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Book Title: The Invisibles Book One Deluxe Edition|
The author of the book: Grant Morrison
Date of issue: February 18th 2014
ISBN 13: 9781401245023
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 3.5
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It’s possible that I’m dumber than a fence post.
Not that it’s necessarily fair for me to impugn the intellect of the average fence post, mind you, having never spent a considerable amount of time conversing with such stolid support structures—and for purposes of comparison, let’s assume we’re talking about an average fence post, as I’m sure there are some exceedingly gifted fence posts that are highly intellectual and who choose a life of physical labor and stoically standing in a field simply because they feel it’s their highest and best use, and not necessarily because it’s the only job they could get; it’s just that one assumes (perhaps unfairly) that fence posts are, by and large, intellectually unremarkable.
But, I just didn’t get The Invisibles. Granted, this is not exactly a new phenomenon for me with Grant Morrison’s work, though if it’s the case that I rarely catch all of Mr. Morrison’s pitches, in this instance, I caught even fewer than normal; I felt like a one-legged catcher working with a knuckleballer. Who The Invisible are, what their purpose is, who they oppose…having now read hundreds of pages about them, I still don’t feel like I could satisfactorily answer those questions, which means I couldn’t really bring myself to care whether they succeed or not, though I’m given to understand that the Invisible are fighting some sort of secret intellectual oppressors and their success is paramount to our ability to have free thought and expression. I know that primarily from reading summaries of The Invisibles, though, not the text itself, which is troubling.
(Warning: holier-than-thou moralizing and soap boxing ahead!)
That said, there’s another reason I’m hanging a 2-star rating on this book, and that’s due to Morrison’s use of the Marquis de Sade as a character in the tale. It’s not that I object to the use of de Sade generally; what I object to is that, at the end of the brief arc in which he appears, de Sade seems to be standing in as a noble representation of being anti-establishment/authoritarian hegemony and is tasked by The Invisibles with helping to create a future where all—even the deviant—can be happy.
I’m intellectually astute enough to recognize that Morrison was using de Sade as shorthand for libertine philosophy and a counterculture counterpunch against the systemic influence of the Man—I get that. But, when using historic persons in creative works, a storyteller should consider all aspects of that person and what message their inclusion might send to the reader. Let us not forget that de Sade was a serial rapist and pedophile. He had serious mental issues and was a sexual deviant of the worst and most damaging kind. Look, I’m no prude (as most of you know); I’m all in favor of two consenting adults engaging in whatever floats their respective boats under circumstances in which the boundaries are sufficiently clear that there’s no danger of harm (emotional, mental, or physical) to either party, even if that involves an inflatable cat, a nine-iron, and kumquats. But, lionizing a man who routinely tortured women (without consent, I might add) and sodomized children is, at best, a careless storytelling faux pas.
I suspect that Grant Morrison is an enlightened and progressive individual, and I highly doubt that he would in any way condone de Sade’s horrific real-life acts. But, I think he could have made a better storytelling choice here. There are ways he could have achieved the same end without making at least one reader step outside the story and begin to wonder why on earth Morrison would be suggesting that such a horrible example of humanity should be held up as a savior, a distracting mental foray that may explain, in part, why I had no idea what the hell was going on most of the time (though I suspect that would have been the case with or without our friend the Marquis, give my aforementioned (average) fence-post intellectual wattage). de Sade’s relatively brief appearance isn’t the primary reason for the low rating, but it certainly didn’t help the situation, and I’m in no way inclined to continue forward with this series, though I’ll give Morrison another shot at some point.
For those who have read the book, I’d be curious to hear your take on it—it goes without saying that my point of view is by no means the “right” one or the only acceptable one, though I’ll say that you are one smart fence post if you’re scooping up everything Morrison is pooping out here.
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Read information about the authorScottish comic book author Grant Morrison is known for culture-jamming and the constant reinvention of his work. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics' Animal Man, Batman, JLA, The Invisibles, Action Comics, All-Star Superman, and Doom Patrol, and Marvel Comics' New X-Men and Fantastic Four. Many of these are controversial, yet rate in some of the most critically acclaimed and popular books. He is also active in screenwriting.
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