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The Invisibles Book One Deluxe Edition One of Grant Morrison s most controversial and trippiest and abstract comic book titles Follow the adventures of The Invisibles, a secret organization out to battle against physical and psychic oppression brought upon humanity by the interdemsional alien gods of the Archons of Outer Church Collects THE INVISIBLES, ABSOLUTE VERTIGO Dead Beetles 1 A good introduction, primarily because it offers a great character sketch of Dane and suggests some of the weirdness that is to come 7 10.Down Out in Heaven Hell 2 4 This is basically the story of Dane s initiation, and it s never been my favorite arc It s too decompressed, and it s all about tearing Dane away from what s familiar to him, but it doesn t really approach the mysteries of the Invisibles, and that s just not enough to support a story line Still, it hints Dead Beetles 1 A good introduction, primarily because it offers a great character sketch of Dane and suggests some of the weirdness that is to come 7 10.Down Out in Heaven Hell 2 4 This is basically the story of Dane s initiation, and it s never been my favorite arc It s too decompressed, and it s all about tearing Dane away from what s familiar to him, but it doesn t really approach the mysteries of the Invisibles, and that s just not enough to support a story line Still, it hints at something bigger and at the time was barely enough to keep me reading 6 10.Hexy This short story from Absolute Vertigo is a little bit of nothing about King Mob, but it s nice to have it in the collection 5 10.Arcadia 5 8 This is the arc that really opens up the strange and weird possibilities of the Invisibles I find some of the parts with the Marquis de Sade a little too unpleasant unsurprising but everything else is such a weird mess that you can t help but keep reading 7 10 23 Things Fall Apart 9 is really a direct continuation of the action of Arcadia, and it s good action adventure Leaving us on a cliffhanger for several months was rather a surprise 7 10.Season of Ghouls 10 This is a wonderful look at another Invisible, for the fact that it s so thematic and so magical The actual story beyond that is a fun anti corporate one 7 10.Royal Monsters 11 The next one off is terrific because it gives texture to the bad guys, but it s also a wonderful story of personal horror that Morrison really hits out of the ball park 8 10.Best Man Fall 12 Wow, this is an amazing finale to this first volume of Invisibles, both for its wonderful kaleidoscope storytelling and for its awesome interlinking with the rest of the Invisibles storyline 10 10.Overall, this is an interesting volume that makes you want to read , but it s really in the single issues that Morrison excels It s possible that I m dumber than a fence post.Not that it s necessarily fair for me to impugn the intellect of the average fence post, mind you, having never spent a considerable amount of time conversing with such stolid support structures and for purposes of comparison, let s assume we re talking about an average fence post, as I m sure there are some exceedingly gifted fence posts that are highly intellectual and who choose a life of physical labor and stoically standing in a field simply b It s possible that I m dumber than a fence post.Not that it s necessarily fair for me to impugn the intellect of the average fence post, mind you, having never spent a considerable amount of time conversing with such stolid support structures and for purposes of comparison, let s assume we re talking about an average fence post, as I m sure there are some exceedingly gifted fence posts that are highly intellectual and who choose a life of physical labor and stoically standing in a field simply because they feel it s their highest and best use, and not necessarily because it s the only job they could get it s just that one assumes perhaps unfairly that fence posts are, by and large, intellectually unremarkable.But, I just didn t get The Invisibles Granted, this is not exactly a new phenomenon for me with Grant Morrison s work, though if it s the case that I rarely catch all of Mr Morrison s pitches, in this instance, I caught even fewer than normal I felt like a one legged catcher working with a knuckleballer Who The Invisible are, what their purpose is, who they oppose having now read hundreds of pages about them, I still don t feel like I could satisfactorily answer those questions, which means I couldn t really bring myself to care whether they succeed or not, though I m given to understand that the Invisible are fighting some sort of secret intellectual oppressors and their success is paramount to our ability to have free thought and expression I know that primarily from reading summaries of The Invisibles, though, not the text itself, which is troubling