Comicbook: The Multiversity

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Grant Morrison's 2014-2015 limited series exploring the post-New 52 DC Comics multiverse. It comprises a two-issue framing story, a set of issues each taking place on a different Earth, and a guidebook to the multiverse.

The overarching story sees the rise of a threat to all reality, the demonic destroyers known as the Gentry, and the formation of the Justice League of the Multiverse in response, with the individual Earths' stories being self-contained, akin to the structure of Morrison's Seven Soldiers.

Morrison's provided a map giving an overview of all the multiversal realms and the Monitors' "Shift Ships", plus a version focusing specifically on the Orrery of Worlds and the 52 Earths. DC have put up an interactive guide to the 52, with all Earths profiled (except for the 7 Unknown Worlds, of course).

    Biblography 
  • The Multiversity #1 (released on August 20, 2014)
  • The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1 (released on September 17, 2014)
  • The Multiversity: The Just #1 (released on October 22, 2014)
  • The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1 (released on November 19, 2014)
  • The Multiversity: Thunderworld #1 (released on December 17, 2014)
  • The Multiversity Guidebook #1 (released on January 28, 2015)
  • The Multiversity: Mastermen #1 (released on February 18, 2015)
  • The Multiversity Director's Cut #1 (The Multiversity #1 with full-size poster of the multiverse map and new bonus material; released on February 25, 2015)
  • The Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1 (released on March 25, 2015)
  • The Multiversity #2 (released on April 29, 2015)
  • The Multiversity Deluxe Edition (a hardcover Compilation Re-release of the entire saga, to be released on October 27, 2015)

This limited series contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Villainy: In Thunderworld #1, Magnificus Sivana is on his father's side with Junior and Georgia, while traditionally he's a good guy and friend of the Marvel Family.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • The Wonder Woman of the main universe has black hair; however, several of her alternate universe counterparts are red-heads (The unnamed pirate Wonder Woman of Earth-31 and War-Woman of Earth-36), blonde (Brünhilde of Earth-10), purple haired (Vague of Earth-41) and strawberry blonde (Walküre of Earth-7).
    • The Superman of the main universe has black hair; however, several of his alternate universe counterparts are blond (Hyperius of Earth-8, Savior of Earth-34 and Optiman of Earth-36), green haired (Super-Martian of Earth-31), white haired (Supremo of Earth-35) and strawberry blond (Cyclotron of Earth-39).
    • The Catwoman of the main universe has black hair, while her Earth-31 counterpart has purple hair.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Grant Morrison is featuring an ongoing theme of presenting Batman counterparts on each Earth who were all inspired by something besides a bat, as a reference to a short story by Martin Pasko from Batman #256. In the context of the multiverse, Scorpion (inspired by a scorpion) is on Earth-41, Stingray (inspired by a stingray) is on Earth-34, Owl (another Bruce Wayne inspired by an owl) is on Earth-35, Shooting Star (inspired by a shooting star) is on Earth-47, and Iron Knight (inspired by a suit of medieval armor to become a literal knight) is on Earth-36. Morrison seeks to pose the question of how far the character can be stretched before they're no longer Batman.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • In pre-Crisis continuity the pastiche of The Avengers was called The Champions of Angor, who in post-Crisis continuity were retconned to be called The Justifiers. In post-Infinite Crisis/pre-New 52 continuity they were re-imagined as the Meta-Milita of Earth-8. Here they have been re-imagined again as The Retaliators of Earth-8. This has also applied to some of their individual members.
    • Sort of In-Universe example. The heroes of Earth-8 are all rough expies of Marvel Comics characters, with their adventures published throughout The Multiverse as Major Comics. But they also have their own Ultimate Universe comics published entitled Essential Comics, whose characters are also revealed to be their actual alternate universe counterparts residing on Earth-7. The Captain America and Thor expies of Major Comics are American Crusader and Wundajin, but their Essential Major Comics versions are called Crusader and Thunderer.
  • Adaptation Species Change: In pre-Infinite Crisis continuity both the Champions of Angor/Justifiers and the Extremists were Human Aliens from Angor: an earth-like planet that also had similar technology and pop-culture. In their re-imaginings as the heroes and villains of Earth-8 here they are normal humans from that universe’s version of Earth.
  • A God I Am: In Pax Americana #1, Captain Adam of Earth-4 veers into this territory, but he also has plenty of humanity left to realize in horror when his actions cross the line, and opts to have himself put on heavier medication to limit himself.
  • Alliterative Name: Earth-8 has a couple of examples, given that that world is based on The Marvel Universe this is to be expected.
  • All Myths Are True: Well, The DCU basically assumes this anyway, but the map of the Multiverse puts it up front, with Dream (the home of the Endless), Heaven, New Genesis, Skyland (the home of the various pantheons), Nightmare, Hell, Apokolips and the Underworld (also known as the Phantom Zone) all co-existing in the Sphere of the Gods. On another level, many of the Earths have heroes that are fictional in each other's worlds.
  • All There in the Manual: The multiverse guidebook contains both information on the multiverse and a Multiversity story.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent:
  • Alternate Self: Being what it is, features a number of these, including Earth-4's versions of the Charlton heroes, Earth-5's versions of the Marvel Family, Earth-10's Kal-L, Earth-23's Kalel, etc. Taken to the next level in Thunderworld #1, which sees Sivanas from across the multiverse team up.
  • Alternate Universe:
    • The Earths that get their own individual issues are:
      • Earth-4, where the Charlton Comics characters - The Question, Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, etc. - are the heroes of a Watchmen-influenced world.
      • Earth-5, the world of Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family.
      • Earth-10, a world where Kal-L was found by the Nazis, and grew up to become Overman. With the help of retro-engineered Kryptonian technology - and, when he was old enough, Overman himself - the Nazis won World War II. In guilt over the Nazis' atrocities, Overman turned his Earth into a pseudo-utopia; the last English-speaking rebels, Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters, fight Overman's Justice League.
      • Earth-16, with the children of the main DC universe's heroes and villains - Chris Kent as Superman's son, Damian Wayne as Batman's son, etc. - plus DC's '90s supers.
      • Earth-20, a pulp-style world featuring Doc Fate and the Society of Super-Heroes, who include Abin Sur's Green Lantern, Immortal Man, the Mighty Atom, and the Blackhawks.
      • Earth-33, a.k.a. Earth-Prime, which is basically our world, with the reader being its latest superhero. It's also the world of origin for the Gentry, who are designated as "Hostile Independent Thought-Forms" by the reader and his/her haunted comic book, Ultra Comics. The Gentry's creator, the Empty Hand also reigns here, as he is implied to be the personification of our real world apathy towards superheroes and comics in general who is still digesting the previous iteration of the Multiverse lost during Flashpoint.
    • The other worlds of the multiverse include:
      • Earth-0, the main DCU.
      • Earth-1, the world home to the Superman: Earth One, Batman: Earth One and Teen Titans Earth One graphic novels. There is also a version of Wonder Woman living on this Earth.
      • Earth-2, as featured in the comic of the same name, where younger versions of DC's Golden Age heroes arose in the modern day in the wake of an invasion from Apokolips.
      • Earth-3, the Mirror Universe of Earth-0, ruled by the Crime Syndicate of America until the Anti-Monitor destroyed it in Forever Evil.
