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The Multiversity

(The Multiversity #1-9)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,739 ratings  ·  283 reviews
The biggest adventure in DC's history is here!
Join visionary writer Grant Morrison, today's most talented artists, and a cast of unforgettable heroes from 52 alternative Earths of the DC Multiverse!
Prepare to meet the Vampire League of Earth-43, the Justice Riders of Earth-18, Superdemon, Doc Fate, the super-sons of Superman and Batman, the rampaging Retaliators of
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by DC Comics
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The whole multiverse is in danger!!!

This Deluxe Edition Hardcover TPB contains: “The Multiversity” #1-2, “The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes” #1, “The Multiversity: The Just” #1, “The Multiversity: Pax Americana” #1, “The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures” #1, “The Multiversity: Guidebook” #1, “The Multiversity: Mastermen” #1 and “The Multiversity: Ultra Comics” #1.

Creative Team:

Writer: Grant Morrison

Illustrators: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Jim Lee, Doug Mahnke, Frank Quitely, Chris
Sam Quixote
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Grant Morrison’s long-awaited Multiversity series is nine extra-long issues of a Crisis-like event that threatens to destroy DC’s 52 universes that make up the Multiverse.

Besides Ivan Reis who draws the two issues that bookend the series, each issue is drawn by a different artist: The Society of Super-Heroes = Chris Sprouse, The Just = Ben Oliver, Pax Americana = Frank Quitely, Thunderworld Adventures = Cameron Stewart, The Multiversity Guidebook = Marcus To (mainly - there are contributions
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Short Version: A collection of fairly self-contained stories with an overarching plot that attempts to tie them all together. Some of the stories were good; some were bad. Overall, I liked The Multiversity, but the main story was a bit bizarre and a tad confusing — in other words, typical Grant Morrison.

Long Version: Yet another ambitious DCU story focusing on the destruction of the Multiverse. This time the apocalypse is being orchestrated by a group of uber
mark monday
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it
and with this review, I can at long last put this graphic novel to bed! it was a memorable relationship, one with a lot of sweet love, some interesting experimentation, and sadly a bit of ok-let's-just-get-this-over-with. this was an intense, sometimes frustrating, sometimes exhausting, but often very exciting experience. it left me tired, but mainly in a good way.

there is so much brilliance between Multiversity's covers, so many fascinating ideas and cheeky asides and enjoyable art (especially
I received a digital copy of this from Netgalley and DC to read and review. However, I didn't get to it in time and lost access to the file. I wanted to read it bad enough to buy a copy from Amazon, and I'm glad I did. This is something I will read again in the future and the illustrations are fantastic.

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This was a confusing and sometimes baffling read, which I guess is pretty typical for a Morrison story. :) This one has 52 Earths
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
"This is not a comic book."

Whatever it is, I enjoyed the Multiversity. If I can give you some advice to enjoy it: let go. I was trying to apply logic to the narrative and the events like any ordinary adventure story. But nope. Just be entertained. And I'll explain why.

Morrison doesn’t care about your understanding, about linear narratives, about the ordinary adventure story. But he does care about you, about entertaining and enlightening you. The Multiversity, for me, is greatly entertaining. I
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
(Received from Netgalley for review.)

So. This is a thing that happened, and I read it. That could probably be my capsule review for something like 65% of Morrison's work, and it would likely be a fairly valid review. I have respect for Morrison as a creator who isn't afraid to think big, and this is pretty damn big. I also feel a certain level of frustration for his work, as he regularly has ideas that are too big for him to convey effectively. This is maybe one of them, a story so big that it
Michel Weatherall
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this entire series!
Yes, possibly confusing and potentially disjointed, I'm not sure it was intended to be smooth and consistent. Intended to be a possible launching point for several stories (Multiverses!) it revisits many older ones and hints are ones we may have suspected but...well, didn't. (We all suspected The Watchmen - being a Vertigo title - could have been a DC alternate. Dr. Manhatten could have been a Superman alternative. Our visitation to Pax Americana confirms
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shadowdenizen by: NetGalley
Shelves: comics-dc
#HotGloriousMess. That's the only tag-line I can think to describe this sprawling epic by legendary comics scribe Grant Morrison; I found this book hypnotic and engaging, and I was quite literally unable to put it down until I completed it.

