It’s almost summer, and for a lot of people that means travel. And yeah, it’s true that you won’t have to worry about visiting fictional comic book cities. But just in case you find yourself in an alternate 2-D reality that seems a little too familiar, let’s do a countdown of the seven worst comic book cities to visit.
It’s modeled after an Eastern-European nation, so you can bet it’ll have some cool historical architecture, but it’ll also be freezing and dreary. You’ll also probably be enslaved by a Doom-Bot.
I know what you’re thinking– It’s like James Bond’s Monaco. And it is! But it’s also never in the same place twice, and you’re not James Bond. Odds are, if you’re in Madripoor you’re being disappeared.
3. COAST CITY
Mongul and Cyborg Superman killed you. That’s gotta sting. But at least your collective deaths made your former city’s hero go bananas and try to reset time!
4. THE BOTTLE CITY OF KANDOR
If you’re visiting Kandor, it’s because 1) you’re Kryptonian and tiny forever, 2) you’re Kryptonian and regular-sized, which means your planet’s going to blow up again, or 3) you’re shrunk down by The Atom and you can’t really stay too long before you explode. Yep, being tiny makes you blow up for some reason.
5. STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT (MARVEL)
Much for the same reason as its DC counterpart, a large section of Stamford, Connecticut was annihilated when the New Warriors came crashing through Nitro’s quaint, suburban home. After the dust settled from the Marvel Civil War, they didn’t even bother to replace the school or the part of town that was demolished. Instead, they built a superhuman military training facility called The Initiative on top of nearly 600 corpses. Children’s corpses.
6. MARVEL’S NEW YORK CITY
But for that matter, let’s consider the Big Apple, herself! Are you kidding me? There’s a city-wide catastrophe every damn day in Marvel’s NYC! They should change the name from The Big Apple to Collateral Damage.
7. GOTHAM CITY
This should go without saying, but let’s go down the list: innocents gunned down in the streets, criminally insane villains run amok with startling regularity, and your only hope is a lunatic in a bat costume with mommy and daddy issues.