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The Invisibles, Vol. 1: Say You Want a Revolution (The Invisibles #1)

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Throughout history, a secret society called the Invisibles, who count among their number Lord Byron and Percy Shelley, work against the forces of order that seek to repress humanity's growth. In this first collection, the Invisibles' latest recruit, a teenage lout from the streets of London, must survive a bizarre, mind-altering training course before being projected into ...more
Paperback, Second Printing, 224 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by DC Comics (first published May 1st 1996)
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This is the first volume of what many consider to be a classic series. The first half focuses on a young Jack Frost, a problem teenager, who is initiated into the Invisibles and thus gives the reader a look into this fantastic world. Jack goes to a boarding school that turns out to be a lot more and picks up a homeless mentor who teaches him about other worlds and the possibility of visiting them. The second part is about the Invisibles using a time travel ritual to visit and hire the Marquis de ...more
J.G. Keely
When I started to get into comics in college, it was the britwave authors who I found most appealing: Moore, Gaiman, Delano, Ellis, Ennis, Milligan, and Morrison. But when I tried to read Morrison's Magnum Opus, I found none of the careful structuring or intelligent dialogue which I was hoping for. In disappointment, I threw down Morrison's book and it was a long time before I gave him another chance.

But when I did, I read WE3 , Morrison's cleanest and least pretentious story. I still have trou
Wow. This was one crazy effed up trip.

This street kid gets recruited into an underground group called The Invisibles. They are trying to save the world from demons and other cray-cray beings from who knows where. (Aliens?) So most of it is sort of like The Matrix where Neo takes the red pill and finds out the world ain't what he thought it was. (But this was written before The Matrix which makes it even more awesome.)

There's a lot of symbolism and stuff involving Illuminati and New World Order
Dec 16, 2015 Martin rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Yeah, okay. As fellow reviewer William Thomas points out, the book suffers because of the art. Steve Yeowell & Jill Thompson, respectively illustrating the first and second arcs, don't exactly make the book stand out. I liked Yeowell's output better than Thompson's, though.

Story-wise, I'm aware [1] of the phenomenon that "The Invisibles" has become, [2] that it probably picks up in pace and what-not in subsequent volumes, and that [3] what I'm reading will most likely make more sense later -
Jun 26, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, comics, weird
Grant Morrison has said that he wrote The Invisibles as part of a magic ritual, and also that aliens told him part of the plot. Really. The Invisibles ends up being pretty much exactly what you'd expect, given that background. Let me also add that there's a great deal of ultra-paranoid conspiracy theory culture as well as the expected psychedelic gods and astral time travel and such. As for the plot... Well, there's an ill-defined secret conspiracy to rob humanity of free will and The Invisibles ...more
Apr 08, 2008 Steve rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with heart and brain connected
This graphic novel is a spicy gumbo of astounding influences. Listing just a few: Illuminatus!, brain machines, psychedelics, chaos magick, conspiracy theory, mind control, The Prisoner, Michael Moorcock's The Cornelius Chronicles, material gnosticism, Dada, Situationism, violence/ ahimsa, time travel, secret societies... Author Grant Morrison never disappoints and serves as a reminder that much of the most advanced fiction of our times is turning up in comic books. Like Robert Anton Wilson befo ...more
Sam Quixote
Jan 14, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
I know, I know, I’m late to the party on this one! The first volume of The Invisibles came out 20 years ago and I’m just now getting around to reading it – all I can say is: Batman. But anyway, I’m here now and glad to have finally read such a talked-about book and discovering that it’s really good!

The first Invisibles book introduces us to our hero Dane McGowan, an angry working class teenager from Liverpool who spends his evenings vandalising property while his single mother entertains her la
Printable Tire
It's funny, but everything I liked and didn't like about the Doom Patrol book I read is everything I don't like and like about this book. Whereas I reveled in the "dada" aspect of the Doom Patrol, and was disappointed when all the nonsense began to have a pat logic to it, this book's nonsense struck me as too much free posturing, and I wanted desperately for some semblance of plot to exist to grab my attention on.

