Friday, February 23, 2007

The Invisibles #13: 'Sheman: Part 1: Venus as a Boy'

‘Venus as a Boy’ is the first issue of the series that really feels like The Invisibles to me. While I enjoy most of the stuff before hand, it’s still in a formative stage, figuring out the groundrules of the world and the personalities of the characters. Here, everything comes together and we get a really strong issue that has both a lot of important thematic content and some really great character stuff....

I've taken down my posts on The Invisibles because they're all coming out in book form. The book, Our Sentence is Up, features revised and expanded versions of each blog post, covering every issue of The Invisibles, plus an extensive interview with Morrison himself. Visit your local comic store and order a copy now!


RAB said...

That sense of time accelerating is something everyone experiences: it's a function of aging and maturing. When we were six years old, a five year old seemed amazingly young while a seven year old seemed to know all sorts of secret mysteries we could barely wait to learn...but as we get older, even an age difference of decades seems inconsequential. One school year used to take forever; now the months fly past and there's never enough time to fit everything in. Projecting this as some kind of external, objective phenomenon is a powerful metaphor of human growth and development...but there isn't really such a thing as an absolute rate of time that could be measured as going faster or slower. Our frame of reference for what constitutes "a long time" simply changes as we get older.

Well, either that or our solar system is gradually moving away from a supermassive black hole that's been slowing spacetime in its vicinity, and as we leave the region of time distortion we really are experiencing spacetime at a faster rate. It's one or the other, I'm not sure which. ;-)

Patrick said...

I'd say it's probably more the subjective experience of time, as you said, a year is a much smaller span of time when you're 20 than it was when you were five. But, I think we also have to consider the way that technology is advancing, the leaps in the past ten years have been more than what would have happened in a hundred years of the middle ages. If things keep speeding up, eventually we will reach a singularity, perhaps that's what the 2012 event will be.

It's really cool stuff to think about, I love how that conversation simultaneously raises a really interesting philosophical point, and illuminates the relationship between King Mob and Fanny. Great work.