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  • The Multiversity

    From WeeklyCrisis:

    In an interview in this week's issue of Wizard, Grant Morrison confirmed he will be writing a new Multiverse-based comic, tentatively titled, The Multiversity. We'd already known about Morrison's desires to do a Final Crisis followup that explored the Multiverse, but this is the first time we've heard any details on the book, it's tentative release schedule or concrete facts on what Morrison had planned.

    The Multiversity is a seven-issue series of one-shots, written by Grant Morrison, that will establish seven different Earths from throughout the Multiverse. These seven issues, while telling separate stories, will link together to reestablish the connection between the DCU and the Multiverse. In Morrison's own words:

    I've started a series called The Multiversity, which will pick up a bunch of strands from 52 and Final Crisis. Back when we laid out the return of the Multiverse in 52, I asked if I could establish some of these books as potential ongoing series. We wanted to set up each universe as its own franchise....
    So this is my big project for the next year, and I'm working on books for seven different parallel universes. Each one is a first issue with a complete story and series bible. Each one spotlights the major superhero group of a different alternate reality. And they all link together together as a seven-issue story that reimagines the relationship between the DCU and the Multiverse.
    One title Grant Morrison mentioned with quite some enthusiasm was an Earth-5 book, which most will know is home to the Fawcett Comics characters, most noteably of which includes the Captain Marvel family. To everyone's delight, I'm sure, Morrison has described this Earth and the potential book as "a line of books with the Marvel Family done in a more traditional, all-ages, All-Star Superman style." Yes, he specifically describes it as an All-Star Superman style. Please, please, please let Frank Quitely be attached to the Captain Marvel book. I think I could die happy if that were the case.

    The only other Earth mentioned was the little known Earth-4, home to the Charlton Comics characters, best described as 'the Watchmen Earth' to comic fans. Morrison had all kinds of things to say about this story.

    On the reasons behind choosing to do a new Watchmen:

    I thought it would be interesting to pick up on that sort of crystalline, self-reflecting storytelling method, so the mad notion I came up with was to do the Charlton characters in a story I'd construct as an update on that ludic Watchmen style - if Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons had pitched the Watchmen now, rooted in a contemporary political landscape but with the actual Charlton characters instead of analogues!
    He goes on to talk about several of the characters involved, particularly Dr Manhattan and Rorschach. Dr Manhattan will revert to Captain Atom, but with a twist. This Captain Atom will actually be Captain Adam from Morrison's Final Crisis: Superman Beyond story.

    Rorschach will return to being The Question again, but, instead of the black and white, right and wrong viewpoint of Rorschach, Morrison described his Question as someone who's Randian viewpoint had been "shattered through the prisms of his experiences as crimefighter so that he sees the world through the multicolored lens of Spiral Dynamics."

    For those wondering what Spiral Dynamics are, I did a quick Wikipedia search and came up with this brief explanation: Spiral Dynamics argues that human nature is not fixed: humans are able, when forced by life conditions, to adapt to their environment by constructing new, more complex, conceptual models of the world that allow them to handle the new problems. Each new model includes and transcends all previous models. According to Beck and Cowan, these conceptual models are organized around so-called Memes: systems of core values or collective intelligences, applicable to both individuals and entire cultures.

    What will further divide fandom into love/hate groups in regards to Morrison's work is the so-called description of The Multiversity and the Watchmen followup, in particular. Speaking about the murder scene from the Watchmen issue, Morrison described it as such:

    There's a very different kind of murder mystery at the heart and the whole thing can be read backwards, forwards and sideways.
    Further describing the book, Morrison was quoted as saying:

    It's been fun to do that kind of style but rethink it and try to play a new version of that 'sound' without copying anything directly. We've got 12-panel grids and pages where you're seeing the events leading to a murder, the murder itself and the investigation all happening simultaneously across the same background. I'm right in the middle of that one, so it's fresh in my mind.
    His use of the word, 'sound', might bring up bad memories of Superman singing Darkseid to death in Final Crisis, but it's hard not to feel Morrison's enthusiasm for the project throughout the interview. While it does not guarantee a 'Watchmen 2', as I doubt anyone could duplicate that level of work, especially in a single issue, it's hard not to be excited over the prospect of a Morrison written Watchmen.

    It's still a long ways off, but use the words Morrison, Watchmen and All-Star anything to describe a project and I doubt there's anyone not excited on some level. It does raise some interesting questions, though.

