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The Multiversity #1

Event\Storyline: The Multiversity Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Nei Ruffino, Joe Prado, Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 20, 2014 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 46 User Reviews: 30
8.7Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

The biggest adventure in DC's history is here!

Join visionary writer Grant Morrison, today's most talented artists, and a cast of unforgettable characters from 52 alternative Earths of the known 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 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 Super Hero of Earth-Prime: YOU!

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  • 10
    Infinite Comix - Jay Mattson Aug 24, 2014

    The Multiversity may or may not ever be considered the best comic book series of all time, but if this first issue is any indication, it will be one of the most important. Morrison effortlessly (it seems) weaves together a narrative structure that hoists itself up by it's own concepts, and that is an astounding accomplishment. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Sarah Moran Aug 26, 2014

    Multiversity is weird, but it is also wonderful. One read through " or perhaps even one hundred " won't help you understand fully all the pieces in play, but that's okay. Morrison understands superheroes are not set in stone, never allowed to change or grow, and that's what's most important here. Fictional characters are just that, fictional, and manipulating them to tell a tale is why they've endured as long as they have. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Aug 22, 2014

    I could sit here on my soapbox and preach the gospel of The Multiversity, but its better to live it. Pick up this post-modern comic and fall down the rabbit hole. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Aug 21, 2014

    Dr. Simon Hurt, the vile, near-Satanic knavefrom Morrison'simmortalBatman runwas once quotedas saying,“I built this endless puzzle for you… a hole you'll never fill, a case you'll never close…” Thismay as well be Morrison shouting these words to us; in the twenty plus years he's worked at DC, Morrison has given us a widening mosaic, seemingly infinite, filled with a rich and storied history that never ceases to portend exciting things for the future. Andwhilethis puzzle has thepotential to carry on with no apparentend,Grant Morrison's genius is found in the knowledge thatthepieces will always fit snugly. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Aug 22, 2014

    Best way to describe The Multiversity to you is that it is a comic that only Grant Morrison could do. Grant Morrison and the DC Multiverse go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly. This one issue has me excited to see what Grant Morrison plans to do next with The Multiversity. You can already tell that this is going to be the ultimate DC Multiverse experience. I am happy to vibrate through to the next adventure in the amazing saga that will be The Multiversity. A great beginning to a story that no DC Comics fan or fan of great comics in general is going to want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Aug 21, 2014

    I'll admit to being hypercritical about the potential success of this story. Five years, after all, is an insanely long time to wait between stories -- just look at what's happened to the DC Universe in three years. If Morrison and company can keep up the quality, adventure and fun they brought to "The Multiversity" #1, however, then this is going to be more than worth the wait. While I'm waiting for the next installment, I'm going to go back and read this one. Again. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Aug 20, 2014

    MULTIVERSITY is finally here and it's a trip and a half. Grant Morrison is just showing us the tip of the iceberg of the DC Multiverse. There's a big threat on the horizon and with so many different characters and worlds, there's no telling what might happen next. Ivan Reis and Joe Prado set the stage in a glorious way. This is a comic you won't want to miss. Morrison is setting up some big things here and it's going to be a fun and crazy ride. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Matt Deery Aug 23, 2014

    Small criticism aside, Multiversity is a wonderful comic, brimming with wonder and excitement and delivers everything fans expect and more. It also remains accessible so you do not have to be familiar with the previous stories Morrison has used to set this book up. Oh and there is talking monkey in a pirate outfit! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 21, 2014

    This certainly isn't for everyone - it will take multiple readings to catch a lot of the bits carefully built into the story - but especially for longtime or dedicated fans, it's well worth the effort. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Aug 21, 2014

    Overall, it's a well done starting issue to this mini series. While the next issue is a standalone with the Society of Superheroes, I do hope there is some ramifications from this issue that filter through into the one shot. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Latest Pull - Cory Robinson Aug 24, 2014

    Calvin and his new team have to band together and fight Lord Havok (who looks more and more like Doctor Doom every time I see him) who is trying to steal something called the "genesis egg" that provides some horrifying results leading up to the next issue. Unlike Final Crisis, this book is definitely worth the hype as it is Morrison's love letter to the Multiverse and it seems like he is trying very hard to make this book universal to all comic fans while using his odd writing style to lure in readers. His comic within a comic technique can seem very complex, but he does a great job to engulf the reader in the world he has created. The art by Ivan Reis is fantastic as always and it is a shame that he is only doing one issue, but I have the ultimate faith in Chris Sprouse. Buy this book right away. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Aug 20, 2014

