DC Multiverse – What is Multiverse?
Today we are going to introduce you to the DC Universe Multiverse. If you are confused about DC’s Multiverse, this article might help you to get a basic understanding. The idea of the DC Multiverse isn’t anything new. But only recently it started to get to people who are not die-hard comic fans. Recent events happened in CW Crisis on Infinite Earths, and recent talks on Flashpoint have made the noise to the non-comic fans.
The Multiverse is a vital storytelling device that exists within DC. It ties a lot of the comics stories published over the past 80+ years together. The concept of the Multiverse may have been changed a bit since it was introduced. But the current DC Multiverse states that there are 52 different Earths in existence. They all are occupying the same space but vibrating at different frequencies. Each Earth shares a few similarities. It’s like they all contain sentient, intelligent life, most often human—but other than that, they can be very different from each other.
Above described, 52 Earth universes are not everything in DC. Along with them, there exist several other realms. Those realms consist of DC’s menagerie of gods and other supreme, immortal beings exist. Jack Kirby’s New Gods, Wonder Woman’s Greek-inspired patrons, Lucifer Morningstar, and his legions of Hell and Neil Gaiman’s Dream of the Endless do exist within those realms. There’s also the Monitor Sphere, where the Monitors reside and conduct their oversight. Finally, the Source Wall, which contains everything in the Multiverse, and much more. The DC Multiverse, as currently mapped, is a complicated place.
Connection Between Everything
Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman live on Earth-0 or Prime Earth. Current, ongoing DC comic that’s within the DC universe, it’s most likely set on Earth-0. (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, etc.)
Most comics that published before 2011 possibly set on a different Earth that potentially one that no longer exists. That includes classic Golden Age comics, Kingdom Come and Superman: Red Son, “Elseworlds” tales like Gotham by Gaslight, or any of our popular “Earth One” graphic novels.
This Silver Age classic was written by Gardner Fox and drawn by Carmine Infantino. In that story, Barry Allen teleports to Keystone City and meets the Golden Age Flash, Jay Garrick. Jay Garrick’s Golden Age Earth occupies the same space as ours but vibrates at a different frequency.
CRISIS OF EARTHS
In 1963, Gardner Fox established his idea of alternate Earths to another level in Justice League of America #21. It featured a storyline called “Crisis on Earth-One,” which concluded in Justice League of America #22’s “Crisis on Earth-Two.” Primarily a crossover comic that teamed up the Silver Age Justice League of America with the Golden Age Justice Society of America. This storyline firmly established that the Golden Age versions of DC characters still existed, just on a different Earth.
Crisis on Infinite Earths is one of the most famous books in DC history. The story accepted the existence Multiverse, but the same story destroyed the multiverse leaving only one Earth alive.
The New 52 DC Multiverse
In 2008, the first issue of Final Crisis came out. It is the third in a trilogy of “Crisis” tales. Grant Morrison has written the story entirely. It includes a fateful bullet shot backward through time, reveals that the Monitors are cosmic vampires. It features a surreal race between two Flashes and the Black Racer and shockingly kills off Batman.
The Final Crisis left us with 52 Earths. In 2011’s Flashpoint, he resets the DC Universe, altering them further. Shortly after Flashpoint that the previously mentioned map of the Multiverse came alive. It is maintaining under the guidance of Morrison as a part of The Multiversity. It is an imaginative, ambitious eight-comic event that helped to clarify and solidify the DC Multiverse of today.
The Multiverse change, grow and evolves continuously. The Dark Nights: Metal introduced the concept of the Dark Multiverse. It is an entire Multiverse of frightening, unstable infinite Earths that were never meant to exist, and that is entirely incompatible with ours. (The Dark Multiverse birthed the Batman Who Laughs, one of the most terrifying and destructive DC super-villains in some time.) Most recently, the Watchmen sequel Doomsday Clock ended with Doctor Manhattan seemingly altering the DC Multiverse further still, but to what extent is still unknown.