Jamie Madrox could have ruined the world. After some complicated time travel, some dupes from a possible future have arrived to help and/or stop Jamie from taking over the planet and ruling it as a tyrant. He joins them to jump a few years forward to see what he can do to change things. He’s got some allies in the form of super powered dupes, but he’s fighting…more dupes. This is going to get a little confusing, but I assure you, it’s well worth it.
To set the stage a bit, Multiple Man #2 opens with Jamie standing in the middle of a battered X-Mansion. On one side is an annoyed and angry group of X-Men. On the other is a few dupes with some pretty interesting properties. There’s a Deadpool, a sorcerer / Dr. Strange, a Cable, and a Hulk. They’re all dupes, but they have the properties of these popular characters. This opens up so many questions and I cannot wait to see if and how they’ll be explored in this series and beyond.
Artist Andy MacDonald’s designs for these characters are awesome. They retain the same basic look and feel of the heroes they’re mimicking, while still resembling Jamie. The signature Multiple Man six-spotted logo is seen on all of them, which made their connection a dead giveaway at the end of the previous issue.
Those six dots even extend to the location captions, which is a really nice touch from letter Travis Lanham. Each new setting has a small blurb telling you where we’re at and the dots underline the text, so everything flows together nicely.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Things get absolutely insane as Jamie and these dupes head back to the future. I’m a sucker for alternate timeline stories so this is right up my alley. It doesn’t hurt having Jamie is at the center of it as he’s my favorite mutant. Only his life could get this crazy this quickly. It’s funny to see even the characters themselves struggle to understand what’s going on.
This isn’t to say that Multiple Man #2 is confusing or jumbled. It’s quite the opposite. Writer Matthew Rosenberg keeps the story moving at a fast pace, weaving in and out of the character’s complicated history without losing you. This is done with some of the best, most quippy dialogue I’ve seen of late. Even Jamie realizes how absurd his life has become, but he’s along for the ride so he just kind of goes with it.
The future Jamie finds himself in is dark and dreary. Colorist Tamra Bonvillain creates a foreboding tone. The sky is blood red. The streets look grimy and decrepit, like New York City in the ’80s. This is a dystopian landscape with little to no hope and Jamie is responsible for it all.
Multiple Man is starting to read like a quirky version of Days of Future Past. It even has a scene of a few hero mugshots with the words “Wanted” or “Slain” stamped on them. Rosenberg makes a cameo here. Unfortunately, he’s been slain. This comic is fun, fast-paced, and all around great. It simultaneously embraces and pokes fun at the sheer ridiculousness of this character and what he’s capable of.