Post by briandomingos on Jun 6, 2017 6:35:07 GMT -6
I've probably my DC-bias but I always felt like "Elseworlds" had more gravitas than "What-If?" "What-If?" seemed like of hokey. I think it's because it was often used as book for lesser talents to get their feet wet and "Elseworlds" was more prestige-type projects.
What if Captain America kept Thor's hammer? I Thor 390, Thor is set upon by the servants of Set. During the battle, Thor is separated from his hammer and Captain America lifts the hammer and throws it to Thor. This not only saves Thor, but proves that Captain America is worthy of wielding Mjolnir. In this What If?, Thor would be killed before Cap gets him the hammer and Cap, with Odin's urging, keeps the hammer. I don't have a bunch of details of what would happen. Civil War would've ended differently for sure with a Thor-powered Cap. The ending would have Steve die bravely during some crazy conflagration and Odin would, like Thor's hammer, enchant Steve's shield so that only someone worthy could wield Caps' shield.
Lex Luthor: World's Finest
The post-Crisis Lex Luthor was born in Metropolis' Suicide Slum to a horrifically abusive father. This caused Lex to become bitter and eventually murder his own parents and develop a lust for power, putting him on the path to becoming Superman's greatest enemy. In this Elseworlds, Lex would take a thinly-veiled path of a certain Dark Knight. At a young age, Lex witnesses the murder of his parents in Suicide Slum. Being raised in violence and poverty threaten to consume young Lex but his intelligence, imagination, and friendship with a young Perry White (in this series Perry would be Lex's confidant much like Alfred) would see him through. Not motivated by greed or a lust for power, Lex would focus his studies on discovery and would become, without question, the greatest mind on the planet. Upon finishing his studies, Lex would travel the world to find his place in it. Lex would have adventures and over time develop a love of humanity his upbringing in Suicide Slum never afforded him. Though he would never don a costume, Lex would dedicate himself to bettering the human condition. Due to Lex's altruism, he and Superman become good friends and the story would end with the implication that Superman and Lex (not Superman and Batman) would become the World's Finest team.