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.