The Invisibles, Vol. 3: Entropy in the U.K.
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The Invisibles, Vol. 3: Entropy in the U.K. (The Invisibles #3)

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Collects Volume 1, Issues #17-25
Paperback, 232 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Vertigo (first published October 1996)
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StoryTellerShannon
In the third installment the leader of the Invisibles finds himself battling against a brutal interrogation that wishes to know all the secrets of the Invisibles and their cells scattered all over the world. It's also focused on how Boy and how she joined the Invisibles as well as more on the rebellious, suconciously dream suppressed Jack Frost, the chosen Messiah who is likely the only one who can truly deal with the Archons, advanced beings that basically want to suck the life out of our world...more
Sam Quixote
King Mob and Lord Fanny have been kidnapped by Sir Miles and The Conspiracy and are being tortured for information on The Invisibles - will Ragged Robin, Boy and Jim Crow save them in time? Meanwhile, Jack Frost is still coming to terms with his role as saviour of humanity as the next incarnation of the Buddha, and a new member of The Invisibles is introduced who is looking for the Moonchild.

I really love Grant Morrison’s writing, I do, but his Invisibles series just isn’t clicking with me in t...more
Fox
Volume 3 of The Invisibles and the last volume before the new first issue and second installment.

What a blast!

More Jim Crow, a character I seriously adore. The leanings towards Voodoo are something I am particularly fond of in this series, along with the sheer opaque nature of it all. Teasing the reader with switches in time, perspective, and who knows what else - I'm loving it, though I can understand why Grant Morrison is an author that severely polarizes readers in general.

The evolution of J...more
Julian
This is where Invisibles really takes off. We've finished all the prefatory explanatory gubbins and now the gloves are off and we meet the bad guys. And what a ride it is: extraordinary mystical journeys, mind-games of the highest order, horrifying alien bio-technology that make the Borg look cuddly, and even more horrifying ultraporn.

Okay, it's not entirely easy to understand, but Morrison is setting up a very interesting synthesis of any number of ideas which neatly sets any number of standard...more
Sesana
Hm. On one hand, I'm consistently fascinated by what Morrison is going to pull out in this series. Anything goes, it seems. But this storyline in particular felt a bit drawn out to me. And could the characters be any thinner? Still, I'm enjoying myself far more than not, and there have been some really stellar issues, even here. Boy's origin story, in particular, just worked on every level.
Ahimaaz R
The three-parter Entropy in UK is sheer brilliance and I would read it any day instead of having to watch Matrix or Inception. How I Became Invisible, the back story of Boy, that follows is tonally distinct and is a great read.

Jimenez' entry here for art is a strong plus and this is where perhaps this series catches its proverbial fire.
Jon
Now we're cooking with alien dimension gas!
Lloyd
Having read this ends the third volume (of seven) of the graphic novels and the first volume of the entire Invisbles series. (The series as a whole was split into three volumes.)

The series continues to astound me as I read through it and amazes me more each time I come back to it.

This third volume sees Morrison continue to blow our minds with discussion of magick, government conspiracies, world religions, differing concepts of God, and the development of the characters themselves.

This volume als...more
Daniel
The plot accelerates quite a bit in this volume, and the metaphysical portions of the story come into greater focus. I almost expected some sort of Philip K. Dick Valis moment when King Mob states that one of his names is Morrison, but that appears (at least now) to be a red herring.

The characters seem more likable now, but honestly some still seem crudely drawn (from a narrative, not art point of view) and function primarily for convenience more than anything. For example, King Mob: why do I ca...more
Jack Gattanella
Really love the progression of the series here, but it's mostly in the fact that the Invisibles are pushed to their limits and have to find a way to band together amid the capture/torture of King Mob (some of this, when the head interrogator asshole tries to psychically get inside Mob's head, and meets Gideon Stargrave and the psychic boob-traps, is especially engrossing, fun but dramatic and of course weird). And there's room for Jack Frost, Boy, and one of the underrated folks, the one-of-a-ki...more
RØB
THE INVISIBLES should be a little easier to remember on a volume-by-volume basis because I haven't torn through them like I have with, say, THE WALKING DEAD. However, due to the arcane nature of the narrative and the lengths of the volumes, I don't read them as frequently or devour them as quickly or ravenously as some other graphic novels. Still, they're mostly enjoyable, if you can keep up (such as that's even possible), even if they try to be a little too punk rock and a little too over-every...more
Christian
This is where it kicks off! You get the Jerry Cornelius 'inspired' (or 'stolen' if you're Michael Moorcock) Gideon Stargrave. You get mental duels and the secret origins of King Mob and Boy (or are they?). You get insect demon gods from behind time, Phillip K Dick and 70s cop show cameos, and Buddha as an angry young Brit.
Some of the art is too mundane for the writing and King Mob is obviously Grant Morrison's Mary Sue, but when a comic is this brilliant who cares?
Travis
Actually, one of the more straight forward story arcs of this series. Basically, King Mob has been captured by the 'other side' and while he struggles to resist interrogation ( torture) the rest of his team has to find a way to rescue him.
Part action movie, part episode of the 'Prisoner', this story shows us more of the team and their personalities.

Still an amazingly surreal and dense story, featuring a level of conspiracy that would make Dan Brown wet himself and despite my love of this series,...more
Paul Finch
Pretty sure I'm only getting this series on 3, maybe 4 of the 57 levels it works on. For all that though, I'm enjoying it. If I only understood it a little more, it might even get 5 stars.

