The Question’s Never Far from the Answer | Thoughts on The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1

The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1 (DC) – There’s good Grant Morrison (The Multiversity #1 and The Multiversity: The Just #1). And there’s bad Grant Morrison (The Multiversity: Society of Superheroes #1and this issue), where he drops you in the middle of a story without a parachute and you bang your head and find yourself a little disoriented and wondering what the hell is going. That was my reading experience this time again with the multi-universal event (the ratio is now 2:2). I’ve seen a lot of chatter online and in the comic book media that lauds this issue as a Watchmenredux. I know it’s been a while since I read Watchmen (although I’ve seen the too-faithful movie adaptation in recent years), but I didn’t feel it was all that “Watchmen-like.” Perhaps an homage, sure, but a “retelling” or “reimagining”, I just didn’t get that feeling. Were it not for Frank Quitely’s herculean effort on the art, I don’t know that I would have read as far as I did. After nearly 30 pages, I was rather bored and anxious for the last page. I’m not proud of writing that last sentence, but there’s no sense avoiding the truth. Here’s hoping next issue featuring Captain Marv – er, Shazam! breaks the tie. For the sake of my poor noggin if nothing else. – Rating: 2.5 (despite all well-deserved props to Quitely).

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