The Multiversity: The Just #1

The Multiversity: The Just #1

Event\Storyline: The Multiversity Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Ben Oliver Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 22, 2014 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 18
8.1Critic Rating
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With all of the world's threats having been handled long ago by their parents, the next generation of supers - including Chris Kent, Damien Wayne, Alexis Luthor, Offspring, Megamorpho, Donna Troy and more - find themselves labeled as superstars more often than super heroes. But with that fame comes complacency, and when a massive threat unlike anything they've ever seen surfaces, this pampered crew finds themselves in way over their head. What secret is Damien keeping from Chris that could tear the world's finest friends apart? Who is the mysterious killer lurking behind the scenes among these spoiled super-children? And what chance do they stand against the monstrous villain that's murdering its way across the Multiverse? All that and more in this exciting stand-alone issue which also acts as chapter three of the MULTIVERSITY saga. Join us, if your dare, for THE MULTIVERSITY!

  • 10
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Oct 23, 2014

    Thoughts, ideas, and dreams of other worlds weave in and out of The Just, giving the reader the opportunity to consider previous events within The Multiversity: Kyle Rayner (Green Lantern) speaks of the days when he wanted to be an artist in the comic book field, where he could embellish characters like Behemoth, Future Family and the Retaliators, all characters that appear on Earth-8. Superman and Batman have a tense argument about Batman's girlfriend, Alexis Luthor, when the Transmatter Symphonic Array from Action Comics #9 pops in for one panel only to disappear in the next. All of these flourishes " rendered beautifully by Ben Oliver's artwork " make everything that occurs in each issue of The Multiversity matter, and when everything matters, reading a comic book becomes a richly engrossing endeavor. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Oct 25, 2014

    Multiversity is not a story for everyone. It's complicated and deep. It involves multiple incarnations of the same character with minor character differences in some cases. However, I know an entertaining read when I find one and this is it. Perhaps DC could find a small section of their new universe for these characters to exist and let Morrison lead a solo book on Damien or Lexi or Chris or just about any of them really. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Infinite Comix - Jay Mattson Oct 28, 2014

    The final pages of The Multiversity: The Just #1 offer a fitting crisis of conscience for this young generation of heroes. Secrets are revealed, true intentions are realized, and in one swift stroke, their world begins to crumble around them, not because they're unprepared, but because they never could be. The ongoing, infectious narrative of The Multiversity is present, but it's a side note in The Just, a tool to facilitate the new question these heroes must answer: how can they save the world if they don't even know who they are? Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Oct 22, 2014

    In the end, The Just concludes abruptly, but that seems fitting " leaving us on the edge of our seat about the kids' fate as they too have been on the edges of theirs. It's a wonderfully rich book that Morrison and Oliver have brought forward, and one that I sincerely want to return to as soon as possible. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Oct 23, 2014

    The Multiversity: The Just is an amazing look at what the future generation of heroes may be like, with this Earth-Me Universe being the best that Morrison has displayed so far. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Oct 23, 2014

    Ben Oliver's style infuses the book with the right level of filtered soap opera realism, drawing the reader completely into the world before releasing us just as the would-be heroes are beginning to break their own vicious cycle. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Oct 26, 2014

    The Multiversity: The Just isn't just a clever spin on existing characters, but an examination of the medium itself. Superman talks of his team-up with The Sandman. "The Sandman?" asks Batman. "Neil Gaim's Sandman?" The unstatedquestion is that if superhero worlds exist because we tell their stories, then who is telling the story that wills us into reality?Like the previous chapters in this series, this issue ends on one hell of a cliffhanger, at the very moment the spell of apathy is broken and our heroes once again have a cause to fight for. It's all pieces of a larger puzzle, one that we can't wait to see fully formed when the final chapter drops. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Oct 22, 2014

    “The Multiversity: The Just” #1 is a strong comic and possibly the strongest book of the mini series so far. It doesn't disappoint and at this point the story is starting to come together better. Ben Oliver and Dan Brown do a stellar job on art creating a book that cannot be missed. Comics have been criticized lately for becoming too costly but this is one of those instances in which the $5 cover price is justified by the quality. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Oct 24, 2014

    You can spend all day analyzing the metaphor in the issue, but only minutes with the character. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 26, 2014

    Ben Oliver provides some striking artwork for the story, and it's a clever twist on today's culture (the story is aptly titled "#earthme") and a sharp commentary on our iPhone culture. Either that or Morrison's just having a laugh. But just to be sure, I'd advise staying off his lawn. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Oct 22, 2014

    Ben Oliver's pencils are a perfect fit for this world of youth, social media, and self-obsession. His slick pencils and character designs all fit well with the tone presented in the story. At the same time though, established characters like Kyle Rayner and Wally West are instantly recognizable as homages to their most beloved iterations. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Oct 23, 2014

    Overall, this is a good issue that features some solid story and characters. I'm hoping to understand this little world better, hopefully Morrison will give us another opportunity to have a close look at this world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Oct 22, 2014

    Grant Morrison has, apparently, had the idea for MULTIVERSITY floating around the aether of his brain for quite some time, and it seems like its been worth the wait. The concepts introduced here are so profoundly interesting on their face that the only truly disappointing thing is with the issues length and one-shot format. The visuals are perfect at communicating exactly what this book is all about, both on the surface and under and its still a story worth reading and a world worth exploring, even if nothing else is done with it, it sounds corny, the ideas and imaginings it conjures are worth the ride on their own. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Oct 22, 2014

