Multiverse (DC Comics)

The Multiverse, within DC Comics publications, is a "cosmic construct" collecting many of the fictional universes in which the published stories take place. The worlds in this multiverse share a space and fate in common, and its structure has changed several times in the history of DC Comics.[1]

DC Multiversity Map
The depiction of the DC Multiverse after the events of Flashpoint.

History

Golden Age

The concept of a universe and a multiverse in which the fictional stories take place was loosely established during the Golden Age. With the publication of All-Star Comics #3 in 1940, the first crossover between characters occurred with the creation of the Justice Society of America (JSA), which presented the first superhero team with characters appearing in other publications (comic strips and anthology titles) to bring attention to less-known characters. This established the first shared "universe", as all these heroes now lived in the same world. Prior to this publication, characters from the different comic books seemingly existed in different worlds.

Later, Wonder Woman #59 (May 1953) presented DC Comics' first story depicting a parallel "mirror" world. Wonder Woman is transported to a twin Earth where she meets Tara Terruna who is exactly like her. Tara Terruna means "Wonder Woman" in the native language of that world. Wonder Woman describes this world as being a twin world existing alongside Earth with duplicates of everyone but with a different development. The concept of different versions of the world and its heroes was revisited in the pages of Wonder Woman a few times later.

Silver Age

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A depiction of several alternate Earths within the original DC Multiverse before the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths and the variations of the Flash inhabiting each Earth. Art by Dan Jurgens and Art Thibert.

Led by editor Julius Schwartz and writer Gardner Fox, DC Comics' super heroes were given a "reboot" with the publication of Showcase #4 in 1956, where a new version of the Flash made his first appearance. The success of this new Flash led to the creation of new incarnations of the Golden Age characters who only shared the names and powers but had different secret identities, origins and stories. Later, new versions of other heroes, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, were also restarted by retelling their origins but keeping their secret identities. Gardner Fox, who worked before in the creation of the JSA, where other heroes met for the first time, created the story "Flash of Two Worlds" in The Flash #123, where Barry Allen, the new Flash, is transported to the Earth where the original Flash, Jay Garrick, existed. To Allen, Jay Garrick's world was a work of fiction as it was in the real world. This story not only presented the encounter of two worlds and the existence of the Multiverse for the first time, it also presented key features of the Multiverse: all the universes vibrate at a specific frequency which keeps them separated; these "barriers" could be trespassed by "tuning" to that vibration. Because people could also "tune-in" these worlds in dreams, some people wrote comic books with the stories from those worlds they dreamed, which explained why Barry Allen knew about Jay Garrick as a fictional character.

The success of this story led to the first team crossover between the new Justice League of America (JLA) and the Golden Age JSA, in the stories "Crisis on Earth-One" (Justice League of America #21) and "Crisis on Earth-Two" (Justice League of America #22). This story arc started the tradition of a yearly crossover between the JLA and the JSA, and established firmly the concept of a Multiverse and the designation of names, Earth-One being the JLA reality and Earth-Two the JSA reality. The success of these crossovers spawned publications telling the further stories of the Golden Age heroes in the present day parting from many of the stories told, thus, establishing a more defined continuity for every universe.

This concept of parallel Earths with differences in locations, persons and historical events became a very important ingredient within DC Comics' publications. It helped (among other things) to explain continuity errors, to retell and retcon stories, and to incorporate foreign elements that could actively interact with everything else and allow them to have an "existence". Continuity flaws between the established Earth-Two and several stories from the Golden Age were given separate Earths. "Imaginary" stories and some time divergences of Earth-One were given also separate realities (such as Earth-B and Earth-A). In addition to the stories appearing mainly in the pages of JLA that created new Earths, the acquisition of other comic book companies and characters by DC Comics incorporated these new properties as Earths in the Multiverse which would interact several times with the "main" Earths, One and Two; two of the most notable being Earth-S for the Fawcett Comics characters, and Earth-X for the Quality Comics characters. By the 1970s, everything that was published or related officially to DC Comics' titles could become part of the Multiverse, although much of it remained largely uncatalogued.

The names of the worlds were usually in the format Earth, hyphen, spelled numeral/letter/name. In the case of worlds with numerals, the "rule" of spelling the number was not always followed, even within the pages of the same issue.

Crisis on Infinite Earths

As the 50th anniversary of DC Comics drew near, major events were proposed for the celebration: an encyclopedia (Who's Who in the DC Universe) and a crossover of the ages, characters, and worlds appearing in DC's comics. As told in the letter section of Crisis On Infinite Earths #1, as the research started in the late 1970s, it became evident that there were many flaws in continuity. The way used to circumvent some of these errors was the "Multiple Earths", which also showed a chaotic nature that brought even more continuity problems that were not easily explained or were simply left unexplained. Examples of this included: 1) Black Canary of Earth-One being the daughter of the original Black Canary of WWII even though the original Black Canary was a resident of Earth-Two, and 2) the existence of Golden Age comic books on Earth-One and the people not noticing that some of the characters in those comic books existed in "real-life". In addition, many universes had multiple alternate timelines, such as Kamandi and the Legion of Super-Heroes, both being from Earth-One.

Writer Marv Wolfman took this crossover event as an opportunity to reform all the fictional universe of DC Comics to avoid further continuity errors and update the DC characters to modern times. The whole Multiverse is destroyed except for five Earths (Silver Age Earth-One, Golden Age Earth-Two, Charlton Comics' Earth-Four, Fawcett Comics' Earth-S and Quality Comics' Freedom Fighters' Earth-X). Later, the universe is recreated as one single universe from those five.

The Convergence (2015) crossover event officially retconned the events of Crisis after heroes in that series went back in time to prevent the collapse of the Multiverse.[2]

Modern Age

DC Comics

After the conclusion of Crisis on Infinite Earths, the concept of a single Universe containing most elements of the "surviving Earths" was established and heavily enforced to avoid the continuity problems of the Multiverse. However, alternate realities that affected the new DC Universe appeared very quickly. In Superman Vol. 2 #8, a Universe inside the Universe was revealed to have been created to preserve the Legion of Super Heroes' 30th century in New Earth. This world was used to allow crossovers with certain characters of the Legion of Super-Heroes and recreate characters that otherwise could not exist in the new continuity (such as Kryptonians, as in the New Earth Superman was the only survivor of Krypton). Alternate timelines were also used, the most notable event being Armageddon 2001 in 1991. An Antimatter Universe existed as well, which had some "reversed" events in a similar way as the former Earth-Three. The Earth within this Universe was called "Earth 2". In addition, there was a Limbo, where some heroes and characters that could not be brought back to "existence" after the Crisis on Infinite Earths lived outside the Universe.

An important rule in the new DC Universe was that there could only be one timeline, so any change caused by time travelers caused the destruction of their timelines of origin. Changes in the past were often "fixed" or have to comply with the present to prevent continuity errors.

Nonetheless, continuity errors appeared. The retold origin of Hawkman presented errors regarding the existence of the Golden Age version (Carter Hall) and the Silver Age version (Katar Hol) in the same continuity without a good explanation. The interaction of "possible timelines" also created continuity holes. This led to a new crisis to address the problem: the Zero Hour. The resulting universe had a slightly re-written story with no continuity errors even though it was acknowledged that reality-shattering events did happen (including the Crisis on Infinite Earths). This Universe kept the concept of one universe, one timeline. Such timeline was "mapped" from beginning to present (1994) at the back cover of Zero Hour #0, that also included certain key dates in the future.

The need to publish stories outside the strict DC Universe continuity led to the creation of certain DC imprints. Stories that set DC characters in different situations after the Crisis on Infinite Earths, were published by DC Comics under the Elseworlds imprint. None of these stories were ever intended to be included in the "real" continuity of the DC Universe.

Certain characters were reinvented in a mature context and were published under the Vertigo imprint. Most of the times, the characters depicted within the Vertigo imprint had no relation to the original DC Universe's versions, nor did the events have influence over the new Universe.

Later, under a special publishing deal with Milestone Media, DC Comics published a new series of comic books that told the stories of the heroes living in Dakota City, formed mostly by African-American superheroes and other minorities. These characters lived in a universe separated from the DC Universe (known as the Dakotaverse or Milestone Universe). The event known as Worlds Collide presented one of the first modern intercompany crossovers within the established continuity of the Universes instead of being "imaginary" and showed that there could be other universes or even multiverses outside the new DC Universe.

In a similar way to Worlds Collide, the crossover event DC vs. Marvel showed another in-continuity crossover with another reality completely separated from the DC Universe and that has a Multiverse of its own: the universe of Earth-616 of the Marvel Multiverse.

The universes were rarely referred to with specific names within the stories but were named in the "Real World" (both officially and unofficially) using the name of the editorial, imprint or even an element in particular. While in the comic books the concept of a "real" Multiverse was avoided, the Multiverse played an important role in cartoon series and live-action shows (see Other versions).

In summary, from 1986 to 1999, everything not happening in the "mainstream" continuity appearing in DC comics was either a Non-Canonical story or happened in a completely different and separate reality/universe/multiverse.

In 1999, the unexpected and overwhelming success of Elseworlds' Kingdom Come and other stories, led to the creation of the concept known as Hypertime in order to publish crossovers with those characters and the mainstream continuity. This structure gave "existence" to alternate timelines, stories in Elseworlds, appearances in other media and any other appearance of DC characters in the past. The main timeline or "Central Timeline" was like a river and all of the alternate stories were branches of it. Hypertime was similar to the former Multiverse as it allowed each and every reality ever published to co-exist and interact as most branches tend to return to the original stream (explaining some retcons as well as crossovers). However, all realities existed within only one Universe.

WildStorm

Originally, the stories appearing in WildStorm Productions' comic books occurred in a Universe that was part of the Image Universe along with other characters appearing in Image Comics publications. It was separated from it during the event called Shattered Image consolidating the separate WildStorm Universe which had its own multiversal structure. After the purchase of WildStorm by DC Comics, crossovers occurred with the new DC Universe, which were still separated just like Milestone and Marvel.

21st century

52

In 2005, a new universal crisis story arc was published as a way to update once more the super heroes of DC Comics, bring together other "realities" (namely, Milestone and Wildstorm) and bring back the Multiverse, this time with a limited number of Earths instead of infinite.

During the event Infinite Crisis, the Universe was "splintered" and the original Multiverse was restored briefly, showing that the entire Hypertime and many other appearances of the DC characters were part of the original Multiverse, including Tangent Comics which were published 12 years after the Multiverse was no more. In the end of Infinite Crisis, the multiverse is merged back as a New Earth with a new continuity with many stories re-written and many others from the Modern Age still happening.

In parallel, Captain Atom: Armageddon tells the story of how Captain Atom of the DC Universe causes the recreation of the Wildstorm Universe upon its destruction (and possibly its Multiverse as well). The recreated universe became part of the newly recreated DC Universe.

The aftermath of Infinite Crisis and Captain Atom: Armageddon (52, Countdown to Final Crisis and Final Crisis) showed that a new Multiverse was created. The new Multiverse consisted of 52 positive matter universes, an Antimatter Universe and a Limbo. The main continuity still occurred in New Earth (also called Earth-0), Earths 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 resembled Earths One, Two, Three, Four, S, and X of the original Multiverse respectively. Earths 13 and 50 were Vertigo and the rebooted Wildstorm Universe, while Earth-17 became the world of a revived post-apocalypse Atomic Knights after a mid-80s World War III once more. Many important stories from the Elseworlds imprint were later also given their own alternate Earths within this new Multiverse.

In the miniseries, Milestone Forever, in a similar fashion as Captain Atom: Armageddon, the events that led to the end of the Dakotaverse and its integration to the new DC continuity are revealed. Most of the stories that were told in Milestone Comics publications now occurred in New Earth and the Dakotaverse ceased to exist as a separated Universe.

A naming convention was established and followed this time in the format Earth, hyphen, numeral, from Earth-0 to Earth-51.

Even with a new Multiverse, not every published or related work had an "Earth" within the 52 and there were no in-continuity intercompany crossovers.

Taking advantage of the fact that many of these universes were mostly unchronicled or merely glimpsed and that Final Crisis also changed the Multiverse slightly, many stories featuring alternate worlds and their interactions were published, which led certain inconsistencies and retcons to appear, such as Earth-1 being originally a "mirror" of Earth-One and later being the reality of J. Michael Straczynski's Superman: Earth One or Earth-16 being the home of an alternate Superman/Christopher Kent, the home of the Super-Sons, and later the reality of the Young Justice TV series. Also, some universes appearing in the new continuity were never given a proper place within the 52 Universe, such as Prime-Earth.

The New 52

The new restored universe with only 52 worlds opened myriad possibilities for new stories and crossovers with different versions of heroes interacting with the main versions of heroes as well as the stories resulting from the new integrated characters from Milestone and Wildstorm. However, it became chaotic in just five years. Many stories and situations of other Universes were not followed well. The number designations could be completely disregarded from story to story and some universes were recreated over and over. In addition, as most of the history of the Modern Age was still being the main continuity, younger readers could not follow the stories of the mainstream versions of the DC heroes, just as had happened prior to the original Crisis on Infinite Earths.

In order to overcome these new problems, a new event was created to restart the DC Comics' Universe. In the Flashpoint miniseries (May–September 2011), the Flash alters the timeline of Earth-0 creating a ripple effect that affected several past events, Earth-13 (Vertigo Universe) and Earth-50 (new Wildstorm Universe).[3] Similar to the end result of Crisis on Infinite Earths, a new mainstream Earth is created from the former three, with a whole new history.[4] Most of the stories have been retold anew but certain events of New Earth remain (such as Batgirl being crippled by the Joker). Since it was established after Infinite Crisis that if something ever happened to the main Universe, the whole Multiverse could be affected as well, a new Multiverse of 52 worlds was also recreated. This new Multiverse is called The New 52.

