Crisis over

It’s appropriate that I concluded writing about Crisis in the week Thatcher died. Her presence was all over Crisis; she appeared as Gloria Monday in Dan Dare, she appeared as herself with her emasculated late Cabinet in True Faith, she appeared symbolically in a panel of The New Adventures of Hitler when John Bull was … 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

How photogenic we all were

Rereading 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