Was just looking through Final Crisis #7 earlier and it struck me how well a lot of the alt-Supermen there match up with the ones we saw in the Multiversity Guidebook. Pretty impressive for two comics published six years apart...
This is the first group shot we get of the Supermen of the Multiverse. Obviously that's Earth 5's Captain Marvel down front with The Question; behind them are (from left to right) Earth 35's Supremo, Earth 34's Savior and Earth 8's Hyperius. Behind them, again from left to right, are (I think) a pre-New 52 Ultraa (he appears later on in the issue with very red hair and I'm taking that as a decent sign that that's who he's supposed to be), next to him in the headgear might be Earth 11's Wondrous Man (maybe, not very sure at all about that as he kind of looks like the Guidebook version, but nothing at all like the version that apperared in Countdown - also he's supposed to be a Wonder Woman analogue, not a Superman one) and Earth 36's Optiman; and right at the back is Cyclotron from the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents-esque Earth 39.
Things are maybe not so hot with the big double page spread (there are *a lot* of generic Supermen in the background here). All of the guys from the earlier group shot are here, and you might also be able to pick out the Superman of Earth 23, Sunshine Superman from Earth 47, Earth 10's Overman and Red Son Superman from Earth 30. A couple that weren't in the Guidebook for one reason or another are a goatee'd Superman way over on the far right, who I think is supposed to be Zod-as-Superman from Earth 15; and old man Superman, who I think is probably a decent bet for Earth Frank Miller's Man of Steel before they swapped that out for a bunch of post-apocalyptic pirates...
I think I see Steve Gerber's Omega the Unknown in between Savior and Captain Marvel there. Oh, and Apollo and Mister Majestic. Remember those guys??
If you can put a name to the face of any of the others let me know via the usual channels.
UPDATE: OK, so we can maybe put a few more names to loosely-inked background faces thanks to the Twitter hivemind. The blonde guy top centre looks like a pretty good bet for The High from Warren Ellis's Stormwatch run (thanks @PaulJonMilne!), and the Superman on the far right with the copious Silver Age neck flesh on display might be the New Frontier Superman from Earth 21 (thanks @DispenseroTruth!).
Also, in Superman Beyond #2, Zillo Valla mentions a bunch of alt-Supermen that missed out on the Ultima Thule's jaunt to Limbo - Savior, Guardsman, Icon and Principle. Earth 34's Savior makes it into this issue but none of the rest do. Guardsman is probably intended to be an alternate version of Marvel's Sentry, created by Paul Jenkins, Jae Lee and Rick Veitch, so it seems sensible to put him on Earth 8 alongside Hyperius.
Icon, created by Dwayne McDuffie and M. D. Bright, was the Superman of the Milestone comics imprint. When Final Crisis was published in 2008-9, DC were in the midst of attempting to fold the Milestone characters into their main Earth 0-centric publishing line but I believe that, like the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, that was part of a licensing arrangement with DC that has since expired.
Principle is likely a nod towards Bob Jacob, Gerard Jones, Len Strazewski, and Norm Breyfogle's Prime from the Malibu Ultraverse, and might well be the character I identified above as Ultraa (Prime also has reddish hair and a similar chest emblem). The Ultraverse characters are currently owned by Marvel, but they seem happy to let them rot in obscurity due to the possibility that they might (shock! horror!) actually have to pay the creators to use them under the terms they originally signed with Malibu. I'm going to go ahead and place Principle on the "anything goes" Earth 7, home to analogues of the Ultimate Marvel characters, a bunch of Dark Horse properties and Neil Gaiman's ex-Image now-Marvel character Angela.
Another day (Dude, it's been nine freakin' weeks since you did the last one of these!), another fifteen alternate Earths (There's nothing on four of these Earths! This is a total rip-off, I want my money back...)
Half-hearted apologies for the delay, I've been pretty busy. I am getting bits and bobs done when I can though, so stay tuned for annotations for *all* of The Multiversity issues I haven't got around to yet (i.e. significantly more than half of them...)
