Morrison’s current high-profile project for DC, a nine-part miniseries titled The Multiversity, underscores Simone’s observation that furthering diversity in comics is a reflection of the people who work on them. Morrison’s latest dimension-spanning tale includes the Justice League of Earth-23, which boasts a black Superman (who is also the President of the United States on that Earth as well as the leader of the League), a gay speedster named Red Racer, and the aboriginal Australian powerhouse Thunderer among its members.
“I would like to think that people can pick up books like Batman Incorporated or The Multiversity and see their own lives reflected,” says Morrison. “But I’d always caveat that with the need for us to see more diverse writers and artists, because that’s when I think the walls will really come down. As a straight [white guy from Scotland], I can only do so much, and I find even sometimes when you do this, you do get accused of tokenism or pandering. I don’t mind it. I can put up with that, but I’d rather see a genuine spread of writers and artists creating this material."