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MTV Geek covered DC Entertainment’s evening with Grant Morrison, where they showcasing original artwork by Yanick Paquette from the upcoming graphic novel, Wonder Woman: Earth One an the Shazam issue of  Multiversity entitled “Thunderworld” with art by Cameron Stewart (above in black & white (the color is from 52 #52)). Morrison described the issue of “Thunderworld” as:

It’s told, I guess, almost in a Pixar kind of way, as if this forty-page story was the first movie in a big franchise.

Multiversity will be a 40-page nine issue run, with the first and last issue, acting as bookends. Morrison will be using the meta-structure set up in The Flash #123 “Flash of Two Worlds” where Barry Allen could read about Jay Garrick’s adventures in comic books to set up what he calls “the most terrifying threat anyone’s ever created in a comic. I don’t do hyperbole.”

One issue will have a story featuring Doctor Fate and Lady Blackhawk characters. Judging from the description below it sounds like it will be taking place on Earth 20, seen in Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1.

The second story will be a pulp adventure tale, using both old pulp characters and repurposed characters who could easily fit the mold, including an Indiana Jones by way of John Constantine “Doc” Fate. Also present will be Lady Blackhawk, the Atom and the Immortal Man in a story set in the year 2013 after a world war has decimated the human populace down to two billion people. 

The details described below on the Freedom Fighters issue sound pretty crazy. I wonder how different this world will be from the on that appears above in one panel of 52 #52.

After that, readers will be due for a trip to Earth-10 (formerly Earth X in the pre-Crisis world) home of the Nazi superheroes that helped defeat the Allies in World War II. The issue, which Morrison gleefully revealed “opens with Hitler on the toilet reading Action Comics” and yelling about Superman. Morrison reveals that in this world, Superman’s rocket landed in 1938 in Nazi-occupied territory and Hitler raises the child. Everything in the story (which Morrison compares in scope to Shakespeare and HBO epics) will evolve from that point, with Superman realizing, in his twenty-fifth year of life, the precise nature of Hitler’s evil and realizing “who the baddie is”. Deciding instead to take down the Nazi regime and create a utopia, Superman won’t stray too far from how he’s been raised, with Morrison promising sweeping Wagnerian architecture and a melodramatic world. He promises the story will delve deep into Superman’s inner conflict; he’s created a Utopian society that looks perfect but “is built on the bones of the dead” and has to come crumbling down. At this point in the story, in 1956, Morrison will re-introduce the Quality characters known collectively as The Freedom Fighters, this time making them both literal and figurative enemies of Hitler. Uncle Sam, the last remaining vestige of America, will again form and lead the team. Quoting Emma Lazarus (“Give me…your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”), Morrison teases a team featuring a version of Dollman who’s a Jehovah’s Witness, a homosexual Ray, a gypsy Phantom Lady and an African version of Black Condor in what Morrison calls “the return of the oppressed.” Thematically, the story will deal with a society under siege by terrorists who are in the right, and the regime they’re striking against knows it.

The coverage of the evenings events are pretty detailed and they go into a lot more. It’s a good read. I just picked out the JSA related material. I’d suggest reading the full article.

While reading a post on Crisis on Earth Prime I realized I missed some coverage of C2E2. During DC’s New 52 Panel, the Freedom Fighters and Earth 2 came up. Here is what was said.

Harras said there are no plans for “Freedom Fighters” at present. “That would have to be a little further down the line.”

I kind of wish that the characters from the Freedom Fighters were placed on Earth 2. They seem to work so much better with the JSA related characters than the main DCU. Well, who knows, the Freedom Fighters have a history of earth jumping.

Asked about a new Superman-esque character for “Earth 2,” Harras said there are plans for that series that “may have ripple effects for other worlds, as well.”

This to me still points to the new Earth 2 Batman having something to do with Crime Syndicate. But because I feel so strongly about it I think I am probably wrong. However I would like to see Iron Monroe pop up in the place that use to be Metropolis, maybe in Superboy t-shirt or a Death of Superman t-shirt.

While reading a post on Crisis on Earth Prime I realized I missed some coverage of C2E2. During DC’s New 52 Panel, the Freedom Fighters and Earth 2 came up. Here is what was said.

Harras said there are no plans for “Freedom Fighters” at present. “That would have to be a little further down the line.”

I kind of wish that the characters from the Freedom Fighters were placed on Earth 2. They seem to work so much better with the JSA related characters than the main DCU. Well, who knows, the Freedom Fighters have a history of earth jumping.

Asked about a new Superman-esque character for “Earth 2,” Harras said there are plans for that series that “may have ripple effects for other worlds, as well.”

This to me still points to the new Earth 2 Batman having something to do with Crime Syndicate. But because I feel so strongly about it I think I am probably wrong. However I would like to see Iron Monroe pop up in the place that use to be Metropolis, maybe in Superboy t-shirt or a Death of Superman t-shirt.

The Source has a preview of the final issue of the Human Bomb mini-series byJustin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and illustrated by Jerry Ordway.

The Source has a preview of the final issue of the Human Bomb mini-series byJustin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and illustrated by Jerry Ordway.

