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The filth is a groundbreaking, mind-altering voyage of conspiracies and revelations. Since the early 1950's, a secret police force known only as the Hand has been covertly protecting society and making sure that life continues along its prescribed path...
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Vertigo (first published 2004)
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Dan 1.0
Who is Greg Feely? Is he a loser whose entire life consists of taking care of his cat and masturbating? Or is he Ned Slade, agent of a secret society called The Hand that safeguards the world against anti-people?

Writing the X-Men must have made Grant Morrison suppress his weird urges because The Fifth is one of the more bizarre comics I've ever read and is in my top three Morrison reads. It's like a cross between Morrison's The Invisibles and Preacher by Garth Ennis, possibly with a bit of Warre
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Jeff
Thoughtless or immature readers too often mistake unintelligibility with profundity. That is, they assume that the harder a work is to understand, the more meritorious it must be. Rarely is this the case. True, myriad (rightly) canonical cultural products are notoriously difficult to consume—Ulysses, Absalom! Absalom!, etc.—but even a cursory overview of Western literature reveals that such works pose exceedingly rare cases, formal experiments that actually manage to justify themselves. Quite a ...more
Marc Kozak
I have always loved the idea of viewing our various bodily systems as tiny worlds inside of us, as if every person contains their own shrunken outer space with unique organisms living lives in a rapidly changing (and in my case, expanding) universe. It seems easier somehow to imagine life on an enormous scale; you rarely think about the possibilities at a submicroscopic level. To this day, every time I take some kind of cold or headache medicine, I anthropomorphize the drug travelling through my ...more
Dylan
Jan 06, 2010 Dylan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
I read a lot of comics, so please listen to me when I say:

The Filth is my favorite comic book. Ever. Ever ever.

It makes The Invisibles seem predictable. Not that I don't like The Invisibles, because I do.

The thing that sets The Filth apart from other Morrison titles, namely Invisibles, is the ultimate capitulation to the horrifying gravity of late capitalist society. Invisibles doesn't really give in to that, which is compelling, but unrealistic. The Filth is much more pragmatic in its assessmen
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Josh
Reading Grant Morrison makes me feel profoundly smarter and dumber at the same time. For all intents and purposes, Morrison is an idea man. Inside his head must be a rushing tidal wave of Bowie-level freaky ideas whizzing around not unlike the doors in the Monsters, Inc. factory. But that doesn’t mean he is incapable of telling a good story, actually it’s far from it. When I read his stuff for the first time, I feel like an archaeologist who stumbled onto some ancient, unprecedented artifact. I ...more
29alabs
Es difícil pensar algo de The Filth, esta es la cuarta vez que lo leo y cada vez creo tener una idea más segura acerca de la temática principal pero estoy seguro que la vez pasada tenia una idea más segura de que trata. En muy amplios rasgos The Filth es acerca de Ned Feely, un tipo sólo interesado en cuidar a su gato y la pornografía, hasta que es arrastrado a una organización secreta llamada The Hand encargada de eliminar a los anti-ciudadanos/anti-personas y mantener el Status Q.

Pero The Filt
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Peter Tupper
If "The Invisibles" is Morrison as a young man, full of 1990s optimism and possibility, "The Filth" is Morrison as a depressed, despairing middle aged man, in the post-Millennial, post-9/11 haze of war and malaise.

Instead of super-cool, Jerry Cornelius-like King Mob as Morrison's alter ego (or "fiction suit"), here the story centers around "dodgy bachelor" Greg Feely, who's torn between looking after his ailing cat and his super-spy alternate personality.

Instead of "The Invisibles" battle betwe
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Stephen Theaker
Sleeper agent Greg Feely is activated in order to fight the rising tide of anti-persons in a hilarious wig. But who's going to look after his cat while he's away?

You get the impression here that Grant Morrison is writing the kind of comic he really wants to read, or maybe the kind of comic his characters would like to read. He seems to be having a very good time, as if the need to keep The Invisibles at least semi-intelligible (in order to keep enough readers to keep it going) was a hobble he co
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Cyndi
Seriously bizarre shit! Twists, turns, back and forth between sanity and insanity!!! A massive roller coaster ride through the shittiest psyches out there!
Beautifully drawn, expertly colored and totally convuluted! Wow! Now I have to reread it for clarity! Loved it!
Cristian
It pains me to give such a low rating to a work that much care and craft obviously went into, but the fact of the matter is that I just didn't enjoy it at all. The main problem is the same as for Ex Machina, in that the script seems to be a cacophonic mix of material wildly differing in seriousness. I mean, a talking chimp, okay. A talking chimp that is also a highly skilled assassin for some covert organization, o..kay. Said chimp also shot JFK.

