel and DC characters.
DC Elseworld ties to Lone Ranger, Dracula, thematic ties to Silent Films like Metropolis, Nosferatu, Frankenstein, Island of Dr. Moreau.

The DC universe crossed over with:

Aliens and Predator
Danger Girl
He-man.
Grendel
Hellboy (Who met Goon (who met Dethlok) and Beasts of Burden)
Judge Dredd  (Which crossed with various 2000 AD properties)
Madman
Mortal Kombat (Whic had Freddy Kruger in one game, who fought Jason, who met Leatherface.)
Red Sonja
Tarzan
Thundercats (Which crossed with Battle of the Planets, which are adapted from the Gatchaman anime)
Terminator
The Mask (Dark Horse Comics) Which met Marshall Law, who met Pinhead, and Savage  Dragon
Vampirella (Who met Lady Death, Top Cow characters, Image characters, Pantha, Kulan Gath who is a villain from Conan Comics, and Red Sonja)
The 99
Star Trek (Who met Dr. Who)

The Shazam TV show crossed with Secrets of Isis.

The Batman TV show crossed with the Green Hornet.

Image

Comics

Image comics originally had 6 Studios of different characters that made up one shared universe. Those six studios are,

Extreme Studios, owned by Rob Liefeld. Characters in this studio are
Supreme, Youngblood, and Glory.

Highbrow Entertainment, owned by Erik Larsen
Savage Dragon, Vanguard, Freakforce, Superpatriot

Shadowline. owned by Jim Valentino
Shadowhawk

Todd McFarlane Productions, by Todd McFarlane
Spawn

Top Cow by Marc Silvestri
Cyberforce, Witchblade, Darkness

Eventually an event called Shattered Image separated these universes, (acknowledging that Extreme Studios already split with Image before the story was printed.) Top Cow eventually struck out on there own, and Wildstorm was bought by DC comics.

Highbrow Entertainment crossed with
Mars Attacks (Who met Popeye)
TMNT, Who met Usagi Yojimbo, who met Cerebrus, both met Flaming Carrot TMNT. also met Power Rangers,which were based on Dinosaur Squardron.
Battle Pope,
Megaton Man,
Marshall Law, Who met Hellraiser and The Mask
Destroyer Duck
DNA Agents

Top Cow crossed with
Tomb Raider,
Joe Quesadas ASH,
Painkiller Jane
and Vampirella, who met Painkiller Jane, and Shi
Shi met Razor (Who met The Crow) Vampirella, Fallen Angel, Tenth Muse, which met Telios,
Frankenstein Mobster,
Also met Chaos comics characters Purgatory, Lady Death, and Evil Ernie,
who met Hack Slash, who in turn met Chucky from the Child’s Play movies and Re-Animator)

Wildstorm crossed with

Aliens. Aliens fought Predator.
Predator has crossed with Comics Greatest World (Dark Horse),
Which crossed with the Shadow, who met Doc Savage
Predator also met Judge Dredd, both met Batman.
Tarzan. who met John Carter
Terminator, who met Robocop.
Tomb Raider

Image as a whole crossed with Valiant

Evil Dead

The main hero Ash met:
Re-Animator, which is based on a Cthulu Mythos story. Cthulu appeared in a Ghostbusters cartoon.
Darkman,
Danger Girl
Classic Monsters (Dracula, Wolfman, etc)
Xena,
Jason Vorhees and Freddy Kreuger (Who was in a Mortal Kombat Game),
Jason of which met Leatherface. Jason also appeared in an issue of Satan’s Six, which was part of a world of characters and concepts from Jack Kirby.

Monster War with Top Cow featured Tomb Raider, The Magdalena, and classic monsters,

How would the story be told?

You would need an incredible team of writers to pull this off, but the more people you have the harder it is to get them to agree. People like Jess Nevins would be a valuable resource who know fantasy worlds inside and out. I would wonder, with the perception of crossovers as being money driven instead of creator driven, if the most talented writers would shy away from taking part in this project for fear of creative restrictions. I can’t see someone like Alan Moore, who beautifully blended together Victorian era characters in The League of Extraordinary Gentlmen, wanting to take part in this. Someone like that would probably see this as just a stupid thing done to make money. Also people more legally tied to their creations might be more hesitant. I can’t see George Lucas letting Luke Skywalker meet Spiderman.

