Comics are confusing. There, I said it. Whereas reading a novel series is very linear and easy to follow, comics are a whole different beast entirely. There is not one continuity with various spin-off stories and flashbacks. No, within the main realities of both Marvel's and DC's universes lies something called the "Multiverse." This Multiverse of Marvel and DC is essentially a gateway for all the different realities that exist within the world of superheroes. If you keep up with The Flash, think of Earth 2 as another reality.
It's no secret that the inclusion of these alternate worlds turns away a lot of individuals from ever touching a comic book, but it makes sense story-wise for the writers. By having a multiverse, they can still tell whatever story they want without having major repercussions throughout the main timeline. That's how we got one-off stories and various "What If?" tales over the years. If it's all starting to hurt your head, then don't worry. I love comic books, and I still don't fully understand the Multiverse myself.
Over the years, Marvel and DC have brought their readers across multiple realities and dimensions that were simply breathtaking or different enough to keep things interesting (even the Marvel Cinematic Universe is considered part of the Marvel multiverse). They really went all out for some of the worlds that exist. So get ready to be amazed folks, as we're going to look at some of the best and most astonishing alternate worlds comic books have to offer.
12 Red Son - The Soviet's Superman
11 Marvel Zombies
10 Old Man Logan - Wolverine Kills His Friends
9 Battleworld - All-New All-Different Marvel
8 Marvel 2099 - The Future
7 Justice League: Gods and Monsters
6 Earth 2 - Justice Society of America
5 Larval Earth - Animal Heroes
4 Injustice - Superman Loses Control
3 Earth Zero - Bizarro World
2 Antimatter Universe - Anti-Monitor Threatens The Universe
1 Ultimate Universe
While Marvel may have a main continuity that everyone thinks of when they see the publisher's name, their second most well-known world is the Ultimate Universe. In this world, Peter Parker was slain and is replaced by Miles Morales, the Fantastic Four are in their early twenties, and, really, so much more has changed. They essentially re-imagined all of their characters for this universe, and it has been a catalyst for many interesting stories. It was actually the Mister Fantastic of the Ultimate Universe who initially discovered the Marvel Zombies.
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