Grant Morrison To Write New Watchmen. And Some Other Stuff

the multiverse - where everybody gets to fight everybody Whoop! Grant Morrison's been hinting at doing some multiverse stories for years. And now we have details, from an interview in Wizard Magazine.

The series is called (for now)

The Multiversity.

Sayeth Grant:

I've started a series called The Multiversity, which will pick up a bunch of strands from 52 and Final Crisis. Back when we laid out the return of the Multiverse in 52, I asked if I could establish some of these books as potential ongoing series. We wanted to set up each universe as its own franchise.

So this is my big project for the next year, and I'm working on books for seven different parallel universes. Each one is a first issue with a complete story and series bible. Each one spotlights the major superhero group of a different alternate reality. And they all link together together as a seven-issue story that re imagines the relationship between the DCU and the Multiverse.

Which sounds gangster. What also sounds gangster is that one of the Universes, Earth 4, is the Charlton universe, the main characters of whihc Alan Moore used and re imagined in Watchmen.

I thought it would be interesting to pick up on that sort of crystalline, self-reflecting storytelling method, so the mad notion I came up with was to do the Charlton characters in a story I'd construct as an update on that ludic Watchmen style - if Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons had pitched the Watchmen now, rooted in a contemporary political landscape but with the actual Charlton characters instead of analogues!

Captain Atom (who Moore renamed Dr Manhattan) will be Captain Adam from Morrison's Final Crisis: Superman Beyond. And Steve Ditko's The Question (Rorschach) will be re imagined as someone who's Randian viewpoint had been "shattered through the prisms of his experiences as a crimefighter so that he sees the world through the multicolored lens of Spiral Dynamics."

Wikipedia tells us:

Spiral Dynamics is a theory of human development... [which] argues that human nature is not fixed: humans are able, when forced by life conditions, to adapt to their environment by constructing new, more complex, conceptual models of the world that allow them to handle the new problems. Each new model includes and transcends all previous models... these conceptual models are organized around so-called vMemes: systems of core values or collective intelligences, applicable to both individuals and entire cultures.

In spiral dynamics, the term vMeme refers to a core value system, acting as an organizing principle, which expresses itself through memes (self-propagating ideas, habits, or cultural practices). The prepended and superscripted letter v indicates these are not basic memes but value systems which include them.

Which is a very Morrisonian thing to do with Rorschach. Sorry, The Question. The other book he spoke about focuses on Earth 5, from which will come, "a line of books with the Marvel Family done in a more traditional, all-ages, All-Star Superman style."

More gangster. Details on the other 5 books to come soon, but one will blatantly be about The New Gods. If that doesn't happen I will eat my cat.