There is something to be said about Aristotle's old bit about a story needing a be
Callie Rose Tyler
Jun 05, 2015 Callie Rose Tyler rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
1 1/2 Stars

I imagine Morrison sitting in a candlelit room flourishing a quill as he wrote this pretentious babble. Dude, get over yourself.

In the end I gave up, I just couldn't. That's right, I was so bored that I couldn't even bring myself to read the final 3 pages.

It seemed to me that Morrison was just throwing everything he could at it and calling it philosophy.

To me a good gage of the quality of a comic is in the picture to word ratio. If you aren't relying on the artwork to move the story
Ryan Mishap
Jul 31, 2010 Ryan Mishap rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
The first two thirds of this were arresting, but then it quickly irked me once time travel and the Marqui de Sade were involved.

A teenage trouble-making thug is sent to a reform school where parts of their brains and their testicles are removed, but he's saved by an Invisible and inducted into their cell after a long education on the streets with Tom Bedlam. See, there's a war on between the beings who want to rule the earth, the Invisibles, and the earth itself who wants humanity to move onto t
Picked this one up at the LCS because of all the discussion surrounding the Omnibus release. I figured it was time to sample it.

I don't think I like it. I really struggled at first because Dane is so unlikable -- I just don't identify with that kind of rebellion. (I can see where he would speak to a lot of kids, though, especially back in the 90's.) Then I liked it with Mad Tom playing the Merlin/Wart, Way of the Peaceful Warrior Socrates, etc character for Dane. And then Arcadia felt pretentio
Jun 02, 2015 Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
I actually enjoyed this more than I thought. I gave it a good reading session over two nights and read the whole Vol 1.
I must admit, there is some 'weird as' and 'wtf' shit in there, at times, especially as I got tired I had no friggin idea about what was going on. But for a chill out comic session. It was better than I was expecting and that is a good result.

Jun 05, 2015 Dregj rated it did not like it
Lots of conspiracy theories thrown together for the hell of it.and none of it making a damn bit of sense.I found it all wildly inconsistent,boring and nothing in it at all made me want to read on except my own will power.
I am amazed this desperately hard to read tat gets such good reviews
yes its very different
,but it's not very good at all.
Sep 26, 2007 John rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
Should be called, "Ohhhh my! Aren't we alternative!?!"
Sep 07, 2008 Zane rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Zane by: John DiGiovanni
I picked these first 8 issues up on ebay for a measly $4.00. Best 4 dollars I've spent in a long time. The cast of characters is weird: the Marquis de Sade, Mary Shelley, The head of John the Baptist, a Mexican tranny witch, Lord Byron, etc.

Immediately, the work and art is really 90's, which is a bit offsetting, because it seems to need a futuristic feel for the story to function. The invisibles are unveiling the present as it is to fight for a future that should have been here by now. By the t
Feb 23, 2007 MIke rated it it was amazing
I'll write this review for all volumes.

"The Invisibles" is 1960's psychedelia wrapped in modern clothing and wrung through every magickal wringer Grant Morrison could reach. Aliens that may or may not be, conspiracies that loop around themselves and the New Buddha in the body of a foul-mouthed Liverpudian boy named Dane. It's a tale of Us vs. Them that eats itself like orobouros.
That made only the slightest bit of sense.
Michael Moreci
Dec 03, 2009 Michael Moreci rated it really liked it
I don't know if The Invisibles is insane, brilliant, or both. Morrison is just throwing everything and anything out there, from Marquis de Sade to The Prisoner to Templar conspiracies. The book is difficult to get into, for two reasons. The first, and most basic, is the central character, Jack Frost, is a bit flat and somewhat tiresome--with so many complex and, let's face it, bat-shit nutty ideas flying around, he's a character who isn't equipped to carry the book. There's also the book's caden ...more
I've only read this first volume so far, but for now The Invisibles is rivaling Alan Moore's Promethea as the weirdest comic-book series I've ever read.

The two series have more than weirdness in common: the protagonists of both are young people who quickly learn there's a lot more to the world than meets the eye when they are attacked by mysterious, shadowy creatures that are clearly not of this world. There's magic in both series, particularly astral projection: going to other planes of being i
Sep 07, 2009 Holly rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
This comic is, to put it bluntly, a complete mind-f**k. It is truly weird, and truly groundbreaking. After reading this comic I had to decompress with cute pictures of fluffy kittens before bed so that I could try to avoid having nightmares. The kittens didn't really help much. Now, this is not to say I won't be continuing to read this, as I really want to see where it goes, but it's a tough one for me to read.

