10 More DC Elseworlds

I love alternate universe comics. Just oh so much. And DC’s Elseworlds lineup was incredible to behold and is sorely missed. I’ve written about it again and again but for now, here’s a loadout of some badass Elseworlds book to read as soon as you get some time on your hands. If your favorite isn’t on here… It was probably on a previous list. I’ve done a lot of these, give me some credit, god. So even though it’s Marvel’s gimmick, let’s take some time and ask what if…

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10. Superman: Kal

…Superman existed in the Middle Ages?

Here’s one that I wish was better. In the story, Kal-El crashes on earth in medieval times (the era, not the restaurant, sadly) and is raised by poor serf farmers. He is raised as a skilled Blacksmith and falls for noble Lady Loisse. Although this causes him to run afoul of the evil and dictatorial Baron Luthor. Luthor discovers Kal’s rocket, and hires Kal to fashion a suit of armor from it.

Kal complies, but Luthor takes an interest in Loisse. Kal proposes but Luthor snatches her away, intending to sleep with her. Kal is unable to fight back due to Luthor’s talisman: a green rock that fell from the sky the night Kal’s rocket crashed. Luthor attempts to rape Loisse and murders her. Luthor and Kal murder each other, with only Kal’s sword (also made from the rocket) is the only thing to survive.

The sword would later go on to become Excalibur which is fantastic and the only real good thing about this story. The rest is kinda needlessly murder-rapey-dark. But it’s got some super pretty Dave Gibbons art.

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9. JLA: Another Nail

…Superman existed but after there was a long period of time without a Superman?

I talked about JLA: The Nail in a previous edition, but for those who’ve forgotten, here’s a refresher: When driving one day, Jonathan and Martha Kent run over a nail in the road and get a flat tire. As a result, they are too late to find Kal-El’s rocket and Superman never came to be. The Justice League still formed, but without a Superman to guide them, they falter and give in to some darker impulses. As someone is capturing or disposing of metahumans, all seems lost. Until Superman, raised by an Amish family in solitude, finally makes his presence known.

In the sequel, Another Nail, Superman learns to be a hero and to interact with the outside world. The other main plotline is that of Batman dealing with the tragedies that befell him in The Nail, and hid struggles to get over the deaths of Robin and Batgirl, as well as his own murder of the Joker. The overall book is good, and feels like a logical continuation to the first.

Plus, that Alan Davis Art is friggin’ beautiful.

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8. L.E.G.I.O.N. 007

…Lobo was James Bond and other stories?

In 1994, DC Comics decided to devote all its annuals for the month to being Elseworlds stories. So every single comic being published at that time got an Elseworlds. Robin became a ninja, Flash a filmmaker, most of the Green Lanterns were Nazis, everything got turned topsy turvy and it was awesome. And every time I pull one of those annuals out of a quarter box, that’s a happy day for me.

But of course, if everyone was in on the same thing, it had to be someone’s job to take the piss out of it. For DC One Million it was Hitman, for DC’s Elseworlds event it was L.E.G.I.O.N. L.E.G.I.O.N. was a Legion of Superheroes spinoff that I know little about. I know Brainiac 2 was in it. Lobo also. Typically Lobo being in a thing would make me not like it but this thing I did like. Because it’s just a huge parody of the event.

It gave us a James Bond parody, but also L.E.G.I.O.N. By Gaslight and L.E.G.I.O.N. 90210 so it gets a spot on the list.

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7. Robin 3000

…Robin existed in the future?

Future stuff! Future stuff is always super fun and even more so when it involves Batman. Seriously, if Batman: Year 100 was an Elseworlds, it would be smack-dab at the top of this list. That book is so friggin’ good it caused me pain. But we aren’t talking about that because we are talking about Robin 3000.

Robin 3000 opens with the Batman and Robin of the year 3000. And then Batman dies. So the newly isolated Robin must fight off an alien invasion by the Skulp. The fight lasts for two prestige format issues and really didn’t appear again aside from one issue of Superman/ Batman. But Thomas Wayne lived on as leader of the rebellion against the Skulp. Sometimes alongside the year 3000 versions of Superman, Batman, and Superwoman.

A solid two issue miniseries and a good Elseworlds that you should check out if you’re looking for sci-fi that also has Robin in it.

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6. JLA: Act of God

…All the super heroes lost their powers?

This one has a good central idea but blows it by making the entire story about how super cool Batman is and how lame all the other DC Heroes are. In the story, a big crazy cosmic storm hits earth on May 23, 2000 with disastrous effects. The event, called the Black Light, robs all earth’s super heroes of their powers.

This leaves tech-based heroes uniquely advantaged and most supervillains still able to do their jobs. So now the heroes are vastly outnumbered. Which is bad.

