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JLA/Avengers (Issues #2 and #4 are titled Avengers/JLA) is a 2003-2004 crossover limited series published by DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and features the two companies' teams of superheroes, DC Comics' Justice League of America and Marvel's Avengers.

Publication history

In 1979, DC and Marvel agreed to co-publish a crossover series involving the two teams, to be written by Gerry Conway and drawn by George Pérez. Although work was begun on the series in 1981, editorial disputes prevented the story from being completed.[1]

An agreement was eventually made between the two companies in 2002, with the story to be written by Kurt Busiek and drawn by George Pérez. In a joint panel at WonderCon 2000, Busiek, Avengers writer at the time, and Mark Waid, then-writer of the JLA, stated they had nearly come to an agreement to begin the crossover within the regular issues of their respective books but the two companies could not come to a business arrangement.

Avengers/JLA eventually became a 4-issue comic book mini-series jointly published by Marvel Comics and DC Comics in late 2003 through early 2004. The mini-series was published in the 48-page Prestige Format. Issues #1 and #3 were published by Marvel Comics under the title JLA/Avengers while issues #2 and #4 were published by DC Comics with the title Avengers/JLA. The entire story was reprinted by DC Comics in 2005 as a 2-volume collector's edition hardcover and then re-released as a trade paperback in November 2008.

Plot summary

Krona, an exiled immortal from the DC Universe who gained the powers of entropy, begins destroying entire universes in his obsession to learn what happened before the Big Bang. The Grandmaster, an alien Elder of the Marvel Universe who is obsessed with games, offers to tell Krona about someone who has the knowledge he seeks; but only if Krona can beat him in a game. The game involves manipulating the Avengers and the Justice League into trying to obtain twelve items of power (six from each universe - the DC items being the Spear of Destiny; the Book of Eternity; the Orb of Ra; the Psycho Pirate's Medusa Mask; the Bell, Jar and Wheel of the Demons Three; and the Green Lantern Power Battery of Kyle Rayner; and the Marvel items being the Ultimate Nullifier; the Evil Eye of Avalon; the Wand of Watoomb; the Casket of Ancient Winters; the Cosmic Cube; and the Infinity Gems) that have been hidden around across the two worlds. The New God Metron of the DC Universe also helps to trick the heroes into competing.

Extra George Perez JLA Avengers Wallpaper

Numerous battles ensue, comparing and contrasting the powers and personalities of each universe's heroes. The opposing teams continue to skirmish until all of the items are gathered, at which point Krona and the Grandmaster betray each other. Krona lethally blasts the Grandmaster and scans his mind to learn of Galactus, while the Grandmaster uses the power of the twelve artifacts to trap Krona between the two universes.

Krona breaks free and begins to merge these incompatible universes, which would result in their destruction and the birth of another universe. The Avengers and the Justice League join forces to battle Krona, with a rapidly varying roster of characters and forms of characters drawn from the entire histories of both teams. Krona is finally defeated, and implodes to become a "cosmic egg". The two universes are returned to normal with no evidence of Krona's tampering, and the cosmic egg is later revealed to be monitored by the JLA.

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From WIZARD #143.