Comic fans love a good crossover, usually only a hypothetical, like who runs faster, Superman or The Flash? Who would win in a fight between the My Little Ponies and the Care Bears? Sometimes comic creators make these face-offs come to life, for our amusement and/or disgust. Here are five of the weirdest, most unnecessary comic crossovers of all time.
1. Xena Warrior Princess vs. Army of Darkness
Xena and Gabrielle, stars of the TV series Xena Warrior Princess, and its spin-off comic book series, are in trouble. As Gabrielle lies dying in Xena's arms, Xena calls upon dark powers to help and summons "The Warrior Who Walks Through Time", also known as Ash Williams, night manager of the world's largest big box store, sleazy douchenozzle, and part-time zombie slayer.
The art is pretty good and the plot is appropriately silly. Not all that much actually happens in the first issue (hopefully there will be a bit more action as the series goes on) but you do get to see a clash between Xena with a sword and Ash wielding his chainsaw arm.
2. Judge Dread vs Predator
A predator comes to Mega-City One in search of a worthy opponent and is hunting down the Judges one by one as trophies. In an effort to stop him, Judge Dredd teams up with Judge Schaefer from the PSI division, the great-great-granddaughter of Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer from the original Predator movie.
If you thought the Predator franchise jumped the shark with Aliens vs. Predator, well, it doesn't look as if they're planning on coming back down again. Still, it's a bit of fun for Predator or Judge Dredd fans.
3. Superman and Batman vs Aliens and Predator
The Predators and Aliens have secretly formed a colony deep inside the Earth, and are poised to take over the world. Only Batman and Superman can stop them because... well, why not?
The art has a realistic style. You would think that this would make the violence, of which there is quite a bit, more shocking, but for some reason, although they do depict chopped off heads and impalings, the artist shows very little blood, I suppose to be in keeping with Superman comics. As for the writing, it's a little heavy on the exposition, but the plot is surprisingly decent.
4. Chew Revival
Tony Chu, a 'cibopath' who gets psychic visions from the foods he eats, visits a small town in Wisconsin which was turned upside down after many of the town's dead rose from their graves and attempted to just return to their daily lives. This collaboration between two teams of writers brings together Revival and Chew, two serious which are wildly different in tone and artistic style. And the results...well, you might need to taste them for yourself.
Warning: Chew/Revival (or Revival/Chew if you prefer) contains a major spoiler for Chew Volume 6: Space Cakes. It's probably best enjoyed after first finishing both series.
5. Archie vs Predator
When Archie and his friends go to Costa Rica for Christmas Break, the legendary rivalry of Betty and Veronica draws the attention of a teenage Predator, who follows them back home to Riverdale.
The two franchises work surprisingly well together, like nude Ancient Greek thinkers and barrels, or beetroot and cheese (trust me). Just don't expect it to make too much sense, and don't expect the usual G-rated Archie. There is gore and death aplenty.