get physical, and by that of course we mean theoretically physical.
alternate timeline and an alternate universe are not separate
entities. An alternate timeline encompasses an alternate universe. An alternate timeline takes place in an
alternate universe. The timeline variations can be small like one
where Gwen Stacy gets bit by the radioactive spider or one where the
prime species on Earth are apes.
are not different concepts.
that explanation given, comics tend to provide the best example and
theory on the many worlds idea. For a start it’s fictional, so the
variations of reality are only limited by the human imagination and –
one supposes – the strength of a given pharmaceutical.
other reason comics keep going back to the alt-timeline well is for
its infinite potential for stories: without having to explain history
or motives, you can explore an established character in a new
popular too. The Dark Knight Returns is set in an alternative
timeline and is considered one of the best comics ever made.
not necessarily looking at the best, though some quality material
does appear, we’re looking at weird or just completely out-there
stories that make the reader look back at what they’ve just digested,
shrug their shoulders and go ‘huh’.