The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1

The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1

Event\Storyline: The Multiversity Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Cameron Stewart, Nathan Fairbain Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 17, 2014 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 20
8.8Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

The fifth chapter of the greatest adventure in DC Comics history is here! Acclaimed for their collaborations on BATMAN AND ROBIN, SEAGUY and SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY: THE MANHATTAN GUARDIAN, superstar writer Grant Morrison and renowned artist Cameron Stewart deliver some magic to THE MULTIVERSITY with a breathtaking journey to Earth-5 - A.K.A. Thunderworld! With a single word, Billy Batson transforms from boy reporter for Whiz Media into the world's Mightiest Mortal - Captain Marvel! Along with the other members of the Marvel Family, Captain Marvel battles dastardly villains like Mr. Mind and the Monster Society of Evil! But now, his grea more

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Dec 18, 2014

    Yes I couldn't hide my love for The Multiversity: Thunderworld at all, this comic is my jam. Grant Morrison speaks to a love of The DC Multiverse like no other and Thunderworld continues that. That's The Multiversity: Thunderworld in a nutshell, an entire team of people involved in a comic that are having the best time and you're along for the ride. It's such a great ride to be on too. I found myself grinning ear to ear by the end of the issue. A great comic and I look forward to seeing what surprises lie next in Grant Morrison's Multiversity. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 30, 2014

    Morrison sells me completely on a version of the character I would gladly spend money on every month. Sadly, the one-shot ends all too soon and its magic is restrained to the private sandbox of The Multiversity whereas the New 52 could do with an emergency injection of the lighthearted, action-packed, Silver Age wackiness that we're given here. Must-read. Read Full Review

  • 10
    We The Nerdy - Justin Micallef Dec 19, 2014

    The ideas of Monster Societies, Lieutenant Marvels, and an eighth day of the week where evil reigns supreme may seem trite and comical at first glance, it's the purity and earnest with which these ideas are presented that allows them to thrive and inspire even the coldest hearted of readers. Cameron Stewart's art is revelation, as well. His pencils shine with exuberance, grace, and fluidity. His art shines in his dynamics and facial expressions, bringing to life that which is larger than it. Giant robots, Tiger-Men, and Cosmic Metaphysical Trains are abound in this book and our collective unconscious remains better for it. Nathan Fairbairn's colors shine and pop, too, lending an important element to the classic, all-ages friendly sensibility of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ryan Scott Dec 23, 2014

    This one-off story pits our hero against the mad scientist Sivana in a plot that involves time travel, monsters and (GASP!) an eighth day of the week! Somehow, Morrison manages to make a relatively layered and complex story totally readable and never confusing in a short amount of time. It feels like a very classic book in the vain of DC's silver age. A concise, but very complete story. To go along with Morrison's perfectly executed script, Cameron Stewart (Superman Adventures, The Invisibles), with the help of colorist Nathan Fairbairn (Scott Pilgrim, Batman Incorporated), crafted a truly gorgeous and classic looking book from cover to cover. In short, this is quite possibly a perfect comic and should be on everyone's pull list this week. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Dec 18, 2014

    If you as a reader have been dissatisfied with Morrison's writing style then I encourage you to pick this issue up simply because it doesn't feel like Morrison wrote the issue, yet it does. It's a great issue for the holiday season for the kid in all of us, plus you get some sweet Cameron Stewart art so everybody wins. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 17, 2014

    Remember Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr and Doctor Sivana? This issue brings them all back, even if it's just for this one time. If you've been reading the MULTIVERSITY issues, of course you'll want to get this. Even if you have no idea what's been going on, you can easily jump into this issue and enjoy a brilliant adventure with these characters. Grant Morrison captures the essence of the characters and Cameron Stewart and Nathan Fairbairn are the perfect duo for the visuals here. This is a comic anyone can enjoy. Make sure you don't miss it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Dec 19, 2014

    Speaking of that S.O.S. comic, Captain Marvel reads it and sees how morose and depressing it is; “What ever happened to happy endings?” he asks. Well, we readers certainly agree. A tale of pure whimsy and childhood wish-fulfillment; Thunderworld is a treat for kids and kids who never truly grew up. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Dec 17, 2014

    "The Multiversity: Thunderworld" #1 is a late contender for issue of the year because of how generally fun and adventurous it is. Give this to a child and they'll be hooked to comics. With all the cancellations DC announced and after reading this, I'm hoping that we'll get a Captain Marvel book like this. The New 52 version isn't one I dislike but if they could give us this version or a combination of this version and the current Shazam, I'd be very happy. Yet again, this is almost totally a standalone issue so it's worth picking up even if you aren't reading the rest of this miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Dec 17, 2014

    Artist Cameron Stewart and colorist Nathan Fairbairn play incredibly important roles in this issue. They allow Grant Morrison the ability to truly evoke the Captain Marvel of yesterday. Stewart's illustrations are beautifully realized and capture both the modern feel of today's artistic aesthetics while also capturing the essence of these decades old characters. Fairbairn, for his part, succeeds is providing rich, bright colors that adds the perfect amount of polish to the final product. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 18, 2014

