Comic Crossover Couplings: 10 Hook-Ups on Infinite Earths

<i>By <a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a> and Vaneta Rogers, Newsarama Contributor</i> <p>For decades, comic book fans and creators alike have dreamed up seemingly impossible fights and team-ups between characters from different companies and different fictional universes. Some even actually get published: <i>Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man</i>. <i>Batman vs. The Incredible Hulk</i>. <i>Archie Meets the Punisher</i>. <p>This Valentine's Day, we're thinking up something decidedly less violent over here at Newsarama, and delving deep into our comic collections to find the best, never-in-your-wildest dreams, intercompany crossover couplings. It's been said that true love knows no bounds, so why should something like copyrights get in the way of romance? <p>Disregarding the constraints of continuity, click "start here" in the upper-left corner for our 10 dream dates across the comic book universe. <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=http://www.facebook.com/Newsarama><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/newsarama><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p>

ECHO (Abstract Studio) & FIRESTORM (DC Comics)

In Terry Moore's independent sci-fi series Echo, Julie Martin ends up being fused with the nucleic essence of Dr. Annie Trotter, stuck together in the same body. Julie's divorced, and Annie's unable to really connect with her boyfriend anymore. <p>So what's a pair of fused girls to do? Easy hook up with DC's Firestorm, where Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch are stuck sharing the same body in a similar way, currently merging as "The Fury" in DC's revamped New 52 continuity. Ronnie could save the world with Julie, and brainy Jason would meet his match in genius Annie. It's the ultimate double date!

DAMIAN WAYNE (DC Comics) & VALERIA RICHARDS (Marvel Comics)

Having become Robin at age 10, Bruce Wayne's son is undoubtedly wise beyond his years, proving himself to be a proficient martial artist, engineer and businessman. It's hard to imagine too many other kids he could carry on a conversation with, let alone exchange a "Let's Bee Friends" Valentine other than the daughter of Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman, who despite her (even younger) age is already an inventor and scientist at a level rivaling her mega-super-genius dad. <p>Of course, this play date would require plenty of adult supervision in the form of the combined forces of Batman Incorporated and the Future Foundation.

EDWIN JARVIS (Marvel Comics) & MA HUNKEL (DC Comics)

Edwin Jarvis, the ever-present assistant to the Avengers, may have finally met his match in Ma Hunkel, the granny-in-a-business-suit who acted as assistant to the Justice Society of America back in the days when they still, well, existed. <p>She's got a little down-home lovin' to help him get over his Skrull abduction, and the two could exchange recipes and hero-handling tips while fighting pesky villains in their own special way.

CLOAK (Marvel Comics) & NIGHTSHADE (DC Comics)

Cloak has a complex, ongoing relationship with partner-in-fighting-crime Dagger, but were he ever to find himself single and in the DC Universe, he just might have an ideal mate in Nightshade, a former member of Suicide Squad and Shadowpact. <p>Their powers are rather complementary, so just imagine the kind of fun they could get up to together Dates in the Dark Dimension and Land of Nightshades! Or really, anywhere in the world at any time, due to their joint ability to teleport by moving through shadowy other lands which would certainly keep things geographically interesting.

KEVIN KELLER (Archie Comics) & STRIKER (Marvel Comics)

Kevin Keller has gotten a lot of publicity as the first openly gay character in Archie Comics history, but as has been highlighted in his recent appearances, he hasn't exactly had a lot of luck with dating thus far. <p>Over at Marvel's <i>Avengers Academy</i>, Striker is also finding his way, having just recently come out to Julie Power. So despite their very different backgrounds (Kevin comes from a loving family and Striker was kidnapped and experimented on by Norman Osborn), Kevin Keller and Striker might actually get along and it's a good bet that Kevin hasn't encountered anyone like the rough-around-the-edges Striker hanging out in Riverdale.

SCARLET WITCH (Marvel Comics) & ROBOTMAN (DC Comics)

In DC's <i>Doom Patrol</i>, Robotman always feels like an outcast because he no longer has a human body. But Scarlet Witch likes her men in robot bodies. Besides, the Doom Patrol would be a perfect fit for Wanda, giving her an outlet for her reality-bending powers and an on-staff psychologist for all her mommy issues. <p>In the soon-to-wrap miniseries <i>Avengers: The Children's Crusade</i>, Wolverine was ready to kill Scarlet Witch, to rid the Marvel Universe of her dangerous "no-more-mutant" powers. Why not instead send her to Cliff and the DCU? Not many mutants there, anyway.

DUPLICATE DAMSEL (DC Comics) & MULTIPLE MAN (Marvel Comics)

We've heard of "50 first dates" before, but Luornu and Madrox could have all 50 dates at the same time! <p>Ever since the former Legion of Super-Heroes' "Triplicate Girl" found out she has the power to make multiple copies of herself, this match has been begging to happen. Within the pages of <i>X-Factor</i>, Madrox doesn't have a very good history with women. But with Luornu, he'll meet his match again, and again, and again, and again, and again... and with odds like that, at least some of their dupes should live happily ever after.

BOOSTER GOLD (DC Comics) & SQUIRREL GIRL (Marvel Comics)

Both of these characters are treated like walking jokes by almost all of their superhero peers, despite consistently proving themselves as more than capable. Booster Gold has fixed the time stream on multiple occasions, and you may have heard that one time Squirrel Girl defeated Dr. Doom. <p>Despite their Rodney Dangerfield-esque lack of respect, they've both managed to find their way to lofty positions: Booster as a member of the Justice League International, and Squirrel Girl as Jessica Jones and Luke Cage's nanny in <i>New Avengers</i>. They'd really be able to understand each other, and if eHarmony commercials have taught the world anything, it's that kind of emotional nonsense that really makes for a solid relationship.

WONDER WOMAN (DC Comics) & THOR (Marvel Comics)

Writers always want to fix these two powerhouses up with puny humans, but who would be a better match for a mythology-based warrior than another one? Or as Thor would put it, "Woman, thoust art my equal! Thy dearth of clothing beseeches me! Come hither and wrap thine fullsome limbs about me!" <p>Aside from the physical match, they both also know how to deal with the petty quarrels and manipulative actions of the gods. Plus, at the risk of being too graphic, just think of all the thunder they'd create the first time she lassoes his hammer.

<b>LARFLEEZE (DC Comics) & ETERNITY (Marvel Comics)</b>

As the wielder of the orange light of avarice, Larfleeze is driven by a singular goal to accumulate everything he can. You would think that he'd never be satisfied by a romantic partner, right? <p>Wrong. Larfleeze's obvious soulmate is Eternity, the physical embodiment of all creation in the Marvel Universe and the very definition of someone with a lot to offer. Who do you pair with the man who wants everything? Well, how about... everything. Be "MINE!" indeed.

Comic Crossover Couplings: 10 Hook-Ups on Infinite Earths

Date: 14 February 2012 Time: 09:07 PM ET