Friday, May 11, 2007

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

And so it begins.

The Countdown has started, and things are just going to get crazier in the DCU from hereon out. So far, I'm loving it.

One of my biggest problems with the old Multiverse was how ridiculously porous it was. Anyone could hop to another Earth without any difficulty for a barbeque or just to hang out. It was, quite frankly, ridiculous.

And when 52 revealed the new Multiverse, I was was worried. DC has been on quite the nostalgia trip lately. And an old school Multiverse would just make scream in rage. Because I quite honestly couldn't stand the way it worked.

But the end of 52 was soothing. Establishing a certain number of universes -- the fifty-two -- sets limits. Though there are still infinite possibilities as Geoff Johns said, they will still be structured. So new Earths won't be popping out of the ether randomly. For example, there won't be any of this stuff: "Great Krypton! Wonder Woman is blonde! That means this is Earth-8,542!" So that's one problem licked.

But more than that was what I mentioned before: the Multiverse was full of holes. It was easy to get from one place to another. Luckily, it looks like that won't be a problem any more. Because we've got the Monitors watching out for things.

The Monitors are DC's new continuity cops. Nobody is going to just randomly reestablish themselves on another Earth. Nobody is going to be hopping around willy nilly. Because inter-dimensional has consequences. The Monitors -- who clearly have power in spades -- aren't going to sit idly by while people screw with the Multiverse.

You go where you don't belong, you get capped. Or worse. And I for one am very pleased with that turn of events. Because these Monitors do more than simply monitor. They are border guards. They are the watchmen of the multiverse.

But that doesn't mean someone isn't watching them...

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At 10:32 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Yes, the Monitors do seem to be taking things rather seriously. I can understand wanting to get rid of various Earth hoppers, but they also seem awfully suspicious of people like Ion and Nightwing, since they were "supposed" to have died. That seems to be taking things just a little too far. Next they'll be shooting people for jaywalking.

At 11:05 AM, Blogger Steven said...

I'm not so sure that they will reduce the "porousness" of the multi-verse.

Any story with the Monitors will feature someone jumping between worlds, if only to get shot. By their very existence, I think they will only increase the porousness.

At 7:58 PM, Blogger Captain Infinity said...

The Monitors are DC's new continuity cops. Nobody is going to just randomly reestablish themselves on another Earth.

Except for Doctor Polaris, of course. Surely the Master of Magnetism can defend himself against a Monitor.

At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody expects...The Continuity Inquistion!!!


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