    Why can't this be a monthly title? The comics industry - and each fan - needs this in the worst way. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Dec 18, 2014

    Captain Marvel asks, while perusing that selfsame Society of Superheroes comic (appropriately near the last page), "what happened to happy endings?" right before he, Freddy and Mary fly above the city and into the clouds, big grins across their faces. And, yeah, maybe it's a little cheesey. It's also beautiful, and entirely without pretense – a blissful ode to superheroes, an expression of love for the classic tales they came from, and a gentle reminder that putting some heart into comics might not be such a bad idea after all. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Dec 18, 2014

    "The Multiversity: Thunderworld" debates the age old battle of magic versus science. One definitely wins out over the other at the end of this story. Morrison, Stewart, and Fairbairn are the magicians who have brought a classic character and his world to transcendent life. The mystery connecting each issue of this miniseries insinuates its way into Earth-5 and we can only hope the heroes of Fawcett City will still be standing when Morrison's opus inevitably comes to an end. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 27, 2015

    Thunderworld was just what the doctor ordered for people being dumbfounded by the usual course the Multiversity stories take. It's a fun, entertaining ride that takes you from point A to point B without too many layers being thrown in like they usually do. Combine this with great art and you have one of the best installments to The Multiversity. Alright DC, I'm all warmed up, now give me a Shazam comic! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Dec 18, 2014

    "The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures" #1 has a tenuous connection to the rest of "The Multiversity" comics, and that's a good thing. (You'll see the through-lines here and there, from the other multiverse Sivanas to the copy of the S.O.S. comic.) I don't want to see the Captain Marvel family going up against grim-and-gritty characters. I just want them to have exciting, joyous adventures like we got here. With contemporary jokes like Billy Batson's reporting running up against child labor laws, this feels classic yet modern. If there's any way to convince Morrison to write a "Thunderworld Adventures" ongoing, well, I know I'd buy it. If nothing else, Morrison and Stewart have given us a pretty-near pitch-perfect comic that shows us how viable these characters are. Post-"Convergence," maybe we'll get lucky with a return to Thunderworld. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 18, 2014

    Thunderworld's deficiencies don't stop it from being a marvelously entertaining and meaningful read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Dec 17, 2014

    A fun romp you could put into the hands of any kid or adult, that doesnt skimp on the talent and creative brains, Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1 is probably the contribution to this series that I most want to see an ongoing spin-off from. I love my New 52 Shazam truly I do. But this world is so much more than a single character or concept. Its magic, like lightning, all in itself. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Dec 18, 2014

    Artist Cameron Stewart and colorist Nathan Fairbairn are part of the reason of the success. They're part of the reason this issue delivers the the cartoon feel to it. Stewart does a great job making the aesthetic feeling, and Fairbairn provides rich colors for the perfect final touch. Overall, this is great issue with a Captain Marvel story we truly deserved. A part of me really hope we can have an ongoing series based on this universe, and the return of Captain Marvel Jr. and Mary Marvel is always welcomed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Gregory L. Reece Jan 27, 2015

    I never got that Captain Marvel action figure. But Morrison's “Thunderworld Adventures #1  makes that fact a little easier to take. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Dec 17, 2014

    Multiversity, so far, has given us a cosmic pondering on the character of Superman, a jaunt into the pulps of old, superheroes through the lens of reality television, and a paranoid mirror image on the works of Alan Moore. But Thunderworld Adventures is the first straight superhero story of the event thus far and it soars with an old school energy that the previous issues, aside from S.O.S, have lacked. While other issues have relied heavily on the meta story unfolding in Multiversity, this month's installment casts off the heaviest chains of the story and is just happy to tell a thrilling superhero tale. A villain plots a nefarious plot and a group of mighty mortals step up to take him down and protect the innocent. I ask again - what more could you possibly want? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Thomas Crawford Dec 22, 2014

    Thunderworld may not be the best comic ever, it may not be the best chapter of Multiversity, but it's a strong entry for the best Captain Marvel story. Morrison and the rest of the creative team have created another rich world for future creators to explore, and brought life to characters we haven't seen too much of since the New 52. This issue reminds us that comics can be more than fun, they can be happy and uplifting. Finishing this book, one can certainly recognize the talent that went into it, but also the positivity which it inspires, and the world of Captain Marvel should always be an inspiring one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Gabe Bustamantez Dec 23, 2014

    Even though parts of the story were hard to understand I would still recommend this issue, especially if you're a fan of Cameron Stewart's art like I am. Multiversity Thunderworld Adventures provides a great feel for Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family of characters. Multiversity as a whole is very, very heavy with the comic book meta and commentary, but Thunderworld is very enjoyable as a stand alone story. I can only hope that this version of Captain Marvel, set on Earth 5, can some how be allowed to live on past the Multiversity saga with its own series set outside the regular New 52 universe and continuity. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Dec 23, 2014