      • Earth-6, the world now home to the stories from Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating The DC Universe.
      • Earth-7 is already destroyed upon the arrival of Nix Uotan, but appears to have been a Marvel pastiche like Earth-8, below. However, pastiches of DC characters can be seen among the dead, so it's likely this Earth was a mix-up in homage to the many DC and Marvel crossover stories. The guidebook confirms that it is (or was) the equivalent to Ultimate Marvel.
      • Earth-8, a Marvel Comics pastiche, for example featuring the Retaliators and the G-Men.
      • Earth-9, the Tangent Comics universe.
      • Earth-11, which includes female versions of the main DCU's heroes and villains, and male versions of its heroines and villainesses. This is a world where the Amazons of Themyscira had greater influence on society's advancement, to the point that women were given more freedom and helped shape Earth's future.
      • Earth-12, the DC Animated Universe world, currently in the era of Batman Beyond.
      • Earth-13, home to a dark, magical Justice League called the League of Shadows, including Superdemon, Hellblazer (based on the Batmanesque version from Doom Patrol #53 and Books of Magic Annual #3), and Fate (the 90s version with the ankh scar). The world is in a state of perpetual twilight, there are 13 months in the year, and 13 hours in every day.
      • Earth-15, a perfect world that was destroyed by Superboy-Prime. All that's left is a Cosmic Grail that was hidden in another world.
      • Earth-17, an Earth ravaged by atomic destruction. Humanity lives in domed cities, and the Atomic Knights of Justice are led by Adam Strange.
      • Earth-18, a Western-style world featuring the Justice Riders, who ride on Steam Punk horses. On this world, the Time Trapper froze the state of progression so that, even with many 21st Century based technological advances, society is still a frontier world.
      • Earth-19, a world currently in the era of Edwardian England, home to the Bat Man, the Wonder Woman, the Accelerated Man, and the Shrinking Man. Bruce and Diana are based on Gotham By Gaslight and Amazonia respectively note .
      • Earth-21, the DC: The New Frontier universe.
      • Earth-22, the Kingdom Come universe.
      • Earth-23, home of President Superman, where the world's greatest heroes are black (which can mean that they're black in the main DCU, as with Steel and Vixen; that a black holder of the legacy in the main DCU is Earth-23's primary holder, as seems to be the case with Green Lantern; that they're black versions of the hero, as with Superman; or that they're completely unique). The major exception is Batman.
      • Earth-26, an Alternate Tooniverse where Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! reside.
      • Earth-29, the cube-shaped Bizarro Universe.
      • Earth-30, the Superman: Red Son universe.
      • Earth-31, a world ravaged by tsunamis and earthquakes, where modern pirates roam the seas. Captain Leatherwing and his crew of the Flying Fox act as a force for good.
      • Earth-32, a world partially based on Batman: In Darkest Knight. Bruce Wayne is Green Lantern, and fights alongside heroes such as Super-Martian, Wonderhawk, and Aquaflash.
      • Earth-34, an Astro City pastiche, home to Goodfellow and the heroes of Cosmoville.
      • Earth-35, a pastiche of Rob Liefeld's Extreme Studios comics, including Supremo and Majesty, Queen of Venus. The premier superteam of this world is the Super-Americans.
      • Earth-36, a world home to a team called Justice 9, based off Big Bang Comics.
      • Earth-37, a world based off the works of author Howard Chaykin, such as Batman: Thrillkiller.
      • Earth-38, the world of Superman & Batman: Generations, where Batman and Superman debuted in 1938, aged normally, and had families.
      • Earth-39, a world based off the works of artist Wally Wood, home to the Agents of W.O.N.D.E.R.
      • Earth-40, an Evil Counterpart to Earth-20 where villains rather than heroes triumph, featuring Lady Shiva, Vandal Savage, Count Sinestro, Blockbuster, and Doctor Felix Faust as the Society of Super-Villains.
      • Earth-41, home to Spore and Dino-Cop, a world where so many heroes differ in terms of style and ideology, it's as if they were each dreamed up by individuals who had specific images and ideals of their heroes.
      • Earth-42, home to imp-like versions of the Justice League known as the Li'l Leaguers.
      • Earth-43, which has a Vampire League and is home to the Batman Vampire Elseworlds trilogy.
      • Earth-44, the world of the Metal League, a fusion of the Justice League and the Metal Men, led by Doc Tornado.
      • Earth-45, an Earth where Superman as a concept became perverted and corrupted by mass marketing and turned into the hyper-edgy Superdoomsday, whom later went on a homicidal rampage killing the Supermen of other Earths before being stopped by the Superman of Earth-0 in Grant Morrisons Action Comics.
      • Earth-47, a world where The Sixties never ended, home to the Love Syndicate of Dreamworld and immortal teenage president Prez Rickard.
      • Earth-48, the new home to Lady Quark and Lord Volt. A world bred as protectors of the Multiverse, where everything is a superhero.
      • Earth-50, home to the Justice Lords from the DCAU.
      • Earth-51, the world of Jack Kirby's DC creations.
    • The guidebook covers 45 of the Earths, leaving 7 over for other writers to develop: 14, 24, 25, 27, 28, 46 and 49.
  • Alternative Calendar: In Thunderworld #1, Dr. Sivana attempts to add a new calendar day called "Sivanaday", but it only lasts eight hours.
  • Anachronic Order: How Pax Americana #1 is told: one plotline follows the consequences of President Harley's assassination, while the other shows How We Got Here in reverse-chronological order.
  • Animal Superheroes: Sees the return of Captain Carrot, who last appeared in Final Crisis.
  • Anti-Villain: Earth-10's Overman in Mastermen #1. He feels immense guilt for the lives lost in the creation of his pseudo-utopia, to the point of becoming The Mole for the Freedom Fighters.
  • Arc Number: 8. Taken Up to Eleven in Pax Americana #1.
  • Arc Symbol: Doors. Among other things, comicbook pages are called "doors" and turning a page is compared to opening a door.
  • Arc Words:
    • "Who's that knocking at the door?"
    • The word "S.O.S." is revealed to be the keyword to operate the Multiversal Cubes, which Red Racer was able to find reading all the Multiversity books.
  • Artifact of Doom: How Grant Morrison describes Ultra Comics #1:
    "It's a haunted comic book, actually, it's the most frightening thing anyone will ever read. It's actually haunted—if you read this thing, you'll become possessed."
  • Australian Aborigines: The Thunderer of Earth-7 is an Aboriginal thunder god, an Alternate Company Equivalent of Thor.
  • Author Avatar: In The Multiversity Guidebook #1, Earth-44's Doc Tornado looks suspiciously similar to Grant Morrison.
  • Avengers Assemble: Essentially the premise of the entire series. With Nix Uotan captured and corrupted by the Gentry, the greatest heroes of the fifty-two Earths are summoned into the Multiversity itself to stop them. The key plot device in the series is the Transmatter cube, existing in each Earth as a creation of that Earth's villain who is influenced by the Gentry. It is responsible for bringing each Earth's heroes to the Multiversity.
  • Back for the Dead: The Justice League Axis, the previously established version of Earth-10's Justice League from Countdown to Adventure, appear as corpses in Overman's dream in Mastermen #1.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • Lord Volt had been killed in the first Crisis, but is now alive again in the current multiverse.