This time, not all universes were revealed right away, only a couple were revealed in the first two years of The New 52. In addition, in a similar fashion as the Elseworlds logo would appear in comics that did not occur in the "real" continuity, the logo THE NEW 52! would only appear in publications with stories occurring in the new continuity, while those taking place outside of this new continuity (such as Smallville: Season 11 or the Batman Beyond universe) would not bear this distinction. At first it seemed that there was not going to be a naming convention for the Earths as it happened with the 52. The mainstream continuity was known as Prime Earth, although it was not a similar world to the real world as Earth-Prime was. J. Michael Straczynski's re-envisioning of classic Batman and Superman stories was released as part of a series called Earth One. In Grant Morrison's The Multiversity (2014–2015), the Earths are named in the same format as in the former 52 Multiverse (Earth-6, Earth-7, Earth-8 etc.) Morrison intended for The Multiversity to reveal remaining universes of The New 52 multiverse, and the underlying structure for the multiverse was revealed in a detailed map in the back of several comic books, for which an interactive online version is being maintained and updated on the DC Comics website. In addition, the sixth issue of The Multiversity constituted a 'guidebook' to the worlds of the current DC multiverse and was published in January 2015.[5]

Convergence and DC Rebirth

On October 2, 2011, Dan DiDio posted on his Facebook page that in The New 52, the three previous "crises" did not occur in this new continuity, but other events such as Zero Hour still happened, without ending in a crisis/reboot.[6] However, writers continued to make references to the crises, and the full history of the structure of the DC Multiverse, detailing previous crisis events, was given in Grant Morrison's The Multiversity (2014–2015) limited series.

The Convergence (2015) crossover event later explored this concept within the DCU. This miniseries brought back several heroes from the ages of DC Comics that were obliterated by the crisis events. They were trapped by a godlike incarnation of Brainiac outside of time (or Vanishing Point as this "place" is called). At the end of the crossover, Brainiac sent these heroes back to their own timelines, and also successfully sent Zero Hour Hal Jordan, pre-Flashpoint Superman and other heroes back to the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths so that the collapse of the Multiverse could be averted.

From July 2015 onwards, The New 52 marking ended with the continuation of several publications and new others that did not necessarily take place within The New 52 multiverse. Advertised as DC YOU (a pun of DCU or DC Universe and the phrase "it's about you, the fans" appearing in the advertisements), DC now has an "open doors" policy to continuity, granting writers greater freedom to explore stories set outside the established New 52 Multiverse continuity, as well as to revisit other characters and concepts from DC's history as the conclusion of Convergence suggested that although the core 52 universe that now exists is the evolution of the multiverse, all the worlds still exist in some form. This was confirmed by Convergence writer Jeff King, as he stated that the reconstituted DC Multiverse is now infinite and there might be more than one Multiverse.[7]

The 2016 DC Rebirth initiative returned the original Wally West to Earth from the Speed Force and reveals that time has been stolen from his friends' memories, and the Superman of the pre-Flashpoint world, stranded in the new timeline following Convergence, assumes the role of that Earth's Superman. In Action Comics #976, the pre-Flashpoint and New 52 Supermen's histories are merged. Peter J. Tomasi explains that "The events of Action #976 reset and reshape the entire Superman timeline. Where there had been two Superman, their realities have now been fused into one timeline with just one of them."[8][9]

Fictional history, structure and worlds of the DC Multiverse

Infinite Multiverse

As told in Crisis on Infinite Earths #7, the DC Universe was a single positive matter Universe until a scientist named Krona from the planet Oa altered the very moment of the creation of the Universe, causing it to split into countless similar universes and an antimatter universe. Oa, however, had no duplicates in the Multiverse but did have a twin in the antimatter universe: Qward. A satellite on each of these planets was created in the cataclysm and it was there where the embodiments of the Multiverse were born: the Monitor and the Anti-Monitor. The two battled to a standstill and eventually rendered one another comatose.

The Multiverse had countless[10] duplicates of planet Earth. Every Earth had a different history from one another but they always developed heroes and inspired heroic ages (which, according to Harbinger, it somehow made them a focal point among all the worlds in every universe). Some of the heroes of Earth knew about other Earths and their own counterparts and fought side by side on many occasions.

Later, a scientist from one universe named Kell Mossa (known initially only as Pariah) created another device that would allow him to attempt the same thing Krona had attempted before. His actions accidentally awakened the Anti-Monitor, who then devoured Pariah's entire universe (aside from Pariah himself) and began to do the same to other universes (Pariah originally believes that the opposite is true; that his experiment destroyed the universes, which awakened the Anti-Monitor, until the truth is revealed to him). The time period of Earth when this takes place or the name of this Earth are never revealed.

The Monitor is awakened by the destruction of the positive matter universes and starts a plan to save the Multiverse but his efforts, and later those of his protégé, Harbinger, with the help of the heroes of the Multiverse, only manage to save five universes. In a desperate effort to save all existence, heroes and villains unite in order to stop Krona from splitting the Universe and stop the Anti-Monitor from altering the moment of creation and make the Antimatter Universe the only one. They succeed in saving all existence but in the process, the Multiverse, its countless duplicate worlds and its history ceased to exist. The five universes that were saved were folded together into a single universe, placing all the heroes and villains into a single timeline. For example, Justice Society of Earth-Two instead became a team active in the 1940s that inspired the Justice League to form decades later. And in the event of any duplicate characters, the original Earth-One version would take precedence.

All the universes existed within the same space but had a unique vibration that kept them separated. Only by "tuning" to the specific frequency of a universe could a person leap to another Earth, as Barry Allen discovered as he tried to perform a disappearing act by vibrating his molecules at super speed (Flash #123). The "speedster" later developed a machine called the "Cosmic Treadmill", which, when it was used by people who controlled the Speed Force, it allowed the users to trespass the "vibrational barriers". Magic and cosmic incidents also made many people to travel to other universes.

Every universe could have its own dimensions, such as the Fifth Dimension (where Mr. Mxyztplk (Earth-Two), Mr. Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite (both Earth-One) came from), alternate timelines (Kamandi and the 30th Century of Earth-One) and realms (Hell, Heaven, Gemworld, etc.). In addition to the unique Antimatter Universe, the dimension of the New Gods (the Fourth World) was also believed unique, although there is evidence that there could have been alternate versions of them (as those appearing in Earth-17 and Earth-Crossover).

Even though the interaction between multiple Earths was common in the 20th century with relative safety and ease, most of the population of Earth was unaware of the Multiverse until the Crisis on Infinite Earths.

The following is a short list of the most notable universes in the Multiverse.

DC Universe and Megaverse

15 billion years ago, a single universe with a single timestream was created. 4.4 billion years ago, Krona, the renegade Maltusian (a race of highly evolved beings) creates the Antimatter Universe and releases entropy in the universe by linking the beginning and the end of the timeline in his attempts to reveal the secrets of the creation of the universe.

In this single universe, the timeline was destroyed in the early 1990s by Hal Jordan (possessed by Parallax) and created a slightly changed timeline (Zero Hour, 1994). It was later revealed that this Central Timeline was like a river with branches. These branches were like different realities, the history of Earth was different in every branch and everything could be possible in them. They could affect the Central Timeline as they return to the mainstream and the heroes could encounter with different versions of themselves. However, they were somewhat ephemeral as the Central Timeline is the only one that could prevail (The Kingdom, 1999).

After Crisis on Infinite Earths, there was no place for alternate realities, although they could exist in the form of ephemeral timelines (Hypertime), dimensions (such as the fifth dimension or the Fourth World) or universes inside the Universe (such as the Legion of Super-Heroes' pocket universe or the Amalgam Universe).

However, there was contact with realities that existed outside the Universe such as those from Marvel, Milestone and Wildstorm. The collection of universes, multiverses and others that are unrelated, is most of the time called the Megaverse. Some also call it the Omniverse, but tend to include the Real World when using this denomination.

The contact of these worlds usually brought cataclysms, the one being the most common, amalgamation. Traveling between these realities was extremely hard, only two characters were capable of doing so with natural abilities: Rift, who existed in both the DC and Milestone Universes, and Access, who had the task of keeping the DC and Marvel Universes separated to prevent amalgamation.

Most of the time, these events were either forgotten (as shown in the Unlimited Access miniseries as Access has the power to annul or restore the memories of heroes) or believed to be "dreams" (as shown in DC/Milestone: Worlds Collide and DC/Wildstorm: Dreamwar), which in the end left few traces of the events in the respective continuities.

The Wildstorm Universe was part of a larger multiverse but was separated after a multiversal cataclysm, forming a multiverse of its own (Shattered Image). Organizations known as Planetary and the Authority were capable of traveling across the Multiverse and were also able to map it. Its structure was described as a web of 196,833 universes arranged in a pattern resembling a snowflake, each universe separated from its neighbors by a medium called the Bleed. The Bleed prevented the Universes from colliding and was inhabited by "fauna" that despised all different Earths.

52

Alexander Luthor Jr. of Earth-Three and Superboy of Earth-Prime grew tired of their exile. After successfully escaping their prison, they seek to restore their worlds and search for a perfect new world, as they believe the happenings at New Earth after the Crisis make it a flawed reality. The whole Multiverse is restored, but with great instability that could cause the end of all existence (Infinite Crisis). Parallel to these events, Captain Atom arrives in a different multiverse, jeopardizing its very existence. Void destroys the now-corrupted universe in order to recreate it (Captain Atom: Armageddon).

The heroes of Earth manage to merge back the Multiverse into a single universe, but it could not hold so much energy. 52 identical worlds are created to liberate such energy. Mister Mind, finally in his ultimate form, has the power to devour parts of the time continuum, literally eating parts of the Earths' history and creating major differences between each other (52[11]).[12]

In the Universe where the city of Dakota existed, a man known as Dharma foresaw the final demise of Earth and searched for a way to avert it. His very efforts were responsible for the apocalypse he tried to prevent. He managed to salvage the remains of his Earth by merging them to the main Earth of the new Multiverse that was reformed after the death of the New Gods (Milestone Forever, Final Crisis).

This Multiverse consisted of only 52 worlds, 51 resting upon Earth-0. According to Rip Hunter in 52 #52, every universe occupied the same space, each on a different vibrational plane (as it was in the original Multiverse). However, it was stated later that the universes were also separated by a fluid known as the Bleed (just like in the former Wildstorm Universe). The Bleed is interconnected to the Source Wall (which separates existence from the force that created it or "the Source") and the Multiversal Nexus, where the 52 Monitors watched over the Multiverse and had the task of avoiding contacts between the universes that could cause cataclysms. If Earth-0 should be destroyed, it would cause a chain reaction, destroying the rest of the 51 universes and leaving the opposite Antimatter Universe solely in existence. Each of the alternate universes have their own parallel dimensions, divergent timelines, microverses, etc., branching off them.[13] The Monitors originated in a world called Nil and were a sort of descendants of the original Monitor, who was created by Overvoid, a limitless intelligence who investigated the Multiverse at the beginning of time. Nix Uotan, the Monitor of Earth-51 erased the Monitors, as they self-proclaimed themselves the judges of what happened in the worlds of the Multiverse.

The New 52

The Flash wakes up in an altered timeline. As he tries to find the cause, he discovers that he was responsible for the alteration and attempts to fix it. In doing so, it is revealed that the timelines of Earth-0, Earth-13 and Earth-50 were originally one, but were splintered. The result is a new timeline formed by those three and along with it came a new history for the other 52 worlds within the Multiverse (Flashpoint, 2011). It is later revealed that, in actuality, the current timeline was created when a mysterious being (implied to be Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen) entered the Multiverse while the timeline was resetting due to Barry Allen preventing the Flashpoint event and extracted ten years from continuity (DC Universe: Rebirth, 2016)

Years later, the Harbinger Program at the House of Heroes gathers several superheroes of the "Orrery of Worlds" to fight against a force known as the "Gentry" who has already decimated Earth-7 and threatens the rest of the worlds of the Multiverse. As the story unfolds, Earths within the Orrery are visited and reveal the new nature of them after the Flashpoint event. Also, mysterious comic books published by DC and Major Comics appear and are believed to be cursed or to be messages from parallel Earths (The Multiversity (2014)).

Several stories and even the structure of the entire Multiverse have been retold after the events of Flashpoint. As it has been revealed so far, most of the 52 worlds suffered drastic changes such as Earth-2 which is now a reboot in the present day of the heroes that formed the Justice Society or Earth-3 which reverted to be the opposite of the main Earth (Earth-0 in this case), instead of the opposite of Earth-Two. Others retain most of what they were in the 52 multiverse such as Earth-5, Earth-10, or Earth-23. In addition, seven Earths remain undisclosed in composition or purpose, other than their creation by the Monitors for unknown reasons-Earths 14, 24, 25, 27, 28, 46 and 49.

The Monitors are now described as a race of countless members and only 52 remained after the Crisis on Infinite Earths event, suggesting that there were Monitors for every world in the original Multiverse instead of just one. Several elements that have appeared across the history to what now is DC Comics have also been actively incorporated in the new structure, such as the Source Wall (The New Gods), the Bleed (Wildstorm's The Authority), the Speed Force and the vibrational barriers (The Flash) and the Rock of Eternity (Shazam!).

This new Multiverse has a sphere-like structure with several levels (or vibrational realms) as described in the map:[14]

  • The Source Wall: the limit of existence, beyond lies the Source and the Unknowable. The Overvoid is shown in the map to exist outside it as well.
  • The Monitor Sphere: the origin of the Monitors, a race who preserves and studies the universes.
  • Limbo: "where matter and memory break down"; the place where the lost and forgotten go.
  • The Sphere of the Gods: within it, the realms of old and new gods, demons and even dreams exist.
  • The Speed Force Wall: also known as the Speed of Light and is the limit to matter. Within it is the Orrery of Worlds and certain worlds exist in it (such as KRAKKL the Defender's world).
  • The Orrery of Worlds: the realm where the 52 universes exist in the same space, vibrating at different frequencies, within the Bleed. In the center of it are the Rock of Eternity and the House of Heroes.

Multi-Multiverse

An infinitely powerful and god-like version of Brainiac abducted multiple superheroes and their core cities from various alternate Earths and eras of the Multiverse and pitted them against one another. Because of the heroes' efforts for the survival of reality during this event, the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths and Zero Hour were averted and there is once more an infinite Multiverse beyond the core 52 universes which have made up the local Multiverse since Infinite Crisis and Flashpoint. The original Multiverse coexists along with the collapsed Earth, the core 52 worlds, and all other versions of the Multiverse that have ever existed.[32]

Dark Multiverse

In the Dark Nights: Metal storyline, it is revealed that each reality of the Multiverse has a negative counterpart created by the fears of a universe's people. These Dark Universes are explained to be temporary realities, which motivate the Dark Knights to invade the Multiverse so that they can save their dying realities. Forthcoming "Dark Multiverse" stories will revisit this realm, with mutated versions of Superman, Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane.[33]

Metaverse

Doomsday Clock proposes a new theory about the DC Universe featured as a "Metaverse" acting in constant change with Superman as the center, which could explain the many continuity reboots in DC's mainline comic books.[34]

This theory is referred to what Grant Morrison had previously proposed about the DC Universe having its own consciousness.

