Thoughts on The Multiversity #2:
A solid finale with beautiful art by Ivan Reis. His art always surpasses my high expectations. I love Harbinger in general, so I was pleased with her role in the series and how she appeared.
“He’s a rhymer! In God’s wholy name, a rhymer!” I’m a huge fan of The Demon/Etrigan, so I loved the rhymey bits and the Earth-13 iteration of him as Super Demon. Fun stuff!
Dr. Sivana was a nice sight, given his impending cinematic debut and the fact that he’s fun in general. I LOVED the entrance Mary, Shazam and Freddy make! One of two “YEAH!!!” moments in this issue.
The Earth-18 Justice League (I think they’re a JL) was a great sight to behold. Is that Batlash saying “Yeee-Hawww!”? The mechanical horses are slick and well designed. The fellah in the bison mask looks familiar but I can’t place him ATM.
Hellmachine looks like something out of Sid and Marty Kroft’s worst nightmare. Yeesh!
Captain Carrot stole all of his scenes! Eat your carrots kids! He was wonderful as was the Earth-23 Superman (one of my favorite alternate takes on Supes).
Nix Uotan was thunderous in his power and the energy of it. I imagined his voice being equally powerful and bone rattling.
Aquawoman and Thunderer had some nice moments in the spotlight. Especially in Aquawoman’s case when she stabbed Nix in his right eye. New 52 Aquaman would be proud and raise his trident in her honor.
Red Racer was another scene stealer. From his rapid comic reading prowess to how he circled the planet six times a second, he truly was a wonder.
My favorite Red Racer moment was as follows:
“Then, by the lightning strike and by searing rainbows I was blinded. And blinded, I witnessed.” then BOOM! Red Racer ROARS in with a cadre of assorted speedsters behind him!
I love these types of moments where something wonderfully jaw dropping occurs that makes you mentally or verbally shout “YEAH!!!” (the aforementioned scene was my second of those moments BTW). I spotted New 52 Earth-2 Flash, regular Flash and what appeared to be the Bart Allen Kid Flash amongst Red Racer’s army. Loved this scene!
The Gentry were suitably creepy as always.
The bottom of page 36 showcased alot of cool characters. I liked the alternate Atom Smasher and it looks like Mr. Majestic was in the lower right side of the image. I assume it’s a different character, but the colors of that character’s uniform (as well as his hair) reminded me of Majestros.
I was surprised to see Bloodwynd pop up. I remember Morrison stating somewhere that he hated the character and thought his name equated to “rather messy flatulence in the wind” (a paraphrasing of his words). I like him, so I was glad to see him pop up here.
The giant feller on the throne. Did he pop up in any post-Multiversity titles? I feel like I’d remember if he or his ilk did, but I’m drawing a blank.
The scene on page 44 of the assembled heroes at the Hall of Heroes was nicely drawn with coloring that really popped. It reminded me of the scenes of assembled characters in COIE, and I’m sure that was by design.
Page 46 is a beaut, just absolutely stunning! I would love to have a poster of that art!
Great issue! Re-reading what I did of The Multiversity was alot of fun. This is a series that perfectly exemplifies the no-holds barred imagination that the comic book medium is so wonderfully adept at bringing to life/capturing.
If anyone wants more of the Hall of Heroes and some of the characters in this issue, check out:
-Action Comics (New 52) #9 for the debut of President Superman.
-Superman (Rebirth) #'s 14-16, the Multiplicity arc
-The Terrifics #14
“Until next time, remember the name Operation Justice Incarnate!”