Otherworld is a dimension that features in Marvel Comics.
One account held that it was established when Merlyn had mastered a Multiversal energy matrix that was being studied by his comrade Feron and their master Necrom. However, Necrom sought ultimate power and in the skirmish with his students it was Merlyn who claimed it and after years of mastering it he created made his home on Otherworld. Necrom had also long eluded him leading to Merlyn establishing the Captain Britain Corps to patrol the Multiverse. (Excalibur v1 #50) This elite cadre of heroes safeguarded the infinites of reality and were considered a great force for good in the Omniverse. Among the greatest of their number was Sir James Braddock who was a noted as a scientist, warrior, philosopher and a strategist. (Excalibur v2 #3) As an inhabitant of Otherworld, he was one of Merlyn's chosen guard and was dispatched to Earth to prepare the way. (Captain Britain v2 #7) He was given a sacred quest to help shape the future as he was considered the ideal candidate to sire a saviour and king. On Earth-616, a genetically compatible mate was found in Elizabeth who gave birth to his children. (Excalibur v2 #3) The Otherworld genes were devoid in his first child Jamie Braddock but the divine spark was present in his twin children Brian Braddock and his sister Betsy Braddock. (Captain Britain v2 #7)
During his travels, Prester John discovered the hidden isle of Avalon where he was amazed by its great accomplishments and was given the Evil Eye of Avalon. In fabled Avalon, great wizards had created great machines that had harnessed the powers of the universe but these same forces destroyed them causing them to be lost to the sight of men. Prior to their disappearance, Prester John was kept within the Chair of Survival where he remained asleep for centuries undisturbed. (Fantastic Four v1 #54)
The reborn Mastermind artificial intelligence plotted in the shadows to usurp control of Otherworld from the Captain Britain Corps. (Excalibur v2 #4)
An alternate version of Jamie Braddock from the future came to be possessed by Horam'ce the Goat-Devil of Self-Propagation. To spread its mindcancer across the Omniverse, he travelled to the modern day during a time when Merlyn was hibernating in order to propagate across existence. This led to an invasion of Otherworld and a conflict with its defenders. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #23) The Goat then used his stolen Orbs of Necromon including the Orb of Necromancy to assemble an army to overwhelm the realm's defenders. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #21) The threat was only ended when Betsy Braddock learnt of the source of the threat and used telepathy to force her brother Brian Braddock to kill her older sibling Jamie Braddock. His death caused the Goat and his armies to vanish as they were erased from the timeline. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #23)
A new threat came to this realm when the Manchester Gods manifested and waged a war with the Tuatha de Danaan. As a result, they dispatched one of their number to Asgardia to enlist the aid of the Asgardians. However, the All-Mother refused as they cited the pact of non-interference of the Council of Godheads which prevented a pantheon in interfering in the internal affairs of another. Though officially refusing, the All-Mother recognized the importance of the Tuatha de Danaan as an ally and secretly dispatched Loki to aid them against the threat of the Manchester Gods. (Journey into Mystery v1 #639)
Otherworld was held as being a reflection of the British Isles which meant that places of power served as a means of access between both realms. (Journey into Mystery v1 #639) The Enchanted Lands of Avalon was alleged by some to be British collective unconscious and England's Dreaming. (Wisdom v1 #1)
Inside the hidden realm of Avalon was a land of wizards and kindly wondrous men with it being filled with miracles. The fabled isle contained mighty machines that harnessed the natural powers of the universe and were built by wizards. (Fantastic Four v1 #54)
There were many races with territories that inhabited Otherworld. (Wisdom v1 #1) These inhabitants include:
- Fairies : (Wisdom v1 #1)
- Manchester Gods :
- Fomorians :
It was ruled by some sort of pantheon though Otherworld was said to never taken responsibility for its nationals. (Wisdom v1 #1)
Items tied to Otherworld included:
- Orbs of Necromon : a golden orb capable of bringing life to the dead. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #21)
- Orb of Metallum : a golden orb said to had been forged by Merlyn which controlled metal. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #21)
- Merlyn :
- Roma :
- Krokwel : a large horned humanoid who was the master of the Lords of the Thousand Sorrows. He was once a servant of Otherworld until James Braddock Senior ejected him from the Corps over misperceptions of the magic he ingested. Krokwel was then relegated to be tied to a forest that had an unquenchable thirst for sorrow. (Uncanny X-Force v1 #21)
- Opal Luna Saturnyne :
- Froud :
- James Braddock : a male inhabitant of Otherworld who became one of Merlyn's chosen guard. (Captain Britain v2 #7) He was a member of the Captain Britain Corps that was charged with helping birth the prophecised saviour that would be his son Brian Braddock. (Excalibur v2 #3)
- Avalon was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby where it made its first appearance in Fantastic Four v1 #54 (September, 1966).
- It was based on the mythical Avalon of Arthurian Legend.
- Otherworld was created by Chris Claremont, Herb Trimpe and Fred Kida with it first appearing in Captain Britain v1
- It was based on the mythical Otherworld of Celtic Myth.
- Captain Britain v2:
- Excalibur v1:
- Wisdom v1:
- Thor: Blood Oath v1:
- Uncanny X-Force v1:
- Journey into Mystery v1:
- Excalibur v4: