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They F*ck You Up, Your Mum And Dad: The Multiversity Annotations, Part 3

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Teased for years and finally launched in 2014, 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.

We’ll be focusing here on the third issue of the maxiseries, The Just, written by Morrison with artwork by Ben Oliver and color assistance from Dan Brown (the excellent colorist, not the literary hack).

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A Corpse, A Mission And A Talk On Chastity In ‘Brother Lono’ # 2 [Preview]

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Brother Lono is back. The entire team from 100 Bullets -- Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso, Trish Mulvihill, Clem Robins and Dave Johnson -- is together again for Brother Lono, a new miniseries starring the character who proved to be a favorite among readers of the celebrated crime series. In the first issue of the eight part story, Lono was released from prison and tasked with escorting a young nun, who's just arrived in Mexico, to a mission. But if events in the first issue -- including a rotting corpse on a bus station bench in broad daylight -- are any indication, that's not going to be easy.

Vertigo has provided ComicsAlliance with a five page preview of Brother Lono #2, which you can check out below.

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