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on August 30, 2012
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. There are lots of very helpful reviews, both positive and negative, that you can find in this site (The Invisibles was originally collected as 7 softcover books, and each one of them has many reviews right here in Amazon).

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If are an avid collector, you should definitely get this book. This are probably his most "sacred scriptures" collected in the best deluxe presentation available.

Beware, this is an expensive book and you're buying it at your own risk. The Invisibles is quite different from Morrison's most mainstream (but also excellent) works like New X-Men, Batman, JLA or All-Star Superman. If you enjoyed those books chances are you may like The Invisibles also, but Morrison writes his more "personal" stuff differently from his super-hero works, these are more demanding and radical writings, sometimes you'll read and have no idea what's going on, but when you advance with the reading (and with later subsequent re-readings) more pieces of the puzzle will fit into place. That's one of the main attractive aspects of Morrison's stories, but also one of their most repellent factor sometimes.

If you've never read any Morrison book before, unless you're a reader that is really into the heavy occult/sci-fi/conspiracy/counter-culture stuff, I'm not sure this title is the best way to be introduced to his work. While The Invisibles is a stand-alone book, I also think it's the culmination of ideas and concepts that Morrison had been working for years before in other titles. I can tell you from my personal experience that having read his Animal Man, Doom Patrol and JLA runs before getting to The Invisibles prepared me to embrace and enjoy better the complex narrative and ideas of this book. Or you can always buy the much cheaper softcover edition that collects the first issues to get a taste of the title, and if you get hooked then go for this Omnibus.

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- One of the best aspects of The Invisibles is that this series allows for multiples readings, so if you like it, this is one book you'll find yourself re-reading many times. This is a great additional value to me, because not only I get a deluxe edition and an excellent comic, but also lots of hours of enjoyment and entertainment for my money.

- One of the most negative aspects of this series is the inconsistency in the art, as it comprises a lot of different artists. Some of them are great, like Phil Jiménez, Chris Weston or Frank Quitely, but there are too many different artistic styles and that doesn't make any good to the book. In this case, the diversity of artists is not a positive thing, in fact it's distracting and off-putting sometimes.

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This Omnibus is definitely gorgeous, with a very solid sewn-binding that makes the book lay flat on the table (quite like the Marvel Omnibus editions) and allows for a comfortable reading (that is, for a monstrous 1500-plus pages book, of course!). This looks like the kind of book that will last for a lifetime: the high quality sewn-binding seems to be able to sustain multiple readings without any risk of damaging it. However, this books is stiffer to open than the Marvel Omnibuses. Marvel Omnis feature more flexible bindings, thus making the reading experience a bit more comfortable. The gutter loss in this book is almost nonexistant, even in the middle pages, so the art can be fully appreciated.

The paper stock is heavy weight and glossy, you don't see the art through the pages. The printing quality is great as well, with pristine reproductions of the multiple artists' work. I'm also very pleased with the overall design of the book: the new cover by Brian Bolland looks great and the design of both the dustjucket and the hardcover under it look amazing. The interior design is very well-done too.

This edition includes a 2-pages introduction by Gerard Way, vocalist of My Chemical Romance. At the end of the book, a section of 54 pages of extras is also included, ranging from Morrison's original series proposal to character design sketches, the logo and multiple cover design processes, original pencilled pages and a selection of Morrison's essays from the Invisible Ink section originally published in the monthly issues. However the letters pages are not included, I understand that their inclusion would have made this beast of a book even bigger, but it's a shame nonetheless.

EDIT: I've uploaded a bunch of images so you can see this beautiful book in detail.
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on May 19, 2013
The complete comic in an awesome form. Binding is great and holds the weight of the book well. Dust Jacket has a cool background gloss thats has the comics characters barely visible to the light. I wont explain any of the plot just do as the title suggests
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on October 1, 2012
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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on January 4, 2013
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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on February 11, 2013
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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on July 27, 2013
Read the series in trade paperback when I was in college. Vertigo changed my comic book reading life, starting with Preacher. Eventually I moved onto Transmetropolitan and this, Grant Morrison's The Invisibles. Now it is all collected in one hardcover and it is really a hefty book to carry around. I tried to lend this to my younger brother and when he saw the size of it, he was like, "No way I'll be able to finish that!" It is really huge. And so is the impact the Invisibles had in my life. It was only a matter of course a collection like this would eventually be released as Grant Morrison is and probably always will be one of the greatest graphic novelists of all time.

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on July 11, 2013
all your life, all life, all existence...the ultimate wake up call. There is no enemy. Now it's a rescue mission.
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on October 18, 2013
My favorite Morrison title ever. One of my favorite books (comic or otherwise). New coloring, reads flat so nothing gets caught in the margins. This thing is HEAVY, but it's over 1000 pages, what'd you expect?! I made the mistake of selling my trades when I bought this. My advice - keep the trades for excursions into the outside world, but plunk down the cash for this beauty. Very well made. My only complaint is that the dustcover is the same as the inner cover, would've been nice to have something a bit more subversive on the inside (or the famous sigil).
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on November 30, 2012
I can't imagine that anyone is going to consider purchasing this who isn't already familiar with Morrison and The Invisibles, but for anyone who wants to start reading The Invisibles, this is simply the best way to do it. While it was originally published as a series, The Invisibles is a single massive epic that tells the story of the universe, you, me, the Marquis de Sade, the Beatles, ancient evil gods, other dimensional beings, and everyone/everything else. A story this size deserves a book this size. This thing is huge (Amazon says 10 lbs, but seems heavier)! Considering that many new hard-cover novels go for $40, for a book this size, with elaborate color art and great re-readability, I consider $90 a steal.
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on April 8, 2013
My friend had all the individual volumes, and those were a delight to read. They were a bit more expensive overall, and kind of removed the feeling of a giant overarching story a bit, but it's suuuch (with so many u's) a great story. The Invisibles is a great purchase no matter how you buy it, and I would argue that this beautiful hulking omnibus is the way to go. Great art quality, hardcover, dust jacket, some bonus stuff in the back... It's sweet
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