    As each issue of The Multiversity has offered glimpses of different worlds and genres this issue is no different. Thunderworld presents a more black and white approach to super-hero comics and a real trip into the past. Capturing the look and feel of Golden Age Captain Marvel comics this issue maintains the fun of comics that Morrison is playing with throughout the series, but this book is a special treat for those fans who have missed the original Captain Marvel. 4 Whiz StationsI mean Daily Planets. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Dec 20, 2014

    Multiversity is a great series. While the thread that ties all of the issues together is a very thin one, each issue has been a delight to read. This one is a throwback to how DC's cast behaved some three decades ago. Morrison makes everything fresh and new. This is another great comic book to pick up regardless if you have read the others in the series or not. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Dec 18, 2014

    I can't say enough about Cameron Stewart and Nathan Fairbairn's art on this issue: Stewart evokes a look and tone similar to the "Golden Age" of comics, while Fairbairn's colors impart a contemporary finish with his vibrant colors that is pitch-perfect for breathing new life into Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 22, 2014

    This issue isn't a world-changer and it doesn't add much to the overall story of Multiversity but it is a master class in delivering a fully fleshed out one and done superhero story. But it's the optimism present that truly impressive. This book has big stakes and they're achieved without the hero having to suffer some great tragedy. That seems like a rarity in today's market. This issue might not have larger implications, but it proves that Multiversity is the gift that keeps on giving. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Dec 20, 2014

    This is a fun read, and worth reading at least once. I wouldn't read it again, but it's a nice break from the standard narrative these days. If you have some extra cash, and enjoy Shazam (or Captain Marvel), then go ahead and check it out. Just don't expect anything life changing. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    Fanboys Inc - Jeff Ayers Dec 18, 2014

    Out of the different issues within this Multiversity line, this one works the best on it's own story. I am certain we will see this version of Shazam again, within the wrap up of the story as a whole, and the events within this issue will most likely make more sense towards everything Morrison has in store. All I am saying is, I want just a little more answers regarding that overall, all encompassing, Multiversity storyline. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    WhiteLantern Dec 18, 2014

    No one besides Grant Morrison could write The Multiversity. His deep love for the smallest minutia of comic book lore is on display in every issue of this mini series. The Mulitversity: Thunderworld takes place on Earth-5, where Captain Marvel (not Shazam) is the Earth's Mightiest Mortal, along with Captain Marvel Jr. and Mary Marvel. There's just such a sense of fun in this issue. There are some really good jokes, clever dialogue, and the opening sequence that breaks the fourth wall is very cleverly done. And Cameron Stewart's art is fantastic as well. His pencils add to the fun, energetic sense of this book, and the 40 pages just zip by, looking beautiful all the while. The main villain's plan is very interesting, and really plays to the Multiverse concept. Everything about this book just works. The only issue I have is the portrayal of Georgia Sivana's transformed state bugs me, since she's so focused on her looks, above anything else. And the costume doesn't help. And reducing Jr. to a drooling moron because he sees a pair of large breasts is just stupid. Other than that, this book is great. I highly recommend.

  • 9.0
    GreyMouser Dec 19, 2014

    great piece of work, from top to bottom. Could stand-alone, but ties into the rest of the multiverse very well. charming and fun, with creepiness lurking beneath the surface. Probably the best issue in the series, so far!

  • 9.0
    Hydrahead Jan 13, 2015

    My favorite issue of The Multiversity thus far.

  • 3.5
    Gizmo Jun 2, 2015

    I guess you have to already be a fan of old Captain Marvel comics? If the goal was to create a comic that read like it was from fifty years ago, mission accomplished, in the worst ways. The plot is compressed and utterly ridiculous. The creating of an 8th day to the week was actually an easy pill to swallow compared to the rest of the drivel pumped out in this issue. In an attempt to be light hearted and fun, all common sense is thrown out the window. Where did the Monster Society come from and why? Where did the Lieutenant Marvels come from? Cheap fan service. What point did traveling back in time for an instant serve, really? And the climax, if you can call it that, cheapens everything that happens in the comic since it was inevitable. I won't give the end away, but just be ready to have your time and money wasted, Captain Marvel's actions achieve nothing. If approached in a clearer tone, this could have served as a parody, but it falls short in the humour department, the whole thing is played straight. I honestly can't tell if it was trying to be stupid funny or not. This issue is also fairly light on the undertones that have made the Multiversity books worth reading, it mostly just teases that everything is connected. No s***, wait until you read The Multiversity 2, this is not as connected as you may think. Don't believe the hype on this issue, critics basically convinced me to mine for diamonds in a turd pile. It's not to say there wasn't a jewel in there, but it certainly didn't justify the effort in finding it. Time to wash my hands.

  • 2.0
    JBL Reviews Dec 19, 2014

    Fine, "fun", but ultimately not for me.

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