    • In Pax Americana #1, Captain Atom is supposed to revive President Harley after the assassination, but this is prevented when scientists kill Captain Atom himself by putting a black hole in his head.
  • Badass Boast: In The Multiversity #2, Aquawoman claims that she's the most powerful creature on Earth-11 and does a fine job backing up that claim as she battles Nix Uotan.
  • Badass Gay: Red Racer, the Earth-36 counterpart of The Flash who is in a relationship with Flashlight – the Green Lantern analogue of that universe. Especially so during the final chapter when he leads an army of his speedster counterparts to deal a mortal blow against the corrupted Nix Uotan.
  • Bald Woman: Alexis Luthor of Earth-16 in The Just #1.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In The Just #1, Damian Wayne says that the world needs a genius supervillain like his mom or his grandad. It has one. He's sleeping with her.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Ultra escapes the time loop established at the beginning of Ultra Comics #1 with a promise that everything's going to be okay now, and manages to be the first hero in the Multiverse to successfully fight back against the Gentry... not that it ultimately does any good for more than a few seconds.
    • Played considerably straighter in The Multiversity #2 when the greatest heroes of 50 worlds charge as one to defeat the Gentry.
  • Black and Grey Morality: The conflict in Mastermen #1 ends up being this, concerning the New Reichsmen and the Freedom Fighters.
    • With the exception of Overman, none of the New Reichsmen had anything to do with Hitler's original plans and thus aren't concerned with what happened during World War II. But it's blatantly clear that they will still uphold the way of life Hitler established, feel absolutely no shame or guilt about how their paradise was built on the deaths of billions, and hold "under people" in contempt. Overman, for his part, feels incredible guilt and shame for what happened, but feels that he has no way to make it right after going so far. He actually betrays the New Reichsmen by lying about the Human Bomb's ability to generate explosions while held captive in the Eagle's Nest.
    • The Freedom Fighters do commit terrorist acts and have help from Doktor Sivana in terms of technology leading up to the total destruction of Metropolis as the beginning, but because they want Overman and the system he helped put into power to answer for the unspeakable atrocities and genocide that made it possible. There's also the fact that each of the Freedom Fighters represents minorities that the Nazi Party is still persecuting and trying to destroy.
    • To make this conflict even more murky, representatives from both groups are called upon in the final issue to help battle the forces of the Gentry.
  • Bland-Name Product: The stories of Earth-7 and Earth-8 are published in other universes by Major Comics.
  • Blood Knight: In Mastermen #1, Leatherwing of Earth-10 espouses that he only believes in "What's real, dirty... and leaves bruises." His "interrogation" of the Human Bomb included beating him with a baseball bat, and overall he feels similar to the Batman of All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: From Thunderworld #1:
    Shazam: Hmm, it's you again. I was just practicing my omniscient narrator voice. Come closer, please.
  • Breather Episode: Thunderworld #1. The previous four comics had shown possessions, blood sacrifice, suicide, and assassinations, all of them with dark endings. In this one the good guys win, essentially with no fatalities. The one discordant note is the Serial Killer Sivana from another universe, but he doesn't get a chance to do anything, along with his Darker and Edgier nature being used as a punchline.
  • The Bus Came Back:
  • Call Back:
    • Grant Morrison's map of the Multiverse includes Wonderworld, a dimension that was featured in his JLA run. News articles have also mentioned that some of his characters from Animal Man would appear on one Earth.
    • He revisits some concepts he introduced in Final Crisis, such as President Superman and Earth-23, and Overman and Earth-10, and some he introduced in Action Comics, like the mention of Superdoomsday, and Optiman's allies Red Racer and Flashlight.
    • Earth-10's Batman is called Leatherwing, which was also the name of a pirate version of Batman (who according to The Multiversity Guidebook #1 is the Batman of Earth-31).
    • The variant cover to Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1 featured the Batman-esque version of John Constantine called Hellblazer. Morrison created this version in an issue of Doom Patrol, in a dreamworld that had more superheroic versions of the Vertigo-related characters. This world was seen again in the third The Books of Magic annual.
    • Sasha Norman, a.k.a. Sister Miracle of Earth-16 in The Just #1, was first seen in Seven Soldiers while Shilo Norman was forced to endure alternate lives in the Omega Sanction.
    • Countdown to Final Crisis gets a mention during The Multiversity Guidebook #1, specifically Superboy-Prime destroying Earth-15.

      Morrison references it again in Mastermen #1. In Overman's dream of Lord Broken, the bodies at his feet are those of the Justice League Axis, the version of Earth-10's Justice League that Monarch recruited in Countdown to Adventure.
    • Mastermen #1:
      • Overman's wife mentions that his cousin, Overgirl, was just a clone created from his stem cells, and if he wanted he could have her replaced. It's said that the original Overman in Animal Man had his stem cells harvested by the government to create other heroes, his world's Justice League.
      • Overgirl's death "on a distant world" is another Final Crisis reference, and the scene of Overman holding her corpse is a reference to Supergirl's death in Crisis on Infinite Earths.
    • The Multiversity #2:
      • The Zatanna of Earth-13 is named Annataz, which was the name of the Earth-3 Zatanna seen in Countdown to Final Crisis.
      • Red Racer and an army of alternate Flashes all use the "infinite mass punch" that Wally West used in Grant Morrison's very first story arc of JLA. He even comments that it came from "one of [his] favorite JLA stories."
      • The Empty Hand mentions that the Gentry is still feeding off the carcass of Multiverse-2, which seems to be the pre-Flashpoint Multiverse created after Infinite Crisis. This seems to highlight the discrepancies between the Multiverse as it is seen here, compared to how it was in ''Final Crisis".
  • Canon Immigrant:
    • The Just #1:
      • Alexis Luthor was originally a descendant of Lex Luthor from the Legion of Super Heroes cartoon series. On Earth-16 she's Luthor's daughter.
      • Also on Earth-16 is the version of the Joker's Daughter introduced in Kingdom Come.
    • The Multiversity Guidebook #1 confirms that the Justice Lords from the Justice League animated series reside on Earth-50, replacing the Wildstorm Comics characters that had been moved to Earth-0 by Flashpoint.
  • Captain Ersatz:
  • Cartoon Physics:
    • Captain Carrot invokes this in a fight with a Hulk Expy on Earth-8, a fight he won by the way. Being squashed flat doesn't do anything to him, because he can just pop back up again.
    • The Multiversity Guidebook #1 notes that this is true for all of Earth-26. Being destroyed apparently isn't much of a problem for it, either.
  • Celebrity Paradox: At least part of DC's output in the main DCU (Earth-0) is actually inspired by other Earths in The Multiverse; it's no longer limited to just one Earth as it was pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths (where DC's output in Earth-One, the main DCU, was inspired by the heroes of Earth-Two). Marvel Comics have a DC analogue in Major Comics, with their output being inspired by the heroes of Earth-7 and Earth-8.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: The alternate versions of Dr. Sivana keep betraying each other. In Thunderworld #1, they skimped on Suspendium and left the Earth-5 Sivana to rot. After that, the Earth-42 Sivana is eaten by the Earth-26 Sivana, the Earth-43 is disposed of by the Ax-Crazy Sivana, and when he tries to kill the Earth-26 Sivana he ends up dying as well upon meeting the Justice Riders of Earth-18.
  • Color Character: Red Dragon of Earth-8 as identified by The Multiversity Guidebook #1.
