SDCC 2014: DC Releases Trippy Map of MULTIVERSE by GRANT MORRISON & RIAN HUGHES
Multiversity Map by Grant Morrison & Rian Hughes
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This August, comics writer Grant Morrison's long-awaited event series Multiversity will be released by DC. The series, which offers a whirlwind tour of some familiar and not-so-familiar parallel universes of the DCU, is quite the comics road trip. And for any road trip, you need a map. That's where Morrison and designer Rian Hughes come in. Earlier today Entertainment Weekly unveiled a map of the Multiverse as done by Morrison and Hughes to better assist readers with the complexities of Multiversity. Take a look:
Currently, this image is the highesst quality available but Newsarama is working on getting a more legible map for our readers.
On first glance, the Multiverse map covers everything from New Gods to just plain gods, from Darkseid's Apokalips to Heaven itself. The Monitors and their Monitor Sphere are heavily represented, as well as the Wildstorm-era concept of the Bleed - used extensively in The Authority and also in the "New 52" Stormwatch series. The Source Wall was recently seen in the Green Lantern books, with Kyle Rayner plunging through it and attaining new metahuman abilities. The Speed Force is also seen, enveloping all the worlds, which fits with the recent story of Earth 2's Flash accessing it in Earth 2.
Despite the enormity of detail, Morrison has left several Earths as mysteries with the obvious "?" for them. By our count there's 45 worlds shown here including Earth 0, with the question marks for Earths 14, 24, 25, 27, 28, 46 and 49. Some of the numbered Earths have obvious symbols on them, such as Earth 30's Soviet emblem, which relates to it being the universe of Superman: Red Son where Kal-El's rocket landed in Soviet Russia instead of the American midwest.
Here's a look at Morrison's original sketch for this Multiverse map, to get an idea of his starting point:
More information on Multiversity looks to be revealed today at DC's "The Multiversity Enrollment" panel at 3 p.m. Pacific time.
Vaneta Rogers contributed to this article.