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The Multiversity Annotations, Part 4: Not The Peace of the Grave or the Security of the Slave

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The fourth issue of the series, Pax Americana with art by Frank Quitely, colors by Nathan Fairbairn and letters by Rob Leigh, is probably the most widely anticipated of the series, and certainly the most-hyped. It's Morrison's attempt to update and revise the structure of Watchmen, but applied to the original Charlton characters, as that Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons work was originally intended to in its first pitch. While Watchmen followed a strict nine-panel grid structure (some panels would be bisected or extended, but that was the general latticework on which everything hung), Pax Americana goes for eight, resembling not only harmonic octaves of music and colors of the rainbow that make up much of the multiversal structure Morrison is working with but also the "Algorithm 8" that allows President Harley to perceive the underpinning structure of the universe and use it to his advantage. That algorithm is, of course, the eight-panel grid (and the 8-shape made by one's eyes while reading the page) that forms the comic book universe he lives in.

The book moves backwards in eight color-coded sections, which I'll denote, that correspond to the evolutionary stages of humanity/a single person espoused by Don Beck and Chris Cowan's spiral dynamics, or, more specifically, Ken Wilber's later integral theory, which incorporated it. I'd never heard of it before this book, and from all research I've done there's a reason for that; it seems to be widely accepted as bunk pseudoscience by any academic institution, which makes it a perfect evolution of the original Question and Rorschach's stark black-and-white Randian Objectivism, while also tying into not only Pax's obsession with the number eight but its role in the Multiversity series as a whole, both due to the nature of music in octaves which makes up the structure of the DC multiverse as well as the colors of the rainbow that form the Source Wall.

This is a long one, so with no further ado...

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Best Art Ever (This Week): Scott Pilgrim, Wu-Tang, Gigantor, Birdman, Ghost In The Shell And More

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, awnd some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.

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‘Multiversity’ Colorist Nathan Fairbairn Explains ‘Pax Americana’ Process

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I'm sure more than one comic came out this week, but you wouldn't know that form my Twitter feed, where all anyone is talking about is Pax Americana, the latest chapter of Multiversity by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely and Nathan Fairbairn. Using the old Charlton Comics characters that inspired Dave Gibbons and Alan "The Original Writer" Moore's classic graphic novel Watchmen, Pax Americana tells a story that is in turn inspired by Watchmen, creating a meticulously structured comic with layers so dense that it's blowing minds all across the comics scene.

And one of the most important parts about the comic is color. That's true of any comic printed in color, of course, but in this particular issue, color becomes a major theme, creating a backdrop for the story that's tied into ideas about spiral dynamics, something that's verbosely explained by the Question about three quarters of the way through the book.

If that sounds complicated, well, it is, and our own David Uzumeri is hard at work on annotations explaining it all. Until then, we're fortunate enough that Fairbairn has taken to his Tumblr to break down his coloring process and how he worked with Quitely to create the incredible visuals of Pax Americana.

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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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Bryan Lee O’Malley Brings Evil, Colorful Edition Of ‘Scott Pilgrim’ Vol. 2 To NYCC

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Debuting at this weekend's New York Comic Con, the second full-color edition of the Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series will be available in an Evil Edition featuring another of Ramona Flowers' evil ex-boyfriends on the cover: Lucas Lee. As was the case with volume 1 of the Scott Pilgri

The Trouble on Hyperion Ramps Up in ‘Mystic’ #2 [Preview]

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We were pretty enamored with the art on the first issue of the rebooted Crossgen series Mystic by writer G. Willow Wilson, artist David López and colorist Nathan Fairbairn. Judging from the exclusive preview Marvel p

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Marvel’s ‘Mystic’ Miniseries: Best Looking Book of August? [Preview]

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Debuting in August is Mystic, the new Marvel Comics series written by G. Willow Wilson, the critically acclaimed co-author of the graphic novel Cairo and the Vertigo series Air. Joined by penciller David López and colorist Nathan Fairbairn, Wilson tells

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The Calvin and Hobbes Original Art of Comic Twart [Art]

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The artists of Comic Twart create on a weekly basis some of the best illustration work you can find in the business. As you can see from our numerous posts of the the site's output -- which is based on contributors drawing different characte

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Comic Twart Brings You The Best Art You’ll Ever See… of Jar Jar Binks

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I know it's only been about a week since the last time we were singing the praises of our friends at ComicTwart, but this week, something's been happening over there that you guys are going to want to know about.

As you may already know, the deal with our favorite art site is that each week, the artists pick a character tha

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Comic Twart Celebrates One Year of Awesome Art

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Here at ComicsAlliance, we've been fans of the Comic Twart blog since day one, and this week, the best online art jam on the web celebrates its official one year anniversary!

As you can see by Evan "Doc" Shaner's anniversary piece above, the site has seen a gang of incredible artists teaming up to pick one character or theme to draw every week, from Zorro to the films of Alfred Hitchcock, with everything from Archie to Batman to Futurama in between.

So today, in celebration of a year of awesome art, I've picked out a handful of my favori

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