  • Comic Book Fantasy Casting: The Just #1, a one-shot about legacy heroes with no evil left to fight, features an Arrowette with a scantily-clad, shorthaired look very much like Miley Cyrus.
  • Comic Books Are Real: A key concept, according to Grant Morrison: each Earth has comics featuring characters from other Earths, through which the heroes can keep informed about what's going on elsewhere. For example, Mastermen #1 begins with Adolf Hitler reading Action Comics while using the toilet.
  • Composite Character:
    • Spore from Earth-41 seems to be a cross between Spawn and Swamp Thing.
    • Superdemon is what happens when you take the concept of Superman and add Etrigan into it.
    • Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1:
      • The Green Lantern of Earth-20 is Abin Sur with a costume heavily based on pre-New 52 Alan Scott's.
      • The Immortal Man of Earth-20 was once called Anthro, and his origin and powers are altered to be much more similar to those of Vandal Savage, who is now his alternate self from a Mirror Universe.
    • The Super-Sons in The Just #1 are Chris Kent and Damian Wayne, rather than Clark Kent Jr. and Bruce Wayne Jr. as it was Pre-Crisis.
    • In Thunderworld #1, Black Sivana of Earth-5 is a combination of two of Captain Marvel's deadliest foes.
    • The Multiversity Guidebook #1:
    • In Mastermen #1, Blitzen, the female Flash of Earth-10, is briefly shown on one page to have blonde hair implying she’s an analogue of Barry Allen, but her costume seems to be based more on Jay Garrick.
  • The Constant: There isn't always a Superman or a Batman equivalent on an alternate Earth, but there's always an Atom-themed character in every issue.
    • Lady Quark in The Multiversity #1.
    • Al Pratt the Mighty Atom in Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1.
    • Ray Palmer in The Just #1.
    • Captain Adam in Pax Americana #1.
    • Mister Atom in Thunderworld #1.
    • Atomic Knight Batman in The Multiversity Guidebook #1.
    • The Human Bomb in Mastermen #1.
  • Continuity Reboot: For Earths 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 26, 32, 33, 40, 43, and 50, none of which are their original incarnations - whether that's because of a retool, renumbering from the original Pre-Crisis multiverse, or replacing a different universe with the same number.
    • Earth-4 was created and destroyed in Crisis on Infinite Earths, and, coming pre-Watchmen, didn't have any influence from it.
    • Earth-5's Pre-Crisis analog, Earth-S, was destroyed in the Crisis.
    • Earth-6's Pre-Crisis analog was a world where America lost the Revolutionary War and a royal family of superheroes protected the Earth. Its sole survivor was Lady Quark.
    • Earth-8's Pre-Crisis analog was a world home to the heroes who debuted after the first Crisis. After 52 it was designed as a parody of the Ultimate Marvel line of comics and a revision to the Champions of Angor and Extremists. The world still seems to be Marvel-based, but with a team called the Retaliators instead of the Justifiers, for example. The Extremists still exists though.
    • Earth-10's Pre-Crisis analog, Earth-X, was a world where the Nazis won and the Freedom Fighters were La Résistance, but had no Justice League. It was destroyed in the Crisis. When it was restored in 52 it featured a Nazi version of the Justice League, which hadn't been done before. Conflicting portrayals in Countdown to Final Crisis had a standard generic Nazi League and an America covered in concentration camps. In Countdown Arena a Nazi version of the Ray was chosen as a contestant by Monarch, and it was mentioned the current fuhrer was a woman. Morrison disregarded most of this and reestablished his own version of Earth-10 in Final Crisis.
    • Earth-16 was classified as the universe home to the Young Justice cartoon, although Morrison has stated he's working on a way that incorporates the TV show with his interpretation of this particular Earth. As of yet, the only incorporation is a one panel reference to the TV show being only a video game on the new Earth 16.
    • Earth-17 before the Crisis was a world where all superheroes were created by the government, until Overman (Superman) contracted an STD, went insane, and destroyed everything. As part of the 52 Earths, Earth-17 was recreated as a world home to the Atomic Knights.
    • Earth-18's status as a western world is taken to the extreme. Originally it was introduced in Countdown Arena as home to the Justice Riders Elseworlds. While that is still partially true, the reason this Earth is western-based is because the Time Trapper meddled in its growth, freezing society in a frontier state but allowing it to develop future technology, such as an internet system based off the telegraph.
    • Earth-19 was just home to the Gotham By Gaslight series, but is now a world home to other Victorian versions of different heroes, including the Amazonia Wonder Woman, who used to be a native of Earth-34 in Countdown Arena.
    • Earth-26 was designated Earth-C Pre-Crisis.
    • Earth-32 was established in Countdown Arena as the universe home to Batman: In Darkest Knight. That seems to still be true, only now this world is home to numerous other amalgamated characters, such as Wonderhawk (Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl), Aquaflash (Aquaman and Flash), Super-Martian (Superman and Martian Manhunter) and Black Arrow (Black Canary and Green Arrow).
    • The post-Infinite Crisis Earth-33 was originally a magic-based world home to the League of Shamans, but since that was seen in Countdown to Final Crisis naturally it's been ignored just as everything else from that series was. Earth-33 is now the superhero-less "real world", formerly called Earth-Prime.
    • Earth-40, once a pulp Spy Fiction world home to "The Justice Files", has been retooled as an Evil Counterpart to Earth 20, which appears to have taken up its mantle.
    • Earth-43, a universe home to the Batman Vampire trilogy, was originally called Earth-1191 in the first Multiverse before the Crisis.
    • Earth-50 was originally the universe the Wildstorm Universe was set. With the universe now merged with the DCU in Flashpoint/New 52, it's now the home of the Justice Lords from Justice League. Almost fitting, considering Word of God said the Justice Lords were based on The Authority.
    • Earth-C-Minus, the home of the Justa Lotta Animals, is shown to still exist as of Captain Carrot and the Final Ark, though its official designation in regards to the rest of the multiverse is still unknown. The Justa Lotta Animals show up in The Multiversity #2 fighting Earth-26's Zoo Crew. Whether they're native to Earth-26 or their own Earth is unknown.
  • Crapsaccharine World: How Overman views the utopia he built on Earth-10 in Mastermen #1, disliking the fact that it was built on the brutal deaths of so many.
  • Creepy Good: Abin Sur of Earth-20 from Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1. He keeps his distance from the inhabitants of Earth because he's aware that he resembles the world's interpretation of Satan and doesn't want to freak anyone out. Doc Fate doesn't care what he looks like and considers him an ally.
  • Cross Through: The threat of the Gentry is felt throughout the books, which can still be enjoyed individually.
  • Dark Age of Supernames: The members of The Gentry have such colorful monikers as Dame Merciless, Hellmachine, Lord Broken, Demogorgunn and... Intellectron.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • This is basically the Multiverse's day in the limelight, and what makes this even more significant is that so far, the main DC Universe (Earth-0) and its heroes are not going to be the saviors as they were in every other Multiverse-related catastrophe. The main fighting force is comprised of heroes from different Earths, and so far none of them have been forced to measure up to their Earth-0 counterparts.
    • The Just #1 is this for DC's Legacy Characters, especially those who suffered a Legacy Implosion or two.
    • The various one-shots are this for their respective universes, which are given less spotlight in the main Multiversity duology.
