Sunday, October 12, 2014
I Reads You Review: THE MULTIVERSITY #1
DC COMICS – @DCComics
WRITER: Grant Morrison
PENCILS: Ivan Reis
INKS: Joe Prado
COLORS: Nei Ruffino
LETTERS: Todd Klein
COVER: Ivan Reis and Joe Prado with Nei Ruffino
VARIANT COVERS: Chris Burnham with Nathan Fairbairn (after Joe Shuster); Bryan Hitch with Alex Sinclair; Grant Morrison
48pp, Color, $4.99 U.S. (October 2014)
Rated “T” for “Teen”
“House of Heroes”
The Multiversity is the latest comic book event series from DC Comics. It is also a long-awaited event series, as this project was first announced several years ago. The Multiversity is a limited series consisting of interrelated one-shot comic books set in the “DC Multiverse.” Specifically, this is the Multiverse as it exists after The New 52, the re-launch of the DC Comics Universe that occurred in 2011.
If I understand correctly, the series will be comprised of eight comics. Grant Morrison will write all eight, but each comic book will be drawn by a different artist. The first issue, The Multiversity #1, is written by Morrison, drawn by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado, colored by Nei Ruffino, and lettered by the great Todd Klein.
The Multiversity #1 (“Hall of Heroes”) opens in a college dorm room, where a young African-American man is trying to understand what may be a haunted comic book. The story moves to Earth-7, where Nix Uotan, the Superjudge and last of the Multiversal Monitors, saves a superhero, Thunderer, from certain doom at the hands of five demonic invaders: Dame Merciless, Hellmachine, Lord Broken, Demogorounn, and Intellectron.
Meanwhile, Superman of Earth-23 finds himself spirited away to the Monitor Watchstation, also known as Valla-hal the “House of Heroes.” Here, the greatest heroes of Fifty-Two worlds have been summoned to protect the Multiverse. None of them have any idea of what they face.
If I had to guess (and I have to since I'm trying to communicate with you, dear readers, through this review), I would guess that The Multiversity is influenced by DC Comics' now-legendary comic book crossover event, Crisis on Infinite Earths. I think the JLA/JSA crossover events that occurred in the original Justice League of America comic book series, every year from 1963 to 1985, also inspires The Multiversity. In fact, I have read a few of those annual crossover stories, and The Multiversity #1, in terms of storytelling and in Ivan Reis' art, reminds me of them.
Basically, The Multiversity #1 is old-school DC Comics (pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths) mixed with Grant Morrison's penchant for weirdness and mythology, and his... taste... for Alan Moore and Michael Moorcock. It's a fun read. I don't know if this event is meant to be world(s)-shattering, but it sure doesn't seem like it. It's more goofy fun than anything else.
I won't lie to you. This is far from a great comic book, but it is, for the most part, good. You know, there are enough Black and African-American superheroes in The Multiversity #1 to make a Tarzan movie or at least, a Milestone Media comic book, so I can't help but like it. I am going to follow this series in its entirety because of this first issue, although I had planned on not reading past the first issue.
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux
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