DC's 1989 Elseworlds is a comic book concept that's not quite like anything else. The best Elseworlds comics slightly obscure characters that readers know by heart. Marvel has their What If? series that involves self-contained, single-issue tales, but Elseworlds tells enthralling stories that can only exist in a format that's removed from regular continuity.
One-off stories and non-canonical adventures aren't new to comic books. They're a great way for readers to see their favorite characters in new, outlandish situations, but the Elseworlds imprint offers more than a mere chance for Superman and Batman to dress up like cowboys.
In stories like Kingdom Come, DC was able to push its heroes to the status of modern myth. The story of how the Elseworlds imprint came to be and where it fits in the many DC Earths is something that every comic book fan should know, especially since Elseworlds has made its way to the DC TV universe.
'Elseworlds' Started As ‘Imaginary Stories’
The First 'Elseworlds' Story Was 'Gotham By Gaslight'
‘Kingdom Come’ Stands Out As The Most Important 'Elseworlds' Title
The Art Of 'Kingdom Come' Is Awe-Inspiring
The Story Is Told From An Omniscient And Human Perspective
‘Kingdom Come’ Is A Reaction To Edgy '90s Heroes