DC Review: SOCIETY OF SUPER-HEROES #1 May Be Haunted. Use Caution. | FanboysInc

DC Review: SOCIETY OF SUPER-HEROES #1 May Be Haunted. Use Caution.

By Jeff Ayers


Multiversity-Society-of-Super-Heroes-1-Spoilers-1SOCIETY OF SUPER-HEROES #1

“Multiversity Part 2”

DC Comics November 2014

W: Grant Morrison

P: Chris Sprouse

Welcome to chapter two in Grant Morrison’s ever expanding cluster of crazy, Multiversity. This month, the title switches to SOCIETY OF SUPER-HEROES, and focuses on a single parallel world. This story is told from the narrative of Immortal Man, who even though his name suggests otherwise, is dead in our version of the DC Universe.

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 Grant Morrison does his usual stellar job of crafting a well thought out story, with some really awesome monologues from Immortal Man. Even though this is a roller-coaster ride to crazy town so far, Morrison manages to reel it in and make the reader care for his characters. This is all helped with pencils by Chris Sprouse, and a veritable cadre of artists laying down inks and colors. The cover, and some of the subsequent interior pages, harken back to the comics of yesteryear, with epic battles and pop art colors.


 Immortal Man, as if you didn’t infer it from his namesake, has been around for roughly 40,000 years. (Except for in the parallel universe that we readers are accustomed to see in the pages of DC comics, he died by my count three different times in the Final Crisis event, that was a confusing ball of crazy all on its own.) the story opens up as he is summoned to the ominous tower of Doctor Fate, who is a pretty powerful sorcerer in his own right. Again, in our version of DC continuity, Doctor Fate has been succeeded multiple times by various people, and it is not outwardly revealed who he might be in this incarnation. But he has gathered a rag tag bunch of super heroes, including the eighteen year old Al Pratt, the Mighty Atom. Kudos on this book for taking a bunch of B-list(hell, even C-List) DC characters and giving them the spotlight.

 Because of what we already know with the ‘haunted comic book’ from the first issue, and the dire consequences of parallel universes colliding, we are thrust directly into the story. Doc Fate needs all these heroes together, to form the S.O.S. so they can deal with the oncoming threat that this universe’s Green Lantern has seen. Vandal Savage has his own crew of conquering pirates, and is also immortal, and easily takes over the U.S. Flash forward to five years later, and the S.O.S. and the Conquerors are still doing battle. Thanks to some pretty neat aerial dogfights, and some familiar faces (Parallax!) this story makes it’s full rounds from cool to crazy and back again.

 Faithful reader, I implore you to use caution on reading this book. First of all, you need to pick up a copy of Multiversity #1 to really get into this story’s meat and potatoes so to speak, and also be up to speed what is happening. Also, make sure you get out your handy wikipedia links, because some of these characters had me even going, “Who is that, are they from OUR DC Universe?”, which makes reading this event that much more of a learning experience. Morrison is the master of storytelling and weaving intricate tales with characters well known and obscure, and references to the golden age of comics. Also, a note of caution, as the characters are self-aware of the haunted comic book that lives in their universes, and I am beginning to wonder if these issues are our own haunted comics. Time will tell!

*Rating 7 out of 10

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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