Print collections

Contact between the universes (or stories set on the other Earths) have been reprinted in the following graphic novels.

Title Material collected
Crisis on Multiple Earths: The Team-Ups
Volume 1 The Flash #123, 129, 137, 151 (1960-1965)
Showcase #55-56 (1965)
Green Lantern vol. 2 #40 (1960)
The Brave and the Bold #61 (1965)
The Spectre #7 (1968)
Volume 2 The Atom #29, 36
The Brave and the Bold #62
The Flash #170, 173
Green Lantern vol. 2 #45, 52
The Spectre #3[35]
Crisis on Multiple Earths
Volume 1 Justice League of America #21-22, 29-30, 37-38, 46-47
Volume 2 Justice League of America #55-56, 64-65, 73-74, 82-82
Volume 3 Justice League of America #91-92, 100-102, 107-108, 113
Volume 4 Justice League of America #123-124, 135-137, 147-148
Volume 5 Justice League of America #159-160, 171-172, 183-185
Volume 6 Justice League of America #195-197, 207-209, All-Star Squadron #14-15
Justice Society
Volume 1 All Star Comics #58-67
DC Special #29
Volume 2 All Star Comics #68-74
Adventure Comics #461-466
Miniseries
Crisis on Infinite Earths #1-12
Infinite Crisis #1-7
Lord Havok and the Extremists #1-6
Countdown: Arena #1-4
One-shots
Power Girl Showcase #97-99
Secret Origins #11
JSA Classified #1-4
(contains a few plot-related pages from JSA #32 and #39)
Showcase Presents: Shazam Shazam #1-20, 26-29, 33
(the stories are set on Earth-S)
Huntress: Dark Knight Daughter DC Comics Super Stars #11
Batman Family #18-20
Wonder Woman #271-287, 289-290, 294-295
Weekly
52 #1-52
Countdown to Final Crisis #51-1

Other versions

Super Friends

In the animated television series Super Friends, the superhero team has encounters with other universes, including the world of Qward. In the episode "Universe of Evil", a freak accident causes Superman to switch places with his evil counterpart.

DC animated universe

The DC animated universe (DCAU) has depicted the Multiverse many times. Several characters from the main DCAU have visited parallel universes that were similar to the DCAU.

  • In the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Brave New Metropolis", Lois Lane fell into a parallel Earth where she had died in the car bombing orchestrated by Intergang. As a result, Superman had nothing to keep his morality from becoming corrupted. A much more serious Superman teamed with Lex Luthor and took over Metropolis, turning it into a fascist police-state where the Daily Planet and S.T.A.R. Labs were shut down and a rebellion, which Jimmy Olsen is a part of, was started, though Superman was unaware of what Lex Luthor was doing with Metropolis until Lois showed him the truth, which was enough for Superman to turn against Luthor.
  • In the Justice League episode "Legends", several members of the League were accidentally sent to a parallel universe where John Stewart's comic book idols, a pastiche of the Justice Society of America named the Justice Guild of America, live. Justice Guild member Tom Turbine hypothesized that there are an infinite number of parallel dimensions.
  • In the Justice League episode "A Better World", the Justice League were held captive by their authoritarian counterparts from another universe, the "Justice Lords". In this universe, Lex Luthor had risen to the U.S. Presidency and had started a war which had killed the Flash, sparking the Lords' takeover of the world, starting with this Superman killing President Luthor. In this world, the Justice Lords labotomized their former enemies, leaving them as harmless workers at Arkham. Later in the series, the regular Lex Luthor ran for President solely to enrage Superman for his amusement.
  • In the Justice League Unlimited episode "Question Authority", the Question is surfing through Cadmus' files on a computer. One of the files is titled "Multiverse" and another file shows footage from the episode "A Better World" where the alternate Superman murders Lex Luthor. Ironically, after viewing files on the Justice Lords, he initially believes that instead of looking at an alternate universe, he is looking at the future of the universe in which the League lives. The exact means by how Cadmus came into possession of footage from the death of President Luthor seen in "A Better World" remains unknown.

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

In Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, the show's primary protagonists, Lois Lane and Clark Kent, encountered an alternative version Clark Kent from a parallel universe in the episodes "Tempus, Anyone?" and "Lois & Clarks". In the episode "Tempus, Anyone?", the dimension included these differences:

The primary version of Lois, who was abducted by the villain Tempus and taken to this dimension, helped the alternate Clark become Superman, only to have Tempus expose his secret identity to the world on television. Despite Clark's alien origin, the world embraces him as their champion.

Later in the episode "Lois & Clarks", the alternate Clark visits the primary L&C dimension to aid Lois in stopping Tempus while the Clark Kent of her world is trapped in a time vortex. After Tempus' defeat, it is implied that the alternate Clark would travel to the past with H.G. Wells and take his reality's Lois Lane to his own time thus, under a causal loop of time travels, explaining her disappearance.

Amalgam Comics

  • Some issues in the two series from April 1996 and June 1997 (such as Spider-Boy Team-Up #1) state that a Crisis event known as the Secret Crisis of the Infinity Hour occurred and was related to alternate realities and timelines. The event is an amalgam of four major DC and Marvel crossover events (Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars, Crisis on Infinite Earths, The Infinity Gauntlet and Zero Hour: Crisis in Time).
  • In Challengers of the Fantastic #1, Reed "Prof" Richards is seen watching the parallel Universe-Two. It is hinted that this universe is an amalgam of DC's Earth-Two and Marvel's New Universe.
  • Unlimited Access #4 shows glimpses of many amalgamated universes.
  • The fictional letters in the letter sections of the April 1996 Amalgam Comics issues hint to an Amalgam Prime Earth, where the editor Stan Schwartz (an amalgam of Stan Lee and Julie Schwartz) and the film company Fox Bros. (an amalgam of 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros.) both exist.

Planetary

The WildStorm comic book series Planetary also introduced the concept of a multiverse, drawing upon the mathematical concept known as the Monster group for inspiration.[36] The multiverse is described as "a theoretical snowflake existing in 196,833 dimensional space",[37] a reference to the visualization method used by some mathematicians when describing the Monster group.

Smallville

The live-action television series Smallville also featured the Multiverse concept. In the season 5 episode "Lexmas", Lex Luthor visits an alternate timeline where Lionel cuts Lex out of the family fortune while Lex is married to Lana and has a son named Alexander. Clark Kent is a reporter with the Daily Planet, Chloe is publishing a book exposing LuthorCorp with Lex's help, and Jonathan Kent is a state senator.

In the season 7 episode "Apocalypse", Clark is taken to an alternate timeline where his counterpart had not arrived in Smallville and is killed by Brainiac. In that dimension, Clark Kent encounters another version of himself who is a human biological son of Martha and Jonathan and never met Lana Lang (who is a cheerleader with a different group of friends). Also in this dimension, Chloe Sullivan is engaged, Lana Lang is a married woman living in Paris, Sheriff Nancy Adams left Smallville and works as a member of the government, and Lex Luthor became President of the United States. While this dimension's Earth is destroyed by President Luthor, Clark travels back in time and sends his infant self to Earth, thus restoring his timeline.

In the season 10 episode "Luthor", Clark Kent travels to an alternate universe dubbed Earth-2 with the help of a Kryptonian mirror box. There, Lionel Luthor is his adopted father instead of Jonathan Kent. Clark is a bloodthirsty tyrant whose persona is Ultraman. He has a relationship with his adopted sister, Tess. Clark Luthor killed his adoptive brother Lex. When Clark Kent travels to the alternate earth, his counterpart, Clark Luthor, travels to his. Lois Lane is engaged to Oliver Queen, who bought land in Smallville for its kryptonite. Lionel lures Clark into Oliver's kryponite trap and beats him. With the help of Oliver (who closes the kryponite portal), Clark uses the mirror box and returns to his world. Unbeknownst to him, Lionel comes with him.

Earth-2 is featured again later in the season in the episode "Kent", as Clark Luthor returns to his counterpart's world once more, and Clark Kent meets Earth-2's Jonathan Kent. After Clark Kent interacts with his deceased adoptive father's counterpart, he returns to his own world and lures Clark Luthor to the Fortress of Solitude, where he sends his counterpart back to his world.

In the fourth issue of the television series' comic book continuation Smallville Season 11, an alternative version of Chloe Sullivan from Earth-2 arrives to Clark Kent's world and reveals that her universe is destroyed before her death.[38] In issue #11, it is reveals that the Monitors are responsible for Earth-2's destruction.[39]

Across this multiverse, there are other Earths featured in the series including:

  • Earth-9
    This Earth was destroyed when it was torn asunder by collision with Earth-37, toppling into one another, because of a Bleed quake caused by a Monitor who did not follow the protocol.
    Earth-13
    This Earth was a parallel universe that co-existed as one with the Earth of the main Smallville universe. Not much is known about this universe as it was never shown, only merely mentioned. Its main feature was that its version of Clark Kent was a normal human and a wannabe hero, rather than a Kryptonian with superpowers, and Bruce Wayne, instead of being a superhero, is actually a psychopathic killer. Like many other universes, this Earth was also decimated. Earth-13 was destroyed when Earths-9 and -37 were torn asunder by collision, toppling into one another and shattering reality on Earth-13, because of a Bleed quake caused by a Monitor who did not follow the protocol. Its version of Clark managed to travel to the main Earth of Smallville. Unfortunately, he was followed by Bruce and he was killed by him there. Bruce Wayne remains the last survivor of his Earth, as he is held prisoner on Mars.
    Earth-37
    This Earth was destroyed when it was torn asunder by collision with Earth-9, toppling into one another, because of a Bleed quake caused by a Monitor who did not follow the protocol.
    Earth-Majestic
    This Earth is a parallel universe that co-exists as one with the Earth of the main Smallville universe. It is referred to as Earth-Majestic and its designation is unknown. It derives this name from its greatest superhero Mister Majestic, the alternate version of Superman. This Earth is the latest target of the Monitors, as they have already started the process to decimate it. It was later destroyed like the other Earths before it with the consciousness of Jor-El being the last survivor of this universe.
    Earth-Omega
    This Earth is a parallel universe that co-exists as one with the Earth of the main Smallville universe. It is referred to as Earth "Omega" and its designation is unknown. It derives this name from the Omega symbol, which is used by Darkseid. This Earth was attacked and seized by Apokolips and the two planets have collided with each other. Among the ruins are several fallen ships that belonged to the Monitors, wrecked Manhunters and skeletons of dead people. This Earth has not been destroyed entirely yet, because when the Monitors arrived there, Darkseid had already conquered that world. A catastrophic battle followed between the two parts, destroying almost everything around them. However, the Monitors, who, even though they suffered many casualties, succeeded in breaking Darkseid. After Superman made a deal with Darkseid, he gave him the crystal shard that contains the presence of Jor-El from Earth-Majestic. Darkseid threw the shard into the distance and a Fortress of Solitude formed, with Darkseid saying it could be a new beginning, a "New Genesis."

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, a kind of "multiverse" is referenced in the episodes "Deep Cover for Batman!" and "Game Over for Owlman!", which feature several references to alternate incarnations of DC Comics heroes and villains, including the Batman and the Owlman. The Multiverse is briefly revisited in "Night of the Batmen!", with a large group of Batmen gathered from across various Earths coming together to help an injured Bruce Wayne protect Gotham. The army of Multiverse Batmen contained various iterations of the Batman from different media adaptions, such as from The Batman, the DC Animated Universe, the 1960s Batman TV series, and Batman Beyond.

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

The direct-to-video feature Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths deals with the Multiverse as part of its story. The main story deals with a good Lex Luthor from his Earth (based on the Pre-Crisis Earth-Three) coming to the Earth where the Justice League are located to help fight their counterparts, the Crime Syndicate. While the two Earths inhabited by the Justice League and Crime Syndicate are not named, names of other Earths are mentioned. These names are not from the official Pre-Crisis nor post-Infinite Crisis Multiverse, but are nods to a degree. Examples include: "Gamma F-1", "Theta-Alpha", "Zeta-Pi", which are all Greek numbers. Earth-Prime is featured in the film, but is not the same Earth-Prime from the comics, where it was "our" Earth. In the film, Earth-Prime is shown to be the cornerstone of all reality, and that decisions made by humankind on this world caused alternate Earths where the opposite decision was made to come into being. This world is shown to be a desolate barren wasteland of a planet, with ruins as far as the eye can see. It is unknown what exactly caused its desolation, though the Owlman reasons that it was mankind who destroyed itself. There was also an unnamed Earth that is mostly covered in ice. It was destroyed when the Owlman allowed the bomb to detonate with himself still on it.

DC Universe Online

In the video game DC Universe Online, Brainiac decides to conquer New Earth in order to know the secret of the multiverse. After he was defeated, the heroes have to face the Council of Luthors, who wants to take control of the Nexus of Reality and rule existence through the achievement of ultimate power. But the Council of Batmen wishes to stop the Luthors and undo the damage that has been done.

