Rating: 4.5/5 – I Love a Good DC Multiverse Story.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.
I am not a regular reader of the Superman series, but the cover of this issue drew me in at the local shop. Making the “Red Son” Superman easily recognizable was a smart move. I’ve always been a fan of the parallel universes that make up DC’s Multiverse. There’s going to be some version of the characters I like on one of those multiple Earths, when things are simplified down to one (or a few) dimensions and I don’t like the character “takes” presented, I have no choice but to take a break from DC.
In this tale, called Multiplicity, writers Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason have ‘our’ Clark/Superman run across an injured Red Son Superman while driving on a deserted road (it always seemed weird that Superman would drive around in a car as Clark, it seems like a real waste of his time). Red Son Superman (from Earth 30) is being pursued by a bunch of creatures with big teeth talking about ‘the Lyst’ (apparently from a dimension for the spelling impaired). The art – layouts by Ivan Reis, finishes by Joe Pado – was superb. But they’ll be switching out the art team for every chapter of this story because of the bi-weekly shipping, and it’s that lack of consistency on art across stories that is is my main gripe about DC’s bi-weekly books (with the exception of Wonder Woman). Looking at my Previews catalogs, I see that issue #15 has art by Doug Mahnke & Jaime Mendoza; #16 is by Doug Mahnke, Jorge Jimenez and “others”; #17 has art by Sebastian Fiumara (NOTE: it has been pointed out that Multiversity is only 3 parts and #17 is a standalone issue. That is has yet another artist does support my point of the revolving door art teams on the tilte in general, though). In my opinion, this entire story would be elevated by having the art team from this issue do all 3 parts. Is it that much to ask that a single team do the art for a short 3-issue story arc?? A lot of people are loving the various bi-weekly DC Rebirth series, so I must be in the minority with my aversion to art teams changing multiple times across each story arc.
Writers Tomasi and Gleason kick off the Multiplicity storyline strong in issue #14. I don’t want to give away specifics about where the story gets really interesting, but it involves quite a few alternate takes of super-heroes from other Earths (5, 11, 18, 20, 23, 30 and 36) . In particular, I won’t reveal what happens on the last 3 pages, except to say they’re what really sold me on this storyline. Despite my reservations about the continually rotating art team, the writing was strong enough to ensure that I’ll be back for next issue.
Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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