Elseworlds is back? Damian Wayne is alive…sorta

2013070313371 Elseworlds is back? Damian Wayne is alive...sorta
Well, can any character ever be said to be truly alive? Damian Wayne, Batman’s morally confused young son was killed off in grisly fashion in February but the NY Post reports Andy Kubert is bringing him back in Octoberin a maybe possible future/imaginary story/what if…you know, what they uses to call Elseworlds, a long running series of imaginary stories that saw things like Batman wearing kilts, hunting Jack the Ripper, Superman being Russian and so on. They were eventually canceled because there were too many of the damn things and no one really cared any more.

DC Comics is billing this one as “a possible future that may never be.” Whether Damian will return for good at some point isn’t clear but, hey, this is comics!

“I had a big affinity for Damian when I drew Batman issue #666 (in 2007),” Kubert told Parallel Worlds. “I really liked that Batman and always wanted to revisit him. Damian is a bit different than the ‘Bruce Wayne’ Batman. Grant Morrison tweaked his character in a way that made it very endearing for me to draw. And to write.

Comments

  1. Glenn Simpson says:

    I realize there were exceptions to this rule that I just made up in my head, but Elseworlds would be alternate presents, whereas you can always have alternate futures without it being imaginary stories. Depends on if the series depicts something as being different in the present. Like if this series is about a Damian who never died at all, that would be an Elseworlds. If it’s just a future where he came back from the dead and then did stuff, that’s just an alternate future.

  2. Synsidar says:

    I realize there were exceptions to this rule that I just made up in my head, but Elseworlds would be alternate presents, whereas you can always have alternate futures without it being imaginary stories.

    A story set in a parallel universe, whether a given time frame is concurrent or offset by years in either direction, can always be real. Potential alternate futures can be eliminated by events in the present, if they exist at all. If time travel into the past is difficult to make sense of, time travel into the future is just impossible. The context has to be someone traveling from his present (the future) into his past (our present), and since he can’t change his past, that makes our present an alternate timeline.

    SRS

  3. This is a mini first mentioned sometime in 2011 and its just taken this long to get it out. No doubt delayed by putting Kubert on BW: Nite Owl.

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