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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Multiverse 101: Welcome To Earth-X

Earth-X has been teased quite a bit this year. Not only did we get a glimpse of it in the trailer for the upcoming CW Seed series Freedom Fighters: The Ray, but this week we learned this year's DC TV crossover would see the villains of this alternate earth invade our world.

In short, Earth-X doesn't seem like a nice place to be. However, we can't help but wonder what exactly is the story behind this alternate reality known as Earth-X...

Created by Len Wein and Dick Dillin, Earth-X first appeared in the pages of Justice League Of America #107 back in October 1973. A parallel world within the Pre-Crisis Multiverse, Earth-X is a world where the German's emerged victorious during World War II.

The Freedom Fighters, originally from Earth-Two, migrated to Earth-X in an effort to help America fight the forces of Adolph Hitler. However, President Roosevelt would end up passing away from a massive heart attack in 1944, leaving the country in such a state that Nazi Germany was able to develop its own arsenal of atomic weaponry.

Despite this terrifying development, neither side was willing to use such destructive means for fear of retaliation by the enemy. This resulted in the remainder of the conflict being fought using conventional warfare, dragging on until the Nazi's were successful in developing mind control technology that allowed them to win the war in 1968.

The Earth-X version of Green Arrow from Freedom Fighters: The Ray

Despite the victory, some proved to be immune to the effects of the mind control devices, and small resistance pockets began to form in various cities.

Come 1973, members of the Earth-One Justice League and the Earth-Two Justice Society arrived on Earth-X to aid the Freedom Fighters in their fight against the Nazis. In the ensuing conflict, it was revealed that a computer brain had taken control from the Nazis and replaced the leaders with android replicas. While several heroes would perish in the battle, including Red Bee, Plastic Man, Invisible Hood and Red Torpedo, the Freedom Fighters and their allies would eventually emerge victorious.

Like we said above, Earth-X doesn't seem like the nicest place to live, but we can't contain our excitement at seeing this parallel world crossing over with the DC TV Universe this Fall.

Are you looking forward to meeting the villains - and heroes - of Earth-X this season?

Until next time, Infinite Earths fans!

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