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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book . Preview — The Invisibles, Vol. The Invisibles, Vol. Phil Jimenez Illustrator ,. John Stokes Illustrator. Collects Volume 2, Issues Get A Copy. Paperback , s. Published March 1st by Vertigo first published June 1st More Details Original Title. The Invisibles 5. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please up.
To ask other readers questions about The Invisibles, Vol. Be the first to ask a question about The Invisibles, Vol. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Invisibles, Vol. Nov 14, J. Keely rated it it was ok Shelves: comics , fantasy , science-fiction , urban-fantasy , contemporary-fantasy , reviewed. I would enjoy Neal Gaiman more if he were a madman. Unfortunately, unless he starts making bookplates in the Blakean style, I don't think this will ever be remedied.
He is a competent writer, and interesting, but rarely pushes the limits. Perhaps this shows that he is wise enough to recognize his own limitations, which is more than I can say for Morrison, especially in 'The Invisibles'. Morrison never fails to push the boundaries, but this only makes it more and more apparent that he is not a vis I would enjoy Neal Gaiman more if he were a madman. Morrison never fails to push the boundaries, but this only makes it more and more apparent that he is not a visionary writer.
Though he is an avid reader and draws from many eccentric sources, he never seems capable of combining them into something greater than the scattered parts. Without a greater philosophical cosmology to tie things together, he ends up writing in a hodge-podge which has impressive breadth, but negligable depth. There are little spots now and again which go up to your calf, but the next step always lands on the careless sandbar of Morrison's ego.
The only thing that does connect all the disparate elements is the plot, but that isn't saying much. Morrison wasn't blessed with Alan Moore's ability to make a driving plot out of the bizarre, and Morrison's penchant for writing six titles a month certainly doesn't help anything. Again, it is a matter of overextension. I am lucky enough to have more than a passing familiarity with a few of the mythologies he references. Unfortunately, this means that I can see the holes in his plots and references.
Those with greater experience must find it even more disted. However, for those with much less experience, the text seems revolutionary, since the facade covers much of the bare scaffolding. If you didn't know that he was scraping this all together week to week, you might wonder if the mistakes and confusion was just you 'not getting it'; in such straits, many readers fall back on a cautious sense of awe, not wanting to admit that they don't get it.
His King Mob character is set up to be the cool anti-hero, but since Morrison already finds his character to be interesting and sympathetic, he forgets to convince the reader of this fact. It should be unsurprising that Grant likes his character, since he's writing an author surrogate. He can never seem to keep himself out of his comics, which is another symptom of his big ego.
It was a half-hearted trick when he played it in Animal Man, but making a Gary Stu secret agent with an active sex life is even more cringe-worthy. It might not be so obvious if he didn't mention that 'he's still single! It's been pointed out before that there are striking similarities between King Mob and Spider from Warren Ellis' 'Transmetropolitan'.
They are both violent, outspoken anti heroes who look like Captain Picard in sunglasses with body mods. The comparison favors Spider, who is a strong, entertaining, sympathetic character. This is despite the fact that he never eschews his spiteful take-no-prisoners exterior. Ellis manages to write an outspoken writer character who isn't just a mouthpiece for the author, for which he should win some sort of prize. Meanwhile, Morrison can't separate his authorial voice from a secret agent wizard.
Morrison also adds another protagonist to appeal to the kiddies, namely a troubled teen right out of the monomyth. Like every other monomyth hero, this character is rather empty, serving merely as a central focus for the frenetic action. Knowing Morrison, he's probably another author surrogate of how Grant imagines himself as .
Morrison does write interesting turns now and again, though the more he explicates, the less clever he becomes. I keep feeling like I'm going to be forced to rate this book lower, but something generally comes along and saves it. As it is, I wish that it was more like some of Morrison's other work. He's at his best when he's not investing his ego in the outcome. His one-offs and fun little forays are great, but he takes his magni opera too seriously for them to succeed.
Like Neal Stephenson, he's throwing everything he can in there to see what sticks. In the end, he's spending too much time on the peripherals, and not enough on the story and the characters. My Suggested Readings in Comics View all 3 comments. Mar 20, Shannon rated it it was amazing Shelves: my-very-best-re , books-reviewed , action , graphic-novels , fantasy-scifi.