This "event series" was in large part the finale of the "Crisis" saga (Which, for the purposes of brevity and sanity, I'm not going to attempt to recap), and the precursor of the "Convergence" event that DC published in early 2015.

In a nutshell, the DC
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great all around art with an A-list artist taking on each issue. As with most of Grant Morrison's work, it's confusing in places. I have to say I enjoyed the stand alone stories more than the overarching storyline, especially since the first several issues barely even mention it.
Jedi JC Daquis
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
As part of my 2017 rereading list, The Multiversity by Grant Morrison is an ambitious project that is really worth a second read. With the recent events in DC's Rebirth era, this book becomes an even more relevant (yet still an unnecessary) read for DC comics fans.

The Multiversity is a series of mostly one-shots whose stories can stand alone, almost independent tales from different worlds covered by an overarching plot that some evil called the Gentry (and (view spoiler)
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, favorites, comics, dc
Finally taking proper time and research to re-read Multiversity, I can't help but be completely mesmerised by what Morrison did here. Multiversity is, in a lot of ways, a culmination of everything he did at DC since the 80's. And I mean everything — seeds of Multiversity can be seen as far back as his 1988 run of Animal Man, and most of his other work gets tied into this mega-event at least thematically, if not plot-wise. It's amazing, and the amount of plotting, structuring and actual ...more
Jesse A
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Can't say I'm completely sure about this one. Very Morrisoney but still a fun read. Prepare for confusion, as always.
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Some of Morrison's best stuff. Ambitious, but not (overly) drenched in pretensions. From the concept to the execution, this book is pretty damn out there, but consistently enormously entertaining and original. Here's a comic where Morrison is actually about as good as he thinks he is.
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Who dares get in OUR way? What power triumphs over sheer ABSURDITY?"

Truer words were never spoken, Captain Carrot.
170719: ambitious. i do not know how usual this might be in comics- but naming the villain 'the gentry' certainly reflects level of self-directed satire. how many of these 52 worlds are actual comics i do not know, why 52 i do not know, how representative i do not know... v good, consistent, illustration style, nothing much too out of place. read this over weeks, bit by bit, as i imagine one does read comics. more fun, less fun. sometimes 5, sometimes 3. just generally intriguing. now i feel ...more
Just could NOT force any more of this Morrison crapfest down my throat. It's just paint by numbers plot and not very interesting, other than trying to keep track of characters, and that gets annoying, not fun. Too meta, self aware, whatever, just not going to pole any further into it, and I think I'm about done with GM for a long while now...
Mar 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: worst-books, dcu
I read somewhere that Grant Morrison looks upon the "Pax Americana" chapter of this book as his "Citizen Kane".... After reading "Multiversity", all I can think is, "wow, what an insult to Orson Wells".

Multiversity is a frustratingly incoherent mess of a comic book. There are very few moments of cogency, and even when those few moments are upon the reader, they are so random and disconnected from everything else that it is virtually impossible to gleam any meaning from them. It is exactly what
2.5 stars, barely.

Overall, this is a mess. I'm not sure where the storyline was for most of the book, and felt like I was being ripped from one story to another related story without any explanation of what was going on or why.

A few of the stories made sense, and seemed like self-contained issues, but these were few and far between. Also, at no point did any of the "regular" heroes make an appearance. You'd think that if something was threatening the entire multiverse, Clark Kent/Superman and
Oct 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Eh... Morrison is a very 50/50 writer, 50% chance it will be great, and 50% chance you have a bad case of Morrisoneitas headache afterwards! This was a Morrisoneitas read! Now first lets get to the premise, its pretty simple, heroes from Parallel earths, come together to from a Multiverse League which has every earth under its jurisdiction! Unfortunately the story gets really confusing as you read it! You will probably have to read it a second time, to know what the hell was going on! But passed ...more
Stewart Tame
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Even if his name wasn't on the cover, this positively reeks of Grant Morrison. In some ways, this is the opposite of the 80's series, Crisis On Infinite Earths. Ultimately, the concept of alternate Earths was too rich (and useful for a company with such a long history) to ever go away, despite Crisis' best intentions. So this series sets up a bunch of alternate Earths, as well as an overarching structure to the whole concept. We'll see how long this lasts. Writers are a clever lot, and it's ...more
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc-comics, 2016
Wow, this is not for the faint of heart. I would only recommend this to serious DC fans. It's incredibly long for a comic and it's also really tricky. One issue I had with this is that it reaches really far without really explaining the science of how some being is attacking the entire multiverse. Maybe it did somewhere in there and I don't remember. It's also a little difficult to keep up with all the new characters and Earths. But overall, this was really cool. I'm glad that they opened up ...more
Martha Sweeney
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read ever single story in the phenomenal, hardcover comic book, but I give it 5 stars anyway. I love all the DC and Marvel movies that they've put out and this book is very interesting and intriguing as my first comic ever. The graphic work is STUNNING. Most of it is done by hand which is why this gets 5 stars on top of all the underlining messages they hide in each of the stories.