That said, you could probably recommend this on the basis of the art alone. Steve Yeowell in particular, whose work I've long admired in 2000AD (that being the only comic I read for many years)does some stellar work in this, with the other arists not far behind.
Sophie
It probably wasn't that good idea to read that book over a year after reading the second volume, and it probably also wasn't a good idea to read this in the break room at work, because... this is Grant Morrison at his Grant-Morrison-est, and it's really weird, but also really really cool. After I finally remembered where we'd last been and what had happened and who everyone was I found myself completely immersed in the story again, and while I'm still confused by almost everything, whether it's...more
Keely
In his odd compulsion to combine as many odd and unrelated conspiracy and magical concepts into one story, Morrison develops a peculiar flaw. It made me recall a a humorous article I read some time ago about how ridiculous sci fi explanations seem when placed in a normal situation. Morrison's magical world ends up feeling like another terribly complex sci fi story where all the characters walk around discussing the marvel of what's going on around them in unnatural detail.

I'll be spreading my c...more
Tyler Hill
With the Invisibles, Grant Morrison seems to be constantly running the line between inspired, meaningful lunacy and just meaningless, quasi-scientific/theological/philosophical gibberish. For several pages straight he'll just loose my interest completely, but then the next couple of pages will be intensely interesting. It doesn't help that the art is all over the place, with some artists doing a decent job of conveying his story, and others whose work just strikes me as less than inspired.

I will...more
Stephen
The Invisibles really seems to be Morrisson's signature book - it has the anarchic bravado of Zenith, the automatic writing nonsense of Doom Patrol, all his obsessions with chaos and the ruling class and the lizard/insect lords pulling the strings (do he and Pat Mills get together and talk about this stuff?), psychedelia, magic, politics. And he pulls it together in a way that he seemed to stop bothering with later on. I took these on as a bit of a chore, and found the first volume a little tedi...more
Amy
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Patrick Hudson
This one carries on from the previous volume with more madness in the same vain. We're introduced to Gideon Stargrave, a swinging sixties incarnation of King Mob, and while KM himself is imprisoned and interrogated by the Bad Guys (I forget what the call themselves, if they do at all). There'Phil Jiminez provides the best art in this volume, with great psychedelic layouts and character design. Highly enjoyable New Age conspiracy nonsense, although as with elsewhere in the series Morrison still s...more
arjuna
I'm going to concur more or less wholeheartedly with Fox Hill again on this one... the Jim Crow segments remain the froodiest of the lot, and while I still think the main characters are dangerously thin, the the fleshing-out and backstories here are generally effective. On the whole, I'd agree with this review about its patchiness and problematic aspects, but I am beginning to enjoy the series as a whole and looking forward to wherever-the-hell it all goes in the end.
Chris
The twists and turns keep coming, and the plot continues to stretch ever outward -- as we come to the half-way mark of the entire series, the scope of the project gets ever more daunting. At points, I thought the plot got kind of needlessly cruel (ultra-graphic descriptions of torture), but the twist that was revealed within them was kind of great. Also, some of the dialogue that comes out of the mouth of the "bad guys" (Archons) is a bit too hilariously over the top; they could take lessons fro...more
Anthony Faber
Book 3 of 7. Hallucinatory occult conspiracy thriller with lots of violence, nudity (though almost always from a vantage that conceals genitals. Plenty of breasts, though.) and sex. The fact that the cars had European style license plates in U.S. cities was a bit jarring, but otherwise, it was entertaining if you like this sort of stuff.
Jill
Brilliant, mind-bending, and not for the faint of heart.
Tom Coates
Undeniably the first couple of volumes of the Invisibles were hard reads, leaping between styles and with rather unclear characterizations. Volume three is where it all starts to pull together - partly because of the consistently great art of Phil Jiminez that lets the plot shine through. Jiminez is a super hero artist of the George Perez school, but when employed here in a very different area, it all gels brilliantly and psychedelically. Thoroughly enjoyable pop culture explosion of a plot, and...more
Aaron
Badass psychological action sequences set on a battlefield around which the universe is gradually collapsing. Typical huge idea stuff from Morrison, only mindbending in a way that doesn't make your eyes glaze over. Story elements burst with magic and science, and while these apparent opposites kick each other around, in the end they coexist nicely. Morrison seems to revel in the impossible, leaving room for anything to happen, but never letting anything get out of hand.
Kathleen
Morrison makes his hero King Mob himself and the white kid from Liverpool is Buddha, but Boy's story redeems the trade. She might be my favorite because part of the fun of the Invisibles is not being sure that they are on the right side of this weird war. Boy doesn't care, though. She is against the conspiracy not because she believes, but because they killed her brother. When belief is presented as more real than reality, the cleansing flame of simple hatred is refreshing.
Drew
Now, Apocalipstick was pitch perfect, perhaps the greatest volume of The Invisibles. Entropy in the U.K. has the unfortunate task up following up that volume. For the most part, it delivers. We get the backstory of King Mob, Boy and Jack Frost. We remove layers of the conspiracy onion. We get metaphysical strangeness at its pitch-perfect best. Nobody makes the strange seem so...well, normal like Morrison. Bloody Hell in America, spread your legs!
Hokomoko
Here the series hits a low point to my tastes. The conflicts play out in real time, with characters suddenly in super heroic mode. The menacing outer church and archon kings become too tangible, just monsters. The fact that they manifest as /bugs/ and once in a while as /mold/ or /nanotechnology/ really doesn't instill much fear or dread... This completes the 'first part' of the Invisibles (of 3).
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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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