Warning holier than thou moralizing and soap boxing ahead That said, there s another reason I m hanging a 2 star rating on this book, and that s due to Morrison s use of the Marquis de Sade as a character in the tale It s not that I object to the use of de Sade generally what I object to is that, at the end of the brief arc in which he appears, de Sade seems to be standing in as a noble representation of being anti establishment authoritarian hegemony and is tasked by The Invisibles with helping to create a future where all even the deviant can be happy I m intellectually astute enough to recognize that Morrison was using de Sade as shorthand for libertine philosophy and a counterculture counterpunch against the systemic influence of the Man I get that But, when using historic persons in creative works, a storyteller should consider all aspects of that person and what message their inclusion might send to the reader Let us not forget that de Sade was a serial rapist and pedophile He had serious mental issues and was a sexual deviant of the worst and most damaging kind Look, I m no prude as most of you know I m all in favor of two consenting adults engaging in whatever floats their respective boats under circumstances in which the boundaries are sufficiently clear that there s no danger of harm emotional, mental, or physical to either party, even if that involves an inflatable cat, a nine iron, and kumquats But, lionizing a man who routinely tortured women without consent, I might add and sodomized children is, at best, a careless storytelling faux pas I suspect that Grant Morrison is an enlightened and progressive individual, and I highly doubt that he would in any way condone de Sade s horrific real life acts But, I think he could have made a better storytelling choice here There are ways he could have achieved the same end without making at least one reader step outside the story and begin to wonder why on earth Morrison would be suggesting that such a horrible example of humanity should be held up as a savior, a distracting mental foray that may explain, in part, why I had no idea what the hell was going on most of the time though I suspect that would have been the case with or without our friend the Marquis, give my aforementioned average fence post intellectual wattage de Sade s relatively brief appearance isn t the primary reason for the low rating, but it certainly didn t help the situation, and I m in no way inclined to continue forward with this series, though I ll give Morrison another shot at some point For those who have read the book, I d be curious to hear your take on it it goes without saying that my point of view is by no means the right one or the only acceptable one, though I ll say that you are one smart fence post if you re scooping up everything Morrison is pooping out here The weirdest comic I ve ever read, even from Morrison A social commentary on consciousness, good and evil, incorporating religion, occultism, witchcraft, philosophy, art, and literature A slipstream blend of cerebral, light horror, science fiction, and spy adventure There s astral projection and time travel, zombies, demons, gods And well known historical figures like writers Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, and philosopher Marquis de Sade For those blubbering about the inclusion of de Sad The weirdest comic I ve ever read, even from Morrison A social commentary on consciousness, good and evil, incorporating religion, occultism, witchcraft, philosophy, art, and literature A slipstream blend of cerebral, light horror, science fiction, and spy adventure There s astral projection and time travel, zombies, demons, gods And well known historical figures like writers Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, and philosopher Marquis de Sade For those blubbering about the inclusion of de Sade, I didn t know the man, but he was a philosopher of freedom who undeniably influenced modern society psychology, philosophy, literature and sexuality , and whose character of rebellion works perfectly for what Morrison does here So get over it It s fiction Our protagonists are King Mob, Ragged Robin, Boy, Lord Fanny, and Jack Frost A ragtag and diverse group of goofy but fascinating characters written by a psychedelically fueled and hyper creative 90s Grant Morrison They aren t the deepest characters yet, Jack Frost aside, but that s dueto pacing and the grand vision of this work This is Morrison s most indulgent work and I applaud him for just going for it, fuck the critics It s not inaccessible as much as it is holistic, not wandering as much as it is voyeuristic Scenes are longer than needed, or sometimes not needed at all, yet they somehow circle around and enhance the overall vision of rebellion, of an unconscious world buried under a mass psychic hallucination called