Injustice

The storyline of Injustice: Gods Among Us features an alternate reality where the Joker has tricked Superman into killing Lois Lane and their unborn son and destroying Metropolis with a nuclear explosion. This tragedy completely ruins Superman's moral compass to the point of no return and the Kryptonian murders the Joker in retaliation. As time passes, he establishes a new world order, with himself as the High Councilor. Soon enough, Superman's iron-fisted rule triggers a war between the Regime and those allied with the Batman's Insurgency. High Councilor Superman begins a relationship with Wonder Woman who becomes one of his most devoted followers. Damian Wayne eventually sides with Superman against his father and kills Victor Zsasz. Cyborg also joins the Regime due to sharing his anger over the destruction of Metropolis. Dick Grayson is accidentally killed by Damian Wayne, which creates an even further rift between himself and his father, who mourns the death of his adopted son while Damian eventually adopts Dick's mantle of Nightwing. Harley Quinn leads a group called the Joker Gang who idolizes the Joker and fights alongside the Insurgency against the Regime. Both Black Adam and Billy Batson (Shazam) join the Regime. Hal Jordan becomes Yellow Lantern after joining the Sinestro Corps. which has allied itself with Superman's Regime against the Green Lantern Corps. The Green Arrow is killed by the Regime, leaving behind the Black Canary who is pregnant with their son Connor. The Black Canary is saved by Doctor Fate who transports her to an alternate Earth where Oliver Queen is still alive, though he has lost his Black Canary. Five years into the war, the Insurgency discovers an alternate universe where the Joker's plan did not succeed and transports several of its superheroes (Wonder Woman, the Batman, Aquaman, the Green Arrow, and Green Lantern) to their world in order to help them defeat the Regime. Unfortunately, the Joker of this universe is brought to the Regime universe and is killed. Also in this universe, Lex Luthor never becomes a criminal and instead he is a selfless businessman, best friend of this world's Superman and cares for the people of Metropolis, though he secretly sides with the Batman against the tyrannical Superman, only to be killed in battle. Together with the alternate universe Justice League and the Regime Flash, who defects from the Regime after Superman murders Shazam when he objects to Superman's plans to attack cities, the Regime Superman is defeated and imprisoned in the Red Son prison along with fellow Regime members Cyborg and Damian Wayne (Nightwing). Hal Jordan and Sinestro are imprisoned on Oa by the Guardians. The Flash allows himself to be taken into custody to face charges for his role in the Regime. After the Regime's fall, Bruce Wayne works to rebuild the world after the fall of the Regime. The alternate Justice League return to their universe.

The Injustice universe is featured at the beginning of Convergence as one of the many realities affected by Telos' Blood Moon.

In Injustice 2, it is revealed that Krypton in this universe was attacked by Brainiac who collects the city of Kandor and destroys Argo City, which Kara Zor-El barely survives. Her mother saves her from Brainiac's Betas and reveals that Brainiac has destabilized the planet's core. Kara is tasked with watching over her baby cousin Kal-El and flees Krypton in a spaceship at the behest of her mother; however, her ship is damaged and knocked off course by the planet's explosion, which puts her into suspended animation. She is later found drifting through space by Black Adam, who takes her to Kahndaq where he and Wonder Woman have been hiding out since Superman was imprisoned. Black Adam and Wonder Woman train her in the hopes that her strength will give them the edge to free Kal-El. A flashback shows how Robin (Damian Wayne) joins Superman after killing the remorseless serial killer Victor Zsasz (which retcons the nature and timing of Damain's murder of Zsasz from the Injustice prequel comics). In the present, Damian Wayne and Cyborg are also incarcerated with Superman, while Aquaman has distanced himself away from the Regime to protect Atlantis. Meanwhile, Bruce is busy with the rebuilding the world after the Regime, forcing him to enlist other heroes such as the Black Canary, her husband the Green Arrow (from the alternate universe that the Black Canary was sent to by Doctor Fate), Firestorm and the Blue Beetle/Jaime Reyes as well as Harley Quinn, the Flash (who had been pardoned due to his role in taking down the Regime after the murder of Billy Batson by Superman) and Hal Jordan, who was reinstated as Green Lantern by the Guardians of the Universe, who managed to rehabilitate him. The Batman also constructs Brother Eye to monitor Earth for the Regime, the Society, and other potential threats. The Batman tasks the Black Canary, the Green Arrow, and Harley to deal with the Society, a group of supervillains formed by Gorilla Grodd after the fall of the Regime. During their confrontation with the Society in Gorilla City, they learn of an even greater threat posed by Brainiac which leads to the three being captured, though Harley escapes thanks to the intervention of the Catwoman, who had infiltrated the Society as an undercover mole. Brainiac hacks into Brother Eye and demands that Superman be handed over to him, though Bruce suits up and flees from the Batcave. Supergirl informs Wonder Woman and Black Adam of the threat posed by Brainiac and tells them they must get to her cousin before it is too late. This leads Kara and the Regime to break into the Red Son prison to free Superman, Cyborg, and Damian Wayne. However, the Blue Beetle and Firestorm protect the prison, but they are overwhelmed. Firestorm plans to destroy the Regime with a nuclear explosion, but the Batman tells him to stand down and decides that the threat posed by Brainiac is too great, leading the Insurgency and Regime to join forces to battle a common enemy. However, Supergirl begins to question what she had been told when Wonder Woman stabs Harley for trying to stop her from killing the Cheetah. Kara manages to save Harley's life, confronts her cousin and realizes that he has become a ruthless dictator like General Zod. After a brief battle with Robin, Black Adam, and Superman after her attempts to reason with Superman fail, they are interrupted by Brainiac's attack and Superman tells his cousin she must choose a side when it is over. During the battle with Brainiac's Skull Ship, Metropolis is destroyed again and Superman apparently killed. The Batman consoles Kara and tells her about how Superman was his friend once and refuses to accept Brainiac's proposal that he will spare Earth if Kara is handed over to him. She later joins the Batman in infiltrating Brainiac's ship, but Kara is captured, though Superman is revealed to be alive and he teams up with the Batman to stop Brainiac and save Kara. However, after Brainiac's defeat (which frees Kara) and Superman stopping the Skull Ship from crashing, the Regime and Insurgency clashes over how to deal with Brainiac as the Insurgency believes that if they spare Brainiac they will discover how to restore the collected cities and free their inhabitants, while Superman plans to kill Brainiac and restore the Regime, though Supergirl sides with the Insurgency, understanding that the Regime was planning to betray the Insurgency as soon as Brainiac was defeated. The story has two different endings.

  • If Batman is selected, Kara works with the Batman and the Insurgency to defeat her cousin, though the Batman apologizes to Kara that she was not able to save Superman from himself. Superman is then imprisoned in the Phantom Zone though he swears to return, while the Batman convinces Kara that she can be a hero like her cousin had once been.
  • If Superman is selected, then he confronts the redeemed Hal Jordan and the Flash, defeating them both. He also tells Kara that he is tired of holding back for fear of hurting others as he believes it is that fear that led to Lois' death. Kara laments that she is thankful that his father is not alive to see the person he has become, though Superman says that if his father had been more like Zod, he might have been able to save Krypton. Superman defeats both Kara and the Batman. The Batman, expecting to be killed, goads him to show him what a true villain he has become, though Superman relents, not wanting to make the Batman a martyr, and believes Kara will come around. He kills Brainiac and becomes one with his ship. Kara is imprisoned in Superman's old Red Son prison cell, where Superman shows her he has completely merged with Brainiac's ship and asks her if she will reconsider his offer to rule alongside him as family, before revealing to Kara's horror that he has gained Brainiac's ability to control others, which he demonstrates by showing her the Batman, who has been brainwashed by Superman, and suggests he will do the same to Kara if she refuses. Superman plans to expand his Regime into a Legion by recruiting beings from Brainiac's collection. He plans to use this Legion to bring peace to his universe and the multiverse. In the game's Multiverse Mode, Brother Eye monitors the infinite Multiverse for threats, sending heroes to combat threats or aid allies from other universes.

Infinite Crisis (video game)

The video game Infinite Crisis (which is unrelated to the comic book miniseries of the same name) features a Multiverse with 52 different worlds. This Multiverse is threatened by a sudden assault and all realities stand on the brink of annihilation. Now, the last hope for Earth lies in the powers of the DC Legends.

During the events of the tie-in comic book Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse, it is said that the Monitors were a race of beings native to the world of Nil that resided outside all realities in the Overvoid. Their existence came following the creation of the Multiverse and the Bleed where they watched the infinite Earths and sought to protect the infinite strands of creation. It was claimed that they were a people that cared little about the existence of the inhabitants of these universes and more for the preservation of their grand order. Such was their existence, until one of their kind turned against the others and became the Anti-Monitor. A Crisis emerged as a result whereby many universes were destroyed, but the Anti-Monitor was defeated at the cost of almost the entire Monitor race. From this Crisis, there existed only 52 universes left in the Multiverse that were kept in perfect balance. The only survivor of their race was Nix Uotan, who detected a new Crisis emerging from an unknown menace who made use of corrupted Monitor technology and struck at Earth-48. Nix Uotan returned to his people's home world in order to reactivate the machinery to help contain the damage from the Crisis. As a result, he began to seek out champions and even villains to help combat this menace from across the Multiverse. These individuals would be charged with recovering artifacts from across the many Earths that were being taken by the mysterious enemy to aid in their assault. Among his agents was a human female from Earth-48 who went by the name of Harbinger.

The featured alternate Earths are those of the New 52 DC Multiverse.

  • Prime Earth is Earth-0, DC's core alternate universe.
  • "Arcane" Earth is Earth-13.
  • "Atomic" Earth is the post-apocalyptic Earth-17.
  • "Gaslight" Earth is the Edwardian analogue steampunk Earth-19.
  • "Nightmare" Earth is the vampiric metahuman-dominated Earth-43.
  • "Mecha" Earth is Earth-44, on which robotics scientists created the Metal/Mecha League, analogues of Prime Earth superheroes.

Superman, Supergirl, Poison Ivy, the Joker, Harley Quinn, the Catwoman, Wonder Woman, the Batman and Robin are featured as player possibilities, each with alternate versions amongst the six featured alternate Earth scenarios.

In this reality, the Monitors had access to energy constructs that were able to record messages and transmit communiques across the Multiverse. They also forged orbs that glowed with light and served as a guide across the alternate universes as well as serve as a communicator with the Monitors. On their homeworld of Nil, there were spatial engines that could be used to help prevent large scale universal breaches that would damage the Multiverse.

Arrowverse and DC Extended Universe

In July 2014, DC CCO Geoff Johns confirmed that the universe present in the publisher's television series, Arrow and The Flash, is separate from the one being built in their films with Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In October 2014, Johns explained DC's difference in approach to Marvel, saying "We look at it as the multiverse. We have our TV universe and our film universe, but they all co-exist. For us, creatively, it's about allowing everyone to make the best possible product, to tell the best story, to do the best world. Everyone has a vision and you really want to let the visions shine through...It's just a different approach."

The Multiverse concept is explored during the second season of The Flash, which is pivotal to the conflicts between Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and rogue speedster Hunter Zolomon (Teddy Sears). The access points to the Multiverse are portals that were created as a result of an exploding singularity over Central City during the season two premiere "The Man Who Saved Central City". In the episode "Enter Zoom", it is revealed that Earth-2's version of the Green Arrow is Robert Queen (Jamey Sheridan) instead of his son Oliver (Stephen Amell), who presumably died on the boat accident. In the season two finale "The Race of His Life", Zoom reveals that the universe in which that of Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow sets is positioned in the Multiverse's center, and from there one could travel to any of the other infinite numbers of Earths. After Jay Garrick is rescued from Zoom, he reveals that he is from yet another Earth, designated Earth-3. In the season three episode "The New Rogues", the Flash team explore the multiverse in search of a Harrison Wells doppelganger to replace the Earth-2 version. They encounter four others from various Earths, two of which are named Earth-17 and Earth-19, from which their new recruit, Harrison "H.R." Wells, originates.

The television series Supergirl exists as another alternate universe separate from the main Arrowverse continuity.[40] This is confirmed in the Supergirl episode "Worlds Finest", when the Flash appears on Supergirl's universe and names heroes from his world (the Green Arrow, the Black Canary, the Atom, Firestorm) that Supergirl does not recognize. In addition, the Flash's allies Dr. Harrison Wells, Caitlin Snow, and Cisco Ramon do not exist in Supergirl's universe, and S.T.A.R. Labs was not founded due to Wells' absence. Barry Allen does note that they do share celebrities, such as singer Mariah Carey and writer Alexandre Dumas, who wrote The Three Musketeers. Supergirl's universe is coined Earth-38 by Cisco Ramon.[41] Subsequent episodes from Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and The Flash reveal that both Supergirl and Barry's universes also share the existences of the alien races of Thanagarians and Dominators.

The 2017 crossover event Crisis on Earth-X- which sees the heroes from all four shows face an invasion from the titular 'Earth-X', as a world where the Nazis won World War II- establishes that there are 52 known alternate Earths, with the titular 'Earth-X' being the fifty-third Earth, described by Harrison "Harry" Wells of Earth-2, that those who are aware of the multiverse as being so dark and horrific that no interdimensional traveler would dare to journey there. Its history is basically the same as Earth-1, Earth-2, and Earth-38's, except the outcomes of World War II and Adolf Hitler continued his reign worldwide until his death in 1994. Its inhabitants include counterparts of people from these Earths as well, including Oliver Queen's doppelgänger, who is Hitler's successor as Führer and the villainous archer the Dark Arrow.

Below are the known Multiverse worlds in the Arrowverse:

Teen Titans

Issue #48 introduces its own multiverse. Each world pays references to various incarnation of the Teen Titans. The worlds shown are:

  • The majority of the story is set on a world which is menaced by the Teen Tyrants (evil Teen Titans), and is defended by the Brotherhood of Justice (heroic versions of the Brotherhood of Evil). Similar to Earth-3.
  • Malchior's (from the Teen Titans episode "Spellbound") homeworld.
  • A world similar to the past from the Teen Titans episode "Cyborg the Barbarian".
  • A world containing the teen Lobo.
  • A world consisting of the animalistic Teen Titans (from the Teen Titans episode "Bunny Raven").
  • Another future timeline with Nightwing (from the Teen Titans episode "How Long Is Forever").
  • A world consisting of the Chibi Titans.
  • A world in which the Teen Titans (as depicted in the Silver Age comics) consist of Robin, Speedy, Wonder Girl, Aqualad, and Kid Flash.
  • The home of Larry the Titan.
  • A futuristic world where the Teen Titans consist of Nightwing (a vampirish version, based on Dagon of the Team Titans), Battalion (who resembles Cyborg), Mirage (who resembles Raven), and Killowat.

Parodies

  • Bongo Comics published a comic book series featuring characters from The Simpsons and Futurama titled Futurama/Simpsons Infinitely Secret Crossover Crisis. One of the conventions of DC's Multiverse that the series parodies is the existence of one universe's characters as fictional comic book characters in another.
  • IDW's Super Secret Crisis War!, parodies DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths and Marvel's Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars in their logo as this is a major crossover event featuring several characters and their worlds from their Cartoon Network-based publications.

