"Round One":  A mysterious box in a Manhattan alley begins emanating a strange light. The light breaks free from the box, and spreads throughout the world. Anyone tagged by one of its shafts disappears, only to reappear in a pa
DC Versus Marvel #1 is an issue of the series DC Versus Marvel (Volume 1) with a cover date of February, 1996.
Synopsis for "Round One"
 A mysterious box in a Manhattan alley begins emanating a strange light. The light breaks free from the box, and spreads throughout the world. Anyone tagged by one of its shafts disappears, only to reappear in a parallel universe. Spider-Man gets struck by a shaft and ends up in DC's Gotham City, where he meets the villainous Joker. Likewise, Juggernaut finds himself transported to DC's Metropolis, where he arouses the ire of Superman. Both worlds struggle to understand these paranormal occurrences, but life continues. Heroes and villains adjust to their new surroundings and engage new enemies in battle. Reporter Clark Kent discusses these strange events with his new photographer, Ben Reilly, but both men conclude that its something only a higher power can understand. They turn out to be wrong, as neither the Spectre nor the Living Tribunal comprehend the disturbances throughout the fabric of their respective universes. Elsewhere, two unknown cosmic beings reach out to each other across the void between realities.
Appearing in "Round One"
- Spider-Man (Ben Reilly)
- Axel Asher (present and future self) (First appearance)
- Wonder Woman
- Captain America
- Living Tribunal
- Soldiers of HYDRA
- Professor X
- Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)
- Silver Surfer
- Captain Marvel
- Jimmy Olsen
- Absorbing Man
- The box in the alley was first seen at the end of Green Lantern/Silver Surfer: Unholy Alliances, the first DC/Marvel crossover that depicts characters from the two companies hailing from separate universes.
- Despite this, the Joker recognizes Spider-Man but notes that his costume is different. This appears to allude to Spider-Man and Batman, where the Joker met a different Spider-Man. Even though that crossover was set on an Earth where Marvel and DC characters coexist in the same universe, and is thus out-of-continuity with the DC Versus Marvel series, this can be seen as a tongue-in-cheek indication that the Joker's insanity allows him to see beyond the Fourth Wall.
- This issue is reprinted in DC Versus Marvel Comics.
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