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The Invisibles, Vol. 7: The Invisible Kingdom

(The Invisibles #7)

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For countless millennia the world has been subjected to an all-encompassing apocalyptic conspiracy. Through clandestine movements, a sinister secret organization has been creating a hypnotic state of conformity and control through their manipulation of the government, business, and entertainment industry. But from the shadows, a subversive group of anarchists called the In ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by DC Comics Vertigo (first published 2001)
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Sam Quixote
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucking hell. Am I glad THAT’S over with!

It took me over a month to read this final book. I would pick it up, read a page or two, then put it back down, thoroughly dejected. Some days I would open it up, stare at the page for a moment not reading, barely seeing, and put it back down again. Finally this weekend, I forced myself to get through this so I no longer have to stare at it staring back at me on my desk and so I can say that I’ve read the complete Invisibles series.

Wel
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Dan Moody
Mar 02, 2009 rated it did not like it
Ever feel like you're right and everyone else on the planet is wrong, but you think, "That can't possibly be true, how can EVERYONE be wrong but me? I must be the one who's wrong." This is one of those times where I'm right. Everyone else is wrong.

Grant Morrison is probably the single most overrated writer in comic history.

I bought the entire Invisibles series based on the seemingly sound merit of practically everyone I know who reads comics, all of who recommended this as one of "The greatest c
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Shannon
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Its years later in the story and the Invisibles are preparing for their final showdown against the Archons/Church of the Outer God. Jack Frost has accepted his role as the Messiah and King Mob has shockingly given up guns. Narration and viewpoints happen all over the world and at different times/realities and some of it is communicated through emails. The finale, as well as the fact that the main characters are mostly supporting characters in this volume, will disappoint some readers as it tries ...more
Eric Skillman
Sep 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
Posted here for lack of a better place, but really about the whole series:

Recently re-read this after reading an excerpt from Douglas Wolk's Reading Comics about it. (http://www.newsarama.com/ReadingComic... , if you're curious.) Wolk said this, which is a pretty appropriate way to start a "recommendation" type review:

"It is, in a lot of ways, my favorite comic book ever, and I have never been able to recommend it to anyone else with a clear conscience, partly because it's such a ridiculous mess
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J.G. Keely
It's been a long journey. I wanted to finish, hoping Morrison would be able to pull it out in the end. After all, he's written some very good books, and it was in part because of them that I gave him the benefit of the doubt.

The Invisibles almost turned me off of Morrison entirely when I first started them, and if not for his other books, I wouldn't have attempted it again. It wasn't that this series was insulting, its faults are the product of poor construction, which in turn was the result of
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Sesana
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, weird
I don't know what to say about this volume, or this entire series. Obviously, you'll get a lot more out of it if you know what Morrison is referring to. The list is very long, and reads like a roll call of conspiracy theories and paranormal concepts. I can't say that I got everything, but I was able to understand quite a bit of it. Did I like it? Well... Yes and no. There are some really great things in here, and I think Morrison had put some serious thought into how to construct his finale. But ...more
Keith
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Keith by: Celeste
Well, the end of the series was a definite improvement over the previous volume. Where the plot seemed to me to be falling apart, most of the threads were finally pulled back in and woven together, though I still found it a bit excessively disjointed—though perhaps that is a deliberate tactic for keeping the reader off balance, like many of the choices Fellini made for his Satyricon. I'm glad I pushed through, and at the same time I don't think I'll be recommending it frequently; not to say it w ...more
Joe
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Weird reading this days before the eclipse and during a presidency that often feels like end-times. I'm very down with the overall vibe - Alan Moore, dystopian, cyberpunk, regular punk, whatever - but too often had literally no idea what anyone was talking about and wished the wrap-up matched the highlights of the previous books. I guess I liked the character stuff a lot and this was necessarily more about the more meta-stuff - still quite an experience, but a little let down at the end.
Christopher
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Drew
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It took me awhile to finish this volume, not because it sucked, but because the holiday season--doooo bee doobie-doo! The Invisible Kingdom was the culmination that Morrison had built for seven years, spanning 1500+ pages. It consumed my Fall of 2013, finally finishing it here, on the third day of 2014. No spoilers here, but the beauty of this book/series, it's almost spoiler-proof. It's too sodding odd for spoilers. This officially my favorite series of books. Morrison swung for the fences and ...more
Juju
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Still unbelievably complex, prophetic, frustrating and chaotically enjoyable. With this culminating volume Grant lets more veils drop to give us a clearer view of the story in all its brainblown splendor, alive and revealing new intricacies at every turn, and near the end almost drops the storytelling convention of conflict in order to have more room for the download of more mad ideas. Reading this series once is certainly not enough, and this being my third full encounter only reinforces its in ...more
Sam
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Invisibles story wraps up with hyper-dimensional, mystical, woo woo.

Non-linear, and exciting. You'll like this a whole lot if you "get" or are familiar with certain things that are explored in the storyline - metaphysically speaking. Reading up on quantum physics, cosmology, psychedelia, occult, conspiracy theory, UFOs, paranormal, and ancient mysteries, probably gave me a bit of an edge. I'm willing to bet most of the people who appreciate this series find these topics somewhat interesting
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Nathaniel
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Grant Morrison is probably better at trying to be weird than anyone else in the world.


