DC COMICS’ ‘MULTIVERSITY’ WILL FINALLY ARRIVE IN AUGUST FROM GRANT MORRISON AND AN ARMY OF ARTISTS
DC’s Multiversity is finally happening. Originally Announced in 2009 as an intended 2010 release, the first 40-page issue of the multiverse-spanning story by writer Grant Morrison and artists including Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Ben Oliver, Frank Quitely, Cameron Stewart and more, now has an August 2014 release date. Comic Book Resources has a first-look at the first installment’s colored interiors with a two-page spread by Reis, Joe Prado and Nei Ruffino, along with an official statement from Morrison that names the threat that heroes including the newly previewed Superman Kalel from Earth-23 will be facing.
From Morrison’s official statement:
The Multiversity’ has been a labor of love almost eight years in the making, and brings together an unstoppable supergroup of artists — Reis, Sprouse, Oliver, Quitely, Stewart and more — with a cast of unforgettable characters from the 52 alternative Earths of the known DC Multiverse!
“Prepare to meet the Vampire Justice League of Earth-43, the Justice Riders of Earth-18, Superdemon, Doc Fate, the super-sons of Superman and Batman, the rampaging Retaliators of Earth-8, the Atomic Knights of Justice, Dino-Cop, Sister Miracle, Lady Quark, the legion of Sivanas, the Nazi New Reichsmen of Earth-10 and the LATEST, greatest superhero of Earth-Prime — YOU!
Comprising seven complete adventures — each set in a different parallel universe — a two part framing story, and comprehensive guidebook to the many worlds of the Multiverse, ‘The Multiversity’ is more than just a multi-part comic book series, it’s a cosmos-spanning, soul-shaking experience that puts YOU on the front line in the Battle For All Creation against the demonic destroyers known as the Gentry!
But beware! Power has a cost, and at the heart of this epic tale waits the cursed and malignant comic book called ‘Ultra Comics’…
How safe is YOUR head?
Join us, if you dare, for ‘The Multiversity!’” — Grant Morrison
Been waiting so long for this thing. I need some Quitely art without Millar’s writing attached.
DC’s “The MULTIVERSITY”
Finally a DC project I’m excited about.
Stuart Immonen 2012: Beast character redesign sketch
The story goes like this: incoming X-Men writer Brian Michael Bendis likes classic George Perez-era Beast. However, X-Men editor Nick Lowe has vested interest in not changing the character just for nostalgia’s sake. Neither side budges an inch until Matt Fraction lays down some Solomon-type wisdom:
Can we not just say to Stuart, what does new Beast look like and let Stuart just go be genius Stuart and come up with some amazing new look?
Just out of curiosity: which version of Beast do you all prefer?
This one, actually. It’s really bottom heavy, which I think is a neat choice for a character whose main feature is is intelligence. I also like how he almost has hair?
I am very fond of the New X-Men Frank Quitely cat god design, though.
I love this design for Hank. I also love his original, furrless design, and his original furry design. Actually the only design I don’t much care for is precisely Quitely’s version, which exemplifies everything I think is wrong with Morrison’s mainstream super-hero work: it’s just a retread of old and not even obscure or forgotten ideas from other creators who worked on th same characters.
Look at Morrison’s Swamp Thing, X-Men, JLA, Batman: it’s all a modern retelling of classic Silver & Bronze age stories, repackaged for the current audience. It’s smart, it’s shiny, brilliant at times, but it doesn’t bring anything new to the table in terms of content.
DC comics for May: this is the cover for the Doom Patrol Omnibus hardcover, drawn by Brian Bolland.
Animal Man #19, January 1990, cover by Brian Bolland
I don’t care much for Morrison’s super-hero work - his X-Men, Batman and even All-Star Superman are all basically post-modern retellings of classic runs on these characters - but Animal Man, I like.
Hello Dear Readers,
With one week left on the Something Terrible Kickstarter campaign, I am so very pleased to tell you we are presently at over 500% of our original goal.
Thank you all so much for supporting this book, which, as many of you know well, has the potential to truly help those who most need to know that what happened to them hasn’t defined them. Their choices have. And will continue to.
In this last week, I’m asking you all to please continue to share the link to this campaign on your social networks and blogs, as we’re closing in on the second stretch goal for the extended epilogue, a free poster for all physical orders, and hiring Hannah Nance Partlow (who hand-designed the text logo on Something Terrible’s cover) as our book designer. My mom and dad have offered to help me with reward packaging, and are turning my old bedroom into a mailing center. “It’ll give me an excuse to finally clean out the upstairs bedrooms,” Mom said. Haha.
