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December 2021



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"The perfect fascist state needs to operate in conditions of perpetual warfare."

Book reports # 52, 53, 54, 55: Grant Morrison, The Invisibles: Bloody Hell in America; Counting to None; Kissing Mister Quimper; The Invisible Kingdom

One of the things that I very much like about this series is the way even the servants of evil wind up humanized and--after a fashion--sympathetic. Or, some of them, at least. Some of them are a bit more irredeemable. I do find the narrative a bit repetitive and fragmented in places, and it suffers from that same problem that so many fictions that hang themselves on a big metaphysical reveal at the end suffer from: the Awful Troof is almost always either somewhat predictable, or a bit of a letdown. (I had this problem with Vellum too, which is a similarly fragmented story with a similar Big Reveal. Which I also loved a lot.

And still the best one-liners in the business. Even if it is trying a bit too hard by the end, and there are only so many eviscerations one comic book can sustain before they start to become a bit tiresome.

Also, Lord Fanny is my hero. Ine.


Ain't you heard? Big Reveals always suck; the consumer knows too much now. The answer? Drink more MAGIC MIRROR.
Big metaphysical constructs as Awful Troof can work beautifully, as long as you use the correct technique: make a hologram of them, smash the glass plate, then leave the pieces lying around for the reader to re-assemble (in their own head). Like a Lovecraftian horror, they're at their most terrifying when glimpsed sidelong out of the corner of your eyes, and only apprehended gradually, piece by piece: shine a spotlight on them so that they're revealed as a piece of uppity sashimi and they aren't remotely as creepy.

(I am not going to re-read THE INVISIBLES this week. I do not need to lose five days, and I'm having florid enough dreams as it is ...)
Yes. That's kind ofwhat I'm trying to do in the PA books, and there is a Big Reveal towards the end of book four... but hopefully it will have a chilling inevitability rather than and an "oh, that's all?"

One thing I *do* love about The Invisibles is the way the narative jitters across time, and occasionally stops for an issue to concentrate on, you know, some redshirt who got shot in the face last ish.
Speaking of the Big Reveal--have you read Morrison's Animal Man? I suppose the B.R. would be obvious now, to a new reader, but at the time it was *Big*. (To me, at least)
Yes, I have. But not since it was coming out.
I was rather fond of Velum as well, despite its flaws. In my most humble opinion Caitlin R. Kiernan does the big reveal with a deft hand, then again she tends not to reveal all of it. I’m always left with the impression that there is something more awful lurking in the wings and the troof is not to be entirely trusted.
Lord Fanny rocks like a big rocking thing that rocks a lot.

"What's pink and wrinkled and makes women squeal?"

Oh yeah.

I would love to take her out for drinks sometime.
I have come to the conclusion that Grant Morrison doesn't actually know how to do endings. I did love Invisibles, though. Much like the Illuminatus Trilogy, it All Made Sense for about half an hour after I finished.
I think you might be right.

Endings ARE hard.

And yeah, you know, there's that Thing. Pulp Fiction did it too, the first time I saw it.
The best one-liners in the business? I really like Brian K. Vaughan's one-liners such as, "You're writing blows by the way, you split more infinitives than Gene Roddenbery." But I do dig Morrison and I've been meaning to pick up the rest of the Invisibles trades...
*g* I suppose you know that split infinitives are actually perfectly acceptable in English grammar, and that so-called rule, like the one about ending sentences with a preposition, is a 19th-century import from Latin grammar intended to put the common folk in their place?

I did not know the history behind split infinitives...I just thought it was a really funny one-liner (the charachter was criticizing a tabloid journalist)