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: In Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1, Doc Fate warns "Atom" Al Pratt away from reading the Ultra comic, citing it as the most dangerous object in his library.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Gentry are a group of evil entities that are roaming the multiverse and destroying every world they come across in really horrific ways. Just seeing them from another universe crippled Lord Havok and drove him mad. They're also powerful enough to trap Nix Uotan, the last Monitor, in the panels of the comic book he's appearing in and convert him into one of their own. On top of all that, it's implied that reading the series will let the Gentry into our universe.

    In the end, it's even worse. It turns out that the Gentry are from our universe, Earth-33. And they are all just servants to an even bigger threat, the Empty Hand, who has all of Earth-42 inhabitants (the Li'l League included) as his servants and spies. And even when the Gentry were beaten, Empty Hand just created new ones like it was nothing and the combined efforts of the entire Multiversity would most likely not be effective as Empty Hand is the personification of our growing real world apathy towards superheroes and comics. And Empty Hand is still digesting and gaining strength from the previous pre-Flashpoint multiverse. The best the Multiversity can do is establish a watch until they can come up with a way to take down Empty Hand and his Gentry... and the rest of Earth-33 if it comes to it...
  • Enemy Mine: Superdoomsday wrecked havoc on several Earths, but because he and his fellow Overcorp stooge are the only champions of Earth-45, Harbinger is forced to summon them in the final battle alongside several superhero teams he had previously wronged. Members of the Earth-10 New Reichsmen and Freedom Fighters are likewise recruited. However, due to the sheer immensity of the conflict, these antagonistic groups have little opportunity to lock horns.
  • End of an Age: By the time The Just #1 begins, the legacies of famous superheroes have not seen any real battles since the previous generation had put an end to war and crime, instead living their lives as celebrities. However, after years of complacency, Earth-16's era of peace comes to an end with the rise of Alexis Luthor.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played for Laughs in Thunderworld #1, which is set in a Lighter and Softer version of the DC universe populated by the Marvel family. The plot involves Dr. Sivana bringing together an infinite amount of Alternate Universe versions of himself to create a day in which he can defeat Captain Marvel once and for all. One of these versions, it turns out, is a Darker and Edgier Jigsaw-like character who went back in time to horrifically butcher Billy Batson before he became Captain Marvel, and wants other versions to kill. The other Sivanas, who are basically Card Carrying Villains, are clearly pretty weirded out.
    Jigsaw - Dr. Sivana: Bring them to me! The pretty little heroine, the bright boy! I can't wait to mess them up bad.
    Regular - Dr. Sivana: Er... quite.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Nix Uotan is assisted by Mr. Stubbs, a buccaneer monkey.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • As shown in Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1, Earth-40 is this to Earth-20, with explicit comparisons between the members of their respective teams:
      • Vandal Savage as compared to the Immortal Man, with the meteorite used to create their respective powers being used as the first murder weapon or made into a hallowed holy relic respectively.
      • Felix Faust as compared to Doc Fate, in terms of magical prowess.
      • Lady Shiva as compared to the Blackhawks, as highly proficient female fighters, albeit with her focusing more on swordplay rather than her good counterparts' gunplay.
      • Blockbuster as compared to the Mighty Atom, in terms of Force And Finesse.
      • Sinestro and Parallax as compared to Abin Sur's Green Lantern, with opposing powers of fear versus willpower.
    • In Thunderworld #1, in the Sivanas of the Multiverse, there's a Hannibal Lecter-esque version who is far more bloodthirsty and depraved than the rest of them, who travelled back in time and violently murdered his universe's Billy Batson before he became the Wizard's champion, and as a result has become very bored.
    • The majority of the New Reichsmen in Mastermen #1 are evil Nazi doppelgangers of the Justice League of Earth-0.
  • Evil Knockoff: Thunderworld #1:
    • Sivana attempts to steal the power of Shazam by... creating a technological version of the Rock of Eternity that is twice the size of the original.
    • And then he creates his own version of the Marvel Family using his children.
  • Expy: Grant Morrison designed an Aboriginal version of The Mighty Thor called the Thunderer. This character and his group seem to be a nod to Mike Friedrich's Wandjina and the Champions of Angor, pastiches of Marvel Comics' Avengers. They get something of an updated appearance as "The Retaliators" when President Superman and the team arrive on Earth-8, one dimension shy of Thunderer's homeworld of Earth-7, indicating this world is connected to it in some way. The Fantastic Four and Dr. Doom receive similar treatment, becoming Earth-8's Future Family and Lord Havok respectively.

    The Just #1 confirms that the relationship of Earth-7 to Earth-8 mirrors that of the Ultimate Marvel universe to the main Marvel universe, with Earth-7's versions being known as the "Essential" versions.
  • Face-Heel Turn:
    • The chief antagonist of the series is a former "cosmic defender", Nix Uotan. He gets better in the last issue.
  • Fang Thpeak: This is how the snake Sivana speaks, very much averting Sssssnake Talk.
  • The Fog of Ages: In Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1, Immortal Man notes he's forgotten his own name over the ages. It's not stated if his Evil Counterpart, Vandal Savage, has the same problem.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You:
    • A lot of the captions in issue #1 are threatening warnings along the lines of "You think this is just a comic, but it's bait. You're bait for THEM." In his human identity Nix Uotan is reading the same comic, including scenes from his own life, and that's how he's pulled into the pan-dimensional crisis.
    • Thunderer claims that The Gentry are "pitiless ones from behind the Invisible Rainbow". Given how he uses rainbows to refer to other universes, there's the implication that the fourth wall is incapable of protecting the comic book characters from The Gentry.
    • Several pages in Pax Americana #1 seem designed to resemble an eye. The implication is... not promising.
    • Ultra Comics #1, the Real World Episode of the series, has its hero warning potential readers that their universe will be endangered if this magazine is read.
    • In issue #2, the newly formed Operation Justice Incarnate trace the Gentry's origin to Earth-33, and state they're coming after them. Oh, Crap...
  • Franchise Zombie: In-universe, the Gentry use the power of the Anti-Death Equation to keep Nix Uotan alive so they can corrupt him, a likely allusion to companies refusing to let go of concepts they can squeeze profit out of.
  • From Beyond the Fourth Wall: Earth-Prime returns with its own spotlight issue, where the reader becomes its latest superhero.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The Society of Super-Heroes, aka S.O.S from Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1.
  • Gag Boobs: In Thunderworld #1, one of Sivana's children gives herself these with the stolen magic of Shazam, in order to get more attention from boys.
  • Gender Flip:
    • One of the major characters is Aquawoman, the Aquaman analogue of Earth-11.
    • Blitzen, The Flash of Earth-10 from Mastermen #1, is female.
  • Genre Roulette: The series does this deliberately with each issue exhibiting the traits of a particular style of comic genre based on the setting.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In The Just #1, when Damian Wayne complains that his father and the other past heroes did their jobs too well, Alexis Luthor responds "'This Be the Verse'. Best poem ever." It's a Philip Larkin poem whose famous first line is "They fuck you up, your mum and dad."
  • Golem: According to The Multiversity Guidebook #1, the Captain Ersatz of The Thing from Earth-7 is named Golem, this is most likely a reference to the Thing’s Jewish background.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: In Mastermen # 1 the Human Bomb heals rapidly from a beating by Leatherwing. Overman offers him a chance to make it easy on himself and speak instead of getting a second beating.