    A grand start to a series long in the making, The Multiversity #1 needed to be a slam-dunk for it to be worth the wait all these years since the conclusion of Final Crisis. I can say without hesitation, it made its quota for awesome, and perhaps then some. I expected to see the crazy mind of Morrison squirted all over the page. What I didn't expect, and got an abundance of, was the great admiration and respect for comics that got worked into every panel. This is a book that can't hide how deep labor of love it is, and I can't help but want to read it all over again. And again. And again. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Meylikhov Aug 21, 2014

    So "The Multiversity" is a pretty grand start to what seems to be quite a fun jaunt throughout DC's new multiverse, as well as a celebration of all things comic books, and for that I have nothing but praise to sing. If the book is really the culmination of all of Morrison's work, then that aspect clearly shows in both the recycled elements and the new ones. It's a big book about superheroes, it's a big book about stories and it is definitely a comic about comics for comic fans. As the series veers off with the following issues before coming back around for the eventual wrap-up/bookend, it'll be a lot of fun to come back to this first issue and re-experience the start of it all " and in the end, that the series already looks like it'll demand of us time, attention and frequent visits decidedly makes it a win for DC and Morrison. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Aug 21, 2014

    Grant Morrison's The Multiversity #1 is everything that fans have been patiently waiting for. The debut issue features amazing action with classic superhero elements at its foundation. However, there are layers of mind-bending treats waiting for the most diligent readers. Longtime Morrison fans and readers new to his work will both find plenty to love here including a huge story and a wide variety of characters, though it may have been nice to get a bit more out of everyone introduced. Finally, the artwork by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and Nei Ruffino helps to bring the story to life visually, though sometimes it feels like it misses a step. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Aug 22, 2014

    Overall, Multiversity opens strong and it brings many more possibilities to the DC Universe. It's unknown what thw result will lead into, but I'm looking forward to it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Gregory L. Reece Aug 26, 2014

    But, and this is important so I'm saying it again, just in case you missed it the first time. It is the most important thing that I have to tell you, a secret I learned one summer long, long ago, a secret the gives me hope and courage, a secret that I sometimes forget but that I was reminded of this week as I read this comicbook. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Travis Moody Aug 26, 2014

    Stay in tune with the rest of the fresh debut of The Multiversity, and I can promise you'll be vibing right along to a very Marvelous Earth-8 " and one ass-kicker of an ending. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Aug 20, 2014

    It's kind of hard to tell what Morrison is cooking up here, though I have no doubt that it will be good. It's not exactly like Final Crisis, but if I had to compare it to any other works of his, it would have to be that. Though I must say that The Multiversity seems to be even more grandiose in scale, if that could even be possible. The $4.99 price tag may intimidate you, but I promise it's worth it. I also recommend that you give it more than one read to process everything. From what I can gather, this looks to be a masterpiece in progress. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Aug 25, 2014

    Throughout this issue there are a lot of questions that need to be answered, hinting at the DC Universe from pre-Crisis, post-crisis and New 52. You can feel Morrison's passion for the DCU in each part of this story, and you can tell that artist Ivan Reis is inspired to match that same level of passion with his art. It isn't an easy read, but with Morrison it usually never is. Multiversity is a unique experience that will become clearer with subsequent reads as you get the most out of this issue's $4.99 cover price. I can't say that this is a book that everyone will enjoy, but for fans of Grant Morrison's work and his DC work in particular, the wait was more than worth it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Adam Aug 22, 2014

    If you love crazy, zany concepts and characters, but also have a semi decent knowledge of DC as a whole, then I would say you should definite pick Multiversity #1 up. If you are brand new to comics, then you might want to wait on reading this one. It is a bit like jumping straight into the deep end and not knowing how to swim. Oh, and the pool has sharks. I like sharks. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Aug 21, 2014

    What Morrison has presented here is the culmination of years of work, and is either pure genius or unhinged madness. Perhaps it is a little of both, but it is undeniably enveloping. Just as the story began, Morrison leaves the reader with the responsibility of how comics unfold, which is perhaps his most pointed bit of industry commentary yet. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Needless Essentials Online - Stan Ford Aug 23, 2014

