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My DC: Cosmology September 25, 2011

Posted by vorpalkeith in Uncategorized.

This may be among my more hated posts in this series as it is going to start to introduce some of the more radical changes I have come up with so far.

Who are the New Gods? A more accurate question might be . . . WHAT New Gods?

I just made thousands hate me, but I really don’t like the New Gods. There would only be three Fourth Worlders that remain in My DC: Metron, Mr. Miracle, and Darkseid (Darkseid is going to get his own post).

Mr. Miracle – Is a rather ordinary man by the name of Shilo Norman, with amazing skills in escapistry. He will have been the only person to ever have escaped Apokolips. More on Apokolips in a later post.

Metron – He is a being of seemingly limitless power from a distant future far beyond even the Legion of Superheroes. He drifts through time and space in his Mobius Chair, observing.

The Spectre – For years in the comics he has been known as the Angel of Vengeance. A spirit of divine retribution. Let’s never go into specific answers. It’s far more interesting to imply things sometimes.

The Phantom Stranger – Another great example of implying rather than outright saying. No one has ever conclusively stated a previous origin for the Phantom Stranger. Let’s take a look at what Wikipedia says about the four postulated origins over the years:

1) One proposes the Stranger was originally a private citizen during biblical times and was spared God’s wrath. An angel was sent to deliver him from divine wrath. After questioning God’s actions, he commits suicide. The angel forbids his spirit from entering the afterlife, reanimates his body and condemns him to walk the world forever to be a part of humanity but also forever separated from it. He then discovered his divine charge, to turn humanity away from evil, one soul at a time

2) In a variation of the Wandering Jew story, he was a man named Isaac with a wife (Rebecca) and a son during the time of Jesus’ childhood. When King Herod heard that there was born a child who would be king of the Jews, he ordered the deaths of all baby boys in order to kill the Christ child. Among the people killed were Isaac’s wife and son. Blind with anger, he spent the next 30 years in a rage against Jesus. Later, after being tried in part by Herod’s son, Jesus was subjected to torture. On learning this, Isaac bribed a guard to assume his role in the flagellation of Christ. Upon this Jesus sentenced him into exile from his home and to wander until Doomsday. After the crucifixion, Isaac recognized his mistake and let go of his anger. He has since spent the rest of his life helping society, even declining an offer from God, father of Jesus himself, to release him from his sentence.

3) Another was a proposal that the stranger is a remnant of the previous universe. At the end of the universe the Phantom Stranger approaches a group of scientists studying the event, warning them not to interfere in the natural conclusion of the universe. The story concludes with the Phantom Stranger passing a portion of himself to a scientist, the universe is reborn, and the scientist from the previous universe is the Phantom Stranger in the new universe.

4) The final tale postulated that the Stranger was a fallen angel who sided with neither Heaven nor Hell during Satan’s rebellion and thus condemned to walk the Earth alone for all time. Alan Moore wrote and Joe Orlando illustrated this story. This is also backed by The Word who said that the Phantom Stranger was a fallen one.

So which do we choose? Let’s not and say we did, eh? Let’s have the Phantom Stranger as a mysterious being doomed to forever wander and leave it at that, eh?

An idea I do like, though, is that the Phantom Stranger would not be able to interfere with matters directly. He could only nudge things, and people would be left to make their own choices.

The Source Wall – It exists at the end of the universe, preventing any who would attempt to cross it. Many have tried. Explorers. Warlords. Madmen. They have all gotten trapped, entombed within the Wall as a warning to others. What lay beyond no one knows (it is not parallel Earth’s in my version.

The Source – What is it? Who is it? Does it even exist. Is it God, or something else? Everyone speculates, but no one actually knows. We’re not going to provide answers to the most primal of theological and philosophical questions in a comic book. Any attempt is wasted effort.



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