Wednesday, March 25, 2009

When Words Collide: The Invisibles

What's that now? You're SHOCKED to find that I've written about a Grant Morrison comic? I know, it's hard to believe.

Anyway, the Morrison series that broke my will to write the sequel to "Grant Morrison: The Early Years" is now up for discussion in this week's "When Words Collide."

Thrill to my idiotic attempts to read everything that influenced Morrison.

Marvel at my ability to give up and move on to Lightning Lad and Triplicate Girl.

Speculate on everything I got wrong in my overly simplistic explanation of what "The Invisibles" means to me.

Check it out: Me on "The Invisibles."


Chad Nevett said...

I enjoyed this.

Bill Reed said...

Excellent piece.

Strangely enough, as a big Whorrison of Morrison-- enough to coin that term, anyway-- I haven't read most of the Invisibles. I should get around to that.

mkotschi said...

I would like to be Grant Morrison, so can I have your list of The Invisibles influences;)

Ronan said...

I think the thing with Morrison is that he was quiet willing to go off on one/several/multiple tangents, often it becomes apparent that even he doesnt know where he's taking himself, never mind the reader but thats part of what makes him interesting. Glorious failures can be more interesting to me than well formed coherent linear narratives that stay within the lines of convention. The Invisibles isnt something youre meant to be able to nail down. Id wager Morrison would offer multiple interpretations of specific moments based on what day you asked him. Its different things to those who take the time to read it and come to their own conclusions. Thats what validates it as, well, art I guess. Open to ridicule, interpretation, praise and confusion in equal parts.

David Tobin said...

I think you're probably right in your argument about not having to over-analyse The Invisibles as part of this period of GM's writings.

Personally I think that the Invisibles' Guide that came out a number of years ago covers pretty much all the bases for anyone who would wish to get into the little details surrounding the stories. Perhaps you should adopt a more face-value examination of the series rather than go into as much detail on it than the other series you have in mind for the second book?