    The Biggest question is, if two books will be focusing on Watchmen and All Star Captain Marvel, what are the other five about? I assume one will be Earth-51 and the New Gods and I can imagine Morrison returning the Crime Syndicate on Earth-3 (formerly Earth-2) as another easy sell. With Morrison focusing on a Watchmen reimagining, would he also be willing to take a stab at the Marvel Comics analogues of Earth-8 and do a Squadron Supreme-like story? Earth-20 seems like a lock as well, as Morrison has described that Earth as a home for alternate, 'pulp' versions of super-heroes and he even had character designs for a Doc Fate character for Final Crisis that never made it into that book, but were in the sketchbook.

  • #2
    The Earth-4 thing sounds as confusing as all heck. I mean, we get it, you're "cutting edge". But what's wrong with just writing a good story, without having to come up with new and bizarre ways of telling that story? It almost sounds like he is putting more energy and enthusiasm into the method of telling the story than the story itself.

    But overall I'd say this is good news. Whether I buy into the whole thing might have a lot to do with how much I'm spending on comics already whenever these come out, though.
    Mister Ed
    Horse of a Different Color
    Last edited by Mister Ed; 04-30-2009, 05:53 PM.


    • #3
      I think his method of storytelling is based on what he's writing. A lot of writers have styles, and I think Grant Morrison doesn't. I think with (almost) every book the storytelling is completely different. Most of the time(imo) it fits the story and characters well.

      Needless to say, I'm excited. I've never been a fan of any of the Captain Marvel family but I "ABSOLUTE"ly loved All Star Superman. So that's something that will have my attention. As for the other books, I await more details so I'll have a better view of what the direction and purpose is. Plus, I don't want to read a delayed ridden book again, so whomever is added on as the artist, will be crucial for me.


      • #4
        Sounds interesting. I'll be keeping my eyes on these.

        Say cheese!


        • #5
          This actually sounds very interesting. I'd love to see him follow up on Overman's story from Final Crisis as well.
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          "Weeds. All of them weeds. I am perfection, and I am alone in the garden of the universe." - Cyborg Superman


          • #6
            Can't really be too delay ridden, as it's one-shots, and will likely vary in artist selection.

            Come listen to our cast, and have a ball while you're at it! : D


            • #7
              Well he said "A line of Captain Marvel books" so I assumed that was separate from the oneshots.


              • #8
                Originally posted by Maverick_GL View Post
                This actually sounds very interesting. I'd love to see him follow up on Overman's story from Final Crisis as well.
                I'm hoping this will be everything that The Search for Ray Palmer COULD have been, yet WASN'T.


                • #9
                  I'm intrigued yet wary after Final Crisis.

                  I'm a fan of The Charleston Comics Blue Beetle The Question and all I can say is I hope Morrison doesn't (bleep) it up


                  • #10
                    I'm a sucker for anything Grant does, Count me in


                    • #11
                      Sounds great! I just picked up Superman Beyond today and I loved it and I'm also a big fan of 52, so I will be picking this up.


                      • #12
                        I'l pick up the issues that feature the worlds I like, like the Fawcett and Charlton issues. I think they may be going overboard with referring the E4 book as Watchmen 2. It's his version of the Charlton characters. Unless Morrison outright rips off Watchmen (which I highly doubt he'd do), I think we can expect him to do something he thinks will be a great version of the Charlton heroes.

                        I'd buy an Earth 2 JSA issue, and maybe an Earth 3 CSA issue, but that's really it. Morrison left a REALLY bad taste in my mouth with that trainwreck he called Final Crisis.


                        • #13
                          I contacted Didio on Myspace to see if they had any plans for more 3D comics (I LOVED Superman Beyond 3D) and this was his reply.

                          "no plans now but I've yet to speak to Grant about ideas like that for his multverse mini series.



                          Just a little update if Morrison goes for it. Expect a $4.50 charge on those issues if it's true.


                          • #14
                            The multiverse, in 3D/4D? Sounds interesting, but they might make those weeks a bit tighter on the wallet, with how much it would cost.

                            Come listen to our cast, and have a ball while you're at it! : D


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Maverick_GL View Post
                              This actually sounds very interesting. I'd love to see him follow up on Overman's story from Final Crisis as well.
                              This. This!