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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 Schwent
Jul 11, 2011 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2011
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
Some books are random and zany for the sake of being random and zany. This book would have worked a thousand times better as MIB. Just give us some normal people in suits dealing with crazy mess. Some normalcy to offset and contrast the crazy. But noooo, Morrison has to have a monkey assassin (as a 'good' guy) and a garbage truck with giant teeth that the 'good guys' drive around and other nonsense that does nothing but distract from the story he's telling. Add in that the story jumps around lik ...more
Jul 31, 2012 Jeff rated it did not like it
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
Jun 28, 2013 Marc Kozak rated it really liked it
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
Jan 06, 2010 Dylan rated it it was amazing
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
Jedi JC Daquis
Jul 28, 2012 Jedi JC Daquis rated it liked it
How insane is The Filth? Well, there's a talking Russian chimp assassin for a start. There's black semen because I don't know why! What else, superheroes who can't go past a fiction wall (because they can't go beyond the comic book pages or else they will splat-die) in the sky, death by giant sperm cells, a hero called ultra-humanitarian, a giant hand with a fountain pen, dolphin ink harvesters, an eye hit by -- okay the list goes so just check it out. Be warned that The Filth is offensive and t ...more
Jan 17, 2013 Paul rated it did not like it
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
Mar 15, 2012 Josh rated it really liked it
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
Mar 05, 2011 29alabs rated it really liked it
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
Jul 30, 2014 Rajiv rated it really liked it
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
Peter Tupper
Jun 07, 2011 Peter Tupper rated it liked it
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
Stephen Theaker
Jan 06, 2009 Stephen Theaker rated it really liked it
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
Oct 10, 2011 Cyndi rated it really liked it
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!
Feb 21, 2013 Subroto rated it really liked it
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
Alan Chen
Nov 12, 2015 Alan Chen rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I'm not sure what to make of this comic and I don't think the author does either. It's filled with conspiracies, a psychedelic smorgasbord of body parts, drugs, graphic weird sex, alien creatures blood/guts/gore. It's a mess. Essentially the story focuses on Greg Feely an agoraphobic loser who lives for his cat. He has a secret identity as Slade, part of a secret organization that fights anti people and saves the world. There's a lot of sex stuff: one fight is against giant sperm that is taking ...more
Lewis Manalo
Feb 11, 2013 Lewis Manalo rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 31, 2011 Cristian rated it did not like it
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
Aug 13, 2008 Purple rated it liked it
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
Hammad Khan
Mar 16, 2016 Hammad Khan rated it it was amazing
The Filth, by Grant Morrison, is one incredibly intoxicating read. It's 'filthy', excuse the pun, and loaded to the brim with gnarly imagery, abstract storytelling and then some. He's written some truly mindblowing stories in the past, but The Filth brings all of his concepts that he's explored in comics such as Flex Mentallo and The Invisibles full-circle. Savage visual AND mindfuck plot points aside, in the end, however, The Filth becomes a wholly different beast, touching on ideas of identity ...more
Jan 29, 2013 Zedsdead rated it did not like it
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
Jun 24, 2008 Annago rated it liked it
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
Feb 04, 2009 Gabriel rated it really liked it
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
Jun 14, 2009 Rich rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.
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.
William Thomas
Jun 18, 2009 William Thomas rated it it was amazing
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.
Andrés Silva
Nov 19, 2012 Andrés Silva rated it really liked it
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.
Michelle M
I have no idea what I just read. The bastard child of Transmetropolitan and Planetary? A drugged out fever dream? I must say this one will stick with me, a hallucinogenic trip through multiple dimensions of crime fighting; clever, hysterical, sad and unbelievably whacked. So very, very not safe for work.
harlequin {Stephanie}
Jan 22, 2015 harlequin {Stephanie} rated it did not like it
Excuse me, but the fuck was that? deep? no. A waste of paper? I would contend.

Now where is the bleach, i need to feel clean again.
Jan 16, 2017 Shoumik rated it it was amazing
So I'll go on record saying this book isn't just about anyone's cup of tea. The biggest mistake is starting your journey into Morrisonrealm with Filth. I made that mistake some half a decade back, and came back to read this after going through the rest of his works.
Ever wondered if there can be a book which can mimic the sensation of tripping on LSD? Filth is that book. It's a foray into a dimension outside the confines of a need for things to be so...within the reach of logical explanation. Li
Saif Saeed
Mar 18, 2017 Saif Saeed rated it liked it
I understood some of it. I enjoyed some of it.

It's like an updated Invisibles. The Invisibles is very.. 90's. Not that it's a bad thing, just when they start talking about the turn of the millennium and the world ending in 2012, you kind of get that "Yeah we used to be like that, back when we had thoughts and feelings unironically." and now we're in 2017 and The Filth seems more appropriate tackling things like late stage capitalism and it feels less edgy and more.. mature.

I think this is defini
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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.” 58 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?” 7 likes
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