So, Grant Morrison’s Multiversity comic came out last month. It’s a 48-page behemoth that takes a few readings to truly comprehend (and even then I’m not sure you are meant to understand everything). At its simplest, The Multiversity is a way to connect the entire continuity of the DC Universe.
The concept says that 52 earths exists in the same space, but vibrate at different frequencies. Further, the comic stories within one world are the actual events in another. This allows the New 52, Infinite Crisis, Earth 2, and Earth 3 along with the 48 other worlds to coexist and invade each other’s worlds. For more on the origin of The Multiverse head over to DC. They put together a comprehensive guide that explains where it started and how the concept progressed over the years. And check out the Map of the Multiverse over on the DC Comics blog. This map will be updated as more worlds are revealed.
So, The Multiversity begins with a panel with creepy looking bugs which turns out to be lice on a woman’s head, but there are other bugs on the page that “found in way in” to what and why is a mystery to me. After that we are introduced to Nix Uotan, the last of the Monitors, and his creepy monkey side-kick and the text seems to speak directly to the reader. It’s confusing and mind-boggling in the Grant Morrison tradition, but also completely intriguing. We then find our way to Earth-7 which is “badly out of tune” which makes more sense once you understand that the ship Nix travels on is made of frozen music and travels by way of particular vibrations, matching the pitch to the particular vibration of a world in the Multiverse. Completely logical, right? It didn’t make sense to me either on the first read, but after a couple more and a little more research into the Multiverse, threads (or should I say notes?) started to come together into the cohesive story (song?).
Nix finds Thunderer and saves him by sending him to Valla-Hal, the House of Heroes while he takes his place to face The Gentry, a threat to the cosmic universe who speaks the way Prince tends to write (with ‘2’ instead of ‘to’ and ‘yu’ instead of ‘you’). At Valla-Hal, a variety of superheroes from many different worlds are gathered (each was mistakenly transported there by mysterious devices). Here’s where things start to get even more interesting. Wired.com noted the diversity Grant Morrison brings to the heroes in the Multiverse:
‘There’s one and only one “straight white guy” on Morrison’s super-superteam, which also includes a gender-swapped Aquaman, a gay male Flash analogue called Red Racer, and Thunderer, a storm god inspired by Australian aboriginal mythology. The first issue focuses on Calvin Ellis, a black man who is both the Superman of Earth-23 and its American president; Morrison describes him as “Obama meets Mohammed Ali.”’
There’s even a rabbit and a tiny Wonder Woman and even a chance the Endless can show up eventually….
I don’t know about you, but I’m fascinated with this story and completely hooked. I can’t wait to learn more and see where this all goes. The Multiversity will be two large Grant Morrison books that bookend several standalone stories about different worlds in the Multiverse. The next chapter in The Multiversity, The Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of The Counter-World #1, will be released later this month and it introduces and connects Earth-20 and Earth-40.
The Multiverse means that the DC Universe that exists on film and on TV can all be part of the continuity as well. It means Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy isn’t necessarily totally disconnected from the upcoming Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice or even FOX’s Gotham. Ponder that for a second….it means you could end up with Liam Neeson’s Ra’s al Ghul jumping into Arrow even though they have cast Matthew Nable in that role.
So, are you reading the Multiversity? Anything that still confuses you about it? Do you love it or hate it? Grant Morrison is such an interesting character…