"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 is a really interesting series that looks at things like the glorification of violence, the objectification of female superheroes, the roles corp...moreThis is a really interesting series that looks at things like the glorification of violence, the objectification of female superheroes, the roles corporations play in war, and much else. It is also completely irreverent, and makes no effort not to offend. In fact, you might say it intends to shock and offend. I have no complaints about that, I think you go into reading this series knowing what it is about. It is definitely not for everyone. There is explicit sex and violence.
I personally admire the irreverence, and the parodying of classic superheroes, but there are definitely parts I am uncomfortable with.
The idea that the superheroes aren't as great as they are made out to be makes perfect sense. There are even a few touching moments, such as the friendship between The Frenchman and The Female. However, as someone who likes to avoid the too harsh realities of real life to live in the idea of an urban fantasy type magical world hiding in the shadows all around us, I think this series might be getting a bit too lurid for me. Sometimes I feel reading it is a bit like some horrible accident you can't look away from. I don't currently have any of the other volumes, so time will tell if I keep reading or not.(less)
This was given to me as my 'secret santa' webcomic for Webcomic Wonderland on Goodreads, and I am extremely grateful to whoever suggested it.
Bite Me!...moreThis was given to me as my 'secret santa' webcomic for Webcomic Wonderland on Goodreads, and I am extremely grateful to whoever suggested it.
Bite Me! is a short and very enjoyable read, it kept me both impressed and laughing the whole time. I like a story that is funny, but still takes itself seriously, and don't fall completely into ridiculousness. The story had cute protagonists and a good mix of deadpan humour and puns.There are so many wonderfully quotable lines!
The 'dramatic facial expressions' as someone referred to them as in the online comments, were priceless, and the use of different fonts when people made speeches was impressive. The whole thing also appears to have been hand written, which is impressive. All the characters had their own crazy personalities, and I loved them all.
There is probably nothing else I can say about this graphic novel without gushing embarrassingly, so I will stop now, and simply urge you to read it. It is free to read online, so that should make it easy. Go, read it now!(less)
Beautiful art that looks like paintings and an interesting new story combine to make this short graphic novel a pleasure to read. Sandman fans may rec...moreBeautiful art that looks like paintings and an interesting new story combine to make this short graphic novel a pleasure to read. Sandman fans may recognise a few minor unnamed characters such as Nuala, Lucien, and, I am pretty sure, Daniel, but knowledge of the Sandman comics in not essential as this is about an unrelated character.
God Save the Queen is abou Linda. Her father left recently and her mother is drinking. She is going to clubs and finding more dangerous ways to forget. When she meets a group of people who invite her to shoot up her blood mixed with heroin, which they call 'red horse', she discovers the ultimate high. Little does she know what it may cost her, or that these people are not from our world.
A fresh and enjoyable urban fantsy graphic novel that combines modern issues like drug use and strained familial relationships with legends of faerie. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy and the art of graphic novels.(less)
I enjoyed the dark humour, absurd plotlines and vivid, if sometimes a little confusing artwork. The main thing I would have liked is a little more bac...moreI enjoyed the dark humour, absurd plotlines and vivid, if sometimes a little confusing artwork. The main thing I would have liked is a little more backstory for the characters, and perhaps being a little more clear on their powers, as it took me the entire story, up until the short prequel comic to realise what The Rumor's power actually was and I'm still not sure on what The Kraken's talent is.
I liked the inevitability of disaster in the plot due to the personal mistakes made by the characters, and the idea of the cost of bringing the children up to save the world, but not giving them what they needed emotionally, making them into tools.
Recommended for those who enjoyed The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (the graphic novels, not the movies).(less)