Some days, I don’t get what DC’s going for at all. The whole point of the New 52 reboot, as I remember, was to streamline the DC Universe into something manageable that new readers could immerse themselves in immediately. As of now, it’s three years later and we’re up to three alternate Earths and a battle for soul them all and then several more. Well, if you can’t say anything else for DC, they’re consistent in dipping into the same well of continuity. On the bright side, Grant Morrison’s helming this latest foray into multiversal shenanigans and anyone who’s familiar with his work on The Authority knows that he’s pretty good at this brand of superhero comic.
Okay, so essentially, there is an impending threat that transcends all universes and heroes from all across the Multiverse have to stop it before it consumes everything. That’s the basic jist so far. I’m getting that out first because the thing with Multiversity, as is the case with most Morrison books, is that he can make a very DENSE read out of a simple premise. First of all, the most noteworthy aspect of the book for we here at BNP is that the team of familiar yet unfamiliar heroes was primarily black. And fucking awesome. In addition to a black Aussie version of Thor, we’re introduced to a Superman whose alter ego is the President of the United States. It’s hard to get more awesome than that as far as representation in comics. Now, even though the book is pretty well packed with strong action beats, it’s talky. Super talky. Because Grant Morrison.
It’s loaded to the gills with characters that are blatant Marvel disses. Because Grant Morrison. The only thing I wish he hadn’t done (which feels like a complete DC shoehorn job) was this gimmick where the book is breaking the fourth wall, compelling you to not read the book. I just don’t understand how a book telling me NOT to read it is entertaining in any way. The Neverending Story never told you not to read it and that featured a homicidal wolf trying to kill you on behalf of illiteracy. Visually, the book doesn’t miss a step. Ivan Reis is on point here throwing plenty treats at old and new comic fans alike. Any artist who can make Captain Carrot (I’m not kidding) look awesome is an artist that deserves much praise. Much of the book is a throwback to the classic DC superheroism of old where everything was, “Hey, you guys are superheroes? I’m a superhero, too. Someone’s in trouble? Let’s go punch’em. The End.”
Bottom Line: This book throws a lot at you in the first issue but it’s mostly a fun read for some good old fashioned superhero ass kickery. 8 out of 10.