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Ask Chris #277: Stories That Can’t, Couldn’t, Or Shouldn’t Be

Ask Chris #277, background art by Alex Ross

Q: Why did What Ifs and Elseworlds use to be so popular? And why don't we see them much anymore? -- @TheKize

A: I don't want to reject your premise outright since I think you're onto something here, but I also think it's worth pointing out that we're not exactly suffering from a lack of alternate-continuity stories, either. Multiversity, Convergence and Secret Wars were all based at least partially on the idea of exploring and playing around with the same kind of stories that didn't quite happen. If, however, you're talking about those specific brands, the What If books and the Elseworlds imprint that showed up on so many comics, then you're right.

For the most part, I think it just comes down to a simple swing of the pendulum back from oversaturation. There were a ton of those stories, and as is usually the case with these things, publishers just decided to put 'em away for a while. But there's another reason, too, and it has a lot to do with why so many of those stories exist in the first place.

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Ask Chris #110: The Best ‘Imaginary’ Story


Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of internet readers have to say. That's why every week, Senior Writer Chris Sims puts his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions...

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Great Comics That Never Happened #1: JLA & The Wu-Tang Clan [ORIGINAL ART]


In our new feature, writer Chris Sims and artist Rusty Shackles carry on the noble comic book tradition of the imaginary story by bringing you the Best Comics Ever that don't actually exist! This week, as we prepare for the launch of the "Wu-Massacre" album by the comics-friendly Wu-Tang Clan, a cross-time crisis brings the Silver Age Justice League face-to-face with the greatest super-heroes of our generation:

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Look for our next imaginary installment soon...

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