Going nowhere, connecting with nothing

Rereading Bible John: A Forensic Meditation by Grant Morrison and Daniel Vallely. Being honest: I never believed there was an actual living rivalry between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison before the latter’s freakout at the end of last year. I mean people have always talked about it, or they have since comics fans found each … Continue reading

Makes everything seem so miserable

Rereading Dare: The Future by Grant Morrison and Rian Hughes. How many years will it take for historians to produce an objective, sober assessment of what Margaret Thatcher did to Britain? How many decades? 22 years haven’t been enough. Her legacy, using that word neutrally, is as passionately disputed now as it was when she … Continue reading

If you can’t take a joke, you can piss off

Rereading The New Adventures of Hitler by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell.  When comics become successful, they start moving out of comics. And that’s weird, isn’t it? It doesn’t happen in any other medium. Popstars don’t have hit singles so successful they no longer have to release singles. Occasional novelists move from books to screenplays, … Continue reading

Fly the flag proudly, son!

Rereading Big Dave by Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Steve Parkhouse, Anthony Williams and Gina Hart.  Superheroes came too late for Britain. In the Golden Age, the 1930s, we were going through an undeclared civil war between the haves and the have-nots, no longer certain of our identity. In the Silver Age, the 1960s, we were … Continue reading

How photogenic we all were

Rereading zzzzenith.com by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell.  There should have been a Zenith Phase V. There was a plan behind the Plan, Peter St John’s agenda for humanity for which he manipulated and murdered his way into 10 Downing Street. Phase IV ended on a cliffhanger. The natural plot for the final phase, with … Continue reading

Look what you made

Rereading Zenith Phase IV by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell. Alan Moore’s influence on Grant Morrison has always been a vexed question. In Supergods, which I haven’t read, he apparently admits that Zenith was pitched halfway between Paradax and Miracleman, between shiny pop culture weird fun and heavy-browed seriousness. Zenith the character represents the former, … Continue reading

The badness of it

Rereading Zenith Phase III by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell. In the toy cupboard at my mother’s house there’s a basket of die-cast metal cars that belonged to me and my brother when we were kids. Few of them have any plastic left in the windscreen. Most have staved-in roofs, as if they’d been run … Continue reading

Fantastic and terrifying visions are illusory

Rereading Zenith Phase II, by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell. Trying to recall exactly what we meant, back in our teenage comic-reading days, when we talked about realism isn’t easy. It was the vital quality that we looked for; realism meant a comic that was worth bothering with, that was of the present rather than … Continue reading

Volume is crucial

Rereading Zenith Phase I by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell. Superhero comics beg a question: what if it were me? What if I was the guy with superpowers? What kind of hero would I be? It’s not a question they answer very often. Most superhero comics, in fact, go out of their way not to … Continue reading