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Hello and welcome to Day 19 of our 30 Days of Winter event. Today's theme is Alternate Universes!


Alternate universes have been a feature of superhero comics for decades. They've been home to alternate versions of heroes like Batman and Superman, and introduced new heroes like Rachel Summers and Mayday Parker. Comics have shown different pasts, presents, and futures, where anything is possible. Some examples:

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"Days of Future Past" featured a possible future where most of the X-Men have been killed, and mutants are hunted and interned by Sentinels. Considered a classic by most X-Men fans, this alternate universe has been revisited and referenced many times. (Just think of how many times you've seen homages to this classic John Byrne cover!)

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Watchmen's alternate universe speculated about what would happen if superbeings and masked vigilantes actually existed and affected real-world events. For example, the intervention of Dr. Manhattan results in the United States winning the Vietnam War.

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Though some alternate universes have been dark and dystopian, Spider-Girl has been loved for its positive future for superheroes.

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Though DC Comics eliminated the Multiverse in Crisis on Infinite Earths, it has since been restored. Alternate universes will be a fixture of comics for years to come.



What are your favorite alternate universes?

And stay with us for the rest of our 30 Days of Winter event. Tomorrow's theme is Didactic and 'message' comics!
And our full calendar can be found here!

Date: 2010-12-20 09:04 am (UTC)
abates: Tetrap from Doctor Who story "Time and the Rani" (Default)
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Transformers: Hearts of Steel! Steampunk Transformers? Mark Twain fighting a giant robot jaguar with a chair? Oh yes!

It's a pity IDW haven't published any more alternate takes on Transformers like that.

Date: 2010-12-20 10:56 pm (UTC)
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WHY HAVE I NOT HEARD OF THIS BEFORE NOW?

I simply must have this comic :D :D :D

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