Since the conception of comic books featuring superheroes fighting evil supervillains, there have been two companies who rise above all others. Marvel and DC have both created massive and complex universes in which to tell compelling and engaging stories. Among the epic battles for what is right and just, another battle has always taken place away from the pages of the comics — which is better: Marvel or DC? Fans have argued and debated for decades in an attempt to answer the unanswerable question.
Neither Marvel nor DC have superiors characters or stories, as both have their own pluses and minuses. However, when the two companies joined forces and created the Amalgam Universe, they created something completely different. Taking characters from both #Marvel and #DC, they merged them together to create brand new characters who were still completely recognizable to both sets of comic book fans.
When creating the Amalgam Universe, the creators looked more at characters that would create a deadly hybrid when combined. Here we will look at 10 of the best characters from this universe.
10. Bruce Wayne — Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Nick Fury + Bruce Wayne)
Combining Nick Fury and Bruce Wayne, a new agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. was born. His parents, both spies, were killed while on a mission by the evil organization known as HYDRA. Enlisting with S.H.I.E.L.D., Bruce trained hard, waiting for the opportunity to exact his revenge on the Green Skull (the amalgam of Lex Luthor and Red Skull), the man behind his parents' deaths.
During his service he also recruited the thief Barbara Gordon Hardy (the amalgam of Batgirl and Black Cat) to S.H.I.E.L.D. Desperately wanted to be an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., she uses the identity of Black Bat and joined Bruce on many missions. After a time the two become romantically involved, and Bruce even planned to propose to her. While many claimed Bruce Wayne and Barbara Gordon were never intimate in Batman: The Killing Joke, they clearly had never heard of the Amalgam Universe.
9. Doctor Strangefate (Doctor Fate + Doctor Strange + Professor Xavier)
Doctor Strangefate was a total of three combined characters: Doctor Fate, Doctor Strange and Professor Xavier were all combined to create a new Sorcerer Supreme for the Amalgam Universe. A young Charles Xavier was rescued by Nabu, the Lord of Order, and taught to master the powers of the supernatural so he could become the next successor.
Not only charged with keeping the balance of the magic realms, Charles is also a metamutant with powerful psychic abilities. It is believed that Doctor Strangefate uses his psychic abilities to manipulate others into doing his bidding without any moral qualms. Doctor Strangefate clearly does not possess the same ethics as the three characters used to create him
8. Firebird (Jean Grey + Fire)
The DC character Fire was merged with X-Men member Jean Grey to create the fiery superheroine Firebird. Much like Jean Grey, the new amalgam character, Beatriz Grey, had dark forces trying to take control of her body and abilities. In a homage to the "Dark Phoenix Saga," the Amalgam Comics saw Firebird become Dark Firebird. The saga perfectly paralleled the original story and even included her joining forces with the Hellfire Club of Injustice. She was also romantically linked with another Amalgam Comics character, Apollo (the amalgam of DC's Ray and Marvel's Cyclops). Fire emulates all the beauty and sexuality of Fire while retaining the strong and powerful abilities of Jean Grey to bring forth a new, beautiful Phoenix Force.
7. Aqua Mariner (Aqua Man + Namor)
The Marvel and DC Kings of Atlantis (Namor and Aquaman) were bound to create a new King of Atlantis in the Amalgam Universe: Aqua Mariner. One of the first metamutants, he was the lone survivor of the destruction of the Atlantean city, Poseidonis. This forced Aqua Mariner to the surface to protect his kingdom. During this time he encountered Human Lantern (amalgam of Human Torch and Green Lantern). The pair fought but found a common ground and formed the superhero team All-Star Winners Squad (yeah, not the best name).
Aqua Mariner came into conflict with the surface-world leaders on several occasions during his superhero career, all to protect Atlantis. Aqua Mariner was eventually exiled from his kingdom to protect it. This was due to a sanction by world leaders to use Sentinels to track and kill every metamutant on the planet.
6. Bullets And Bracelets (Steve Trevor + Punisher And Wonder Woman + Elektra)
He is a decorated war hero. She is the princess of the Amazons. Together, they form the superhero couple Bullets and Bracelets. Trevor Castle, the amalgam of Steve Trevor and the Punisher, declared war on the mafia after they killed his wife and daughter. Diana Prince, the amalgam of Wonder Woman and Elektra, left Theyscira after she lost a battle against her adopted sister, Ororo, for the title of Amazon.
