The Infinite Atlas
Elseworlds


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The only comic listed here which does not have the Elseworlds logo is Gotham by Gaslight. (The logo is a registered trademark of DC Comics. This site is in no way affiliated with DC Comics.) Confirmed Hypertimelines are marked as such.

Elseworlds can be loosely grouped into six categories:


Historical

In a Historical Elseworlds, DCU characters are placed in a real-world historical setting. The world itself is identical or similar to the real world, with the exception of having superheroes in it.

A Nation Divided

In this universe, infant Kal-El is sent to Earth during the 19th Century, not the 20th. He reaches adulthood during the Civil War, and fights for the North. His powers manifest strongly on the battlefield. Eventually, he alters the course of history by bringing the war to an early end, saving President Lincoln's life, etc. At the end of the story, he is heading west to defend Native American rights. This could technically be classified as an Alternate History Elseworlds, but as the changes occur during the story instead of prior to it, I decided to mark it as Historical. In The Kingdom #2, the Superman of this world is seen in Hypertime.



Possible Future

A Potential Future Elseworlds is set in a future where the modern DCU is a part of history. Some of these potential futures contradict the future seen in The Legion of Super-Heroes, but I'm not going to draw a distinction.

Kingdom Come

The major events of this future timeline begin twenty years from now, when Captain Atom is killed by the Parasite, irradiating much of the American Midwest. The end result is the deaths of over 90% of the then-active superhumans.

The universe presented in The Kingdom and related titles is almost identical to this one, but there are clear differences. (E.g., Kid Flash died at the end of Kingdom Come.)



Alternate DCU History

Alternate DCU History Elseworlds happen in worlds where history closely resembles the real world (like the real DCU), but where the history of superheroes is altered. Some of these verge into Alternate Real-World histories, when the superheroes begin having a significant impact on the world.
A subcategory of this type is the "Swap", where (for example) one character gets a different character's powers.

Batman: In Darkest Knight

In this universe, Green Lantern Abin Sur chooses Bruce Wayne as his successor, instead of Hal Jordan. Eventually, Sinestro starts dressing like the Joker, Selina Kyle becomes Star Sapphire, et cetera. A moderately silly attempt to follow up on the success of Superman: Speeding Bullets. Bruce Wayne as Green Lantern has been seen repeatedly in Hypertime, starting with Planet Krypton.


Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl

In this world, infant Kal-El was captured by Lex Luthor, and eventually killed. The Justice League never existed, and instead the Justice Society was re-created, led by Wonder Woman. Also, Joe Chill killed Batgirl's parents, not Batman's, so Bruce Wayne became a real dilettante in service to the driven and grim Barbara Gordon. Eventually, Kara Zor-El came to Earth as she did on Earth-1 and became Supergirl.

The members of the Justice Society of this world include Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Tarantula, Captain Marvel (a young John Henry Irons), Flash (apparently a robot), Hawkwoman, Barda, Vectron (possibly connected to Metron), Revenant, Green Lantern (Abin Sur), Dr. Midnite, Ambush Bug, Interceptor, Asteria, Tim Drake (probably a mascot), an unknown woman with white hair and a green/yellow costume, Black Orchid, Jade, Firestorm, Black Canary (apparently of African descent), Starbolt, Blue Devil, Starfire, and Supergrrrl. Previous members include Captan Marvel (Billy Batson), Black Canary (Dinah Lance), Flash (Barry Allen), and an unknown man with a blue/white costume and an "M" symbol. Rather large team, isn't it?


JLA: The Nail

In this world, infant Kal-El (...there's a phrase that comes up a lot...) was found by an Amish family, not by the Kents. The world developed without a Superman, but otherwise closely resembled the Main Sequence, particularly Earth-1. At the end of the miniseries, Kal-El decides to leave the Amish and become Superman. This world is seen in Hypertime in Kingdom #2.


Superman & Batman: Generations

This universe starts as Earth-2 started, with Superman and Batman making their debuts in the 1930s. However, they are "allowed" to age "normally", and the series is a generational saga. Both Kal-El and Bruce Wayne survive into the distant future, after bringing peace to Earth. The Superman of this universe (suffering from red kryptonite exposure) is seen in Hypertime in Kingdom #2.

There are many internal clues that this universe and the world of Batman/Captain America are the same, and only one minor contradiction (Bruce Jr.'s hair color is slightly different). However, this world is definitely a Hypertimeline. Batman/Captain America, despite being an Elseworld, is part-owned by Marvel Comics, and thus almost certainly not a Hypertimeline.


Superman: The Dark Side

In this universe, infant Kal-El's rocket is diverted by Darkseid, and lands on Apokolips. Superman is raised as Darkseid's son. He is eventually sent to Earth to help conquer it, but he ends up renouncing evil. This variant Superman is seen in Hypertime in Kingdom #2.



Alternate Real-World History

Elseworlds with Alternate Real-World History take place on an Earth where real historical events went differently. (E.g., the Confederacy won the American Civil War.) The DCU characters are obviously altered by their new environment. These Elseworlds may take place at any point on the timeline, and the divergence may or may not have been caused by superhero activity.


Genre Graft

Genre grafts are similar to both Historicals, and to Alternate DCU Histories. The occur when DCU characters are placed in a different genre (such as "Western"). Since the superheroic genre is so all-inclusive, this is a fuzzy category.


Fiction Graft

In a Fiction Graft, DCU characters are incorporated into a classic work of fiction, myth, or legend.


Unclassified As Yet


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