Now, in our fourth year, we're pulling inspiration from the Atomic Think Tank once again! Last year someone (I wish I knew who) mentioned they wanted a "World of Freedom" book that fleshed out the rest of the world Freedom City and Emerald City are located in. It turns out we loved that idea and that the world has an actual name: Earth-Prime!
All I can say is Yeah!!! and I love the title too: Earth-Prime. In fact, since you guys named it that, you can expand this into another pdf series about places other than Earth-Prime sort of like a 52 universes approach...that is another thread. Thank you for making the Earth-Prime series, I know it will be great. Kudos on the Gadgets series, Powers series and Threat Reports.So, I'm very happy to announce The Atlas of Earth-Prime! It's a 20-part, twice-monthly series of PDFs that covers every corner of Earth-Prime. Each PDF will be in the eight- to ten-page range and will introduce you to new characters, places, organization, businesses, and groups. Most importantly, the idea behind the series is to give you information to inspire stories and adventures that criss-cross the globe and take your heroes places you may not have considered in the past.
Since comics were primarily North American-centric originally, I'd say a good way to do this is from the perspective of US based heroes (those based in Emerald or Freedom City) traveling to another place, and possibly for some international event, possibly a disaster. Say an Earthquake in Iran occurs and real people need saving, who knows who might show up, People's Champion of Russia or China? some Iranian hero. That way the Earthquake could have very comic-book villain origins, and real-life politics can take a back seat to straight up dealing with nefarious organizations, supers from other lands, and generally keeping it all 4-color in feel.
Or, like when Batman goes overseas and an organization like Shadow might need detailing in their Far East operations, or that secret valley in Africa where the evil-bad 'misunderstood' Queen lives. Perhaps the heroes are summoned or meet up with White Lion.
Short-to-medium adventure hooks can be added to one of the pages, little seed ideas.
Perhaps even some of the seeds in Lockdown can be tied into one or two of these pdf's, since that was part of the world of freedom too, correct? or at least it could be
Sounds like the right approach about writing on the rest of the world inviting/finding authors from non-America to do the writing chores. Surprise us with a blending of villains, heroes, organizations, and 'secret/mystical' places unique to the world of freedom. I love the idea of a more embedded approach to doing over-seas supers.