    I look forward to the rest of this series, and how the choice of artists change the story. Elements may not translate well with other artists, but the choices seem up to the task, so I'm optimistic, whereas before I was slightly skeptical. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Randy Z. Ochoa Aug 22, 2014

    Ivan Reis was the right artist for this first bookend. Hes proven time and time again that destruction and epic set pieces are his thing and its a thing he does very well. From the destruction of various earths in this issue, and even the interior of the Ultima Thule, Nix Uotans ship, Reis really shows the scope of the threat well see unfold over eight issues. Joe Prados inks, and Nei Ruffinos colors really add to the bleakness of the situation. Prados inks on the destroyed set pieces really sell things with the way they themselves look broken, especially with the crosshatching in the distance that doesnt quite give you a clear sky. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Aug 20, 2014

    This is one big fun meta comic book nerd extravaganza. The message by the end is clear: you, the reader are taking part in this adventure too, and the villains are laid out and the threat interesting. Clearly at the end of the day this book is about storytelling and if you're a lover of stories and myths this will be right up your alley. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 21, 2014

    This is Morrison at his superhero best; while Multivesity doesn't break ground he hasn't trodden before, it's probably the most refined version of his ideas and theories of the superhero genre. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 20, 2014

    The experimental trappings and big ideas make the first issue of The Multiversity a dense, heady but ultimately rewarding read, as Morrison puts his own unique spin on the pillars of the DC multiverse. It's engaging and surprisingly optimistic, almost a time capsule of a legendary writer during the peak of his career, juggling flagship books and event comics all while percolating a series of stories that could capitalize on his philosophies of imagination, fiction and magic while also incorporating to-the-point superhero slugfests. The Multiversity is that dream realized. This could all fall apart next month - it could be literary evil or narrative banality might win the day. But for now, the greatest heroes of the DC universe are being called to the front lines. And they're asking for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Fuentes Aug 22, 2014

    ick up this book if you haven't already. If the art and story don't amaze you then the DC version of the Avengers might amuse you. Heck, this book is filled of wonderful looking characters that should delight or amuse anyone. I'm so pumped to see what Morrison has in store for us in the coming months. This first issue alone set up the story in an epic way and it's almost criminal that DC is going to drag this out as long as they can. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Aug 20, 2014

    Overall, “The Multiversity” #1 does a fine job of setting up the story. Those extra pages were entirely necessary and thus it's worth the cover price. It's a big, strange, science fiction story that will take us on a trip across the Multiverse in typical Grant Morrison fashion. Is it his best work? Impossible to say. It's just starting. But it does have a ton of potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt Aug 20, 2014

    The artwork for this issue manages to push away from DC's house style, and flexes some muscles of the fantastic in some of the more explosive panels. Each following story will feature a difference artist, but what Reis and Prado have done in this debut is both familiar and wackily out-of-the-box. I'm in. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Aug 20, 2014

    That sums up Multiversity pretty well I think, weird and complex but if you don't fight it it's one hell of a ride, especially with how detailed and dynamic the artwork is, truly stunning stuff and the design of the demons is really the stuff of nightmares. As I mentioned Multiversity isn't for everyone but you should be able to tell from this if you'd enjoy it or not, if it sounds like your cup of tea pick it up I know I had a blast with it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 20, 2014

    Morrison's always been "Out There" and now that he's actually been given room to do whatever he wants with an entire Multiverse, it's kind of a scary thought.  We had some strange meta story telling going on here, but for the most part it seems he's held the crazy back for this first issue.  Whether that will continue, I guess we'll just have to wait and see what comes out of the layered mind of Morrison in the upcoming months.  Not a bad beginning to this huge story and I'm already jonesing to explore more.  Go check it out and get lost in the mind of Grant Morrison and his DC Multiverse. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Aug 30, 2014

    Multiversity is finally here. The first issue feels like a straight read. Nothing too crazy happens but there seems to be a feeling that this is going to involve a tremendous amount of characters before it's all said and done. It will be an interesting ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Aug 21, 2014

    Multiversity is Grant Morrison's love letter to superhero comics and DC's complex 70-year continuity. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Aug 20, 2014

    High concept, but Grant Morrison gives us enough to sink our teeth into. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Aug 20, 2014

    Simply put, if you're a fan of alternate realities and strange twists on familiar characters, then this is worth it. If you're looking for grounded and gritty storytelling, this won't be your cup of tea. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Aug 21, 2014

