This is meant to be a one-stop shop for discussing the works of Grant Morrison. There’s just a few things I wanted to try on a new thread, as well as bring everything under the one roof. This isn’t a complete list, but I’m hoping to add other stuff as we get to them. (Click on the hyper-links to go to discussions of the different books.) Let’s see how many of these stories we can get through…
1985-88 Secret Origins
• Captain Granbretan - text story Captain Britain #13 (January 1986, Marvel UK),
• "The Stalking" (text story with illustrations by Garry Leach, UK 1986 Batman Annual)
• "Osgood Peabody's Big Green Dream Machine" (text story with illustrations by Barry Kitson and Jeff Anderson, UK Superman Annual, 1986)
• Dr Who Magazine Marvel UK - Changes (issue #118-9), The World Shapers (#127-9), Shock! (#139)
1988-90 Animal Patrol
• St Swithin's Day (with Paul Grist) Trident 1989
• JLA: Ghosts of Stone Secret Origins #46
• Arkham Asylum 1989 (See attachment below)
• Animal Man (DC, #1-26, 1988-1990): Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3.
• "Flash of Two Worlds" (Secret Origins #50, 1990)
• Gothic (with Klaus Janson, in Legends of the Dark Knight #6-10) 1990 (Also, see attachment)
• Hellblazer: "Early Warning" #25-26, Vertigo, 1990.
1991-94 Odds and Sods
• Kid Eternity, with Duncan Fegredo, DC, 3-issue mini-series, 1991
• Sebastian O with Steve Yeowell, Vertigo, 3-issue mini-series, 1993
• The Mystery Play with Jon J. Muth, Vertigo, graphic novel, 1994
• Swamp Thing: "Bad Gumbo" (with co-writer Mark Millar and artist Philip Hester,) Vertigo, #140-143, 1994
• Skrull Kill Krew (with co-writer Mark Millar) Marvel, 5 issues, 1995
• Kill Your Boyfriend (with Philip Bond and D'Israeli, Vertigo) 1995
• Flex Mentallo (with Frank Quitely) Vertigo 1996
• New Toys from Weird War Tales #3 (with Frank Quitely, Vertigo), 1997
• Aztek, the Ultimate Man #1-10 (with co-writer Mark Millar) 1996
• The Flash: (with co-writer Mark Millar), Emergency Stop / The Human Race 1997
• JLA 1997-2000
• JLA/WildC.A.T.s one-shot crossover, 1997
• JLA: Earth 2, 1999
2000 - 2004 Marvellous Filth
• Marvel Boy, 6 issues Marvel 2000
• Fantastic Four: 1234 (Marvel Knights) 2001-2
• The Filth, Vertigo, 13-issues, 2002
2004 – 2013
• WE3 (with Frank Quitely, Vertigo, 3-issue mini-series, 2004
• Seaguy, Vertigo Book 1 2004, Book 2 2009
• Vimanarama (with Philip Bond) Vertigo 3-issue mini-series 2005
• Joe the Barbarian, DC 8-issue series. 2009
• DC Comics Presents: Mystery in Space (tribute to Julie Scwartz) 2004
• All Star Superman, 12 issues, 2005 - 2008
The Infinite Book
• 52 (with co-authors Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka, and Mark Waid), DC, #1-52, 2006-2007
• Batman & Son (includes issues from #655-666), 2006-07
• The Club of Heroes Batman #667-669, 2007
• The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul with var writers, inc Batman #670-671, Oct-Nov 2007
• The Black Glove Batman #672-675, 2007-08
• Batman R.I.P., Batman #676-681, 2008
• Final Crisis, May 2008-January 2009
• Batman and Robin, June 2009 onwards
• Batman 700 2010
• Return of Bruce Wayne 2010
2013 Beyond Batman
•Happy (with Darrick Robertson), Image, 4-issue mini-series, 2012-13
(682 - 20/03/12)
Yeah, that scene has a lot of emotional punch alright. It probably gains a lot from being at the end of such a great run with such extremes of emotion leading up to it. It's also the way Morrison keeps the closing action up (almost) at the same level of reality as the reader, as you say. You're right of course that its hard to say why it's so effective. There's something there about the power of these imaginary characters.
My point about it not being as 'real' as me and you at our keyboards, was only to illustrate how the Seven Unknown Men are, like 'Grant Morrison' in Animal Man #26, on a much higher level of 'reality' than Zatanna/The Newsboy Army/I,Spider, but still not as real as you and me.
I've said myself a few times that Morrison doesn't do good endings, but Animal Man's was pitch perfect.
I've thought about those closing scenes a lot (they are so good, and stay with you a long time) and the blasphemous notion occured to me that maybe there was no imaginary childhood friend, and no torchlight signals in the dark. Maybe the cat that died is fictional too. Morrison constructs stories for a living after all. I'd love to think it was all true, and it feels very authentic, but it is such good story that it just might be too good to be true...
If I could ask Morrison one question about his work it would be about these final elements of his Animal Man run. I'd hate to think he made them all up, but its a possibility.
This makes me very cynical, I know.