Which is not at all to say that it's just weirdness for weirdness' sake. Morrison is pretty clearly using the series to run us through the recursive onion layers of gnostic thought, starting in a Manichaen place and working ever inwards, ever trippier. But it's all such a mess at times, and it's all trying oh so hard to show you how cool it is. Which is not to say that it isn't cool, a lot of the time. Though e
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Matt
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really, really do love this volume. I know many people don't. But man, what an excellent story. Like I've said in earlier reviews, The Invisibles works best when parts of the story are just out of reach...and I love how this brings so many things together. One of the parts I love best, that I finally just now discovered (this is my 5th or 6th reread), is how Edie, when talking about the end of her life, is talking about how what really matters are goodness and kindness, in other words, positiv ...more
Jill
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm wrecked and Morrison is insane. But I get it. Wonder why more women aren't writing this eclectic existential action shit. Cause it's amazing. The payoff is there, and just as insane and unsettling as the rest.
Tony Laplume
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I became a fan of Grant Morrison thanks to his high profile relaunch of the Justice League in the pages of JLA. At the time I hadn't read any of his Vertigo comics, not his fourth-wall-breaking Animal Man, his psychedelic Doom Patrol, and certainly not The Invisibles. The last was his longest work, and arguably his defining work to that point, and it's largely responsible for his enduring image as, well, just the kind of dude who belongs in a comic like Invisibles. I have no idea if that image w ...more
Michael
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: loeg-archives
Well, I was mistaken about the artists. I forgot the book went in three four-part arcs. First arc started with Bond for an issue, then three issues of Pleece layouts/pencils and Bond finishes. The middle arc is entirely Phillips with Jay Stephens inking. Quitely draws the finale. All the other artists trade off pages during the three issues leading up to the finale - it's incredibly jarring. Morrison pencils the last page of the second-to-last issue himself.

Anyway, I found this last book in the
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Julian
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm feeling very mixed about this one, and would ideally give it three-and-a-half stars. So, let me start off by listing pro and con.

Good bits

I liked the stuff about alien languages and words that have hidden content programmed into their sounds. Okay, it's clear that Grant Morrison knows about as much about linguistics as I do about American Football, but it's still a nice idea. Though it was rather better handled by Phil Dick in VALIS. In fact, as a fan of Phil's work, I was happy to see the r
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Darcy
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I dunno. The varying art styles really turned me off. There are some really brilliant bits in this, but most of it was a bit... incomprehensible. That's what I get for rushing through these, I guess.
Still an awesome read, energizing basically.
Md. Kazim
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Grant Morrison throws pieces of an exquisite jigsaw puzzle. The way one interpretes them and organises them builds the beautiful art and story of THE INVISIBLES. You are bound to read it again and again and again and again.............
Richard
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
end could've been better.
Ben
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
who could have guessed this would all fall apart down the stretch
David
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book helped me to understand certain things.
Jason
I really wanted to like this series. After hearing about it for the first time on the RAWIllumination blog, I had to track it down. After all, a comic series "influenced by the writings of Robert Anton Wilson, Aleister Crowley and William Burroughs" sounded right up my alley. Morrison does name drop with the best of them, for sure. A smidgin of the outré references that appear in this volume include Test Card F , Crowleyan magick, LSD experiments, The Wicker Man , the Cthulhu mythos, the islan ...more
Joe Kraus
I made it through the extended hallucination that is Grant Morrison’s collected Invisibles, and I’m still boggled. One of the few things I know, though, is that the first six volumes have a coherence (if that’s the right word) that isn’t quite here for the seventh.

There’s a continuity of style in the earlier works, but The Invisible Kingdom feels like a sequel, as if Morrison, having once decided he’d reached the end, saddled up for another go-round.

Some of the best elements remain. I love, for
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Ted Child
Dec 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
When confronted with something they don't understand there are two kinds of readers: those that blame it on the writer and those that blame it on the reader. I am the latter. I don’t believe that readers should automatically throw out a book because it confuses them. I think it is the imperative of the reader to endeavour to understand what the author was trying to accomplish. That said, Morrison is undoubtedly the most problematic and difficult major comic book writer. Alan Moore at his most my ...more
Aaron
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
This final volume of the Invisibles is intense to say the least. A lot of the action and forward plot motion is replaced with outright philosophizing, which is fine to a point though I feel like I have to be on Key 23 (the drug that makes words you read appear to be reality) to actually understand a lot of this. I mean this is OUT THERE. I love having my mind bent (or in this case, straight up wrecked), but I also want a little grounding if for no reason other than to keep my bearings. Half the ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Nov 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-indy
Sadly, this last volume of invisibles is the least interesting. Two of our main cast members of gone, the remaining ones are off-stage too much, and the whole comic spins its wheels. It feels like 5-6 issues got stretched out into 12.

Satanstorm (12-9). I find this first story of the final volume of The Invisibles a bit off-putting. The problem is the focus on characters other than our protagonists, especially since what they're doing is so weird and mysterious. Everything comes together in the e
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Chris
Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sulzer-library
Not gonna lie -- this book gave me a headache. The endless time-shifting fractals opened up in Book Six have multiplied here into a nearly unapproachable crazy-quilt of time periods, multiple perspectives, illustration styles, and counter-counter-counter-counter-counter terrorism that really made my head hurt. I know there are guides to reading this series on the internet, but this was the first (and, of course, the last) volume that really demanded it. It ended pretty much where it ought to end ...more
Jon
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
The first few volumes of this series was intriguing and playful. It reminded me of a fusion of some of Philip K. Dick work and the Illuminatus trilogy.[return][return]On the other hand as the series went on it got more disorganized and less and less interesting characters emerged. At some point I was just reading hoping to get to the ending and now I wish I hadn't. The ending itself was disappointing on many levels. Towards the end only one or two characters got introduced that I even cared to f ...more
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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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