The Archie Universe is close to fallen, a shadow of its former self. The Crusaders have fled for surer parts and Captain Pureheart wasn't strong enough to hold up the universe.
Betty AND Veronica accept their fates as they watch eternal love draw its last.
Dilton Doiley, the universe's lone male survivor, brilliantly having built himself a one-man, two women rocketship, flees the destruction, leaving with a message, a chance to lay seed and an opportunity to rebuild the universe in his image.
Elsewhere, the Virgin Comics Universe is no more.
Buddha and John Woo's Seven Brothers tried but could offer little hope or resistance.
A message is sent upon a frequency that reaches across the universes.
"Dilton Doiley here..."
The assembled powers of (Insert Here) and (Insert Here) have threatened to visit destruction and enslavement of the universes."
"The threat must be met but there's a problem. The assembled powers of (Insert Here) and (Insert Here) threaten to attack from a pocket universe that exists like some hybrid of Brigadoon and the Mongol Empire."
"The universe's gateway opens at one specific time but could exist in theirs for years. In our time, it is a war that will last mere seconds but will leave every man, woman and child dead or enslaved and your universes in ruins."
"Your Earth will not be enough. They will take their campaigns of destruction across the galaxy and eventually, the universes."
"United, I believe, we can stop them."
"Cheil Matzav. Let unity be our garrison."
The call is sent out.
The greatest minds of the surviving universes (Reed Richards, Elijah Snow, Lex Luthor, Girl Genius, Tom Strong, among others) determine that the apparatus designed to spirit the champions away only has enough power to possibly send and bring back five of their number.
The invasion must be met at the destroyers' gate, as there is simply one very specific moment to push back the invasion.
The Green Lantern Corps and The Shi'ar Imperial Guard will stand watch just outside of the gateway while S.H.I.E.L.D. works in conjunction with, representing The Umbrella Academy, Spaceboy, The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, a Greg Rucka-helmed Checkmate, an out-of-her-element Tara Chace and The B.P.R.D. to coordinate an emergency evacuation plan for all assembled universes.
It has been determined the independent universes, while small, can sustain life and can co-exists with the larger universes.
Five from the universes are chosen because of these different and valuable traits:
A brilliant, tactical mind.
Experience with extraterrestrial and possible paranormal warfare.
Warriors who will not lay until they have breathed their last.
An ability to endure the tests of time.
The final choice of who to send off to save the universe comes down to YOU, The Second Printer.
Help keep Scott Pilgrim's little life, precious.
The universe rises or falls with your choice.
Five can save a universe.
WHO WILL YOU CHOOSE?
(The "winning" five will later go on to be written in a scenario befitting their status as universal champions.)