The pair, both having lost their believed destiny, found a new destiny together and became a true force of power against the evils of the world. They even married and had a son, Ryan, and started the beginning of a legacy that would run in the Amalgam Universe for decades.
5. Spider-Boy (Spider-Man + Superboy)
While attempting to clone the hero Super-Soldier, the experiment is sabotaged. This results in a clone of a deceased young researcher, Peter "Pete" Parker, to emerge instead of the planned clone. The commander behind the procedure, Thunderbolt Ross, felt responsible and adopted the boy. All was good in their lives until Ross was killed by a mugger. This prompted Peter to create a costume and become the superhero Spider-Boy.
During his adventures he is set up with the superheroine The Insect Queen (an amalgam of Mary Jane and Bumblebee), which presents the young hero with his biggest challenge yet: marriage. Spider-Boy brings all the humor and antics of Spider-Man with the added punch we expect from Super Boy.
4. Mister X (Martian Manhunter + Professor Xavier + Bishop + A Skrull)
This mega amalgam combined Martian Manhunter, Professor Xavier, a Skrull and Bishop into a single character: Mister X. He can shape-shift, possesses superhuman strength, durability and speed, and is psychic. During a conflict with Magnus, it is revealed that Mister X is a Skrull, fleeing Mars to find shelter from his own race. He uses his psychic abilities to coordinate a team during combat and to increase their chances of winning. He also has a unexpected but close friendship with Aqua-Mariner. Their friendship could be due to how both are not in their own natural environment and exiled from their native lands.
3. Super-Soldier (Superman + Captain America)
During World War II an experiment to create a super solider was commissioned (yeah, sounds familiar, I know). However, in addition to the Super-Solider Serum, the test subject was also exposed to solar radiation. This resulted in Clark Kent becoming Super Solider, with the abilities of super strength, heat vision and flight. Fighting throughout the second world war, he became the poster of hope for the Allied forces, until a fight that led to him sacrificing himself and becoming frozen for over 50 years. In the present day, he joins the JLA and becomes a reporter at the Daily Planet, creating the perfect amalgam of both Superman and Captain America.
2. Amazon (Wonder Woman + Storm)
Nearly drowning as a child, the young Ororo was rescued by Queen Hippolyta of the Amazons. The young orphan was raised as a second daughter by the Queen alongside her real daughter, Diana. Now called Ororo of Themyscira, the young metamutant was raised as an Amazon warrior. They trained her into a powerful warrior and to master her abilities over the elements. This included her learning how to create a lasso made of lighting that would compel anyone held by it to tell nothing but the truth.
In full command of her powers and skills, she beats her sister Diana in a battle to earn the title of Amazon. Leaving the island, she enters "Man's World" to help people. She eventually joins the JLA and proves herself to the team so well that when Aqua Mariner leaves to rule his kingdom she is given command of the team.
1. Dark Claw And Hyena (Batman + Wolverine And The Joker + Sabertooth)
Logan Wayne, the amalgam of Wolverine and Batman, was orphaned at five and sent to live with his uncle in Canada. His uncle, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was ambushed and killed by poachers. This saw a young Logan being sent to live in a home ran by nuns. As soon as he came of age, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and found himself in the same outfit as Creed H. Quinn (the amalgam of The Joker and Sabertooth).
Both were subjected to the Weapon X project in an attempt create a Canadian Super-Soldier. During the experiments, Logan's metamutant status is discovered and adamantium is bonded to his bones. However, during the experiments Creed was driven insane and became the deranged and dangerous villain, Hyena. This forces Logan to become the vigilant Dark Claw, driven to stop his former friend. The Weapon X program is declared a disaster, as Logan possesses a conscious and Creed is insane.
Amalgams Add To The Fun
These are only a handful of the characters created using the heroes and villains of Marvel and DC. Combining the looks and abilities of these characters and their backstories creates a new universe of exciting and diverse characters. There is a timeless battle between the Marvel and DC fans of "Which has the better cast of characters?" The truth is, both have their own merits. However, when Marvel and DC created the Amalgam Universe, they clearly identified the strongest parts of each of their characters to create a new, ultimate superhero.
Which of the amalgam superheroes do you think is the best?