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Comic Book Review: Mustiversity #2 – The Story Goes On

By Jeff Ayers

Comic Book Review: Mustiversity #2 - The Story Goes On

Writer: Grant Morrison

Artist: Ivan Reis


DC Comics

Honestly, I thought this Multiversity event was over, and I had been reviewing the subsequent issues thus far. But, finally, the second and final issue of the main series comes out, and Mr. Morrison does his utmost to shoehorn in as much content as he possibly can.

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I will not be taking time to walk you through all the events of this issue, because there is just so much, and many that I still don’t understand. But, that is not a dig at the issue itself, or the series on a whole. It is just Morrison at his finest, completely untethered by the rules and regulations that normal DC books adhere to. Left to his own devices, he crafts a story that embodies EVERYTHING, and by that I mean, every version of earth and nearly every version of DC’s roster of characters. While this works extremely well in the pages of this issue, it is up to the reader to have the innate knowledge of these characters and worlds as to be able to place the correct feeling of relief/worry on each situation. Morrison doesn’t try and hold your hand, he thrusts you into a story he has meticulously crafted, and has no apologies if you don’t get all the nuances that he is including.

Ivan Reis takes on a superhuman job of keeping all these themes, characters, and worlds in check, allowing the magical whimsy of the story to shine through. To be able to translate all the ideas Morrison comes up with, while also drawing many different versions of characters, and keeping the story and pace on point, Reis does and amazing job. Even if you don’t necessarily “get” everything the story is laying down, the art never falters, and allows the reader to glide through the book almost effortlessly. I commend DC for allowing Reis to do this on his own as well, as many times in instances like this, Marvel or DC will opt to have multiple artists to show the dichotomy of different worlds and characters. This sometimes works, but usually stop the story dead at a lesser talent shown next to a greater one. Having Reis handle the entire issue is no small feat, but he steps up to the task and knocks it out of the park.

The “Best There Is”: The overall daunting task of telling this story that had been clunking around Grant Morrison’s head for sometime is brought to a wonderful completion in this issue. Seriously, thanks to DC for having the foresight to allow Morrison and Reis to do their jobs, and to the writer and artist for doing their jobs so well.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: My only gripe with this issue has been my echoing concern throughout all the tie-in’s and issue one. Mainly, even though all the threads and plot devices paid off in the end, it is chock full of so much information, no single issue necessarily works on its own, including this one. You need to experience this story as a whole, read every issue, and then re-read them again to truly understand what is happening. Also, you need to have a more than casual understanding of the DC universe and the multiverse at large, which can be a lot of back reading and research if you aren’t an avid DC Comics aficionado.

FBI Score: 8 out of 10.

Kudos to the creative team for pulling off a story both in writing and art that very few in the business could parallel. It is very confusing at parts, but the central idea that the “comic book superhero ideal” is one that exists, but also is under attack creatively and figuratively, is laid out throughout this series.

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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