See also

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All-Star Squadron

The All-Star Squadron is a DC Comics superhero team that debuted in Justice League of America #193 (August 1981) and was created by Roy Thomas, Rich Buckler and Jerry Ordway.

Batman (Earth-Two)

The Batman of Earth-Two is an alternate version of the fictional superhero Batman, who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was introduced after DC Comics created Earth-Two, a parallel world that was retroactively established as the home of characters whose adventures had been published in the Golden Age of comic books. This allowed creators to publish Batman comic books taking place in current continuity while being able to disregard Golden Age stories, solving an incongruity, as Batman had been published as a single ongoing incarnation since inception.

Bleed (comics)

The Bleed is a fictional interdimensional realm, a comic book construct that appears in books published by DC Comics. It first appeared in Stormwatch (vol. 2) #7 (May 1998), and was created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch.

Earth-Two

Earth-Two is a fictional universe appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. First appearing in The Flash #123 (1961), Earth-Two was created to explain differences between the original Golden Age and then-current Silver Age versions of characters such as the Flash, and how the current (Earth-One) versions could appear in stories with their counterparts. This Earth-Two continuity includes DC Golden Age heroes, including the Justice Society of America, whose careers began at the dawn of World War II, concurrently with their first appearances in comics. Earth-Two, along with the four other surviving Earths of the DC Multiverse, were merged into one in the 1985 miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths. However, following the events of Infinite Crisis, the Multiverse was reborn, although the subsequent Earth-Two was not the same as its pre-Crisis equivalent.

Following the events of Flashpoint, Earth 2 underwent an additional reiteration. While it still houses a team of superheroes, its membership is younger than before. Earth 2 also has a tragic backstory, having been invaded by a horde of alien invaders from Apokolips five years prior to the reboot, ahead of Darkseid's attempted invasion of Prime Earth. In the process, this reality's Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman all died, while its Supergirl and Robin were swept through a dimensional warp to Prime Earth where they became known as Power Girl and Huntress.

List of DC Multiverse worlds

The DC Multiverse is a fictional continuity construct that is used in DC Comics publications. The Multiverse has undergone numerous changes and has included various universes, listed below between the original Multiverse and its successors.

Multiverse (Marvel Comics)

Within Marvel Comics, most tales take place within the fictional Marvel Universe, which in turn is part of a larger multiverse. Starting with issues of Captain Britain, the main continuity in which most Marvel storylines take place was designated Earth-616, and the multiverse was established as being protected by Merlyn. Each universe has a Captain Britain designated to protect its version of the British Isles. These protectors are collectively known as the Captain Britain Corps. This numerical notation was continued in the series Excalibur and other titles. Each universe of the Multiverse in Marvel also appears to be defended by a Sorcerer Supreme at nearly all times, appointed by the mystic trinity of Vishanti to defend the world against threats primarily magical in nature from within and beyond and bearing the Eye of Agamotto.

Later on, many writers would utilize and reshape the Multiverse in titles such as Exiles, X-Men, and Ultimate Fantastic Four. New universes would also spin out of storylines involving time-traveling characters such as Rachel Summers, Cable, and Bishop, as their actions rendered their home times alternate timelines.

Omniverse

Omniverse may refer to:

Omniverse .:. Frequency, a 2002 album by Rake

Omniverse, a 1970s-era fanzine produced by Mark Gruenwald

Ben 10: Omniverse, a series part of the Ben 10 franchise

Multiverse, the collection of all universes

Multiverse (DC Comics)

Multiverse (Marvel Comics)

Parallel universes in fiction

A parallel universe, also known as an alternate universe or alternate reality, is a hypothetical self-contained reality co-existing with one's own. A specific group of parallel universes are called a "multiverse", although this term can also be used to describe the possible parallel universes that constitute reality. While the three terms are generally synonymous and can be used interchangeably in most cases, there is sometimes an additional connotation implied with the term "alternate universe/reality" that implies that the reality is a variant of our own, with some overlap with the similarly-named alternate history. The term "parallel universe" is more general, without implying a relationship, or lack of relationship, with our own universe. A universe where the very laws of nature are different – for example, one in which there are no Laws of Motion – would in general count as a parallel universe but not an alternative reality and a concept between both fantasy world and earth.

Presence (DC Comics)

The Presence is a fictional representation of the Abrahamic God, and is a character in comic books published by DC Comics. The character debuted in More Fun Comics #52 (February 1940), and was created by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Baily.

Robin (Earth-Two)

Robin of Earth-Two is an alternate version of the fictional superhero Robin, who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was introduced after DC Comics created Earth-Two, a parallel world that was retroactively established as the home of characters which had been published in the Golden Age of comic books. This allowed creators to publish comic books taking place in current continuity while being able to disregard Golden Age stories featuring Robin, solving an incongruity, as Robin had been published as a single ongoing incarnation since inception. Unlike his main counterpart, Robin is only the alter ego of Dick Grayson, who uses the title into adulthood, rather than taking on later codenames such as Nightwing or Batman. In addition, the name "Robin" is not taken on by later characters.

The character history of the Earth-Two Robin accordingly adopts all of the earliest stories featuring the character from the 1940s and 1950s, while the adventures of the mainstream Robin (who lived on "Earth-One") begin later in time and with certain elements of his origin retold. Both were depicted as separate, though parallel, individuals living in their respective universes, with the "older" Earth-Two character eventually reaching his retirement and death. After the events of DC's continuity-altering Flashpoint, Earth 2's Dick Grayson never adopted the role of Robin, which was instead originated by Helena Wayne, daughter of Earth-2's Batman and Catwoman, who later took the name Huntress. Dick instead married Barbara Gordon and lived an ordinary life until Darkseid's second invasion forced him to learn survival skills from Ted Grant.

Shared universe

A shared universe or shared world is a set of creative works where more than one writer (or other artist) independently contributes a work that can stand alone but fits into the joint development of the storyline, characters, or world of the overall project. It is common in genres like science fiction. It differs from collaborative writing where multiple artists are working together on the same work and from crossovers where the works and characters are independent except for a single meeting.

The term shared universe is also used within comics to reflect the overall milieu created by the comic book publisher in which characters, events, and premises from one product line appear in other product lines in a media franchise. A specific kind of shared universe that is published across a variety of media (e.g. novels, films, role-playing games, etc.), each of them contributing to the growth, history, and status of the setting is called an "imaginary entertainment environment."The term has also been used in a wider, non-literary sense to convey interdisciplinary or social commonality, often in the context of a "shared universe of discourse".

Silver City (comics)

The Silver City is a fictional location in stories published as part of the DC Universe. It is the home of beings known as angels and of the Presence, the primary deity of Abrahamic theology in the DC Universe. The Silver City debuted in More Fun Comics #52 (February 1940) and was created by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Baily.

Superboy-Prime

Superboy-Prime (Clark Kent, born Kal-El), also known as Superman-Prime or simply Prime, is a DC Comics superhero turned supervillain, and an alternate version of Superman. The character first appeared in DC Comics Presents #87 (November 1985), and was created by Elliot S! Maggin and Curt Swan (based upon the original Superboy character by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster).

Superboy-Prime is from a parallel Earth called Earth-Prime, devoid of any superheroes, or even superhumans. There, Superman and the other comic superheroes were fictional characters, as they were in real life. The Earth-Prime universe was erased during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, and Superboy-Prime ended up in a "paradise" dimension where during that time, he found himself unable to let go of his former life and destiny as Earth's greatest hero.

Over time, his convictions and morals become twisted and warped, and he came to believe that Earth-Prime is the only proper Earth and that Superboy-Prime was the only one worthy of the Superboy mantle. Prime firmly believes that being Superman is his calling despite the fact that he has become a psychotic and murderous villain. His overwhelming strength, speed, and ruthlessness make him one of the most dangerous foes in the DC Universe.

The name "Superman-Prime" was first used by Grant Morrison in DC One Million (1998) for the mainstream Superman in the 853rd century (he is essentially the same Superman from the All-Star Superman storyline). Earth-Prime's Superboy first refers to himself as "Superboy-Prime" in Infinite Crisis #2 (January 2006).

Original Multiverse
Name First Appearance Description
Earth-One More Fun Comics #101 (January 1945)
  • Main continuity during DC Comics' Silver Age.
  • Homeworld of Superman, the Batman and Wonder Woman of the Justice League of America, the Flash (Barry Allen), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), among others. This world's Heroic Age began with the debut of Superboy, a youthful Clark Kent; most of his contemporaries, however, did not debut until after Clark reached adulthood and became Superman.
  • First described as a distinct Earth in Flash (vol. 1) #123 (September 1961), first named in Justice League of America (vol. 1) #21 (August 1963)
Earth-Two New Fun Comics #1 (February 1935)
  • Continuity in which characters and many stories from DC Comics' Golden Age and Quality Comics' heroes were retroactively put together in the Silver Age.
  • Homeworld of the original Superman, the Batman and Wonder Woman who started careers in the 1930s and later fought in World War II along with the Flash (Jay Garrick), Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Hawkman (Carter Hall), forming the Justice Society of America. Their descendants in the modern day formed Infinity, inc.
  • Origin of Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters.
  • First described as a distinct Earth in Flash (vol. 1) #123 (September 1961), first named in Justice League of America #21 (August 1963).
Earth-Three Justice League of America (vol. 1) #29 (August 1964)
Earth-Four Yellowjacket #1 (1944)
Earth-S Whiz Comics #2 (February 1940)
Earth-X The Comics Magazine #1 (1936)
  • Reality of many stories appearing in Quality Comics' publications.
  • World War II went on for 30 years more than in the Real World. The Freedom Fighters from Earth-Two accidentally traveled there and fought in it. After its end (with the help of the JLA and JSA), they settled in this Earth to help in its rebuilding.
  • Freedom Fighters: Uncle Sam, the Human Bomb, Miss America, the Ray, the Black Condor, Doll Man, the Phantom Lady, and Firebrand
  • Named in Justice League of America (vol. 1) #107 (October 1973)
  • There are many retcons and inconsistencies regarding these characters after the acquisition by DC Comics. It is said that there was an Earth-Quality which followed more closely the stories in the original Quality publications.
Earth-961 Kingdom Come #1 (May 1996)
  • Setting of Mark Said and Alex Ross' Kingdom Come, where an aged Superman reforms the Justice League in order to deal with a new, often lawless generation of heroes.
  • Named in Absolute Crisis on Infinite Earths (2006)
Earth-971 Tangent Comics: The Atom #1 (1997)
  • Reality where heroes shared names with DC Comics' heroes, but had different lives and powers. The history is affected by the actions of the heroes actively, making great differences such as the Cuban Missile Crisis becoming a nuclear conflict or its technology being more advanced in 1997. It is also known as the Tangent Universe.
  • Homeworld of the atomic-powered hero the Atom, the Flash (Lia Nelson), a heroine who is made of light, the antiheroine the Joker and the soldier elite the Metal Men.
  • Named in Infinite Crisis #6 (May 2006)
Earth-A Justice League of America (vol. 1) #37 (August 1965)
  • The Lawless League: alternate, evil versions of Superman, the Batman, the Flash, Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter.
  • "A" stood for "alternate", since it was an alternate timeline of Earth-One.
Earth-B
  • Suggested to exist in a letters column by DC editor/writer Bob Rozakis as a possible explanation for certain non-continuity stories involving characters from Earth-One and Earth-Two who apparently co-existed.
Earth-C New Teen Titans #16 (February 1982)
Earth-C-Minus Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! #14 (April 1983)
  • An intelligent, talking, anthropomorphic funny animal version of Earth-One. Events and characters on Earth-C-Minus were considered fictional on Earth-C (with Captain Carrot's alter-ego employed as the cartoonist of the Just'a Lotta Animals comic book series). In turn, Earth-C's the Terrific Whatzit was considered a fictional character on Earth-C-Minus.
  • JLA/Just'a Lotta Animals: Super-Squirrel, the Batmouse, Wonder Wabbit, Aquaduck, Green Lambkin and the Crash.
Earth-D2 Legends of the DC Universe: Crisis on Infinite Earths (February 1999)
  • Ethnically diverse versions of several Earth-One heroes, such as a Japanese Flash, a Superman with an African-American appearance (who arrived on Earth as an adult with his wife), a Native American Green Arrow and a Brazilian Green Lantern. They formed the Justice Alliance of America.
Earth-Prime Flash (vol. 1) #179 (May 1968)
  • Originally the designation of the Real World in the Multiverse. It mirrored the Real World and all comics were considered fictional, but it did had one superhero (Superboy) and was the origin of Ultraa who emigrated to Earth-One. DC Comics' writers in this world knew that the Multiverse was real and that they could control events in it. It also had contact with heroes from other Earths.
Earth-Crossover Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man (January 1976)
  • Reality where DC and Marvel crossovers of the 1970s and 1980s occurred. In essence, a combination of Earth-One and the Marvel Universe (Earth-616).
  • Listed in The Official Crisis on Infinite Earths Index and The Official Crisis on Infinite Earths Crossover Index.
(unnamed) Wonder Woman (vol. 1) #59 (May 1953)
  • The first parallel Earth to be featured in DC Comics where Wonder Woman from Earth-Two met and fought along with Tara Terruna (Wonder Woman's counterpart) against Duke Dazam. This Earth appeared to be technologically less advanced than Earth-2.
  • "Tara Terruna" translates from that Earth's language to mean "Wonder Woman".
The Fourth World
  • A dimension that exists between Hell and the Universe. Although it is not considered a universe in itself, it contains several worlds; those being the most important are Apokolips and New Genesis.
  • The only means of transportation from this dimension to the Multiverse is the Boom Tube.
  • Homeworld of Darkseid and the New Gods.
The Antimatter Universe Green Lantern (vol. 2) #2 (October 1960)
  • This universe was described as a "universe of evil". Its society seems to be dominated by a philosophy of selfishness and greed. It was often referred to as Qward. The planet Qward was Oa's antimatter counterpart.
  • Home base of the Anti-Monitor, the Weaponers of Qward and the Thunderers and the place of origin of Sinestro's Yellow Power Ring.
  • ^1 Retconned by Infinite Crisis (2006).
  • ^2 Retconned by Legends of the DC Universe: Crisis on Infinite Earths (1999).
Modern Age Megaverse
Name First appearance Description
DC Universe Crisis on Infinite Earths #11 (February 1986)
  • Continuity for the mainstream DC Comics' publications from 1986 to 2011.
  • Everything was rewritten to comprise most elements from the former Earths One, Two, Four, S and X, which now coexisted in this reality and shared the same history. Its history was slightly changed after the Zero Hour in 1994.
  • Homeworld of the 1940s JSA and Freedom Fighters, the 1980s JLA, Superman, the Batman, Wonder Woman, the Blue Beetle and the 1990s Marvel Family.
  • Other heroes included the Flash (Wally West), Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner), the Spectre (Hal Jordan), the Huntress (Helena Bertinelli), Power Girl (daughter of the Atlantean mage Arion)
  • Its future was mostly unchronicled but it was known that Booster Gold came from the 25th century and the 1994 incarnation of the Legion of Super-Heroes existed in the 30th century.
  • It was known as New Earth and Earth Zero/Earth-0 (the latter after the Zero Hour event).
Pocket Universe Superman (vol. 2) #8
  • A Universe inside the Universe created by the Time Trapper to allow the existence of the 1986 Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th Century of New Earth.
  • It was a redux version of Earth-One. It was destroyed, along with the "first" Modern Age Legion of Super-Heroes, during the Zero Hour.
  • Reality of origin of the Modern Age General Zod and the shapeshifting being known as Matrix who donned the identity of Supergirl.
Antimatter Universe
Earth 2
JLA: Earth 2 (January 2000)
The Fourth World
  • A dimension that exists between Hell and Earth where the worlds of Apokolips and New Genesis exist and where Darkseid and the New Gods live.
  • It was stated that this dimension was protected by Darkseid during Crisis on Infinite Earths and was not affected.
Vertigo Universe
  • Unofficial name of the continuity of characters from the DCU as they appeared in the Vertigo imprint.
  • Animal Man, John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Shade the Changing Man, Lucifer, the Swamp Thing.
Hypertime The Kingdom #1
  • Structure of the time stream of the DC Universe.
  • All retcons, "imaginary stories", alternate timelines, Elseworlds, appearances in other media and even worlds of the former multiverse are branches of the main stream. Like in a river, these branches usually returned to the main stream and affected it, which explained retcons and certain interactions with the main timeline.
Limbo Animal Man (vol. 1) #25 (July 1990)
  • Dimension where the "forgotten" heroes and those who could not return after the Crisis on Infinite Earths "lived" outside the DC Universe.
Paradise Dimension Crisis on Infinite Earths #12 (March 1986)
  • Known as the "Paradise Dimension", place where Alexander Luthor Jr. of Earth-Three, Superboy of Earth-Prime and Superman and Lois Lane of Earth-Two were exiled to, as they no longer had a place in the universe. Unreachable and inescapable, the Paradise Dimension is akin to the concept of Heaven.
Milestone Universe/
Dakotaverse
Hardware #1 (April 1993)
  • Homeworld of Icon, Static, Hardware, the Blood Syndicate and Dharma and the Shadow Cabinet.
  • Most of the metahumans were part of ethnic minorities and DC Comics were a work of fiction.
  • Most of it occurs in Dakota City after the gang-related incident known as the Big Bang which granted superpowers to many people.
Wildstorm Universe
  • Homeworld of Wild C.A.T.S., DV8 and Gen 13.
  • It was known to be part of a Multiverse with alternate versions, such as Alternative 838 that had a reversed gender version of the Authority (the Meritocracy).
Marvel Universe
(Earth-616)
Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1 (1939)
  • Homeworld of the mainstream versions of Spider-Man, Captain America, the X-Men.
  • It merged briefly with the DC Universe, forming the Amalgam Universe.
  • In the Unlimited Access miniseries, Access calls this world the Marvels' Universe and Barry Allen calls it an Earth-2
  • A pocket universe inside it (Heroes Reborn) collided and merged briefly with the Wildstorm Universe (in the World War III miniseries).
Amalgam Universe Marvel versus DC #3 (1996)
  • Homeworld of the DC and Marvel amalgamated heroes: Super Soldier, the Dark Claw, Spider-Boy, the JLX, Iron Lantern, etc.
  • A recreation of the resulting universe created by the merging of the DC Universe and the Marvel Universe of Earth-616 (in the latter's multiverse). It exists as a pocket universe inside Axel Asher/Access.
The 52
Name First Appearance Description
Earth-0
  • Continuity of the mainstream DC Comics publications after Infinite Crisis and Final Crisis.
  • Basically, continuation of New Earth of the Modern Age DC Universe with many events and situations changed.
  • Most events in the Dakotaverse became part of this continuity after Milestone Forever and Final Crisis.
  • Originally named Earth-1 in 52 #52.
Earth-1
  • Trinity #52 (May, 2009)
  • Superman: Earth One (December 2010)

