If you are new to comic books or at least the DC/Marvel worlds, reading “The Multiversity” might feel like a mind trick. I am not a comic newbie, but even this comic has me saying to myself (sometimes out loud), “Wait, who is that? What? Why?”
Legendary comic book writer Grant Morrison decided to unleash the entire DC universe in one comic series, opening up not just a typical crossover, but a dimension where all the favorite and not-so-liked characters interact with each other.
Within the first few pages, we are baited into this comic and discover Nix Uotan, also known as Superjudge, the last of the Monitors who has vowed to protect the Multiverse.
He ventures to Earth-7, one of the 52 Earths that exist simultaneously in multiple dimensions. Here, he finds destruction; “it’s like all of reality has been snapped.”
The ultimate villain, the Gentry, has invaded this Earth. Thunderer, who has all but been killed, calls the Gentry “the pitless ones from behind the invisible rainbow. Opposite of everything natural.”
And in a sweep of events and a peek into other worlds, Superman and many other superheros are “kidnapped” onto Uotan’s spaceship. Here, they learn they are in a place with many names, including the House of Heroes. They were summoned “because the hour as come to summon the greatest heroes of 52 worlds.”
And here this rounded-up gang of superheroes begins an attempt to save the world.
As I said in the beginning, this title can be very confusing, as many superheroes are thrown onto the pages, some I have never seen before. This project is an enormous feat for any comic book creator, but it is typical of Morrison to take on this ambitious project and make it spectacular for the readers.
“The Multiversity” also plans on having some great comic book artists draw the multiple worlds, with each alternate Earth having a different artist. In this issue, Ivan Reis is the penciller, Joe Prado is the inker and Nei Ruffino is the colorist.
Honestly, I feel like you need to be into the traditional DC comic book world to understand some of the cross-over conversations and character introductions; otherwise, you might think “why bother?” (Unfortunately, I did.) But I can see how this comic would be perfect for the comic book geek, the one who knows the universe and has been waiting for a Morrison project of this size.
Love the DC world? Pick up “The Multiversity” at your local comic shop this week.
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