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Product Details

  • Series: The Invisibles Omnibus
  • Hardcover: 1536 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234591
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 7.9 x 3.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Grant Morrison has been working with DC Comics for twenty years, after kicking off his American comics career with acclaimed runs on ANIMAL MAN and DOOM PATROL. Since then he has written such best-selling series as JLA, BATMAN and New X-Men, as well as such creator-owned titles as THE INVISIBLES, SEAGUY, THE FILTH and WE3. In recent years Morrison has been hard at work expanding the DC Universe in titles ranging from the Eisner Award-winning titles SEVEN SOLDIERS and ALL-STAR SUPERMAN to the weekly 52 to the reality-shattering, multiverse-spanning epic that is FINAL CRISIS. In his secret identity, Morrison is a "counterculture" spokesperson, a musician, an award-winning playwright and a chaos magician. He lives and works between Los Angeles and his homes in Scotland.

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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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Great quality book, no gutter loss, top notch sewn binding and nice paper stock.
Mathieu Dube
The printing quality is great as well, with pristine reproductions of the multiple artists' work.
Bruno Marisi
Re-read this awesome collection without having to dig all your comic books out of storage.
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121 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Bruno Marisi on August 30, 2012
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The Invisibles Omnibus collects every single issue and short story of the series:

- The Invisibles #1 to 25
- The Invisibles (2nd series) #1 to 22
- The Invisibles (3rd series) #12 to 1 (that's right, it was published in "countdown" order)

- Absolute Vertigo (a 6-pages Invisibles short story)
- Vertigo: Winter's Edge #1 (an 8-pages Invisibles short story)

(Winter's Edge and Absolute Vertigo were anthology specials with multiple short-stories, only the Invisibles ones are included, as the rest of them are completely unrelated to the book).

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How to sum-up The Invisibles? In its core, The Invisibles is about a motley crew of rebels fighting by any means necessary to liberate humanity from the domination that was unconsciously imposed upon us by extra-dimensional entities. Magic, conspiracy theories, Manichaeism, Eschatology, tantric sex, alien abductions, ultra-violence, time travel, consciousness-expansion, fashion and memes are among many of the key themes in the series. Think of The Matrix on psychedelic drugs and much more complex (The Invisibles is in fact regarded as a major influence to the Wachowski brothers' film and many parallelis between both works can be drawn).

Grant Morrison is a very controversial author and this is arguably his most personal and complex work. Some people describe it as an avant-garde masterpiece, while others think of it as unintelligible and pretentious drug-induced junk. I'm afraid this is a love-it-or-hate-it book, with no shades of grey in between, so it's quite a risky buy to say the least.

My review will focus on the edition of this Omnibus title and the different kind of readers it may appeal to, rather than the story itself.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By a reader on August 29, 2012
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The material speaks for itself. It's The Invisibles, it's every bit of the pre-millenial masterwork. The big news, and what I was waiting to learn, was whether this volume would follow suit with DC's other omnibuses, which unlike Marvels have been poorly bound, difficult to open, and lost lots of art to gutters. The Invisibles isn't quite as well-bound as Marvel's omnibuses, but it is much, much better than DC's others. Appears to be a mix of glue and sewn binding, but it opens well, and even at the dead middle of this immense volume, the pages lay flat.

Now give us a Doom Patrol Omnibus--
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. T. Aragao on October 1, 2012
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The Invisibles would have been so talked as Alan Moore's Wacthmen if had have been less complex. But the complexity of the plot is exactly what makes the Grant Morrison's masterpiece so special. There are time-travel, multiples universes (always present in Morrison's works), tons of pop culture, sexual themes and crazy philosophy, everything mixed up in the most unusual way.
The story begins with a boy revolt against the system, and so all takes global proportions. The way that simple things of the day life are explained through the point of view of the crazy conspiracy is wonderful. The complexity of the whole thing is the "cherry of the cake" (and, unfortunately, what keeps some readers apart). But don't be afraid of the story because all makes sense (you just won't find boxes explaining what happened - you'll have to figure out!).
Although the plot is so magical, the art is a controversial point. Grant Morrison wanted to change the artist on every arc. The idea was very good, but don't works every time. In the second volume of the book (there are 3), Phil Jimenez assume the pencil in almost every issues. However, despite the highs and lows, the art have some great moments and in the end works pretty good.
The edition is really very good. Hardcover, good paper, wonderful extras, everything is there.
So, if you always wanted to know what "The Invisibles" is, or if you appreciate time-travel, multiples universe, different super heroes stories and want something that will keep you thinking about after you finish: this is a musthave! This is a classic ... the best type of classics, a cult classic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Rahtz on February 11, 2013
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My husband and I loved the Invisibles when it came out- and this is even better. Re-read this awesome collection without having to dig all your comic books out of storage. It is about 6 inches thick, so it is big and heavy, but worth it to have everything in one place.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Royland Odell Owens on January 4, 2013
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In 1995 someone at a bookstore suggested I read the first Invisible series and I took them up on that offer although the series was more than halfway into it's initial run.

I was still into superhero comics and was at that the time going through the Bad Girl phase in comics, so Vertigo comics were still kind of taboo to me.

After reading the first volume of Garth Ennis' wonderful Preacher series I learned two things: 1) Vertigo Comics were not that bad and 2) I was an adult now, so the exploits of the X-Men were not as entertaining as they were when I was a kid.

The Invisibles started their second run, so I was able to jump on and get what was going on without skipping a beat. By now the first trade paperback (Say You Want A Revolution) was now available to own and I snatched it up and was very entertained by it. Pretty soon all the trades from the initial series were available and I was all smiles.

I initially bought this omnibus for collector value but opened it because I want to experience it's conspiracies all over again (It has almost been 20 years).

I like the quality of the paper it's been reprinted on and the sewn binding lets me know that it will last long.

You really should try this omnibus because Grant Morrison is a great writer and is surrounded by a great array of artists.
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