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Seaguy (DC Comics Vertigo) Paperback – February 1, 2005

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Grant Morrison is one of comics' most innovative writers. His long list of credits includes Batman: Arkham Asylum, JLA, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, Judge Dredd, New X-Men, The Invisibles and The Filth. Cameron Stewart has contributed artwork to the likes of Catwoman, Hellboy: Weird Tales and Superman Adventures. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: DC Comics Vertigo
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401204945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401204945
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,608,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grant Morrison is one of comics' greatest innovators. His long list of credits includes Batman: Arkham Asylum, JLA, Seven Soldiers, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, The Invisibles and The Filth. He is currently writing Batman and All-Star Superman.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J.D. Reichert on October 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
When a soft drink named Xoo comes to life suddenly, where do you turn? To none other than Seaguy, the aquatic adventurer who's out to win the heart of the beautiful She-Beard, and who, along with Chubby, his fish pal that hates the water, unearth a secret eons old!

Sound confusing? It is. But its also a trip well worth taking. Grant Morrison (We3, Invisibles, New X-Men) pens, and I'm sure this will be a shock, a very amazing/confusing tale at the same time. Starting in a world where superheroes are no longer needed, and eventually ending up at the moon, Grant uses this story to poke at consumerism and the government virtually non-stop. Of course, if you're a fan of Morrison's none of this should come as a surprise to you. Along for the ride is Cameron Stewart, the fantastic artist who brings Seaguy's world to life. He gives the cast a solid superhero look, but one that just seems more vibrant than that found in most fare. A big help was the colouring, making Seaguy's world really pop.

Should you buy this book? As long as you're prepared for a mind-boggling ride you should strap yourself in and enjoy the adventure.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nolan J. Werner on February 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is not a book that can be enjoyed by every reader, though, to be honest, very little of Grant Morrison's work is like that. He can tell amazing stories that make your head hurt, occasionally make you hallucinate and rethink how comic stories can be told while approaching every project with a totally new outlook but that outlook is not for everyone.

The first time I read the first issue I copied Chubby Da Choona and said, 'Da Fug?' I had to sit down and read it again to enjoy the subtle cartoonish nuances of the book. When the entire thing is taken as a whole then Morrison's bizarre vision really shines through. Love him or hate him, it's hard to say that he can't come up with stories that no one else would think of (whether or not you think that they work is another matter).

Cameron Stewart's art fits the tone of the book perfectly. Morrison has a knack for discovering the best traits of an artist and putting them to use. I think this is because he is one of the few comic book writers who realize that comic books are a visual medium and need to be written as such. Even his dialogue heavy pages are written visually. Stewart said that the next 3 parts of it have some of the most insane things he has ever seen and given Morrison that is saying a lot.

Its one part adventure serial, one part dystopian morality tale and one part Spongebob Squarepants camp. It adds up to one very interesting comic no matter how you add it up. The only major flaw of the book is that the ending is far too open and wraps up nothing, only setting up the next miniseries, which of course you immediately want to read. So in that respect the ending is a letdown in a uniquely Morrisonesque way.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
Grant Morrison's Seaguy is one of those few comic oddities that will keep readers faith in the medium. In a future world where super heroes are no longer needed, Seaguy and his best pal Chubby Da Choona find themselves in the middle of a real adventure when a food and drink element called Xoo takes a life of it's own. Zany and startingly original at the same time, Seaguy represents almost everything that makes Grant Morrison a modern day visionary in the comic world. Morrison's digs at mass consumerism and government control are more than apparent here as well, but as any reader of Morrison's various works know, this is of little surprise. The pencils of Cameron Stewart bring this utopian world to life, and frankly, Seaguy would not work the way it does if anyone else would have been on board. Seaguy isn't Morrison's best work, not even by a long shot (his runs on JLA and New X-Men, and not to mention Animal Man and the brilliant the Filth are literary and comic gems), but this book is a prime example of his originality and vision as a writer, and proof that there still is hope in the medium.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By on November 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
The story of Seaguy, written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Cameron Stewart, introduces a brilliant new hero (Seaguy, naturally) who yearns for love and adventure. His partner-in-arms is a flying cigar-smoking Tuna, aptly named Chubby Da Choona. Their quirky, surrealistic world is part fairy tale and part paranoid nightmare. The story and art mesh perfectly in creating a subversive childlike wonderland. The concept and approach are innovative and new, making this story of high adventure exciting and instantly memorable. Seaguy wears his heart on his sleeve, and his colorful, vibrant, and hyperintelligent surrealistic story will likely touch yours.

Grant Morrison has been one of the most creative and inventive writers working in the field of graphic storytelling for the past 20 years. I dare to suggest that Seaguy might be both his and Cameron Stewart's finest work. (This original work was published by Vertigo a few years ago; Morrison and Stewart are currently releasing a new Seaguy miniseries sequel.)

Imagine a world where social reality is "perfect"--there is no poverty, conflict, social unrest, or disorder, only harmony and contentment. Freedom and choice are defined in relation to entertainment, play, and consumption. Everyday life is peaceful and everyone is special. There is no struggle, no strife. The superhero types no longer exist simply because there is no longer any need for them. Sure, they're still around, but all they do now is go to the amusement parks like everyone else. Television is a central part of life. It functions to simultaneously enthrall, numb, and divert attention vis-à-vis cartoon worlds and mindless repetition. What appears on the nightly "news" is strictly limited because information is carefully managed.
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