Thanks to a recent project on Twitter, I’ve spent a lot of time delving into alternate worlds of the various X-books, from the Age Of Apocalypse to the Age of X to Mutant X, and I’ll tell ya:  There’s just way too many of ’em.  Comic books are just lousy with alternate universe stories, whether ‘What If?’s, ‘Elseworlds’ or ‘We Forgot To Do The Research’es, leading to today’s multiversal query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is really torn between the original Star Trek Mirror Universe and Earth-X from DC/CW TV, asking: What’s the best overall alternate universe in pop culture?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Lemmy Caution (@_Lemmy_Caution) on

    Dark Shadows! They had two periods of parallel time stories, one from the 1970s and one from the 1800s. It was great seeing alternate choices because it was a soap so we had hours of time with the characters in previous seasons so it made a difference, One had a Rebecca theme. One had a “The Lottery” theme. So that earns bonus bucks right there.

  2. I have two nominations for Best Alternate Universe Ever.

    The first is one of the vertices from Critical Hit: the one with an eternally occupied city that has a Too Important To Invade tower in the middle. That’s a great launching point for a D&D campaign in itself.

    The second is the Other World from the Playstation game Chrono Cross. There are many differences between it and the starting universe, but the most important is that your alternate-universe self died a decade ago.

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