Grant Morrison’s various Multiversity comics for DC for the past few months have had at their foundation a key concept: nostalgia. This week’s The Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1 — a pivotal chapter in this unconventional event series — adopts that approach as well, and the previously established characters that turn up here are among the most obscure of all of the historical DC properties with which Morrison has played. But the nostalgia factor that struck me the most was likely an unintentional one, arising not from DC’s long publishing history, but rather from the Children’s Television Workshop…
Though it’s something of a vague memory, I have a distinct impression of The Monster at the End of This Book: Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover from my childhood. And it’s a book I read to my four-year-old occasionally today. I even do a decent Grover impression at times (over-pronunciation is a key). When I saw the final cover for Ultra Comics #1, I was immediately put in mind of Grover’s trembling adventure through reading. The parallel was made even more pronounced as I thumbed through the comic itself.
In The Monster at the End of This Book, originally published in 1971, Sesame Street‘s Grover and his audience ultimately discover there was nothing of which to be afraid. The same will no doubt be true of The Multiversity, which is giving rise to Convergence and a new approach DC in its publishing enterprise. There’s nothing to be afraid of… though it remains to be seen if the comics publisher continue to pique readers’ interest as 2015 trudges ahead.
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