  • Groin Attack: The reaction of Doc Fate to Doc Faust's desire for a Wizard Duel in Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1.
  • Guardian of the Multiverse: This is supposed to be Nix Uotan's role, with his fellow Monitors gone. Unfortunately, the Gentry have other ideas for him.
  • Hanging Judge: The corrupted Nix Uotan becomes this after his disastrous trip to Earth-7. The Earths that break his rules, well, the lucky ones are merely destroyed. Never mind how involved the Gentry were in the violation of those rules.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: In Mastermen #1, Overman attempts to right the wrongs of his making Nazi Germany become the new world by lying about Human Bomb's physiological differences from most people. Unfortunately, Jürgen Olsen figures out that he's not in favor of Hitler's vision and has sympathies with the Freedom Fighters, and thus betrays him, leading to Overman's downfall.
  • Heel Realization: As put by Grant Morrison in one article regarding Mastermen #1, Overman spent years working for Adolf Hitler, then one day he realized "Oh crap it's Hitler!"
  • Hemisphere Bias: In anticipation of the series, DC Comics released a map of the DC multiverse. Earth-23 is a world where most superheroes are black; the picture of the planet provided is centered on Africa. (Although note that all other signs point to the United States still being the center of attention there.)
  • Henpecked Husband: In Mastermen #1, Overman's wife/consort, Lena, harbors no sympathy or compassion towards his feelings of guilt or the mourning of his cousin, and is more concerned with demanding he make more youth serum for her before she starts to age. Their relationship is even described as "loveless" and one of the reasons for Overman's betrayal.
  • Herr Doktor: In Mastermen #1, the Sivana of Earth-10 is this trope played to the hilt, complete with Funetik Aksent (since English is meant to be a dead language on that Earth), Scary Shiny Glasses, and a black leather trenchcoat and hat.
  • Historical-Domain Character: George W. Bush appears in Pax Americana #1. Since this universe seems to have had its own run of presidents, Dubya's appearance might be a symptom of inter-reality bleed.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Happens several times in Thunderworld #1. From Dr. Sivana and his counterparts across the multiverse foiling their own plans of creating a 8th day (Sivanaday) where they're allowed to win by cheating themselves out of suspendium to make it an 8-hour day, to Lady Sivana (Georgia Sivana) getting tricked into depowering herself by Captain Marvel Junior, out of her own desire to use her beauty to get her way.
  • Hollow World: In Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1, Immortal Man mentions in passing that he just walked back from inside the Earth.
  • Horned Humanoid: Abin Sur of Earth-20 in Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1. He is well aware this makes him look like a demon.
  • Hypocrite: The Question towards Blue Beetle in Pax Americana #1. He chastises Ted for relying too much on technology and cool gimmicks, even though Vic has no problem using technology against Ted and leaving behind calling cards with badass slogans on them.
  • It's All About Me: In The Just #1, Earth-16 is a world where the children of superheroes and supervillains are celebrity darlings since there's no more crime to fight (to the point where the contemporary Justice League roster has done nothing but battle reenactments). The solicits and cover refer to this world as "Earth-Me."
  • It's All My Fault: In Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1, the Mighty Atom believes he was responsible for the arrival of the Earth-40 villains, citing that their invasion had begun not long after he looked into the cursed comic book Doc Fate warned him not to read.
  • Just Shoot Him: Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1:
    • Lady Shiva goes on about how the Blackhawk Squadron will never even realize she's cut them up and butchered them by the time she's done with them, when they decide to just shoot Shiva as she's gloating.
    • When Doc Fate meets his counterpart Felix Faust, Faust attempts to pull a magical duel. Fate just kicks him in his balls.
  • Last of His Kind: Nix Uotan is the last of the Monitors. Thunderer is the last survivor of Earth-7.
  • Losing Your Head: In The Multiversity #2, Captain Carrot gets decapitated by the corrupted Nix Uotan. Being a Toon, however, this does not stop him from continuing to fight, although he is unable to eat his Power-Up Food in order to replenish his superpowers until his head is reattached with Red Racer's help.
  • Mad Scientist: In Thunderworld #1, Dr. Sivana takes exception to being called 'mad'. He sees himself more as a radical genius.
  • Magnum Opus: invoked From this MTV Geek interview:
    Morrison also promises a guidebook to the Multiverse will accompany the series, which he calls his magnum opus.
  • Meaningful Name: Mr. Stubbs appears to take his name from a chimpanzee in Toby Tyler; or, Ten Weeks with a Circus, a Victorian novel concerning the difference between the glamour of the circus as seen from outside, and the reality of it as seen from the inside.
  • Medium Awareness: Ultra Comics sees his thought balloons and thinks they make him look dated, so he switches to first person captions.
  • The Mole: The residents of Earth-42 serve as this for the Empty Hand, acting as its eyes and ears.
  • Morality Pet: In Mastermen #1, Overman's cousin Overgirl is pretty much the one person he has a clear, emotional connection towards. He cares for her deeply and her death just multiplied the guilt he was already feeling.
  • Multiple Reference Pun: The Captain Ersatz of Spider-Woman from Earth-8 is named Ladybug, which is both a reference to the insect of the same name and the fact that she is the Distaff Counterpart of Bug, the Spider-Man ersatz from the same universe.
  • The Multiverse: Set in the post-New 52 multiverse, featuring characters from all across its expanse, and the creation of its Justice League.
  • Must Have Caffeine: In The Multiversity #2, thanks to Annataz of Earth-13, the Blood League of Earth-43 are now vampires who feed on coffee instead of blood.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: In Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1, Vandal Savage corners Immortal Man and Immortal Man kills Vandal Savage in order to end the war. Then Savage reveals that "spilling immortal blood summons Niczhuotan - Destroyer of Worlds."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: This is Overman's primary characterization in Mastermen #1, as he's the Superman of a world where the Nazis took over the world, and he feels horrible knowing the utopia he built was founded on the crimes of Adolf Hitler.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1, Vandal Savage is heavily implied to be Cain, just as he was in that position during Final Crisis.
    • In Masterman # 1 Overman holds the dead body of Overgirl aloft in the exact same way Superman did Supergirl on the cover of Crisis on Infinite Earths #7.
    • At one point during Ultra Comics #1, the titular hero encounters several other DC Comics characters who were also named "Ultra," including Ultra, the Multi-Alien and Ultraa, who was originally Earth-Prime's sole superhero Pre-Crisis.
  • Never Bring A Knife To A Gunfight: In the end of Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1, Lady Shiva is facing off against the Blackhawk Squadron, with them having pistols, and her having a Sinister Scimitar. They shoot her dead in a hail of gunfire while she is gloating about how she is going to kill them all.
  • Nightmare Retardant: In-universe, Intellectron is considered to be this. Ultra utilizes comments laughing at his appearance and calling him "an evil egg" with "evil batwings" in their battle.
  • No Fourth Wall: In Ultra Comics #1 the memesmiths, the Gentry and the title character all directly address the reader. Theoretically, at least, the last of these is the reader.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: The chibi Sivana in The Multiversity Guidebook #1 thinks the Legion of Sivanas are there to help him conquer his Earth. Instead the snake, vampire and torture porn versions attack him and eat him.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Crops up a couple of times in regards to certain Earth-8 residents and their Earth-7 counterparts.
