John, here. Comic Book Reader just uploaded an article in which Grant Morrison was interviewed. Now, to David’s chagrin, I’m actually quite interested in the upcoming Multiversity mini-series. Issue #1, in fact, will be released a week from tomorrow (on 8/20/2014).
For those of you who don’t know, Multiversity was originally going to be published following “52” and the re-creation of the Multiverse in DC Continuity. It tells stories about characters from across the expansive multiversity, rather than just those on New Earth / Prime Earth. That alone is always a great pitch. Elseworld’s are the shit. It’s set with a framing device in which the heroes of these universes communicate to each other through comic books, in a bit of a metafictional charm.
Issue #1 and the frame of the story will be set with Earth-23 and our protagonist, President Calvin Ellis of the United States of America - otherwise known as “Superman”. CALvin. ELlis. See what he did there? Nyuck Nyuck Nyuck This is the Superman based off President Obama and on Earth-23 the relevant characters are racially black. I’ll go on about the remaining worlds in the series in my next book on the subject.
But, the article notes that Morrison will be publishing a companion to the book, in which he details the Multiverse as a whole. That means not only the modern, “New 52” multiverse, but the history of every single Earth, Crisis, and Universe. That’s quite a lot to write, but the good gentleman has had quite a while to perfect his pet project.
With the way this is being described, this guidebook will be more than just a companion to Multiversity, but an encyclopedia of DC Comics Continuity. So, yes, every Earth ever written about will be included and every Earth you haven’t heard of yet. I’m curious as Hell. Pre-Crisis, Post-Crisis, and Post-Flashpoint. EVERY. SINGLE. EARTH. From the Justice Riders to Kingdom Come.
What spiked my interest in the series, besides my love for the multiversal concept, is that Earth-5 in modern continuity will be Issue #5 of the series and home to the Fawcett Comics superheroes. Do you know what that means? CAPTAIN MOTHER-FUCKING MARVEL. A universe, inspired by All-Star Universe (also written by Morrison) and compared in tone to a PIXAR Film. That sold me. If you have a favorite character or concept, there WILL be something for you in Multiversity.
Comic Book Resources: Morrison on “Annihilator”, “Multiversity”, and his long-awaited “Wonder Woman”