The Overvoid Monitor
The Blank Canvas of Artistic Creation
Literature is a creation of the human intelligence, a formulation of eminent genius, a construct of reality through the progressing of story. Comic book fiction is a storyboard, imprinted on the blank page, that attempts to create reality; behind illustration, balloons, words, and inking, the process of imagination takes place, through which is granted a window into the real, that which exists, and an insight into its history. Inherently, the comic book is an experience into mythology, it adeptly brings together the pseudo-scientific and the religious, the mystical and the metaphysical in a universe of possibility, a multiverse in fact, that determines the primary law that is the foundation of all existence: all that exists is a story that is created, evolving, and in the process of design. Art transcends the story into the mythical, the mythological, the expression of the will to power hidden in a natural force that seeks to dominate and extend its rule over its environment — the cosmos. Is that then the purpose of all life: to rule, to dominate, and perhaps to attain to an omnipotence that is really the desire for personality revealed in its universality and its exactness of thought?
From the pages of Superman Beyond #1, Grant Morrison introduces the concept of the Overvoid Monitor, an infinite abstract intelligence that in reality is the origin of the multiverse, this realm of infinite possibilities. The cause of the multiverse is an inherent flaw in the existence of the light of the great Monitor; it is the inability to understand the concept of story, of that vital need and intellectual drive for conflict, for tension which justifies the reality of creation itself; the need for a story drives the Divine Word and is evidenced in the desire to love, that is, overcome the oneness of divinity into the formation of finite being, tasked with the duty to comprehend the eternal substance and offer him adoration, fit for a king. What, then, is the reason for the flaw?
The flaw comes from the heart, the seat of thought and of personality. It originates from the inability to form a comprehensive conceptual understanding for the self, for the I, the ego, whose weight even for a divine being, an abstract intelligence, is a reason for tension, generating “a structure of infinitesimal rippling manifolds upon whose surface intricate germ-like processes thrive and multiply!” It is the emergence of ignorance, the realization of an impotence before the existence of a reality that has no concept in its truth, in its substance, in its page; this leads to the problem of love, which animates the story and the formulation of tragedy, of drama, of conflict, violence, and of a never ending confrontation that tends to be solved in erotic savagery, found in the tale of super-beings that are involved in a dreadful battle; the apparition of Death, the antithesis of life.
The solution to the chaos of story, “the froth of events”, the carnage wrought by a love in delirious affection with conflict, passion, with the enigma of life, is found in the reconciliation of the multiverse with “divine metals” in the figure of a sentinel that watches over reality in order to defend against the ultimate threat: the erasure of all stories, of conflict, of drama, of passion, and even of genius — Mandrakk.
"The Concept 'Story'...!"
The Superman exists to rectify the mystical imbalance caused by the multiverse, in the infinity of worlds created by the misuse of freedom as a result of the attempt to comprehend and control the story. In order to write it with the power of finite hands, the Thought-Robot is the response to the grave danger, a sentinel witnessed to by the Last Son of Krypton to continue the work of artistic creation, the synthesis of contradictory forces that reveal human genius in its education on the Earth according to the Eternal Law, incarnate in an ubiquitous metaphysical force that extends the gravitational power from the prime planet to the entirety of the cosmos. Eminently, it is the power of hope, which moves all being, all life forms towards the completion of the story, the fulfillment of time, a grand cosmic pedagogy into the discovery of personhood, and the mastery of the self, of the corporal substance.
A race of cosmic gods, time angels, the Monitors arise out of the blood of the Infinite Overvoid, whose purpose it is to watch over the orrery of worlds, that is, on the unfolding story found within the Word in quest for His Kingdom, for an omnipotence that grants the immortality of memory, found in the incarnation of spiritual purpose even in the life of beings less than Divine, but rather finite and mortal; the Word, who is the reason for the flaw, seeks a story in order to achieve complete peace, the pacification of the self, and the achievement of a grand design, that is, an intelligent dominion of purpose; in its essence, it is the Divine Thunderbolt that completes all act, that coronates the story, that glorifies eternity.
In reality, the Overvoid, as explained by Grant Morrison, is the blank page, the canvas on which the author paints his story, a design that is the impression of genius, the creation of imagination onto the whiteness of color, of material paper. It is the transcendence of reality into the realm of meta-fiction, the exploration of philosophical concept for the nourishment of thought and the enlightenment of the intellect. It is an illumination of the fantasy of man, immersed in a universe of the impossible, in which good always triumphs over the grotesque lasciviousness of evil, in its quasi-omnipresence, an influence that is found everywhere and that breathes of the putrefaction of corruption, and death — anti-life, a primordial power of entropy produced out of the possession of the Omega Symbol, which identifies the Omega Effect, from the dark side of the Source.
What then shall be said of the Overvoid Monitor? He is a being beyond all categories of knowing who, for all his perfection, is not able to bear the weight of the fictional self, of that presence within his ego. Intellection is the prerogative of the abstract beings, it is an attribute that permits a clear vision of the future, and a lucid examination of the self. In fact, it grants virtual omniscience and assists in the governance of being, and the mastery of life. On this canvas that is an infinite intelligence is revealed through the whiteness of the page, an animating principle, governed by creation, genius, power, redemption and speech, meaning, operation.