capitalism and conformity, naivety and ignorance, greed and hatred You don t always know where the story is going, but you re pleasantly surprised when it gets there The artwork is dated at twenty years old, but it s still great Most of the time artwork this old is a chore to read, but I found myself impressed at moments, even with the huge lineup of illustrators Because there was clean lines, great figure and facial drawing, bright and sometimes arbitrary colors, and solid panel progression The psychedelic moments, especially with Tom O Bedlam, were fantastic And the covers by Brian Bolland Killing Joke are absolutely epic If The Invisibles is one thing it s different for the sake of it I can t name any comic today that does what this does, blending all of these elements so masterfully, and creating a unique reader experience As long as you re in no rush and are willing to partake in this experimental work, you ll enjoy yourself, because it s quite the trip A Short Note on the Deluxe EditionI totally forgot to review the edition itself Considering it s from Vertigo it s actually pretty badass Sturdy gloss cover in bright orange, wrapped in a thick matte dust jacket with Bolland s covers The glued binding is moderate, some minor gutter loss, but it stays fairly flat My only complaint is the papertypical hardcover paper, thin and semi gloss, but not a deal breaker It s durable and oversized, I say go for it, unless you really want the behemoth omnibus Terrorism Can Be Fashionable And Fun Spoilers sort of This is Grant Morrison with the handcuffs off, unshackled from the Superhero chaingang Like Alan Moore, Warren Ellis and Neil Gaiman, Morrison never got properly edumacated at a University whatnot like his fellow Brit writers, he possesses an imaginative genius that puts many a serious novelist to shame After penning some ground breaking stories for DC like Arkham Asylum a psycho drama with elements of Gothic Horror, Morrison got a bi Terrorism Can Be Fashionable And Fun Spoilers sort of This is Grant Morrison with the handcuffs off, unshackled from the Superhero chaingang Like Alan Moore, Warren Ellis and Neil Gaiman, Morrison never got properly edumacated at a University whatnot like his fellow Brit writers, he possesses an imaginative genius that puts many a serious novelist to shame After penning some ground breaking stories for DC like Arkham Asylum a psycho drama with elements of Gothic Horror, Morrison got a bit upstaged by the painted art of Dave McKean , Morrison soon became recognized as one of theexciting comic innovators there were 2 at the time , unafraid of scaring readers off with his nifty experiments on runs of Animal Man and Doom Patrol you know, breaking the fourth wall, etc., all taken for Granted nowadays The letter pages of The Invisibles are now legendary for establishing Morrison s brand of fucked up , one that is profoundly interested at finding and making and peeking through the cracks in mundane reality, searching for the treasure maps and books bound in human flesh, tucked into the walls between multiversal apartments by some romantic alchemist There was the ritual magic, trying to coordinate a cosmic circle jerk that would coordinate masturbation around the globe I m hazy on the why of it One of Brian Bolland s stellar covers from the third iteration, and 2 pages from the re colored first story arc by Yeowell When Vertigo emerged in the wake of The Sandman s success, offering mature reader, creator owned titles, Morrison was an obvious fit, happy to create his own series, which would explore his many fascinations It was clear from the start that The Invisibles would be something revolutionary, and Morrison took it seriously whatever you think of the guy, he s never been one to grind out a half assed script The series anti heroes were anarchist terrorists, waging a guerrilla war against forces of darkness and order, agents of another universe that sought to infect the world with a virus of conformity and submission They existed unseen and unnoticed by most of the population, but agents of order were everywhere in the government, the churches, the schools Surgically altered, their eyes and genitals removed by their masters Imposing black ard nightmares, appearing to be half insect, half demon, in particular The Grand Archon The King Of All Tears Meet your local Archons The King Of All Tears, The King In Chains Unborn And Barren, and Orlando He kind of got fucked over in the name and title department No wonder he s so pissy Yeah, they re a lovely bunch, courtesy of Quitely, Yeowell and Thompson Against the forces of Order and Conformity stand The Invisibles, agents of Chaos, Imagination and Freedom King Mob is the cool, charismatic leader at the beginning of the story, charged with initiating a new recruit into the Mysteries of the Invisible College, and