Originally posted by DocGonzo
Check it out! This is an Invisibles trailer someone cobbled together on youtube....it's freakin' sweet!
[edit on 17-3-2007 by DocGonzo]
That's pretty neat. Just searched for this and can't believe there's only this and one other thread with one post from years ago. There's got to
be more than just a few people around here who've read this series. Don't think I've read anything, ever, book or comic, that's inspired me as
much as this did. Have always hoped I'd find something else but nothing has ever really touched it, apart from maybe The X-Files.
Seriously, a lot of people around here might like this a lot, but be warned, it's no normal comic book. Think of Cosmic Trigger if you've read it
and it took your head to so many different places, well this has the same kind of effect, maybe more so.
This gives a good explanation of many of it's themes, from Disinfo.com, who also published a guide to the series :
Through his seminal stories for Starblazer, 2000 AD, Animal Man and Doom Patrol, Grant Morrison had established a formidable reputation as a writer of
seriously dark and adult comic books to rival Alan Moore and Frank Miller. The series that he had always wanted to write--a fusion of every conspiracy
theory, counter-culture rebellion and political plot ever--finally became a reality when DC Comic's Vertigo imprint launched the first installment of
Part of Morrison's sheer genius was to take familiar conspiracy and disinformation culture memes - Philip K. Dick's Vast Active Living Intelligence
(VALIS), Terence McKenna's 2012 Omega Point, the Rosicrucian Invisible College, the Rennes le Chateau mystery, Situationism: and re-shape them into
radically new scenarios. The Invisibles series is full of encyclopedic cut-and-paste references to films, pop music icons, tabloid controversies,
historical figures, fringe science theories and much more.
The first series chronicled the initiation of Dane McGowan transmutating into Jack Frost (and who may be a buddha). Offered the chance to join an
Invisibles cell led by the enigmatic King Mob, Frost becomes a key part of their battles against the Cyphermen and the cthonic Outer Church. Morrison
hints in places that these two opposing forces fighting to control humanity may simply be two sides of the same coin.
The Invisibles broke new ground with characters like the trans-gender sorceress Lord Fanny and the time-traveller Ragged Robin, but his attention to
historical detail (featuring author Mary Shelley, libertine the Marquis de Sade, George Byron and Percy Shelley as characters) and unusual locations
perhaps alienated a target U.S. comic-phile audience unused to multi-layered complexity and ambiguity.
Changes were made for series two, positioning The Invisibles cell as a classic DC Comics team. The Dionysian rebels were transplanted to more familiar
X-Files settings like UFO lore's Dulce military base (New Mexico) with powerful results (because Morrison still played with audience expectations).
Set a year later whilst the Invisibles recuperate in America, the series answered many questions and filled in the relevant backstory to our heroes.
But the stories still had a dark edge: Invisibles members are manipulated by subversive mind-control technology, and are torn apart by tension and
betrayal. Travelling across multiple time-lines, the Invisibles uncover the multi-dimensional horrors unleashed by Robert Oppenheimer at the Trinity
atomic bomb tests (signifying the original Biblical Fall). Virtual assassins, tantric sex rites that warp space-time topography, reslity viruses,
immersion tank fiction-suits, Monarch butterflies and aggregate languages spread by alien anti-bodies all feature in a dizzying story arc. This vast
scope features an alternative cosmology to the Big Bang where our universe is the phase boundary between an ailing and a healthy universe (suggested
by Michael Grady and Hannes Alfvens).
With the third and final series, Morrison again surprised fans by choosing to count down to the millennium and the climatic ground zero (issue one).
Self-referential and playfully ironic humour underlies references to Moonchild coronations and British Royal Family conspiracies, which are but minor
skirmishes in a perpetual war. And hopefully, the prodigious Morrison will reveal the identity and purpose of Barbelith: a mysterious satellite
relic/alien stone orbiting behind the Moon . . .