This is huge, earth-shakingly epic storytelling at its absolute finest. From the first pages to the last, Multiversity #1 feels every bit as monumentally universe-shattering as any story that has come before it, and it doesn't even have the word 'crisis' in the title.
I am, at times, a doubter of Grant Morrison's acclaim, but right now, I am not. Multiversity is the epitome of every adjective ever used to describe a comic book story, and this was only the first issue.
Morrison immediately thrusts readers down the rabbit hole and puts his foot on your neck on the way down. The complexity and immense scope of this story starts with the most infinitesimal of creatures, and ends a whopping 40 pages later with a spine chilling image that tells you that you are in for it, that you absolutely can not miss what is coming next and that this story is going to change things, everything, as you know it. As someone who was considering not even reading this, I can't believe the impact I felt turning every single page.
This entire issue introduces us to a cast of characters too large to count, and sets up a threat to the multiverse that seems larger in scale than I'm able to comprehend thus far. Here in the first issue we meet Thunderer, the hero who seems to be the epicenter for what is to come. We experience a gathering of heroes that spans (at least) 52 universes. We see long-forgotten characters like Captain Carrot. We meet a team entirely composed of avatar's from Marvel Comic's 'The Avengers'. We see Harbinger, a character pivotal in previous DC 'Crisis' events. And we meet who appears to be the ultimate enemy of the multiverse. All in 40 pages. 40 huge, epic, stunning pages. Delivered by Ivan Reis who is, if not the best penciler working in comics today, certainly in the conversation.
DC has spared no expense marketing this book. Morrison has also spared none in telling readers and the press how huge it would be. Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Nei Ruffino are some of the best at what they do in the comic book art community, and all three deliver page upon page of jaw-dropping scenes here.
I don't even know what to say regarding the material contained here. It is so big and so rapacious in its scale that giving a story synopsis doesn't even begin to do it justice. I'm humbled by this issue, it is beyond anything I imagined that it was going to be, and I am so glad I decided not to skip this book.
If you didn't pick Multiversity #1 up last week, I implore you to make sure you add it to your shopping list next time you are in the comic book store, you do not want to miss this. Even if the story falters every issue from now until the end, reading this chapter alone is a memory I will carry with me in the future. Most of us continue to read comics because sometimes they touch us in a unique way that no other medium can, and here in Multiversity #1, that is exactly how I feel right now.
Get this, get it as soon as you can.