It has been presented in two forms:

  • Reality where the Trinity (Superman, the Batman and Wonder Woman) of Earth-0 became gods, taking the place of extant deities. After the heroes returned to their home universe, the deities remade this universe "as it was meant to be".
  • New take on the flagship DC heroes created by J. Michael Straczynski; most of the time compared to Marvel´s Ultimate Universe.
Earth-2 52 #52

(May 2007)

  • Based upon Earth-Two.
  • The descendants of the WWII JSA (which included Superman, the Batman and Wonder Woman) formed the Justice Society Infinity in the present day.
Earth-3 52 #52

(May 2007)

  • Based upon Earth-Three.
  • Reality of the Crime Society, criminal versions of Earth-2's JSA and JSI.
Earth-4 52 #52

(May 2007)

  • Based upon Earth-Four, formed by Charlton Comics characters in a Watchmen-like setting.
  • The Blue Beetle, the Question, Captain Atom, Nightshade, the Judomaster
Earth-5 52 #52

(May 2007)

  • Based upon Earth-S, formed by Fawcett Comics characters in a more classic and "kinder" context.
  • The Marvel Family (Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., Mary Marvel) and an alternate Hal Jordan/Green Lantern.
Earth-6 Countdown: Arena #1

(February 2008)

  • Reality where an alternate Atom/Ray Palmer acquires light-control powers, becoming the Ray.
  • As seen in Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1, it seems many of its heroes are a parody/homage of Marvel Comics' heroes.
Earth-7 Countdown: Arena #1

(February 2008)

  • Origin of Courtney Whitmore who wielded the Star Rod, becoming Starwoman.
Earth-8 Countdown #29

(October 2007)

  • Based upon the Marvel Universe.
  • The Americommando, Lord Havok and the Extremists, the Zen Men.
  • Earth is known as Angor and a Metahuman Act was passed a few years ago.
Earth-9 Tangent: Superman's Reign #1

(2008)

  • Based upon the Tangent Universe.
  • It resembles most of Earth-97, but part of its history is different and it has even more characters with names from Earth-0.
Earth-10 52 #52

(May 2007)

  • Based upon Earth-X.
  • World War II was won by the Axis. Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters fight against die Gerechtigkeitsliga, Nazi counterparts of the core JLA (also known as the JL-Axis).
Earth-11 Countdown Presents: The Search for Ray Palmer: Superwoman/Batwoman #1

(February 2008)

  • Reverse-gender version of Earth-0.
  • Superwoman, the Batwoman, Wonder Man, Aquawoman, Maxine Lord, Superlad.
Earth-12 52 #52

(May 2007)

  • Based upon the Batman Beyond animated series.
  • The Batman (Terry McGinnis), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan II).
  • Not to be confused with the 'Batman Beyond Universe' which is a continuation of the original DCAU.
Earth-13 Countdown: Arena #1

(February 2008)

  • Dark and arcane versions of heroes.
  • Origin of Brigadier Atom and Eve of Shadows, an alternate Captain Atom and Nightshade.
  • Keith Champagne claimed this Earth was based upon Vertigo publications with DC characters (John Constantine, the Swamp Thing).
Earth-14 Unknown
Earth-15a Countdown #30

(October 2007)

  • Heroes' protégés and sidekicks assumed the roles of the original heroes.
  • Superman (Zod), the Batman (Jason Todd), Wonder Woman (Donna Troy), Aquaman (Garth), Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)
  • The Earth of this universe was destroyed by Superboy-Prime.
Earth-16bc Countdown: Arena
  • Homeworld of Christopher Kent/Superman.
Earth-17 52 #52

(May 2007)

  • Based upon the Kamandi timeline of Earth-One.
  • A post-apocalyptic Earth where intelligent animals have enslaved the human race.
  • The Atomic Knights, Kamandi, a gorilla Starman, Superdemon.
Earth-18
  • Based upon the Elseworlds story Justice Riders.
  • Wild West version of the Justice League.
Earth-19 Countdown Presents: The Search for Ray Palmer: Gotham by Gaslight #1
  • Based upon the Elseworlds stories Gotham by Gaslight (1989) and Batman: Master of the Future (1991)/Earth-1889.
  • A Victorian-themed/steampunk world apparently stuck in the Industrial Revolution.
  • The Bat Man, the Blue Beetle (Daniel Garrett), the Man-Bat (Robert Langstrom)
Earth-20 Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1

(October 2008)

  • A dieselpunk reality. A world with many aspects of the 1930s and 40s such as art and technology.
  • Homeworld of the Society of Super-Heroes (Doc Fate, Lady Blackhawk, the Immortal Man, Green Lantern (Abin Sur), the Mighty Atom, and the Bat-Man.
Earth-21 Countdown: Arena #1

(February 2008)

  • Based upon DC: The New Frontier.
  • Stories are focused in the 1950s as the heroes of the Golden Age witness the rising of the Silver Age heroes and form the second generation team of heroes, the Justice League of America.
Earth-22
  • Based upon the Elseworlds story Kingdom Come/Earth-96.
  • Magog, the Bat Family (the Batman, the Red Robin (Dick Grayson), Ibn al Xu'ffasch, Nightstar (Mar'i Grayson))
Earth-23

Unknown

Earth-24

Unknown

Earth-25

Unknown

Earth-26 Captain Carrot and the Final Ark #1

(December 2007)

  • Continuation of Earth-C instead of a reboot.
  • Although it was presented as part of Hypertime, it was stated that this Earth was (together with Earth-C Minus) an alternate dimension, allowing it to survive the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
  • The Zoo Crew, the Scarab, The Fox and the Crow. Its alternate dimension of Earth-C Minus is the home of the Just'a Lotta Animals.
Earth-27

Unknown

Earth-28

Unknown

Earth-29

Unknown

Earth-30
  • Based upon the Elseworlds story Superman: Red Son.
  • Kal-L arrives in Ukraine instead of Kansas in the 1950s.
Earth-31 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1

(February 1986)

  • Reality where Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One, The Dark Knight Strikes Again and All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder were retroactively comprised together into a single continuity.
Earth-32 Countdown: Arena
  • Based upon the Elseworlds story Batman: In Darkest Knight.
  • Bruce Wayne is given the Green Lantern power ring by Abin Sur. Clark Kent, Princess Diana and Barry Allen receive power rings as well.
Earth-33 Countdown to Adventure #3

(December 2007)

  • A universe where magic has a major role in the development of civilizations rather than science.
  • The League of Shamans (Super-Mage, the Bat-Mage, Lady Flash)
Earth-34 Wonder Woman: Amazonia (1997)
  • Wonder Woman arrives in Britain in the 19th Century to fight the oppression of King Jack, who is actually Jack the Ripper.
  • Earth designation established by Dan DiDio in the editorial column of DC Nation #89.
Earth-35

Unknown

Earth-36

Unknown

Earth-37d Countdown: Arena #1 (February 2008) (mentioned)
  • Ronnie Raymond merged with Nathaniel Adam, becoming Quantum-Storm.
Earth-38 Countdown: Arena #1 (February 2008)
  • Captain Atom leads the Atomic Knights.
Earth-39 Countdown: Arena #2 (February 2008) (mentioned)
  • A teenage Daniel Garrett is bonded to his scarab as Jaime Reyes was in New Earth.
Earth-40 Countdown: Arena #1 (mentioned)
  • Homeworld of the Bat who is forced to fight against the Monitors by Monarch in Countdown: Arena.
  • The Bat is the Batman as he appears in the graphic novel JSA: The Liberty File, suggesting this world is based upon that story.
Earth-41

Unknown

Earth-42

Unknown

Earth-43 Countdown Presents: The Search for Ray Palmer: Red Rain #1 (January 2008)
  • The Batman acquires vampiric powers after his showdown with Dracula.
  • Based upon the Elseworlds stories Batman & Dracula: Red Rain (1991), Batman: Bloodstorm (1994) and Batman: Crimson Mist (1998).
Earth-44 Final Crisis #7 (March 2009)
  • "Doc" Will Tornado (a human version of the Red Tornado) builds the Metal Men, robot versions of the JLA.
Earth-45

Unknown

Earth-46

Unknown

Earth-47

Unknown

Earth-48 Countdown to Adventure #1 (2007)
  • This Earth was declared to be War World by a council of planets so conflicts between planets could be settled here to avoid innocent casualties, since most of the Earth's life was lost as a result of their own interplanetary wars.
  • Homeworld of the Forerunners.
  • Originally referred to as Earth-34 in Countdown #43
Earth-49

Unknown

Earth-50 52 #52
  • Reality where the restarted Wildstorm Universe took place.
Earth-51 Countdown to Final Crisis #19 (December 2007) (first form)

This Earth was rebuilt a few times:

  • The Batman goes on a global crusade against crime after Batman: The Killing Joke, which started a utopian age. This Universe was nearly destroyed by Monarch in the events of Countdown: Arena.
  • It was later rebuilt by the Monitor Nix Uotan, then it was made part of Limbo by the Monitors and later restored by the spy agency "Checkmate" from New Earth. In both incarnations, it ended in becoming the world of the comic book series Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth.
Earth-Primee Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5

(September 2009)

