Monday, April 16, 2007

The Invisibles Vol. 2 #9: 'Sensitive Criminals: Part 2: Mad Dogs and Englishmen'

Sensitive Criminals rocks on with a solid bridge issue, that further develops the world we began to explore last issue, and sets us up for the big time spanning climax of the finale. The most instantly notable thing about the issue is the change in artist, with Chris Weston subbing for Phil Jiminez. Now, I love Weston's art, and I'd argue that his work in Kissing Mister Quimper is the best art in the entire series, with the exception of Quitely's work on 3.1. But, at this point in the series, we're still in the glam world of Jiminez and it's jarring to move to his cruder style. It doesn't help that the first page is his weakest, with a really ugly looking Fanny and odd Robin over King Mob's bed.....

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!


Richard said...

I read the "nice suit" line on an entirely different level, as a sardonic quip that only King Mob himself could possibly get. Before that encounter, KM would only ever have known Tom as the shabby eccentric homless man he later becomes. Knowing that future, to see the young Freddie as a finely and presumably expensively dressed young dandy seems incongruous...and that quip is an indirect way of KM saying, if only to himself, "That's nothing like how you'll be dressed in the future, mate." None of the other future Invisibles would have made a similar comment in the same situation, not even Fanny, but KM is very concerned with how he dresses and what sort of fashion image he presents to the world.

Patrick said...

I was going to add in a qualifier that he could just be talking about the suit too, and you're probably right that this is what KM himself is referring to when he makes the comment. Dapper Freddie is a long way from the style of latter day Mad Tom.

But, use of the word suit certainly carries with it some double meaning. Earlier we've seen Mister Six put on a suit and adopt a persona, so I've got to assume the fiction suit idea was in the works by this point, if not fully formed.