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Seaguy (DC Comics Vertigo) Paperback – February 1, 2005
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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So much craziness and so many ideas packed into so small a book... If anything, I wish it was longer so that Grant Morrison would have more room to tell his story.Published 20 months ago by cinewhore
Seaguy, an ordinary bloke in diving gear, lives in a world which used to have superheroes but doesn’t need them anymore – they simply go to the amusement park and ride the rides... Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by Sam Quixote
Imagine Lawrence of Arabia playing Space Ghost with a fat tuna for a side kick instead of a pair of kids. Or any other Hana Barbara cartoon with an iron jawed ace in the lead. Read morePublished on November 27, 2009 by Dylan Cassard
Grant Morrison is definitely Lightning Rod Lad in the world of contemporary comics, garnering countless "love him or loathe him" responses to his work. Me? Read morePublished on April 22, 2009 by William Timothy Lukeman
Grant Morrison is a creator like no other. All of his work is just pure imagination of the highest order. Seaguy is no different. Read morePublished on September 30, 2008 by Will Carper
I'm a fan of Grant Morrison and this was a pretty cool story.
There was a lot of neat sci-fi stuff and it had a anti-hollywood ending. Read more