WARNING WE’RE ABOUT TO ENTER SPECULATION CITY! THIS IS JUST FOR FUN!
So first off let’s meet Dino Cop.
For those who might not be aware, I’ll catch you up quick. In DC comics current event “Multiversity” there is a threat attacking the entire mutliverse. Every parallel dimension is in trouble so naturally all the heroes of all the worlds end up working together to save the day. At the center of the multiverse is the hall of heroes where all the cream of the crop are being united to lead this effort and that Savage Dragonesque fellow you see there to your left is Dino Cop. He’s been given the lofty task of driving the command chair so not only has he been recognized as one of the best in the multiverse he’s also been given an important role within the hall of heroes. But the question on everyone’s mind when he showed up is “huh?”. Image comics has been casually referenced in DC and Marvel here and there in the past. There were even Savage Dragon analogues kicking about in both Marvel and DC before this. But this is different. Here in Multiversity we’re not only getting a Savage Dragon parallel, we’re getting Spawn, Youngblood, and an entire earth designated for Image Comics analogues. Veeeeery interesting indeed. The question then is why? Or rather what brought it about. I feel I’ve made a connection or two that’s at least a plausible suggestion. First thing to note is the time frame around Multiversity’s creation. Multiversity may have only just recently released.. but it’s been in the work for a very long time… years and years. The earliest mention of it being 2009. Although clearly it’s likely had to mutate somewhat to incorporate more current events of the DCU. Now knowing that Grant Morrison is an Alan Moore fan is also important and once you make that connection it’s pretty obvious how Dino Cop came about…
In 2012, Image Comics published the final issue of Alan Moore’s long unfinished Supreme run. Supreme #63. Erik Larsen did layouts, Cory Hamscher drew it, and Alan wrote it long ago before the book was canned. Afterwards Erik picked up the ball and ran for a short stint, but let’s take into account some things. As a Moore fan, Grant likely would have read this issue at the very minimum. In it Dax Daxter (the Lex Luthor analogue) gets the idea from a comic that there are parallel worlds and organizes an effort of all his parallel selves to attack en masse all the Supremes in their dimension. If this sounds familiar to Multiversity fans that’s because it is. In Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1 Dr. Sivana (Shazam’s arch nemesis) does virtually the exact same thing. Learning of parallel worlds via a comic he organizes his alternate selves into a collected effort to rule the Multiverse.
And Dr. Sivana also thinking it’s quite strange. heh heh..
And if all this sounds familiar to Savage Dragon fans then it is! That’s because parallel dimension versions of a villain working together to help themselves dominate the multiverse was actually the same plan Damian Darklord hatched back in 1997! Invincible fans may note Angstrom Levy also made a similar effort after a fashion.. although his efforts started off more benevolent.
Now I’m not saying “HEY! That idea came from Savage Dragon!”. Grant has gone on record as saying that the idea for universes communicating via comics came from the early Flash stories where the Flash took his name from the golden age comics of flash only to later MEET that same Flash (and in fact DC has always had a weird connection between comics and their reality). However I feel it’s entirely possible that Grant could have read Supreme #63 because of Alan Moore, and gone on to read some Savage Dragon because of Erik’s involvement, enjoyed it, and decided to pay homage to Savage Dragon in the pages of Multiversity. Morrison has been known to pay homage to the works of writers he likes in the pages of his work (as seen when nods and winks to Warren Ellis’ planetary appeared in his Marvel Boy run). So this is not out of character for him. It’s a funny coincidence ( or maybe it was intentional?) that Dino Cop tells superman he was a huge fan as a kid and in the recent San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum speech Erik mentioned having Dragon meet Superman was a bit of a child hood dream (which as we know was later realized in the Savage Dragon/ Superman crossover comic).
At anyrate it’s just a thought and not one I’d really seen touched upon anywhere else. What do you think?
ALSO OF NOTE: I’m not unconvinced that fellow next to Dino Cop isn’t super patriot.
The official DCU copy for EARTH 41 (making it crystal clear that Earth 41 is Image):
A dark and often violent world, the nations and communities of Earth-41 vary greatly, existing largely independent of each other and standing united as a world only during rare times of great peril. Perhaps unsurprisingly, much the same can be said of its heroes, who all differ greatly in their look, philosophy and interests. In fact, one could say that it’s almost as if each one was dreamt up by a different individual to represent their image of an ideal super hero. (As seen here)
Versus the copy that was actually published in Multiversity Guidebook #1 which is more vague:
A dark and violent world. home of the “necro floral” avenger Spore, gruff Dino-Cop, Nimrod Squad, nightcracker, The Scorpian, and Sepulchre.