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