Superman of Earth-23 Will Lead The Multiversity

Grant Morrison has been teasing it for years, but the epic Multiversity storyline will finally be hitting comic shop shelves later this summer. If you needed more proof, DC Comics’ The Multiversity graces the coveted front cover of the June edition of PREVIEWS, Diamond Comic Distributors’ monthly catalog of items it ships to stores, which will be available next week.

First envisioned in 2009, Morrison’s take on alternate universe versions of the Justice League will finally be told in a 10-issue series debuting in August. Though each issue of the series will take place in a different part of the Multiverse, it looks like the Superman of Earth-23 — who first appeared in Final Crisis #7 before having an Action Comics issue dedicated to him in 2012 — will be one of the breakout characters, as he is prominently featured on the cover (along with Captain Carrot, no less).

Take a peek at the PREVIEWS cover after the jump.

FrontLast month, Newsarama had a great rundown of The Multiversity culling together hints and teases from various articles and interviews over the years. Here’s what they had to say about Earth-23 and President Calvin Ellis (a.k.a. “Black Superman”).

When Newsarama asked Morrison about Multiversity about a year ago, the writer mentioned that “the Superman from #9 [Action Comics] from Earth-23″ is “the lead character in Multiversity.”

The Superman from Earth-23 has dark skin, hailing from an island on Krypton, which essentially makes him a black version of the character. In a nod to U.S. President Barack Obama, this Earth-23 Superman has a secret identity on Earth of Calvin Ellis, president of the United States. The character first appeared in Final Crisis #7, but he got his own post-New 52 reboot adventures in Action Comics.

According to the Crave Online interview, the Earth 23 issue will show how the Justice League of the Multiverse comes together, and Morrison is hoping it inspires someone to continue Calvin’s story. “I bet [Calvin Ellis] gets his own series,” Morrison said. “Once you see him in Multiversity, he’s so great in that, he deserves his own series.”

We’ll find out in August.

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