Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
This is the fifth in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) explaining the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book writer comments on/references the work of another comic book in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!
Today we look at an instance of Dan Slott poking a little fun at Infinite Crisis..
SO many readers wrote in asking me to feature this one, I guess I had to!
Okay, so to start, during Infinite Crisis (but not in the pages of the series itself, mind you) it was established that a group of characters from before Crisis had survived but were viewing the DC Universe from their, I dunno, inter-dimensional cave or something like that.
Anyhow, they took issue with some of the things that went on in the DC Universe, basically sort of like “we sacrificed everything for them and they’re screwing it up!”
Well, in Infinite Crisis Secret Files, we learned that one character, Superboy Prime, would punch the walls of their home, and those punches would affect reality itself and twist events, so, for instance, instead of Jason Todd dying, Jason Todd lived.
Well, a few months back, in the pages of the Mighty Avengers, the Absorbing Man absorbed the Cosmic Cube, which has reality-altering powers. So now the Absorbing Man had those powers, and he was using them to alter people’s realities by force.
And then he punched Ms. Marvel (secretly the villianous Moonstone) and split her into her two identities, to which she remarked…
And there you have it.
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