    "The Multiversity: The Just" #1 is a comic that takes known themes and makes them feel engaging and different even while going through familiar paces. For a series that is primarily a series of one-shots, "The Multiversity" is continuing to come across as interesting and fun, and those who have enjoyed the comic up until now will find no reason to turn away after "The Just." Morrison and Oliver work well together in "The Multiversity: The Just" and this will make you want to see another collaboration from the duo, and soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Oct 22, 2014

    Multiversity: The Just might end on an obvious note, but I think it's the one that anyone reading would want to see. The characters are starting to wrap their heads around the idea of these comics leaking through from other worlds. The writing is on the wall, er... it's literally in those books, and the heroes that are able to put it together quickly will be the ones who will be saved or able to save others. Morrison simultaneously puts the "lowest common denominator" superhero plot and the "heady deconstruction" of the superhero on the same pedestal in this issue, taking shots at both while still making it clear that he reveres both idea and that they have place in the same narrative. I think that Sister miracle's tweets at the end just about sum it all up. "The mayhem begins. #party to end all parties. Parallel world! Isn't it nuts?" Indeed, it is. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Matt Garz Oct 24, 2014

    I've been a fan of Grant Morrison's work for a long time. His high concepts and meta-textual view of comic books interest me in a way that no other comics writer does. Those unfamiliar with Morrison, will most likely walk away from this book scratching their heads. This is Morrison's love letter to superhero comics, and even though each issue is a one-shot, we can't judge the work based on one chapter alone. I'm not so thrilled that these issues are a series of one-shots. Obviously we get to see the comic books from the previous two chapters play a role, though that role isn't exactly clear yet. The lack of a resolution makes me wonder whether DC will follow the Spider-verse model and release new titles. Next month we get the Frank Quitely issue, Pax Americana. And so begins my impatient month long wait. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Oct 26, 2014

    It all amounts to a hilarious first half of a great summer action flick " the calm and character setting before the giant invasion that will happen in the second act. We're giggling and ready, Grant. We're ready for the action to begin. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chase Magnett Oct 26, 2014

    Although the overarching story that connects all of these #1 issues is intriguing, it is not nearly as exciting as the concepts within each issue. The Just #1 recreates the old intellectual property at DC Comics with an amusing new conceit. There are only 40 pages to be found here, but it has left me wanting more. If this trend continues, Morrison and his collaborators will not have created one of the most exciting new ideas at DC in the past decades, but seven of them. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jason Motes Oct 26, 2014

    In all, though it wasn't flawless, it was a solid comic that was respectful of DC's past continuity. The art was beautiful and the meta ideas presented were intriguing, although Morrison has tread similar ground in other books in the past. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Gregory L. Reece Oct 27, 2014

    All I know, the only clue that I have as to how to read these stories, is found in the fact that the comicbooks in Morrison's tales are dangerous things. They contain a threat and a challenge to every world in which they appear. The virus they contain is more dangerous than any techno-virus, any Bizarro-virus. They contain the most dangerous thing of all. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Oct 25, 2014

    Somehow, against all odds, I'm pretty sure I'm following along with Grant Morrison's Multiversity. The story is all over the place, jumping from one dimension to another, but I'm pretty sure I understand what's going on. I'm actually pretty proud of myself. Though taken as a single issue, Multiversity #3 (or The Multiversity: The Just #1, if you're nasty) isn't all that great. But as a whole, I bet this story is going to be pretty neat overall. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Oct 24, 2014

    We've essentially seen every plot device that's used here, but Morrison finds a way to make it feel fresh with so much detail, and nods to comic fans. As good as these aspects are though, it doesn't help the fact that the characters are pretty unlikeable. I usually don't recommend books when I can't get behind the characters, but Morrison's special touches, and Oliver's outstanding art pushes "The Just" to a score that is slightly above average. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 22, 2014

    While I really dug the art in this book, I couldn't get into the story.  I don't know if it's just how kids talk today or if there was something off with the dialog, but I found it really hard to follow what the characters were talking about at any given time.  The whole issue seemed like an over sized way to poke fun at teenagers by putting them in superhero masks and also to poke fun at the comic book industry and it's fans at the same time.  All the meta was wasted on unlikable characters and the only saving grace was the fantastic art by Ben Oliver. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Oct 29, 2014

    As always with Morrison, theres a lot going on under the surface and between the lines. He puts a lot of references in both direct and indirect. It makes for an enjoyable experience, even if it feels like this issue slowed the progress of the over-arching narrative down. He saves it with Batmans insight about the comics. But there is something unsettling here that makes it feel off-kilter. Perhaps, that what Morrison wants the reader to feel, a little uneasy, a little unsure. I have no doubt that when read all together it will fit seamlessly with the rest of the story, but standing alone it did not come across as strong as last months Society of Super-Heroes. 3 1/2 Daily Planets. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Oct 27, 2014

    This comic is a bit of a letdown considering it's from Grant Morrison. There are some great golden nuggets laden within the material, but they are just glossed over. This story would make for an excellent graphic novel or mini-series. Since this is the third issue in the Multiversity run, it's worth picking up, just don't expect to be blown away. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Oct 22, 2014

    The ending is a bit vague on as Superman's robots begin to tear apart the city. I'll give it to Morrison as he managed to mix superhero with current culture and not make it seem eye rolling. He didn't write them as people but rather people who live amazing lives who just happen to indulge in current lingo. He doesn't forget the superhero element. Read Full Review

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