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This Review Is In The Form of a Live Dissection: The Multiversity Annotations, Part 1

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Teased for years and finally launched this week, The Multiversity is a universe-jumping series of DC Comics one-shots tracking the cosmic monitor Nix Uotan and an assemblage of star-crossed heroes as they attempt to save 52 universes and beyond from a trippy cosmic existential threat that, like much of Morrison’s best work, represents something far more mundane and relatable. Tying back into the very first Multiverse story in DC’s history, the heroes of these universes become aware of this threat by reading about it in comic books… comic books that, it turns out, take place in neighboring universes. Indeed, writer Grant Morrison continues his streak of highly metatextual DC cosmic epics with this eight-issue mega-series (plus one Tolkienesque guidebook).

Described by Morrison as "the ultimate statement of what DC is", The Multiversity naturally offers the reader much beyond the surface level adventure, and that means annotations. Rather than merely filling out checklists of references, my hope with this feature is to slowly unearth and extrapolate a narrative model for Morrison and his collaborators' work on The Multiversity; an interconnecting web of themes and cause and effect that works both on literal and symbolic levels.

Three pages into the preview for The Multiversity #1, I knew I was going to have a lot to work with.

With no further ado, go get your erasers and your textbooks, close your laptops, sharpen your pencils, and get ready for some course notes. Let's go to school.

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Closing the Loop and Filling the Hole: The End of Grant Morrison’s Batman [Spoilers]

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This week, Batman Incorporated #13, by Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbairn, wraps up Morrison's seven-year tenure on the character. It brings everything to a definitive close that leads to both the character's new era in the New 52 and to the core of the Batman myth itself. It closes not just one loop, but a number of loops, between the present and various points in the past -- the beginning of this volume, the beginning of Morrison's run and, indeed, to the very beginning of the character, way back in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. It's a heartfully written, beautifully drawn true creative collaboration between three of the best talents in comics, and can probably be best described as a frustrated and slightly resigned labor of love. I've been following this run since it started, and there's a solid argument to be made that this particular run, this particular story, has been the bedrock of my entire comics journalism career. So let's look back on the past seven years of headshots, time travel, evil gods, lapdancing pigs, father-son bonding, heartbreak, good art, bad art and, above all, mystery. Let's look, for the first time, as a whole, at Grant Morrison's run on Batman, and talk about the Hole in Things.

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Marvel’s ComiXology Crash, SimCity, And The Perils Of Supply And Digital Demand

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At 2PM Eastern on Sunday, March 10, Marvel announced at the South by Southwest Interactive conference -- among a bunch of interesting new announcements regarding the intersections between digital media and comics -- that they were promoting the digital comics medium, and their own books, by offering over 700 first issues for free through the wildly popular and borderline monopolistic Comixology cloud-based platform.

On Tuesday, Ma

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Hickman & Opena’s ‘Avengers’ #1 Is Big, Cool, and Gorgeous [Spoiler-Free Review]

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Out this week is the first issue of Jonathan Hickman's obviously meticulously planned and apparently very lengthy run on Marvel's Avengers franchise. Avengers #1 -- by Hickman (Fantastic Four/FF, The Manhattan Projects) with a

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Getting ‘Happy!’ With Grant Morrison And Darick Robertson [Interview]

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Unleashed on the world today from Grant Morrison, Darick Robertson, colorist Richard P. Clark and letterer Simon Bowland, is Happy!#1, Morrison's first Image Comics release since Spawn #18 in 1994. Morrison's spent the past few years working almost exclusively with DC Co

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Eye of the Gorgon: Batman Incorporated #2 [Annotations]

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The third issue of Batman Incorporated might be delayed for a month, but here at ComicsAlliance we've got annotations for the second issue to tide you over! Twenty pages of Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham doing their continuity cut-up style you've seen before in the fourth issue of the last volume, tying together panels and scenes from numerous old comics with a new narrative that pushes the current story forward. Click below t

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Category: Annotations, DC

‘Batman, Incorporated’ #3 Delayed a Month Due to Aurora Shooting

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In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado last Friday, in which 12 people were killed and dozens injured during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, DC Comics has delayed release of Batman, Incorporated #3. In a letter sent to comic book retailers on Monday, the publisher indicated the decision was made due to "content that may be perceived as insensitive in light of recent events." The issue had already been shipped to some retailers.

The last time DC Comics delayed a Batman book after shipment for content reasons was the infamous curse-word ink misprint that allowed pretty extre

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Teen Angst And Tattoos: DC: The New 52 Panel [SDCC]

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DC Comics's Friday panel lineup closed with a panel focusing on the publisher's New 52, featuring moderator Bob Wayne and creators Adam Glass, Dan Jurgens, Rob Liefeld, Scott Lobdell, Jimmy Palmiotti, David Finch, Gail Simone, Scott Snyder and Geoff Johns, as well as editors Bob Harras and Bobbie Chase

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Quentin Tarantino Crashes ‘Before Watchmen’ Panel, Announces ‘Django Unchained’ Comic [SDCC]

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Halfway through DC's Before Watchmen panel, DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee abruptly entered the panel to introduce legendary writer/director Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino stated that most of his scripts are much longer than the eventual movies, and a lot of materia

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Justice League & Green Lantern Panel: GL With A Gun Vs. ‘Total Dicks’ [SDCC]

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Friday's Justice League panel at San Diego Comic-Con kicked off with moderator John Cunningham, who's DC's VP - Marketing, introducing panelists Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, Co-Publisher Jim Lee and writers and artists James Robinson, Nicola Scott, Tony Bedard, Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato and editor Brian Cunningham. A lively panel with obvious camaraderie, the panelists discussed the history of the

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