No. Just no.

Nevermind that 48 years after the poor
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Dylan
It's difficult to say that I enjoyed this book. It's like an innoculation or a surgery; they're sometimes necessary, but not something you enjoy while they're happening. Morrison's The Filth is a *very* disturbing look at post-millennial Earth, full of hatred, exploitation, identity issues and greed. Real nasty stuff. No, seriously. Some things you can't un-see, and this book is full of them. Stuff you don't really want to confront because maybe it's inside you, too.

But let's be honest, this sor
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Zedsdead
Feb 01, 2013 Zedsdead rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Zedsdead by: Goodreads
This is some weird shit. A middle aged loser with an unhealthy level of devotion to his diabetic cat discovers that he's actually a superstar secret agent for The Hand, a police force that fights...something. To maintain the "status q". "Social infection". I'm still not entirely certain what that means. His true identity was buried beneath his loser identity through hypnosis, or something. His partner appears out of nowhere, tells him his real name is Slade, gives him a toy soldier uniform and a ...more
Subroto
Remember how you felt after the last shot of Nolan's Inception ?

That's how you feel after putting down the 13th and the last issue of " The Filth"

What part of this anachronistic, unreal, highly imaginative, incongruous story happened and which did the lead character imagine ? In fact what if you imagined something totally different from what the writer wanted you to ? Really - did the writer only want one interpretation ? The answer to the last question is the Yahoo moment for "The Filth" Reade
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Lewis Manalo
A truly excellent and somewhat transgressive book, this dimensional-hopping sci-fi spy story, dressed in S&M leather and a fluorescent afro wig, aims to challenge the reader's values and expectations. And it might, if you're young and fairly conservative.

Some of the book's scenes are truly distasteful while others will only make you cringe, but THE FILTH is only somewhat transgressive because most of those lines of decency are crossed by the story's villains. The protagonist, though not a co
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Purple
Aug 20, 2008 Purple rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mind masochists.
Madness. Absolute madness. Trying to keep it all together whilst reading Filth is something of a challenge. It's the kind of material that you have to read straight through as any gaps will just cause you to forget entirely where you are. Grant Morrison tries to cram every literary device possible into a relatively short 13 issue run, which, after The Invisibles, seems way too short. There are some parts that I wish he'd made more of - the Paperverse, for example, where characters can leave the ...more
Paul
You know what? I get it. Morrison is some sort of Genius that puts in layered information in his story-telling. And you need to bring your brain to the party if you're going to grasp the concepts he puts forth.
That being said, the tittle pretty much describes the entire book for me.
What is put out as some sort of literary masterpiece, just comes out as filth for me.
It took me a while before I finally decided to buy this book, the reviews were actually pretty good, but the cover just didn't pull
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Gabriel
So wonderfully bizarre, grotesque, meta, and more. Upon a single reading, it still remains unclear where and what everything is, but there's enough clues that I'm sure future reads will explain lots. Consider this a great David Lynch/Croenenberg/Takashi Miike film distilled into graphic novel format (with specifically comic book references) and you have a good idea of what you're in for. It's just slightly more understandable than an actual collaboration between those three directors (and possib ...more
Annago
I like complex, philosophical, analogical story lines that comment on the current nature of society. Gives me brain something to mull over during the walk from the bus to my apartment. I also like a little filth sprinkled in my comics. A little delicious apprehension when I turn the page on a crowded bus. What I don't like is characters yakking their heads off with high-minded bullshit while nothing really happens to communicate or illustrate their points in a visual manner. The Filth has a litt ...more
Dylan Grant
First reaction upon finishing The Filth: What the HELL did I just read?!?!! Second reaction: I might have to re-read this to understand it....

Reading the graphic novel known as The Filth can only be described as an unpleasant acid trip.

The Filth, insofar as it is about anything, is a story about a man named Greg Feely who is addicted to pornography and has a strong devotion to his cat, Tony. Then he finds out he is actually Ned Slade, a gun-toting agent of a mysterious organization known as The
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Nate Fiala
This is such a depressing, sick comic, but I love it! From the weird mind of Grant Morrison and drawn by Chris Weston & Gary Erskine, it's basically the story of this quirky James Bond-type spy who has to deal with bizarre sex schemes, and his sleeper persona, this perpetually depressed loser who gets even more depressed because his cat is sick... and then the real question of the whole story- Which of these two people is he really? If I recall correctly from interviews at the time, Morrison ...more
Benjamin Shehu
This read is recommended to people feeling depressed, sad, lonely, or any combination of the before mentioned. It should wind you up enough to make you feel, and be better.

