I really enjoyed this modern retelling including the vivid illustrations, my only real problem was with one of the original stories. It frustrated me...moreI really enjoyed this modern retelling including the vivid illustrations, my only real problem was with one of the original stories. It frustrated me how chauvanistic Britomart's love was, and the fact that, although she was as tough as any male knight and saved him, she still agreed with him that men were superior to women. Still, a great collection, apart from that one sour note.(less)
Much darker than the original but still wonderful. Sensitive people should be aware some of the pictures contain dead people and animals. As always th...moreMuch darker than the original but still wonderful. Sensitive people should be aware some of the pictures contain dead people and animals. As always the book is full of fascinating mythology and bemusing images cleverly woven into the story.(less)
"Part of what I want to achieve with this title in the long-term involves actually changing the consciousness of the readers by presenting them with various techniques and concepts which will undoubtedly alter their way of looking at the world. In that sense, THE INVISIBLES isn't a comic about something but is the thing itself and every reader is a potential Invisible. If The Invisibles are Shamanic Terrorists, the comic itself is an act of shamanic terrorism."
Grant Morrison in the proposal for The Invisibles.
The Invisibles truly is a graphic novel series that defies explanation. It has to be experienced to truly appreciate it. It is a mind altering substance, it will change your thought patterns, open up your mind, vivisect your thought processes. Reading it will alter you.
This was how Morrison summed it up:
"The Invisibles is the name given to a society of occult subversives which may or may not have existed for hundreds, even thousands of years. The five main characters belong to an activist cell but there are also stories dealing with people who don't even know they belong to The Invisibles. All that's required to be a meember is to be involved in sustained activity against all forces which retard human development and evolution. (Or so it seems at the beginning. As the comic progresses, conspiracies and counter-conspiracies start turning on each other like hungry Moray eels until nobody can be sure who is working for whom.)'
In his proposal he mentioned wanting to do his own version of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman- a story that has a central structure but is able to branch off into other stories about related characters,'stories that will eventually come together and be revealed as one large-scale, shimmeringly holographic tapestry'. Also, like The Sandman, it would be about a different kind of superhero.
It is clear Morrison has put a lot of himself into the story, it is interesting to note that Morrison is said to look like King Mob, King Mob's also writes under the nom de plume Kirk Morrison and they both like salt and vinegar chips (he asks for them in one of the last comics ). In some ways, the character of King Mob seems inextricable from Morrison himself. He also claims that his illness to the point of near death while writing the comics was related to the intense magic powers in the comics.
This is a comic that will definitely open your mind up to think in different ways. The sheer scope of Morrison's genius is mindblowing, he can imagine and describe things the rest of us do not even dream of. This comic series is a unique and mind altering (and sometimes harrowing) experience, and I would recommend it to everyone! (less)
This was a fantastic anthology. There are a lot of anthologies out there that are quite patchy, some good, some bad, but this one really maintained a...moreThis was a fantastic anthology. There are a lot of anthologies out there that are quite patchy, some good, some bad, but this one really maintained a great standard. Many of my favourite modern authors such as Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Kelly Link, Elizabeth Knox and Libba Bray were in there, and their stories were fantastic as usual. I also enjoyed the stories but authors whose work I had read less of, or not read at all, and look forward to reading more of their work in the future. There was a great mix of stories, from Victorian, modern day, and post apocalyptic to even steampunk Rome. All of the stories had interesting and inspiring new ideas, and opened up the genre more, instead of just following conventions (if steampunk could really be said to have conventions).
This book definitely gets my six stars out of five rating for a book that goes far beyond what was expected. A truly delightful read!(less)
This gets about a 4.9, rounded up to a 5. I loved the characters, the setting, the intuitive understanding she had of the way they dressed and human n...moreThis gets about a 4.9, rounded up to a 5. I loved the characters, the setting, the intuitive understanding she had of the way they dressed and human nature. I was just a little unsure if I liked the final battle, and a little disappointed that it ended up in the air with no future book date for the third novel. I want to know what happens next!
Despite what others have said, I think this works well if you haven't read the original, although I have now read that one as well. It's not so punky, not too much technology, but it is a steamy romance, and the descriptions of the magic and guilds is fascinating. I loved the Victorian setting, and the author really understood aspects of Victorian life such as getting through doors in hoop skirts, that made it feel more real.
The romance was very enjoyable, Grey Carteret was just my type. This book works well as a steampunk-ish novel, a story about magic, and as a romance, and for that, it deserves real credit! I can't wait to see what will happen when the third one comes out! I hope it will have more about Elinor, who is a fascinating character, and a strong independent woman!(less)