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Invisibles, The: Revolution VOL 01 (Vertigo) Paperback – June 1, 1996
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My only reservation is that the series got a little hard to follow towards the end. So many little subplots going on in the past, present, and future, in hyperdimensions, in alternate realities/universes, in dreams, in hallucinations; characters changing allegiances or turning out to be other than what they appeared to be; hidden agendas.
Yikes, I got confused and more unsettled than a boy scout lost on Brokeback Mountain. I didn't know what was real and what wasn't, anymore. And I suppose that was Morrison's intent all along. The bastard! If Grant Morrsion is as twisted as his story lines, he can swallow a nail and poop out a cork screw.
Like Neil Gaiman, his work demands several rereadings with new insights emerging each time. I'm probably going to buy that 364 page commentary by Patrick Meaney before the next time I wade thru this material. But wade I must, because I sense there's a lot of "meaningful stuff" that slipped by me the first time.
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In a way, the comic deals with the methods of mind control and civil disobedience in early 21st century. Scared white men exploiting the mass of the people. They are acting cunningly and without any qualms. They use their economic and political, military, medicinal and media power to oppress those who are ridden by their desire to conform and to obey. Why do we obey, how do we conform? We obey our desires and we react to our greedy patterns not knowing how to get a grip, not knowing how to get in touch with ourselves and others, but mostly we lose contact with ourselves. We act foolishly because our desires are created by our minds. We do not know our mind. Thus, it proves to be quite a simple procedure for a planetary ever-more machine-like corporate industrial conglomerate consisting of media, pharmaceutical medicine, military, and other well-established brainwashing institiutions of our present society, it is quite simple for this complex structure to influence what we like/don't like and how we discern humanity according to our likes/dislikes. So in a way, it also deals with ourselves (our 'selfing' process) and how we perceive ourselves and the world we live in, how we create the world we think we live in by habitual though-speech-patterns. I could go on, but to no avail: Please read yourself and Enjoy the adventures of King Mob, Fanny, Boy, Robin and Jack!!!
Grant Morrison about his work: "My own comic book series The Invisibles was a six-year long sigil in the form of an occult adventure story which consumed and recreated my life during the period of its composition and execution. The hypersigil is an immensely powerful and sometimes dangerous method for actually altering reality in accordance with intent. Results can be remarkable and shocking."