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The Invisibles, Vol. 1 by Grant Morrison
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Jul 31, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: graphic-novel

The first two thirds of this were arresting, but then it quickly irked me once time travel and the Marqui de Sade were involved.

A teenage trouble-making thug is sent to a reform school where parts of their brains and their testicles are removed, but he's saved by an Invisible and inducted into their cell after a long education on the streets with Tom Bedlam. See, there's a war on between the beings who want to rule the earth, the Invisibles, and the earth itself who wants humanity to move onto the next phase of existence and get off the planet. Yeah, and Lennon is a godhead (literally) oracle with psychedelic colors.

It is weird, violent, awesome for awhile, and quite difficult to follow as some of the transitions are blunt and confusing. The influence of The Watchmen and Sandman is evident, but not quite as involved as those (and not nearly as good as Sandman).

Sigh, de Sade. The mistake is always made to conflate his work with rebellion against repression, showing authority up for the nasty hypocrites they are. I think he's just the other side of the coin of violent authority, though: a reflection not a transgression.
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