The End of the World as We Know it...New Year's Resolution...Appeal for Assistance...Phantom Gifts

Title: Grant Morrison's DC Reading Project
Post by: Jupiter on May 04, 2009, 09:58:35 PM


As I've said before, I'm starting a reading project where my original intent was to read all of Grant Morrison's DC work in a year. I just about have all of it now, and I will have it all within a year, I hope. (I'm assuming they'll release his third JLA volume in hardback within a year, the second is due this summer...) I'm not going to put a time limit on it, though, because I know at least my reading time is extremely limited--I'm sure I'm not alone--and I tend not to read comics every day.

Grant has stated himself that he sees his work as one giant, living, cohesive thing. I've noticed several themes as I've read through his stuff before, and I'm hoping that by reading them all together, those themes and connections may pop out a bit more.

 

This is how Jeff Carter started a certain Grant Morrison reading project on the old board back in the dim mists of time.  Having been a fan of Morrison's work before that, but knowing that I didn't really understand half of what he was going on about, I decided to join in and try to read everything Morrison had produced up to that point, and to analyse or discuss it to the best of my ability.

 

We've covered a fair bit of ground up to now, and I've learned a lot about Grant's themes and approaches (and much more besides).  However, having come this far, I'd really like to see this through to the bitter end.  The main characters in Morrison's The Invisibles live their lives with the belief that the world ends with the Eschaton in December 2012, so I've decided that I have to try to finish the project this year, or perhaps I never will.  :-)

 

That's my comics-related New Year's Resolution.  Now for the appeal. 

 

In order to possibly finish it in the next 11 months, I'll need some help from the Legion, Captain Comic's All-Star Squadron, the Comics Cave Crew

 

ie YOU!

 

In the opening post of this thread, you can see all the work of Morrison's that I've covered so far in red hyperlinks, and the ones remaining are in normal type.  Is anyone game to start a thread on any of the remaining work?

 

The really big ones are New X-Men, Morrison's only major Marvel U extended series,and 52, which was written along with Mark Waid, Greg Rucka and a certain Geoff J Johns esq.  Both series are thoroughly deserving of a good reread I'm sure.

 

Or you might want to try one of the shorter series Morrison has embarked upon, (sadly without the assistance of Geoff Johns.)

 

As for the Phantom Gifts, I thought I might offer a bit of an incentive.  No, they are not the Figserello version of the No-Prize!  Some of you already know about the thick collections of classic Phantom adventures that are produced every year here in Australia.  I figure every true fan of superhero adventures or classic comics would want at least one such volume in their collection.  The Phantom is the world's first superhero after all*, and a hard-ass who Alan Moore was going to include in Batman's team in his never completed Twilight of the Superheroes.

 

Well, dig out a few of those old Morrison comics, write up your thoughts in a dedicated thread, and I'll happily buy you one and send it by way of appreciation.  The only thing is that it is published on the 27th of January and will only be in the shops a few weeks after that.  So I'll only have a short time to see who's being naughty or nice...

 

If you are interested, let me know on this thread.

 

*Arguably.  :-)

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If anyone is planning on following along with Border Mutt's 52 discussion but doesn't have the original issues, Comixology is selling digital editions for 99 cents this weekend.

I'm looking forward to rereading 52 in the 4 tpbs that came out. I have the comics, but there seemed to be a lot of supplementary stuff and commentary with the TPBs.

Hopefully, we won't start 52 until after we finish New X-Men...

Hopefully, we won't start 52 until after we finish New X-Men...

Not a problem.  Waiting until after Valentine's Day before going on a 52 reading binge is probably a good idea. ;)

I started reading volume 1 of All-star Superman last night. I hopefully will start posting thoughts early this week once I've finished the first volume.

Cool!  I've read to the end of Final Crisis, so I was wondering what to read betweentimes while awaiting further posts on that.  Really looking forward to reading what you have to say about it, Jason.

Mark Sullivan said:

I guarantee I'll want to discuss Flex Mentallo when the collection is finally published in March.

 

Read this last night. Entertaining incoherent gibberish - unlike, say, Final Crisis, which was simply unpleasant incoherent gibberish

Ha! My copy is waiting at the house, where I will read it this weekend. I will certainly have a little more to say about it, and I don't even want to think about getting Figs started :)

The Baron said:

Mark Sullivan said:

I guarantee I'll want to discuss Flex Mentallo when the collection is finally published in March.

 

Read this last night. Entertaining incoherent gibberish - unlike, say, Final Crisis, which was simply unpleasant incoherent gibberish

well, Baron, the activation of the Anti-life Equation and the nullification of all human values and personal dignity was never going to be pleasant. That's Darkseid for you.

We'll see if we can't make the two series cohere a little for you when we get to them.

I'm still trying to get around to saying something worthwhile about All-Star Superman, ("coherent gibberish" perhaps?) but I'll try to read along with Flex too. Mark, you should give it its own thread when you're ready.

Hey Figs, I was just rummaging through your list. I can take the Marvel Boy mini if you want. I actually have that close at hand after going through my collection. Although I initially go it for the JG Jones art ;).

That'd be really great Travis.  But maybe after we look at Flex Mentallo and All-Star Superman?  Too much of a good thing all at once!

 

It took me a while to figure out that that JG Jones and JH Williams III were two different people...

 

How did you know JG Jones before Marvel Boy?

I have a similar problem.  I know that Joe Casey and Joe Kelly are two different writers, but I can't tell you anything that differentiates Joe C from Joe K for me.
 
Figserello said:

It took me a while to figure out that that JG Jones and JH Williams III were two different people...

...Did the 2-page origins appear in the books ?????



Figserello said:

I'm looking forward to rereading 52 in the 4 tpbs that came out. I have the comics, but there seemed to be a lot of supplementary stuff and commentary with the TPBs.

Hopefully, we won't start 52 until after we finish New X-Men...

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