doing his best to stick a monkey wrench in the gears of the Apocalyptic machine The cell is rounded out by Boy , a black woman from Chicago who was once a cop, Lord Fanny , a transvestite sorceress from the slums of Rio de Janeiro, and Ragged Robin , who might be from the future a question answered definitively by series end After losing a member to a typically atypical Invisibles brand insanity, they track down a rebellious young thug from Manchester named Dane McGowan, who will soon be known as Jack Frost The second volume of The Invisibles introduced Phil Jimenez as the regular artist, whose sharp linework was well matched to the surgically precise renderings of regular cover artist, Brian Bolland His then recent switch to digital art, with a mix of pixelated and hand painted colors, resulted in some of his best cover work This first book deals with the trials that Dane must endure before he can understand the true nature of the world, as opposed to the manufactured reality that convincingly passes itself off as empirical data King Mob leaves him in the hobo shaman hands of Tom O Bedlam, who serves as Obi Wan Yoda to Morrison s little foul mouthed Skywalker This story was repurposed by the Wachowski Bros for The Matrix, with Neo as Dane McGowan and Morpheus as Tom O Bedlam, complete with the climactic leap of faith from the roof of a skyscraper Instead of the red pill blue pill sequence in the Matrix, The Invisibles featured a blue mold that grew on the walls of an abandoned subway station In both cases, ingestion meant leaving behind the manufactured world of illusions, and facing a very frightening reality Morrison was not flattered by their obvious theft, and remarked on it several times Frank Quitely s beginning of the end title page, a page by Weston from the beginning, and another page by Weston from the end terrible visions of things to come, part 1 After making Jack Frost the fifth member of their cell, they embark on a quest via Psychic time travel, to the horrible, bloody height of the French Revolution The Guillotine is very busy and life is very cheap there are reports of corpse devouring ghouls, possibly linked to the cell s mission bringing back the Marquis De Sade as an agent While their unoccupied bodies are waiting for them, a demon named Orlando , from the land of the unfleshed , is alerted to their location Now defenseless against a monstrosity with a predilection for flaying his victims alive, things go very wrong Terrible visions of things to come, part 2, courtesy of Chris Weston, and some fine Phil Jimenez artwork Miss Dwyer, ard and set for sidereal warfare whatever the fuck that is.This is one of the best mainstream comics ever made Its one weakness was its constantly shifting line up of artists, some very good, some fairly mediocre It was at its best with the regular creative team of artist Phil Jimenez and inker John Stokes, and Chris Weston as back up penciler The razor sharp 2000 A.D style, made popular by Brian Bolland, was executed brilliantly by both Jimenez and Weston, giving a solid and attractive aesthetic that made the time travelling and multiple level realities and invading extra dimensional monstrosities all theunsettling Jill Thompson does some excellent work on her story arc, and Steve Yeowell, while limited, acquits himself well here For Morrison fans, this is the essential work an uncensored trip through a powerful imagination, refusing to simplify his story, but nevertheless creating an exciting tale that is easy to appreciate Even if you don t get every reference, or unravel every secret, it s still a thoroughly enjoyable read, and merits re reads The head of John the Baptist re animated as a cryptic oracle in Revolutionary France Mayan and Voodoo deities like Quetzalcoatl and Papa Guedhe conspiracies involving the British Royal family, and a secret heir with Lovecraftian tentacles the richness of Morrison s crazy is glorious to behold, and it makes sense, in its way This is no Finnegan s Wake if you survived Final Crisis which in many respects was stranger than The Invisibles you ll have no problems getting into it Let chaos reign, and hail motherfucking Barbelith

  • Hardcover
  • 328 pages
  • The Invisibles Book One Deluxe Edition
  • Grant Morrison
  • English
  • 10 September 2019
  • 1401245021

About the Author: Grant Morrison

Scottish comic book author Grant Morrison is known for culture jamming and the constant reinvention of his work He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics Animal Man, Batman, JLA, The Invisibles, Action Comics, All Star Superman, and Doom Patrol, and Marvel Comics New X Men and Fantastic Four Many of these are controversial, yet rate in some of the most critically acclaimed and popular books He is also active in screenwriting.


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