    • Wandajin is the name for a group or cloud and rain spirits from Aborginal Mythology, yet the superhero from Earth-8 with that name is white, whilst his counterpart on Earth-7 who is aboriginal is given the more generic moniker: Thunderer.
    • Another superhero is named American Crusader and whilst he does have elements resembling a Holy Crusader, he doesn’t have any design elements that say America. Contrast this with his Earth-7 counterpart Crusader, who lacks the American part of the formers name, but is near-identical to Ultimate Captain America with the Wearing a Flag on Your Head slightly toned down.

      Subverted in Mastermen #1 which shows an in-universe comic book depicting a Golden Age American Crusader with more American elements played up. This seems to imply that he dropped those aspects in the Modern Age but kept the name and that his Ultimate Universe counterpart is an In-Universe back to basics approach.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1, Abin Sur of Earth-20 defeats Count Sinestro of Earth-40 completely off-panel.
  • Oh, Crap: The wizard Shazam gets a rather darkly funny instance of this when he realizes that he's being overshadowed by Sivana's mechanical Rock of Eternity.
  • Only Sane Man: In Thunderworld #1, one of the alternate Sivanas is much, much more restrained than the others, identifying himself as "a man with personal problems," and is greatly disturbed by his insane and violent (and violently insane) counterparts. There's also the fact that he believed the other Sivanas were going to save the world, not enslave it, so he's pretty much the good Sivana counterpart.
  • Our Presidents Are Different:
    • Kalel/Calvin Ellis, the Superman of Earth-23, is a black Kryptonian, and in his secret identity as Calvin, President of the USA.
    • Earth-4's president is assassinated by Peacemaker at the beginning of the Earth-4 story.
  • Packaged As Other Medium: The cover of The Just #1 resembles the kind of celebrity-interest magazine sold at supermarket counters.
  • Power-Up Food: Captain Carrot gets his powers from eating his "cosmic carrots," and has a set time limit before his powers run out and he needs to eat another one.
  • Punny Name: Earth-8's American CrUSAder.
  • Race Lift:
    • The new version of the Thunderer is Aboriginal.
    • The Justice League of Earth-23 consists of black versions of the mainstream DCU heroes.
    • In Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1, Doc Fate, the Doctor Fate of Earth-20, is a black gunslinger.
    • According to one interview, in Mastermen #1, Earth-10's Freedom Fighters represent ethnic, sexual, and religious minorities targeted by the Nazi Party. The Ray is homosexual, Doll Man is a Jehovah's Witness, Phantom Lady is Romani, and Black Condor is African.
  • Real World Episode: Ultra Comics #1 features the most literal Real World Episode ever. This chapter takes place on the real world, but it isn't the world depicted inside the comicbook. Earth-33 (a.k.a Earth-Prime) is the world of the readers themselves. The comicbook Ultra Comics is just a character in the actual story, a comicbook-shaped superhero made of paper and ink (or digital data) that acts like an avatar to its reader to fight The Gentry.
  • Reality Ensues: In Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1, we have several in the finales of various villains of Earth-40.
    • Doc Faust uses his high grade of magical prowess to make his way through to fight Doc Fate, and prepares himself for a Wizard Duel. Unfortunately for him, that is all he brought to the table, whereas Doc Fate brought his magical prowess, underhanded tactics, and a gun. He manages to hold off the zombies that come at him with the gun, and summarily defeats Faustus with a Groin Attack.
    • Lady Shiva, upon losing her plane, prepares to fight the Blackhawks with her sword, her close combat skills things of legend. Unluckily for her, the Blackhawks have handguns, and prove that bringing a sword may not have been the best idea.
  • Really 700 Years Old: In Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1, Earth-20's Immortal Man has been around somewhere in the region of forty to fifty thousand years, and looks to be in his 20s/30s.
  • Recursive Canon: In Issue #1, Nix Uotan is reading The Multiversity comics - specifically, The Multiversity #1 and Ultra Comics #1. Looking closely at the Ultra Comics issue Nix is reading, Grant Morrison and Doug Mahnke are residents of The DCU.
  • Robotic Reveal: In The Multiversity Guidebook #1, the heroes of Earth-42 are revealed to be androids, explaining how they are incapable of being killed.
  • Seen-It-All Suicide: One interpretation of Sapphire Mason's building dive.
  • Shmuck Bait: Ultra Comics #1. Its cover has the eponymous Ultra warning the reader that only they can save the universe and themselves by not reading this comic. Earth-20's Atom didn't heed the warning in Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors from the Counter-World #1. Will you?
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Human Torch Expy from Earth-8 is African-American.
    • It's mentioned that the heroes of Earth-8 appear in extremely popular movies on other Earths.

      In The Just #1, Earth-16's Kyle Rayner vaguely remembers a Bug movie, although it's not clear which one he's thinking of.
    • The Hulk Expy has the real name of "David."
    • The House of Heroes is also called Valla-Hal.
    • In Society of Super-Heroes: Conquest of the Counter-Earth #1, the Blackhawks of Earth-20 were designed with the Spice Girls in mind.
    • The Just #1:
    • Mastermen #1:
      • The "American Crusader" comic is clearly meant to be a reference to the Captain America counterpart from Earth-8, albeit a Golden Age version. However, the character's design is based off the actual American Crusader, a Golden Age character that fell into the public domain and has been used in both Tom Strong and Project Superpowers.
      • The whole issue can be seen as a shout-out to The Ring of the Nibelung as detailed here.
    • In The Multiversity #2, Stingray, the Batman of Earth-34, is briefly seen with the same color scheme as the Stingray from The Avengers.
  • Squishy Wizard: In Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1, Doc Faust proves to be this, concentrating so heavily on his magical skill that he has no defensive abilities whatsoever outside of those, and goes down in a single Groin Attack.
  • The Stars Are Going Out: Ultra Comics #1 ends with constellations going out one-by-one for lack of oxygen, portraying the rupture of the mental bonds between Ultra Comics and each one of his readers while he dies.
  • Stuffed In The Fridge: Discussed in The Just #1, where Kyle Rayner has a traumatic flashback of his girlfriend's death at the hands of Major Disaster (Major Force in the main DC Universe). The issue even begins with Sapphire Mason, a.k.a. Megamorpho, committing suicide.
  • Symbolism:
    • Of particular note with the Earths on the multiverse map. Earth-10, based on Earth-X, has a red 'X' on it; Earth-11, a Gender Flip of Earth-0, is upside-down relative to the other Earths; Earth-43, home of the Vampire League, is a blood-red shade; Earth-26, an Alternate Tooniverse, has a face; and so on.
    • Earth-1, which has very little written about it, is depicted as a glowing ball of light. It's still "cooling", as The Multiversity Guidebook #1 puts it, and has very little established history.
  • Take That:
    • The most distinguishing feature of Earth-8, based on Marvel Comics, on the interactive map is that its heroes "fight with each other as much as they fight the bad guys". Notably, the Behemoth (its version of the Incredible Hulk) transforms into a raging, giant, blue baby instead of a jade titan when aggravated.
    • The Gentry appear to be manifestations of the stagnation found in mainstream comics. Intellectron, a one-eyed bat-winged creature, in particular is seen as a parody of DC Comics, representing the company's obsession with Batman, a singular vision, and lack of depth perception.
