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The Filth Paperback – June 1, 2004
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And does it work? Heck yeah, it does.
The Filth strikes me as a re-imagining of the seminal series The Inivsibles. Bald bad-ass pervert protagonist? Check. Secret society controlling the fate of the world? Check. Bizarro organic cyber-punk psychedelica? Check. Kinky sex out the wazoo? Again, check.
This time, Grant also throws some bones to his old Animal Man fans with some nice post-mod super-hero subplots. It's almost like he's winking at himself -- an early scene with characters stepping out of comic book panels so closely mirrors the stunning post-mod twists of his early DC work that you'll either find yourself laughing (at the blatent rip-off) or groaning (at the blatent rip-off.)
So what makes this worth reading if it's so deriviative? Well, it's Grant, so the writing and plotting is superb, and the art by Chris Weston and Gary Erskine really grabbed my by the proverbial curlies. More importanly to me, however, was the running subplot concerning Slade/Feely's relationship with his cat, Tony. As usual, I'll save you the spoilers, the rest assured that this part of the story grounds the fantasmagoric aspects, and serves as an odd little paen to the power of love in our completely messed-up world. It's the emotional center of the story, and adds some sentimental feeling to Grant's paranoid and scary work.
Plus, I just love kitties myself.
Pick this up, and read it twice... three times if you must. It's really that darned good.
It takes roughly ten pages for the story to erupt into utter weirdness. Before that mark we follow the life-pattern of one Greg Feely, a cubicle serf with a peculiar taste in pornography and a co-dependant affection for his cat Tony. One night he finds a naked black woman in his shower; he half-wittingly engages in a day-glo romp session with the vixen and Feely's ''para-personality'' is stripped away to reveal his ''true'' self, Ned Slade, a policeman - or, more technically, a garbageman - for the Hand, an underground organization which cleans up and disposes all aberrations, perversions, and social threats to the Status:Q. Unfortunately Slade is an amnesiac: due to a severe trauma during a previous assignment, he has regressed so severely into his Feely persona that he's now forgotten the details of his existence. . . or so he is told over and over by the mysterious minions of the Hand.Read more ›
The Filth tells the story of Greg Feely, a sad middle-aged man whose only friend is his dying cat Tony. One day, Feely is told that he s actually Ned Slade, an elite agent of The Hand, a secret organization that sanitizes the world, ridding it of all the filth humanity remains unaware of. With The Hand, Feely/Slade encounters an intelligent virus named Spartacus Hughes, a synthetic porno actor with super-potent, jet black semen, and a homemade superhero.
Feely/Slade soon learns that all is not as it seems and The Hand may be more sinister than he was first led to believe. What follows is a very touching human story of compassion and redemption that only Grant Morrison could tell. The Filth is not for everybody, but if you can stomach it, you just may find something special hidden among the gratuitous sex, death, and violence.
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A strange romp. Probably needs a few readings to take it all in. I enjoyed it regardless. Not for everyone.Published 2 months ago by Norman Edelen
Great product. Just as described and delivered in the time offeredPublished 5 months ago by casey evans
This may be my favorite series by Morrison, and definitely in the top 10 of my all times. Gosh, what does that say about me?
Yes this story is disturbing. Read more
Like Tim Burton or Frank Zappa, Grant Morrison is one of those creative talents that can bring more idiosyncrasy than genius to a project. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Henry J. Hannon
Not one to write reviews all that often but damn was this an excellent read thru and thru! Nuff said!Published 7 months ago by Ruben Polanco
A truly excellent and somewhat transgressive book, this dimensional-hopping sci-fi spy story, dressed in S&M leather and a fluorescent afro wig, aims to challenge the reader's... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lewis Manalo