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All the parallel worlds of the the DC universe, explained

One host, infinite worlds, seven minutes of video

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

DC Comics continuity is a snarl, there's no denying it. But why is it a snarl? What is it about comic book companies — and superhero universes — that produce these labyrinths of timelines and parallel worlds?

That's exactly what I hope to answer in the first installment of Issue at Hand, Polygon's newest video series. Hosted by me — Susana Polo, Polygon's entertainment editor and comics expert — Issue at Hand will give you the information you need to know in order to understand what's happening to comics today.

And that means we'll also be talking about what's happening in the movie and television industries today — because comics aren't just books anymore. Comics are reshaping our entertainment industry from the bottom up and the top down. And I don't just mean superheroes — although that's what today's episode is all about. Stay tuned to Polygon and our YouTube channel, because there's a huge world of comics to explore.

But just one world, thankfully.