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).

The Justified | Thoughts on The Multiversity: The Just #1

The Multiversity: The Just #1 (DC) – This third installment was a lot more fun than the previous one that focused on the Society of Superheroes (S.O.S), the old-school Golden Age contingency of characters. The characters of The Just (and Justice League) are all younger, legacy variants of the ones we know so well. Damian Wayne is Batman, Chris Kent is Superman, Alexis Luthor is Batman’s once secret girlfriend and whose dad had killed the original Superman – it all makes for awkward relations between the two “World’s Finest” best friends. Many characters abound here, as per The Multiversity usual standard. The running theme in this issue is that this new generation of heroes is bored due to a lack of interesting or even truly threatening villainy and activity. Batman is especially unimpressed, saying: “What this world needs is an old-school super-villain like my mom or my gran’dad to liven things up.” The overarching plot and meta-concept of the series thickens here as the comic books from our world are fully exposed to be sinister weapons in theirs. It’ll be real interesting to see where writer Grant Morrison is ultimately going with this strange, twisted epic. – Rating: 4.0


This isn’t a standard review, in fact, I don’t think my mind is wired for those anymore anyways. This is just a document of the random thoughts I notated as I read the book.

1. First of all, I’m hit n’ miss with Morrison. I’m also not exactly a DCU kind of superhero lover, so before giving this a try I was thinking, “It’s DC, I won’t care what’s going on, I won’t know any of the characters” and blah, blah, blah. But I pushed all of that away and got pleasantly surprised.
2. It’s science-fiction superhero comics near or at its finest.
3. Classic Morrison meta-fictional aspects abound here, as usual. But it’s maybe best summed up when Capt. Carrot says: “I always suspected that one world’s reality is another’s fiction”. That is a brilliant concept to let the mind run wild with. That entire scene, hell, just the page was so mind-tingling fun. “These comic books are showing us what’s REALLY happening on all our different earths. MESSEGES IN BOTTLES from NEIGHBORING UNIVERSES. It’s – it’s AMAZING.” Can we agree it’s Capt. Carrot FTW?
4. I always appreciate Morrison’s penchant for challenging the cognitive abilities of his audience.
5. Only problem I had was the spelling of analogue as “analog”, but that’s a nitpick. Speaking of analogues, I loved the stand-ins from Marvel (Major Comics) and Image (DinoCop = Savage Dragon). A lot of cool “Marvel Cameos” but I don’t want to spoil more than I have. I’m a little surprised DC allowed GM to include those analogues. It’s also great that he is including all of comicdom within the Multiversity of 50+ worlds/realities (all of which make up 1 true reality. Or do they???)
6. Also, I would think that Captain Carrot’s animalistic nose would help him tell multidimensional humans apart.
7. Here’s the thing about Grant Morrison…the man LOVES comics (probably more than you or I) and you feel that in his stories, especially these kinds of stories where he is essentially writing love letters to ALL manner of comics and paying homage and deep respects to the very advent of comics as a thing, as a culture, as a zietgiest — Morrison truly believes in the “real magic” of comics. And with that you get the feeling it’s less about a job for him and more about love and adoration. I get the sense he’s one of few creators who would create mainstream comics for free so long as he and his wife made a living another way.
8. Even with the Crisis aspects of Multiversity and that dire situation, it’s still a lot more FUN than the stuff Marvel’s passing off as events these recent years. This is something an old friend and fellow former comics retailer and I discussed over dinner the other night…that missing sense of FUN in mainline Marvel comics. Their event stories are all so bleak. Yet the movies are fun. Pretty sad when the comics need to take a hint from movies. But I digress.
9. I’m giving this comic a 4.0 out of 5, which means this bad boy will chart well on the CBR Fetish Favorites list for August. Easily a Top 10 book for the month.
10. I’m going to have to add Multiversity to my pull list at my LCS today.
Annnnnd, just in case you need a map to The Multiversity

Video: GRANT MORRISON: Talking with Gods

Video courtesy of ComicBookTherapy on You Tube.

Eh, what the hell, why not a double-feature on Saturday Night Theater. This time it’s another “controversial” (I kinda hate that word) comics author by the name of Grant Morrison. Maybe you’ve heard of him. Produced by Respect Films and those awesome people over at Sequart, Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods is a pretty darn cool watch. Love him or hate him, Morrison is a true visionary talent.

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