Comic books: Grading alternate reality Marvel and DC characters

Not all alternate reality characters are created equal. Here are the best and worst alternate Earth heroes and villains from both DC and Marvel graded.

The Batman Who Laughs - Official Trailer
The Batman Who Laughs - Official Trailer / DC
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19. The Batman who laughs

Comic book fans have wondered what it would be like if Batman lost it. Well, now we know. Not only would he slaughter the Justice League, but he’d also turn alternate-reality Robins into his hound dogs. He’s easily the best Elseworld version of Batman. Maybe the best variant of all time

Grade: A+

18. Dark Beast (Age of Apocalypse)

The Age of Apocalypse may not have aged well, but the characters did. Among the best is Dark Beast. He showed what would have happened if Hank McCoy didn't have morals (this is also seen in Wolverine: Beast Agenda).

Hank didn’t just do a 180-degree turn with his personality. He was so bad that even Mr. Sinister cringed at his experiments (Blink said this in Exiles). When he made his way to Earth-616, he may have been worse.

Grade: B

17. Aquaman and Wonder Woman (Flashpoint)

Like Dark Beast, two of the most honorable heroes became terrifyingly evil. They waged a war that destroyed their world (thanks, Barry). As evil as they were, they showed two things. One, this is what heartbreak and betrayal can do to someone. Two, this is what these heroes are capable of when pushed. 

Grade: A

16. Blink (Age of Apocalypse)

Blink is the most underrated superhero ever. Her power set has allowed her to defeat King Hyperion twice (read Exiles for more on that). While leading her team, she lost the love of her life and saw friends die, but saved the day. She’s easily a character that deserves more respect.

Grade: A+