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The Multiversity: Thunderworld #1 Review and *SPOILERS*
Written By: Grant Morrison Art By: Cameron Stewart, Natham Fairbairn Cover Price: $4.99 Release Date: December 17, 2014
It's Just Another Manic Sivanaday
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Man this review is so late........... It's as late as it could possibly be while still being relevant because The Multiversity Guidebook hits the shelves tomorrow, so I figure I probably should get on top of this issue first. It's funny to me how this issue got away from me so bad because I love Shazam and going back to the Marvel Family universe just sounds like a load of fun. Let's go to the Rock of Eternity and to Fawcett City to see what our heroes and villains are up to. Let's check it out.
Our story begins with Dr. Sivana and his Sivana Family finally finding the source of Captain Marvel's power....... The Rock of Eternity. With his space station of Eternity, he quickly overshadows the rock and Dr. Sivana uses scientific means to imbue his children with Captain Marvel like powers. How is all this possible you ask. Well unlike normal days where Captain Marvel can simply stop Dr. Sivana's evil plans, the day in question is Sivanaday. A eighth day of the week that Sivana created by bridging the Multiverse and getting in league with his parallel universe selves...... I personally love the luchador Sivana. So with the wizard Shazam imprisoned and the Sivana Family given magical or I guess science powers, will Captain Marvel be able to overcome the one day where Sivana wins?
Down in Fawcett City, Billy Batson is reporting the story of a lifetime as time quakes are rumbling through Fawcett City causing all of time to coexist all at once. The story will have to be put on hold though when Billy is confronted by Sivana's kids who are all Mighty Mortal-ed up and plan on taking down Captain Marvel. Well after a really fun battle that included Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel Jr., we find out that the battle was all a ruse so that Dr. Sivana could discover the power of the wizard Shazam and unleash the Monster Society on the city. Don't worry about the city though folks, the entire Marvel Family............ even ones I don't recognize showed up and took over the superheroing so that Captain Marvel could go to the Rock of Eternity, save the wizard and put Sivana down........ But again, will he be able to on Sivanaday?
Once at the space station of Eternity, Captain Marvel battles Dr. Sivana as his science imbued counterpart Black Sivana. During the fight, Captain Marvel realizes how Sivana was able to create this new day where he dies, by using time crystals from all over the Multiverse, but the good doctor should have realized that like himself, his other selves couldn't be trusted and only gave him enough time to last eight hours. With the day over, Captain Marvel wins like usual and the Multiverse is saved. Who would of guessed that Dr. Sivana would have gotten this whole plan by reading a comic book? Dun Dun Duuuuunnnnnn!
That's it for this issue of The Multiversity and man was Thunderworld a good time. I think the reason I enjoyed it as much as I did besides it featuring the old school Marvel Family characters, is because it was actually a straight forward story. None of the Morrison strangeness that usually occurs in his comics, especially The Multiversity. So believe it or not, you could read this once and completely understand what's going on............ and man is that satisfying. The idea of Dr. Sivana creating an eighth day of the week where Captain Marvel could actually lose was such a fun premise, that I'm surprised it hasn't been done before. On top of me not being totally confused, the art was just the perfect homage to Captain Marvel's past and really adds a perfect flair to this already entertaining story. So even though I'm a little late to the game here with this review, in case you haven't checked this out yet, you totally should because you won't be disappointed. Hopefully one day we'll go back to Earth-5 and continue our adventures with Captain Marvel.
Bits and Pieces:
Thunderworld was just what the doctor ordered for people being dumbfounded by the usual course the Multiversity stories take. It's a fun, entertaining ride that takes you from point A to point B without too many layers being thrown in like they usually do. Combine this with great art and you have one of the best installments to The Multiversity. Alright DC, I'm all warmed up, now give me a Shazam comic!