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Early Review/Preview Fusion (Top Cow/Marvel Crossover)

Top Cow begins a huge crossover between two Top Cow & two Marvel teams.

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You have to love a good crossover.  We don't see a lot of inter-company crossover these days.  It seems that some publishers are too competitive to simply don't get along.  Not so with Top Cow.  Top Cow is about to release it's massive crossover with Marvel featuring Cyberforce, Hunter-Killer, the Mighty Avengers (pre-Secret Invasion) and the Thunderbolts.

The key to a good crossover is the set up.  There has to be a good reason for the different characters to meet and/or fight each other.  The nice thing about this is it's not crammed into one issue (like some past Top Cow/Marvel crossovers).  Things are set up here.  We get a taste of what is to come.  And it tastes pretty good.  We have a great creative team handling this.  Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning are doing the writing with Tyler Kirkham doing the art.  It looks good and we get a credible situation to bring the teams together.

There are some minor problems.  When Ripclaw appears, the Avengers don't know who he is.  If we're assuming these teams are living in the same "universe," I guess it depends on how covert or under the radar Cyberforce is.  There is a mention that Wolverine has had a run-in with him (from a past crossover) and they get some info from his files.  The other minor issue is the fact that this takes place before Secret Invasion.  The good and the bad about that is we get Iron Man's Mighty Avengers and the previous Thunderbolts team.  So much has happened in the Marvel universe that it makes this story feel dated already.

Regardless, it will make a great arc.  I mentioned that we don't get the full blown, knock down fight in this issue.  But it is coming.  You will want to see what the set up is and what's going to happen next.  We don't have enough crossover these days.  Top Cow manages to keep them fun and credible.  This issue gets a solid 4 out of 5.  It is due in stores on May 13, 2009.

Here is a preview:
Fusion #1 (of 3)
Starring Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer/Avengers/Thunderbolts

(W) Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning    (A) Tyler Kirkham    (Cov) Mike Choi & Sonia Oback

The mother of all Top Cow/Marvel crossovers debuts in May! Top Cow’s two covert tech teams collide with Marvel’s Initiative enforcers, the Mighty Avengers and the Thunderbolts.

When a rapid and unregistered Ripclaw starts tearing through a small Northeast town, the Mighty Avengers move in to stop him. When the feral hero escapes, they’re drawn into an inevitable conflict with Cyberforce. A crossover event too massive to be contained in a single issue brought to you by the writing team of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova) and Top Cow favorite artist Tyler Kirkham (Ultimate Fantastic Four, Broken Trinity: Aftermath).
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