The Multiversity Deluxe Edition by Grant Morrison

The MultiversityThe Multiversity by Grant Morrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For me it’s really hard to predict whether I’ll like a Grant Morrison story or not. I really have sort of a love slash hate thing going on with the guys work in general. I’ve enjoyed his JLA and Batman work for the most part; but he also wrote Final Crisis which I thought was a pretty incoherent mess. Also there was that run on X-Men that single handedly made me stop collecting Marvel Comics for like 10 years…

Ok, so the collection I read was The Multiversity Deluxe Edition; that I received a copy of via Netgalley in exchange for feedback and a review. It collects THE MULTIVERSITY #1 and 2, THE MULTIVERSITY GUIDEBOOK #1 and MULTIVERSITY issues: THE SOCIETY OF SUPER-HEROES #1, THE JUST #1, PAX AMERICANA #1, THUNDERWORLD #1, MASTERMEN #1 and ULTRA COMICS #1. There are also a large amount of extra art concept sketches in the back of the book which is nice to look at.

My short answer is I liked it. I feel like the collection as a whole tells a complete story and while it may be fun to go back to some of Mr. Morrison’s other works and pick and pair up references, you don’t need to have read anything else to understand this story. I don’t have any complaints about any of the art in here, it all looked great to me.

My thoughts are that The Multiversity #1 and #2 and Ultra Comics #1 are a lot weaker than the other issues collected here. I’m not much of a fan of breaking the fourth wall, and he does that a lot in these issues. If you’ve read any of his other books you’ll immediately notice numerous reiterated, or at least very similar phrases, which apparently mean a lot more to him than they will to you. Also I detect a good bit of snark and unflattering jabs at comic book fans in general that are just a waste of space that could be taken up with you know, an actual interesting story.

It was the issues that gave us glimpses into some of the other worlds and their unique histories that were really great, and where Morrison’s storytelling ability shines. He does an excellent job hooking you into these little worlds and their inhabitants. While they are satisfying little stories what they really do is whet your appetite for more.

The Society of Super-Heroes presented a world [Earth-20] with a super hero team lead by Doc Fate. The Immortal Man, a bunch of female Blackhawks, The Mighty Atom, and a strange devilish looking Green Lantern, rounded out the team. Vandal Savage is also shown as a villain. I love the older looking style of the costumes of the characters and I’m looking forward to learning more about this world when I’m able to get my hands on THE MULTIVERSITY: THE SOCIETY OF SUPER-HEROES: CONQUERORS OF THE COUNTER-WORLD #1.

The Just is a world [Earth-16] inhabited by the bratty inheritors of Legacy Heroes whose parents apparently did too good of a job stamping out evil. A Damian Wayne Batman exists in this word and he’s dating a bald chick who I suppose is the daughter of Lex Luthor. They all seem to be a pretty aimless bunch spending most of their time in petty, idle pursuits like reenacting famous superhero battles.

Pax Americana [Earth-4] was easily recognisable as somewhat of a parody of Watchmen by Alan Moore. This might be the one I enjoyed the most. This world includes a version of the Question who behaves a lot like Rorschach. The story was tight and had a good twist.

Thunderworld [Earth-5] was my second favorite of the world’s. Here is the world of Billy Batson and the Marvel family of heroes. This was just so much fun to read, I’d love to see more of this world.

Mastermen [Earth 10] is a fascinating; but also dark and disturbing look at a world where Overman [Superman]; was raised by the Nasis and helped them win WWII. Uncle Sam and His Freedom Fighters also exist on this world.

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Now for my five page random sample from The Multiversity Deluxe Edition by Grant Morrison:

Here’s that awesome cover of Society of Super-Heroes:

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Next is a page from The Just.  I really feel like the art is very suitable for setting the tone of the story.

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This is of course a page from Pax Americana with a fun scene with the Question.

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The art from Thunderworld is bright and bold, it really give a big superhero feel to it.

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And last, this page from the Multiversity Guidebook, that I didn’t talk about in my review but does have some story in it.  It introduces the Batmen of two worlds shown in the last panels here.

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The Flash: Stop Motion – Graphic Audio Edition

The Flash: Stop Motion (Justice League of America)The Flash: Stop Motion by Mark Schultz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Flash: Stop Motion by Mark Schultz; audio book by Graphic Audio, is pretty good. This story is part of a series of books about the Pre New 52 DCU Justice League. As far as I know all of the books are stand alone stories, and I don’t think you need to read them in any particular order to understand any of them.

