In the world of film, DC has gained something of a reputation for their grim, gritty, and quote unquote “realistic” interpretations of their popular superheroes.
However, while this style of storytelling is present in the comics to an extent, DC has proven time and time again that they are more than willing tell more outlandish, unorthodox, and flat-out weird stories.
This is especially true when it comes to the company’s great many crossover events. Whether they’re doing an in-universe crossover story or collaborating with another publication entirely, DC Comics seemingly sees these occasions as a free pass to cut loose and do whatever the Hell they want.
You can’t really blame them for this, either. After all, when you’re already a central figure in an industry overflowing with creative potential, you might as well go for broke when it comes to producing a story about two properties (some of which could not be more different from one another) coming together.
Crossover events have been a part of DC for decades now, but after the turn of the last century is when the company really decided to turn up the bizarro factor. With that said, let’s take a look at which of these crossovers are the absolute weirdest.
10. Blackest Night
It’s no secret that zombies are more than a little bit played out in the modern world of media. That being said, it’s still possible to make the concept work, provided you take a creative enough approach. And that is exactly what the Blackest Night event did.
Say what you will about the concept of the emotional spectrum, but there’s absolutely no denying the fact that this Green Lantern-centric crossover story shook the DC Universe to its core back in mid-2009.
Blackest Night follows Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. as they are forced to battle the Black Lantern Corps. – a horde of superpowered zombies comprised of fallen DC heroes and villains who were resurrected by Nekron (including the Dark Knight himself).
As if that wasn’t a bizarre enough premise, this event, which featured an eponymous limited series and numerous tie-ins, was all kicked off by a ritual involving Black Hand desecrating the grave of Bruce Wayne, then picking up and licking his skull.
This is a crossover that walks the line between harrowing storytelling and flat-out insanity, which only serves to make it that much more memorable.