    • In Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1, Abin Sur's fight with Count Sinestro and Parallax, as well as Abin Sur beating both of them on his own, may be criticism at DC dragging out the emotional entity concept in Green Lantern and how Parallax has become a diminished threat in recent stories. As well, the use of Parallax to power the Transmatter Engine for Doc Fate can be a reference to how Parallax himself has been used as a tool rather than an actual villain in his own right in his stories since the advent of the New 52.
    • Earth-41's Nimrod Squad is a blatant shot at Youngblood.
    • Thunderworld #1 feels like a huge shot at how DC has handled the Marvel Family in the last few years, due to the fact that the Billy, Mary, Freddy, and Wizard of Earth-5 are much more wholesome and well-adjusted compared to their main Earth counterparts. There's also the fact that Sivana, who is still a Card-Carrying Villain, is disturbed by an Ax-Crazy counterpart who makes very unsavory comments about what he did to his world's Marvel Family. Said villain feels sadly similar to the villains who've become common in Earth-0's universe.

      Thunderworld #1 also comes off as a Take That to the New 52 as a whole, seeing how its lack of Darker and Edgier elements seems to be what allowed it to repel the Gentry's invasion in the first place. It goes to show that you don't need hyper-realism and grim elements to create a good story, and that the optimism and fun of Pre-New 52 DC still has a place in comics. And, given how well-received Thunderworld has been, it's something that hasn't been lost on the general comic-book readership either. Captain Marvel even lampshades how silly the darker and edgier stories are when it comes down to it, and asks just what's wrong with a happy ending.
    Captain Marvel Junior: S.O.S.... They cancelled that book.
    Captain Marvel: No wonder. What happened to happy endings? "I'll get out and destroy everything..." HA! I don't know about you. But, that sounds to me, like tomorrow's big adventure!
    Crumples up the Gentry's cursed comic-book, chucks it into the trash, and flies off with Mary and Junior to their next big adventure with smiles on their faces.
    • Not to mention that when Sivana takes over the Rock of Eternity, and starts plundering the magic from it, he redecorates it to look like a corporate office, complete with cubicles and potted plants. Possibly a comment on how the comics industry has now become one big corporation.
    • Pax Americana #1 is a not too subtle one to Alan Moore, and how he deconstructed superheroes in a cold mechanical way through the visuals and narrative of Watchmen.
    Captain Atom: I had to take a closer look... I thought the pieces would explain the whole. But... It's hard to love the pieces like... like.. I thought I could locate the source of these feelings doctor. Then I realized... What have I done? I just killed Butch. My faithful little dog.
    • As well as Moore's later attempts at reconstructing the genre through his later work Supreme, and giving a reason as to why Alan Moore or any writer who did Deconstruction stories can never return to anything upbeat and meaningful.
    Captain Atom: Except... what if Butch is alive as well as dead? Why not? [Another dog similar visually to Butch appears next to the body of the dead dog] Hm. Not the same.
  • Thanatos Gambit:
    • In Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1, Vandal Savage hoped to spill an immortal's blood to summon Niczhuotan, the Destroyer of Worlds, to Earth-20. Vandal was not picky if he killed Immortal Man, or if Immortal Man killed him.
    • In Pax Americana #1, President Harley planned to have himself killed and resurrected to rid Earth-4 of the Gentry's curse, simultaneously making him pay for murdering the first superhero and redeeming him for the crime.
  • That Man Is Dead: In Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1, Doc Fate's greatest fear lies in how he fears nothing because his superhero persona has gradually made him more detached and ruthless, replacing the man he originally was.
  • Thirteen Is Unlucky: Earth-13 is a Vertigo-y Dark Fantasy world where the greatest superheroes are Super-Demon and Hellblazer.
  • Titled After the Song: The story in The Multiversity Guidebook #1 is called "Maps and Legends", from the REM song.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In The Just #1, the older heroes of Earth-16 have no issue with re-enacting major battles for fun, regardless that some of their closest friends and allies actually died in those battles. For example, they have Red Amazo (the combination of Red Tornado and Amazo) participate in the recreation of the event that actually created him, but pretty much killed the Red Tornado in the process.
  • Tragic Hero/Villain Protagonist: Overman from Mastermen #1, or he may count as a Tragic Villain depending on your point of view. He began as a Nazi Superman, but he's actually incredibly guilt-ridden over what he did in their name, and realizes the world he created needs to be destroyed.
  • Two Girls to a Team: The New Reichsmen of Earth-10 from Mastermen #1 appear to have only two female members: Brünhilde and Blitzen.
  • Ultimate Universe:
    • The aim of Thunderworld is to be this in regards to Shazam.
    • Earth-7 was this to the Major Comics characters of Earth-8.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Ultra Comics is exploited by the Gentry as a means to infiltrate the multiverse. While he manages to seal Earth-33 off from them, he's ultimately unsuccessful in defeating the villains.
  • Unwitting Pawn: A number of characters unknowingly furthers The Gentry's invasion.
    • Ultra Comics #1: Ultra Comics itself acts as vector of contagion to The Gentry in different worlds (including ours).
  • Up to Eleven: According to The Multiversity Guidebook #1, EVERYTHING is super on Earth-48. From the animals, to the plants, to the television shows. The superheroes here are of the "Fifth World" and were made to trade blows with Darkseid himself.
  • Valkyries: Two alternate versions of Wonder Woman are valkyries.
  • Victory Is Boring: The heroes of "earthme" in The Just have so little to do with Superman's army of robots on constant patrol that they do nothing but recreate past victories or throw wild parties.
  • Villains: According Word of God, each one of The Gentry represents a villain archetype taken to its limit. Their agents in each universe also mirror those concepts.
    • Ax-Crazy / Bedlam House: Lord Broken (Vandal Savage, cannibal Doctor Sivana, Nazi Doctor Sivana)
    • Evil Genius: Intellectron (Felix Faust, Doctor Sivana, Alexis Luthor)
    • Femme Fatale: Dame Merciless (Lady Shiva, Georgia Sivana, Alexis Luthor)
    • The Horde: Demogorgunn (Faust's Zombies, Legion of Sivanas, Superman Robots, Brainwashed Li'l League).
  • Whole Costume Reference: In Mastermen #1, the Sivana of Earth 10's outfit is exactly the same as Major Toht. Fitting, considering what his world is like.
  • Wizard Duel: Amusingly subverted in Society of Superheroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1. The issue appears to set up a Mirror Match between Doc Fate and Doc Faust, but when Faust shows up before Fate, Fate just kicks him in the balls and drags him away.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In The Multiversity Guidebook #1, the alternate Sivanas have no problem luring a chibi Sivana into their number so that one of them can eat him. Given everyone else on his world was a robot, that Sivana was found unpalatable.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: In Mastermen #1, with help from Overman, the Human Bomb threw off Leatherwing and the rest of the New Reichsmen by pretending to be gravely injured by Leatherwing's interrogation, giving him the chance to wait to break free and then destroy the Eagle's Nest.
  • X Meets Y: Invoked. Calvin Ellis/President Superman of Earth-23 has been described by Grant Morrison as "Obama meets Muhammad Ali."
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: The "Freedom Fighters" of Earth-10 are flat out said in The Multiversity Guidebook #1 to be terrorists. Their actions in Mastermen #1 show this in full, especially after they received help from Herr Doktor Sivana.