Grant Morrison’s Multiversity event could have been used as a means for DC Comics to tell the story of Doomsday Clock without using the Watchmen characters. It is understandable why they did use the Watchmen characters as that bunch have greater recognition going for them.
That didn’t mean everyone at DC forgot that mini-series, as Superman teams up with the Justice League Incarnate for the third volume of his self-titled series subtitled Multiplicity.
The basic plot for most of this trade is that while driving home to the farm one day in his guise as Clark Kent, Clark finds himself face-to-face with the Red Son Superman, the one who speaks Russian. Someone is after him, and he needs help. Fortunately, Superman is always ready to help anyone in need, even other versions of himself. The pair fend off a bunch called the Gatherers who work for a mysterious person unknown, and their next target is Kenan Kong, the new Super-Man of China. Fortunately, the main Superman gets assistance from the Justice League Incarnate from the aforementioned Multiversity. Something is stealing Supermen from their Earths and then taking their powers, at one point reducing a captured Captain Carrot into an ordinary bunny with a cape.
That main story was a bit fun, but over quickly. Superman is initially not on any list because his status as being from another, now gone Earth means he’s an unknown quality, but he’s also Superman, and if there’s one thing a Superman can do, it’s inspire others. Co-plotters Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason use the Multiversity concepts well, but the whole thing seems to be a set up for something bigger down the road.
As it is, the issue also contains a pair of other stories. The first is a Swamp Thing team-up and the second involves young Jon Kent going out at night to help a neighbor girl find her missing grandpa and ending up in a really bizarre and spooky swamp. I wish there had been more to the Multiverse story, maybe Superman spending more time with the alternates, though what we saw worked pretty well. Let’s say eight and a half milk-spewing cows out of ten.