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Mind Capsules – The Multiversity: Society of Superheroes #1 and The New 52 Futures End #20

The Multiversity Society of Superheroes #1
The Multiversity: Society of Superheroes #1

Writer – Grant Morrison
Artist – Chris Sprouse
Inker – Karl Story, Walden Wong
Colours – Dave McCaig

Anthro, the Immortal Man is called to Fate’s tower to accept a position into the S.O.S., the Society of Superheroes.  The other members consist of The Atom, the Blackhawks, Abin Sur, the Green Lantern and Doctor Fate himself.  They have come together to battle a peril from another Earth, one that threatens to destroy them.  That threat is Vandal Savage.  What follows is a number of battles involving Blockbuster, Felix Faust, Parallax, Shiva and even Savage getting himself into the mix.  This book, the second to come out of The Multiversity is absolutely fantastic and much better than the first.  We have some old-school action with a nice pulp feel to it, helped immensely by the awesome artwork of Chris Sprouse.  Sprouse, usually a great artist, has really outdone himself on this book and it shows on every page and panel.  Morrison’s script is sharp and smart and you can tell that he is having fun with the project as he simply does whatever he wants at any given time.  There was one line of dialogue that just seemed really out of place in the book with Shiva stating she would like to wear Doc Fate’s ‘balls’ as earrings.  Extremely strange to say the least and really stands out amongst everything else.  The cast of characters was exceptional, everyone from The Atom and the Blackhawks to Abin Sur and having Doctor Fate heading the team up.  Morrison almost gives us a Justice Society reunion, albeit a different one than we are used to, but the characters look great and work well together.  There are a couple of instances where this book ties into the other one, with mention of the Monitors and the strange comic book that foresees events.  The great thing about this book is that the issues stand alone, so you do not have to get them all.  In the end they will more than likely paint a bigger picture, but if you get only get one of them, this is the one so far to pick up.

4.5 out of 5

The New 52 Futures End #20
The New 52 Futures End #20

Writer – Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artist – Aaron Lopresti
Inker – Art Thibert
Colours – Hi-Fi

Tim Drake, who is actually Red Robin, decides to have a nice chat with Lois Lane, but only after he is caught breaking into her office.  He confirms his identity and we get a glimpse of how some of the Titans died during the war because of it.  Cutting away to the future, Mr. Terrific is working with Brother Eye and possibly the only human left alive.  Back on Cadmus Island, Grifter, Deathstroke, Lana and Fifty Sue discover that Faraday is still alive and Tim decides to come clean to his girlfriend.  Our creative team delivers a fairly decent interlude in-between everything that is going on with some good character building for Red Robin.  The weakest part of the book was the Cadmus Island sequence.  Just when it starts to make some headway, it always seems to go back to spinning its wheels.  Also, it would be doing the readers a favour by getting rid of the atrocious Fifty Sue, one of the worst characters to ever spin out of the New 52.  It is interesting to see that Mr. Terrific is still alive in the far future when everyone around him has been killed or assimilated.  Why Brother Eye is keeping him alive, except to possibly learn a few things, has yet to be seen and what kind of deal they brokered to come to this point has got to be the game-changer for the DC Universe.  The book did not have the best of endings to come from the title, but was better than most.

3.5 out of 5

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