This one features the Wally West flash who was Berry Allen’s nephew by marriage to Isis West. The story revolves around a genetically engineered creature called The Super Luminoid [No idea about the spelling of that since I had an audiobook.]. It’s a decent story but a lot of it is taken up with lengthy descriptions of some very dubious science.

Enjoyable if you liked the Wally West flash, the Pre New 52 Earth, or are listening to the other books in the series.

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Early Daredevil retold.

Daredevil: Season OneDaredevil: Season One by Antony Johnston
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Likeable retelling of some early Daredevil stories. The updated art and style makes these a bit more palatable to modern sensibilities. Sort of like a what if those stories had happened in the age of cellphones and the internet. I would have rated this higher if it had been a bit more consistent. Several of the stories are just excerpts and you feel like you’ve missed something important.

The art is nice but I’m not in love with it. Still this is a nice book to have if you like Daredevil and it would be a great read for anyone who wants to sample some early Daredevil history.

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I read this on Marvel Unlimited and here are a few screenshots:

The third panel on this page is pretty frightful if you ask me.  Maybe it’s the way his teeth are so heavily outlined it sort of makes it look like jagged shark teeth or something.  Maybe it’s the eyes…

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This page was nice looking, that’s a pretty classic looking Daredevil pose.

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And this one was just sort of morbidly funny to me because of the crazy villain The Spot.  I mean he looks and is named like he’s a dalmatian puppy, but that is one sick power he has…

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Batman T-Shirt

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So I found this t-shirt at Wal-Mart for only $7.50… in the men’s department of course.   I don’t care though.  I wanted it, so I decided I would just try to alter it to fit.

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I cut off the neck band, about half of the sleeves, and shortened it a little.  Then I hemmed it all with yellow thread.

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It’s not perfect, but it turned out ok, and the fit is a lot better looking than the unaltered t-shirt.  I have a couple of thrifted t-shirts I’m going to play around with and see what I can do.


Also posted this on my tumblr account.

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Particle Man by Deric McNish is slow and humorous.

PARTICLE MANPARTICLE MAN by Deric McNish
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This review is for the Audible Audio Book version of Particle Man by Deric McNish. “This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.”

I rated this book 4 stars as I split the difference between the voice performance of 5 stars and the story aspects that I rated 3 stars.

PARTICLE MAN by Deric McNish is a slow and often humorous narrative of a young man growing up in the 1950’s who discovers that he has extraordinary powers. This is mostly a coming of age story as we are introduced to a cast of friends, family, and his day to day life. This introduction takes up the bulk of the novel and the action is almost exclusively in the last ¼ of the book.

Unfortunately this makes everything at the end feel a bit rushed and the ending abrupt. It’s like the origin story of a superhero where not all the mysteries have been explained. It isn’t clear to me if this is intended to actually be the first book in a series or not. It certainly feels as if it needs another book to wrap it up and give the reader closure.

When I saw that Deric McNish was listed as both author and narrator I paused in trepidation for a moment but I needn’t have worried. His voice is well suited to the main character of the book, and all of his voice inflections give just the right emphasis to the story.

I sincerely hope we get a sequel because I was hungry for more details about the events in the end of this book and want to know about other things only hinted at.

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Ant-Man: Natural Enemy by Jason Starr

Ant-Man: Natural EnemyAnt-Man: Natural Enemy by Jason Starr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This review is for the Graphic Audio Edition of Ant-Man: Natural Enemy by Jason Starr.

I’ll say I’ve liked all of the Graphic Audio Editions I’ve listened too. There is just something fun about the full voice casts, sound effects and style of these audio books. They might actually add something to the story for me.

In this story Ant-Man and his daughter are placed into protective custody by the FBI because a criminal has escaped that he had testified against in the past. It’s a pretty straightforward superhero story but it lost two stars because of the overuse of his very obnoxious daughter as a plot device.

She takes up and takes over way too much of the story… and I truly started to wish her dead. We could at least give her a dramatic death couldn’t we? But no. She’s allowed to whine non stop throughout the book. I kept thinking for gods sake send this narcissistic little hooch back to live with her mother already. Her dad just takes all the crap she dishes out, because he’s attached to his spawn I guess.

Despite my little rant I did like it and the parts with Ant-Man and his dating woes were fun to read about.

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