Review of Multiversity: Mastermen #1.7

665921_multiversity-mastermen-1-7by Grant Morrison & Jim Lee

Multiversity continues to be the best comic on the stands with it’s Mastermen issue that sustains the titles long standing multiverse standing epic story by adding a deeply layered and fully formed new dimension. Listen; my colleagues & I have done enough writing trying to analyze the symbolism and overarching narrative in our reviews or articles related to the book and you’ll find plenty more of that on this book all over the place it that’s what you’re looking, the comments are more then welcome for any and all theories related to this issue that you maybe pondering. Also let’s just get this out of the way that Jim Lee’s pencil work is excellent here, it’s been way too long for these two guys to have not worked with one another until now and Lee himself is really starting to evolve his style into something more interesting after a period of stagnation. With all that said, what struck me most coming away from this installment of the series was what’s been an underrated element of the comic, that is just how well Morrison and his artistic collaborator’s have managed to build a world and create an exciting plot whole cloth within the confines of about forty some pages of comics give or take. Mastermen might be the best in the series so far at pulling this off as it establishes it’s premise and setting into it’s plotline seamlessly. This is a comic that’s building on over 70 years of history within it’s own fictional universe but it all flows together concisely without missing out on the emotional beats that connect the reader to the story. Granted this all framed within built in archetypes that are naturally going to create an emotional response out of the reader whether that’s the historical significance of Nazi Germany, the legacy DC characters such as the Freedom Fighters or the combination of both in the way Superman becomes Overman in addition to his Justice League cohorts getting Nazi analogues. But it’s a tribute to the writing here that it doesn’t rest on the traditional iconography to tell a full and engaging story that manages to establish a universe, it’s main players and then create a this large scale narrative that works on multiple levels as both a straight up story in addition to it’s many layers of symbolism. This is something that most comic books struggle to do over the course of an entire series, Multiversity does it every single issue. Just think about that for a second, forget about whether or not you think Morrison’s writing makes sense to you or what he’s done that was over/underrated and think about it from a craft standpoint, what takes most creators at minimum months and most often years to accomplish Morrison is doing on a single issue here, in every month in every installment of the series, that’s amazing. Multiversity is so next level to the point of it often feeling awe inspiring, but if the response is any kind of indication comics is ready for that. This book is the future standard.

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