The New 52, Neon the Unknown showed up in Human Bomb #3 last week. That gives the New 52, The Ray, Uncle Sam, Phantom Lady, Doll Man, Human Bomb, Miss America, and Neon the Unknown. Where are Black Condor and Firebrand?

What are your thoughts on the new Neon and Human Bomb? Which Quality character do you want to see revamped next?

In Human Bomb #1 we are introduced to a character named Joan. As we can see she is talking to Uncle Sam. In issue #2 we find out that she has mental powers. Is this the first appearance of the New 52 Miss America? After all the original Miss America’s secret identity was Joan Dale. 

In Human Bomb #1 we are introduced to a character named Joan. As we can see she is talking to Uncle Sam. In issue #2 we find out that she has mental powers. Is this the first appearance of the New 52 Miss America? After all the original Miss America’s secret identity was Joan Dale. 

Preview of Human Bomb #1

Preview of Human Bomb #1

Grant Morrison has been talking about Multiversity. This project is an eight-issue miniseries composed of six stories exploring parallel Earths, bookended by a single story told in issues #1 and #8. Each story will take place on its own parallel world. The earths included are ones based on the the Quality Comics characters (Earth X, Freedom Fighters), Fawcett Comics characters (Captain Marvel/SHAZAM!), Charlton Comics characters (Question, Captain Atom, Blue Beetle, etc., the real world (us), pulp characters, the children of the Justice League, and the black Superman of Earth-23 who was already seen in Action Comics #9.
Morrison spoke with CBR about the upcoming project and touched on the earth with the Freedom Fighters.

For the individual Earths, did you make up any of them or were you taking pre-existing ones and playing around with them?
A lot of them were pre-existing, but I just ran with it. There was this idea that somewhere there was this Nazi Earth, and that went back to — I think there was a comic in the ’70s that Len Wein did that was basically Earth X, I think they called it. He wanted Earth swastika and they wouldn’t let him put a swastika on the cover, so it became Earth X. The story in that one was that they were reviving the Freedom Fighters, the Quality Comics characters, so his idea was to set the Freedom Fighters on a world that had been taken over by Hitler in the war and so they’re still fighting that war in the ’70s.
I took that basic idea, and then rather than fighting a war with Nazis and Hitler, I thought, what would happen if fifty years, seventy years after the war — that’s been won by Superman (He was on the side of the Nazis quite by accident because he happened to land there and they indoctrinated him.), but then, because he’s Superman, he realizes he’s done something terrible. In fact, he’s done the worst thing in the world. In order to create Utopia, he’s murdered millions of people, or at least he’s turned a blind eye to the murder of millions of people. So again, it’s not the original story, but it draws from it. We’ve got the Freedom Fighters and done them in a very different way. It was taking, as I said, parallel worlds that had been in existence before and completely rethinking them from the ground up and trying to give them more scope.

This idea must have been swimming around Morrison’s brain for a while. The above image is from 52 #52 written by Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns, Mark Waid, and Greg Rucka back in 2007.Multiversity will come out in late 2013.

Grant Morrison has been talking about Multiversity. This project is an eight-issue miniseries composed of six stories exploring parallel Earths, bookended by a single story told in issues #1 and #8. Each story will take place on its own parallel world. The earths included are ones based on the the Quality Comics characters (Earth X, Freedom Fighters), Fawcett Comics characters (Captain Marvel/SHAZAM!), Charlton Comics characters (Question, Captain Atom, Blue Beetle, etc., the real world (us), pulp characters, the children of the Justice League, and the black Superman of Earth-23 who was already seen in Action Comics #9.

Morrison spoke with CBR about the upcoming project and touched on the earth with the Freedom Fighters.

For the individual Earths, did you make up any of them or were you taking pre-existing ones and playing around with them?

A lot of them were pre-existing, but I just ran with it. There was this idea that somewhere there was this Nazi Earth, and that went back to — I think there was a comic in the ’70s that Len Wein did that was basically Earth X, I think they called it. He wanted Earth swastika and they wouldn’t let him put a swastika on the cover, so it became Earth X. The story in that one was that they were reviving the Freedom Fighters, the Quality Comics characters, so his idea was to set the Freedom Fighters on a world that had been taken over by Hitler in the war and so they’re still fighting that war in the ’70s.

I took that basic idea, and then rather than fighting a war with Nazis and Hitler, I thought, what would happen if fifty years, seventy years after the war — that’s been won by Superman (He was on the side of the Nazis quite by accident because he happened to land there and they indoctrinated him.), but then, because he’s Superman, he realizes he’s done something terrible. In fact, he’s done the worst thing in the world. In order to create Utopia, he’s murdered millions of people, or at least he’s turned a blind eye to the murder of millions of people. So again, it’s not the original story, but it draws from it. We’ve got the Freedom Fighters and done them in a very different way. It was taking, as I said, parallel worlds that had been in existence before and completely rethinking them from the ground up and trying to give them more scope.

This idea must have been swimming around Morrison’s brain for a while. The above image is from 52 #52 written by Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns, Mark Waid, and Greg Rucka back in 2007.Multiversity will come out in late 2013.

Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti talk about creating the new Human Bomb with Jerry Ordway at CBR. This is what they had to say about the new Human Bomb four-part mini-series.

You mentioned his origin is completely different. What are these four issues about? Is this an origin story for Human Bomb or are we thrown into the middle of his story?
Gray: We’re sort of plunked down in the middle of what’s happening to him as he unravels the mystery of who he is, why he has certain abilities and how that came about. It’s tied deeply to the story itself in moving him forward; it’s part mystery, it’s part science fiction, and there’s a lot of humanity in the character as he’s struggling to deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and understand what’s real and what’s not.
Palmiotti: The important thing for us was to make these books approachable to people who have no idea who the Human Bomb is. If you start at Issue #1, by the time you’re done with the miniseries you’ll know all you need to know. And again, we’re keep the people who have been fans for a while in mind — they’re going to get what we’re doing and the people who are new to the book, I think, are going to enjoy our take on it. But we definitely made the book approachable for new fans because we realize that even though the character has a long history there’s a lot of people who don’t really know who he is.
Gray: And we definitely wanted to take the concept of a human bomb and branch out further from what you’ve seen before of a guy in the radioactive suit, having to keep himself contained out of fear of doing harm to others, and we looked at the idea of making a bigger mythology to what the Human Bomb is and what it means.
Palmiotti: Yeah, I mean the idea of somebody who can just explode, it’s a really abstract concept! So for us it was, “How do we make sense of this? How do we make the reader care about who he is and what his powers are and then pull you in to a wild story?” We definitely looked at it from a lot of different angles and came up with what you see in front of you — and we think it’ll make a lot of people happy, hopefully!

I really how Justin and Jimmy are building the characters that create the Freedom Fighters before we see them as a team. We’ve already seen new 52 Ray, (who I assume is) Uncle Sam, Phantom Lady, Doll Man, and Human Bomb. I wonder which Quality character will get a shot at a mini next? Black Condor? Firebrand? Miss America? The Red Bee? The Invisible Hood? Neon the Unkown? The Jester? Mango? The Red Torpedo? Manhunter? Plastic-Man? Max Mercury?
Go read the full interview at CBR. 

Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti talk about creating the new Human Bomb with Jerry Ordway at CBR. This is what they had to say about the new Human Bomb four-part mini-series.

You mentioned his origin is completely different. What are these four issues about? Is this an origin story for Human Bomb or are we thrown into the middle of his story?

Gray: We’re sort of plunked down in the middle of what’s happening to him as he unravels the mystery of who he is, why he has certain abilities and how that came about. It’s tied deeply to the story itself in moving him forward; it’s part mystery, it’s part science fiction, and there’s a lot of humanity in the character as he’s struggling to deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and understand what’s real and what’s not.

Palmiotti: The important thing for us was to make these books approachable to people who have no idea who the Human Bomb is. If you start at Issue #1, by the time you’re done with the miniseries you’ll know all you need to know. And again, we’re keep the people who have been fans for a while in mind — they’re going to get what we’re doing and the people who are new to the book, I think, are going to enjoy our take on it. But we definitely made the book approachable for new fans because we realize that even though the character has a long history there’s a lot of people who don’t really know who he is.

Gray: And we definitely wanted to take the concept of a human bomb and branch out further from what you’ve seen before of a guy in the radioactive suit, having to keep himself contained out of fear of doing harm to others, and we looked at the idea of making a bigger mythology to what the Human Bomb is and what it means.

Palmiotti: Yeah, I mean the idea of somebody who can just explode, it’s a really abstract concept! So for us it was, “How do we make sense of this? How do we make the reader care about who he is and what his powers are and then pull you in to a wild story?” We definitely looked at it from a lot of different angles and came up with what you see in front of you — and we think it’ll make a lot of people happy, hopefully!

I really how Justin and Jimmy are building the characters that create the Freedom Fighters before we see them as a team. We’ve already seen new 52 Ray, (who I assume is) Uncle Sam, Phantom Lady, Doll Man, and Human Bomb. I wonder which Quality character will get a shot at a mini next? Black Condor? Firebrand? Miss America? The Red Bee? The Invisible Hood? Neon the Unkown? The Jester? Mango? The Red Torpedo? Manhunter? Plastic-Man? Max Mercury?

Go read the full interview at CBR

Palmiotti & Gray Talk Phantom Lady

Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray spoke with CBR about their upcoming Phantom Lady miniseries. Here is an excerpt from the interview.

Along those lines, what’s the story in your miniseries? Are we seeing the origin of these two heroes?

Gray: Yes, the origin as well as revamping them in a way that is closer to their original incarnations. Phantom Lady is more of a street level heroine in this book. That’s a departure from the nearly cosmic scale of Stormy Knight and the sort of spoiled princess with emotional problems during our “Uncle Sam And The Freedom Fighters” runs.

Go read the rest.

New 52 Uncle Sam

With the announcement of the Phantom Lady series last week. I have seen a bit of speculation on which Quality Comics/Freedom Fighters character we’ll next see. Most of the guesses are Black Condor or Uncle Sam. I think most people missed Uncle Sam’s first New 52 appearance in The Ray #4.