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Graphic Novel Review – The Invisibles

Complex and Intense.  These are the best words to describe this graphic novel.  One of the best and most original works to come out of the nineties, The Invisibles, by Grant Morrison is a graphic novel with much excitement, pop magick, rebellion, universally lawless and most importantly it tends to expand your imagination and the limits of what you tend to believe.

At least that’s what it did for me.  when I came across this book, I wasn’t involved with graphic novels at all and was a little hesitant to get into it.  The year was 2004 and I was in recovery from a long sickness throwned upon me by family just because it was “custom”.  By that time I had cut thru the b.s. and felt sort of free from the grips of a crappy ass catholic church and was in search of more.  Did not matter what it was, wether real, or fake, or half and half or just imaginary ideas, anything to keep me away from falling of the wagon.  I did not care to go back that dreaded road of deception.

A friend on the outside, recommended me to pay attention to this book.  He talked so much about that I did and started reading and although at the beginning it was hard to understand (a lot of british lingo), I got the idea of their message.  Think outside the box.  Now that I think about it, maybe the Taco Bell executives read it too.  The Invisibles is a revolution to the “open” of mind.

The basic premise or plot of the whole series, is focused on one cell of the Invisibles, this being a secret organization that battles enemies real and ficticious, tangibles and mentals, who are trying, and doing a damn good job, at enslaving the human race.  Sounds pretty out there doesn’t it?

This cell is lead by King Mob, an anarchist, an assasin and one of the most knowledgable invisibles about the Outter Church and the Invisible Church.  Another member of the group is Lord Fanny, a man, a woman,  well you know what’s left…a transexual chaman from Brazil.  Then there is Boy, an african american ex NYPD female with a very athletic physique.  Ragged Robin is an interesting character that has her face painted like a doll. She has telephatic abilities and who she really is goes hand in hand with the premise of the story.  And finally there is Jack Frost, the latest addition to the Invisibles and particularly to this cell, scouted by King Mob himself.  This punk from Liverpool might just as well be the next reincarnation of Buddha. 

The enemies of this group are the archons (Gnostic Archons) and their followers, who care only of the slavery of us humans, and the death of anyone who gets in their way.  This series that lasted from 1994 to the year 2000, takes us thru the lives and adventures of these five characters and a long list of others that join the cast and whose importance to the story is unquestionable.  Their reality is as twisted as one can experiment under huge amounts of acid, while being drunk and smoking the chronic. 

One of the elements this novel experiments with a lot is that of POP Magick.  A concept that the writer, Grant Morrison has experimented with a lot and wrote a piece about.  This goes against every single thing any christian person believes in, yet is so similar that can be scary.  He once said that he fell ill while writing this novel, due to the intense magick levels, that drained him.  He also said that the story was told to him by aliens when he was abducted on a trip to Katmandu.  He eventually categorized the experience as a psychological experience, and no literal abduction occuring.

The series extended for three volumes, the first with 25 issues, the second with 22 and the last one with 12, as a countdown to the new millenium. 

Before I finish with this review, there is one more important feature of this story and is that of Barbelith.  The description given on wikipedia seems fair enough for me to duplicate here, and so it says:

In The Invisibles, Barbelith is the name of the “placenta” for humanity; a satellite-like object located on the dark side of the moon. It recurs throughout the story as a supernatural moon seeming both intelligent and benign. Barbelith’s role is like that of a placenta in that it connects the hologram of our subjective reality to the realm outside of our space-time, the domain of the magic mirror, and helps humans to realize their true nature beyond the subjective concept of “self”.

Prior to contact with Barbelith, most characters undergo some sort of trauma or intensity- an alien abduction or shamanic initiation, for example. A sort of cosmic “stoplight” is also present in some instances, though also seems to precede any sort of contact with the “healthy” dimension of The Invisibles binary-based paradigm; the realm of the Invisible College”

 So, ye of little faith…well you are exactly the kind of candidate to read this kind of novel.  Anybody else, should not go in if they are going to be cursing and damning the writer and me for suggesting such reading material that goes against everything you hold sacred and dear…or as most people tend to call it, just b.s.  With that said, warning from the non surgeon general: this story could give you nightmares, headeaches, expand your horizons,  make you question your beliefs, make you want to comit larceny, alter your mind, travel in time, fight the bad guys, get to the fuckin 2012 once and for all, and it may or may not induce you to be abducted by psychic beings if you are traveling abroad near the proximity of Katmandu.  You have been warned, there is no turning back.  Well there could be, but why would you want to?

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