The Filth presents a world that heavily borrows from The Invisibles, it draws again and again from the same source of inspiration, while pushing through a decently engaging premise.

We are thrust upon Greg Feely, an elderly man that is a furious masturbator, loves his cat, and is often accused of pedophilia. Then we come across
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Rajiv
Bizarre is an understatement for this. Grant Morrison's imagination has been let loose on these pages, and the result is confusing and fantastical yet oddly interesting and fascinating.

The first few issues are--what I like to call--"headbusters". You are dropped into the world without any hint of an introduction, and it's a damn wild ride right from the beginning. Then the strangeness intensifies, among other things, and you're confused as hell as to what is happening and whether it's happening
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Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
That was INSANE. Seriously INsane. It took me a while to get into it, and I'm still not totally sure I understood it, but it was definitely...something. The guy's unwavering devotion to his cat was definitely a redeeming feature for whenever I started to wonder if the story had maybe gone a little too nuts. So that helped.

Oh, and if anyone can please explain to me the (view spoiler), I'd really appreciate it. K'thanx.
Rich
It seems like there was a good plot in there somewhere, but there was too much going on to confuse and distract from the story, that it was really difficult to get involved.

One thing that bothered be particularly was the artwork. It was good, but it was run of the mill. Such a radical story should have new, different art and graphics. The chapter pages and cover art hinted at this, but the content was in a style that common for ordinary super-hero comics.
William Thomas
alright, now here is a grant morrison story done right- well planned and laid out with competent art. this book was somewhere between philip k dick and robert rodriguez, just altogether fun with a load of metaphor in each story. have fun with this one, please, it is worth the read, everything from the cat fetish to the gigantic killer sperm.
xamevou
This comes from another planet. A 0 to 5 stars rating does not capture the sheer bizarreness and hallucinatory thoughts that the author has brought into this. To do justice to this work we need different meta-dimensional schemes of 0-5 stars entangled to each other through the multiverse, and that would not be enough.
Alex Firer
Grant Morrison's book often deal with finding the beauty and hope in a situations that seems endless. Here he makes it painful and grim, the closest thing to a Chris Ware sadness a commercial comic book will ever go. The threats are born out of our worst guilt-- guilt over pornography, imperfection, carelessness and the escapes are so minor. No Superman powering the sun, simply the need to love a pet, to have that one escape as the idea of anxiety and fear and awfulness comes to form. Perfect bo ...more
M. Rephun
Sep 13, 2009 M. Rephun rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys surreal stories
Recommended to M. by: Found it on my own
Before getting into any description of the plot, the first thing to note about Grant Morrison's The Filth is that it's deeply, profoundly weird. It may well be the single most bizarre graphic novel I've ever read. In fact, to simply call The Filth "weird" would be quite an understatement. This book goes through weirdness and comes out the other side.
At times the book seems to be embracing wierdness for its own sake. Sometimes this formula works, and other times its just well...a little too unn
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Artur Coelho
Com argumento de Grant Morrison e ilustrações de Chris Weston e Gary Erskine, este é um comic que brinca de forma brilhante e escatológica com as ideias de realidade, segurança, direitos e liberdades, sanidade mental e social.

A história revolve à volta de Gary Feely, um anónimo cidadão amante de gatos e de pornografia hardcore. Mas Feely não é bem Feely, é também Slade, um agente de uma organização policial ultra-secreta. Não se trata de uma identidade secreta; Feely e Slade são duas personalida
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Bryan
What did I just read?

That kind of sums up my review of Grant Morrison's The Filth. Honestly, I can't give it a proper review until I've read it again, but for what it's worth it was pretty amazing. I've not read too many things that I would consider as fucked up as this book, and I think I can safely say that nothing I've read actually surpasses it for straight up fuckupedness.

At turns baffling, boggling, intense, violent, thoughtful, interesting... it runs the gamut. Morrison is truly a talen
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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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“Metaphor is one of a group of problem-solving medicines known as figures of speech which are normally used to treat literal thinking and other diseases.” 56 likes
“To know that we are only angels weighed down by filth, free of guilt? The bacteria in our bellies are responsible for the farts which shame us, tiny monsters shitting in their billions all over our pure skin create the acid reek of "our" sweat. And Slade: when the "inner voices" tell us we're unworthy or instruct us to "love" and "hate," despite our best instincts... are these incessant distracting thoughts our own? Or do we only hear the voice of the eternal germ screaming in our heads?” 6 likes
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