However you would settle who tells the story, the next obstacle is how it would be told. The simplest form to tell the story would be in novels or by making it the biggest comic book maxi-series ever. A maxi-series or several series of comic books is my preference, so you could visually see all the characters together. As far as film is concerned, it is an incredibly long process to make a movie or TV show, with all the variables involved. Plus anything involving a wide audience would have to take time to explain a million obscure characters, which would hinder the story telling. On the video game front a fighting game tie in would be fun. I do like the interactive nature of video games today, and it would be cool in a game if fans themselves could somehow unlock a part of the story. The internet allows a lot of possibilities as well.

Does it matter?

The most important thing in all this is that the stories are really good stories. Because of that, I would not want to have time spent in the narrative as to WHY all these characters met. It’s all made up anyway, so let’s just say that, for some reason, all these characters are in the same universe. BAM, what happens? How do they interact? What do they do? It doesn’t have to be that they all meet to fight a common foe, like JLA/Avengers, just what would a world be like if they were all together. That’s the heart of what I want to see, what would happen, instead of taking forever explaining how the real Marvel and DC universes ended up meeting everybody.

One thing to consider in this possibility, is what the rules of the world are. Just like any world building exercise, the world has to follow a set of rules. When mixing in different realities, you have to take into account their different interpretations of various concepts. For example, vampire mythology is very diverse throughout different media, as the ideas of how magic works, the role of ancient mythology, not to mention different takes on historical events such as WWII. (For example, some media have Vampires immune to religious objects, others do not. In Dungeons and Dragons, I believe magic works by memorizing spells, where other words its more based around magic objects, etc) These different interpretations of different phenomenon would have to be worked out if it were done this way.

Now if there was a great idea to how the “real” realities would intersect, then that would leave room to include many of very distinct realities like Star Wars, the Matrix, Dune, Final Fantasy, various fantasy/sci-fi novels. Some of the worlds in anime/manga, could be included more easily. Other things that could now be included are post-apocalyptic worlds, dytopian worlds like 1984, and your alternate realities of other worlds, including DC’s Elseworlds, Marvels Age of Apocalypse, Mangaverse, Ultimates, and 2099. In fact, one possibility for the feasibility of this is various alternate realities of each world meeting. That is sort of already happened with Ash from the Evil Dead series meeting Marvel Zombies, and alternate plane in the Marvel Megaverse, and Marvel’s Heroes Reborn reality crossing over with Wildstorm.

Could it be done?

Telling the story across all media would be ungodly complicated and next to impossible. Even with characters under the same house, look how long it took to make Jason Vs. Freddy, or Aliens Vs. Predator. Comic books or novels look like the best possibility. Entertainment companies might be more willing to cooperate since there’s not as much profit at stake in comics. In regards to what type of story is told, different companies also might cooperate more if all the characters are together just because, instead of involving the “real” continuities intersecting with each other, either way it’s a lot of legal headaches on the road to a good story.

What has been done already?

We’ve had some pretty colossal in house comic crossovers, even involving different realities (Crisis). We’ve had intra-company crossovers involving their whole universes, Valiant/Image, DC/Image, Marvel/DC, Marvel/Top Cow also Marvel/Ultraverse, (After Marvel bought Malibu.). We’ve had comic characters meet movie and video game characters. The Wold Newton Universe theorizes that classic literary and pulp fiction characters are inter-related, and the concept is expanded upon at Wold Newton What I am proposing is a step up from that, although admittedly a giant step.

Maybe in a hundred years when all these characters are public domain, someone can pull it off, just like Alan Moore did with characters from 100 years ago in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. If that happens, the Alan Moore of the future will really have his work cut out for him.

Well there you have it. Is this the most insane idea ever or what? To what degree could any of this happen? Given the impossibility of all worlds meeting, what would your picks be of worlds to include? Should it be done? Could it be done? What do you think?