By Tarani Kapoor
As Project INFINITY explores the multiverse, team leader Tarani Kapoor writes about their travels into the unknown. We’ll bring you select excerpts from her journal as ATOM Labs provides them to us.
As we’ve traversed the multiverse, we’ve come across superheroes in about half our worlds (more depending on your definition of superhero), but by and large, everytime we’ve come across them, they are fighting supervillains and monsters. Now, we’ve come across a world where they won’t stop punching each other.
Dimension 36 initially resembled our home from the start. We saw New Romford in all its glory, and we saw Titana fly through the air. Then, as we were getting our bearings, Adonis flew in and attacked her. The force of the impact could be felt for miles according to local news reports. Our group figured one of them was a robot, clone, or evil counterpart of some origin, but as the two giants began to fight, the locals started running for cover.
Within minutes, the streets were clear, and someone hurried us into an underground bunker with hundreds of people. We asked what was going on, and no one knew. Through overheard conversations and some googling, we gathered that Titana and Adonis were indeed themselves on this world, and that there’s been a war going on between two different factions of superheroes. The source of the conflict was hazy. One story suggests the death of a superhero sparked the conflict while another suggests a piece of legislation as the cause. Another mentions something about an alien infiltration.
Whatever the cause, we didn’t get much into this world’s history because someone blasted through our bunker with an energy ray of some sort. Above ground, the battle had escalated very quickly with dozens of superheroes punching each other and destroying the entire city. Fearing for my crew’s safety, I quickly teleported us to another dimension.
Safely into the next dimension, we were all relieved to see that superheroes were not currently destroying it. Dimension 37 was calm and peaceful, and it resembled our own except for the local fashions. Almost everyone, young and old, fit and portly, was half nude. We were clearly overdressed.
As we sat a café trying to get our bearings, we saw this world’s superheroes, whom we didn’t know, stop a robbery across the street. While the robbery wasn’t anything out of the ordinary (a minotaur and his goons were robbing a china shop for some reason), the superheroes’ costumes were practically spray painted on, except for their thongs and capes.
After the battle, two of the male superheroes walked around to make sure everyone was safe. As they approached us, it became apparent that the superheroes had spray painted their bodies. They were practically nude, and the fashions of the locals started to make sense.
Something about us being fully clothed must’ve aroused them because they began to flirt with us. Uncomfortably. At one point, one superhero got incredibly close to Karen, and she became flustered. Jennifer had to forcibly restrain the superhero from getting any closer, and the superhero got angry. Then the other superhero tried to flirt with her, and Mike had to intervene.
But before anything else happened, an explosion occurred on the other side of town. The superheroes said a few derogatory and sexual things to us and flew off. We comforted Karen and Jennifer and decided it was best to jump to a new dimension. Hopefully, a calm one.
We somehow landed in another world where the superheroes are at war with each other. This time the conflict had something to do with Adonis and El Toro’s mothers having the same first name, which makes no sense, but at least no one’s sexually harassing us here, so we’ll take a win when we can get it.