Anyway: thank you, thank you, thank you, Dear Readers. You’ve helped take the darkest chapter of my life and transform it into not just a turning point for me and my personal mission, but into a light that can be used to guide others away from self-doubt, self-harm, and despair. I genuinely cannot believe that my life has changed so much as a result of opening up about my most closely held secret. I was at SDCC a six years ago when my favorite writer and chaos magician, Grant Morrison, (whom comics fans will have spotted references to in Something Terrible) said this:
"You’ve got to remember, in the entire history of the universe, you’re the only YOU that has ever existed and ever will exist. For your little span of seventy, eighty, a hundred years, there’s nothing like you that’s ever existed before or since. And only you see the world the way you see the world. And we want to know how you see it. We try to tell you how we see the world, in the hope that it helps, and at the same time we want to hear what you’ve got to say, because there is nobody in existence who is YOU, and can tell the rest of us how it looks. And it might be so different and so beautiful, that it changes everything."
You never know.
Share this story. I’m still hearing from people all over the world who are just finding out that their significant other or parent or dear friend was able to open up about their own experiences and find new strength by reading Something Terrible. With any other story of mine, this would sound like absolute hucksterism, but I know for a fact that by sharing this story you are truly helping people.
And to those of you who needed this story most, because you could sadly relate all too well to it, and have come here to support this book and get a copy to hold in your hands, I love you, and I’m SO glad our stories are crossing over right now. Get ready for big, bright hugs when you see me at cons.
Speaking of which, there’s a Something Terrible Panel approved for Emerald City Comicon, at the end of March, so if you’re in the area, or able to attend, keep an eye on the schedule for that. I’ll be speaking with Kate Leth of ComicsAlliance.com about Something Terrible and what’s come since sharing it online.
Thank you again. You are who you choose to be. Use all of your abilities to help everyone you can.
Look for my signal. <3
P.S. Over at my superhero redesign art site, Project: Rooftop, we’re holding a contest to redesign Batgirl for our eighth anniversary. If you like drawing superheroes, JOIN IN!
Something Terrible is a powerful read, but this Grant Morrison quote..? It’s priceless.
Alright, getting this in ten minutes before the day’s up. This is Superdemon from Earth 17. Grant Morrison did a sketch of him in the Final Crisis Secret Files and described him as being “hurled to earth from the doomed planet Kamelot, by the astro-magics of Merlin, The Demon Etrigan took up residence in the body of a Midwestern preacher’s son, Jason Blood. Jason’s indomitable will tamed with the unruly demon and he learned how to use its great powers in defense of Earth 17, a spooky Halloween world where magic and science co-exist.” So that’s awesome. I hope this is one of the Multiversity books.
Also, it goes without saying this is an homage to All Star Superman because… why not?
Grant Morrison: why I’m resurrecting Wonder Woman
I chat to Grant Morrison for The Guardian about Wonder Woman, Seaguy and Zenith. Grant is appearing at Stripped, the comics and graphic novels programme at the Edinburgh Book Festival, on Friday.
We spoke for over an hour, on a variety of subjects including the intricacies and ending of Batman Incorporate and Action Comics, the upcoming Annihilator, having his opinions taken as anything more than the fleeting opinions of one dude, more on that return of the Golden Age style Diana in his Earth One book, and much more.
That will all come out later - this was for the mainstream audience and got edited accordingly. It seems to have been really popular so here’s hoping we get a) more comics in the mainstream media coverage, and b) more people picking up some comics collections to give them a try ^_^
Go read! - Grant Morrison: why I’m resurrecting Wonder Woman
“Once upon a time there was a comic strip named Zenith. The creators created, the publishers published, but not a contract was there to be found. 21 years later, Rebellion are going to the printers – but who owns what?
“This then is a collection of the facts – and nothing but the facts – born from my respect and admiration for Grant Morrison, my fondness for 2000 AD, my love of Zenith, and my anxiety around the tricky ethical minefield of creator rights disputes. My biases are, as ever, laid bare for all to see!
“Those involved in legal proceedings around Zenith are not at liberty to comment.”
Artist Yanick Paquette did a very revealing interview with the site Dork Shelf about the much anticipated Wonder Woman: Earth One book on which he is collaborating with Grant Morrison. DC Comics released a page of Paquette’s art last month (see below) but from the sounds of the interview, that’s all we might see of this project, which Paquette describes as “massive” for quite awhile.
Based on what Paquette is saying this will be a re-egineering of Wonder Woman or as perhaps retro-engineering which Paquette uses is a better phrase. Things as basic as her Themyscira and her costume will change. On Themyscira he states:
We suggest that Themyscira is this utopian, beautiful, almost sci-fi world that evolved separately, but with the foundation of the Greek culture and the culture of Aphrodite (the Amazon goddess).”
But what about the costume, which when it deviates from the traditional star spangled bathing suit tends to generate fan ire?
