Wednesday, October 12, 2016

"Replaced."


Even though sci-fi TV and comics often have alternate universes like Earth-2 or the evil dimension or Counter-Earth, the philosophical ramifications of there being another you out there, that made different choices than you, are rarely delved into. Futurama did, and did it well, in "The Farnsworth Parabox"; and comics-wise...um...give me a minute, I'm sure I'll think of one...

Actually, I usually think of an old issue of Claremont's Uncanny X-Men (#246!) wherein Dazzler looks through the Mystic MacGuffin Siege Perilous, and sees alternate lives where she was a lawyer, a singer, a homeless person, and a housewife. Aaaaand then she sees each of her alt-selves die, usually horribly murdered. Maybe stick with the X-Men, then? (She wouldn't, Dazzler and most of the rest of the team was about to be written out of the book for some years!)

Post-Secret Wars, I think both Planet Doom and the New Universe earth are gone; but they were floating around the 616-Marvel Universe for quite a while. The New Universe one was quarantined in a late issue of Quasar, and I recall seeing Planet Doom here and there, but I couldn't tell you what happened to it.

Picked up about twelve pounds of comics the other day, and might've even got one with Counter-Earth in it! Might get to it in the next year or so...

2 comments:

Dale Bagwell said...

Continuing with the philosophical stuff I see. Nice angle too, of replacing loved ones with alternate doubles. Why hasn't anyone else thought of this?

SallyP said...

Oh Kurt. But lets face it, Wade is pretty obnoxious no matter where he is from.