The Invisibles refers to a "super hero" team fighting the good fight against a shady a
Mar 01, 2009 Daniel rated it liked it
Recommended to Daniel by: Quentin Lewis
An interesting work, filled with dark and mystical themes. It's a little hard to get into, there's a unique rhythm to the narrative that the reader needs to find before they can really flow with it. The world is being controlled by an alien (extra-dimensional) conspiracy that forces people into soul-less compliant behavior, and the Invisibles are a secret society of guerrilla cells that practice both physical and psychic warfare against said conspiracy.

It's an ambitious plot, and this first volu
Tim Pendry
This was a little disappointing as the first volume in a series widely touted as innovative. Of course, looking at something in 2010 is not going to be the same as looking at in 1994 when it was first published but it does not stand the test of time in the way that the Sandman series of Neil Gaiman or the work of Alan Moore has done.

Morrison is not stupid. He plays well with the tropes of Chaos Magick (never mentioned but central to the thinking behind the book) and with the psychogeography of L
Jul 03, 2009 Joeji rated it liked it
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Britt Wisenbaker
Dec 13, 2012 Britt Wisenbaker rated it it was ok
I usually rave about comics series that combine a suspenseful storyline with diverse esoteric sources and influences. This series is nothing if not that. However, rereading this first volume ten years on, I find that personal wear and hardship have left me far less interested in doing the hard work of making this subversive stew make sense. I guess at heart i am not really a revolutionary; just as I find Fight Club pretentious in the wake of 9/11, this book makes me realize that I am a proponent ...more
Nov 27, 2011 Tim rated it did not like it
Grant Morrison wants desperately to be Alan Moore, only hipper. The only problem is he doesn't have one tenth the talent or intelligence Moore has. So he writes boring, sophomoric drivel meant to show off his encyclopedic knowledge of counter-cultural esoterica but which in fact only demonstrates that he either didn't really pay attention to any of his source material, or he was just too thick to 'get it.' The art is ugly and the writing is crap. Sprawling in its scope yet conceptually shallow. ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Cabezas rated it really liked it
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Nov 14, 2013 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Definitely not Morrison's best work. It does contain a lot of the things I LOVE about his writing, but there's a lot of stuff I don't care for mixed in as well. I felt it got off to a slow start, with jarring exaggerated 90s-punk-kid angst. Towards the end there was some content which was simply too brutal for me to enjoy, in spite of what points it was trying to make.

I'm defintely interested in continuing to read this series, though. I feel like it was getting much better as it went along, apa
David Schaafsma
This is a book that is British punk angry revolutionary political with sci fi and history and DeSade and the Beatles and by Grant Morrison... okay art, pseudo-psychedlelic to resurrect the sixties.... I dunno. Inner/outer revolution, sexual, musical.... but I didn't really get into it.

So today, in early January, I just read Sam Quixote's fine review of this book and have been influenced by my friend Matt Williamson to reconsider it, and to go deeper into it, since it gets better, and my wife's f
Feb 27, 2009 Travis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
History has been shaped by the war between two vast secret conspiracies, both trying to shape mankind and prepare it for 'something' that is coming in the future.

Imagine every conspiracy theory is true, and that it's all being explained to you by someone who has just taken LSD and you'll get a small idea what to expect when you read the Invisibles.

A brilliant series, so full of great characters and mad ideas that you won't mind that you'll have no idea what's going on 3/4s of the time.

Wildly ent
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Dec 22, 2014 Spencer Baker (for comics) rated it it was amazing
“Your head's like mine, like all our heads; big enough to contain every god and devil there ever was. Big enough to hold the weight of oceans and the turning stars. Whole universes fit in there! But what do we choose to keep in this miraculous cabinet? Little broken things, sad trinkets that we play with over and over. The world turns our key and we play the same little tune again and again and we think that tune's all we are.”

I bought this series a year and a half ago, but I've been waiting to
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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, ...more
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