Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1

I'm far from Grant Morrison's biggest fan, and the New 52 bastardization of Billy Batson into a teenage punk unworthy of the magic of Shazam still drives me crazy, so my expectations for The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1 were pretty damn low. I was wrong.

As he did with All-Star Superman, Morrison shows off his love of Silver Age zaniness by crafting a classic Captain Marvel story that could easily fit into the pre-Crisis DCU. Complete with classic representations of all its characters, Morrison chooses not to wrongly remake Captain Marvel for a new age (as DC so thoroughly botched with the New 52) but instead remind us of the throwback hero who earned the nickname the Big Red Cheese.

The plot of the comic involves the latest scheme of Dr. Sivana to steal the magic of Rock of Eternity for himself and the Sivana Family who, once super-powered, square-off against Cap, Captain Marvel Jr., Mary Marvel, and their supporting cast who include Tawky Tawny (although sadly not dressed in his plaid suit). And even the Monster Society of Evil gets in on the fun!

Morrison sells me completely on a version of the character I would gladly spend money on every month. Sadly, the one-shot ends all too soon and its magic is restrained to the private sandbox of The Multiversity whereas the New 52 could do with an emergency injection of the lighthearted, action-packed, Silver Age wackiness that we're given here. Must-read.

[DC, $4.99]

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