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
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.