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DC's Very Merry Multiverse #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 15 critic ratings.

Joy to all 52 worlds-it’s time to celebrate the holiday season across the DC Multiverse! In ten stories that will light your yule log and spike your eggnog, Batman decks the gaslit halls, Lobo goes Old Testament in space, Ragman learns the true meaning of Saturnalia, President Superman attempts to figure out how Bizarro stole Christmas, and Harley Quinn tries her hand at interdimensional caroling. These seasonal sagas are sure to help you have yourself a very merry Multiverse!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
86 pages
Amazon ASIN

15 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Black Nerd Problems

    Season themed anthologies are where it’s at. DC has produced a few this year, but Very Merry Multiverse is without a doubt my favorite. Make some hot chocolate, sit back, and enjoy your favorite characters celebrating the holidays that you can’t this year.

  • 100

    DC Comics News

    DC’s Very Merry Multiverse #1 is another great collection of stories. I look forward to seeing future work from the new creators featured here as well as the more established names. If you want a nice dose of holiday cheer, be sure to check out this issue. It also would make a great gift to give to any budding comic fans on your holiday shopping list.

  • 96

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    This year DC put out DC’s Very Merry Multiverse, an anthology of holiday-inspired stories on many different Earths. I was glad to see this play out in more traditional holiday fare than last year’s rather dystopian Nuclear Winter special. This was fun and merry and bright with a whole smorgasbord of Earths visited.

    But I decided to concentrate on the Supergirl story. Or maybe I should say ‘Supergirl’ story as this tale takes place on Earth-11, the gender-swapped Earth and the Supergirl there is Laurel Kent, the daughter of Superwoman. And while I liked Laurel, there was an even better young hero in this story worth contemplating. (…) I really thought this whole thing was a big sugar cookie of fun.

    And the rest of the anthology was a blast as well.

    I do hope that Cohen and Carlini revisit this group at some point.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    If you know the background from some of these worlds as well as the characters, it is a chance to celebrate the holiday season. Some stories are poignant, we get many “awww…” moments, and others that may have you scratching your head. Overall though, this was a needed break from the heaviness that has been 2020. The artists and writers “get it”, and they have given us a gift in which we should be really thankful for! DC’s Very Merry Multiverse #1 was really good fun.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    It’s time for DC’s annual holiday anthology, and this one is packed with ten tales from across some of DC’s most unique worlds in the multiverse. What it doesn’t have is many of the biggest names in DC’s writing pool, with one exception, but that gives some lesser-known talents the chance to shine. How does this giant-sized volume shape up compared to the competition? (…) Overall, this might be one of the most bizarre comics DC has ever put out. It’s absolutely not to be missed.

  • 83

    Comic Watch

    I can’t speak for the rest of the book, you’ll have to check out for the reviews of the other stories, but if you want to read a great Booster Gold story, this is the place you need to look!

  • 80

    If you’ve been reading my reviews for any length of time then you know that I love the annual holiday special, but even as holiday specials go DC’s Very Merry Multiverse #1 might be the weirdest and most endearing offering yet. The stories in this issue hop all over the Multiverse, kicked off with a wild Harley Quinn story, “It’s a Horrible Life”. Scattered throughout are weird, wacky, sometimes grim but almost always refereshing holiday tales that offer up some wild takes on classic characters, new versions of familiar faces, and even Bizarro, the issue really has something for every kind of holiday celebrant—including the grinches. Really fantastic though is the closing tale quite possibly the weirdest Lobo story you’ll ever read that also might be one of the better things Tom King has ever done. Really, this is one of the weirdest holiday specials DC has put out, but it has a ton of heart and is a fun, offbeat read from cover to cover.

  • 80

    Comics: The Gathering

    I plan to pick up some copies of this issue to have as stocking stuffers for the DC readers in my family. If you’re one to get into the holiday spirit definitely give this issue a read and let us know which of the stories were your favorites in the comments.

  • 80

    Comic Watch

    The League of Shadows short gives the horror side of DC Comics an interesting spotlight in the Very Merry Multiverse #1 collection with a lesson on ancient traditions you may not know quite as much about.

  • 80

    Forces Of Geek

    The best story in the book comes from writer Tom King and drawn by Scott Koblish. It is a great story about Lobo and the holiday of Hannukah. It is pretty fun without trying too hard. I wish the rest of the book followed it’s example. This wasn’t bad but could definitely have been better.

  • 71

    Comic Watch

    Its A Horrible Life! is a darkly comical take on a Christmas classic. All of its jokes dont land, but its fun while it lasts: great if you want more Harley Quinn and less seasonal schmaltz.

  • 70


    I still think they missed a trick with the title though…. DC Comics Christmas on Multiple Earths. C’mon, it writes itself.

  • 65

    Weird Science DC Comics

    DC’s Very Merry Multiverse, available from DC Comics on December 8th, takes readers on a wild ride around the multiverse. Some stories are stronger than others. Some art is stronger than others. It’s a safe bet readers will like at least one or two stories in the bunch.

  • 56

    Comic Watch

    DC’s Very Merry Multiverse #1 (King, Koblish, Hi-Fi) closes on a tone-deaf note when Lobo, of all characters, is transposed as a very, very violent representative for the Jewish people in “A Very Lobo Hanukkah.” Not a good look for anybody involved.

  • 50


    ‘DC’s Verry Merry Multiverse” is an extremely mixed bag of toys. While some of the stories are a fun treat and even poignant, others feel like they needed more time in the oven.

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