Earlier today, Kotaku reported on the new Pokémon manga, ReBurst, which revealed that it takes the story in a bit of a different direction from the established formula. Rather than following a trainer who captures Pokémon and sends them out to battle each other, ReBurst follows the adventures of Ryouga, a character who actually transforms himself into Pokémon.
Despite the fact that I haven't actually played a Pokemon game in a solid decade, I still maintain a pretty healthy interest in everyone's favorite modern-day digital cockfight simulator. Nowadays, though, I tend to enjoy them for their aesthetic value, and with the release of the "Black" and "White" versions last week in Japan, there's a whole new crop of Pocket Monsters for me to critique...
A close reading of Marvel's recent "Siege" event revealed a very unique structure underlying the story: the whole thing read a lot like a giant Pokémon battle between superheroes and supervillains with Asgard as the arena. Just imagine Thor and the Sentry stored inside Pokéballs, waiting in Captain America and Norman Osborn's potion-lined pockets and the whole thing totally just works. That, combined with the recent announcement that "Pokémon: Black" and "Pokémon: White" are poised to hit retail in spring of 2011 ensures both properties are weighing heavily on our hearts, minds and souls.
This realization led assistant editor/Photoshopper Caleb Goellner and I to a most interesting question: What if the Marvel Universe merged with the Pokémon Universe? Keep reading for our picks of 12 PokéMarvel Mashups!
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