The Invisibles Vol. 1: Say You Want a Revolution

The Invisibles Vol. 1: Say You Want a Revolution

by Grant Morrison

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Throughout history, a secret society called the Invisibles, who count among their number Lord Byron and Percy Shelley, work against the forces of order that seek to repress humanity's growth. In this first collection, the Invisibles latest recruit, a teenage lout from the streets of London, must survive a bizarre, mind-altering training course before being projected into the past to help enlist the Marquis de Sade.

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ISBN-13: 9781401245344
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Series: The Invisibles
Sold by: DC Comics
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 692,499
File size: 116 MB
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About the Author

Grant Morrison has been working with DC Comics for more than twenty years, beginning with his legendary runs on the revolutionary titles ANIMAL MAN and DOOM PATROL. Since then he has written numerous best-sellers — including JLA, BATMAN and New X-Men — as well as the critically acclaimed creator-owned series THE INVISIBLES, SEAGUY, THE FILTH, WE3 and JOE THE BARBARIAN. Morrison has also expanded the borders of the DC Universe in the award-winning pages of SEVEN SOLDIERS, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, FINAL CRISIS and BATMAN, INC., and he is currently reinventing the Man of Steel in the all-new ACTION COMICS.
In his secret identity, Morrison is a “counterculture” spokesperson, a musician, an award-winning playwright and a chaos magician. He is also the author of the New York Times best-seller Supergods, a groundbreaking psycho-historic mapping of the superhero as a cultural organism. He divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles and Scotland.

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Invisibles: Say You Want a Revolution 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Elbereth82 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a well structured comic serie with interesting characters.
jbushnell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Time-travel conspiracy comics. Mindbending, but the muddled "Arcadia" arc disappoints after the promising opening of the "Down and Out In Heaven or Hell" segments.
shimra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting work. Grant Morrison sold it as a philosophical adventure explaining why we are here, what is the meaning of life, etc. Its a very new age/ hippy/ anarchist/ right brain science fiction/ fantasy work, with a bunch of anarchist terrorist heros fighting the secret occult conspiracy that rules the world. Morrison thinks The Matrix ripped this comic off, they're thematically similar, at any rate, but Morrison's story is a bit more radical and experimental, and it has none of the real world materialism found outside the world of the matrix. Very interesting series, but I wonder if there's a bit of the old scam artist at work when Morrison claims the comic is some sort of occult Supergirl, changing the world through its magic, presumably by influencing the next generation of young comic readers to become new age rebels or something. Then again, there's a decent chance Morrison believes the kooky things he says.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Um....still a little confused as to what is going on, but really looking forward to figuring it out!
Terpsichoreus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I would enjoy Neal Gaiman more if he were a madman. Unfortunately, unless he starts making bookplates in the Blakean style, I don't think this will ever be remedied. He is a competent writer, and interesting, but rarely pushes the limits. Perhaps this shows that he is wise enough to recognize his own limitations, which is more than I can say for Morrison, especially in 'The Invisibles'.Morrison never fails to push the boundaries, but this only makes it more and more apparent that he is not a visionary writer. Though he is an avid reader and draws from many eccentric sources, he never seems capable of combining them into something greater than the scattered parts.Without a greater philosophical cosmology to tie things together, he ends up writing in a hodge-podge which has impressive breadth, but negligable depth. There are little spots now and again which go up to your calf, but the next step always lands on the careless sandbar of Morrison's ego.The only thing that does connect all the disparate elements is the plot, but that isn't saying much. Morrison wasn't blessed with Alan Moore's ability to make a driving plot out of the bizarre, and Morrison's penchant for writing six titles a month certainly doesn't help anything.Again, it is a matter of overextension. I am lucky enough to have more than a passing familiarity with a few of the mythologies he references. Unfortunately, this means that I can see the holes in his plots and references. Those with greater experience must find it even more disjointed.However, for those with much less experience, the text seems revolutionary, since the facade covers much of the bare scaffolding. If you didn't know that he was scraping this all together week to week, you might wonder if the mistakes and confusion was just you 'not getting it'; in such straits, many readers fall back on a cautious sense of awe, not wanting to admit that they don't get it.His King Mob character is set up to be the cool anti-hero, but since Morrison already finds his character to be interesting and sympathetic, he forgets to convince the reader of this fact. It should be unsurprising that Grant likes his character, since he's writing an author surrogate.He can never seem to keep himself out of his comics, which is another symptom of his big ego. It was a half-hearted trick when he played it in Animal Man, but making a Gary Stu secret agent with an active sex life is even more cringe-worthy. It might not be so obvious if he didn't mention that 'he's still single!' in every other letters column.It's been pointed out before that there are striking similarities between King Mob and Spider from Warren Ellis' 'Transmetropolitan'. They are both violent, outspoken anti heroes who look like Captain Picard in sunglasses with body mods.The comparison favors Spider, who is a strong, entertaining, sympathetic character. This is despite the fact that he never eschews his spiteful take-no-prisoners exterior. Ellis manages to write an outspoken writer character who isn't just a mouthpiece for the author, for which he should win some sort of prize. Meanwhile, Morrison can't separate his authorial voice from a secret agent wizard.Morrison also adds another protagonist to appeal to the kiddies, namely a troubled teen right out of the monomyth. Like every other monomyth hero, this character is rather empty, serving merely as a central focus for the frenetic action. Knowing Morrison, he's probably another author surrogate of how Grant imagines himself as a child.Morrison does write interesting turns now and again, though the more he explicates, the less clever he becomes. I keep feeling like I'm going to be forced to rate this book lower, but something generally comes along and saves it.As it is, I wish that it was more like some of Morrison's other work. He's at his best when he's not investing his ego in the outcome. His one-offs and fun little forays are great, but he takes his magni opera too seriously for them to succeed. Like
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Grant Morrison has a great way of incorporating elements of political thought, metaphysical theories, history, anarchy, time travel, and ambiguous (if not cool) pop references into his work. Although he had done prior work for 2000 AD and first worked for DC by reviving Animal Man, this is his start to comics superstardom. The moral amibuity, cleverness and breadth of vision afforded in this comic would soon invade mainstream Marvel and DC universes, although it would never be as fully developed or complete as it is here. I have to give marks down for the inconsistency with artists although mostly brilliant, there are several issues and panels that left me with a lot to be desired. Also, the story can get dauntingly confusing at times, although supposedly intended this way, it can really get in the way of you enjoying the material. An Absolute edition with clear detailed annotations just begs to be made.