I know, I know, this review comes almost a week too late, but I just needed to write about Grant Morrison’s The Multiversity #1. Believe it or not, I actually read it the day it came out, I’ve just been mulling it over for the past few days. Most of what I’ve been asking myself is: “Was that really Grant Morrison?” I don’t mean that as an insult or as a complement, but more as an honest question. Sure, there’s the trademark weird and unconventional characters in this comic, but the overall oddness was very tame. This is by the man who wrote the baffling Final Crisis as well as the bizarre Batman RIP and Return of Bruce Wayne story lines. One would think that a series that is founded on the idea of alternate universes would be near incomprehensible from Morrison, but it’s not. Sure it’s strange, but it all made sense in one way or another. The Multiversity #1 was one of the best comics I’ve read in a long time, and might be some of my favorite work that Morrison’s done to date.
The most charming aspect of this book is the sheer number of characters Morrison is able to fit in. They’re memorable, unique, and usually have something to do with a storied corner of the DC universe. Now sure, it does feel crowded at times, but that comes off as wholly intentional to the reader. What story about 52 parallel realities should be made up of a small cast of characters? In all honesty, I’ll take as many characters as Morrison wants, as long as I get some more Captain Carrot moments in the future. While I’ve liked the character in the past, Morrison makes a talking, carrot-themed, anthropomorphic rabbit believable as a sentient being. He embraces the absurdity of the idea, which helps the reader feel comfortable with it. I hope to the maker that many series are coming for a few of the characters appearing in this issue.
I feel bad for ignoring the always stellar work of Ivan Reis, but I suppose I just expect the very best from him at this point. His work absolutely sells some of the stranger ideas that Morrison can’t quite make us believe with words, which can even be seen in the cover (pictured). I don’t want to give away much more, so I’ll just recommend this book with all my heart. It’s a fantastic read and something that has me really excited for the future of the “New 52” DC universe.
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Q:I have a sneaking suspension that WW & SM are going to do some sparring/training in issue twelve.