  • Homeworld of Superboy who started Infinite Crisis. Everyone in this Earth is horrified and fearful of Superboy since they have read what he has done in DC Comics publications in Infinite Crisis and Final Crisis.
  • It was unknown under what circumstances this world was recreated and if it was part of the 52 Multiverse. It never had a number designation.
The Fourth World
  • Dimension where the stories of the New Gods take place.
  • Darkseid, Kalibak, DeSaad, Highfather, Orion, Metron.
Limbo
  • A dimension where forgotten heroes and characters exist. They have all forgotten most of their lives.
  • The Infinite Book, the only book in the "Library of Limbo", exists within this dimension and it contains all of the history of the Multiverse, as well as being the one story that tells all of the other stories, although it is unreadable. If this book is ever destroyed, all of the Multiverse will be destroyed with it as well.
The Antimatter Universe
  • A twin universe composed mostly by antimatter with a somewhat reversed morality and history.
  • Within this universe, the worlds of Qward and the Antimatter Earth of the Crime Syndicate of Amerika exist.
  • ^a Promotional material for Countdown: Arena stated this was the reality of Christopher Kent.
  • ^b In the editorial column of DC Nation #89, it was said that this was the reality of the Super-Sons.
  • ^c At ComicCon 2010, the Young Justice TV series was revealed to take place on Earth-16.
  • ^d The Elseworlds stories Batgirl and Robin: Thrillkiller (1997) and Batgirl and Batman: Thrillkiller '62 (1998) have been stated to take place on Earth-37.
  • ^e Retconned by The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (2015) as Earth-33.
The New 52
Name First Appearance Description
The Orrery of Worlds
Earth-0[15] Flashpoint #5 (August 2011)
Earth-1[15] Superman: Earth One (December 2010)
The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • Described as a young universe where the careers of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Teen Titans are just beginning; their stories are yet to be told and anything can happen.
  • The universe where the various Earth One graphic novel series all take place.
Earth-2 Earth 2 #1 (July 2012)[15]
  • Has alternate versions of Superman, the Batman and Wonder Woman (known on this Earth as the Wonders of the World) who fought in an invasion led by the Steppenwolf and died in the Apokolips War. Five years after their sacrifices, younger superheroes arise. Characters are derived from the Golden Age Justice Society of America, who existed on the original Golden Age Earth-Two.
  • The Flash (Jay Garrick), Doctor Fate (Khalid ben-Hassin), Hawkgirl (Kendra Munoz-Saunders), the Atom (Al Pratt) and Green Lantern (Alan Scott).
  • Homeworld of Power Girl (Kara Zor-L) and the Huntress (Helena Wayne) who were stranded on Earth-0 for several years.
  • It was destroyed by Darkseid after a deal was made between him and Highfather of the New Gods. At the conclusion of Convergence, the world where the superheroes and their cities were trapped has now taken the place of Earth-2 as a gift from Telos so its survivors can restore their society.[16]
Earth-3[15] Justice League #23 (October 2013)
(mentioned)
Justice League #23.4 (November 2013)
  • An "evil" universe with supervillain versions of the superheroes from Earth-0, similar to the original Silver Age Earth-Three and the antimatter Earth from JLA: Earth 2.
  • It was destroyed by the Anti-Monitor, but some members of the Crime Syndicate survived.
  • The Crime Syndicate: Ultraman, the Owlman, Superwoman, Power Ring, Johnny Quick, Atomica, Deathstorm, the Sea King, Grid.
Earth-4 The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1 (December 2014)[15]
  • The homeworld of the Pax Americana, a group of costumed superheroes/vigilantes gathered by the U.S. government in 2008 to counterattack the threats of the world after this Earth's 9/11 attack.
  • Led by Captain Atom, the only superpowered superhero, and formed by the Blue Beetle, the Judomaster, the Peacemaker, Nightshade and the Question.
  • Essentially, a world with an ethos similar to that of Watchmen, but taking place in the 21st Century and directly featuring the former Charlton Comics superheroes. These versions borrow many character traits from the Watchmen characters.
Earth-5[17] The Multiversity: Thunderworld #1 (December 2014)
  • A world protected by the champions of the wizard Shazam: the Marvel Family. It is also known as "Thunderworld".
  • A classic take on the Fawcett Comics characters. Although it takes place in the 21st Century, life is not as complicated or as "grim and gritty" as other worlds in the Multiverse.
  • The Marvel Family (Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., Mary Marvel), the Lieutenant Marvels (which include Mr. Tawky Tawny and Uncle Marvel), Doctor Sivana and the Sivana Family (Sivana Jr., Georgia and Magnificus) and the Monster Society of Evil.
  • Unlike in the current mainstream DC Universe, the Marvel Family all retain the name "Marvel". Mary Marvel, however, wears her 1990s/2000s white uniform instead of her classic red one.
Earth-6[15] The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • A world of superheroes with familiar names but very different origins, such as Superman, who is a stranded Kryptonian policeman, or Wonder Woman, whose powers are of Inca origin. The superheroes of this world fight against the evil Reverend Darrk.
  • The universe of the DC superheroes as retold by Stan Lee for the series Just Imagine....
Earth-7 The Multiversity #1 (August 2014)[18]
  • Similar to Earth-8 in history and has superheroes with subtle differences.
  • An Australian Aboriginal superhero named the Thunderer is the last survivor of this Earth after it fell to the Gentry. Other superheroes included the Crusader, the Golem, Walküre, "Doc" Future, Devilfist and Microbot.
  • This world was a pastiche of the Marvel Comics characters (believed to be the Ultimate Marvel versions in particular) and some other independent characters such as Hellboy.
  • This world was taken as a base for the Gentry in its quest to destroy the Multiverse.
Earth-8 The Multiversity #1 (August 2014)[19]
  • A universe where its large population of superheroes spend more time fighting each other than fighting supervillains and are not very much trusted by the general population.
  • The Retaliators (the American Crusader, Wundajin, the Behemoth, Machinehead), the Future Family, the G-Men, Lord Havok and the Extremists.
  • A pastiche of the Marvel Universe as an "analogue" of it in the New 52 Multiverse. Within The New 52, comics featuring these characters are published by Major Comics, a fictional "equivalent" of the Real World's Marvel Comics.
Earth-9 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • The universe of the Tangent Comics superheroes (see the Infinite Multiverse and the 52 entries above).
Earth-10 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015) Multiversity: Mastermen (February 2015)
  • The arrival of Kal-L and the Kryptonian technology in his rocket in Sudetenland allowed the Third Reich to secure its victory over the Allies in WWII. Overman (Kal-L's name as given to him by Adolf Hitler himself) is the leader of the New Reichsmen (the Nazi counterpart of the Justice League) in the present day. They defend Germania from its threats such as the Luthor League and the Freedom Fighters.[20]
  • Also known as Earth-X,[20] this world is a radical new take on the original Silver Age Earth-X, where the Freedom Fighters are now presented as what could be considered a terrorist group due to their methods in their fight against the "Reich".
Earth-11[21] The Multiversity #1 (August 2014)
  • A reversed-gender version of Earth-0. Superheroes, politicians and even entertainers have a reversed-gender version on this matriarchal Earth.
  • The Justice Guild: Superwoman, the Batwoman, Wondrous Man, Aquawoman, Jesse Quick, Power Man, Star Sapphire, Zatara.
Earth-12 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • This world has a slightly advanced alternate future timeline, where the successor of the Batman and the Justice League Beyond protect this near-future world.
  • The Batman (Terry McGinnis), the Justice League Beyond (Superman, Green Lantern, Warhawk, Aquagirl, Big Barda, Micron).
  • This version resembles more closely the future presented in the Batman Beyond TV series.
Earth-13 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015) Multiversity #2 (April 2015) (scheduled)
  • Described as a world with a "permanent magical twilight", this is the homeworld of Etrigan the Demon from the planet Kamelot who fights evil as Superdemon, along with the members of the League of Shadows.
  • Superdemon, Hellblazer, Annataz, Witchboy, the Swampman, Fate, Deadman.[22]
  • The characters of this Earth are alternate versions of characters from Earth-0 with magical and supernatural powers, but here, they have a more orthodox superhero representation.
Earth-14 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015) (described)

Superman (vol. 4) #15 (February 2017)