Interesting time travel arc with Ragged Robin. I found this to be the best volume so far. Note that while it isn't required it helps to have some knowledge of the following for this particular volume: astral projection, time travel, tantric sex, H. Anybody ignorant enough to argue comic books are not art would be referred to this volume by yours truly.
Phil Jimenez continues to make some good impressions with his artwork but this would be his last time with the series. BBC started a TV series but it never saw the light of day. View 2 comments. May 18, Sam Quixote rated it it was ok. This is the time travel volume and generally time travel stories are confusing as hell - and Counting to None is no exception. I know Morrison can write like no-one else on certain books, but his most successful titles like All-Star Superman and his Batman run, were tightly plotted and focused; The Invisibles is Morrison throwing references out like a chicken farmer doling out birdseed.
I get that Morrison is a smart dude and he knows a lot about a lot, but the references rarely have anything to do with the story. View 1 comment. Sep 21, Rosangela rated it did not like it Shelves: comics-graphic-novel , books-i-own. I don't recommend it to anyone.
Dec 03, Sesana rated it liked it Shelves: comics. I honestly don't know if I'm getting all of Invisibles or not. As I read the trades, I find myself alternating between being intensely absorbed in what I'm reading and wondering how the hell the story got to that point. This one was no exception. I don't know if it's me, or if there really isn't anything more that I'm missing. Maybe it's both. This is Morrison, after all. Jul 17, Titus Bird rated it liked it Shelves: s , dc. Complex, sophisticated, dense, out-there, trippy, crazy, deep, confusing, heady, philosophical, intellectual, bizarre I've seen a lot of people say that they found series hard to follow, usually implying that they're not quite smart enough to "get" all of Morrison's ingenious concepts.
However, for the first four volumes, this has not been my experience at all. On t Complex, sophisticated, dense, out-there, trippy, crazy, deep, confusing, heady, philosophical, intellectual, bizarre Instead, The Invisibles has mostly paid lip service to philosophy and psychedelia while delivering an unremarkable if slightly convoluted plot, with lots of action and the general feel of a corny '90s superhero comic.
However, Volume 5, Counting to None, has somewhat bucked this trend. It hasn't completely shed the juvenile sense of "cool" that infects the series, but it has dialled up the complexity and intellectual intensity, ultimately making things a lot more interesting. One striking thing about this volume is the way it cuts from one scene to another with little or no explanation, a disorientating effect that's a major factor in making this is the first volume of the series that I find difficult to follow.
At times this can be a little annoying, but I generally like the way that it keeps me on my toes and makes me work to understand what's going on. The technique is especially effective when used to impart a sense of warping reality or slipping sanity — Morrison finally succeeds in making me feel the madness, rather than just looking at it.
The plot is still held back by the two-dimensional characters and the tendency to keep introducing new villains with shallow or no apparent motivation, but Morrison compensates for this somewhat with his interesting ideas and world-building.
I particularly enjoyed the American Death Camp arc issues 11 and 12 , an intense, mind-bending episode that's a definite highlight of the series so far. Almost all of the art is by Phil Jimenez and John Stokes. Their work is mostly fine especially compared to Steve Yeowell's ugly art earlier in the series , and there are occasionally really nice panels, but there's no subtlety in the way they do facial expressions. I guess it's just a feature of the genre, but the exaggerated looks of terror, anguish and rage tend to look ridiculous to me, and take me out of the story.
Another bizarre problem is that the artists reveal themselves to be incapable of drawing East Asians: this volume prominently features several Japanese characters and one Chinese man, and the Japanese people basically look European, while the Chinese character actually looks like a white guy in yellowface. Overall, then, I thought this volume was good compared to the rest of the series so far, but still not great. Iffy art and weak characterization detract from some cool ideas and engaging psychedelia. Aug 14, Joe rated it really liked it.
Liked the Boy back story especially. Jan 05, Lloyd rated it it was amazing Shelves: comic-book-graphic-novel , grant-morrison , s.Grant hot ass the invisibles
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