The Greatest Elseworlds Stories Ever Told!
Every day in April we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!
Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).
Today’s list is the Greatest Elseworlds Stories Ever Told!
NOTE: In an effort to avoid debates over what is/what isn’t an Elseworlds title, the initial voting was done using whatever Wikipedia listed as Elseworlds title at the time of the voting. Neither Dark Knight Returns nor New Frontier were on the list of eligible titles.
10. Batman: Holy Terror
In a world where the United States never separated from England and the country is run by the Church, Bruce Wayne learns from James Gordon that his parents were likely murdered by Joe Chill under orders by the government. Wayne takes on the guise of the Batman to avenge his parents and to stand up for the lower classes in general.
9. Superman and Batman: World’s Funnest
Evan Dorkin and over a dozen of the greatest artists working in the comics industry combine to tell the tale of Mr. Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite fighting each other throughout various alternate realities (and various timelines), including some particularly familiar ones like the world of Kingdom Come (Alex Ross draws those pages, of course).
8. Batman and Dracula: Red Rain
In this one-shot (the first of a trilogy of tales by Doug Moench, Kelley Jones and Malcolm Jones), Batman literally becomes a bat, man. Well, he at least becomes a vampire.
7. JSA: The Liberty File
In this series set during World War II written by Dan Jolley and Tony Harris and drawn by Harris and Ray Snyder, the Bat (Batman), the Clock (Hourman) and the Owl (Dr. Mid-Nite) have to stop a new Nazi “Superman.” A number of other DC characters are re-imagined for this series (which had a sequel four years later and a third sequel happening right now).
6. Superman/Batman: Generations
John Byrne did an excellent prestige format mini-series detailing the concept of “What if Batman and Superman and their casts aged in real time from when they first appeared?” and Generations shows exactly how this would come about. Along the way, Byrne naturally alters his style to reflect the era that each story is being told in. Great stuff. It was followed by two sequels. By the time it ended, Byrne had practically created a whole other universe filled with stories starring these characters (the final sequel was twelve issues long).
The top five is on the next page!