  • The first of the 7 Unknown Worlds that are yet to be revealed.
  • The Multiversity Guidebook states that these worlds were created by seven Monitor "magi" for a mysterious purpose.[20]
  • Now known as the "home of the Justice League of Assassins" world as shown in Superman (vol. 4) #15.[23]
Earth-15 Countdown to Final Crisis #30 (October 2007)
  • The so-called Perfect Universe where superheroes had achieved universal peace and perfection and their protégés assumed their roles. It was destroyed by Superboy-Prime of Earth-33.
  • The only remaining fragment of it is known as the Cosmic Grail (which is apparently a Green Lantern power battery) that is said to be hidden somewhere in the Multiverse.[20]
Earth-16 The Multiversity: The Just #1 (December 2014) [24]
Earth-17 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • This world experienced a nuclear war in 1963. Captain Adam Strange leads the Atomic Knights of Justice in a quest to rebuild their world and search for Earth-15's lost fragment, the Cosmic Grail. Their base of operations is Novamerika in the 21st century.
  • The Atomic Knights of Justice consists of alternate versions of Earth-0 characters such as the Batman, Wonder Woman, the Martian Manhunter and the Challengers of the Unknown.
Earth-18 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • The homeworld of the Justice Riders, an alternate version of the Justice League in a world where technology and culture were "frozen" in the late 19th century by the Time Trapper. Even though it is the 21st Century, the world looks like the Old West, although its technology is equivalent in other ways, such as a telegraph-based "Internet" and air travel.
  • Saganowana the Superchief, the Bat-Lash, Madame .44, Strongbow, El Diablo, Cinnamon, the Trigger Twins, Firehair, Tomahawkman, Johnny Thunder and Pow-Wow Smith.
Earth-19 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • In this world, superhumans have arrived in the British Empire as King Edward VII rules a 20th-century empire where electric technologies are emerging and society is changing fast.
  • The Bat Man, Wonder Woman, the Blue Beetle (Daniel Garrett), the Man-Bat (Robert Langstrom), the Accelerated Man (the Flash) and the Shrinking Man (the Atom).
  • An "amalgamation" of the Elseworlds stories Gotham By Gaslight (1989), Batman: Master of the Future (1991) and Wonder Woman: Amazonia (1997).
Earth-20[25] The Multiversity: The Society of Super Heroes-Conquerors of the Counter-World #1 (September 2014)
  • A binary universe that collides every 100,000 years with Earth-40. The Society of Super Criminals from that Earth are currently invading Earth-20.
  • The homeworld of the Society of Super Heroes, pulp versions of DC superheroes (Doc Fate, the Immortal Man, Abin Sur a.k.a. Green Lantern, Lady Blackhawk and the Atom).
  • This world looks like the 1940s post-WWII world.
Earth-21 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • In this world President John F. Kennedy was never assassinated, the United States is optimistic about its future and the newly formed Justice League of America protect their ideals.
  • An idealized version of the early 1960s world whose superheroes resemble the way that they were and looked in the early Silver Age. Similar to that of DC: The New Frontier; also includes John Henry Irons.
Earth-22 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • This world was on the brink of apocalypse until the return of Superman after the destruction of Kansas.
  • Older and bitter versions of the Modern Age Justice League protect this world, which is similar to that of Kingdom Come.
  • The Atom-Smasher, Bat-Knight, the Batman, Deadman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Power Woman, the Red Hood, the Red Robin, Starman, Superman and Wonder Woman.
Earth-23[26] Action Comics (vol. 2) #9 (July 2012)
  • Kal-El, a Kryptonian who is in appearance an African-American, on this Earth is Calvin Ellis, President of the United States and is also Superman, who has inspired a generation of black superheroes.
  • Superman a.k.a. Calvin Ellis, Nubia the Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Vixen, Cyborg, the Red Tornado, Black Lightning and Steel. The Batman, Guardian and Zatara are Caucasian, however.
Earth-24 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015) (described)
  • The second of the 7 Unknown Worlds.
Earth-25 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015) (described)
  • The third of the 7 Unknown Worlds.
Earth-26[27] The Multiversity #1 (August 2014) (Captain Carrot appears)
  • A world inhabited by intelligent, talking, anthropomorphic funny animals whose particular (cartoon) physics have saved it from prior destruction during the various Crisis events.
  • The homeworld of the Zoo Crew: Captain Carrot, Pig-Iron, Alley-Kat-Abra, Fastback, Rubberduck, Yankee Poodle, Little Cheese (deceased) and the American Eagle.
Earth-27 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015) (described)
  • The fourth of the 7 Unknown Worlds.
Earth-28 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015) (described)
  • The fifth of the 7 Unknown Worlds.
Earth-29 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • A Bizarro universe where the Unjustice League of Unamerica have pointless and futile adventures on the planet Htrae, which has a cubic shape and a surrounding ring.
  • It has other alternate Bizarro versions of the Earth-0 universe's characters and worlds: Adam Familiar from Nnar; the Tramian Snitch from the overpopulated Sram; a flightless Bizarro Manhawk from Raganaht; the Dismissers of the Universe from Ao; etc.[20]
Earth-30 Superman: Red Son (2003)
The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • The homeworld of a Soviet Superman who landed in a Russian collective farm instead of Smallville, Kansas and helped the U.S.S.R. to prosper and win the Cold War. After the alleged death of Superman, the consequent united world prospered under the Luthor family.[20]
  • The universe where the Elseworlds story Superman: Red Son takes place.
Earth-31 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • This world nearly drowned because of accelerated climate change and runaway rising sea levels. Captain Leatherwing and the crew of the Flying Fox protect the seven seas.
  • A pirate-themed version of the Justice League: Captain Leatherwing (the Batman), Robin Redblade, Capitana Felina (the Catwoman) and alternate versions of Superman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Green Lantern and the Teen Titans.
Earth-32 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • The superheroes of this world are "amalgamations" of superheroes from Earth-0.
  • The Justice Titans: Super-Martian, the Bat-Lantern, Wonderhawk, Aquaflash, the Black Arrow.
Earth-33 The Multiversity #1 (August 2014) (comic books appear)
The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015) (described)
Multiversity: Ultra Comics (March 2015)
  • A world without superheroes. Ideas created by ordinary human minds (namely, comic book writers) become reality in other worlds of the Multiverse.
  • A mirror of the Real World. It has, however, one superhuman known as Ultra Comics, an artificial being created upon the very essence of comic books; he is described as a "cybernetic living comic book".[20]
  • Also known as Earth-Prime.[20]
Earth-34 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • Savior, the last survivor of the ancient supercivilization of Mu, was sent into the future to escape a doomed past. He inaugurated the Light Brigade in the city of Cosmoville.[20]
  • The Light Brigade: Savior, Herculina, Radman, Formula-I, Ghostman, Goodfellow, Stingray, Master Motley, Cutie.
  • A pastiche of Astro City as its "analogue" in The New 52.
Earth-35 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • Described as an artificial universe constructed by Monitor "ideominers". Its superheroes are known as the Super-Americans, an "artificial" alternate version of the Justice League.
  • Supremo, the Olympian, the Owl, Starcop, Mercury-Man, Miss X, Morphin' Man and Majesty, Queen of Venus.
  • A pastiche of Rob Liefeld and Alan Moore's Awesome Comics as its "analogue" in The New 52.
  • Earth-34 and Earth-35 have been called "copies of copies" because their characters are homages to characters that were, in turn, pastiches of DC Comics superheroes.
Earth-36[28] Action Comics (vol. 2) #9 (July 2012)
  • The superheroes of this world, known as the Justice 9, are alternate versions of the Justice League with similar characteristics but very different names. As revealed by Red Racer, both DC Comics and Major Comics are well known on this world.
  • The Justice 9: Optiman, Iron Knight, War-Woman, Mer-Man, Red Racer, Blackbird, Bowboy, Cyberion and Flashlight.
  • Optiman was apparently killed by Earth-45's Superdoomsday.
Earth-37 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • In this world, technology has steadily accelerated beyond that of the Real World since the 1960s. By 2015, Earth already has colonies on Mars and Jupiter's satellite, Europa, as well as interstellar travel. Its superheroes are described as lawless and cynical.
  • Tommy Tomorrow, Manhunter 2015 and the Space Rangers. There were alternate versions of Batgirl, Robin and the Joker in this world in its 1960s. Earth-37 seems to have been based on the Elseworlds stories Batgirl and Robin: Thrillkiller (1997) and Batgirl and Batman: Thrillkiller '62 (1998), Howard Chaykin's revisionist take on DC's future superheroes Twilight and the "Ironwolf" stories in Weird Worlds #8-10 (November–December 1973, January–February 1974 and October–November 1974).
Earth-38 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • In this world, the Batman and Superman started their careers in the 1930s. They aged normally and their children, grandchildren and other descendants have taken up the superheroic baton.
  • Based on the original Bob Kane Batman, the original Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster Superman and the three Superman & Batman: Generations Elseworlds stories. There are also descendants of members of the JSA and JLA on this world.
  • Superman, Joel Kent, Supergirl, the Batman I, the Batman II, Superman II a.k.a. Knightwing.
Earth-39 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • The homeworld of the Agents of W.O.N.D.E.R., an organization of UN superspies with technology-based superpowers designed by child genius Happy DaVinci. The use of these technologies, however, adversely affects their health and lifespan.
  • Cyclotron, Doctor Nemo, Corvus, the Accelerator and Psi-Man.
  • An homage to T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents.
Earth-40[29] The Multiversity: The Society of Super Heroes-Conquerors of the Counter-World #1 (September 2014)
  • A darker alternate opposite of Earth-20 where supervillains had emerged and organized first instead of superheroes. The homeworld to the nemeses of the superheroes of Earth-20, led by Vandal Savage.
  • The Society of Super Criminals: Vandal Savage, Doc Faust, Lady Shiva, the Blockbuster, Parallax, Count Sinestro.
Earth-41 The Multiversity #1 (August 2014) (the Dino-Cop appears)[30]
  • Described as a dark and violent world in which superheroes live a very independent life from each other, although they share the same world. A parody of the Image Comics characters.
  • The Dino-Cop, Spore, the Nimrod Squad (Fletch, Vague, Flintstein).
  • The Dino-Cop and Spore were among the first to appear at the House of Heroes, immediately after the Thunderer from Earth-7.
Earth-42 The Multiversity #1 (August 2014) (Tiny Wonder Woman appears)[31]
  • A world populated by tiny (also referred to as chibi) versions of DC Comics characters. They were revealed to be artificial beings in the service of the Gentry, who tried to destroy the Multiverse.[20]
  • Their lives are, most of the time, childish except when they encounter their Multiverse neighbors, which has already caused the apparent death of their Superman.
  • The Little League: the Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, the Green Arrow, Hawkman, the Martian Manhunter, Steel.
Earth-43 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • This world is ruled by superheroes who have become vampires.[20]
  • The Blood League: vampire versions of the Batman and Robin, Superman a.k.a. Ultraman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash and Cyborg.
  • An "amalgamation" of the Elseworlds stories Batman & Dracula: Red Rain (1991), Batman: Bloodstorm (1994) and Batman: Crimson Mist (1998).
Earth-44 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • A world without superheroes where the bipolar Doc Will Tornado built the superheroes of the Metal League, an "amalgamation" of the Justice League and the Metal Men.
  • Gold Superman, Iron Batman, Platinum Wonder Woman, Lead Green Lantern, Mercury Flash, Tin Elongated Man and Nth Metal Hawkman.[20]
Earth-45 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • The homeworld of an artificial Superman created by Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen. After Overcorp turned it into Superdoomsday, it ran amok and killed countless individuals on several alternate Earths, including Optiman of Earth-33 and Tiny Superman of Earth-42.
Earth-46 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015) (described)
  • The sixth of the 7 Unknown Worlds.
Earth-47 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015) (described)
  • A psychedelic world where the champions of the Love Syndicate of Dreamworld are the main superhero team and are financed by the immortal teenage president Prez Rickard.
  • This world has a late 1960s/early 1970s American pop culture aesthetic.
  • Sunshine Superman, the Speed Freak, Magic Lantern, the Shooting Star and Brother Power the Geek.[20]
Earth-48 The Multiversity #1 (August 2014) (Lord Volt appears)
The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015) (described)
  • Benevolent aliens have turned this once war-torn Earth (formerly known as Warworld) into a factory to breed a race of superbeings (known as the Forerunners) to become the ultimate protectors of the Multiverse against the forces of Lord Darkseid.
  • Every inhabitant of this Earth has superpowers, including animals and bacteria. The royal family includes Lady Quark, Lord Volt and Liana, their daughter. Others listed include Antarctic Monkey, Brother Eyes, Danger Dog and Kid Vicious.[20]
  • A combination of two worlds that were glimpsed during Crisis on Infinite Earths and Countdown to Final Crisis. It incorporates the royal family of Earth-Six and the Forerunners' Warworld of Earth-48.
Earth-49 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015) (described)
  • The seventh (and last) of the 7 Unknown Worlds.
Earth-50 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • President Lex Luthor murdered the Flash on this world. In retaliation, Superman killed Luthor with his heat vision and then instituted a global police force maintained by the now-tyrannical former superheroes.[20]
  • The Justice Lords: Superman, the Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Hawkwoman, the Martian Manhunter.
  • Identical to the characters and setting appearing in the DCAU Justice League episode "A Better World". Although this and Earth-12 are apparently identical to the DC animated universe, further details that clarify if these worlds are those of the DCAU have not yet been revealed.
Earth-51 The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (January 2015)
  • A world whose civilization was destroyed by the "Great Disaster", whose cause remains a mystery. Animals acquired human-like intelligence and humanity was decimated. The New Gods have shown an interest in this world, as they are concerned about the impending threat of the resurrection of Darkseid.
  • The homeworld of Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth, Prince Tuftan of the Tiger-Men and Ben Boxer a.k.a. biOMAC.
  • Characters are based on those originally created by Jack Kirby in the 1970s.
Earth-52 Dark Nights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1 (April 2018)
  • A world inhabited by a Justice League made up entirely of ape-themed characters.
The Speed Force Wall
Wonderworld
  • The homeworld of the archetypal superhero team known as the Theocracy.
The Blood Moon The New 52: Futures End
Convergence #0 (2015)
  • Appears opposite to Wonderworld.
  • A giant artificial planet originally created by the Brainiac God to traverse the Bleed, but which will instead become the place where the artificial intelligence named Telos will be born.
  • Made of various cities from various realities altered or destroyed in the wake of the various Crisis events.
KWYZZ
  • Described as "the Radio Universe". It has been contacted using radio equipment.
  • The homeworld of KRAKKL the Defender.
The Sphere of the Gods
Dream
  • The realm of Morpheus the Dream-King where the courts of Faerie and Gemworld exist.
  • Oberon, Titania, Amethyst the Princess of Gemworld, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny.
Nightmare
  • The shadow side of Dream where the Goblin Market exists.
  • Home to the Bogeyman, haunt of witches and bad dreams.
Heaven
  • Home to the Spectre and the Host of Pax Dei, among others.
Hell
Skyland
  • The homeworld of the Old Gods.
  • Home to the Asgardian Gods, the Olympian Gods, the Loa, the Elohim and many others who were worshipped in ancient times.
The Underworld
  • The opposite of the homeworld of the Old Gods.
  • Home to the netherworlds of ancient cultures such as Hades or Annwn.
  • Also known as the Phantom Zone; it was used by the Kryptonians as a prison for their criminals (General Zod, Xadum the Phantom King).
New Genesis
  • The homeworld of the New Gods and the Forever People.
  • Highfather, Orion, Lightray, Metron, Scott Free.
Apokolips
  • The homeworld of Darkseid and his servants: DeSaad, Granny Goodness, Kalibak, etc.
The Monitor Sphere
Nil
  • The world of origin of the race known as the Monitors.
(name unknown)
  • Shown in the map as a bubble opposite to Nil.
Dark Multiverse
Name First Appearance Description
Earth -1 Batman: The Devasator #1 (January 2018)
  • Dark Universe version of Earth-1, homeworld of Batman: The Devastator. When the Superman of this world became murderous to the point of killing Lois Lane and cut off Batman's right arm, the events result in a released spore of the Doomsday virus, turning an infected Batman into The Devastator.
Earth -11 Batman: The Drowned #1 (December 2017)
  • Dark Universe version of the reverse-gendered Earth-11, homeworld of Batwoman: The Drowned. On this world, Batwoman started a war against metahumans following the death of Sylvester Kyle, which resulted in her killing Aquawoman. When the Atlanteans retaliated by sinking Gotham City into the ocean, Batwoman altered her physiology to adapt to undersea combat.
Earth -12 Batman: The Merciless #1 (December 2017)
  • Dark Universe version of Earth-12, homeworld of Batman: The Merciless. On this world, the Justice League fought Ares for two years when he waged war on the world. When Ares was finally caught, Batman took his helmet and it made him mad with power - enough for him to kill Ares and Wonder Woman.
Earth -22 The Batman Who Laughs #1 (January 2018)
  • Dark Universe version of Earth-22, homeworld of The Batman Who Laughs. On this world, thwarting a dying Joker's attempt to expose children to a highly concentrated dose of Joker venom, Batman was exposed instead and became a new Joker, who slaughtered his fellow members of the Bat Family and the Justice League until Earth -22 was reduced to a desolate wasteland.
Earth -32 Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1 (December 2017)
  • Dark Universe version of Earth-32, homeworld of Batman: The Dawnbreaker. On this world, Bruce Wayne was offered a Green Lantern power ring following the death of his parents. Due to being devoid of emotion, Bruce killed his parents' murderer. While defending Gotham City, his murderous tendencies led him to slaughter the Green Lantern Corps, which resulted in Earth -32 falling apart.
Earth -44 Batman: The Murder Machine #1 (November 2017)
  • Dark Universe version of Earth-44, homeworld of Batman: The Murder Machine. On this world Batman's villains, led by Bane, killed Alfred Pennyworth, causing Batman to have Cyborg create an A.I. version of Alfred called the Alfred Protocol. Unfortunately, the Alfred Protocol went rogue, killed all the Arkham Asylum inmates and then integrated itself into Batman while converting him into an emotionless machine devoid of any humanity. After killing his world's Justice League, The Murder Machine knew that Earth -44 would come apart.
Earth -52 Batman: The Red Death #1 (November 2017)
  • Dark Universe version of Earth-52, homeworld of Batman: The Red Death. The Batman of this reality, maddened by the deaths of the Bat Family, acquires access to the Speed Force by absorbing the Flash of his world, yet finds himself unable to prevent Earth -52's eventual collapse. The Red Death dies in the events of The Wild Hunt.
Arrowverse Multiverse
Name First Appearance Description
Earth-1 Arrow
Earth-2 The Flash
  • Homeworld of Jesse Quick, Zoom, and the Black Siren (a variation of Laurel Lance). This world has a variation of other characters, like Barry Allen not becoming Flash and Jesse Quick being the residential speedster superhero, Robert Queen being the Green Arrow due to Oliver being killed in the accident that stranded Robert on an island, Robbie Raymond being Deathstorm, Caitlin Snow being a villainous version of Killer Frost, Linda Park being Doctor Light, Barry Allen's parents being alive, and Francisco Ramon being Reverb. In addition, Earth-2's S.T.A.R. Labs was founded in 1991.
Earth-3 The Flash
  • Homeworld of Jay Garrick. This world has various features that are anachronistic in comparison to Earth-1, like the population of zeppelins and Tommy guns.
Earth-19 The Flash
  • Home of Gypsy and her father Breacher. On this world, Al Capone was the Vice President of the United States where he did something that caused gambling to be outlawed. Because of a race called the Plastoids, coffee is no longer available due to them destroying the coffee crops and gelatinous foods were banned because they resembled the Plastoids.
Earth-38 Supergirl
  • Setting of Supergirl. On this world, the existence of alien life is common knowledge for a decade.
Earth-90 Elseworlds
Earth-X Crisis on Earth-X
  • Setting of Freedom Fighters: The Ray.
  • Homeworld of the Freedom Fighters and the New Reich. On this world, World War II was not won by the Allied forces and Adolf Hitler died of natural causes in 1994. Since his death, the New Reich has ruled Earth-X and fights with the Freedom Fighters as well as a displaced version of the Ray from Earth-1. The Freedom Fighters are led by General Winslow "Winn" Schott Jr. and consist of Citizen Cold, the Red Tornado, a variation of Jimmy Olsen, and an assortment of other rebels. The New Reich consists of the Black Arrow (this world's version of Green Arrow and the current Führer), Overgirl (this world's version of Supergirl and the Black Arrow's wife), Prometheus (this world's version of Tommy Merlyn), Metallo's Earth-X counterpart, Siren-X (this world's version of Laurel Lance), and a Sturmbannführer counterpart of Quentin Lance.
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