Grant Morrison is a constant subject of my frustration when reading comic books. Although he’s hit with me more than he hasn’t, I never know what to expect from the writer as I venture into one of his tales. Sometimes they’re so overwrought with scientific mumbo-jumbo and challenging social commentary that it distracts me from the storyline too much. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case as I made my way through The Multiversity: Mastermen #1.
Imagine a world where the Nazis not only won World War II but went on to direct world culture for the next sixty years with the help of an orphaned, alien super-weapon known as Overman! But hope is not lost! Rising from the ashes of oppression are a diverse band of heroes raging against the fascist regime that includes Leatherwing, Blitzen, and the other “heroes” of Earth-X – a band of champions known as the Freedom Fighters led by Uncle Sam!
The Multiversity: Mastermen #1 sees writer Grant Morrison use the characters from Quality Comics and Nazi versions of our favorite DC Comics heroes set in a fascist 1956. The basic idea really isn’t all that original if you remember movies and other media like “Fatherland,” “Star Trek,” and more. Artists Jim Lee and Scott Williams lend their talents to illustrating the issue. With those names, you know the quality of workmanship to expect. A full-page spread of Adolph Hitler hurting on the toilet while reading the adventures of Superman also helped cement this in the Halls of Legendary Moments in Comic Book History.
The book is rated “T’ for teens and really doesn’t have any offensive material I can think of right off the top of my head. The typical comic book violence and possibly some mild language are found. There’s nothing you don’t see in PG movies, however.
Writer Grant Morrison keeps things simple enough and compact within The Multiversity: Mastermen #1 to plant a seed for future adventures within this alternate universe without overbearing readers with too much complex and domineering political or scientific jargon. A battle between Uncle Sam and Earth-10’s Nazi version of the Man of Steel, Overman, is definitely a concept I’d be interested in following for at least a mini-series.
The Multiversity: Mastermen #1 is available now in print and Kindle editions.