The list author says: "Grant Morrison is one of the most controversial names in comics. You either love him or hate him. He is the psychadelic funkadelic guru of the sequential art medium. The revamper, the vampire, the damn snazzy dresser. His voice is distinct and his aims are mighty. We live in an age where our myths are being written right in front of us. Our theological bibles are on the news stand and writing for them means rewriting history. Pretension aside, one things always true, by the end of his books you weren't bored. This list is in a sort of must read order for those who want to get into the mad monk of comics.
For the TRUE completists, have fun hunting down St. Swithin's Day, The New Adventures of Hitler, his Dan Dare revamp or Bible John-A Forensic Meditation."
"Batman Arkham Asylum Batman full of Freudian psychology! With brilliant collage art by Dave McKean. It may be hyper pretentious at times, but there's no better place to start. This will give you a small taste of what Morrison offers."
"We3 Part 3 of Morrison's Trilogy Trilogy. A book about cuddly little animal test subjects that go to meet their maker. Quitely and Morrison work wonders together. And while All-Star Superman shows this, We3 confirms it."
"New X-Men Vol. 1 I've been an X Men fan since birth and when this book came out, I heard everything he was doing and I was furious. But by the time it was winding down (or ramping up), I was enthralled. It was the best X-Men story I'd read since Age of Apocalypse and opened my mind to what the X-Men and capes and tights could be."
"Doom Patrol Vol. 1 Next up is his Doom Patrol. His work on this book made him the obvious choice for X-Men. Alienated Others saving a world that doesn't want them. This was the first point where Morrison let his mind just drift and go where he pleased. One of the characters is a sentient street."
"The Invisibles Vol. 1 This series is Grant Morrison's baby. He winds the battle of good Vs. evil, love Vs. hate, religion Vs. science, order Vs. chaos throughout time and using superhero tropes rhapsodizes about the nature of the universe and consciousness. Or is it just porn masquerading as art?"
"The Filth THIS IS THE FILTH! Possibly the Anti-Watchmen. Heroes are the white blood-cells of the universe and they are here to cure us of the villainous virus that makes people hurt one another. Uses lots of old Superhero tropes and clichés in a new way. Dense as all get out. Can't recommend it enough."
"JLA Confidential And so begins the great road to Final Crisis. Lots of seeds for Final Crisis, Seven Soldiers and Batman R.I.P. are contained within its fluffy dense package. It also shows some of the preoccupations he had during his Trilogy Trilogy."
"Seven Soldiers of Victory Vol. 1 This collection of 7 miniseries is as dense a deconstruction as either Watchmen or Sandman. What's more astounding, is that the art on every series as good as a top tear monthly, the series can be read as individual minis or as one giant intersecting story."
"Seven Soldiers of Victory Vol. 3 The stand outs of these second volumes are truly Bulleteer and Frankenstein. And Bulleteer goes into my book of all time favorite capes and tights stories. She's a bodyguard for hire at a Super Hero convention."
"52 Vol. 4 So begins his run on Batman. Batman has left the world for a year and in a cave to simulate a state approximating death. Now, Robin has come to pick him up. Not essential, but helps it make sense."
"Batman Part 1: Batman & Son The title of the first issue is a good way of explaining his run: "Building A Better Batmobile." And his work here is mayhaps the work he will forever be remembered for. He dredges up all of Batman's loose ends and making him atone for them before his death. Starting with his son."
"Batman Part 3: The Black Glove Here he confronts Batman vigilante copycats. both the good that can come from it, and the absolute horror that can result from a man twisted by catastrophe. My favorite arc next to R.I.P."
"Batman Part 4: Batman: R.I.P. This is THE BIG one. This right here has made Morrison possibly the biggest joke in comic history, and possibly Batman as well. But if you pause to look at the source material, Adam West, Bob Kane's Batman. It's not all meant to be taken completely serious to begin with. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. ZUR EN ARRH!"
"The Black Casebook. I highly recommend reading this AFTER RIP. Even though RIP makes little or no sense without it, I think it's important to understand the story from Batman's perspective and not from a Comic Historian's perspective. It truly cheapens the mystery of who wants to kill Batman and how."
"Final Crisis Now that you've read Seven Soldiers & Batman R.I.P., this should make A LOT more sense. Frankenstein & Mr. Miracle are absolutely indispensable when it comes to making sense of all of this. Simple synopsis: The gods had a war. Evil won. The superheroes must rise up and replace the old gods. Hopefully this has helped."
"Batman & Robin Vol. 1 Now that Batman is gone, Dick Grayson has decided to take up the mantle with little Damian at his side. This series seems to have a major preoccupation with commercialism, branding and where is the line between justice and murder?"
"Vimanarama Part 3 of the Trilogy Trilogy. These are really only a trilogy because he made all three of them at the same time and they are three issues each. Their are some artistic/storytelling preoccupations and meditations on "what is a superhero?" but other than that they have no correlation. This one is a Bollywood epic!"
"JLA, Vol. 1 Not a huge fan of his Justice League run. It may be the art. But the first volume is on here for completeness with the other piece of Morrisonia that I'm not particularly enthralled with."