Comic Book Legend Grant Morrison Talks New Wonder Woman, ‘Multiversity’ & ‘Man of Steel’
Grant Morrison's run of 'Action Comics' & Morrison showing off after being knighted. Photos courtesy of DC Comics/Getty Images
For an honorary knight who has his own convention, Grant Morrison remains relatively unknown -- unless of course you're a comic books fan.
Pretty much everyone in the comics community knows that Morrison has written some seminal runs in both the DC Comics and Marvel universes, including game-changing retellings of both Superman and Batman.
Now that two of Morrison's most popular works are winding down -- "Action Comics" and "Batman Incorporated" -- the legendary writer invited a select group of journalists to DC Comics' office in Burbank, CA to share how he's going to be blowing minds next.
Ever the prolific writer, Morrison has not one but two new ambitious titles in the works.
"Wonder Woman: Earth One," drawn by Yanick Paquette, represents the third part of the "Earth One" equation after earlier Superman and Batman books. The first book is going to be 120 pages, so more of a graphic novel than a comic, per se.
"Hercules dies!" says Morrison, while describing the "Wonder Woman" panel shown below. "This is the moment where Hippolyta, basically the queen of the Amazons, and the women have been chained up and controlled by Hercules and his men. It's part of the Greek legend. And she finally turns on him and gets those chains around his neck where they belong."
'Wonder Woman: Earth One' panel drawn by Yanick Paquette. Photo courtesy of DC Comics.
Though her mom is displayed in the image above, the book will center around Wonder Woman, though perhaps not an aspect of her that we're very used to seeing. "It's not like a superhero comic. It's a comic about the sexes and how we feel about one another. And why Wonder Woman kind of represents the best of something, and should be allowed to represent it," said Morrison. "The Amazons over many thousands of years of living eternally have developed some very strange and ritualized ideas about sex."
As though that weren't enough to stoke our imaginations, Morrison then went on to speak at length about his "magnum opus," "Multiversity" -- a 9 issue series of 40-page books, where the first and last comprise an "80 page giant DC super spectacular story. In between, what we have are 7 comics, each of which comes from a different parallel universe," said Morrison. "They all have a different storytelling approach. A different artistic look. Each one's drawn by a different artist. But each of them combine."