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- Publisher: Sequart Organization; 3rd edition (January 27, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 27, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0072QT5RE
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And the interview in the back, after the main text, is also very eye-opening, allowing Grant to reflect back upon his early work through the eyes of an older, perhaps(?) wiser man.
Truly wonderful stuff, and one of the very, very few serious books about comics out there -- one that's not too stuffy or too slight. I'm eagerly awaiting a second volume!
Intended to provide clarification and analysis of five of Morrison's earliest mainstream work (Zenith, Animal Man, Arkham Asylum, Batman: Gothic, and Doom Patrol)this work provides a good overview but lacks in real depth.
First of all, the title is something of a misnomer: works like The new adventures of Hitler and Gideon Stargrave are either ignored or only briefly mentioned. This is really about Morrison's first breakthroughs into the mainstream.
There's a massive amount of content in Morrison's work - both his fans and detractors point out that the sheer mass of information he includes easily overwhelms many readers. This book is intended to reduce and simplify that onslaught so that readers can get an appreciation for Morrison's subtext.
The section on Zenith is especially welcome, since Zenith is not widely available to those of us who don't have the wherewithal or interest in procuring original copies of 2000AD. Not having read the work, this section provided a good amount of background and detail and acts as an effective introduction to the themes explored throughout this book.
In general, this is a great book - I'm just going to address the relatively few flaws I found below. I'm much more familiar with the other works featured herein and as a result, subsequent sections were somewhat lacking. Callahan mostly concerns himself with categorizing the various themes of each work, demonstrating how they fit together both internally and in the larger context of Morrison's career.Read more ›
Having said that this is a monumental undertaking and one wonders how there can be a market for such a book at all, given that it focus on an authors decidedly esoteric years, but also an author who have chosen comic books as a medium. May there be more studies such as this.
The interview at the end is alone worth the price of the book.
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