Once again, thanks for all the comments and corrections, and please do keep them coming. Let me know in your customarily brutal fashion if I've missed anything (else), or got something horribly wrong (again) - you can always reach me on the Twitter, or alternatively you can email me here.
Little bit more that four thousand words this time around on Earths 21 through 35. For anyone keeping score at home that means we've passed 10k words on just the guidebook bit of the Guidebook alone, if you know what I mean. There's quite a bit to say about the story itself as well so this one's probably going to end up like a Stephen King-esque doorstop. Anyway, that's all to come...
Another day, another nine alternate Earths...
Thanks for all the comments and corrections last time out. I know I haven't updated anything yet but I will once this all goes into a proper annotations post when it's all done. As usual, let me know this time around if I missed anything (else) or got something horribly wrong (again) - you can always reach me on the Twitter, or alternatively you can email me here.
*Obligatory joke about checking the spelling and putting some pictures in it when it's properly done*.
A measly three thousand words this time out on Earths 11 through 20. Kid's stuff... let's get on with it.
Here at Transmissions Towers, we're well aware that the ol' Deep Space Transmissions hasn't been updated as often as it should of late. While my multitude of assistants toil in obscurity finishing the annotations for Pax Americana and Thunderworld (lol - they will be done eventually though, honest guv), I thought I'd take the opportunity to share with you the work being done on the hot-off-the-presses Multiversity Guidebook *as it happens*. There's a couple of reasons for this - firstly because I can't seem to get anything in a finished-enough state to put up lately so this keeps the wolves from the door content-wise, and secondly because this thing is going to be REALLY long...
Finally, it's also a prime opportunity for you (yes, YOU) to join the team by letting me know if I missed anything or got something horribly wrong. You can always reach me on the Twitter, or alternatively you can email me here.
All of this will of course be folded into a proper annotations page for the Guidebook when it's finished. I might even check the spelling and put some pictures in it if you're lucky.
So without further ado, here's a bit more than three and a half thousand words on Earths 1 through 10...
So, in my usual prompt and timely fashion, I've finally finished the annotations for The Multiversity: The Just #1. Just two more 40+ page issues to catch up on before the Guide Book drops in a couple of weeks... [groans]
I found out today how the scripting for Morrison & Millar's VAMPIRELLA issues was broken down between the pair (care of an ancient Usenet post from Mark Millar himself), which makes SKRULL KILL KREW the last M&M collaboration (at least of their US stuff) where I don't know for sure who wrote what.
Apparently all of their stuff was
plotted together (in the pub...) and then each issue was scripted solo
by one of the two - they don't seem to have collaborated at all on the
Here's who wrote what in case you were ever curious -
SKRULL KILL KREW
So there you go, you need never accidentally read a Mark Millar comic ever again. You're welcome :)
Read on for thrill-packed annotations greatness...
The next exciting chapter is finally here! Rejoice as I can now go and read everybody else's annotations and commentary a mere three weeks after they were first posted!I'll try and be a bit more timely next time. I said try. You don't own me...
The five year wait is over, and Grant Morrison's latest final word on superheroes is here at last. In case you haven't seen (yeah right, who am I trying to kid?) the legend that is David Uzumeri has returned to Comics Alliance for their annotations, and Yeezus of the New Gods Jim Harbor is crafting an epic analysis for the ages on his own blog (multiple thousands of words on the first three pages so far - link as soon as it's done!). I suspect (hope, pray) the Mindless Ones will cast their esoteric hat into the Borromean ring as well at some point, and I I'd urge you to check them all out - there's a lot to be said for fresh pairs of eyes, and, if The Multiversity proves to be half as dense as Seven Soldiers or Final Crisis, you could comfortably read a million words on it and still not cover every wrinkle that hides between the pages.So why not get a head start on those million words right now, and dive in to the annotations for issue #1?