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Grant Morrison: The Early Years [Kindle Edition]

Timothy Callahan , Grant Morrison , Kevin Colden , Jason Aaron
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Grant Morrison redefined comics in the 1980s and early '90s, from his trailblazing creation of ZENITH, through his metatextual innovations in ANIMAL MAN, to his Dadaist super-heroes in DOOM PATROL. Along the way, he also addressed Batman with his multi-layered ARKHAM ASYLUM and his literary "Gothic" storyline.

Callahan examines all five works in detail, drawing out their evolving themes and exploring Morrison's sometimes difficult texts in plain language. Rounding out the volume: an exclusive interview with Morrison, a foreword by popular comics writer Jason Aaron, and an appendix addressing his even earlier, shorter work.

From Sequart Research & Literacy Organization.


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  • File Size: 3656 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sequart Research & Literacy Organization; 3rd edition (January 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0072QT5RE
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant June 5, 2007
Format:Paperback
What Timothy Callahan has done here is to open up Grant Morrison's early texts, which are often confusing for many readers. Even as an avid fan of Morrison -- I've read virtually EVERYTHING he's written -- I learned a lot from this book. Callahan's interpretations and insights are both clear and fair, and they actually expanded my knowledge. I can only imagine how much this book would have helped me if I hadn't read ZENITH (Grant's early masterpiece, published in England in 2000AD and not currently availalbe) or if I hadn't already spent countless hours going over ARKHAM ASYLUM. Even so, Tim managed to expand my understanding of ARKHAM, which is really saying something!

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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hampered by its own ambition November 20, 2012
By dsan
Format:Paperback
This is a great introduction to Morrison's early work, but it tries to cover too much ground for a book this short and suffers as a result.

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.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! January 3, 2012
Format:Paperback
Much like Pat Meaney's Our Sentence is Up, this little book really helps fill in all the background information on Mr. Morrison in his career. In many ways an understanding of Morrison and his life is necessary for reading many of his works. For those just a little curious to the Morrison fanatic, this book is for you.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for sheer uniqueness but... August 23, 2007
Format:Paperback
the book overlooks several of the more obvious interpretations of GM's work in favor of a more bland and pop-cultural take on it. One wonders why the author of the book did not read a little more up on not only GM's interviews, or if he did why he overlooked the many references (beyond what has become pop-cultural phenomenons such as Jung and post-modernist chic) that dovetails so nicely into the books and authors he recommends all the time.

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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