    Multiversity #1 is overflowing with Grant Morrison concepts and storytelling. Fans of his will enjoy this but readers who dislike his style will want to stay far away. I enjoyed rereading the book, digesting all the crazy ideas and felt like I got my money's worth. I'm all in and will be picking up the rest of the one-shots. If you're still on the fence, answer the question I've been asking customers in the store all week: "Did you like Final Crises?" If the answer is no, avoid this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Kittrel Aug 21, 2014

    Bottom line? THE MULTIVERSITY #1 is a framed snippet of comic book art hanging on your roommate's wall. It's a conversation piece, and something that tells anyone who sees it the kind of taste the person who owns it has in comic books. Other than that though, THE MULTIVERSITY as a collection of stories is going to be a ride through antiquated forms of superhero storytelling. Maybe we'll see why we moved past the ones that will be featured, and maybe we'll see ideas worth revisiting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 23, 2014

    Multiversity is off to a neat start. Morrison is juggling his usual collection of weird ideas, and they mostly work, if you can understand them to any degree. I think I'm doing OK. At it's heart, though, Multiversity is a story where a bunch of awesome good guys go up against the ultimate bad guys, and that always makes for great comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Aug 21, 2014

    This book is Morrison being Morrison, if you have never liked his previous work you wont' like this one. The only problem with the issue as a whole is when Morrison decided to cut to a different Earth and it felt way to jarring. It forces readers to catch up pretty quickly. Other than that The Multiversity #1 is just what I expected to be and more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 25, 2014

    There are a few slight missteps in this one but nothing that should really take reader out of it. Instead, it’s Grant Morrison doing some of what he does best: repackaging and redefining a basic take on caped crusaders by turning expectations on their head and amplifying the stakes. Sure, most superheroes have to save the world on an issue by issue and arc by arc basis. But what’s bigger than saving the world? Well, Morrison thinks it’s saving every world and fighting off a foe that threatens the very fabric of existence. If you can get behind that concept and you want to see a patchwork group of heroes pull together to save the day complete with all the twists and turns of a Morrison story, then Multiversity is for you. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    8CN - Matt Overstreet Aug 20, 2014

    Really, this series feels like Morrison unleashed to a certain extent, Expect more trippy, mind-expanding superhero story from this series, and if that happens to be your thing, then I definitely give The Multiversitya recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Aug 21, 2014

    The opening scenes are definitely the most challenging and unconventional of the book. Morrison's script suggests this story is meant to be seen as a virus or parasite, infecting the reader, invading the real world and making it a part of the expanding continuity the writer is trying to re-establish here. Do I fully understand it? Hell no, not even close. The first few panels make it clear it's about infestation, about spread, about an itch in the back of the brain. I'm thoroughly intrigued and excited to discover what Morrison has in store. It's a wonderful mix of unconventional writing and a wholly nostalgic, wonder-inducing celebration of what's come before in the worlds of super-hero comics. I don't want to miss a moment or a notion. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Aug 22, 2014

    While there's lots of interesting things in the first issue, I think it overall attempts to be too cute at times with its layers, like it's trying to be Watchmen redux in that manner. For the die-hard fans, I'm sure there's a lot here that they'll love, but for those not in that category (like me) the story is really nothing too special. At its heart, it's a story we've seen before, just with different characters and different settings. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Aug 21, 2014

    Overall: Morrison delivers a bold, complex and layered story that is over-the-top and grounded all at the same time. When Morrison shines, he really shines. Unfortunately, his storytelling is unfocused, and reminiscent of a kid in a candy store, with too many ideas to fit in one plot. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 25, 2014

    Some of what he dreams up here works well (reincorporating the classic idea that events from one world bleeding over into the fiction of others) while other aspects (such as the introduction of the comic's bad guys) leave room for improvement. There's half a good comic here, saddled between the less interesting storylines and various worlds, when Morrison focuses on the Multiversity itself. As a fan of Captain Carrot I'm going to give it a marginal pass, but it's going to need far more of fun characters like Captain Carrot and the zany worlds which spawn them and less of Morrison's bag of tricks (oh great, music is reincorporated as bending reality because it worked so well in Final Crisis) and gritty post-apocalyptic worlds to keep me around for any length of time. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Aug 20, 2014

    Morrison loves to experiment, something I've heard said about him a lot, so perhaps this first proper exposure to Morrison's work isn't quite for me. I'll check out an issue or two more and then make a judgement whether this is something I'll be sticking with or not. Read Full Review

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