My first thought when Wonder Woman with Grant was mentioned was ‘I don’t want her to be dressed as an American flag.’ Not because an American flag is wrong but it made no sense. She’s coming from such a rich, wonderful culture with so much iconography (Greek culture), so why does she not use that, and why would she dress up as a flag? She’s not Captain America. But at the same time, I understood that this kind of iconic colour/texture is something that’s recognizable, so in that aspect it does have value. If I could reach the same design with a few differences, but make it so it’s not coming from the flag, it’s coming from a natural extension of her culture, I could live with this. The retro-engineering of her costume into something that makes sense is already embedded into the story.” He details some of the changes he has in mind. “The animal associated to Aphrodite is a dove so instead of an eagle on [Wonder Woman’s] breastplate, it will be more of a dove. It’s not the American eagle, it’s the Aphrodite dove. Stuff that creates [the letter] W is by accident, so it’s not like she already has a letter of the alphabet on her [costume]. In the end I’ve created a structure so it feels inevitable for Wonder Woman to look the way she does.”
But don’t expect the book will have her just in the “suit”. Paquette says that he and Morrison are coming up with designs for her after hours look as well.
Paquette also offers his thoughts on sex and Wonder Woman, a topic Morrison has discussed frequently since he made it known he was taking on the project. Paquette confirms that the book will bring back some of the sexual aspects of Wonder Woman in the 40s i.e. bondage. He notes when details leaked on the book the “one thing everybody seems to be on board with is the return to bondage.”
He also muses about the double standards that women have vs. men when it comes to sex:
“Coming from another culture (and I don’t want to judge) but sometimes I look at the reaction of Americans towards sexuality, and I’m a bit perplexed, confused,” he admits. “It seems women aren’t allowed their rightful sexual empowerment beyond the moral comfort of the asexual angel/Madonna/mother role. An openly professed sexual appetite would have you classified as, well, a slut or something. I think it’s unfair. Just imagine the reverse scenario with Iron Man. He’s going out with all these women — every night it’s a new babe, a top model. She’s waking up [thinking] ‘Oh what a crazy night!’ but he’s already gone, doing some superheroing. Everybody’s happy with this and no mother thinks twice before buying Iron Man toys for their kids. Guys wish they could be Iron Man. But what if Wonder Woman would have a new boy toy every night for her own enjoyment? She certainly could, I mean, she’s Wonder Woman! How do you think the public would perceive her then? Will mothers still buy Wonder Woman lunch boxes for their daughters? Feminism did a lot for equality of sex, but clearly in that example, the equation can’t be reversed without a scandal. Obviously male and female moral rights to their own sexuality are far from equal.”
There’s quite a bit more that’s worth reading including his thoughts on the challenges of writing Wonder Woman given her status as a feminist icon.
Suspension of disbelief.
Seriously. I don’t need to know the chemical mix Peter uses for webbing. Just tell me he made it and I’ll buy it as long as the story he uses it in is good.
i should note that grant morrison is the guy who decided to explain why there was a crazy space batman who lived on planet-x and called himself the batman of zurr-en-arrgh-or-whatever by saying that batman of zurr-en-arrgh-or-whatever is batman’s purposefully-created secondary personality in case his brain is compromised so that he has a backup failsafe personality that still fights crime as batman but just in different colors
I think Morrison did on Batman the exact same thing he did on Swamp Thing or X-Men: he didn’t try to explain anything, he just retold a classic era/run (silver age Bats, Moore Swampy, Claremont X-Men) in his own style, in an hypermodern way. That’s the way he approaches mainstream super-heroics (*), and why I much prefer his more offbeat work. No one but Morrison could have created Invisibles, tons of other writers can write X-Men, and most of them will try to create new storylines..
(*) I’m not familiar enough with Silver Age Justice League of America to know if the pattern holds, but I’d be surprised if it didn’t.
“The news that Rebellion is to reprint Zenith is, on the surface, fantastic news for not only Grant Morrison fans but also comic fans in general. Aside from Marvel/Miracleman, Zenith is one of the largest gaps on many a comics shelf after a rights dispute between Morrison and publisher put paid to the collected editions being republished and Phase IV being collected at all.
“As a fan then I’m delighted that Zenith is going to be made available again, and perhaps even attract new fans despite the hefty price tag. However, as someone who respects Grant a great deal – and let me be quite clear that I’m not speaking on his behalf here – I’m quite worried about the fact that the press release comes with no statement from Grant himself.
“The world of comics is, regrettably, full of disputes between creators and publishers over the attribution of creator rights. If a collected edition of Zenith is the result of long-awaited resolution between Morrison and Rebellion then it is cause for huge celebration. If that is not the case – and I believe silence from Morrison would be damning on this count – then it is a rather sad day, regardless of my feelings as a fan.
“Personally I will be singing the praises of the comic as I have always done, and be pleased that Zenith is getting attention once more. But I’m not sure it’s the happy day that Morrison fans have been waiting on.”