Thursday, January 29, 2015

Multiversity Guidebook #1

   I was a fan of the Marvel Handbook and DC's Who's Who series - both of which served as reference books, listing the heroes, villains, supporting characters and important objects in each universe.

   Any series like that is a vast undertaking (which is one reason why they're pretty rare) - and now writer Grant Morrison enters the ring with this indispensable tome - the Multiversity Guidebook.

   It combines adventures on several different worlds with a guide to (almost) all 52 alternates Earths that now make up the DC Universe.

   (I say "almost" because they have to save some mystery for future stories, so a handful of Earths are left as mysteries.)

   It's like an Elseworlds tour of the DC universe, with an odd Batman story alongside a Kamandi adventure, with some key moments relived and many more mysteries and villainous plots hinted at.

   This issue should generate some debate among fans - for example, I don't see an Earth that represents the DC universe before the "New 52." Perhaps it doesn't exist.

   The issue is a bit pricey at $7.99, but it's worth it. Loaded with all kinds of facts, trivia and even a map of the entire universe (though you may need a magnifying glass to read it).

   Just an amazing piece of work and a good indication of the rich potential in DC's alternate worlds. Very impressive and highly recommended!

Grade: A



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