First major detail to come out of the interview with CBR was that the series of one-shots has gone from seven one-shots to eight, with the new issue acting as the self-titled Multiversity book-end featuring characters and story strands from the other seven. Morrison described it as "kind of a big team book".
DC's Post-Blackest Night Event?
Continuing with the discussion of the format, CBR asked if The Multiversity would be DC's next big event after The Blackest Night, to which Morrison responded,
It was never planned to be that way but it may well be. It’s getting bigger by the day. It’s something that I think would work that way.
Regardless of what you may have thought of Final Crisis, it was a huge financial success for DC and was it's top seller with every issue. While not a direct sequel, The Multiversity is by arguably their top creator and is shaping up to be a spiritual sequel or, at least, followup to Final Crisis. Unless DC has something else planned, I could easily see this series expanding into another Seven Soldiers-like event, but with some advertising and push from DC behind it.
Continuing with the trend, when asked why not do 52 one-shots for every Earth, Morrison replied with,
That would be crazy. But I’d love to. That would be fantastic if I could do every one of these worlds. A lot of them weren’t devised so some of these were kind of places I came up with.He continued on talking about how the original plan was for himself, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid and Geoff Johns to each explore the Multiverse post-52 with their own Multiverse book, which prompts me to wonder why DC doesn't just tap these creators to ignore Countdown and do a proper sequel to 52 with this Multiversity concept.
Sure, Mark Waid is out of the picture, but Rucka and Johns are still very much involved with DC and could be brought on to do several issues or one-shots for The Multiversity and expand it into a proper event that explores a large chunk of the new Multiverse, which has been woefully neglected since its creation. Depending on how it goes, they could do a full fledged 52 II weekly with a different one-shot each week or follow whatever this Multiversity team Morrison has devised as they travel around the Multiverse.
With much of the formatting out of the way, Morrison was free to describe most of the Earths he plans to use in The Multiversity and they are as follows:
Earth-4 - Charlton Comics/Watchmen Earth. He described it in much more detail in the Wizard interview, which I discussed here.
Earth-5 - Fawcett Comics/Marvel Family Earth. He described it in much more detail in the Wizard interview, which I discussed here.
Earth-10 - Quality Comics/Nazi Earth. This is the home of Master Man, who is the Nazi Superman, and features some of the Final Crisis characters, like Overman.
Earth-20 - An Earth I speculated would be used, this is the home of the Society of Superheroes and other pulp heroes, like the Doc Savage/Dr Fate mash-up, Doc Fate, the Mighty Atom, the Immortal Man, and even an Abin Sur Green Lantern. Morrison described it as a "1940s retro thing".
Earth-Eight - Morrison described another Earth, which he stated had no designation yet, as an Earth featuring all the nineties characters, like Connor Hawke, and referred to them as "media brats". The old Earth-Eight, which is now the home for the Marvel analogues post-52, used to house all the legacy characters, such as Kyle Rayner and Huntress, and sounds an awful lot like this undesignated Earth Morrison talks about.
Earth-Prime - Not much was mentioned about this one, but he spoke about Earth-Prime and how there will be a haunted horror comic called Ultraa the Unknown, which will also be featured in The Multiversity issue.
Earth-Obama Superman - The final book was left unknown or may have been mashed in with the other details. He mentioned the black president Superman from Final Crisis #7, but it sounded more like he would be featured in the books and not an actual focus. If this is the final book, it is for an undesignated Earth (it wasn't listed what Earth it was in Final Crisis either). As Earth-38 and -39 are the only two Earths we know nothing about in the current 52, I assume one will be used for this black analogue Earth and the other for the new Earth-Eight.
The Multiversity - As I mentioned above, this is the new, eighth book in the series and will be a big team book drawing on the various plots from the other issues.
What say you all? Would you be interested in what started out as a small, self-contained series of one-shots ballooning into a major event? Would you like to see other creators step up and tackle some random Earths? Are you happy with the Earths chosen so far? Sound off on these questions or anything relevant in the comments below.