It's a great introduction to the wonderful world of comics for anyone who hasn't read one yet.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the latest of Morrison's Grand Statements On The State of Superhero Comics. I tend to have trouble with these things because 1) their metatextual nature makes them hard to separate from Morrison's often stupid public statements, and 2) Morrison's obsessive focus on just *superhero* comics makes them feel kinda claustrophobic. I get that superheroes are currently the biggest thing in *movies and TV* but they are less and less important to *comics* every year. So the way Morrison equates ...more
Rory Wilding
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you know anything about Grant Morrison, is the complex ways of how he expresses his love for the long history of DC Comics, from his legendary seven-year run on Batman (in which the writer took every aspect of the caped crusader’s seventy-five-yearlong history and made it one man’s life) to Final Crisis (which took seven issues of a convoluted narrative to tell a simple message). With his latest DC creation, Morrison presents arguably his most ambitious project that branches through the DC ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
This isn't really a big mini-series. Rather, it's a book-ended series of one-offs held together by the narrowest of conceits (comic books as communication between dimensions, and a multiversal invasion!).

With that said, it's a series of one-offs that gives Grant Morrison the opportunity to really show that he's a master of the comic-book form. The Watchman homage may be the best. Morrison uses the Charlton heroes in place of the Watchmen. He mimics the carefully gridded pages, but uses some
Steven Matview
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Morrison is given free rein to unleash his creativity with a bevy of the best comic artists to tell a series of seemingly standalone stories of individual characters that we slowly realize are more connected then we thought. Where have I heard this one?

The issue illustrated by frequent collaborator Frank Quitely has been heaped with praise and deservedly so. The issue takes place on a world populated by the Charlton Comics superheroes, characters like Blue Beetle and the Question. These
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I wasn't sure what to expect from this and ended up really liking it. It isn't perfect, but it is so ambitious in scope and what it is trying to do that it deserves to be set apart from most other books.

In short, Morrison is :
-explaining to the reader how the DC multiverse is setup
-describing who lives on which world and what is going on there
-fitting nearly all of the most popular incarnations of DC characters into this structure
-AND writing a grand, epic, classic style good vs. bad superhero
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First off, I loved this.

I missed it in singles and got the hardcover a few years ago but then it took me a while to get around to reading it. But in that time I'd read other Grant Morrison and DC stuff which I think led me to enjoying this more.

It's bold and ambitious and people will roll their eyes at it and think it's Morrison being his pretentious self and that's fine. But not often enough do we get books from the big two companies that try and push the medium of comics and their readers,
Nov 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc
This story had some good things going for it. Each universe had a different artist which is a creative way of using multiple artists in a story but not having jarring atmospheric changes because a different artist takes over. Where things finally come together at the end was pretty well done but not all of the story threads along the way are as interesting. Beautifully put together book but it didn't quite live up to the hype IMHO.
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Scottish comic book author Grant Morrison is known for culture-jamming and the constant reinvention of his work. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics' Animal Man, Batman, JLA, The Invisibles, Action Comics, All-Star Superman, and Doom Patrol, and Marvel Comics' New X-Men and Fantastic Four. Many of these are controversial, ...more

Other books in the series

The Multiversity (9 books)
  • The Multiversity #1 (The Multiversity #1)
  • The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1 (The Multiversity #2)
  • The Multiversity: The Just #1 (The Multiversity #3)
  • The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1 (The Multiversity #4)
  • The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1 (The Multiversity #5)
  • The Multiversity: Guidebook #1 (The Multiversity #6)
  • The Multiversity: Mastermen #1 (The Multiversity #7)
  • The Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1 (The Multiversity #8)
  • The Multiversity #2: Justice Incarnate (The Multiversity #9)