Lois Lane leaves Clark Kent because… uh… um… I don’t know, this story is written badly? Anyway, he forms a relationship with Wonder Woman. You know, when they did that in Kingdom Come, it made sense because the story showed how the two slowly grew to the point where they could logically have feelings for each other. This one just makes it happen all of a sudden. In the end, several heroes learn how to be Batman because Batman is sooo cool, and the name themselves the Phoenix Group. End of story.

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5. Supergirl: Wings

…Supergirl was an angel?

So for a time in the late eighties and early nineties, there was a brand new Supergirl with a confusing ass origin. She was a shape shifting artificial life form from an alternate universe named Matrix who came to the DC Universe and took on the identity of Supergirl. In this Elseworlds, that Supergirl is an angel and she wants to help a human named Linda Danvers. Linda continuously resists Matrix’s desire to help, which drives her nuts.

She is spurred on by Zauriel, who is trying to get her to keep going and The Spectre, who wants her to give up for good. Matrix manages to protect Linda when the Spectre tries to pull his whole “unholy vengeance machine” thing.

We also get cameos from angelic versions of Aquaman, Superman, and the Phantom Stranger. Eventually, Matrix and Linda fuse into one being, becoming an angelic version of Supergirl.

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4. Batgirl & Robin: Thrillkiller

…Robin and Batgirl fought crime in the 60s?

It’s a Batman comic that ain’t about Batman! How do ya like them apples? No, in this one, Bruce Wayne is but a beat cop on the streets of Gotham in the sixties. And since he isn’t going to fight crime and there is crime to be fought, Batgirl and Robin have to take up the cause!

Howard Chaykin and Dan Brereton produce a fantastic must read of a comic book that is well worth the price if you can track it down. It also has a sequel but I’ll leave that for another day and another list.

I just admire the decision to do a Batgirl and Robin team book where Batman isn’t really a factor. Also, the Joker is a lady named Blanca Steeplechase and that’s just sooooo good. That’s such a villain name, I’m scared to say it out loud for fear I accidentally conjure her to life and start a series of events that ends in somebody trying to capture a number of puppies greater than 100.

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3. Batman: Citizen Wayne

…Batman was an angry avenger in the ‘30s?

Heh, I get it. Like Citizen Kane. But Batman comics have actually produced TWO Elseworlds stories called Citizen Wayne. I already talked about the other one so here’s it is time to shine. In this story, We arrive after the death of 1930s millionaire Bruce Wayne and are treated to a recap of his life, and his relationship to the mysterious Batman, a murderous vigilante striking out at Gotham.

Although, as we find out toward the story’s end (huge spoilers I’m literally going to give away the only reason to read this so maybe exercise some caution before reading ahead no seriously just click on the next entry ok here goes) Bruce Wayne ISN’T the Batman. It’s actually acid-scarred DA Harvey Dent, driven mad after his injury. Bruce eventually has to take up his own identity to stop his insane friend from his murderous spree.

And he does. But they both die. Aw darn. Also, Rosebud.

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2. Flashpoint

…The Flash saved JFK?


Not the mediocre DC event that kicked off the New 52, the Elseworlds that predates that by around 11 years. In this universe, The Flash was the first and only super hero and operated in the 50s and sixties until he got paralyzed saving US President John F. Kennedy. Although he used his mind to help innovate the world, he was unable to run.

But when Immortality Inc. founder Vandal Savage starts to make plans for evil deeds, Flash has to try and save the world again. More fun cameos in this one, including astronauts James Jesse and Wally West. Its fun, short, and interestingly thought out. So, better than the second Flashpoint in every single way, is what I’m saying.

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1. Justice Riders

…The Justice League were cowboys? This book is perfection. It’s easily the best thing on this list and is rad as hell. The premise? It’s a Magnificent Seven style western about the Justice League. In 1873, Professor Felix Faust and Maxwell Lord are tearing a path of destruction through the old west and US Marshall Diana Prince is gonna stop it.

She enlists outlaw gunfighter Wally West, the Kid Flash, native American warrior Katar Johnson, the Hawkman, and swindler/mad scientist duo Michael Carter and Ted Kord. The team, along with the mysterious John Jones and vicious Pinkerton Guy Gardner, set off to save the west from Faust and Lord’s machinations.

The book is quite short, but still manages to cram an impressive amount of story and character into its few pages. Seriously, none of it feels rushed or overburdened. It’s really skillful and good. And it’s the only book on this list I would unequivocally recommend. To anyone. And everyone. I’m just upset we never god a sequel.

And there’s ten more alternate reality stories from DC’s Elseworlds line!!! There’s still plenty more left for me to get to so you’ll definitely see another one of these things before too long!